Tottenham vs Brighton: Seagulls win 1-0 courtesy of Leandro Trossard's last-ditch strike

It was a brilliant performance from Brighton as they restricted in-form Spurs to zero shots on target over the 90 minutes and grabbed Brighton’s first win at Tottenham since 1981. 

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By Sreejith C R | Apr 16, 2022 | 3 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

Brighton beat Tottenham courtesy of Leandro Trossard’s last-ditch goal in the Premier League fixture in at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday. Graham Potter’s side went into the tie on the back of an impressive 2-1 win against Arsenal and now they have completed a north London double. It was a brilliant performance from Brighton as they restricted in-form Spurs to zero shots on target over the 90 minutes and showed some skill inside the box to grab Brighton’s first win at Tottenham since 1981. 

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The match was a cagey affair as both sides canceled each other out. Spurs’ front-three of Harry Kane, Son Heung-min and Dejan Kulusevski, who were in stunning form coming into this game, were excellently managed by the Brighton defence. 

Lewis Dunk stayed close to Kane, not allowing the Englishman any space to work with while Son was denied by excellent blocks from Joel Veltman and Trossard in the second half. 

Spurs went into the match hoping to move six points clear of fifth-placed Arsenal but Mikel Arteta’s side now have a chance to bounce back from last week’s defeat at Brighton at Southampton on Saturday afternoon. The Gunners could move level on points with Spurs, with a game in hand. 

Spurs had a slight upper hand in terms of ball possession in the initial phase of the game, but Bright clearly controlled the tempo of the game. On 22 minutes, Trossard’s header is only half cleared, Mwepu charges on to the loose ball in the edge of the box, but his shot deflects just wide off Davies. A minute later, Veltman saw his effort blocked in the six-yard box by Kane. 

The game was becoming a bit physical as Mwepu was booked for a late tackle on Reguilon. And then, Kulusevski is booked for an elbow in frustration at Cucurella. The winger could have been sent-off for that.

Meanwhile Potter made a half-time change as Mwepu was walking a tightrope and Danny Welbeck came in for the cautioned forward. A quick long throw from Kane finds Son in the area. The South Korean neatly lobs the ball over Veltman, but the Dutchman recovers well to block the subsequent shot.

Trossard’s winner

Trossard made a fine block to deny Son but the loose ball fell to Bentancur, whose effort from distance went just wide. At the other end, Mac Allister’s shot went over the bar from 20 yards. It’s been a sluggish attacking performance from Spurs.

Meanwhile just when it looked like the points would be shared, a moment of brilliance from Trossard’s 90th-minute strike helped the visitors take all three points. Adam Lallana was challenged by Christian Romero, the ball fell to an onrushing Trossard on the left side of the box. The Belgian swerved past Eric Dier before slotting the ball past Hugo Lloris into the far corner.

Substitute missed a golden chance to equalise as he fired wide from Kane’s assist. The result helped Brighton to 10 spot with 40 points from 32 games.  

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