Roberto De Zerbi’s Crowd Leap Marks Brighton’s Top Finish in Europa League Group, Thanks to Joao Pedro’s Late Goal
Brighton’s Joao Pedro and Roberto De Zerbi displayed exuberance as they propelled Brighton into the Europa League’s last 16 with a late goal against Marseille. Brighton’s 1-0 victory at the AMEX Stadium secured their advancement without the need for a play-off round.
The match against Marseille was tightly contested, with Gennaro Gattuso’s side appearing on course to secure the point needed to claim the top spot. However, Joao Pedro emerged as the pivotal figure of the night, delivering a formidable right-footed strike that found the top corner of the net, sparking celebrations among the home supporters.
Joao Pedro, overwhelmed with elation, rushed towards the jubilant home crowd, diving into their midst to share heartfelt embraces with several enthusiastic fans. Echoing this excitement, De Zerbi swiftly made his way into the stands behind the dugout, embracing a young supporter before rejoicing with his coaching team.
Despite Marseille’s disappointment at losing the top spot, their supporters ignited flares in the away end, filling the AMEX Stadium with smoke during the five minutes of added time. Nevertheless, the smoke failed to overshadow Brighton’s celebration as both players and fans reveled in the moment, dancing joyfully in the stands to mark the continuation of their European journey.