Tottenham Hotspur 0 Leicester City 2 – Vardy penalty and Alderweireld own goal down Mourinho’s Spurs
2020-21 English Premier League report: Tottenham Hotspur vs Leicester City – Sunday, 20th December 2020
Tottenham Hotspur 0 Leicester City 2 – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
A hard fought game in North London saw the visiting Foxes leapfrogging three places over Tottenham to the second as Jamie Vardy's penalty and Toby Alderweireld's own goal sunk the hosts.
Sunday night's result at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium rounded up a bad week for Jose Mourinho's men, marked by a draw to Crystal Palace and a defeat to Liverpool prior to the loss to Leicester City. Both teams having suffered midweek defeats were on the lookout for an early response.
It was Leicester who created early half-chances, with Wesley Fofana heading over and James Maddison's free-kick before Vardy's volley being blocked behind by Alderweireld.
Mourinho's conservative approach was once again to the fore with Spurs having their first shot at target in the 34th minute through a deflected Harry Kane free-kick. That seemed to have pepped up the hosts' spirits a bit as Kane headed over from Heung-Min Son's corner shortly after.
But the Foxes were the ones smiling into the break when Serge Aurier recklessly tripped Fofana in the Spurs box well into injury-time. The foul was initially missed but after a VAR check, referee Craig Pawson checked the pitchside monitor and pointed to the spot.
Vardy happily converted the spot-kick by crashing his shot down the middle as Leicester went one up.
The hosts almost went down by another immediately after the break when Maddison slotted one in but VAR ruled him marginally offside. Spurs had replaced Tanguy Ndombele with Gareth Bale but were running out of ideas with the substitute Welsh star proving to be ineffective.
In one of their rare counter-attacks, 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. Rather, it was Alderweireld who helped the Foxes' cause in the 59th minute when he turned Vardy's header into his own net.
The goal came after Marc Albrighton careened down the right and delivered his cross to Vardy who beat a leaping Moussa Sissoko to a header that was accidentally bundled in by Alderweireld under pressure.
Kane had a long-distance go at Kasper Schmeichel and Son's snap shot from six yards a little later drew a superb reaction save from the Leicester custodian as Spurs tried to worm their way back into the game. There was a late handball shout against Fofana as the match drifted predictably into the Foxes favour with the midlands outfit eventually clocking their sixth away win.
It is now one win in five Premier League games for Spurs after a tough run of fixtures involving Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and Leicester as they dropped down to fifth place and six points away from league leaders Liverpool with whom they had shared the top spot a week ago.
Tottenham starting Xi playing in a 4-2-3-1 formation: Lloris (goal), Aurier, Dier, Alderweireld, Reguilon, Hojbjerg, Sissoko, Lo Celso, Ndombele, Son, Kane.
Subs: Bale, Moura, Winks
Leicester starting Xi playing in a 4-2-3-1 formation: Schmeichel (goal), Justin, Evans, Fofana, Castagne, Tielemans, Ndidi, Maddison, Albrighton, Barnes, Vardy.
Subs: Amartey, Praet, Iheanacho
Man of the match: James Maddison
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