Aurier and Son goals see Tottenham move back into top four

Tottenham climbed back into the Premier League’s top four as Serge Aurier’s fluke-goal and a header from Son Heung-min sealed a 2-0 victory over Brighton.

Spurs dominated another uninspiring contest at Wembley and needed a hefty slice of luck to take the lead as Aurier’s cross dropped into the top corner. Son added a second late on.

Tomer Hemed could have pulled Brighton level with a rare second-half chance but Tottenham were worthy winners and move back into the Champions League spots after Liverpool slipped up against West Brom. Brighton stay 13th, three points above the relegation zone.

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Star man – Eric Dier

Eric Dier had a fine game filling in at centre-half
Eric Dier had a fine game filling in at centre-half (Mike Egerton/PA)

In the absence of the injured Toby Alderweireld, the England international provided a composed presence in the centre of a defence that rarely looked likely to concede and which played behind an unbalanced midfield.

Data point

This represented Erik Lamela’s first competitive start since 22 October 2016, when Spurs drew 0-0 at Bournemouth. The Argentinian had since made four substitute appearances.

Moment of the match

When a largely uninspiring affair is essentially settled by such a fine finish that was so obviously unintended, there cannot even be a debate – Aurier’s 40th-minute goal.

There is little question he had attempted a cross, but the last time a player unintentionally found the top corner with such grace may have been when Ronaldinho did similarly for Brazil against England at the 2002 World Cup.

Aurier’s footwork before striking the ball was equally eye-catching.

Player ratings

Tottenham: Hugo Lloris 7 (out of 10), Serge Aurier 8, Eric Dier 9, Jan Vertonghen 7, Danny Rose 6, Harry Winks 6, Moussa Sissoko 6, Christian Eriksen 7, Son Heung-min 8, Erik Lamela 6, Harry Kane 7. Substitutes: Mousa Dembele (for Winks, 67) 6, Dele Alli (for Lamela, 74) 5, Ben Davies (for Son, 90) 5Brighton: Mat Ryan 6, Ezequiel Schelotto 5, Shane Duffy 7, Lewis Dunk 7, Gaetan Bong 7, Dale Stephens 6, Davy Propper 5, Anthony Knockaert 6, Beram Kayal 5, Jose Izquierdo 5, Tomer Hemed 5. Substitutes: Solly March (for Izquierdo, 62) 5, Glenn Murray (for Hemed, 72) 5, Pascal Grob (for Kayal, 78) 5

Who’s up next?

Tottenham drew 2-2 with Manchester City the last time they visited the Etihad Stadium
Tottenham drew 2-2 with Manchester City the last time they visited the Etihad Stadium (Dave Howarth/EMPICS Sport)

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