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Eriksen strikes late to give Spurs 1-0 victory over Brighton

April 23, 2019
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Tottenham's Christian Eriksen, second left, celebrates scoring 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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Tottenham's Christian Eriksen, second left, celebrates scoring 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)

LONDON (AP) — Christian Eriksen broke through Brighton’s resistance with a late goal to give Tottenham a 1-0 victory in the Premier League on Tuesday and boost the London club’s Champions League qualification bid.

Eriksen struck from distance with a low shot into the bottom corner of the net, beating goalkeeper Mat Ryan at his near post in the 88th minute.

It was one of 29 shots Spurs had to Brighton’s six and ensured they moved three points clear of fourth-place Chelsea and four ahead of Arsenal.

“We had a tough game with a lot of chances,” Eriksen said. “It was very important to stay where we are. For ourselves and our own belief we needed to keep the pressure on ourselves and other teams.”

Tottenham has won all four matches in all competitions at its new stadium, scoring eight goals without conceding across the games.

Brighton still isn’t sure if it will return to the north London stadium next season in the Premier League. The south coast club is three points above Cardiff, which occupies the final relegation place with three games remaining.

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