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Brighton 4-2 Tottenham: Postecoglou and De Zerbi deliver on a classic Premier League showdown

Pervis Estupinan’s long-range goal and two penalties from Joao Pedro proved decisive as injury-hit Brighton secured a victory against a similarly depleted Tottenham at the AMEX Stadium on Thursday night.

Jack Hinshelwood opened the scoring for Brighton, with Joao Pedro converting a penalty after Dejan Kulusevski’s foul on Danny Welbeck.

Substitute Estupinan extended Brighton’s lead, and while Spurs managed goals through Joao Pedro’s second penalty and Alejo Veliz, Brighton held on for a 3-2 win, despite late goals from Veliz and Ben Davies.

Both teams are grappling with injury woes, making an open game highly likely in the first-ever managerial encounter between Roberto De Zerbi and Ange Postecoglou.

Tottenham made a strong start, but Brighton soon began testing Guglielmo Vicario’s goal. Vicario made a crucial save against Welbeck’s curler and denied the striker again with a spectacular stop from eight yards out.

Tottenham’s weakened defense was breached in the 11th minute by Hinshelwood, scoring his second Premier League goal. Pedro played a pivotal role in finding the 18-year-old, who powered his shot centrally, overpowering Vicario.

Brighton had an opportunity to make it 2-0 moments after hitting the woodwork. Van Hecke’s header hit the post, and Kulusevski’s foul on Welbeck resulted in a penalty. Joao Pedro confidently converted the penalty, making it 2-0.

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Spurs’ promising start was extinguished on the south coast as Brighton pressed and dominated. James Milner’s attempt hit the post, and Brighton had chances to extend their lead, with Buonanotte’s goal disallowed for offside.

In the first half, Porro struggled, and a misplaced pass nearly led to a disaster. However, Vicario denied Pedro’s attempt after the Brazilian scored and assisted.

Richarlison hit the post, but Tottenham’s bid for a fourth consecutive league win was shattered at halftime.

The second half saw Brighton win three consecutive corners before Richarlison’s shot narrowly missed the post. Brighton’s sloppiness allowed Tottenham to apply pressure, but they failed to capitalize on chances.

Estupinan’s stunning goal after the hour mark extended Brighton’s lead. Spurs’ woes deepened as Lo Celso fouled Ferguson, leading to Pedro’s second penalty.

Late in the game, Veliz scored his first goal for Tottenham, and Davies capitalized on indecision in Brighton’s defense to further reduce the deficit. Hojberg’s shot hit the post, but Brighton held on to win, reducing the gap between the teams to six points.

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.
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