Late Spurs winner v Brighton; Southampton gets quickest goal

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              Tottenham's Christian Eriksen, left, scores his side's first goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Brighton & Hove Albion at Tottenham Hotspur stadium in London, Tuesday, April 23, 2019.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
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LONDON (AP) — After bombarding the Brighton goal without success throughout the game, Tottenham was getting frustrated.

So frustrated that, with Harry Kane’s injury depleting Tottenham’s striking options, out-of-favor Vincent Janssen was summoned from the bench for his first appearance in 20 months for the final 10 minutes.

In the end, though, it was a more familiar name that delivered the breakthrough. Christian Erikssen’s long-range strike inside the near post gave Spurs a 1-0 win over Brighton on Tuesday that kept his team’s bid for a Champions League spot on track.

The goal finally came in the 88th minute when the Dane was teed up by Dele Alli and squeezed the ball beyond the reach of diving goalkeeper Mat Ryan.

The goal nudged Tottenham three points clear of Chelsea in fourth Champions League qualification place. Arsenal is a further point behind in fifth place ahead of Wednesday’s trip to Wolverhampton.

By conceding a late goal, Brighton was denied a point in its bid to stay in the Premier League and remains three points ahead of Cardiff, which occupies the final relegation place.

But another of Brighton’s relegation rivals also conceded late — after scoring early.

The earliest-ever goal in a Premier League game.

Shane Long netted after 7.69 seconds for Southampton but Andre Gray leveled in the 90th minute to grab a 1-1 draw for Watford.

Southampton is three points ahead of Brighton and six clear of the drop zone with three games remaining.