Tottenham 0-2 Leicester: Jamie Vardy’s penalty and Toby Alderweireld’s own goal secures second place at Christmas for Foxes
Report as Brendan Rodgers secured his first win over Jose Mourinho at the eighth attempt after a Jamie Vardy penalty and Toby Alderweireld own goal complete a sorry week for Tottenham
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Sunday 20 December 2020 16:30, UK
Tottenham handed Leicester a couple of early Christmas gifts, as Jamie Vardy’s penalty and Toby Alderweireld’s own goal took the Foxes to a 2-0 victory and second place in the Premier League table on Sunday.
At the end of an even first half, Serge Aurier, in what Sky Sports pundit Roy Keane described as a moment of “utter madness”, barged into Wesley Fofana in the Spurs box and, after a VAR check, a spot-kick was awarded, which Vardy (45+4) thumped home.
The Foxes thought they had gone two clear at the start of the second half, when James Maddison converted a long pass forward, but VAR spotted an offside. However, the otherwise impressive Alderweireld gave Leicester another helping hand on 59 minutes, turning Vardy’s header into his own net, after the striker out-jumped Moussa Sissoko.
The result compounds a bad week for Jose Mourinho’s side, who now have just one win in five Premier League games and sit third ahead of Manchester United’s evening clash with Leeds, but Leicester will spend Christmas as Liverpool’s nearest challengers, four points off top spot.
Tottenham: Lloris (7), Aurier (3), Dier (6), Alderweireld (6), Reguilon (7), Hojbjerg (7), Sissoko (5), Lo Celso (5), Ndombele (6), Son (6), Kane (6).
Subs: Bale (5), Moura (5), Winks (6)
Leicester: Schmeichel (8), Justin (8), Evans (7), Fofana (7), Castagne (7), Tielemans (8), Ndidi (8), Maddison (8), Albrighton (7), Barnes (7), Vardy (8).
Subs: Amartey (6), Praet (n/a), Iheanacho (n/a)
Man of the match: James Maddison (Leicester)
How Leicester won at Spurs…
After both teams had suffered midweek defeats in the Premier League, they went into this one looking for a response and it was Leicester who had the earlier half-chances, with Fofana heading over Maddison’s free-kick before Vardy’s volley was blocked behind by Alderweireld.
Spurs were once again conservative, eventually having their first shot at goal on 34 minutes through a deflected Harry Kane free-kick, which sparked an encouraging spell, with the striker heading over from Heung-Min Son’s corner shortly after.
But it was Leicester who went in at the break smiling, when Aurier needlessly barged into Fofana as he tried to pick up a knock-down from Harvey Barnes in the Spurs box in first half injury-time.
The foul was initially missed but after a VAR check referee Craig Pawson checked the pitchside monitor and pointed to the spot, from where Vardy crashed in a low shot down the middle. That was Leicester’s eighth converted penalty in the Premier League this season, three more than anyone else.
It was the first time Tottenham had been behind in the Premier League at half-time this season and they were almost instantly 2-0 down after the restart, when Maddison fired in from James Justin’s long pass forward – but a VAR check spotted a narrow offside infringement.
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Spurs, who had replaced Tanguy Ndombele with Gareth Bale, lost Giovani Lo Celso to injury in the aftermath and amid those changes struggled to click into gear as they searched for a leveller.
Sergio Reguilon thought his side should have had a penalty from a handball in the Leicester box just before the hour mark but his appeals were waved away – and seconds later the visitors had doubled their lead.
Marc Albrighton progressed down the right and crossed for Vardy, who beat Sissoko in the six-yard box and then saw his off-target header accidentally bundled in by Alderweireld.
Kane shot at Kasper Schmeichel and his strike partner Son drew a superb reaction stop from the Leicester ‘keeper as Spurs tried to get back into the game, but despite a late handball shout against Fofana, showed little signs of denying Brendan Rodgers’ side a sixth away win in seven Premier League trips.
- Tottenham have lost two of their last three Premier League games against Leicester (W1), as many defeats as in their previous 12 games against the Foxes in the competition (W7 D3).
- Leicester have gained their first Premier League away win against Spurs since a 1-0 victory in 2015-16 (the season they lifted the Premier League trophy).
- Leicester City will be in the first two places of the top-flight table at Christmas in consecutive seasons for the first time in their history.
- Leicester have won 18 points in their last seven games on the road (W6 L1), the most they’ve collected in their first seven away games of a league season in their history (assuming three points for a win).
- Leicester’s Jamie Vardy has been directly involved in seven goals (five goals, two assists) in seven Premier League away games against Spurs, more than versus any other opponent on the road in the competition.
- Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers gained his first victory in all competitions against a Jose Mourinho side, having failed to win any of his previous seven such encounters (D2 L5).
- Leicester’s Jamie Vardy has scored 19 goals in his last 19 Premier League away games, whilst he has become the first player to score an away goal against an opponent at three different venues in the competition (White Hart Lane, Wembley and Tottenham Hotspur stadium).
- No player has scored more own-goals for Spurs in the Premier League than Toby Alderweireld – three (along with Harry Kane).
- Since joining Spurs for the 2017-18 season, Serge Aurier has given away four penalties in the Premier League, second only to David Luiz in this period (five).
Tottenham travel to Stoke on Wednesday for a Carabao Cup quarter-final, which you can watch live on Sky Sports Football from 5pm; kick-off 5.30pm. They then play Wolves on December 27, live on Sky Sports Premier League from 7pm; kick-off 7.15pm. Next up for Leicester is an intriguing Boxing Day clash with Man Utd.
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