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Harry Kane hits two as new-boys Kulusevski and Bentancur make debuts in FA Cup triumph


HARRY beat Potter as Antonio Conte weaved more FA Cup magic.

Tottenham booked their fifth round place thanks to a Harry Kane double.

Harry Kane scored twice as Spurs beat Brighton 3-1 in the FA Cup

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Harry Kane scored twice as Spurs beat Brighton 3-1 in the FA CupCredit: Reuters
Tottenham put in a convincing performance to book their place in the next stage

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Tottenham put in a convincing performance to book their place in the next stageCredit: Reuters

Seagulls boss Graham Potter would have been unhappy at seeing his cup hopes disappear – but he should not have been surprised when he saw the little Italian fella standing in the opposite technical area.

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Conte has never lost an FA Cup tie away from Wembley having led Chelsea to the Final in both of his two seasons in charge.

His Blues lost to Arsenal in 2017 before returning the following year to beat Manchester United 1-0.

Taking Tottenham back there this time is a far tougher task as they look to end a trophy drought that has now lasted 14 years.

But they edged closer with a victory that was far closer than the scoreline suggests.

Both managers made five changes to their starting line-ups.

Kane opened the scoring after just 13 minutes with a cracking effort

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Kane opened the scoring after just 13 minutes with a cracking effortCredit: Getty
Kane's wondergoal sent the home crowd wild

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Kane’s wondergoal sent the home crowd wildCredit: Getty

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Brighton skipper Lewis Dunk made his first start after more than two months out with a knee injury and he was dumped on his backside by team-mate Marc Cucurella as they both went for the same ball in the 10th minute.

Albion keeper Robert Sanchez almost gifted Kane a goal with a fluffed clearance. But moments later the Spanish stopper was picking the ball out his net after the England captain curled a shot past him from outside the box.

Tottenham’s second goal had more of a touch of the hocus pocus about it as Emerson Royal’s attempted cross took a wicked deflection off Solly March and dipped into the net from the acutest of angles.

Emerson Royal's shot deflected off Solly March in the 24th minute for 2-0

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Emerson Royal’s shot deflected off Solly March in the 24th minute for 2-0Credit: Getty
Emerson celebrated after initially thinking the goal was his

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Emerson celebrated after initially thinking the goal was hisCredit: Reuters

The Brazilian full-back tried to claim he had done a Marco van Basten but the goal was rightly credited as own goal by March.

Kane should have added another before the break but instead he chipped to Son Heung-min who was offside.

The striker also forced a fine stop out of Sanchez with a low drive.

Albion, as you would expect, played some lovely football, and might have even gone in at half-time level had Neal Maupay and Jakub Moder not been so wasteful in front of goal.

Yves BIssouma gave Spurs a fright when he pulled one back for Brighton in the 63rd minute

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Yves BIssouma gave Spurs a fright when he pulled one back for Brighton in the 63rd minuteCredit: Reuters
Antonio Conte urged his team to be cautious with the score at 2-1

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Antonio Conte urged his team to be cautious with the score at 2-1Credit: AP

Moder blazed another shot over the bar after the break as the visitors tried to get a foothold back in the game.

Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris then pulled off a brilliant one-handed save to keep out a shot from the impressive Yves Bissouma after it had taken a deflection off Cristian Romero.

With the Seagulls threatening a comeback, Son should have put the game to bed. But after being played in by Kane, he shot tamely at Sanchez.

Lloris then had to scramble across his goal again to punch away a Pascal Gross corner as Spurs defended and deeper and deeper.

Kane bundled over the line for 3-1 just minutes later

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Kane bundled over the line for 3-1 just minutes laterCredit: Reuters
Kane's second of the night took the wind out of Brighton's sails

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Kane’s second of the night took the wind out of Brighton’s sailsCredit: PA

But there was little the France No1 could do when the inevitable happened and Brighton pulled a goal back when Bissouma this time got the rub of the green as his 63rd minute shot went in off Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.

But the arrears were not reduced for long enough as just three minutes Kane slid in his second of the night from just a yard or two out after Albion defender Adam Webster made a mess of trying to stop Son’s brilliant solo run.

It was Kane’s 25th goal of the season for club and country.

Last summer’s antics – when he tried and failed to engineer a move to Manchester City and his early season loss of form now seem an awfully long time ago. 

New winger Dejan Kulusevski came off the bench for his debut

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New winger Dejan Kulusevski came off the bench for his debutCredit: Getty
Fellow deadline day arrival Rodrigo Bentancur got a run-out in midfield

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Fellow deadline day arrival Rodrigo Bentancur got a run-out in midfieldCredit: Getty

Maupay missed another sitter and Conte sent on deadline day signings Dejan Kulusevski and Rodrigo Bentancur.

And fellow sub Steven Bergwijn should have added another, but he blazed over the bar after good work from Kulusevski.

The Spurs boss was surprised his club let four players to depart before the window closed.

But the Seagulls’ exit is one he will be pleased with.

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