Tottenham overcame Brighton in the Premier League thanks to a goal from Brennan Johnson late into extra time.
After Danny Welbeck was fouled by Micky van de Ven, Brighton’s Pascal Gross scored the first goal from the penalty spot, surprising custodian Guglielmo Vicario.
After falling behind, Tottenham came back strong and had plenty of opportunities, but James Maddison curled just wide and Jason Steele made three excellent saves to deny the highly skilled Richarlison and Dejan Kulusevski.
The majority of the play took place deep in Brighton territory, and as the second half got underway, Rodrigo Bentancur, Maddison, and Timo Werner all made attempts at goal, maintaining the momentum firmly in Spurs’ favour.
They kept probing, and eventually the pressure paid off as Sarr finished at the second attempt after his first effort was deflected against the post. Sarr had latched onto a brilliant through pass from Kulusevski.
After the equaliser, captain Son Heung-min was sent in for his first Spurs appearance of 2024. Having just returned from the Asian Cup with South Korea, the forward played a key role in the winning goal by laying the ball across goal for Johnson to convert.
“It’s fair to say that we are still a work in progress, but we had a world-class player in Son [Heung-min], who makes the most difficult ball look simple to set up Brennan [Johnson],” Tottenham manager Ange Postecoglou said in an interview with BBC Match of the Day.
“It was a great finish for us and the supporters.”
Tottenham’s victory takes them to fourth place, one point ahead of Aston Villa, who play Manchester United on Sunday. Brighton remains in ninth place.