Football: Mitoma repays manager’s trust with late winner


Even with Kaoru Mitoma not at his best, Brighton manager Roberto De Zerbi stuck with the Japan winger and he delivered a late winner in a 1-0 home victory Saturday over Bournemouth in the English Premier League.

After Mitoma netted a memorable game-sealing goal late Sunday against Liverpool in the FA Cup, Brighton struggled to break down a stubborn Bournemouth, but with the 25-year-old having scored in two straight games, the Brighton manager kept the faith.

“He has fantastic natural quality,” De Zerbi said. “I think today he didn’t play a fantastic game like against Liverpool or Leicester, bu...

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