Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Everton 1.
Brighton & Hove Albion 1-1 Everton
Under-pressure Everton manager Ronald Koeman said he hoped his struggling side had gained "a little bit of confidence" after Wayne Rooney's 90th-minute penalty earned them a 1-1 draw at Brighton.
The Toffees, who spent £140m on new players in the summer, have won just two of their opening eight league games this season.
And they produced another lacklustre display at the Amex Stadium, with home goalkeeper Mat Ryan only seriously tested in the dying seconds of the match.
"We know we can play better but the commitment and belief was really positive," said Koeman.
"Maybe it's only one point, but it is a different picture. We at least deserved one point."
Brighton looked set to secure their third successive home league win when Anthony Knockaert slotted home in the 82nd minute after Jose Izquierdo's shot was blocked by Michael Keane.
But, with the clock ticking down, Seagulls defender Bruno elbowed Dominic Calvert-Lewin in the area as a free-kick was floated in.
Rooney sent Ryan the wrong way with his spot-kick, but the Australian rescued his side when he twice saved from substitute Kevin Mirallas in the closing seconds.
Koeman praised Rooney for keeping his composure.
He said: "Taking penalties is not the most difficult job but, at that moment, if your team needs points and you keep calm then that is experience and that is world-class."
Lacklustre Everton frustrate again
Were it not for Bruno's late indiscretion, it is likely Everton would have fallen to their fifth league defeat of the season.
Bar an effort from Nikola Vlasic and a firm angled strike by Mason Holgate, they did little to cause panic in Brighton's organised and lusty backline, once again led admirably by Lewis Dunk.
The visitors did come close to snatching all three points in the final seconds, but that would have been akin to paint covering damp.
Rooney was largely impotent up front and £45m signing Gylfi Sigurdsson once again looked off-key - he had one effort on goal, a 20-yard free-kick which, uncharacteristically, flew very wide.
Despite their summer outlay, Everton have scored only seven goals in their past 13 league matches under Koeman, and more pertinently have only won twice.
The Toffees, who move up one place to 16th, next host Arsenal in the league.
Brighton grow in confidence
Brighton were hosting an Everton side lacking in confidence, but nevertheless one expected to beat them.
So it says much about the Seagulls that they will be disappointed not to have won.
And had it not been for the heroics of Keane, they might have achieved that feat. The ex-Burnley player made an outstanding block to deny Dunk in the first half, and threw himself in front of a Knockaert drive moments before Brighton scored.
Like their opponents, Chris Hughton's side also have eight points from eight games, but they are 14th - above the Toffees and West Ham on goal difference.
Man of the match - Anthony Knockaert (Brighton)
'We deserved at least point' - the reaction
Brighton manager Chris Hughton: "To concede so late, it's even more disappointing. We were the side more likely to score and that we did. I just felt in general play, even with their quality, they wouldn't carve us open.
"If you don't put chances away then what happened can happen. We learned that the first game of the season and that was again the case.
"In credit to Bruno, he has had a lot of aerial duels in that second half and generally used his body well. He looked at another opportunity to impede him a little bit, but the referee was right there.
"Generally because there was a little bit of pushing, the referee was on his case more than he may have been.
"We have been in every game and are going to have to play at a certain level - if you play below that you'll get beat. For large parts of the season we have been."
Everton boss Ronald Koeman: "Of course, in this situation that the team is, you need a little bit of luck.
"The first 30 minutes we dominated and the second half, more difficult. It was really difficult to bring them down and they got the goal.
"I'm proud of the players for what we showed after that. We had the belief to get at least one point, and maybe we deserved another two.
"The first goal was defensively sloppy. You need to stay on your feet. You can't go down easily.
"We lost a little bit of control after one or two mistakes in our ball possession. One way to come out of this difficult situation is working hard. To show the belief and commitment of the players."
Everton leak late again - the stats
- Rooney has scored against 36 of the 39 different clubs he's faced in the Premier League - only Frank Lampard (39), Andrew Cole (38) and Alan Shearer (37) have scored against more in the competition (Jermain Defoe is also on 36).
- The only sides Rooney has failed to find the net against are Manchester United (five games), Derby County and Blackpool (two each).
- Everton are winless in their past 12 away Premier League games - their longest such run since a run of 13 ending in March 2002.
- Pascal Gross has been directly involved in 83% of Brighton's six Premier League goals this season (two goals, three assists); the highest ratio in the division.
- Brighton have scored the highest percentage of goals in the second half of games in the Premier League this season (83%).
- Six of the past nine goals Everton have conceded away from home in the Premier League have come in the final 10 minutes of games.
Everton are at home to Lyon in the Europa League on Thursday (20:05 BST), then host Arsenal next Sunday (13:30 BST). Brighton are at West Ham on Friday (20:00 BST).
- 2BrunoBooked at 88mins
- 22DuffySubstituted forHünemeierat 73'minutes
- 5DunkBooked at 67mins
- 11KnockaertBooked at 88mins
- 24PröpperBooked at 56mins
- 20MarchSubstituted forIzquierdoat 73'minutes
- 17MurraySubstituted forBrownat 85'minutes
- 3BainesSubstituted forMirallasat 83'minutesBooked at 90mins
- 17GueyeSubstituted forNiasseat 69'minutes
- 18G Sigurdsson
- 10RooneySubstituted forDaviesat 90'minutes
- Michael Oliver
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Everton 1.
Offside, Everton. Kevin Mirallas tries a through ball, but Mason Holgate is caught offside.
Attempt saved. Kevin Mirallas (Everton) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Kevin Mirallas (Everton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Kevin Mirallas (Everton).
Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt blocked. Davy Pröpper (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Foul by Morgan Schneiderlin (Everton).
Isaiah Brown (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Substitution, Everton. Tom Davies replaces Wayne Rooney.
Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Everton 1. Wayne Rooney (Everton) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.
Bruno (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Penalty Everton. Dominic Calvert-Lewin draws a foul in the penalty area.
Penalty conceded by Bruno (Brighton and Hove Albion) after a foul in the penalty area.
Anthony Knockaert (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Kevin Mirallas (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Anthony Knockaert (Brighton and Hove Albion).
Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Jordan Pickford.
Attempt saved. Isaiah Brown (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by José Izquierdo.