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Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 Brighton & Hove Albion: Gareth Bale scores his first goal since re-joining Spurs

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Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 Brighton & Hove Albion: Gareth Bale scores his first goal since re-joining Spurs


Gareth Bale scores for Tottenham against Brighton in the Premier League
Gareth Bale scored his first headed goal in the Premier League since October 2012

Gareth Bale’s first goal since re-signing for Tottenham helped his side beat Brighton to go second in the Premier League table.

In an action-packed game, Harry Kane put Spurs ahead from the penalty spot, his 149th Premier League goal, after a video assistant referee check deemed Adam Lallana had fouled the England captain.

Tariq Lamptey scored a controversial equaliser, the exciting 20-year-old sweeping home after Solly March appeared to foul Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg in the build-up.

Referee Graham Scott consulted the pitchside monitor before allowing the goal to stand, much to Tottenham’s disbelief, before substitute Bale had the final say.

The Wales forward powered a cross by Sergio Reguilon past debutant Brighton keeper Robert Sanchez, his first Spurs goal since May 2013.

Bale to the rescue

Bale celebrated his goal as though he had won the Champions League again, wheeling away to celebrate with his jubilant team-mates.

Jose Mourinho turned the clock back in an attempt to get his Tottenham tenure moving into the future when he brought Bale back to the club he left in 2013 for Real Madrid.

The Wales forward was derided in Spain as more golfer than footballer after being marginalised by coach Zinedine Zidane but he played a key role as Spurs climbed two points behind leaders Liverpool.

Mourinho demanded a reaction following his side’s surprise Europa League defeat at Royal Antwerp on Thursday, a game in which he made four changes at half-time.

He got one although his side were made to battle hard against Brighton, who cancelled out Kane’s opener in highly contentious circumstances before Bale stole the headlines.

Erik Lamela hit the post and Kane missed a great chance from close range to score his landmark 150th top-flight goal, yet this was not vintage Spurs.

But for the second successive league game they dug deep to come away with three points.

More to follow.

Brighton & Hove Albion

  1. Squad number2Player nameLamptey

  2. Squad number14Player nameLallana

  3. Squad number26Player nameSánchez

  4. Squad number8Player nameBissouma

  5. Squad number13Player nameGroß

  6. Squad number3Player nameWhite

  7. Squad number34Player nameVeltman

  8. Squad number20Player nameMarch

  9. Squad number11Player nameTrossard

  10. Squad number4Player nameWebster

  11. Squad number33Player nameBurn

  12. Squad number10Player nameMac Allister

  13. Squad number30Player nameBernardo

  14. Squad number18Player nameWelbeck

Line-ups

Tottenham

  • 1Lloris
  • 2Doherty
  • 4Alderweireld
  • 15Dier
  • 3ReguilónBooked at 39mins
  • 17Sissoko
  • 5Højbjerg
  • 11LamelaSubstituted forBaleat 70′minutes
  • 28NdombeleBooked at 7minsSubstituted forLo Celsoat 64′minutes
  • 7Son Heung-MinSubstituted forDaviesat 85′minutes
  • 10Kane

Substitutes

  • 8Winks
  • 9Bale
  • 12Hart
  • 14Rodon
  • 18Lo Celso
  • 27Lucas Moura
  • 33Davies

Brighton

  • 26Sánchez
  • 4Webster
  • 34Veltman
  • 33BurnBooked at 45mins
  • 2LampteySubstituted forMac Allisterat 79′minutes
  • 13Groß
  • 3White
  • 8Bissouma
  • 20MarchSubstituted forBernardoat 65′minutes
  • 14Lallana
  • 11TrossardSubstituted forWelbeckat 74′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Ryan
  • 10Mac Allister
  • 17Alzate
  • 18Welbeck
  • 24Pröpper
  • 29Zeqiri
  • 30Bernardo

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