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Cardiff City 2-1 Brighton & Hove Albion: Sol Bamba nets thrilling late winner to sink 10-man Seagulls as Bluebirds move outside of relegation zone

Cardiff City moved outside of the bottom three following a dramatic late winner from Sol Bamba as Neil Warnock’s men claimed a massive three points in South Wales.

Brighton took the lead through a Lewis Dunk header, but the Bluebirds responded and Callum Paterson equalised.

Dale Stephens was then dismissed for a dangerous lunge on Greg Cunningham. Cardiff then won it courtesy of a dramatic late winner from Sol Bamba – his second goal of the Premier League season.

It also means Cardiff moved outside of the relegation zone in what could turn out to be a huge three points come the end of the season.

Match Report

It was a positive start from the hosts as Josh Murphy found space down the left-hand side, before spraying a good ball across the face of the box but Brighton did well to clear their lines.

But just moments later Cardiff were punished courtesy of some slack marking as Solly March put in a sublime ball, which found Lewis Dunk, who made no mistake, heading home past Neil Etheridge and the Seagulls had the lead in the Welsh Capital.

Cardiff responded well, though and Victor Camarasa fired his free-kick over the bar after the tenacious Murphy was brought down just outside the box.

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Cardiff would get their equaliser mid-way through the first-half as impressive work from Kadeem Harris, who was making his first start for the Bluebirds in the Premier League drove down the right-hand side, before finding Callum Paterson unmarked at the back post.

The Scottish international made no mistake, prodding home into an empty net as he bagged his third goal in his last four Premier League appearances.

Brighton were then reduced to 10 men after Dale Stephens was dismissed for a dangerous lunge on Cardiff’s Greg Cunningham and the Bluebirds now had the advantage, however, the visitors remained resolute throughout the first-half in South Wales.

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Cardiff’s only real chance of note in the first-half was Murphy’s effort, as he fired over Mat Ryan’s goals as the sides went in at the break level.

It was a quiet start to the second-half but Harris was desperately unlucky not to give the Bluebirds the lead after smartly cutting inside, before lashing his ferocious strike against the underside of the crossbar.

Murphy reacted quickest to the rebound but fired over the bar as the scores remained level as Cardiff started to dominate second-half proceedings in South Wales.

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The 10-men of Brighton then almost took a shock lead as the game entered the last 10 minutes as Jose Izquierdo’s explosive strike brought the best out of Bluebirds shot-stopper, Neil Etheridge, who put the ball behind for a corner to the visitors.

With the game coming to its conclusion, Cardiff would win it in dramatic fashion after a goal-mouth scramble ensued. First, Sol Bamba’s overhead kick struck the post, before Paterson’s strike hit the bar and Bamba, somehow, scrambled the ball into the back of the net.

Paterson almost made certain of the three points as he fired just wide of the mark but Bamba’s goal was enough for Cardiff to claim a monumental three points to move outside the relegation zone.

Man of the match (Sol Bamba)

There wasn’t many standout performers in this one. But when Cardiff needed someone to pop up to score a big goal, Bamba was there to scramble home a last gasp winner, which sent the Cardiff City faithful into raptures.

Bruno Ecuele Manga also dealt admirably with the threat of Jose Izquierdo, before being moved to centre-back after the injured Sean Morrison was replaced by right-back, Lee Peltier.

Aron Gunnarsson also performed excellently at the heart of the Bluebirds midfield. His determination and drive will be key for Warnock’s men between now and the end of the season.