Kane scores, Spurs draw at Brighton

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  • Spurs with advantage in shots, possession
  • Kane bags 26th of season
  • Gross answers from spot

Serge Aurier set-up a goal and gave away a penalty, all within three minutes, as Tottenham Hotspur drew Brighton and Hove Albion 1-1 on Tuesday at the Amex Stadium.

Harry Kane scored for Spurs before Pascal Gross answered for the Gulls.

Spurs are now two points behind third-place Liverpool having given away its match-in-hand, while Brighton is eight clear of the drop zone with a brutal slate ahead of it.

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A game that rightfully had some questioning whether Harry Kane was fit to play during a dull first half a snapped into life in three wild second half minutes.

Serge Aurier stole the ball and fed Heung-Min Son, whose dribbled down the right end line finished with a cutback for Kane. The English striker’s shot was only partially diverted from its course by Bruno, and still found the back of the net.

Then Jose Izquierdo was taken down inside the box by Aurier, and Gross coolly slotted his penalty kick to make it 1-1.

And Lucas Moura thought he deserved a penalty when he hit the deck following a challenge from Bruno.

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Watch Live: Tottenham v. Man City

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Tottenham host Manchester City at Wembley on Saturday (Watch live, 2:45 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com) with Spurs aiming to hand City a fourth-straight defeat in all competitions.

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League leaders Man City are in a bad stretch under Pep Guardiola after defeats to Liverpool in their UEFA Champions League quarterfinals and then Manchester United in the derby last weekend.

As for Spurs, their spot in the top four is all but secure but Mauricio Pochettino will be looking to Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Co. to deliver another famous Wembley moment this season.

In team news Spurs start Heung-Min Son on the bench, while Man City bring Vincent Kompany back in and start with Gabriel Jesus up top with Sergio Aguero out injured.


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Stoke City 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur: Eriksen stars

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  • Goal, assist for Eriksen
  • Kane starts, scores
  • Diouf nabs sixth for Stoke

Christian Eriksen had a goal and an assist as Spurs fended off pesky Stoke City, 2-1, at the bet365 Stadium on Saturday.

Harry Kane started and scored for Tottenham, and Dele Alli also had an assist as the visitors are now level on points with third place Liverpool with a match-in-hand.

Mame Biram Diouf scored for Stoke City, who is four points back of 17th with 27 points.

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Spurs could’ve been 1-0 up when Dele Alli spied Heung-Min Son, but the South Korean’s effort was denied by in-form Jack Butland.

Dele got his assist when he spied Eriksen early in the second half, an inspired pass that was hammered home by the Danish playmaker.

Stoke level through Diouf, who scored a fortunate goal when Hugo Lloris‘ clearance slammed off his torso and into the Spurs goal.

Kane made it all better within minutes, heading Eriksen’s cross into the goal.

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Premier League player Power Rankings

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Stars from Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham are in particularly dazzling form, while Manchester United and Arsenal also have their star man delivering.

Remember: this is a list of the top 20 performing players right now in the Premier League.

Let us know in the comments section below if you agree with the selections.


  1. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) – Even
  2. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham) – Even
  3. Romelu Lukaku (Man United) – Up 2
  4. Kevin De Bruyne (Man City) – New entry
  5. Dele Alli (Tottenham) – New entry
  6. David Silva (Man City) – New entry
  7. Willian (Chelsea) – Down 4
  8. Heung-Min Son (Tottenham) – Down 1
  9. David De Gea (Man United) – Down 3
  10. Sadio Mane (Liverpool) – Even
  11. Riyad Mahrez (Leicester) – Down 7
  12. Jamie Vardy (Leicester) – Even
  13. Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) – Down 2
  14. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal) – New entry
  15. Ashley Barnes (Burnley) – New entry
  16. Marko Arnautovic (West Ham) – New entry
  17. Leroy Sane (Man City) – New entry)
  18. Andrew Robertson (Liverpool) – New entry
  19. Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) – New entry
  20. Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) – New entry

Three things learned: Chelsea v. Tottenham

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LONDON — Tottenham Hotspur beat Chelsea 3-1 at Stamford Bridge on Sunday to end a 28-year wait for a win at their London rivals.

Alvaro Morata put Chelsea ahead in the first half but Christian Eriksen‘s stunner saw Spurs equalize right on half time and two calm finishes from Dele Alli in the second half set Spurs on their way to a historic win, their first in the Premier League era at Chelsea.

Here’s what we learned from a pivotal day in the top four race in a London derby at the Bridge.


DELE ALLI TAKES OVER FOR KANE

Both Christian Eriksen and Heung-Min Son had helped fill the void left by Harry Kane before Sunday. At Chelsea it was Dele Alli who stood tall as he scored twice in the second half to turn the game on its head.

Dele, 21, scored a sublime first goal on his 100th Premier League appearance for Tottenham as he collected a long ball over the top as delicate as an ice sculptor chiseling the final detail of their latest masterpiece before finishing with aplomb.

His second was a predatory strike, straight out of Kane’s locker, as he hung around in the box and waited for a loose ball to break to him before finishing to make it 3-1.

Eriksen’s equalizer right on half time was crucial as the Danish playmaker spanked home from distance and helped drag Spurs back into the encounter. But it was Alli who did the most damage as he regained the form which saw him win the PFA Young Player of the Year award in each of his first two season in the PL.

After being left out of England’s starting lineups for their recent internationals, Alli seems to have got the message loud and clear. He delivered a timely reminder why he is rated as the top attacking midfield talent 21 and under in Europe.

He stood tall when Tottenham needed him most to all but secure their top four spot as Spurs are the only PL team who remain unbeaten in 2018 with eight wins and three draws. On course for a third-straight top four finish as they will now certainly bring Champions League action into the new White Hart Lane next season, Kane’s goals have been a big part of their success. But Dele Alli, Eriksen and Son have all stepped up when Kane has been missing and on Sunday it was Alli’s turn.


TOTTENHAM RUB SALT IN CONTE’S WOUNDS

This wasn’t the final nail in Antonio Conte‘s coffin at Chelsea, but it was one of the final nails.

Chelsea have now lost five of their last seven games and although they impressed in the first half against Tottenham, they squandered several chances with Marcos Alonso and Willian denied and seemed to be in total control of the game until Eriksen’s stunner on half time.

As for Conte, the Italian coach hasn’t wanted to be around in West London all season long and this defeat for fifth-place Chelsea means they are now eight points off the top four with seven games to go. In other words, Chelsea’s hopes of finishing in the top four are over.

Chelsea’s season is now all but over as their focus will switch to winning the FA Cup. Of course they will try and win their remaining games but this was a massive blow for Conte and should only accelerate either his own departure from Stamford Bridge or at least the plans for life without him from this summer on.

Just under 12 months on from securing the PL title, Conte’s second, and probably his last season, at Chelsea is descending into a huge disappointment.


MORATA REGAINS MOJO

Early on he lost a few aerial challenges against Davinson Sanchez and Jan Vertonghen and there were rumblings of discontent among the home supporters. Overall, Alvaro Morata has his mojo back.

The Spanish striker made the most of a mistake from Hugo Lloris to calmly nod Chelsea ahead as he continued his good run of form following a back injury and a dip in confidence which threatened to derail his debut Premier League season.

When Romelu Lukaku went to Manchester United and Morata went to Chelsea in the summer, the debate was around who got the better deal. There’s no question that Lukaku has had a better season than Morata in terms of goals (he has 25 in all competitions to Morata’s 14) or his importance to his team.

But long term, could Morata deliver more than Lukaku?

His hold up play, like Lukaku’s still needs to improve, but he was winning flick ons and making much more of a nuisance of himself than he had done previously. He could have got a shot away early in the second half before Spurs and Dele Alli turned on the magic as a lack of confidence reared its head again, but Morata is showing signs of recovery which will be a positive for Chelsea next season.

With two goals in his last two games, Morata is back to the player Chelsea and Conte thought they had signed to not only replace Diego Costa up front but to improve in that area.