Tottenham Hotspur 3 Leeds United 0 – Spurs humble belligerent Leeds as Heung-Min Son gets his 100th goal
2020-21 English Premier League report: Tottenham Hotspur vs. Leeds United – Saturday 2nd January 2021
Tottenham Hotspur 3 Leeds United 0 – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Heung-Min Son scored his 100th goal for Tottenham Hotspur as Jose Mourinho's men swept aside Leeds 3-0 to move into the Top Four of the Premier League table.
But it were the visitors to the Tottenham stadium who came close in the 4th minute of play when winger Ezgjan Alioskiwho found space to blast in his effort but his shot only found the side-netting.
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Jack Harrison then flashed a cross behind the Spurs back four but there was no one to meet it.
The Spurs defense were under pressure again from Alioski's pace as the Macedonian found Mateusz Klich inside the box but the latter lofted the ball over. An unmarked Patrick Bamford wasted a glorious chance on ten minutes from a Raphinha delivery but all the Leeds striker could do was head the ball over the bar from just six yards.
The hosts found their goal against the run of play when Steven Bergwijn was fouled by Alioski inside the area and a penalty ensued.
Harry Kane finished his spot-kick clinically as usual to give his side the lead in the 29th minute and take his personal tally of goals for the season to 10. Kane turned provider when his inch-perfect cross was met by Son who swept in his one-time effort at the near post to double his side's advantage.
While Leeds streamed forward at every opportunity and carved out chances of their own, they hardly succeeded in seriously testing Spurs goalie Hugo Lloris and often left themselves exposed in defense.
While Marcelo's Biesla's men played eye-catching football, Spurs were menacing on the break and looked the side more likely to score in the second half.
The hour mark saw a perfect first touch from Bergwijn as he took down Son's pass before the Dutchman's effort was smartly dealt with by goalkeeper Illan Meslier. The Leeds custodian was again tested by Kane's ambitious effort from a tight angle but it was Toby Alderweireld who put the game to bed in the 70th minute when he glanced in his header low to Meslier who fumbled as the ball crept over the line.
Matt Doherty soured up things a bit for the hosts in stoppage time as he needlessly lunged at Ian Poveda and had to be sent off after earning a second yellow card for the infringement. But on the whole, it was a satisfying afternoon for Jose Mourinho as his side notched up their first win in five games.
Leeds, who have now dropped a notch down to the 12th were fortunate not to be more severely punished by their rivals in the absence of any visible defense strategy on Biesla's part.
The build-up to the match was somewhat eclipsed by a photograph in the news showing three Tottenham players — Erik Lamela, Giovani Lo Celso and Sergio Reguilon — among a group of 18 people celebrating X-mas together with West Ham midfielder Manuel Lanzini in contravention of Government rules.
The news was particularly embarrassing for Mourinho, coming just a few days after he had mocked the Premier League management for the late cancellation of Spurs’ game against Fulham last Wednesday, when several players from the latter's camp had tested positive for coronavirus.
Tottenham Hotspur starting XI in a 4-2-3-1 formation: Lloris (goal); Doherty, Alderweireld, Dier, Davies; Winks, Hojbjerg; Bergwijn, Ndombele, Son; Kane
Subs: Hart, Reguilon, Rodon, Tanganga, Sissoko, Alli, Fernandes, Lucas Moura, Vinicius
Leeds United starting XI in a 4-1-4-1 formation: Meslier (goal); Dallas, Ayling, Struijk, Alioski; Phillips; Raphinha, Rodrigo, Klich, Harrison; Bamford
Subs: Casilla, Cresswell, Casey, Hernandez, Shackleton, Jenkins, Poveda-Ocampo, Costa, Huggins
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