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Premier League: Tottenham Hotspurs Steal Stunning Late Win Against Leicester City

Tottenham registered one of Premier League’s most dramatic comeback victories on Wednesday to move above Arsenal in the table.

Leicester City were well on their course to a 2-1 win over the Spurs when substitute Steven Bergwijn scored twice in the span of 80 seconds in stoppage time to stun the Foxes. Antonio Conte’s men are not likely to win the Premier League, but their never-say-die attitude was well on display at the King Power Stadium as a wave of euphoria swept the team during the closing stages, led by their talisman Harry Kane.

Here’s our review of the incredible Premier League game between Tottenham Hotspurs and Leicester City.

 

HARRY KANE LEADS THE CHARGE

Neither Leicester City nor Tottenham have played a game in the new year as a wave of infections and injuries among the squad forced the postponement of their fixtures.

The Foxes were still missing seven first-choice players on Wednesday, but they showed enough grit to withstand Harry Kane’s charge in the first half.

Brendan Rodgers made six changes from their last fixture with Liverpool, with Marc Albrighton, Jannik Vestergaard, Caglar Soyuncu, Youri Tielemans, Ademola Lookman, and Patson Daka all starting the game.

The English captain had seven opportunities in the first half, but it was the Foxes who made the first breakthrough with Patson Daka squeezing a home finish beyond Hugo Lloris. The equaliser came just 14 minutes later when Harry Kane expertly danced through the Leicester defences and finished in a confident fashion to bring the Spurs back into the game.

The scoreline at half-time did no justice to Harry Kane’s efforts in the field as he missed a slew of opportunities despite being unmarked. Despite a strategy not full of creativity, the Spurs showed enough intention in the first half, raising the hopes among their fans.

 

LEICESTER TAKE THE LEAD

Within a minute of coming on, Harvey Barnes assisted James Maddison to score via a deflection off Japhet Tanganga. Maddison has now scored five times in the last six matches, taking this season’s tally to 15.

The Spurs looked defeated from then on the field, but the action was just about to start. Antonio Conte’s men had 27 shots throughout the fixture, giving them an xG of 4.49 – the highest of any Premier League game this season.

But all that would have been for nought if not for the incredible stoppage time feats by substitute Steven Bergwijn.

 

STEVEN BERGWIJN STUNS ENGLAND

The Dutch winger is likely to leave the Spurs camp this transfer season as he has gained interest from a plethora of clubs. But he became the club’s hero on Wednesday when he avoided a red card by narrow margins to score two back-to-back goals.

The first of the goals came after a tenacious play by Matt Doherty who passed the ball to Bergwijn, who hammered it comfortably from close range.

A blunder by Youri Tielemans allowed Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg to intercept the ball and pass it to Harry Kane, who pushed it through to Steven Bergwijn. The Dutch winger had to score from a tight angle but delivered without hesitation to give the win to the Spurs.

The late goals might have had a bit of luck in them, but the Spurs have deserved it through their intense commitment to never quit until it is finally over.

The Spurs had 27 shots overall with 10 of them on target. They enjoyed good possession of the ball, and despite some of the first-choice players missing out on the game, they showed the quality and tenacity of a world-class club.

 

WHAT LIES AHEAD

The victory against Leicester City allowed Antonio Conte to extend his unbeaten run as Tottenham manager to nine games in a row and keep them firmly in contention for a Champions League spot.

A wave of cancellations and postponements has made their schedule a mess and they currently have played just 19 games compared to Chelsea’s 23.

With an unbeaten streak and the momentum in their favour, the Spurs will be aiming for the top-two spot, which is just nine points away. They will face Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea next on Sunday.

The Foxes’ season is falling apart before their eyes. The defending FA Cup champions have failed to show their usual skill this season and have won just two of their last five games.

Although they have three more games to play, they are 10 points behind sixth-placed Arsenal and have a tough road ahead to claim a Champions League spot next season.

They will be hosting Brighton on Sunday before travelling to Anfield to face Liverpool next month.

 

 

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