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Tottenham down Leicester to maintain title bid

Tottenham Hotspur’s Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen (2R) celebrates after scoring his team’s second goal during the English Premier League match against Leicester City at Wembley Stadium recently.

Tottenham kept themselves in the Premier League title race with a 3-1 win over Leicester, who saw Jamie Vardy miss a penalty with his first touch of the game.

Goals from Davinson Sanchez, Christian Eriksen and Son Heung-min inspired a fourth successive victory which ensures Spurs will finish the weekend within five points of top spot.

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Vardy, who was dropped to the substitutes’ bench amid rumours of a bust-up with Claude Puel, missed the chance to equalise as his spot-kick immediately after coming on was saved by Hugo Lloris, though the former England striker atoned for it later by turning home to give his side a glimmer of hope.

But Spurs made the game safe at the death when Son scored a breakaway goal, which gave them a 20th win of the campaign and kept them hot on the heels of title rivals Liverpool and Manchester City.

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For Leicester it was a fifth defeat in six games in all competitions and the pressure continues to mount on Puel, who will have questions to answer about Vardy’s omission.

It might have been different had the 32-year-old forward been on the pitch from the start as they wasted a fine chance to go ahead.

Harvey Barnes shrugged off some shirt-tugging by Kieran Trippier to go through on goal but the youngster put his shot wide of the post.

After Son had been booked for diving when he looked to have been fouled by Harry Maguire, Leicester were soon relying on goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel to keep the scores level.

Spurs cut their visitors open and Son fed Danny Rose, who got himself into a fine position but his right-footed shot was palmed away by the Leicester keeper.

That had been the home side’s best moment until they took a 33rd-minute lead.

Trippier’s corner was played short to Eriksen, who floated in an inviting cross for Sanchez to power home a diving head for his first goal in a Spurs shirt.

 

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