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Everton eases relegation concerns by beating Brighton 2-0

March 10, 2018

Everton's Wayne Rooney takes and misses a penalty against Brighton & Hove Albion during their English Premier League soccer match at Goodison Park in Liverpool, England, Saturday March 10, 2018. (Anthony Devlin/PA via AP)

LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Everton eased its relegation concerns by beating 10-man Brighton 2-0 in the English Premier League on Saturday, despite Wayne Rooney missing a penalty.

The hosts took the lead on the hour mark through Gaetan Bong’s own goal before Cenk Tosun smashed in a shot off the bar in the 76th minute, the striker’s second goal in as many games.

Brighton was reduced to 10 men in the 80th when Anthony Knockaert was given a straight red card for a wild tackle on Leighton Baines.

Rooney had the chance to make it 3-0 with an 88th-minute penalty, but Mathew Ryan saved the spot kick.

Everton moved up to ninth in the Premier League with a third straight win at Goodison Park, and should be safe for another season.

Brighton’s five-match unbeaten run ended and it dropped a place to 11th.

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