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Match report by John Ellis at Wembley
Premier League: Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 Leicester City
Leicester created a couple of good openings in the opening 10 minutes. A free header from a free kick Spurs fans felt should have been awarded to the home side which Lloris tipped over. The second effort came from a Leicester defensive header which involved the defender visibly having both arms wrapped around Llorente! The attack left Lloris exposed and flat footed but the effort rolled wide of the far post.
Eriksen showed his lack of faith in Llorente when he elected a much more difficult pass to Son rather than a simple pass to put Llorente in. To compound matters Son was booked for allegedly diving…
Leicester also createdtheir own openings in what was an entertaining start to the match.
Trippier had his struggles and always does against pace. Sanchez on the other hand had started particularly well.
By the half hour mark incompetent but also seemingly one eyed bad refereeing had got the backs up of not only the Spurs fans but also the players.
The frustrations though were released in the 33rd minute with a well worked Trippier short corner to Eriksen who curled an exquisite cross in for Sanchez to connect with a diving header to put Spurs 1-0 up!
In the two minutes of first half added time Lloris was almost caught out at his near post and nearly spilled the ball into own net.
Leicester started the second half on the front foot and Lloris was called on to make a couple of saves.
The momentum had changed though and when Son lost the ball in a promising position, the Foxes broke and from a scramble in the box, the referee awarded a penalty.
Leicester made a substitution and with his first touch Vardy hit the penalty well but Lloris flew to his right to make a fine save!
The momentum immediately switched, the fans were up and Eriksen finished with aplomb to make it 2-0!
It wasn’t over though. Vardy was put through one on one to surely halve the deficit but no… Lloris made another very good save.
In the 75th minute it was a question of if at first you don’t succeed…and it was third time lucky for Vardy who steered a low cross to score and make it 2-1…
Wave after wave of Leicester attack seemingly created chance after chance.
Pochettino’s substitutions disrupted the balance of the side. With no long out ball and a less than match fit Wanyama Spurs struggled to stem the tide.
In added time, a complete contradiction. A long ball set Son free. He ran from his own half with Leicester defenders trailing in his wake, Son composed himself to fire low beyond the keeper to make it 3-1!
What a player!
There was still time for Leicester to bring another diving save by Lloris.
The final whistle blew. Spurs had certainly rode their luck but the three points had been secured. Not only had ten chasing pack been kept at bay but more importantly, the quest for the Premier League title, no matter how improbable, was still on!