Brighton recorded their first home win since November 2 with a convincing 2-0 win over a matt Bournemouth side at Amex Stadium.
The Seagulls suffered their biggest home defeat in the Premier League last season in this game, but this time started a dream start when Alireza Jahanbakhsh hit his first goal for the club.
The game was not without controversy, with VAR wiped out a second half goal from Dan Burn after the left back offside was assessed.
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However, Brighton did not have to wait too long for their second goal, as Aaron Mooy, who impressed everywhere in midfield, felt for his chest before shooting home and took care of all three points for the home team.
The result shifts the Seagulls three points above Bournemouth, who have only won two in their last 14 top games.
Less than three minutes after the game started, Jahanbakhsh hurled through Bournemouth’s defense and hit the ball past Aaron Ramsdale to give his side an early lead before he fell to the ground in tears as he became the third Iranian to be the net in the Eredivisie.
The Cherries hit back almost immediately, with Mathew Ryan forced into a dive to prevent Joshua King from finding the far corner after being cleverly played by Diego Rico. Alireza Jahanbakhsh had an emotional reaction to his goal (Gareth Fuller / PA)
Both sides enjoyed periods of possession after the opener, with Mooy running midfield for Brighton, but clear chances proved hard to find.
The home team seemed to have doubled its lead at the start of the second half after the Cherries’ defense was unable to clear the ball, which fell on the towering Burn who took a touch before turning and passing Ramsdale.
Referee Paul Tierney awarded the goal only to VAR to conduct a lengthy assessment for offside, and Burn was denied his first for the seagulls.
A few minutes later, Brighton came close, when Yves Bissouma drove in and his low drive defeated the keeper but rebounded from the post. Dan Burn (right) thought he had scored before VAR excluded the effort (Gareth Fuller / VADER)
VAR intervened for the second time at 75 minutes for a possible handball by Jack Stacey, confirming the referee’s original decision and not granting a spot kick.
Mooy, however, doubled his lead in the 79th minute.
The 29-year-old, loaned by Huddersfield, checked Leandro Trossard’s ball on his chest before taking it away from the defender and sending it home.
Bournemouth had already made their substitutions and had to finish the match with 10 men after Stacey was forced out of the field due to an injury.