Tottenham refuse to let go of their Premier League title dreams as they somehow engineered a 3-1 victory over Leicester despite the Foxes being largely dominant at Wembley.
Claude Puel’s side wasted a host of glorious chances, including Jamie Vardy missing a penalty with his first touch after coming off the bench, as they produced an impressive performance in every facet without applying the finishing touches.
Spurs were on the back foot throughout, but made the very most of their chances as Davinson Sanchez nodded them ahead and Christian Eriksen doubled their lead just minutes after Vardy missed from the spot.
Vardy did manage to pull a goal back but Son Heung-min sealed the points in stoppage time as Spurs moved back to within five points of leaders Liverpool – and just two behind Manchester City having played the same number of games.
Although they had to ride their luck against Leicester, it still means a fourth Premier League win on the bounce for Mauricio Pochettino’s side, despite being without Harry Kane and Dele Alli, to keep them well and truly in the race for the title.
Foxes waste chance after chance
Leicester, with Vardy only on the bench, started brightly at Wembley with a host of chances and Harvey Barnes wasted the best of them early on as he dragged his shot wide of the near post when in one-on-one with the excellent Hugo Lloris.
The Foxes were made to pay for their profligacy in front of goal when a corner routine saw Eriksen swing in a superb ball from the right that Sanchez was able to head in powerfully from close range with Harry Maguire caught on the wrong side.
The game continued in a similar pattern in the second half with Leicester having almost all of the clear-cut chances - Demarai Gray wasting the best with a tame free header from close range – before the best of all arrived on the hour mark.
James Maddison was brought down in the box just as Vardy was waiting to come off the bench, and the substitute trotted on and duly took the responsibility of taking the spot kick. It was not the best though and Lloris palmed away to his right to keep his side 1-0 ahead.
Just three minutes later, Spurs made Leicester pay as Eriksen fired in a trademark whipped shot from just outside the box to make it 2-0.
Leicester still carved out chances, with Barnes again wasting a glorious opportunity when his attempted one-on-one finish was far too close to the left foot of Lloris.
Vardy tapped home from close range 15 minutes from time as the visitors continued to be the better side as they pushed for an equaliser.
It was Spurs who got the next goal though as Son broke away in stoppage time to clinch a vital three points to remain genuine title contenders.
Tottenham 3-1 Leicester Opta stats
- Tottenham Hotspur have won 20 league games this season – only in their top-flight title winning campaign of 1960-61 have they ever won more after their first 26 matches of a season (22).
- Leicester City are now winless in their last five Premier League matches (D1 L4), their longest run in the division since May last year (also five).
- Tottenham Hotspur against Leicester City has now joined the Sheffield derby as the most played top-flight fixture without ever recording a goalless draw (84 meetings).
- Only Fulham and Huddersfield Town (both 20) have fallen behind in more Premier League matches this season than Leicester City (19).
- Leicester City boss Claude Puel has now lost five Premeir League games against Tottenham, his highest number of defeats versus a single side in the competition.
- Davinson Sanchez is the 147th different player to score in the Premier League for Tottenham, while only West Ham United have as many (also 147).
- Christian Eriksen has scored 20 Premier League goals from outside the box - more than any other player since his debut in September 2013.
- Leciester City’s Demarai Gray (22y 226d) made his 100th Premier League appearance in this match against Spurs – only Emile Heskey (21y 114d) played his 100th game for the Foxes in the competition at a younger age.
- Since the start of the 2014-15 campaign, Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy has lost 15 Premier League games in which he has scored, more than any other player in the competition.
- Spurs have received four bookings for simulation in the Premier League this season, the joint-most in the competition alongside North London rivals Arsenal.