Tottenham Vs Brighton: Battle Of The ‘Titans’, Spurs Hindered

Tottenham vs Brighton match in the FA Cup semi-finals/ skysports.com
Tottenham’s Harry Kane, the direct competitior and rival of Liverpool’s Mo Salah is trying so hard to see to it that he wins the Premier League’s Golden boot title at the end of this season. He topped up his goals by adding an extra goal to the queue on Tuesday in their match against Brighton that ended in a 1-1 draw.

Mo Salah of Liverpool is so far, the Premier League top scorer for this season with 30 goals recorded to his name while City’s Kane is trailing him with 26 goals in total, making him 4 goals behind Salah.

Kane in the 48th minute of the Tottenham vs Brighton match, gave Tottenham the lead with a goal scored at a close-range shot that made its way through to the net against Brighton’s defender, Bruno, in the FA Cup semi-finals.

This was a great start and a good headway for Mauricio Pochettino’s side until Chris Hughton’s Brighton left the club in disappointment and awe. They left the Amex stadium frustrated after equalizing two minutes after Kane’s short-lived excited goal.

Spurs in the fourth place have played without victory in their last two league matches but are still well placed for the Champion League come next season if they ultimately finish in the top four. They are currently 8 points above Chelsea FC who are in the 5th position and have 5 matches to go before the curtain falls on them in the Premier League Games.

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Pochettino said:  “It was a difficult game, the first half was even and the second half we started really well. We scored but in the next section we conceded,

“We created chances but not enough to win the game. The draw is a little bit disappointing because the intention was to get all three.”

Pochettino who is yet to win a trophy for the club since he came in four years ago, made six changes on the team after they lost to Manchester City on Saturday in a demeaning 3-1. When asked about it, He defended his action saying:

“We were thinking of giving the team fresh legs because Saturday’s game against Manchester City was tough mentally and physically.

“We have a squad good enough to win games. This result was not because we rotated the team.

“Everyone is ready to play but Brighton was a very difficult opponent and we need to give credit to them.”

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The changes he made included Belgium defender Toby Alderweireld handling his first league start since October in place of Davinson Sanchez, while Dele Alli, Kieran Trippier, Mousa Dembele and Eric Dier were rested.

He also gave Lucas Moura his first league start who threatened Hughes side with a powerful drive from a shot fired from a distance in a bid to bring the ball possession to their side.

A direct but slow shot was given by Tottenham’s winger, Son Heong-Min, which forced a beautiful save from Mat Ryan, Albion goalkeeper. This shot was in an attempt to break the first-half deadlock and drive home a lead against Brighton.

The South Korean controlled the ball in his possession until it got to the legs of Kane who eventually broke the deadlock and scored the goal for his side.

Just when they felt the match had started out in their favour, Brighton were shaken rigorously and eventually brought back the game to another headlock in the 50th minute with Izquierdo won a penalty by inducing a rash challenge from Aurier.

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Pascal Gross made the draw for Brighton after scoring the goal gotten from the penalty kick he took that was awarded their side as a result Serge Aurier’s foul on Jose Izquierdo.

Gross took the penalty kick as a result of Abion’s regular penalty taker, Glenn Murray, missing two penalty kicks this season from the spot.

Brighton are eight points clear of the bottom three and should be safe from relegation at the end of their first season back in the top-flight.

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