Newcastle edge towards Europe after 1-1 draw with Brighton

Sean Longstaff rescued an important point for Newcastle United.
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Sean Longstaff's equaliser in first-half stoppage time earned Newcastle United a 1-1 draw with Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday in the Magpies' final home game of a see-saw Premier League season.

Chasing a place in next season's Europa League or Conference League, Newcastle are sixth on 57 points, three ahead of both Chelsea and Manchester United, who they face at Old Trafford on Wednesday, with both clubs also having a game in hand over Eddie Howe's team. Brighton are 10th on 48 points.

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Having survived an early onslaught from the home side, Brighton defender Joel Veltman gave the visitors the lead in the 18th minute, reacting quickest to bundle Danny Wellbeck's knockdown from a corner into the net.

Longstaff drew the Magpies level just before the break and though the second half was full of free-flowing, end-to-end football, there were no more goals.