Brighton shocked Spurs, putting a dent in their Champions League push

Brighton stopped Tottenham’s march towards a spot in next season’s Champions League with a 1-0 victory on Saturday, thanks to a 90th-minute goal from Leandro Trossard.

Spurs maintain a three-point advantage over Arsenal in the race for fourth place in the Premier League, although the Gunners now have two games in hand.

Antonio Conte’s players had won four straight games, beginning with a 2-0 triumph against Brighton last month, to cap off the Italian’s tumultuous debut season in command.

The prolific Harry Kane and Son Heung-min, on the other hand, were kept quiet as the hosts failed to produce clear-cut opportunities.

Brighton did Tottenham a great favor by snapping a seven-game losing streak against Arsenal last weekend.

The Seagulls looked more like their old selves under Graham Potter, controlling the game and completing a north London double due to Trossard’s precise goal in the last minute.

Kane’s most meaningful contribution came inside his own six-yard box when he stopped Joel Veltman’s shot with the finest opportunity of a first-half only enlivened by contentious refereeing decisions.

Tottenham’s Dejan Kulusevski escaped with just a yellow card for a swinging elbow on Marc Cucurella, and both teams were fortunate to still have 11 men on the field at halftime.

Cucurella then exacted his vengeance with a stamp on Kulusevski’s ankle, while Enock Mwepu averted a possible second yellow card twice.

Tottenham improved only somewhat in the second half, with Trossard blocking Son’s close-range attempt before Rodrigo Bentancur blasted a follow-up shot wide.

Hugo Lloris was challenged by a header from Lewis Dunk as Brighton continued to offer the bigger danger.

Trossard provided the game with the quality it had been lacking for 90 minutes when he sold Eric Dier a dummy to create space for a pushed finish past Lloris.

Spurs’ finest opportunity of the game came only seconds later when Kane flicked a header into the direction of Steven Bergwijn, who scuffed far wide, to sum up their day.

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