May 21, 2022

From the AMEX – Tottenham improved their faint Champions League hopes as strikes from Cristian Romero and Harry Kane saw them to a 2-0 victory over an out of form Brighton.

Spurs should have had the lead early on when Kane robbed Robert Sanchez, but he took the ball too wide and ended up skewing his shot wide of the empty net.

Tottenham had started well but the hosts grew into the game as the first half progressed, though it was the visitors who took the lead in pretty comical fashion.

Dejan Kulusevski got a shot away on the edge of the box and it hit Romero, leaving Sanchez stranded and wrongfooted as the ball trickled into the opposite corner.

Spurs’ lead should have grown to two goals when Kulusevski got a lucky rebound off Shane Duffy, but the Swede saw his effort saved by Sanchez when clean through.

Brighton started the second half in the ascendancy, though clear-cut chances remained hard to come by, and instead it was Tottenham who doubled their lead on the counter.

Having had chances through Son Heung-min and Kulusevski, Spurs finally got it right for 2-0 when Rodrigo Bentancur played in Kane to finish cooly beyond Sanchez. With that goal, Kane became the outright leading scorer in away Premier League matches.

The win moves Spurs back up to seventh in the Premier League as they search for a top-four spot, while the defeat was the latest in a long line for Brighton – their sixth straight league loss.

Brighton must wait until after the international break for their next game, a home clash with Norwich, while Tottenham face West Ham on Sunday.1. Goalkeeper & defenders

Sanchez almost gave a goal away / Charlie Crowhurst/GettyImages3. Forwards

Maupay toiled up front / Julian Finney/GettyImagesTottenham player ratings6. Midfielders & wing backs

Kane celebrated in…unique fashion / Julian Finney/GettyImages8. Substitutes

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