Harry Kane doubles after bizarre own goal pushes Tottenham past Brighton in FA Cup thriller


Harry Kane scored two goals at opposite ends of the spectrum, while Emerson Royal forced a bizarre Brighton own goal as Tottenham progressed in the FA Cup.

Tottenham new signings Dejan Kulusevski and Rodrigo Bentancur have been named on the bench for the FA Cup clash with Brighton. Meanwhile, Lewis Dunk has returned to Brighton’s starting XI for the first time in two months.

The Seagulls looked uncharacteristically shaky early on and seized their chance when goaltender Robert Sanchez was lucky enough to escape a glaring blunder. His missed pass looped to Harry Kane, but the striker’s finish on the stretch was tame.

Spurs had a second golden opportunity minutes later, and this time they capitalized.

Adam Webster’s indecision saw Son Heung-min enter. The ball was quickly passed to Kane who launched a superb curling strike into the top corner from 20 yards out.

Spurs had the upper hand despite sharing the possession stakes. Harry Winks looked to double the hosts’ advantage from distance, although his long-ranger was comfortably mustered by Sanchez

Yet the dye was discarded and less than two minutes later Tottenham were down to two in extraordinary circumstances.

Tottenham’s double advantage in remarkable fashion

Emerson Royal broke pace down the right wing and was trailed by Solly March all the way.

When the time came to cross, Royal’s speculative delivery took a critical hit on March and looped Sanchez into the net from the sharpest angles.

Two should have become three when Kane’s chipped shot found Son at the far post. But barely a yard away, the South Korean remarkably guided his header from close range away from the mark.

Brighton looked good between the two boxes, but it was at both ends of the pitch that their problems arose. Neal Maupay had a clear vision for the goal after some clever work from Pascal Gross and Yves Bissouma in the preparation.

But when Maupay pulled the trigger on the turn, he lacked composure as he fired high and wide.

Brighton had finally found their footing as half-time approached, with Gross increasingly influential. His eye for a pass helped Jakub Moder, but the Poland international ran off to ensure Spurs made the two-goal break.

Graham Potter mixed up his game at half-time by replacing Adam Lallana with Joel Veltman. The move prompted a change of formation to a back five, allowing Tariq Lamptey greater license to maraud forward.

Both teams saw opportunities come and go in a contest that looked like an impending doom.

Hugo Lloris was on hand to fire a deflected shot to safety despite a false foot. At the other end, Son failed to convert a two-for-one with Harry Kane by shooting too close to Sanchez.

Nonetheless, the twist soon followed as Bissouma collected Brighton in one.

The midfielder crept inside from the left and saw a deflected strike halve the deficit with Lloris rooted in place. The inability of the Tottenham defenders to close Bissouma will not have pleased Antonio Conte.

Spurs quickly restored their two-goal advantage when Kane brought the ball home from the line. Webster was at fault again after getting into a tangle for the second time that night. Kane took the spoils making it 3-1, but the goal was largely thanks to a mesmerizing 40-yard run from Son.

The third goal prompted introductions from Steven Bergwijn and new boy Dejan Kulusevski for Lucas and Son. Rodrigo Bentancur quickly followed, and Kulusevski would have gotten an assist had it not been for an unnecessary finish from Bergwijn.

The combative Bentancur wasted no time in securing his first booking with Spurs. But that didn’t matter as Tottenham saw the final minutes to secure a safe passage to the fifth round of the FA Cup.

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