Sunday 13th May 2018

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Spurs 5 Leicester 4

Spurs ended the season by winning a sensational nine-goal thriller against Leicester to clinch third place in the Premier League.

The hosts trailed 3-1 after 47 minutes, scored three goals in 11 minutes to lead 4-3, only to be pegged back to 4-4 before Harry Kane curled in the winner in the 76th minute.

It was Kane’s second goal of the game, after he levelled following Jamie Vardy’s opener, and takes him to 30 Premier League goals for the season for the first time.

Spurs were 2-1 behind at half-time after Riyad Mahrez had added to Vardy’s early header and three minutes after the break Kelechi Iheanacho smashed into the top corner from distance to give Leicester a two-goal lead.

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But Spurs responded with three quick-fire goals, two for Erik Lamela and one an own goal from Christian Fuchs.

In a remarkable second half, Vardy then drew Leicester level with his side’s fourth of the afternoon, smashing into the roof of the net after a trademark run in behind the defence.

However it was Vardy’s international team-mate Kane who had the final say with his effort from the edge of the penalty area.

The result sees Spurs take three points from their final Premier League game at Wembley. Spurs have not always looked comfortable this season playing their home games at Wembley while White Hart Lane is being rebuilt.

They have had notable highs including a Champions League win over Real Madrid, a 4-1 thrashing of Liverpool and fine victories over north-London rivals Arsenal and top-four challengers Manchester United but this game was surely the most entertaining of the lot.

With Spurs only able to finish third or fourth and Leicester eighth or ninth both sides attacked with numbers throughout.

It came on the losing side but Iheanacho’s goal was the pick of the nine goals as he drove forward from midfield, held off a challenge and drove a powerful shot into the top-right corner. With Spurs looking unsure defensively – Jan Vertonghen was injured in the warm-up – Leicester were worthy of their 3-1 lead with Vardy and Mahrez impressing.

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But the game swung with Tottenham’s three goal burst which came just two minutes after Iheanacho’s strike. After a quiet first half, Lamela twice tapped in from close range after crosses from Kyle Walker-Peters while he also had the shot which was deflected in off Fuchs for the own goal.

The win seals a third successive top-three finish for Spurs and there was a celebratory mood at full time as the players said goodbye to Wembley with a lap of appreciation in front of a near capacity crowd.

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