Tottenham fail to excite as Leicester go second with comfortable win

Date published: Sunday 20th December 2020 4:08 - Samuel Bannister

Leicester rose to second in the Premier League table after punishing Tottenham for an unadventurous performance with a 2-0 win.

Tottenham have been picking up plenty of positive results with an approach that relies heavily on counter attacks in recent weeks.

However, Jose Mourinho’s strategy did not pay off this time, as Spurs lost ground in the title race.

It was a first half of few chances, with both sides working their opponents out.

Leicester’s first chance came when Jamie Vardy had a shot blocked after the ball had dropped to him after a set piece.

Tottenham had an opportunity when Harry Kane slipped in Son Heung-min, but the South Korean chose to cross the ball along the ground rather than shoot, meaning the chance was wasted.

It took until the 34th minute for the first shot on target to arrive. However, Kane’s free kick was an easy save for Kasper Schmeichel.

Leicester were gifted an opportunity for their own first shot on target deep into stoppage time – and it led to the opening goal.

Serge Aurier pushed Wesley Fofana over in the box, with a VAR check confirming a penalty in Leicester’s favour. Vardy smashed a powerful effort down the middle of the goal to make it 1-0.

Leicester extend lead in second half

Leicester thought they had doubled their lead early in the second half. James Maddison expertly brought down a long ball from James Justin, before finishing with his next touch.

However, VAR was used again, and Maddison was found to have been marginally offside. Hence, the goal was ruled out.

Leicester did get a second goal in the 59th minute, though. Marc Albrighton crossed for Vardy, whose header went in off Toby Alderweireld as an own goal.

As the game entered its final 20 minutes, Schmeichel produced a big save to claw away an effort from Son and keep his clean sheet intact.

The result sees Leicester leapfrog Tottenham in the table, as they move into second place. Spurs are now three games without a win and have lost successive games for the first time this season.

 

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