Joao Pedro’s hat-trick despatched Brighton by to the FA Cup fifth spherical with a 5-2 win at Sheffield United.
Pedro scored twice from the spot and crashed in an 18-yard drive after Facundo Buonanotte’s fantastic objective had given the Seagulls an early lead, with Danny Welbeck scoring on the demise to seal an emphatic victory.
The Blades had battled again from 2-0 all the way down to degree because of targets from Gus Hamer and Will Osula however they misplaced to the higher workforce at Bramall Lane.
Both sides had been overwhelmed semi-finalists in final yr’s competitors however it’s Roberto De Zerbi’s facet who’re dreaming of one other cup run whereas United can focus on attempting to keep away from Premier League relegation.
Brighton had already seen a objective chalked out for offside after they went forward in elegant style within the 14th minute.
Buonanotte picked the ball up in the midst of the hosts’ half and jinked previous a deal with earlier than unleashing an unstoppable drive that discovered the highest nook from 25 yards.
United would have been degree 4 minutes later had it not been for some heroic defending from Jan Paul van Hecke and Igor Julio as they blocked photographs from Osula and Hamer in fast succession.
That proved vital as Brighton went 2-0 up simply earlier than the half-hour as a fantastic piece of ability from Pedro noticed him burst into the realm the place he was clipped by Jayden Bogle.
The striker picked himself up and transformed from the spot for his sixteenth objective of the season.
Sheffield United obtained one again within the forty second minute when Osula broke clear down the suitable and his cross was palmed out by Brighton goalkeeper Bart Verbruggen straight into the trail of Hamer, who fired residence.
And within the eighth minute of time added on they obtained themselves degree as Osula headed residence Bogle’s cross from shut vary.
The drama continued within the second half as Brighton regained the lead seven minutes after the restart as Pedro scored his second penalty, stroking residence after Bogle dealt with a cross.
Bogle tried to make amends on the different finish as he was on the top of a lightning counter assault however noticed his goalbound effort blocked by Pervis Estupinan.
Pedro claimed his first profession hat-trick within the 67th minute, killing the tie with a low end into the underside nook.
United by no means threatened to get again into the sport and Brighton made it 5 deep into added time when Welbeck fired below Blades debutant goalkeeper Ivo Grbic.