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Brighton star Trossard equals a Ronaldo record in the Premier League

Leandro Trossard, Cristiano Ronaldo
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Trossard may have been on the losing side against Manchester United, but he did equal a Premier League record held by Red Devils legend Ronaldo.

Leandro Trossard became the first player since Cristiano Ronaldo in 2006 to hit the woodwork three times in a single Premier League match.

It came during Brighton’s 3-2 loss against Manchester United on Saturday afternoon at the Amex. He hit either post during the opening 45 minutes of the game before hitting the bar in the second half.

Two other Brighton players in Solly March and Adam Webster also hit the woodwork, taking the club’s tally to five in total.

But bragging rights belonged to Trossard, with Opta announcing that he equaled Ronaldo’s record back in October 2006. The Portuguese ace had struck the woodwork thrice in a league match against Newcastle. Funny enough, United won the game 2-0 courtesy of two goals from current gaffer Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Despite Trossard’s threat to the Red Devils on Saturday, however, Brighton lost with Bruno Fernandes scoring a penalty after the final whistle was blown.

“I’ve never experienced a game like that to be honest,” said Trossard.

“I think we were the better team and created a lot of good chances, so to lose in the last minute is really difficult to take.”

The Belgian forward added: “I hit the woodwork three times but it was one of those days. Hopefully next week those chances will go in, but it is a tough one to take at the moment.”

Neal Maupay’s penalty had put Brighton ahead in the 40th-minute before a Lewis Dunk own goal drew United level three minutes later.

Marcus Rashford then put the visitors ahead. Only for March to score an injury-time equalizer.

Brighton’s efforts were undone, however, when Maupay handled the ball from a corner-kick.

The referee, Chris Kavanagh, had blown the whistle for full-time, but signaled a penalty for United after a VAR review.

Fernandes then slotted home the spot-kick to seal three points for United, and his first goal of the season.