A magical moment from Spurs’ star man pushes them one step closer to Champions League football.
Christian Eriksen was on hand to produce a special moment to break the deadlock in the closing stages of the game to hand Spurs a vital boost in their chase for the Champions League spots.
As expected, the match descended into a game of attack versus defence almost immediately. Spurs the wave and Brighton the wall, attack after attack washed down on the visitor’s resolute defence. On the 20 minute mark, Spurs had their first real opportunity. Eriksen whipped in a free-kick which was cleared only to the edge of the box where Belgium defender Jan Vertonghen was waiting, though his shot was blocked by Lewis Dunk and Victor Wanyama who lay crumpled on the floor.
Eriksen was on hand again to supply Lucas Moura with a sumptuous through ball, but the Brazilian’s own effort at creating was cleared by Dunk from inside the six-yard box away from the waiting Dele Alli.
Brighton had a rare opportunity on 37 minutes, Florin Andone on hand to carry the ball into unchartered Tottenham territory. Vertonghen alive to it used all his experience to hold the infiltrator up long enough for Rose to tackle and prevent the shot.
Christian Eriksen was clearly in the mood last night and was the architect again for Spurs’ next opportunity. He sent Alli through with a cheeky pass who brought the ball down and had an effort on goal, but Ryan did immensely well to stick out a hand and prevent the ball from crossing the line.
Much of the same happened in the second half. Danny Rose surprisingly unleashed the home side’s first proper shot in the 67th minute before Toby Alderweireld hit one on the turn from 12 yards, only to be denied by the post.
It was all hands on deck as Tottenham neared the end of the match. Jansson was thrown on for his first senior appearances since 2017, and Eriksen had enough testing effort saved by the hands of Ryan. However, with two minutes to go – and seemingly when all hope was lost – Spurs finally got their goal. The likely source, Eriksen, picking the ball up from 25 yards and drilling a left-footed shot into the corner of the net. Unstoppable. Pandemonium.
There is only one candidate for the unsung hero prize and that is Denmark international Christian Eriksen.
The sensational midfielder was pretty much at the heart of everything noteworthy Spurs did throughout the game. He put together intricate passing movements, found space where there was none, thanks to a staunch Brighton defensive blob, and found key passes in all the right places. His goal at the end of the game could genuinely be the difference between Tottenham landing European football and not, and for that reason alone he must be praised.
Spurs fans will be incredibly pleased to hear that the club are preparing a fresh contract for their talisman (as per Independent).
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