Danny Welbeck strike not enough to spark Brighton revival against Roma

Never before in the Europa League knockout stages had a team recovered a four-goal deficit from the first leg and Brighton’s attempt to earn a place in the history books fell short despite a valiant effort in the Sussex rain.

An exasperated Roberto De Zerbi could not contain his disappointment on a frustrating evening that saw Danny Welbeck give the hosts a chance with a brilliant goal just before half-time. But while Brighton’s manager spent most of the match prowling the touchline in the hope of inspiring the mother of all comebacks, it was De Zerbi’s good friend Daniele De Rossi and his streetwise Roma side who ensured that the damage done by their 4-0 victory last week was never likely to be recovered.

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