Published: Mon, May 14, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Tottenham 5-4 Leicester City: Wild win for Spurs

Tottenham 5-4 Leicester City: Wild win for Spurs

Tottenham Hotspur secured third place in the Premier League with a come-from-behind 5-4 defeat of Leicester City in the final game of the season at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.

The Foxes were still not budging and after Lloris produced another fine save to deny Iheanacho, they got themselves back level in the 73rd minute when Vardy got in behind the defence and smashed high into the roof of the net from an acute angle. Any Spurs fan who wouldn't have taken that in a season where the club were forced to play at a Wembley is a fool.

Kelechi Iheanacho's stunner put Leicester two clear just after halftime but it provoked a furious Spurs response in which Erik Lamela struck twice either side of an own goal by Christian Fuchs who deflected Lamela's shot in off his knee.

The dramatic victory means Spurs, who were already assured of a Champions League berth next season, finish third ahead of Liverpool, but Kane's unlikely pursuit of Mohamed Salah in the race for the Golden Boot fell short despite him scoring 30 Premier League goals in a season for the first time. Vardy controlled in the box and an onrushing Mahrez slammed home to make it 2-1.

There was absolutely nothing Lloris could do about Iheanacho's stunning strike that did extend Leicester's lead two minutes after the restart.

The excitement continued two minutes after the break when Iheanacho held off Victor Wanyama's challenge, strode forward and rifled an unstoppable 25-yard effort into the top-right corner.

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Leicester did not let their heads slip after the equaliser and found themselves regaining the lead just ten minutes later, when Riyad Mahrez found the bottom corner with a lovely finish from the edge of the box.

Leicester and Tottenham contributed to a game which matched the all-time record for goals scored in a single match at Wembley, in a topsy-turvy game which did not appear to have little meaning for either side.

Game over? No. Harry Kane had other ideas.

Vardy was unmarked to head Mahrez's fourth-minute free-kick into the far corner for his 19th league goal of the campaign.

- Kane has reached 30 Premier League goals for the first time in his career - the first Englishman to do so since Kevin Phillips in 1999-2000 (also, 30).

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