West Bromwich Albion 1-1 Watford: Ismaila Sarr scores from his own half, then misses the penalty

Ismaïla Sarr celebrates
Ismaila Sarr has been linked with a return to the Premier League this summer

Ismaila Sarr scored a spectacular David Beckham-style chip from his own half but then had a late penalty saved as Watford drew with West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns.

Despite being second best for most of the match, Watford took the lead in sensational style on 12 minutes when Senegal striker Sarr took a clearance, pushed the ball under his feet and the coolly lifted over the nearly 60-year-old blocked David Button. yards.

It came against the run of play, with Watford keeper Daniel Bachmann already busy, with a superb volley save from Darnell Furlong and two from Karlan Grant – and there were more to follow.

But Albion found an equalizer two minutes into added time in the first half when Grady Diangana’s fine smooth pass found Grant, who slotted the ball in very well before finishing with a right foot from close range.

Watford remained on the back foot for much of the second half but came close to winning when Sarr fell easily into Albion’s penalty area under pressure from Semi Ajayi.

But Sarr’s kick was tame, hit far too weakly to Button’s left – and the Albion keeper rushed in to save.

That leaves Rob Edwards’ Watford with four points from two games, ahead of their next game – when they host another side with four points from two games – Vincent Kompany’s Burnley at Vicarage Road on Friday.

They will both have an early chance of overtaking Blackburn Rovers, the only team with a 100% record in the Championship after two games.

Steve Bruce’s Albion, by contrast, have now lost just three of their last 14 league games – and, despite only drawing the first two games, the Baggies have come from behind in both – and should still have something to feel positive about when they head to Blackburn on Sunday.

West Bromwich Albion boss Steve Bruce told BBC Sport:

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“Sometimes you don’t always get what you deserve, but it’s as good as I’ve seen us play and to do it against such a good team made me feel even better.

“It’s very frustrating that we didn’t win, but it was still a great reaction from the players after conceding such an amazing goal against the run of play.

“It’s desperate news that we lost Daryl Dike to a thigh injury in training. He wants to play for his country so badly at the World Cup, he’s a popular boy and he knew that from the start. that he did.”

Watford manager Rob Edwards told BBC Sport:

“It was an amazing shot from Sarr. As soon as he left his foot I knew he was in.

“A genius moment. It’s quite special when you see a goal like that – and against the run of play too.

“It would have been quite unfair if we had scored that second goal from the penalty spot because Albion were in and were clearly the better team. But I would have taken it.”


West Brom

Training 4-2-3-1

  • 1Button
  • 2FurlongBooked at 69 minsReplaced byPhillipsat 90+1′minutes
  • 6Ajayi
  • 4O’Shea
  • 3Townsend
  • 14MolombyBooked at 45 mins
  • 8LivermoreReplaced byYokusluat 78′minutes
  • 17J Wallace
  • 19Fast
  • 11DianganaReplaced byReachat 88′minutes
  • 18To agree


  • 5Bartley
  • sevenRobinson
  • tenPhillips
  • 20Reach
  • 24Palm
  • 27mowatt
  • 35Yokuslu


Training 3-4-2-1

  • 1Bachman
  • 27KabaseleBooked at 74 mins
  • 31sieraltaReplaced byTroost-Ekongat 83′minutes
  • 15cathcart
  • 14KamaraReplaced byPerez Martinezat 77′minutes
  • 8Cleverley
  • 39Kayembe
  • 12Sema
  • 23SarrReplaced byGoslingat 90+5′minutes
  • 25DennisReplaced byManajat 83′minutes
  • tenJoe Pedro


  • 3Perez Martinez
  • 5Troost-Ekong
  • 9Manaj
  • 16Gosling
  • 18Asprila
  • 20Which does not have
  • 26Hammer

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