Tottenham 0-1 Brighton LIVE! Premier League result, match stream and latest updates after Trossard goal today

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Tottenham vs Brighton LIVE!

Tottenham blew a chance to strengthen their grip on fourth place in the Premier League as they suffered a 1-0 home defeat by Brighton on Saturday.

Antonio Conte's side produced a lacklustre display and looked set for a frustrating stalemate before Leandro Trossard made things even worse with a 90th-minute winner.

After four successive wins the pre-match mood in north London was one of optimism but Tottenham's performance was in stark contrast to the bright spring sunshine.

They managed only one goal attempt in a dismal first-half in which Brighton were by far the better side.

Spurs showed a little more urgency after the break with Son Heung-min twice having shots blocked, but Brighton always carried the greater goal threat and deservedly took the points when Trossard cut in from the left and beat Hugo Lloris with a low angled shot with the outside of his foot.

Tottenham stay fourth with 57 points, just three points ahead of Arsenal who have two games in hand and play later on Saturday at Southampton. Brighton moved up to 10th with 40 points.

Match highlights

  • GOAL! Trossard with late opener

Tottenham Hotspur FC 0 - 1 Brighton & Hove Albion FC

Match report

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That brings to an end our coverage of today’s game between Tottenham and Brighton, thanks for joining us and head over to our sister blogs for the Arsenal match and FA Cup semi-final!

Recap the Seagulls’ win with our match report.

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Antonio Conte reacts to the defeat

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“A difficult game, we knew this,” he tells BT Sport.

“I saw the game against Arsenal and we knew what could happen. It was very tactical and in the end a draw was the more fair result, but they deserved to win.

“We started very slowly and in this type of tactical game, you have to move the ball quickly and try to find the right space to attack. Today we did everything too slow and maybe the spring weather was an excuse, but not a good game for us.”

More to come...

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A lot of action to follow later today with Arsenal’s trip to Southampton now of even greater importance, and kicking off in just 15 minutes’ time.

You can follow that game here.

At 3.30pm, Liverpool face Manchester City in the FA Cup semi-finals.

A game you can keep on top of here.

Player ratings

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Not many positives for the Spurs players to take out of that one.

Read Malik’s full ratings from Tottenham Stadium.

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Watch the winner

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Hard to argue with that!

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FULL TIME!

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What a win for Brighton and what a sucker punch for Tottenham. They simply cannot complain about this defeat...

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90+6 mins: A ball comes in from deep and Sanchez grabs it just as Kane lurked.

Emerson has been booked for Tottenham.

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90+5 mins: No sign of a late Spurs push...

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90+2 mins: Chance!

Bergwijn snatches at a volley as it drops in the box and Spurs continue to go without a shot on target...

Five minutes added on.

GGGOOOOAAALLLLL!!!

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90 mins: SURELY BRIGHTON WIN IT!

Trossard sells Dier with a dummy and pokes him a stunning finish across Lloris at the death!

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89 mins: A fresh stoppage after Romero bowls Welbeck over, landing a knee in his hip for a foul.

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87 mins: Nice from Son to jump in and carry the ball into the final third before Brighton effortlessly steal it back off Kane.

Trossard has a crack on the break and scuffs an effort wide of the near-post.

Son is off, Bergwijn on.

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85 mins: Gross takes his time after being clipped by Moura. It seems as if cramp is his particular ailment, annoying the home fans further.

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83 mins: Don’t rule out a Brighton rally to finish... Dunk meets a corner from the penalty spot and guides his header straight at Lloris.

A winner would hardly be undeserved for the team turning into top-four party poopers.

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81 mins: A fresh break in play suits the visitors and Lamptey will have to come off for March. Ten minutes to play and the silence is deafening around Tottenham Stadium.

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79 mins: Lamptey does fantastically to keep a Brighton attack going before hooking a cross back into the six-yard box, although Welbeck is always stretching to meet the ball as he heads over the bar.

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77 mins: Lallana replaces Caicedo after another rush down the Tottenham right, before Moura crosses straight at Sanchez.

There are boos for the midfielder, who says he is hurt as he trudges off.

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75 mins: Chance!

Hojbjerg does well down the right wing, bustling towards the byline before putting a cross... but Reguilon is behind it and cannot connect with his slide.

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74 mins: Brighton are pushing for a winner and Lamptey is played in down the right flank before opting to shoot and driving a low effort into Lloris’ arms.

That’s another shot on target for the visitors - Spurs have had none...

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72 mins: Another of Tottenham’s impressive January signings endures an off day with Winks on for Bentancur.

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69 mins: That sums it up for Tottenham, as Moura controls nicely and looks tricky against the defenders before laying in a misplaced pass and the ball ends up back at Lloris.

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67 mins: Moura has introduced some energy but that asset is still in short supply for a Tottenham team really short on ideas today.

Brighton continue to frustrate with the odd foul won and a happiness to slow the play down when necessary. A really good away performance.

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63 mins: Mac Allister drives over from outside the box and Conte has seen enough. Moura replaces Kulusevski.

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61 mins: We have had an hour in which Brighton have, by and large, been the better team. Even Spurs’ little rally after the break has led to the visitors getting back on top.

Conte is looking to his bench...

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59 mins: A sliced effort from Webleck suffers the idignity of going for a throw in yet Spurs give the ball away and Caicedo nearly fires off a shot in the box.

A poor touch allowed Royal to slide in and clear for a corner.

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57 mins: Complaints from the home end over Sanchez’s less-than-enthusiastic rush to take a goal kick.

They rise again as Son is found in the area before placing a shot into a sturdy Brighton block, before Bentancur flies a shot wide from outside the box.

Craig Pawson books Bissouma for a foul on Kane in the build-up.

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54 mins: Bissouma allows Spurs the chance to load the box from just outside the penalty area, with a free-kick down the right wing.

Kulusevski attempts a training-ground move through Bentancur and Son, but the pass is just beyond the Korean and the moment breaks down.

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51 mins: Kane shows another string to his bow with a long throw catching Brighton’s defence out and playing in Son, who juggles the ball and drives a shot into a defender.

That raises the volume somewhat before Kulusevski, who has struggled against Cucurella, commits a foul.

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48 mins: No great rally from Tottenham to start the half with Brighton continuing their solid midfield presence to disrupt the hosts.

Malik Ouzia at Tottenham Stadium

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Graham Potter very wisely sacrificing Mwepu at half-time. Former Arsenal man Danny Welbeck is on - charge up the narrative machine.

Kick-off!

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The second-half begins with Welbeck replacing Mwepu to bring Brighton a bit more attacking nous.

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Tottenham will need to pull out a big second-half performance if they do not want to hand Arsenal a route back into fourth place.

The Gunners face Southampton at 3pm and our man Simon Collings is at the ground ahead of that one, which we’ll bring you via our live blog.

Pundits react to Kulusevski incident

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“I think it’s a red card, he’s trying to elbow Cucurella in the face,” Jermaine Jenas tells BT Sport.

“My issue is I don’t know how [the referee] hasn’t seen that he’s attempting to hurt someone.”

Glenn Murray adds that the Tottenham man “tries to take his opponent’s head off” and that “this is why we’ve brought VAR into the game”.

Stats check

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Just the one shot, which was off target, for Tottenham in that half five for Brighton, two of which have tested Lloris.

The hosts have just about held the edge in possession (52 to 48 per cent) with four corners to two.

Half-time!

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It’s goalless at the break with the visitors certainly having the better of the play so far, capping the half with an Mwepu hit from distance that Lloris gathers easily.

Fourth-placed Tottenham really need to improve and are yet to have a shot on target.

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Malik Ouzia at Tottenham Stadium

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Both teams should probably be down to ten here - Kulusevski for that elbow earlier on and now Mwepu somehow dodging a second yellow card for a late one on Hojbjerg.

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45 mins: Mwepu dodges another booking after colliding with Hojbjerg as the board goes up for two minutes.

Craig Pawson tells Brighton captain Dunk to keep his man calm.

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42 mins: Tottenham want Mwepu to be given his marching orders after the already-booked midfielder is second to arrive and catches Davies at a high ball.

Referee Craig Pawson takes his time and, probably rightly, gives only a foul.

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40 mins: Kane seems relatively fine as he drops deep to try and spin out a counter-attack, before another loose pass into Son sees Brighton reclaim the ball and settle into their rhythm.

It’s all been rather comfortable for the visitors so far...

Malik Ouzia at Tottenham Stadium

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Harry Kane went up with Sanchez a bit unnecessarily there and seems to have come off worse after the keeper landed on his ankle. He’s not moving especially freely.

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38 mins: Cucurella gets back in time to snap a chance for Kane in the box before Sanchez can grab the looping ball. A bit of excitement for Spurs fans but nothing comes of it.

Malik Ouzia at Tottenham Stadium

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A real sense of frustration around the ground here at Spurs’ failure to find forward passes but it's not easy when Brighton are as well-organised as this. We've seen none of Harry Kane managing to drop deep and create.

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33 mins: A pretty aimless ball out of defence rolls straight through to Sanchez, summing up Tottenham’s perplexion at breaking down this well-packed Seagulls midfield.

The hosts are then unhappy after Bentancur earns a booking for downing Bissouma. Perhaps the Uruguayan got the ball, but he got more than plenty of the man too.

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29 mins: Another corner from Brighton causes problems for Spurs and a flick-on across the goal face sparks panic in the home penalty box.

Trossard picks the loose ball up but was offside.

A “Come on you Spurs” drifts out from the Spurs fans but it’s been a subpar start from their team.

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27 mins: Kulusevski is lucky there... A minor bump from Cucurella after he offloads the ball earns an elbow barge in reply, and it’s only a yellow card for the Swedish winger.

A better contact with his opponent and that could have been a red.

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26 mins: A first booking of the game, for Mwepu after a poorly aimed lunge on Reguilon.

Malik Ouzia at Tottenham Stadium

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Bissouma is all class. Someone is going to get a bit of a bargain in the summer with his contract running into its final year, you’d think.

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23 mins: Close again!

The corner goes deep to Cucurella, who messes up his volley but Gross can reload the box with the inadvertant pass. Veltman is there to turn the low cross goalwards but Kane blocks. A close shave for Spurs!

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22 mins: Close!

Brighton load the box and keep coming after winning the second ball, before it lands for Mwepu and a hit outside the box looked good for the far corner before a deflection wide.

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19 mins: A Son handball ends the Tottenham move and Brighton come down for a little spell in the hosts’ half, before Trossard takes a hit to the head and we have another stoppage.

A proper lunchtime-in-the-sun feel about today’s game so far.

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16 mins: A spell of corners now from Tottenham to get on top of the Seagulls, the second seeing Sanchez rush out and miss his punch - but luckily for Brighton no attackers are lurking to finish off the chance.

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14 mins: A first sight of goal for Kane but Veltman slides in expertly to prevent a shot down the left side of the area.

The in-swinging corner comes in from Son and Sanchez climbs well to punch clear, before the return ball in is poor.

Malik Ouzia at Tottenham Stadium

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That was the first time Spurs have had a bit of space for a moment on the break with their flying front three all charging towards goal but Bissouma read it superbly and got across to Son before he could play Kulusevski in.

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10 mins: It has indeed been a bit sloppy from Spurs so far as Lloris plays a pretty unhelpful ball to Royal, which demands the Brazilian spin and hook a clearance into touch.

Down the other end, claims of a foul on Son are waved away.

Malik Ouzia at Tottenham Stadium

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It's been a good start from Brighton, who look disciplined in their shape and have threatened a couple of times when nicking it high up the pitch. All a bit sideways from Spurs in the early exchanges.

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5 mins: A stout block of six faces Tottenham in possession with Mac Allister alone up front, backed up by Gross, Mwepu, Caicedo and Bissouma behind him, plus the wing-backs and three-man backline.

Brighton are happy to form a low press early on with Spurs on the ball.

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2 mins: A low-key venture forward for Spurs to open the match but we have a stoppage after Mwepu picks up a knock to the head, an accidental one from Davies as they challenged for a high ball.

The midfielder looks like he will be okay to continue.

Kick-off!

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And we’re off in a sunny north London.

Here come the players...

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A fantastic weekend of Premier League football is very nearly underway.

Five-minute warning!

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Antonio Conte previews the game

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“Yeah, no problems, negative Thursday and the feeling is good,” he tells BT Sport of his Covid situation.

“It’s an important game especially because we play against a difficult team and they are able to change formation, so they are unpredictable and we know what they did last time against Arsenal.”

The Tottenham boss also confirms that Ryan Sessegnon is available to play after his return from injury to the bench.

Last time out - a month ago to the day

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Spurs fixture change

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A small bit of breaking news away from the game, Tottenham’s game against Leicester has been put back a day, to Sunday May 1 due to the Foxes qualification for the Europa Conference League semi-finals.

The warm-ups are underway

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Malik Ouzia at Tottenham Stadium

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Rodrigo Bentancur’s ability to drive Tottenham forward from midfield makes him a rare talent in today’s game, according to Gus Poyet.

The former Spurs star, who himself was a dab hand in carrying the ball from deep, has explained what makes the January signing from Juventus a key asset in Antonio Conte’s side.

Now the manager of the Greek national team, Poyet revealed that he even tried to sign Bentancur earlier in his career.

Read the full story.

The Seagulls are in the building...

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Brighton also make one change to the side that beat Arsenal with Danny Welbeck dropping to the bench for Tariq Lamptey.

The former Tottenham target will likely drop in at right wing-back of a 3-5-2 formation, with Pascal Gross set to support Alexis Mac Allister in attack.

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Just the one enforced change for Tottenham with Matt Doherty dropping out at left wing-back for Sergio Reguilon.

Ryan Sessegnon is fit to make the bench which also includes young right-back Marcel Lavinier.

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Today’s Brighton line-up

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Brighton XI: Sanchez; Veltman, Dunk, Cucurella; Lamptey, Bissouma, Mwepu, Caicedo, Trossard; Gross, Mac Allister.

Subs: Steele, Maupay, Webster, Welbeck, Lallana, March, Offiah, Ferguson, Sarmiento.

How the hosts line up

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Tottenham XI: Lloris; Romero, Dier, Davies; Royal, Hojbjerg, Bentancur, Reguilon; Kulusevski, Kane, Son.

Subs: Gollini, Sessegnon, Rodon, Lavinier, Sanchez, Winks, White, Bergwijn, Moura.

A Tottenham love-in on Twitter

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A BIG weekend in the Premier League!

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Team news coming in the next 20 minutes

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Tottenham boss Antonio Conte is hopeful he will be on the bench for today’s clash with Brighton.

Conte tested positive for Covid-19 last weekend and he has been distancing from the Spurs squad, who have trained without him.

The Italian, however, is feeling “fine” and is hoping that he can be in the dugout on Saturday lunchtime.

“I had my staff, they did a really good job after the game against Aston Villa and the day after I started to feel a bit of mild symptoms, a bit of pain in my throat,” said Conte.

Read the full story.

Nice day for it!

10:59 , Marc Mayo

Head-to-head record

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Tottenham wins: 18

Draws: 8

Brighton wins: 8

Evening Standard score prediction

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It’s just too difficult to look past this Spurs attack. In fine fettle since the start of March, they should have enough to blow Brighton away.

Tottenham to win, 2-0.

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Predicted Tottenham XI (3-4-3): Lloris; Romero, Dier, Davies; Royal, Hojbjerg, Bentancur, Reguilon; Kulusevski, Kane, Son.

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Brighton, meanwhile, have no fresh injury concerns and could even welcome influential defender Adam Webster back into the starting lineup after he was named on the bench for the win at Arsenal.

Shane Duffy and Jakub Moder are still out injured, while Steven Alzate is ill.

Early team news

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Spurs suffered a huge blow following their win over Aston Villa last week with Matt Doherty - who has established himself as a key player under Conte - ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee injury.

They are, however, hopeful that Conte will be in the dugout as normal despite testing positive for Covid-19.

Spurs are also without Oliver Skipp and Japhet Tanganga, though Ryan Sessegnon is now back from a hamstring injury.

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How to watch

10:23 , Marc Mayo

TV channel: Today’s game will be broadcast live on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Ultimate, with coverage beginning at 11:30am.

Live stream: Subscribers will also be able to watch the match online via the BT Sport website or app.

Good morning!

08:51 , Marc Mayo

Welcome to Standard Sport’s coverage of Tottenham versus Brighton.

It promises to be a big day in the race for fourth place and it all starts in north London with Antonio Conte’s Spurs looking to stretch out their advantage with the visit of the Seagulls.

Join us for all the build-up, match action and reaction.

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