A nightmare afternoon for all associated with Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday ultimately culminated in the Lilywhites’ top-4 hopes being dealt another considerable blow, by none other than Leicester City.
Spurs, of course, marked their return to action a short time ago.
With confidence brimming in the camp fresh off a hard-fought downing of champions Manchester City, the capital giants - boosted by the return of head coach Antonio Conte - made the trip to the King Power Stadium, hopeful of making it a quarter of successive victories across all competitions.
And such hopes appeared very much intact, upon Rodrigo Bentancur opening the game’s scoring inside the opening quarter of an hour on Saturday.
Leicester, however, had altogether different ideas in mind.
First, the Foxes pulled level midway through the first-half, when Nampalys Mendy drove a stunning effort beyond the clutches of Fraser Forster, and into the roof of the net:
A needless surrendering of possession then opened the door for Leicester to turn the clash on its head just minutes later, on this occasion James Maddison slotting home in style after being laid on by Kelechi Iheanacho:
With proceedings on the stroke of the interval, hitman Iheanacho then turned goalscorer himself, squaring up Eric Dier to slot a pinpoint finish into the bottom corner from the edge of the area.
And an altogether miserable day for Tottenham was finally complete just inside the closing ten minutes at the King Power, when it was Harvey Barnes’ turn to pick out the bottom corner, putting the finishing touches on a 4-1 final scoreline.
Danny Ward - 6
Timothy Castagne - 6.5
Harry Souttar - 7
Wout Faes - 7.5
Victor Kristiansen - 7
Nampalys Mendy - 8.5
Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall - 6.5
Tete - 5.5
James Maddison - 7.5
Harvey Barnes - 8
Kelechi Iheanacho - 8.5
Substitutes: Wilfred Ndidi - 5.5, Jamie Vardy - 5.5, Dennis Praet - 6, Ricardo Pereira - N/A
Fraser Forster - 4
Pedro Porro - 4
Eric Dier - 3.5
Japhet Tanganga - 5
Ben Davies - 4.5
Ivan Perisic - 4
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg - 5.5
Rodrigo Bentancur - 6.5
Son Heung-min - 4.5
Dejan Kulusevski - 4.5
Harry Kane - 5
Substitutes: Pape Matar Sarr - 5, Richarlison - 4.5, Emerson Royal - 4.5, Davinson Sanchez - 5, Arnaut Danjuma - N/A
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