Michael Owen Applauds Brighton for Impressive Europa League Draw vs. Marseille
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Michael Owen Applauds Brighton for Impressive Europa League Draw vs. Marseille

Following a 6-1 setback against Aston Villa in the Premier League over the weekend, Brighton displayed remarkable resilience by rallying from a two-goal deficit to clinch a 2-2 draw against Marseille at the Velodrome in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday night. Pascal Gross and Joao Pedro found the net for Roberto De Zerbi’s Seagulls on the Mediterranean shore.

Michael Owen has lavished praise on Brighton & Hove Albion for fighting back from two goals down to claim a point at Olympique de Marseille in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday.
After losing their first match in European competition at home to AEK Athens last month, the Seagulls looked in trouble when falling two goals down at the Velodrome to efforts from Chancel Mbemba and Jordan Veretout.
On the back of a heavy defeat to Aston Villa at the weekend, there were concerns for Brighton, but Roberto De Zerbi’s side battled back to secure a 2-2 draw at the Velodrome thanks to a goal from Pascal Gross and a late Joao Pedro penalty.

It was a second-half fightback that impressed TNT Sports expert Owen.
“I think it’s a brilliant comeback, it’s not an easy place to go,” said Owen.
“Imagine their mindset after losing the first one and then going 2-0 down in the space of a minute and 20 seconds, imagine how they were feeling at that point?
“Were they thinking Aston Villa again?
“To be fair, with the week they’ve had, to come back is a big, big result.”

Michael Owen Applauds Brighton for Impressive Europa League Draw vs. Marseille

The point gives Brighton lift-off in Group B, albeit they are bottom of the pool but just a point behind Marseille and Ajax, and Owen feels they are in contention to qualify for the knockout stages.

Owen commented, saying, “This point not only benefits Brighton but also prevents Marseille from extending their lead by two more points, which would have created a significant gap between the teams. Brighton is now firmly in contention within this group. If they had lost today, I would have had concerns about their position.”

Brighton’s upcoming schedule includes Premier League matches against Liverpool and Manchester City before their next Europa League encounter against Ajax on October 26th.

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