Arsenal lose to Wolves, Tottenham back on top after Chelsea draw, Edinson Cavani fires Manchester United


Cavani then put a header narrowly wide but as Southampton fell back deeper and deeper, the Uruguayan showed great reflexes to divert a Fernandes shot home for the equaliser.

United dominated the latter stages, and the 33-year-old Cavani struck again in stoppage time, stooping to head past Saints keeper Alex McCarthy.

Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris jumps for the ball against Chelsea along with teammate Serge Aurier (centre) and Christian Pulisic of the Blues.Credit:AP

The victory was United’s eighth successive away league win and lifted them to seventh place with 16 points, one point behind Southampton.

Tottenham ground out a 0-0 draw at Chelsea to return to the top spot with an ultra-defensive display from Jose Mourinho’s side frustrating the Premier League’s joint top scorers.

At a stadium where they have won only once in 30 years, Tottenham had just a single shot on target but halted Chelsea’s six-match winning run in all competitions.

“We are not happy and that for me is fantastic,” Mourinho said. “It is a complete change of mentality, of personality.”

Tammy Abraham of Chelsea heads the ball clear during the scoreless Premier League draw with Tottenham at Stamford Bridge.

Tammy Abraham of Chelsea heads the ball clear during the scoreless Premier League draw with Tottenham at Stamford Bridge.Credit:Getty

The point leaves Tottenham ahead of Liverpool on goal difference, while Chelsea are two points further back in third.

Mourinho, who won three Premier League titles with Chelsea, has put a club that hasn’t won the championship since 1961 into early contention.

That’s not how Mourinho sees it.

“We are not even in the race,” Mourinho said. “We are just a pony.”

An attritional game managed to deliver chances for both teams to win in stoppage time.

Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud nipped in when Joe Rodon, on his first start for Tottenham, headed back to goalkeeper Hugo Lloris but his shot was easily saved.

“They are very good opposition and I knew I was going to be in for a tough night,” Rodon said.

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“I got away with two mistakes but I’ll learn from it and come back strong.”

And Giovani Lo Celso wasted a late Tottenham counter-attack after being released by Lucas Moura, striking wide of the target rather than setting up Harry Kane.

“We almost gifted them one at the end,” said Chelsea manager Frank Lampard, who won titles under Mourinho at the west London club.

It was the last game at Stamford Bridge without fans before the relaxation of coronavirus restrictions are due to see up to 2000 spectators allowed in for Chelsea’s home game against Leeds on Saturday, having been locked out since March.

In Sunday’s late game, Arsenal slumped to a fourth defeat in six Premier League games as Wolverhampton Wanderers shrugged off a worrying early injury to Raul Jimenez to claim a 2-1 win at the Emirates.

Pedro Neto put Wolves ahead in the 27th minute and although Gabriel headed the hosts level, a clever finish by Daniel Podence restored the visitors’ lead before half-time.

Players call for medical help after a head clash between Arsenal's David Luiz and Raul Jimenez of Wolves.

Players call for medical help after a head clash between Arsenal’s David Luiz and Raul Jimenez of Wolves.Credit:AP

Arsenal pressed Wolves back in the latter stages of the second half but they struggled to create clear chances.

Wolves hung on for their first league win at Arsenal since 1979 to move up to sixth in the table on 17 points, four points off the top, while Arsenal are languishing in 14th spot with 13.

Mexican forward Jimenez was involved in a sickening clash of heads as he challenged for an aerial ball with Arsenal defender David Luiz and required oxygen before being taken to hospital.

Brazilian Luiz soldiered on with his head bandaged but did not emerge for the second half.

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Tottenham top after Chelsea draw, Edinson Cavani fires Manchester United home at Southampton


Cavani then put a header narrowly wide but as Southampton fell back deeper and deeper, the Uruguayan showed great reflexes to divert a Fernandes shot home for the equaliser.

United dominated the latter stages, and the 33-year-old Cavani struck again in stoppage time, stooping to head past Saints keeper Alex McCarthy.

Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris jumps for the ball against Chelsea along with teammate Serge Aurier (centre) and Christian Pulisic of the Blues.Credit:AP

The victory was United’s eighth successive away league win and lifted them to seventh place with 16 points, one point behind Southampton.

Tottenham ground out a 0-0 draw at Chelsea to return to the top spot with an ultra-defensive display from Jose Mourinho’s side frustrating the Premier League’s joint top scorers.

At a stadium where they have won only once in 30 years, Tottenham had just a single shot on target but halted Chelsea’s six-match winning run in all competitions.

“We are not happy and that for me is fantastic,” Mourinho said. “It is a complete change of mentality, of personality.”

Tammy Abraham of Chelsea heads the ball clear during the scoreless Premier League draw with Tottenham at Stamford Bridge.

Tammy Abraham of Chelsea heads the ball clear during the scoreless Premier League draw with Tottenham at Stamford Bridge.Credit:Getty

The point leaves Tottenham ahead of Liverpool on goal difference, while Chelsea are two points further back in third.

Mourinho, who won three Premier League titles with Chelsea, has put a club that hasn’t won the championship since 1961 into early contention.

That’s not how Mourinho sees it.

“We are not even in the race,” Mourinho said. “We are just a pony.”

An attritional game managed to deliver chances for both teams to win in stoppage time.

Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud nipped in when Joe Rodon, on his first start for Tottenham, headed back to goalkeeper Hugo Lloris but his shot was easily saved.

“They are very good opposition and I knew I was going to be in for a tough night,” Rodon said.

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“I got away with two mistakes but I’ll learn from it and come back strong.”

And Giovani Lo Celso wasted a late Tottenham counter-attack after being released by Lucas Moura, striking wide of the target rather than setting up Harry Kane.

“We almost gifted them one at the end,” said Chelsea manager Frank Lampard, who won titles under Mourinho at the west London club.

It was the last game at Stamford Bridge without fans before the relaxation of coronavirus restrictions are due to see up to 2000 spectators allowed in for Chelsea’s home game against Leeds on Saturday, having been locked out since March.

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Tottenham 2-0 Man City: Son Heung-min and Giovani lo Celso send Spurs top


Son Heung-min has nine goals and two assists in nine Premier League games this season

Tottenham Hotspur went top of the Premier League after producing a display of clinical efficiency and tactical discipline to beat Manchester City.

In the usual battle of wits between Jose Mourinho and his old adversary Pep Guardiola, the Spurs manager came out on top as his team’s season gathered further momentum.

Son Heung-min put Spurs in front after five minutes, finishing coolly from Tanguy Ndombele’s pass before Manchester City had a first-half goal ruled out by VAR for a handball by Gabriel Jesus after Aymeric Laporte’s finish.

City continued to enjoy greater possession but Spurs, as you would expect from a Mourinho side, were fiercely drilled and resilient, taking their chance when it came to double their advantage and finish the game.

It came in the 65th minute after a dream substitution from Mourinho, Giovani lo Celso beating Ederson with a low finish from another Kane pass 35 seconds after coming on for Steven Bergwijn – the only cloud for Spurs coming with a late injury to Toby Alderweireld after an outstanding performance.

Mourinho revels in statement win

Mourinho was a bundle of energy in his technical area as Spurs took all Manchester City could throw at them to come out with the win that puts them at the Premier League summit and also made a powerful statement about their ambitions and aspirations.

Mourinho’s voice echoed around this vast, empty arena as he urged on his players, shouting instructions with regular demands of “press the ball”. Guardiola, in contrast, was understandably subdued and downcast.

It is still early days for a club that has struggled to win silverware over so many recent years, but there is a growing sense of strength and optimism around Spurs, fuelled by a serial winner as a manager who looks revitalised after the acrimonious end to his spell at Manchester United.

Spurs have the golden threat of the likes of Son – who has now scored 11 goals in all competitions this season – and Kane, with Gareth Bale on the bench here, but they now have some many of the usual Mourinho traits that have always made his teams so difficult to beat.

It has been a year since he succeeded the hugely popular Mauricio Pochettino and Spurs are starting to resemble Mourinho’s image and likeness, epitomised by the unfussy but highly effective midfield sentry Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, a signing from Southampton that was a managerial priority in the summer.

Spurs are currently a potent mix of solidity and threat, as proved by the way they dug deep to keep Manchester City out before striking to deadly effect. Spurs had two shots on target and scored twice.

In Kane, Spurs also possess the complete forward at the very top of his game, a class act as a provider for the ninth time in as many league games this season – but also the master marksman when his chances come along, as they will with regularity this season.

Spurs and their fans will not get carried away but there can be no denying Mourinho’s tried and trusted methods are having their effect, with the long-time foe Guardiola the victim on this occasion.

Toothless Man City fall short again

Manchester City clearly had a grievance against the decision to rule out Laporte’s goal for handball against Jesus that left them nursing a sense of injustice. However, it would still disappoint Guardiola that his team had so much of the ball but actually did so little with it when it came to seriously testing Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris.

It has become something of pattern with Manchester City and this was another occasion, although Guardiola did not feel able to risk the likes of Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero other than on the substitutes’ bench, reducing their level of threat.

City were easily unpicked by Ndombele’s pass for Son’s early strike and there was almost a sense of inevitability that their toothlessness would end with Spurs sweeping up the other end to add a second through Lo Celso.

It is hardly panic stations for City as they stand eight points off the top with a game in hand. This is shaping up as a season with many twists and turns to come – but this was another unsatisfactory result and performance.

Aguero’s now regular fitness issues rob Guardiola and City of their most lethal finisher in and around the box, the 32-year-old Argentine still the most reliable goalscorer at the club but now seemingly troubled too much by injury.

Guardiola will now move into the next phase of his reign at City after signing a two-year contract extension and preparing for the day they have to do without one of their all-time great players will soon be an issue.

This is still a Manchester City side packed with world-class players but this was another of those days that have been happening since the start of last season when they simply lack a ruthless edge and end up being punished.

It is a problem Guardiola needs to resolve – and quickly.

‘We are not fighting for the title’ – what the managers said

Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho told BBC Sport: “It feels good [to be top], but maybe tomorrow we are second again and honestly that would not be a problem for me, I am just happy with the evolution.

“People cannot expect us to come here and after one season we are fighting for the title. We are not fighting for the title, we are just fighting to win every match. But we are going to lose matches, we are going to draw matches.

“Dinner tonight will be nice and relaxed and I will watch Atletico Madrid v Barcelona and sleep like an angel. But no problem if Leicester wins [on Sunday] and we are second again.”

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said: “It could be better, we played similar to how we have all season. We did not defend good for the first goal. They then defended so deep, they defended with six and it was not easy. We had our chances, but we couldn’t score and they made two or three chances on the counter-attack and we lost the game.

“We knew before the game that you cannot give them the first goal. We had more chances than them but we lost. Mourinho’s teams are like this, you make a mistake and they punish you on the counter-attack.”

Spurs end day top for first time in six years – the stats

  • It is the first time since August 2014 that Tottenham will finish a day top of the Premier League and the first time they have done so after at least nine top-flight games since January 1985.
  • Meanwhile, 12 points from eight games is Manchester City’s lowest points total at this stage of a Premier League season since 2008-09, while their 10 goals scored is their lowest after eight games since 2006-07.
  • Tottenham have won back-to-back league games against Manchester City for the first time since October 2016.
  • City have had 41 shots in their past two league games against Spurs but have lost both without scoring.
  • Tottenham have scored more goals in the first half of Premier League games than any other side this season, with their 11 in the opening 45 minutes more than City have scored in the competition this season (10).
  • Son has scored five goals in five games in all competitions against Manchester City and his strike after four minutes 19 seconds was the earliest City have conceded in the league since December 2016, against Arsenal.
  • Kane has provided nine assists in his nine Premier League games this season, after providing just eight assists in his previous three campaigns, or 94 games, combined.

What’s next?

Both sides are in European action in midweek, as Manchester City travel to Olympiakos in the Champions League on Wednesday (17:55 GMT) and Tottenham host Ludogorets in the Europa League on Thursday (20:00).

City then host Burnley in the Premier League on Saturday (15:00), before Spurs are away to Chelsea on Sunday (16:30).

Player of the match

KaneHarry Kane

Line-ups

Tottenham

  • 1Lloris
  • 24Aurier
  • 4AlderweireldSubstituted forRodonat 81′minutes
  • 15Dier
  • 3Reguilón
  • 17SissokoBooked at 42mins
  • 5Højbjerg
  • 7Son Heung-Min
  • 28NdombeleSubstituted forLo Celsoat 65′minutes
  • 23BergwijnSubstituted forLucas Mouraat 73′minutes
  • 10KaneBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 9Bale
  • 12Hart
  • 14Rodon
  • 18Lo Celso
  • 27Lucas Moura
  • 33Davies
  • 45Alves Morais

Man City

  • 31Ederson
  • 2Walker
  • 3Rúben DiasBooked at 87mins
  • 14Laporte
  • 27Cancelo
  • 17De Bruyne
  • 16Rodri
  • 20Bernardo SilvaSubstituted forFodenat 72′minutes
  • 26MahrezSubstituted forSterlingat 72′minutes
  • 9Gabriel Jesus
  • 21TorresBooked at 88mins

Substitutes

  • 5Stones
  • 7Sterling
  • 8Gündogan
  • 10Agüero
  • 13Steffen
  • 47Foden
  • 50García

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Harry Winks admits he needs more minutes amid ‘difficult’ Tottenham spell


Winks has looked sharp in the recent internationals against the Republic of Ireland and Belgium, despite falling down the pecking order at Spurs.

The 24-year-old has not played a minute in the Premier League since losing possession in the build-up to Manuel Lanzini’s stoppage-time equaliser in Spurs’ 3-3 draw with West Ham and last started a domestic match in September.

But he remains in a strong position with the national team and could start again in Wednesday’s Uefa Nations League qualifiers against Iceland, with Jordan Henderson a doubt.

Asked if he needed more minutes with Spurs, Winks said: “Definitely.

“My situation at Tottenham is difficult at the moment and it’s important that I keep fighting and working as hard as I can to stay in the squad and to stay in the team.

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Jan Vertonghen with former Spurs team-mates Toby Alderweireld and Winks

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“Every time I get the opportunity for England I love it, it’s a great place to play football here, it’s free and the lads get on really well, it’s a great place to come to.

“I want to be a part of that in the Euros and I want to be in the starting XI in the Euros as well. But, yes, it’s important that back at Tottenham I get the opportunities there and I stay in the team there as well.”

Sunday’s 2-0 loss in Leuven ended England’s hopes of qualifying for consecutive Nations League finals and leaves them with consecutive competitive defeats ahead of the dead-rubber against Iceland at Wembley.

Even so, Winks believes the Three Lions have “frightening” squad depth and insists they have the quality to win next summer’s European Championship.

“We are definitely up there in the sense of the players that we’ve got, and the squad and the quality in depth as well is frightening, and the amount of players who can step in and who are constantly trying to give the manager difficult decisions to make,” he said.

“The good thing about England right now is we’ve got so many good, technical players, there are so many good players performing at such high levels in their clubs as well, once we get that gel right and once we start to get a bit of consistency going into the Euros we definitely believe that we are good enough to go all the way.”

On Sunday, he left Jadon Sancho on the bench to accommodate a back-three, two wing-backs and a midfield of Henderson and Declan Rice, before Winks replaced the Liverpool captain at half-time.

“We forget as well that we’ve got two full backs as well that like to get forward and create overloads in the opposition half as well,” Winks said.

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Winks in action against Belgium

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“So it’s not really as such, (only) three players in the forward half, you’ve got the two full backs to attack as well to create five. It’s just about getting that balance right and finding the openings but against good sides like Belgium this is always going to be difficult to do that consistently.

“It feels like we are creating chances and getting opportunities in the opposition box but it’s international football, you don’t get as many chances as you probably would in Premier League football because you’re playing against top-quality defenders so it’s always going to be limited to the amount of chances you get. 

“But with the players that we’ve got in the front half you can never rule them out of scoring goals and you can never rule players out from creating opportunities as well.”



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Burnley 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur: Harry Kane sets up Son Heung-min for only goal


Son Heung-min is now the top scorer in the Premier League goals with eight this season

Son Heung-min and Harry Kane linked up yet again for the only goal as Tottenham claimed a fortunate win away to Burnley.

Kane headed Erik Lamela’s pass into the path of Son, who headed home Spurs’ first effort on target.

That is the 29th time the pair have combined for a Premier League goal, while Son is now the division’s leading scorer with eight.

Burnley were unfortunate to lose with Ashley Barnes having a goal ruled out for offside and Kane clearing a James Tarkowski header off the line.

Ashley Westwood and Johann Gudmundsson also forced Hugo Lloris into saves.

Sean Dyche’s Clarets remain in the relegation zone on one point, while Spurs move up from 11th to fifth.

Son and Kane’s productive partnership

Son and Kane have had a good partnership in recent years but this term they seem to have taken it to near telepathic levels.

They have linked up for four goals against Southampton, two against Manchester United and West Ham and now another against Burnley.

Kane appeared to know Son would be there when he flicked Lamela’s corner on and the South Korean made no mistake as he threw himself at the ball to head in.

He is now the top scorer in the league, while Kane – who has five goals and eight assists – has been directly involved in 13 goals, the most ever recorded by a player in his team’s first six Premier League games.

They have linked up 29 times for league goals in total. Only Chelsea’s Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard (36) have ever managed to do so more often.

Spurs and boss Jose Mourinho will be happy that is the focus of the game, because they had been poor otherwise.

They were sloppy in possession, gifting Burnley several chances with defensive mistakes – and barely created a chance before Son’s goal.

Kane’s main role until then had been to clear a Tarkowski header off his line.

Spurs are the top scorers in the league – they were averaging three goals a game until Monday night’s match – but had perhaps taken criticism of their last league game to heart.

They led that one 3-0 against West Ham after 16 minutes before conceding three times in the final eight minutes to draw 3-3.

There was no danger of such drama this time.

Positives to take… but it’s another slow Burnley start

Burnley struggle at home against the big sides, despite their reputation for being difficult opponents. Their only win in their past 24 Premier League home fixtures against ‘the big six’ came last season against Spurs.

They are traditional slow starters. They have failed to win in their opening five Premier League games twice before, in 2014-15 when they had three points and in 2018-19, when like this year they picked up one point.

They were relegated in 2015 and stayed up by six points two years ago.

The Clarets will have to start picking them up soon as they are level on points – well point – with Sheffield United and Fulham in the relegation zone.

Burnley boss Dyche will see the positives from this performance though and on another day they could have scored a couple.

Barnes was well offside when he slammed home in the first half and they forced Lloris into three saves and Kane into his clearance.

They were solid at the back for the most part too, with Kevin Long doing well to block a Son effort and Tarkowski denying Kane.

Match stats – Mourinho’s favourite opponents

  • Tottenham recorded clean sheets in successive games in all competitions, having failed to record a shutout in 10 games stretching back to last season.
  • Jose Mourinho has not faced any side as manager more often without losing than Burnley (10 – W6 D4), winning five of his six away matches against the Clarets.
  • Tottenham have lost just one of their past 12 Premier League games played on Monday (W9 D2), going down 1-0 against Man City in October 2018.
  • Harry Kane has recorded eight assists in six Premier League appearances this season, the most he has ever provided in a single campaign in the competition.
  • Josh Brownhill’s booking for Burnley after 63 seconds was the earliest in a Premier League game since Scott McTominay for Manchester United against Newcastle in December 2019 (24 seconds).

What’s next?

Burnley host Chelsea in the league on Saturday (15:00 GMT). Spurs go to Belgium to face Royal Antwerp in the Europa League on Thursday (17:55) before a home game against Brighton in the Premier League on Sunday (19:15).

Player of the match

Son Heung-MinSon Heung-Min

Burnley

  1. Squad number5Player nameTarkowski

  2. Squad number1Player namePope

  3. Squad number9Player nameWood

  4. Squad number2Player nameLowton

  5. Squad number7Player nameGudmundsson

  6. Squad number3Player nameTaylor

  7. Squad number28Player nameLong

  8. Squad number8Player nameBrownhill

  9. Squad number18Player nameWestwood

  10. Squad number10Player nameBarnes

  11. Squad number11Player nameMcNeil

  12. Squad number19Player nameRodriguez

  13. Squad number27Player nameVydra

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Burnley

  • 1Pope
  • 2Lowton
  • 28LongBooked at 80mins
  • 5Tarkowski
  • 3Taylor
  • 7GudmundssonSubstituted forRodriguezat 84′minutes
  • 18Westwood
  • 8BrownhillBooked at 2mins
  • 11McNeil
  • 10BarnesSubstituted forVydraat 89′minutes
  • 9Wood

Substitutes

  • 12Brady
  • 15Peacock-Farrell
  • 16Stephens
  • 19Rodriguez
  • 27Vydra
  • 34Dunne
  • 41Benson

Tottenham

  • 1Lloris
  • 2Doherty
  • 4Alderweireld
  • 15Dier
  • 33Davies
  • 17Sissoko
  • 5Højbjerg
  • 27Lucas MouraSubstituted forLamelaat 57′minutes
  • 28NdombeleSubstituted forLo Celsoat 79′minutes
  • 7Son Heung-MinSubstituted forRodonat 90+3′minutes
  • 10Kane

Substitutes

  • 3Reguilón
  • 9Bale
  • 11Lamela
  • 12Hart
  • 14Rodon
  • 18Lo Celso
  • 45Alves Morais

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Gareth Bale’s second Tottenham debut was ruined by a stunning West Ham fightback from 3-0 down in the final eight minutes to draw 3-3 this morning.

Manuel Lanzini’s sensational long-range strike into the top corner capped the comeback after Fabian Balbuena’s header and Davinson Sanchez’s own goal resurrected David Moyes’s men.

Spurs raced to a 3-0 lead within 18 minutes as the free-scoring combination of Harry Kane and Son Heung-min looked to have Jose Mourinho’s side cruising towards a win that would have put them second on the Premier League table.

The opener came inside the opening minute as Kane’s sumptuous long pass in behind the West Ham defence picked out Son and the South Korean cut inside to curl into the far corner.

The roles were reversed for Kane’s first goal as the England captain produced a stunning piece of skill with a nutmeg on his marker before firing low into the bottom corner.

Sergio Reguilon also made the move from Real Madrid to Tottenham last month and his rampaging runs from left-back are reminiscent of Bale’s early days at Spurs before the Welshman pushed further up the field.

The Spaniard set up Kane’s second with a pinpoint cross for the striker to head home at the far post.

Only a fine save from Lukasz Fabianski prevented Son also registering a double in a blistering opening quarter from Spurs.

Mourinho lauded Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy as a “genius” for the deals he made in the transfer market to give his manager a depth of squad capable of challenging for trophies.

That was shown as Bale was then introduced as a substitute and showed no lack of confidence by striking a free-kick with his first touch but the ball flew straight into Fabianski’s grasp.

Kane came within inches of sealing his hat-trick with a shot from outside the box that hit the post, but Tottenham’s defensive deficiencies saw a comfortable afternoon completely unravel.

Balbuena’s header from Aaron Creswell’s free-kick started the collapse before Sanchez turned a dangerous ball across the box into his own net.

Bale should have sealed the three points and a dream debut but he flashed a shot wide with just Fabianski to beat as the game entered stoppage time.

And that would come back to haunt Mourinho’s men when a Cresswell free-kick was only cleared to the edge of the box and Lanzini arrowed an unstoppable shot high past Hugo Lloris.

West Ham are the first team in Premier League history to avoid defeat in a game having trailed by three or more goals as late as the 81st minute.

“The game was under control. We had Harry Kane to score the fourth when he hit the post, then Gareth Bale to kill the game. This is a game that was in the pocket and we lost two points,” Mourinho said.

“We should be stronger. They were lucky but maybe they deserved that luck. We were unlucky but maybe we deserved that.”

Former Socceroo Ned Zelic was rubbing his eyes in disbelief.

“What a goal,” he tweeted after Lanzini’s miracle strike. “Pure drama! Unbelievable comeback. Incredible.

“Still can’t believe what just happened. That was outrageous. Football is nuts!”

American football writer Joe Prince-Wright tweeted: “No way has this just happened. No way. This is absolutely bonkers. This season is just nuts.

“This game. My goodness.”

Journalist Rob Blanchette added: “That was extraordinary. Football, bloody hell.”

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Tottenham 3-3 West Ham: Manuel Lanzini stunner seals dramatic draw


Lanzini’s strike, his first goal since May 2019, sparked wild West Ham celebrations at White Hart Lane

West Ham came back from three goals down with under 10 minutes to go to rescue a point in an astonishing comeback against Tottenham.

Manuel Lanzini’s brilliant long-range strike in injury time levelled the scores after Spurs had taken complete control in the opening 16 minutes through two goals from Harry Kane and one from Son Heung-min.

Fabian Balbuena’s header began West Ham’s fightback, with Davinson Sanchez’s own goal giving even more hope with five minutes to go.

Gareth Bale, on as a substitute in his first appearance since his return to Spurs from Real Madrid, missed a great chance in stoppage time before Lanzini lashed the ball in off goalkeeper Hugo Lloris’ fingertips to cap an incredible climax.

West Ham improved markedly in the second half, but when Kane hit the post with 12 minutes to go there was no sign that the final result would be anything other than another win for Spurs.

The result sees Spurs remain in sixth place, while West Ham move up two places into eighth.

Spurs go from sublime to ridiculous

Spurs looked irresistible in the opening stages, carrying on in the same vein from their 6-1 thrashing of Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Kane’s sublime pass from inside his own half set up Son’s opener after only 45 seconds when the South Korean bent his shot around Balbuena and into the bottom corner.

Son then assisted Kane for the second after just eight minutes, the Spurs skipper’s excellent close control being followed up by a shot lashed past Lukasz Fabianski.

And when Kane then nodded in from a nicely floated cross by Sergio Reguilon, the hosts looked set to move up into second place ahead of the Sunday night Leicester v Aston Villa match.

The impressive Kane was even heavily involved at the other end, making an excellent block to deny Vladimir Coufal’s shot just before half-time.

But Spurs looked to ease off in the second half, and the introduction of Bale with 18 minutes left should have injected some much-needed urgency.

However the Spurs defence, barely tested before the break, creaked and then collapsed when it finally came under pressure at the crunch.

Hammers dig deep

Faced by a daunting scoreline before a quarter of the game had gone, West Ham dug deep and didn’t collapse completely as might have been expected after Spurs’ opening onslaught.

But when Pablo Fornals somehow headed over from two yards out with keeper Lloris not in the picture, it seemed to suggest that David Moyes’ side would leave north London empty-handed.

But Moyes, back in the technical zone after a spell away with coronavirus, then saw his side go onto the front foot even after the introduction of Bale suggested that Spurs were closing in for the kill.

Balbuena’s goal jangled the hosts’ nerves, and when Sanchez diverted Coufal’s cross into his own net it was the away side who scented blood.

Lanzini’s brilliant shot, his first goal since May 2019, gave West Ham a draw that sees them putting a poor start to the season behind them with seven points from their last three Premier League outings.

Bale is back, if only briefly

Jose Mourinho had been coy about the prospects of Gareth Bale making his first appearance since his return from Real Madrid, saying the Welshman would “probably” play against West Ham.

But instead of Bale, Mourinho opted for Steven Bergwijn to line up alongside Kane and Son in Spurs’ front three.

Bale lining up alongside Kane and Son makes Spurs a tantalising prospect – in attack, at least.

Gareth Bale playting for Spurs
Gareth Bale scored on his previous Spurs appearance, against Sunderland on 19 May 2013

Instead, Bale may have to wait until Thursday to make his first start for Spurs since 19 May 2013 when they take on LASK in the Europa League.

The Welshman’s very first touch after coming on was at a free kick, but he looked rusty as he drove it tamely at Fabianski.

The 31-year-old will look more ruefully at the chance he had to seal the win while Spurs were wobbling at 3-2, but his shot curled just wide and left West Ham with a slight chance that they eventually seized upon.

What the managers said

Spurs boss Jose Mourinho, speaking to BBC Sport: “It is easy for me to praise West Ham. They were losing 3-0 for the majority of the game. The game was controlled, they didn’t have chances and then late in the game, they score and increased their belief.

“They were lucky but maybe they deserved that luck. We were unlucky but maybe we deserved that.

“Harry Kane hit the post, it could be 4-0. Bale can score the fourth and kill it. Out of context, based on free-kicks and and second balls, they found a style.

“We should be stronger. In the second half they risked quite a lot, pressing up and gave us more space. We should get an occasion to win the game.

“I don’t know if it was us inviting them or them with the extra motivation of getting in the game. I cant identify us or them, maybe both.”

Is it a lesson for the players? “For the team, yes. For individuals, no.”

West Ham manager David Moyes to BBC Sport: “I hadn’t thought we played badly in the first half, that’s what I said at half-time, sometimes you feel you have to do something – we didn’t, we made changes later on and they certainly made a big difference.

“The plan was not to go 4-0 down, we said if we got one we would see what happened. It is a growing confidence we have at West Ham at the moment, we missed some chances today.

“A really good performance from the players got us back into it. We thought we played really well, the football was good, we threatened them. We are playing against a team everyone is talking about and after 10 minutes I was thinking ‘is this going to be six or seven?’ We changed and it made us better.

“Since we came back from lockdown we’ve been a completely different team. We keep scoring goals, but need to get back to clean sheets.”

The comeback kids – the stats you may have missed

  • West Ham are the first team in Premier League history to avoid defeat in a game having trailed by 3+ goals as late as the 81st minute.
  • Tottenham (D1 L2) have failed to win any of their opening three home games of a Premier League season for just the fourth time (and first time since 2017-18), conceding stoppage-time equalisers in each of their last two.
  • Tottenham were 3-0 up within 16 minutes against West Ham, the earliest they have scored three times in a single Premier League game since August 2007 v Derby County (14 mins).
  • Since Jose Mourinho took charge of Spurs in November 2019, Harry Kane (33) and Son Heung-Min (30) have had a direct hand in more goals in all competitions than any other Premier League players.
  • Gareth Bale came off the bench to appear in his first Spurs match in 7 years & 152 days, since scoring the only goal of the game v Sunderland in May 2013. Indeed, it is the longest gap between appearances by a Tottenham player in the Premier League.

What’s next?

Spurs host LASK in the Europa League at 20:00 BST on Thursday, 22 October, then travel to Turf Moor to play Burnley in the Premier League at 20:00 BST on Monday, 26 October.

West Ham will face Man City at the London Stadium on Saturday, 24 October at 12:30 BST.

Player of the match

LanziniManuel Lanzini

West Ham United

  1. Squad number10Player nameLanzini

  2. Squad number41Player nameRice

  3. Squad number28Player nameSoucek

  4. Squad number3Player nameCresswell

  5. Squad number20Player nameBowen

  6. Squad number11Player nameSnodgrass

  7. Squad number7Player nameYarmolenko

  8. Squad number30Player nameAntonio

  9. Squad number18Player nameFornals

  10. Squad number4Player nameBalbuena

  11. Squad number5Player nameCoufal

  12. Squad number21Player nameOgbonna

  13. Squad number26Player nameMasuaku

  14. Squad number1Player nameFabianski

Line-ups

Tottenham

  • 1Lloris
  • 24Aurier
  • 4Alderweireld
  • 6D Sánchez
  • 3Reguilón
  • 17Sissoko
  • 5Højbjerg
  • 23BergwijnSubstituted forBaleat 72′minutes
  • 28NdombeleSubstituted forWinksat 73′minutes
  • 7Son Heung-MinSubstituted forLucas Mouraat 80′minutes
  • 10Kane

Substitutes

  • 2Doherty
  • 8Winks
  • 9Bale
  • 12Hart
  • 27Lucas Moura
  • 33Davies
  • 45Alves Morais

West Ham

  • 1Fabianski
  • 5Coufal
  • 4Balbuena
  • 21OgbonnaBooked at 72mins
  • 3Cresswell
  • 26MasuakuBooked at 89minsSubstituted forSnodgrassat 90′minutes
  • 20Bowen
  • 28SoucekBooked at 77mins
  • 41Rice
  • 18FornalsSubstituted forLanziniat 77′minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 30AntonioBooked at 20minsSubstituted forYarmolenkoat 77′minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Yarmolenko
  • 10Lanzini
  • 11Snodgrass
  • 16Noble
  • 23Diop
  • 24Fredericks
  • 35Randolph

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