Leandro Trossard’s excellent 90th-minute result for Brighton in a 1-0 win at Tottenham secured a remarkable north London brace for the Seagulls, a week after beating Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.
Graham Potter’s side frustrated Spurs throughout the game and then Trossard showed skill in the box to make room to overtake Hugo Lloris and secure Brighton’s first victory at Tottenham since 1981.
Spurs had scored at least twice in each of their previous seven but failed to fire a single shot on target in the 90 minutes, with Heung-Min Son denied by excellent blocks from Joel Veltman and Trossard in second period. No outfield starter who has completed 90 minutes has had fewer touches than isolated Harry Kane (27).
Antonio Conte’s side had entered the game hoping to win their fifth game in a row and move six points clear of rivals Arsenal, but Mikel Arteta’s side now have the chance to bounce back from the loss 2-1 last week against Brighton at Southampton on Saturday afternoon. . The Gunners, in fifth, could level the points with Spurs, with one game less.
Tottenham: Lloris (5), Romero (6), Dier (5), Davies (6), Emerson (6), Hojbjerg (6), Bentancur (5), Reguilon (6), Kulusevski (5), Kane (6), Son (6).
Subtitles: Moura (6), Winks (6), Bergwijn (N/A)
Brighton: Sanchez (6), Lamptey (7), Veltman (7), Dunk (7), Cucurella (6), Gross (6), Mwepu (5), Bissouma (7), Caicedo (7), Trossard (8), Mac Allister (6).
Subtitles: Welbeck (6), Lallana (6), March (N/A)
Man of the match: Leandro Trossard.
The close competition at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium could have turned out very differently had referee Craig Pawson seen a few instances differently in the first half. A below-best Dejan Kulusevski was lucky not to connect when he elbowed Marc Cucurella – it would have earned him more than the yellow card he received.
Meanwhile, Enock Mwepu was walking a tightrope after entering the book himself for a trip over Sergio Reguilon and escaped a second yellow despite stepping on Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s toe with a clumsy challenge .
- Sergio Reguilon won the battle with Ryan Sessegnon to replace injured Matt Doherty at left-back, Spurs’ only change from the side that won at Aston Villa.
- Brighton also made a change, with Tariq Lamptey replacing Danny Welbeck, who was benched.
But Brighton came on at half-time, where they replaced Mwepu, and at the end of another convincing 45 minutes after the break, they found their moment of magic in the dying moments through Trossard to make it straight wins.
It’s a turnaround from Brighton, who had taken just one point from their previous seven before moving to Arsenal last Saturday, but they still looked comfortable against below par Spurs.
Veltman made a good tackle on Harry Kane early on but Brighton had the best moments of the first half, with Veltman himself denied at the other end after Mwepu’s shot from a corner was blocked. Rodrigo Bentancur then had to be quick to prevent Alexis Mac Allister from coming back on a corner taken.
After a scrappy end to the half, with the focus on Kulusevski and Mwepu, Son looked the most likely to break the deadlock for the hosts but was denied twice in the space of seven minutes before Bentancur only draws a little.
However, Brighton continued to pose a threat in their own right, with Pascal Gross firing when well placed and Tariq Lamptey firing a tame shot at Lloris from a good position.
And the visitors were rewarded for pushing forward late when Trossard’s dummy replaced Eric Dier and his strike went past Lloris.
Opta stats – Brighton back in form
- Tottenham have lost three of their last six Premier League home games (W3), as many defeats as they have suffered in their previous 14 at home (W10 D1).
- Brighton have won consecutive away League games for the first time since September 2021 and are now unbeaten in three Premier League games in total, winning the last two, having lost each of the previous six.
- Tottenham have failed to head a single shot on target for the first time in their last 21 Premier League games, since November 7, 2021 against Everton.
- Brighton are only the second team in Premier League history to win at both Arsenal and Tottenham in consecutive Premier League games after Hull City in October 2008.
- Brighton’s Leandro Trossard has scored six Premier League goals this season, his best return of a season in the competition, eclipsing the five he scored in 2019-20 and 2020-21.
- Brighton winger Leandro Trossard’s goal was the first 90th-minute winner Tottenham have conceded at home in the Premier League since Ayoze Perez struck late for Newcastle in December 2015.
- Brighton captain Lewis Dunk made his 166th Premier League appearance, with all as starts; only six outfielders have better starting numbers at 100% in the history of the competition (Gareth Southgate leads with 426/426, then Paul Ince, Des Walker, Gary Pallister, Fabricio Coloccini and Stuart Pearce).
Spurs head to Brentford for the Saturday night football at 5:30 p.m. – live Sky Sports Premier League – while Brighton travel to league leaders Manchester City on Wednesday at 8pm.