A look back at a memorable Albion goal against Middlesbrough.
(13 April 2013, Championship, Riverside)
Middlesbrough 0-2 Brighton
Nicknamed by Seagulls supporters as ‘Spanish Dave’, Lopez was signed on a one-year deal after being released by Athletic Bilbao in August 2012. After a slow start, he developed into an influential player in midfield, becoming a firm favourite at the Amex. In March 2013, his spectacular free-kick opened the scoring in a 3-0 win against Crystal Palace.
With the Albion already a goal up through Orlandi, Boro were chasing the game. In the 75th minute, as one of their attacks faltered, Liam Bridcutt gathered the ball in midfield and ran into space. He picked out Lopez on the right wing. With Boro keeper Luke Steele charging out of the area before changing his mind, Lopez confidently lobbed the ball over him into an empty net.
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Why this goal mattered
The goal ensured a first-ever away victory at Middlesbrough for Brighton. It also moved the club into fifth spot, well inside the play-off positions.
Lopez enjoyed a one year extension to his contract before returning to Spain where he joined Lugo, who play in the Spanish Segunda (second division).