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Brighton beat Palace to improve Euro hopes

Brighton beat Palace to improve Euro hopes

Brighton & Hove Albion bolstered their bid to qualify for Europe with a 1-0 win in their Premier League derby against Crystal Palace, while Brentford pushed Southampton deeper into relegation trouble on Wednesday (Mar 15). Roberto De Zerbi's side earned their first victory in eight league meetings with bitter rivals Palace thanks to Solly March's goal at the rain-soaked Amex Stadium.

Seventh-placed Brighton moved level on points with sixth-placed Liverpool, with the Seagulls holding a game in hand.

As it stands, sixth place will guarantee qualification for next season's European Conference League, although that will drop to seventh if Manchester City or Manchester United win the FA Cup.

It is shaping up to be a memorable season for Brighton, who host fourth-tier Grimsby in the FA Cup quarter-finals on Sunday.

In contrast, their old enemies Palace saw their winless streak reach 12 games in all competitions as they await their first victory in 2023.

"The most important thing is the fans understood our style of play and in England this is a great challenge," De Zerbi said.

"The players believe in our style. We didn't play our best game but if you win it is better."

Palace remain three points clear of the relegation zone.

Patrick Vieira's team had failed to have a shot on target in each of their past three Premier League games, the first instance of that happening since the statistic was first recorded in 2003-04.

Palace's dismal streak finally ended early in the first half as Wilfried Zaha's shot forced Jason Steele to save.

Vieira was forced to hand teenage goalkeeper Joseph Whitworth his professional debut after Vicente Guaita sustained a late injury.