Kane strikes, but Spurs held by Brighton

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Tottenham Hotspur’s English striker Harry Kane (C) runs with the ball during their English Premier League football match against Brighton and Hove Albion at the American Express Community Stadium in Brighton, southern England on April 17, 2018. (AFP)

BRIGHTON, April 18: Harry Kane stepped up his bid to win the Premier League’s golden boot as Tottenham warmed up for the FA Cup semi-finals with a 1-1 draw at Brighton on Tuesday.
Kane fired Tottenham ahead in the 48th minute when his close-range shot deflected in off Brighton defender Bruno.
It was Kane’s 26th of the season and kept him in with a chance of catching Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah, who sits ahead of the Tottenham striker on 30 goals in the race to finish as the Premier League’s top scorer.
But Mauricio Pochettino’s side, who face Manchester United at Wembley on Saturday, left the Amex Stadium frustrated after conceding an equaliser two minutes after Kane’s opener.
Albion drew level when Pascal Gross slotted home a penalty awarded for Serge Aurier’s foul on Jose Izquierdo.
Tottenham have gone two games without a league victory, but they are still in pole position to qualify for next season’s Champions League via a top four finish.
They are in fourth place, eight points ahead of fifth placed Chelsea, who have only five matches left to close the gap.
“It was a difficult game, the first half was even and the second half we started really well. We scored but in the next section we conceded,” Pochettino said.
“We created chances but not enough to win the game. The draw is a little bit disappointing because the intention was to get all three.” (AFP)