Sheffield United 2-5 Brighton & Hove Albion: Joao Pedro hat-trick puts Seagulls into fifth round

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Joao Pedro scores a penalty
Joao Pedro has now scored 18 goals in all competitions this season

In-form striker Joao Pedro hit a hat-trick to help Brighton knock struggling Sheffield United out of the FA Cup.

The Brazilian netted a penalty in each half before scoring his third goal with a shot from the edge of the area.

Brighton lead through Facundo Buonanotte’s brilliant opener before the first of Pedro’s spot-kicks.

The Blades levelled before the break through Gustavo Hamer and William Osula, but Pedro and a late goal from Danny Welbeck clinched it for Brighton.

Pedro, who signed for £30m from Watford last summer, now has 18 goals in all competitions for Brighton this season, including five in two FA Cup ties.

But for United, at the foot of the Premier League table, it was ultimately another dispiriting result after they had fought back so well late in the first half.

Brighton have reasons to be excited

The season just keeps getting better for Pedro, the 22-year-old forward that manager Roberto de Zerbi admitted he knew nothing about when he joined after two and a half years with Watford.

He has now scored 10 times from the penalty spot this season – more than anyone in the top five leagues in Europe – and showed a cool head when facing United debutant Ivo Grbic from 12 yards at Bramall Lane.

Pedro sent the Croatian, recently signed from Atletico Madrid, the wrong way on each occasion when opting to go first to his right and then to his left.

And his hat-trick was clinched when he took just enough time to control a pass from James McAtee on the edge of the area before shooting low past Grbic into the bottom corner.

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Brighton were untroubled after they had gone back into a two-goal lead and Welbeck underlined their dominance when he shot underneath Grbic from a tight angle deep into stoppage time at the end of the match.

Seventh in the Premier League with more FA Cup and Europa League ties to follow, Brighton seem to have a lot to be excited about in the second half of the season.

More to follow.

Player of the match

GilmourBilly Gilmour

Sheffield United

  1. Squad number8Player nameHamer

  2. Squad number32Player nameOsula

  3. Squad number28Player nameMcAtee

  4. Squad number11Player nameBrereton

  5. Squad number35Player nameBrooks

  6. Squad number21Player nameVinicius Souza

  7. Squad number10Player nameArcher

  8. Squad number20Player nameBogle

  9. Squad number9Player nameMcBurnie

  10. Squad number5Player nameTrusty

  11. Squad number33Player nameNorrington-Davies

  12. Squad number23Player nameOsborn

  13. Squad number15Player nameAhmedhodzic

  14. Squad number13Player nameGrbic

  15. Squad number27Player nameLarouci

  16. Squad number16Player nameNorwood

Brighton & Hove Albion

  1. Squad number11Player nameGilmour

  2. Squad number9Player nameJoão Pedro

  3. Squad number40Player nameBuonanotte

  4. Squad number18Player nameWelbeck

  5. Squad number30Player nameEstupiñán

  6. Squad number28Player nameFerguson

  7. Squad number13Player nameGroß

  8. Squad number41Player nameHinshelwood

  9. Squad number29Player namevan Hecke

  10. Squad number5Player nameDunk

  11. Squad number14Player nameLallana

  12. Squad number1Player nameVerbruggen

  13. Squad number2Player nameLamptey

  14. Squad number3Player nameIgor Julio

  15. Squad number20Player nameBaleba

  16. Squad number4Player nameWebster

Line-ups

Sheff Utd

Formation 4-4-2

  • 13Grbic
  • 20Bogle
  • 15Ahmedhodzic
  • 5Trusty
  • 33Norrington-DaviesSubstituted forLarouciat 56′minutes
  • 8HamerBooked at 45minsSubstituted forde Souza Costaat 76′minutes
  • 16NorwoodBooked at 10mins
  • 23OsbornSubstituted forBrooksat 64′minutes
  • 11BreretonSubstituted forMcAteeat 63′minutes
  • 32OsulaSubstituted forMcBurnieat 63′minutes
  • 10Archer

Substitutes

  • 9McBurnie
  • 18Foderingham
  • 19Robinson
  • 21de Souza Costa
  • 25Ben Slimane
  • 27Larouci
  • 28McAtee
  • 35Brooks
  • 38Seriki

Brighton

Formation 3-4-3

  • 1Verbruggen
  • 4WebsterBooked at 55mins
  • 29van Hecke
  • 3dos Santos de PauloSubstituted forDunkat 62′minutes
  • 41HinshelwoodSubstituted forLampteyat 72′minutes
  • 13Groß
  • 11GilmourSubstituted forBalebaat 84′minutes
  • 30Estupiñán
  • 40BuonanotteSubstituted forLallanaat 72′minutes
  • 28FergusonSubstituted forWelbeckat 62′minutes
  • 9João Pedro

Substitutes

  • 2Lamptey
  • 5Dunk
  • 6Milner
  • 14Lallana
  • 15Moder
  • 18Welbeck
  • 20Baleba
  • 23Steele
  • 47Baker-Boaitey

Referee:
Sunny Sukhvir Gill

Attendance:
18,391

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