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Tottenham Fight Back To Beat Brighton

Tottenham Hotspur’s English striker Harry Kane controls the ball in the course of the English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Brighton and Hove Albion at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, on December 26, 2019. Tolga AKMEN / AFP

 

Dele Alli acquired Tottenham again on observe because the England midfielder capped a gritty escape act with the late winner in Thursday’s 2-1 victory towards Brighton.

Jose Mourinho’s facet have been at risk of a second successive Premier League defeat when Adam Webster headed Brighton right into a shock lead on the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

But Harry Kane equalised after the interval and Alli completed off a flowing Tottenham transfer within the closing phases to erase the bitter style of final weekend’s acrimonious London derby loss to Chelsea.

Avenging their defeat at Brighton in October, Tottenham, unbeaten in Boxing Day fixtures since 2003, have gained three of their final 4 league video games as they attempt to climb into the highest 4.

That Chelsea setback was fully overshadowed by the alleged racist abuse of Blues defender Antonio Rudiger by Tottenham followers after his position in Son Heung-min’s crimson card.

Amid widespread requires stronger motion to stamp out racism in soccer, Tottenham followers appeared to behave higher this time.

Initially, there have been worrying indicators for Mourinho on the sector nevertheless as Steven Alzate escaped Moussa Sissoko, making house for a low strike that drifted simply extensive.

Since Mourinho’s first recreation accountable for Tottenham, no Premier League staff had conceded extra targets than the 14 his facet allowed throughout all competitions heading into this spherical of matches.

Those defensive frailties have been on show when Alzate misplaced his marker and compelled Paulo Gazzaniga right into a sprawling save, whereas Aaron Mooy went shut from the sting of the world.

Kane has a knack of scoring on Boxing Day and the Tottenham striker thought he had netted once more when he fired house from Winks’ cross, however the objective went to a VAR evaluate and was dominated out by the narrowest of offside selections.

Clinical Kane

Brighton made essentially the most of that let-off to take the lead within the thirty seventh minute.

Pascal Gross swung over a free-kick and Webster rose above Toby Alderweireld and Davinson Sanchez to plant a robust header previous Gazzaniga for his third objective of the season.

Mourinho will need to have been livid that Tottenham wilted towards such a easy set-piece and his staff’s report of 1 clean-sheet in his 9 matches suggests a defender may very well be excessive on his January purchasing listing.

Underlining the urgency to deal with that drawback space, Brighton’s Bernardo pressured Gazzaniga to save lots of from a nook moments later to the audible frustration of the Tottenham crowd on a dank, moist day in north London.

Mourinho, standing rain-soaked on the touchline, revealed earlier than the sport that his Christmas was ruined by the loss of life of his household’s pet Yorkshire Terrier.

But Kane put a smile again on his supervisor’s face within the 53rd minute when he seized on a deflection off Lucas Moura after the Brazilian’s decided run.

Drilling a shot that Mat Ryan might solely push again out, Kane devoured up the rebound with a medical end for his eighth targets in 5 Premier League video games on Boxing Day.

Kane’s sixteenth membership objective this season was not instantly a catalyst for a Tottenham surge and Gazzaniga needed to be alert to maintain out Gross’s fierce free-kick.

But Mourinho made a major swap when he despatched on Christian Eriksen for Harry Winks, who moments earlier than was fortunate to flee a crimson card for a foul when he had already been booked.

Eriksen made a direct impression within the 72nd minute when he floated a fragile cross to Serge Aurier who flicked the ball into the trail of Alli, who guided an excellent lofted end over Ryan.

 

AFP

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