Match Report: West Ham vs Spurs
Harry Kane scored two goals in this London clash to help Spurs beat the Hammers 3-2. The game got off to a slow start with no real chances being made by either side within the first quarter of the match. Kane opened the scoring on the 34th minute. In a delicious passage of play, Eriksen split the Hammers defence down the right side by finding Dele Alli. Alli, with a burst of pace down the right flank, sent a mid-high cross into the path of Harry Kane. Kane lept and grazed the ball with his head at the perfect angle to turn it into the bottom left-hand corner. It only took four minutes for the Englishman to get his brace. Jan Vertonghen found himself in unusual terrain far up the pitch, but the Belgian calmly delivered an inviting pass into the feet of Dele Alli who saw his effort parried by a charging Joe Hart. Unlucky for Joe, he deflected the ball straight into the path of Kane who effortlessly slotted it home with the swift stroke of his left boot.
The third goal came on the 60-minute mark after Harry Kane had driven a free kick against the outside post of the Hammers framework. The ball fell at the feet of Aurier who’s deflected cross fell to Christian Eriksen on the edge of the penalty box. Eriksen hit the ball on the half-volley and made it three for the Lilywhites.
Being behind by three did not deter the efforts of the hammers, who scored a goal five minutes later in the form of a Hernandez header. This was the Mexican International’s first ever goal against Tottenham. Hernandez found space at the back post after he capitalised from an unresolved corner. The tables were turning for Spurs as Aurier was shown a red card by referee Michael Oliver. Having previously been booked, Aurier came sliding in with a dangerous challenge on English forward Andy Carroll, leaving his Tottenham colleagues a man short in the wake of growing Hammers momentum. Spurs fans were on the edge of their seats during the 87th minute when West Ham scored another. The London Stadium erupted as Masuaku delivered a breath-taking cross into Kouyate, who drilled it past Hugo Lloris with a header of considerable power. The momentum was firmly with the Hammers, but it was too little too late and Tottenham successfully defended their lead to claim all three points on the road.
West Ham vs Spurs Attendance
London Stadium: 56, 988
Starting Line-ups: West Ham vs Spurs
West Ham: Hart, Fonte, Reid, Ogbonna, Zabaleta, Noble, Kouyaté, Cresswell, Antonio, Hernández, Arnautovic
Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Aurier, Sissoko, Dier, Eriksen, Davies, Alli, Kane
” I think we were better. We suffered a little bit when they put the ball in the air that’s true. The team competed very well, the last time we were here we were very disappointed because we showed a lack of fight. The team fought, played well and created a lot of chances. I am in love like the fans are in love [with Harry Kane], like his team-mates are in love”
Man of the Match
Another excellent performance from the big Spurs man up front: Harry Kane. Scoring two of the three goals, he has now scored 25 goals in his last 23 performances. This is the form of one of the best strikers in the whole world, he really is the complete forward.
What’s next for Tottenham Hotspur?
Tottenham Hotspur will make their way to Cyprus to play Apoel Nicosia in the Champions League midweek. They will then travel to Huddersfield Town in the Premier League on the weekend.