Leon Balogun sets record with maiden Premier League goal against Crystal Palace


The Nigeria international scored his first goal for Brighton & Hove Albion in Tuesday’s triumph at the Falmer Stadium

Leon Balogun has scored the second quickest goal by a substitute in the English Premier League this season.

The defender was on target – his first in the English elite division – in Brighton & Hove Albion’s 3-1 triumph over Crystal Palace on Tuesday.

The 30-year-old defender was not named in the starting line up for the home clash by manager Chris Hughton.

A red card to Shane Duffy in the 28th minute however forced Hughton to shuffle his defence and introduce Balogun for Pascal Gross.

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The Nigerian defender was however introduced into the game with the home side already ahead through a Glenn Murray penalty.

Balogun made an instant impact by finding the net with his first touch 25 seconds after his introduction following the expulsion of Shane Duffy.

And that effort earned the Nigeria international a slice of Premier League record.

The second quickest by a substitute after Daniel Sturridge’s goal versus West Ham United – a feat achieved after 24 seconds.

The goal was the first for Balogun who moved to Brighton from Bundesliga outfit Mainz during the summer transfer window.

The former Mainz man almost moved from hero to villain after handing the visitors a penalty after a foul on Wilfried Zaha.

The kick was converted by Luka Milivojevic, though it was nothing but a consolation as the 10-man hosts held firm to secure maximum points.

Brighton have now won six games this term and are ranked 10th with 21 points in the Premier League log. They travel to Burnley for their next game on Saturday.




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