Tottenham Hotspur vs. Brighton & Hove Albion: Premier League Match Recap | Football News

Feb 11, 2024

Tottenham Hotspur regained my place in Premier LeagueMade it to the top four thanks to a dramatic 2-1 win at home brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday, sealed by substitute brennan johnsonThe bravery of pause-time.
Johnson headed the ball into the net from close range after a low cross from Tottenham captain Son Heung-min, who had started the match on the bench after returning from his Asian Cup duties.
Son's entrance onto the field shortly after Pep Matar equalized the score for the hosts filled the crowd with the loudest cheer of the day, a cheer that was surpassed by Johnson's game-winning strike in the seventh minute of extra time. Went.
Tottenham suffered an early blow when Pascal Gross converted a penalty for Brighton after a foul on Danny Welbeck, but they rallied after halftime. Sarr scored the equalizer in the 61st minute when his initial shot hit the post and he pounced on the rebound.
A draw looked likely, but Johnson's late heroics sent the Tottenham fans home jubilant as his team moved into fourth place, ahead of Aston Villa, with 47 points from 24 matches.
“It was a great finish for us and the supporters,” said Tottenham manager Ange Postecoglou, who finally features a nearly full-strength squad.
“It's a reward for our efforts in the second half but we weren't good in the first half. One of the reasons for that was because Brighton are a great team and we lacked some discipline.”
Now that Harry Kane has moved on, on the contribution of Tottenham's talisman Son, Postecoglou said: “We had a world-class player in Son, who makes even the most difficult ball simple for Brennan to set up. “
Son returned to action sooner than expected or desired following South Korea's surprise defeat to Jordan in the Asian Cup semi-finals, a disappointment for Son despite his three goals in the tournament, contributing 13 goals for his club. .
The manager decided not to bring him into the game immediately, but when Son came onto the field, he once again proved to be a catalyst for his team, filling Spurs with a new energy and delivering a perfect low cross to Johnson from the left wing. be provided. Couldn't miss.
Brighton faced a tough challenge, without their manager Roberto De Zerbi due to touchline restrictions. They took the lead in the 17th minute when Micky van de Ven fouled Danny Welbeck in the area, resulting in Gross converting the penalty.
Tottenham's in-form Richarlison had his side's best chances in the first half but failed to find the target, while James Maddison narrowly missed a curling effort.
Tottenham showed more intensity in the second half, with Sarr calmly finishing after being set up by Dejan Kulusevski as Brighton came under pressure.
Despite this, the visitors regrouped and looked set to clinch all three points. Substitute Ansu Fati came close to restoring Brighton's lead, but his shot from Kaoru Mitoma's pass missed the target.
Ultimately, Brighton's adventurous approach proved costly as they were caught on the counter-attack, Son and Johnson combining effectively to punish them and ensure victory for Tottenham.
(With Reuters inputs)

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