Tottenham Hotspur staged a dramatic comeback to secure a 2-1 victory against Brighton, with Brennan Johnson playing the hero in additional time. The match at Tottenham’s home ground saw emotions run high as both teams fought valiantly, but it was Spurs who emerged victorious, enhancing their chances for a top-four finish.
Brighton initially took the lead through Pascal Gross’s penalty after Danny Welbeck was brought down by Micky van de Ven. Despite the setback, Tottenham displayed commendable resilience, creating numerous opportunities to level the scores. Richarlison and Dejan Kulusevski were constant threats, but Brighton’s goalkeeper, Jason Steele, kept them at bay with a series of crucial saves.
The tide began to turn in the second half as Tottenham intensified their attacks. Sarr’s persistence paid off when he equalized, connecting with a brilliant pass from Kulusevski and overcoming Steele’s initial block. The game’s pace continued to escalate, with Spurs maintaining pressure and Brighton defending stoutly.
Son Heung-min’s introduction in the second half marked a pivotal moment for Tottenham. Making his first appearance of the year after participating in the Asian Cup with South Korea, Son’s influence was immediate. His impeccable assist set up Johnson for the decisive goal, sending the home crowd into a frenzy.
Tottenham’s manager, Ange Postecoglou, praised the team’s effort and highlighted Son’s critical contribution to the winning goal. This victory propels Tottenham to fourth place in the league standings, a point ahead of Aston Villa, which has a game in hand against Manchester United.
Brighton, meanwhile, faced the challenge without their manager, Roberto de Zerbi, and top scorer, Joao Pedro. The team displayed commendable effort and discipline but ultimately couldn’t capitalize on their early lead. The absence of key personnel was felt, particularly in the attacking third, where they struggled to create significant chances after their initial goal.