Son and Alli on target as Tottenham beat Leicester to go third
Premier League, King Power Stadium – Leicester City 0 Tottenham 2 (Son 45, Alli 58)
Son Heung-min scored a wonder goal and set up another for Dele Alli as Tottenham beat Leicester 2-0 to climb into third place in the Premier League table.
Mauricio Pochettino, who benched Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen with one eye on Tuesday’s must-win game at Barcelona, saw his side edge the first half but fail to create any clear-cut chances for 45 minutes.
That was until Son scored in stoppage time with a sumptuous curling shot from 25 yards after cutting inside.
Alli was the visitors’ most creative spark and he was rewarded in the second period when he dived in to score with a header from Son’s cross.
And Pochettino gave Eriksen and Kane a run out in the closing stages as Spurs closed out the game to record back-to-back wins this week to trail leaders Liverpool by six points ahead of the showdown at the Nou Camp.
Tottenham's Son Heung-min celebrates scoring their first goal with team matesGetty Images
Are Spurs back in the title race? Pochettino’s side have responded well to their north London derby disappointment with victories over Southampton and now the Foxes. With Man City losing, the title race has widened up and Spurs have a decent-looking run of games against Burnley, Everton, Bournemouth and Wolves over the Christmas period.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Son Heung-min (Tottenham): The South Korean just edges out Dele Alli after scoring a wonderful strike to bring the game to life. He also showed his composure to set up Alli’s header.
Tottenham's Son Heung-min scores their first goalReuters
LEICESTER CITY: Schmeichel 6, Ricardo 5, Morgan 6, Evans 6, Chilwell 6, Mendy 5, Iborra 4, Ndidi 4, Maddison 5, Gray 5, Iheanacho 4.Subs: Ghezzal 5, Albrighton 5, Okazaki n/a.
TOTTENHAM: Lloris 5, Aurier 5, Alderweireld 5, Vertonghen 6, Davies 5, Dier 5, Sissoko 5, Winks 4, Dele 8, Son 9, Lucas 7. Subs: Eriksen 5, Kane n/a, Walker-Peters n/a.
45’+1 - GOAL FOR SPURS! We haven't had any clear cut-chances and then Son goes and curls the ball into the corner from around 25 yards after cutting inside.
58’ - GOAL FOR SPURS! Son has space down the left, he takes his time and picks out Alli who scores with a diving header from a tight angle.
71’ - CLOSE! Alli combines with Davies whose deep cross to the back post finds Aurier whose header into the ground goes narrowly over.
87' - CHANCE! Ghezzal cuts inside in the box and curls in a shot which Lloris saves.
- Dele Alli has scored 50 goals for Spurs across all competitions, becoming the 47th player to reach a half-century for the club.
- Leicester City have won only two of their past nine league games.