Rooney's late penalty rescues a point for Everton at Brighton

Everton manager Ronald Koeman

Wayne Rooney’s 90th-minute penalty earned Everton a point against Brighton in a largely unremarkable encounter at the Amex Stadium.

Brighton looked set to secure their third successive home league win when Anthony Knockaert slotted home in the 82nd minute after Jose Izquierdo’s shot was blocked by Michael Keane.

But with the clock ticking down, defender Bruno, whose good work led to the Seagulls’ goal, elbowed Dominic Calvert-Lewin in the area as a free-kick was floated in.

Former England striker Rooney sent Mat Ryan the wrong way with his spot-kick, but the Australian rescued his side when he twice saved from substitute Kevin Mirallas in the closing seconds.

Lacklustre Everton frustrate again

Were it not for Bruno’s late indiscretion, it is likely Everton would have fallen to their fifth league defeat in eight league matches.

Bar an effort from Nikola Vlasic and a firm angled strike by Mason Holgate, they did little to cause panic in Brighton’s organised and lusty backline, once again admirably led by Lewis Dunk.

The visitors did come close to snatching all three points in the final seconds, but that would have been akin to paint covering damp.

Rooney was impotent up front and £45m signing Gylfi Sigurdsson once again looked off-key – he had one effort on goal, a 20-yard free-kick which, uncharacteristically, flew very wide.

Nearly £150m was spent to improve this Everton squad in the summer, but they have scored only seven goals in their past 13 league matches under Koeman, and more pertinently have two wins in eight games.

They next host Arsenal in the league.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Brighton

  • 1Ryan
  • 2BrunoBooked at 88mins
  • 22DuffySubstituted forHünemeierat 73′minutes
  • 5DunkBooked at 67mins
  • 29Suttner
  • 11KnockaertBooked at 88mins
  • 6Stephens
  • 24PröpperBooked at 56mins
  • 20MarchSubstituted forIzquierdo Menaat 73′minutes
  • 13Groß
  • 17MurraySubstituted forBrownat 85′minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Bong
  • 4Hünemeier
  • 19Izquierdo Mena
  • 21Schelotto
  • 26Krul
  • 37Brown
  • 49Molumby

Everton

  • 1Pickford
  • 30Holgate
  • 4Keane
  • 6Jagielka
  • 3BainesSubstituted forMirallasat 84′minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 17GueyeSubstituted forNiasseat 69′minutes
  • 2Schneiderlin
  • 27Vlasic
  • 18Sigurdsson
  • 29Calvert-Lewin
  • 10RooneySubstituted forDaviesat 90′minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Williams
  • 11Mirallas
  • 15Martina
  • 19Niasse
  • 20Klaassen
  • 22Stekelenburg
  • 26Davies
Referee:
Michael Oliver
Attendance:
30,565

Match Stats

Home TeamBrightonAway TeamEverton
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home12
Away13
Shots on Target
Home3
Away6
Corners
Home7
Away1
Fouls
Home12
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Everton 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Everton 1.

Offside, Everton. Kevin Mirallas tries a through ball, but Mason Holgate is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Kevin Mirallas (Everton) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

Kevin Mirallas (Everton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Kevin Mirallas (Everton).

Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Davy Pröpper (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Morgan Schneiderlin (Everton).

Isaiah Brown (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Everton. Tom Davies replaces Wayne Rooney.

Goal!

Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Everton 1. Wayne Rooney (Everton) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Booking

Bruno (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Penalty Everton. Dominic Calvert-Lewin draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Bruno (Brighton and Hove Albion) after a foul in the penalty area.

Booking

Anthony Knockaert (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Kevin Mirallas (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Anthony Knockaert (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Jordan Pickford.

Attempt saved. Isaiah Brown (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by José Izquierdo.

Foul by Oumar Niasse (Everton).

Pascal Groß (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Isaiah Brown replaces Glenn Murray.

Substitution

Substitution, Everton. Kevin Mirallas replaces Leighton Baines.

Goal!

Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Everton 0. Anthony Knockaert (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Pascal Groß.

Attempt blocked. José Izquierdo (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Bruno.

Attempt missed. Oumar Niasse (Everton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Dominic Calvert-Lewin with a headed pass.

Attempt missed. José Izquierdo (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Pascal Groß.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Michael Keane.

Attempt blocked. Anthony Knockaert (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from very close range is blocked. Assisted by Anthony Knockaert with a cross.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Jordan Pickford.

Attempt saved. José Izquierdo (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt saved. Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Wayne Rooney with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Uwe Hünemeier replaces Shane Duffy because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. José Izquierdo replaces Solly March.

Delay in match Shane Duffy (Brighton and Hove Albion) because of an injury.

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Pascal Groß tries a through ball, but Shane Duffy is caught offside.

Foul by Michael Keane (Everton).

goal

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