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Brighton 2-1 Leicester: Player ratings as Seagulls edge entertaining game

Matt O'Connor-Simpson
The win lifts Brighton up to second in the Premier League table with four wins and one defeat from five games
The win lifts Brighton up to second in the Premier League table with four wins and one defeat from five games / Robin Jones/Getty Images
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Leicester had two goals disallowed for offside as Brighton continued their fine start to the season by securing a 2-1 win over the Foxes on Sunday.

After a bright start from the visitors, the Seagulls dominated the first half. At times, Leicester were their own worst enemy though, making a string of unforced errors.

Adam Lallana and Neal Maupay both spurned good chances before Brighton eventually took the lead from the penalty spot.

Jannik Vestergaard was the guilty party, adjudged to have handled the ball in the box following a corner - although he was being pulled back by Maupay, adding some controversy to the decision. After a VAR check, the penalty stood and Maupay blasted home to give his side the advantage.

Five minutes after the break Brighton doubled their lead. Leandro Trossard swung in a free kick and Danny Welbeck was afforded a free header at the front post, with the forward making no mistake.

This strike finally sparked Leicester into life and they pulled one back when Youri Tielemans delivered a precise, one-touch cross to the back post where Jamie Vardy was waiting to finish. Leicester then thought they had equalised, only for Ademola Lookman's scrappy goal to be disallowed for offside, after Harvey Barnes was judged to have been interfering with play.

The visitors continued to push for the leveller as the second half progressed and again had the ball in the back of the net with five minutes left - only for the offside flag to break their hearts for a second time.

Here are your player ratings for both teams from the south coast...


Brighton player ratings

1. Goalkeeper & defenders

Harvey Barnes, Joel Veltman
Veltman did well / Eddie Keogh/Getty Images

Robert Sanchez (GK) - 6/10 - Very rarely tested. Perhaps could have commanded his box better.

Joel Veltman (CB) - 7/10 - Covered the space behind March effectively. Distributed well.

Shane Duffy (CB) - 7/10 - Won the penalty with a trademark, towering header. Another dominant defensive display overall. His remarkable resurgence continues.

Lewis Dunk (CB) - 6/10 - Started strongly but struggled to contain Lookman in the second half.


2. Wing-backs & midfielders

Marc Cucurella
Cucurella caused Leicester problems / Eddie Keogh/Getty Images

Solly March (RWB) - 6/10 - Drifted inside in possession to help with his side's build-up play. Not that threatening going forward but did his job.

Yves Bissouma (CM) - 7/10 - Recovered from a jarred knee to play just over an hour. He was typically industrious.

Adam Lallana (CM) - 6/10 - Failed to hit the target with a presentable chance in the first half. Defended pretty well.

Marc Cucurella (LWB) - 7/10 - Started strongly, looking dangerous down the left and delivering some decent passes. Faded as things progressed with Lookman getting the better of him.


3. Forwards

Danny Welbeck
Welbeck headed home in the second half / Eddie Keogh/Getty Images

Leandro Trossard (RW) - 8/10 - Positioned himself intelligently, and the Foxes defence struggled to deal with him throughout proceedings. Passing was superb also.

Neal Maupay (ST) - 7/10 - Worked hard for his side and made life difficult for Leicester. Good penalty.

Danny Welbeck (LW) - 7/10 - A bit wasteful in the first half but made up for that with a fine header after the break.


4. Substitutes

Enock Mwepu - 6/10 - Plenty of energy but struggled to stem the Leicester side.

Dan Burn - 6/10 - Helped stifle Lookman's effectiveness.

Jakub Moder - N/A


Leicester player ratings

5. Goalkeeper & defenders

Shane Duffy, Jannik Vestergaard
Vestergaard conceded the penalty / Robin Jones/Getty Images

Kasper Schmeichel (GK) - 6/10 - Made some smart stops early on and could not have done much for either goal.

Ricardo Pereira (RB) - 6/10 - Some bright moments going forward but Cucurella caused him a lot of issues defensively early on. The two players fortunes then switched after the break.

Jannik Vestergaard (CB) - 6/10 - Perhaps unfortunate with his handball - but his arm should not have been in that position. Other than that, he did okay. His passing was a highlight.

Caglar Soyuncu (CB) - 4/10 - Pretty shocking again. He gave the ball away frequently and struggled to contain the Seagulls' frontline. His nightmare start to the season continues.

Ryan Bertrand (LB) - 6/10 - Did not do much wrong. He might have contributed more going forward.


6. Midfielders

Boubakary Soumare, Yves Bissouma
Soumare got a first Premier League start / Henry Browne/Getty Images

Boubakary Soumare (CM) - 7/10 - A decent display. Impressed in advanced midfield areas, creating some openings for his side. Dynamic display too.

Wilfred Ndidi (CM) - 6/10 - Not quite as imperious as we know he can be. Still got through a huge amount of defensive work, though.

Youri Tielemans (CM) - 6/10 - A rare, poor outing for most of the game. He was wasteful in possession but did produced an incredible assist for Vardy's goal. Improved after this too.


7. Forwards

Jamie Vardy
Vardy scored his third goal of the season / Henry Browne/Getty Images

James Maddison (RW) - 4/10 - Entirely ineffectual - not for the first time in his recent Leicester career. Kelechi Iheanacho or Lookman must be selected over him now.

Jamie Vardy (ST) - 7/10 - Missed a header for Welbeck's goal. Timed his run well to score after the break, though.

Harvey Barnes (LW) - 6/10 - Made plenty of direct runs and created a host of chances. Might have scored on another day. Harshly judged offside to deny Leicester an equaliser the first time. The second time was brainless, though.


8. Substitutes

Ademola Lookman, Marc Cucurella
Lookman was impressive from the bench / Henry Browne/Getty Images

Ademola Lookman - 8/10 - So much better than Maddison. He was brave and direct, also having a goal ruled out for offside.

Timothy Castagne - 6/10 - Gave Leicester an injection of forward-thinking energy.

Kelechi Iheanacho - 6/10 - Used the ball efficiently after coming on.


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