Nigeria international and Everton midfielder, Alex Iwobi, was substituted in the 72nd minute for former England youth player, Dominic Calvert-Lewin during Everton’s 2-3 loss to Brighton on Saturday.
Lucas Digne scored a dramatic own goal in injury time at Brighton to consign Everton to their sixth defeat of the season.
Pascal Gross had put the Seagulls ahead with a thunderbolt of a free-kick early in the first half, but Everton were level just minutes later through Adam Webster’s own goal.
Marco Silva’s decision to pull Iwobi out seemed to have paid off as his substitute, Calvert-Lewin scored within minutes of coming on to send Everton towards their first away win of the season.
But, just three minutes later, the video assistant referee (VAR) ruled Aaron Connolly had been fouled in the box by Michael Keane, Neal Maupay making no mistake from the penalty spot to level the score once again.
It was the first penalty awarded in the Premier League by VAR that the referee had not initially given, and Everton’s frustrations were made even worse through captain Digne’s mistake deep into added time.
The win was only Brighton’s third of the season and seals successive home Premier League victories for the first time since October 2018.