Christian Eriksen's stunning late strike secured Tottenham a crucial 1-0 win over Brighton and Hove Albion to give Spurs complete control in the top-four race.
Spurs appeared to be heading for an underwhelming draw that would have seen Brighton edge closer to securing their Premier League safety, but Eriksen struck two minutes from time to cruelly deny Chris Hughton's hard-working side.
After a quiet opening, the first half grew into a lively encounter, with Spurs going closest just before the interval when Dele Alli had an effort blocked on the line.
Spurs stepped things up a notch in the second half but looked to have run out of ideas after Toby Alderweireld hit the post, only for Eriksen to eventually find the net late on, taking Mauricio Pochettino's men four points clear of fifth-placed Arsenal..
Precious little occurred during the early exchanges until Victor Wanyama's wild clearance went just over his own goal following a free-kick in the 14th minute.
Spurs livened up soon after and went close to the opener – Lucas Moura collected Eriksen's exquisite pass and played the ball across the face of goal, but Lewis Dunk brilliantly intercepted before Dele Alli could tap in.
Brighton were fortunate again a few moments before half-time – Shane Duffy crucially clearing Alli's close-range effort off the line.
Spurs dominated thereafter, but they struggled to break down Brighton's compact defence – Danny Rose's 25-yard strike testing Mat Ryan, before Alderweireld struck the right-hand post 18 minutes from the end.
Vincent Janssen was introduced for his first Premier League appearance since August 2017 as Spurs ran out of ideas.
But finally their persistence paid off, as Eriksen's left-footed drive found the bottom-right corner from 30 yards to continue Spurs' unblemished start at their new home and keep Brighton looking over their shoulder at Cardiff City in the relegation battle.
What does it mean? Spurs in the driving seat
With all of the candidates for the remaining top-four places dropping points in their last fixtures, it almost seemed as though none of them want Champions League football next season.
Consistency has been hard to come by all for all of them, so a win for Spurs could prove to be massive in the long run, particularly with Chelsea and Manchester United set to face each other at the weekend.
Eriksen elevates Spurs
Match-winner Eriksen had looked like Spurs' most likely route to goal throughout, with the Dane pulling the strings from midfield and going fairly close with a couple of long-range efforts. He eventually found the target and just in time, continuing his fine run of form.
Llorente a peripheral figure
While Fernando Llorente would never be expected to run around and make things happen, he was anonymous even by his standards. He might complain about the service, but he could have made himself more available and he was generally dealt with easily by the excellent Brighton defence.
Key Opta Facts
- Tottenham have won all four of their home games in all competitions since moving into their stadium, scoring eight goals and conceding none.
- Brighton have failed to score in seven consecutive games in all competitions for the first time ever.
- Brighton faced 29 shots in the game, the most they have ever faced in a Premier League game.
- Brighton have lost all 11 of their Premier League away games against 'big six' opponents, conceding 23 goals and scoring just twice.
- Since his Premier League debut in September 2013, Eriksen has scored 21 goals from outside the box in the competition, more than any other player.
Spurs have another two home games on the horizon, as they host West Ham in a London derby on Saturday, before the first leg of their Champions League semi-final against Ajax. Brighton continue their survival battle at home to Newcastle United in four days' time.
|Neymar should not captain Brazil at Copa America - Edmilson|
|Wahab, Amir and Asif named in final Pakistan World Cup squad|
|Bale staying at Madrid impossible as Zidane is ´not keen´ - Calderon|
|Kroos agrees Real Madrid extension to 2023|
|Gundogan to renew contract talks with Manchester City|
|Folau opts not to appeal against Rugby Australia ban, still considering options|
|Nadal clear French Open favourite – Djokovic|
|Nedved: No Juve decision amid Sarri and Inzaghi links|
|Gil Marin: We need players totally committed to Atletico|
|Gardner´s big game helps Yankees pull away from Rays|
|This is playoff basketball – Leonard on playing through injury in Raptors win|
|Second most NRL games and 99 tries – Cronk´s career in Opta numbers|
|Spieth: I´m almost back at my best|
|Three takeaways from Raptors´ key Game 3 win over Bucks|
|Trail Blazers star Lillard addresses rib injury|
|Raptors top Bucks in double-OT thriller|
|MLS Review: Nani brace lifts Orlando, Galaxy stunned by Rapids|
|Cronk: It´s been one hell of a ride|
|Johnson upbeat despite falling short|
|Koepka holds on at US PGA – how a dramatic back nine unfolded at Bethpage Black|
|´Phenomenal´ and ´mind-blowing´ – Koepka basks in US PGA triumph|
|NRL great Cronk to retire at season´s end|
|Kevin Muscat to leave Melbourne Victory|
|Bethpage wobble does little to deny Koepka´s status as golf´s dominant major force|
|Brooks Koepka´s timeline of major dominance following US PGA triumph|
|Koepka relieved to retain US PGA title after ´stressful´ finish|
|Allegri seeking a challenge, not a sabbatical|
|Koepka retains PGA title despite back-nine collapse|
|Spalletti tells players to prove they´ve the bottle to play for Inter|
|City want to dominate English football forever, says Laporte|
|Fernando Alonso fails to quality for Indy 500|
|Bordeaux collapse to costly defeat, Stade hopes dashed by Montpellier|
|Valverde pessimistic about Coutinho, Dembele playing in Copa final|
|Koepka collapse sets up grandstand finale at PGA|
|Everyone would want our situation - De Bruyne not concerned by Champions League failure|
|Mbappe drops PSG exit hint|
|Guardiola: I´ll be judged on Champions League record at Man City|
|Gattuso thankful to Milan penalty hero Donnarumma|
|Johnson cuts Koepka lead to four with nine to play at Bethpage|
|Arthur ´very confident´ in Pakistan CWC hopes despite losing streak|
|Juventus 1 Atalanta 1: Mandzukic spares Allegri from defeat in home finale|
|Napoli 4 Inter 1: Spalletti´s side crushed as Champions League race goes to the wire|
|Woakes: World Cup wait makes for nervy Monday|
|Koepka retains control of PGA after early wobble|
|Tsonga topples Lajovic in Lyon|
|Galatasaray edge derby to retain Super Lig title|
|Sabalenka ends clay drought in style with Strasbourg success|
|Here´s to you, Vincent Kompany – The giant of Manchester City´s changing times|
|Wonderful Woakes stars as England wrap up 4-0 win|
|AC Milan 2 Frosinone 0: Piatek and Suso keep top-four hopes intact|
|Messi equals Zarra´s record with sixth Pichichi award|
|Ireland outclass Afghanistan in Belfast|
|Ligue 1 sensation Pepe to leave Lille|
|Paderborn clinch promotion back to the Bundesliga|
|Five player-manager success stories for Kompany to follow|
|Nadal breaks 2019 duck by downing Djokovic for ninth Rome crown|
|Roglic pounces on Campenaerts´ misfortune to apply pressure to Giro leader Conti|
|Eibar 2 Barcelona 2: Two-goal Messi moves four clear of Mbappe in Golden Shoe race|
|Dominant Koepka chasing history in final round of US PGA|
|Betis confirm Setien departure|
|Celtic´s Boyata agrees to join Hertha Berlin|
|´I have lived the dream´: Kompany´s best moments at Manchester City|
|Zidane vows to make changes as Navas & Bale face uncertain futures|
|MotoGP Raceweek: Marquez masters Le Mans to make it three wins in four|
|We are the guilty ones - Marcelo says Madrid players must accept responsibility|
|Ten trophies, 360 appearances, 20 goals - Kompany´s Manchester City career in numbers|
|Pliskova seals Rome title with straight-sets win|
|De Bruyne, Neville and a rock ´n´ roll star pay tribute to captain fantastic Kompany|
|Perth Glory 0 Sydney FC 0 (aet, 1-4 on penalties): Redmayne the hero in A-League Grand Final|
|Real Madrid 0 Real Betis 2: Zidane´s men humbled in final-day defeat|