Kane scores but Brighton claim deserved point against Spurs

There were just 143 seconds between Harry Kane giving Spurs the lead, and Pascal Gross' equaliser

There were just 143 seconds between Harry Kane giving Spurs the lead, and Pascal Gross’ equaliser

Brighton edged closer to Premier League safety with a hard-earned point against a much-changed Tottenham side.

Harry Kane’s 26th league goal of the season, following Gaetan Bong’s error, put Spurs in sight of an 11th away win.

Brighton were behind for just two minutes, Pascal Gross levelling with an excellent penalty after Serge Aurier had caught Jose Izquierdo.

The Seagulls are without a win in six games but are eight points above the relegation zone with four games left.

Spurs almost won it through an own goal when Shane Duffy deflected Christian Eriksen’s cross a fraction wide.

Much-changed Spurs fail to impress

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino had one eye on Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final with Manchester United, a competition which could earn Tottenham a first trophy since 2008, as he made six changes to his side.

Dele Alli and Davinson Sanchez were rested while Toby Alderweireld, who has failed to agree a new contract, was drafted in for his first Premier League appearance since October.

Spurs lacked their usual zip as their fringe players struggled to turn on the style in the club’s 50th competitive game of the season.

They remain fourth in the table, two points behind third-placed Liverpool and eight ahead of fifth-placed Chelsea, but are now without a win in two league games having gone 14 unbeaten before last weekend’s 3-1 home defeat to Manchester City.

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Son Heung-min was denied his 13th league goal by Mathew Ryan’s tremendous save at the end of a goalless first half before the South Korea international’s perseverance saw Kane break the deadlock three minutes after the re-start.

Son was sharp to react after Bong’s careless play and his clever ball for Kane allowed the England international to score with a shot which deflected off Bruno before finding the net.

However, Spurs quickly conceded an equaliser as gritty Brighton took a big step towards survival.

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What’s next?

Brighton do not play again until 28 April when they travel to face Burnley in the Premier League (15:00 BST) while Tottenham look to take a significant step towards winning the FA Cup for the first time since 1991 when they play Manchester United in the semi-final at Wembley on Saturday (17:15).

More to follow.

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Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Tottenham Hotspur 1.

Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Tottenham Hotspur 1.

Foul by Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur).

Beram Kayal (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Bruno.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Toby Alderweireld.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Toby Alderweireld.

Attempt saved. Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Pascal Groß (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Leonardo Ulloa.

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Fernando Llorente replaces Harry Kane.

Attempt missed. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ben Davies.

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Solly March replaces José Izquierdo.

Attempt saved. José Izquierdo (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Anthony Knockaert.

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Mousa Dembélé replaces Moussa Sissoko.

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Erik Lamela replaces Lucas Moura.

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Leonardo Ulloa replaces Glenn Murray.

Attempt missed. Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Shane Duffy.

Attempt blocked. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Serge Aurier.

Attempt missed. Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Christian Eriksen.

Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Attempt blocked. Ben Davies (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Hand ball by Beram Kayal (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Attempt missed. Lucas Moura (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Christian Eriksen.

Foul by Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur).

Beram Kayal (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Tottenham Hotspur 1. Pascal Groß (Brighton and Hove Albion) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Penalty conceded by Serge Aurier (Tottenham Hotspur) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Brighton and Hove Albion. José Izquierdo draws a foul in the penalty area.

Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 0, Tottenham Hotspur 1. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Son Heung-Min.

Second Half begins Brighton and Hove Albion 0, Tottenham Hotspur 0.

First Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 0, Tottenham Hotspur 0.

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Mat Ryan.

Attempt saved. Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Harry Kane.

Attempt saved. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Christian Eriksen.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Lucas Moura (Tottenham Hotspur) because of an injury.

Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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