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Mourinho's Spurs beat Brighton in latest Boxing Day boost

Tottenham's Harry Kane celebrates after scoring his side's first goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Bri...
Tottenham's Harry Kane kicks the ball next to Brighton's Steven Alzate, right, during the English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspu...
Tottenham's manager Jose Mourinho gestures during the English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Brighton & Hove Albion at the ...
Tottenham's Dele Alli, center, celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspu...
Brighton's Adam Webster celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Brighto...
Brighton's Adam Webster celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Brighto...

Tottenham's Harry Kane celebrates after scoring his side's first goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Bri...

Tottenham's Harry Kane kicks the ball next to Brighton's Steven Alzate, right, during the English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspu...

Tottenham's manager Jose Mourinho gestures during the English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Brighton & Hove Albion at the ...

Tottenham's Dele Alli, center, celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspu...

Brighton's Adam Webster celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Brighto...

Brighton's Adam Webster celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Brighto...

LONDON (AP) — Tottenham and Jose Mourinho maintained their impressive Boxing Day records with a 2-1 victory over Brighton in the Premier League after a brilliant winning goal from Dele Alli.

The three points boost Spurs' top-four prospects and continue an enviable record on Dec. 26 for both the club and Mourinho while manager at different Premier League teams. Tottenham is unbeaten in 14 games on this date and Mourinho has not lost in eight encounters.

Alli produced a first-time finish on Thursday after Harry Kane had earlier canceled out Adam Webster's opener. It was Alli's fifth goal in eight games under Mourinho and it will have provided some comfort to the Portuguese, who revealed before the match that his Christmas Day had been ruined by his dog dying.

Brighton, which won the reverse fixture 3-0 in October, was the better side in the first half but has now gone three games without a win and must prepare for another lunchtime kickoff against Bournemouth in 48 hours.

Tottenham went in to the game after a 2-0 home defeat to Chelsea in a London derby marred by alleged racist abuse from the stands.

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Updated : 2021-02-27 11:58 GMT+08:00