Fulham’s Mitrovic endures penalty nightmare as Blades rescue point

Fulham's Serbian striker Aleksandar Mitrovic reacts during the English Premier League football match between Sheffield United and Fulham at Bramall Lane in Sheffield, northern England on October 18, 2020. - The game finished 1-1. (Photo by CARL RECINE / POOL / AFP)

Crystal Palace are also held to a 1-1 draw as Brighton score a late equaliser after Wilfried Zaha had given the Eagles the lead from the spot.

Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic missed a penalty and gave away a spot-kick as Sheffield United rescued a 1-1 draw in a battle of the Premier League strugglers on Sunday.

Mitrovic fired over with his second half penalty when the score was 0-0 at Bramall Lane.

Ademola Lookman put Fulham ahead with 13 minutes left, but Serbia international Mitrovic’s foul on Jack Robinson conceded a late penalty that Billy Sharp converted.

Mitrovic is the first player to commit the unwanted penalty double in the same Premier League game since Mikel Arteta for Arsenal against Fulham in 2012.

As if that wasn’t enough frustration for Cottagers boss Scott Parker to endure, he also had to watch Mitrovic miss two golden chances in stoppage-time.

Fulham at least moved off the bottom of the table after taking their first point at the fifth attempt, following last season’s promotion from the Championship.

United also avoided defeat for the first time in five games this season.

After a scrappy first half in keeping with both teams’ struggles, Fulham should have gone ahead 10 minutes into the second half.

Robinson was adjudged to have handled in the area, but Mitrovic blazed his penalty over the bar.

On-loan Leipzig winger Lookman put Fulham ahead in the 77th minute with a superb solo effort, beating two men before firing into the roof of the net.

But Mitrovic was penalised for a high foot on Robinson in the 85th minute following a VAR check and Sharp made him pay as he drove his penalty down the middle.

Earlier, Alexis Mac Allister’s first Premier League goal gave Brighton a dramatic 1-1 draw in their derby against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

Palace took the lead in the 19th minute when Tariq Lamptey was harshly adjudged to have pulled down Michy Batshuayi in the penalty area.

Ivory Coast forward Wilfried Zaha sent Brighton keeper Mat Ryan the wrong way from the spot for his fourth goal of the season.

But, after a poor clearance from Palace defender Joel Ward, Argentine substitute Mac Allister fired home via a slight deflection from the edge of the area in the 90th minute.

Brighton had defender Lewis Dunk sent off for a two-footed lunge on Gary Cahill in stoppage-time.

Palace have now gone three league games without a win, while Brighton have won only once in their five matches this season.

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