Tottenham Hotspur maintained pressure on the Premier League’s top two with a 3-1 win against Leicester City at Wembley Stadium. A thrilling encounter saw Tottenham Hotspur edge past a tough Leicester City side as they moved back to within five points of the top of the Premier League and nine clear of fourth place. Leicester City sit 12th in the Premier League with nine wins and five draws from 26 matches, giving them a points tally of 32 and a goal difference of minus three.
Harvey Barnes flashed a shot wide in a lively start for the visitors, before a smart corner routine resulted in Davinson Sanchez heading Spurs in front from Christian Eriksen’s 33rd-minute cross.
Leicester might also have levelled on 58 minutes after Jan Vertonghen fouled James Maddison in the area and Jamie Vardy came off the bench to take the spot-kick, but Hugo Lloris saved his penalty.
Spurs only held a 1-0 lead when Maddison went down under Vertonghen’s challenge and referee Michael Oliver pointed to the spot. Maddison took the ball and was going to take the spot-kick, only for Vardy to enter the fray and take the penalty with his first touch of the game.
Eriksen’s sweet shot found the bottom corner three minutes later, and after Lloris made another fine save from Barnes, Vardy gave the Foxes hope when turning in Ricardo Pereira’s cross with 14 minutes left.
But Son Heung-min burst away to settle matters in stoppage time.
Spurs’ 20th Premier League win keeps them third, on 60 points, five behind second-placed Liverpool.
Leicester are 12th on 32 points.
Goals: Spurs – Sanchez 33, Eriksen 63, Son 90+1; Leicester – Vardy 76.
Yellow cards: Spurs – Son, Rose, Vertonghen; Leicester – Tielemans.
Referee: Michael Oliver.
Venue: Wembley Stadium, London.
Weather: Sunny spells, fresh breeze, seven degrees.
Spurs: 23 Feb v Burnley (A)
Leicester: 23 Feb v Crystal Palace (H)