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Result: Spurs beat Leicester to regain third

Result: Spurs beat Leicester to regain third

Goals from Son Heung-min and Dele Alli secure Tottenham a 2-0 win over Leicester at the King Power Stadium as they regain third place in the Premier League table.

Goals from Son Heung-min and Dele Alli earned Tottenham Hotspur a 2-0 win over Leicester City at the King Power Stadium this evening.

Spurs responded to Arsenal and Chelsea’s victories from earlier today to regain third in the Premier League table with their eighth away win from 10 this season.

Mauricio Pochettino‘s side will hope to take this momentum into Tuesday’s crunch Champions League showdown with Barcelona where only a win is likely to be enough.

With one eye on their trip to the Camp Nou, Pochettino left star duo Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen on the bench, and Spurs initially lacked their usual attacking spark.

There were flashes of brilliance from Tottenham’s forward players, with Lucas Moura showing exemplary control to bring down Eric Dier’s pass over the top, but he could not square to the unmarked Dele Alli in the six-yard box.

Alli and Moura did combine on 29 minutes to create an opening for the England midfielder, whose hesitance to get a shot away on his weaker left foot allowed Wes Morgan to get a block in.

The Leicester skipper was on hand to thwart Alli again on the stroke of half time when his last-ditch slide tackle pinched the ball from the Spurs man as he prepared to shoot from 10 yards out.

That intervention looked to have earned the Foxes half-time parity until Son came up with a moment of magic ninety seconds later, drifting inside from the outside right of the box and whipping a shot beyond Kasper Schmeichel.

Son’s effort was the only shot on target during the first half, but the second period was a little more open as Leicester came out in search of an equaliser. However, they struggled to create clear-cut chances and their greater ambition mostly favoured Spurs.

Demarai Gray did work Hugo Lloris with a left-footed shot on 53 minutes, but he failed to generate the bend or power that Son had with his similar first-half strike, and it was fairly easy pickings for the Tottenham goalkeeper.

Spurs doubled their lead on 58 minutes through Alli’s 50th goal for the club, a back-post header from Son’s cross after the visitors had pinched the ball off Leicester and sprung forward, although the Foxes may claim the goalscorer was offside.

More to follow.

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