Leicester 2-3 Spurs: A dramatic late-winner thriller

Well well well… what to say about this immeasurably exciting Spurs win that seemed to take us back to Amsterdam.

This 5 goal thriller had twists and turns galore and culminated with a Steven Bergwijn brace in the 95th and 97th minute of extra time. The away end erupted and the players could not contain their emotions. To see their passions unleashed, both in their performances and goal celebrations was the perfect remedy to a couple of disappointing cup defeats. Antonio Conte continues his undefeated run in the Premier League as Tottenham Hotspur manager.

Where does all this excitement leave Spurs in the EPL standings then? Above Arsenal for sure. Spurs are currently 5th and are 1 point away from West Ham in 4th and 8 points away from Chelsea in 3rd. Tottenham have 3 games in hand of the Hammers and 4 games in hand of Chelsea. It is certainly heating up at the top of the table.

How the events unfolded

Leicester opened the scoring in the 24th minute of the game by way of the promising Patson Daka who managed to slot his finished beyond the Spurs captain. The goal was against the grain, and up to that point, Tottenham certainly started the better team. Harry Kane had already hit the bar with a bullet of a header, and Spurs also had a couple of chances cleared off the line by the time Leicester netted their first.

The equaliser came in the 38th minute, and no on-looker can argue that it wasn’t deserved. Kane looked to have returned to his pre-Euros form as he jigged around a tired-looking Leicester defence before confidently slotting his effort home.

The Foxes then surprised Spurs again by taking the lead on the 76th-minute mark. England duo Harvey Barnes and James Maddison teamed up nicely to turn a deflected shot past Hugo Lloris. 

Tottenham would have felt incredibly hard done by if the result stayed like this. They clocked 27 shots during the game and walked away with an xG of 4.49. 

A moment of late madness that Harry Kane and Spurs fans worldwide will never forget

Harry Kane stated after the game that,

“To get two goals like that in stoppage time – it’s a game I’ll never forget for the rest of my career”

And we understand why. Up until the 95th minute of the game, Antonio Conte was staring down the barrel of his first EPL defeat in charge of Tottenham. That is of course before impact sub Steven Bergwijn stepped in.

Matt Doherty looked relentless in his pursuit to get a shot off in the box, the ball fell to Bergwijn who managed to drive home the eqaualiser.

80 seconds later, Youri Tielemans threw away possession from the kick-off. Harry Kane picked the ball up and dispensed a beautiful through ball to Bergwijn who outpaced Caglar Soyuncu. The Dutch forward then calmly took the ball around the keeper and finished his effort off the inside of the post. The crowd and the players went wild.

This performance came after a rumble of transfer rumours surrounding Steven Bergjwin claimed that he may move to Sevilla or Ajax as early as this January. Would this emphatic victory have changed the minds of Conte, Steven or the manager? Only time will tell.

The starting Spurs XI

GK

H. Lloris

DEF

J Tanganga

D Sánchez

B Davies

MDF

E. Royal

S Reguilón

O Skipp

P Højbjerg

H Winks

FWD

L Moura

H Kane

The manager’s thoughts

After the game, Antonio Conte claimed that,

“A great win. We didn’t deserve to lose. The draw would have been unfair. We created many chances and were unlucky in many circumstances. My team showed we don’t want to give up and fight until the end. They have shown me great will and desire not to lose this game. The compliment is for my players, not for me’

What’s next for Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham play Chelsea again for the third time in 3 weeks on Sunday at Stamford Bridge. 

Spurs are then at home for their next three matches:

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