Tottenham beat Brighton 1-0 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Tuesday, April 23rd, thanks to an 88th minute winner from Christian Eriksen.
Spurs had a lot of possession but found it difficult to break down a well-drilled Brighton defence. Jan Vertonghen had a goal-bound shot blocked by his own teammate Victor Wanyama in the 20th minute before the away side cleared the danger.
A largely uneventful first-half nearly ended in a dramatic fashion as Dele Alli controlled Kieran Trippier's long ball into the box before seeing his shot blocked on the line by Shane Duffy.
The second-half started in a similar fashion to the first, as the visitors continued to defend in numbers, the London side were reduced to taking shots from a distance with both Eriksen and Son Heung-Min firing efforts over the bar.
Danny Rose forced Brighton goalkeeper Mat Ryan into a decent save just past the hour mark. The hosts came close to breaking the deadlock in the 72nd minute after Toby Alderweireld's shot came off the post. Alli fired an effort over the bar, minutes later, as the home fans began showing their frustration.
But the Seagull's resistance was finally broken in the 88th minute. Eriksen fired in a stunning long-range strike past Ryan and into the bottom corner to finally put his side in front.
The London side held on for the win to remain in third place as they extended their advantage in the race for the top four. Brighton on the other hand lost a vital point which would move them four points clear of the relegation battle.
Reuters reported that Tottenham's head coach, Mauricio Pochettino, spoke after the game and praised his side for not giving up. "The team are not as fresh as we wanted; not just legs, but minds, so we have to congratulate the players. I'm so proud of them. Brighton were a really brave opponent. The most important thing is we believed. We didn't give up and we tried different ways to score. It is three very important points and to be in a good position in the table."