26 May 2022 | 08:00 | Football
Leandro Trossard’s superb 90th minute win for Brighton in a 1-0 win over Tottenham as the Seagulls beat Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium in north London Double crown.
Graham Potter’s side frustrate Tottenham throughout the game before Trossard showed some finesse in the box to make room to pass Hugo Lloris to claim Brighton’s own First win at Tottenham since 1981.
Spurs have scored at least twice in each of their past seven games but have not scored a field goal in 90 minutes, with Son Heung-min blocked in the second half by excellent blocks from Joel Veltman and Trossard. No outfield starter completed 90 minutes with fewer touches than lone Harry Kane (27).
Antonio Conte’s side have entered the competition looking to win their fifth game in a row and take a six-point lead over fourth-placed rivals Arsenal. However, Mikel Arteta’s side lost 1-0 to Southampton and was bumped into sixth place, with Manchester United beat Norwich Makes them the Spurs’ closest challenger, three points behind.
Tottenham: Lloris (5), Romero (6), Dier (5), Davis (6), Emerson (6), Hoybjerg (6), Bentancur (5), Reguilon (6) ), Kulusevsky (5), Kane (6), Son (6).
submarine: Mora (6), Winks (6), Bergwin (N/A)
Brighton: Sanchez (6), Lamptey (7), Veltman (7), Dunk (7), Cucurella (6), Gross (6), Mwep (6), Bisuma ( 7), Caicedo (7), Trossard (8), McAllister (6).
submarine: Welbeck (6), Lallana (6), March (N/A)
Competition male: Leandro Trossard.
The intense competition at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium could have been very different if referee Craig Pawson had seen several different situations in the first half. Dejan Kulusevski, who was below his best, was lucky and didn’t connect when he waved his elbow at Mark Kucurella – which earned him more than the yellow card he received.
Meanwhile, Enock Mwepu walked a tightrope on his own after taking part in Sergio Reguilon, despite a high penalty against Ben Davies and a clumsy challenge to Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s foot. Escaped the second yellow card.
But Brighton came on at half-time when they replaced Mwepp and found their magic moment in the last minute through The Trossard at the end of another convincing 45 minutes after the break, And achieved back-to-back victories.
It’s been a bit of a turnaround for Brighton, who took just one point from their previous seven games before heading to Arsenal on Saturday, but they always looked comfortable against sub-par Spurs .
Veltman made a good early tackle on Harry Kane but Brighton were at their best in the opening stages, with the Netherlands international at the other end after Mwepp’s corner shot was blocked blocked. Then Rodrigo Bentancur had to stay sharp to prevent Alexis Mac Allister from turning in from a flicked corner.
After half-time, when the focus was on Kulusevski and Mwep, Son Heung-min looked the most likely to break the deadlock for the hosts, but he had seven minutes to spare before Bentancur shot just wide. Blocked twice.
Brighton, however, continued to pose a threat of their own, with McAllister scoring from a good position and Tarek Lamptey hitting Lloris from a good position.
The impressive visitors were rewarded when Trossard’s dummy did for Eric Dier, whose jab flew past Lloris to deliver yet another blow to the top-four chasing team from north London.
Tottenham boss Antonio Conte: “Of course it’s not a good result for us. One of the lessons we can learn today is that some games if you can’t win, you can’t lose. It’s obviously not our day. I know we want to be in It’s three points ahead of the rest in the Champions League, but sometimes we need to feel it.
“It was a very tough game, it was a tactical game on both sides. Brighton closed every space well. We moved the ball slowly. We were able to do better than today. Maybe a fairer end result would be a draw , but Brighton played a good game, well organised by a good manager. If you beat Arsenal and Tottenham away, it means this team is a good team Team. We started very slowly. In my opinion, we can do better than we did today.”
Brighton boss Graham Potter: “It feels better than Arsenal. I think the performance is an improvement. The players are unbelievable, their work efficiency and discipline. We have great organisation and attitude to run and defend and be brave when we have the ball. .that’s not a smash and snatch game.
“We played against a lot of world-class players and a team at a great moment, so we had to play well today. 40 points, six games to go. Considering the end of the world three games ago, it’s still Not bad! It’s only fair, if we beat Arsenal; we have to go to Tottenham and beat them.”
Spurs head to Brentford Saturday Night Football 5.30pm – Live Sky Sports Premier League – Brighton travel to league leaders Manchester City at 8pm on Wednesday.