Two top-four rivals squared off in north London as Tottenham welcomed London rivals West Ham to a game that had major implications for the race to qualify for the Champions League
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It was Spurs’ third top scorer this season Antonio Contes Side in front – own goals. Kurt Zouma was the culprit as he managed to accidentally knee the ball past his keeper while trying to stop it son Heung Min.
While he couldn’t claim the first, Son will go down as a scorer in the second, although it hit Zouma again en route to the game. Lukasz Fabianski could do very little but stand and watch it fly by.
Said Benrahma threw a spanner in the works with a fantastic finish after a single swing Aaron Creswell Corner but West Ham couldn’t generate momentum from it.
Spurs eventually offered good value for money and Son late added his second and Tottenham’s third to put the game in doubt.
mirror football has analyzed the main talking points of this London derby.
Kane and Son get back together
No two players have delivered more than goals Tottenham‘s star duo, that last performance provided their 38th combination and it was certainly one of their best.
Kane picked up the ball on the center line before firing a superb through ball down Son’s path, which is often so deadly when coming in from the left flank before cutting in on the right.
Despite knowing this, there was very little the Hammers back line could do as Zouma was particularly reluctant to try to mess with Son as he neared the danger zone.
The Frenchman was quickly punished for his stand-off defense when Son’s shot deflected off Zouma again before flying over the head of the helpless Fabianski.
Anything positive from a Spurs perspective seemed to flow through Kane, who enjoyed falling deep and wreaking havoc with his pinpoint pass.
The race for the top 4
The result makes a shootout in north London for the coveted fourth place all the more likely as Conte’s side are now just three points behind their neighbours arsenal. Spurs moved up from eighth to fifth place in the table after defeating the Hammers, despite playing a game more than the Gunners.
In contrast, the defeat arguably ends any faint hopes West Ham had Champions League Qualifying via the league table as they are now six points adrift of fourth place after playing two more games than Mikel Arteta’s men.
A win for Spurs makes that home game against Arsenal all the more delicious, with a potential winner taking on all the competition between any two of the pair First Leagues fiercest rival.
West Ham’s European tomcat
David Moyes’ side struggled to contain the threat posed by their hosts after 120 minutes of Europa League play against Sevilla on Thursday night. They fell behind almost immediately after Zouma’s own goal gave the visitors a tough battle with just nine minutes left.
Some of West Ham’s most reliable players looked particularly lethargic as they took on Spurs players who had enjoyed two extra days off. Even after Benrahma pulled one back midway through the first half, the Hammers failed to put significant pressure on their hosts and pressure Spurs.
Instead, the rest of the first half went like a bang – much to the delight of the home side. West Ham’s fatigue was evident throughout the game; The Spurs were allowed to sit on their one-goal cushion with minimal pressure as the Hammers didn’t have many meaningful chances.
A history of similar styles
Both Conte and Moyes opted to use five at the back to neutralize the huge threat emanating from both sides. The Hammers arguably suffered early on, however, when a ball from center-back Craig Dawson narrowly reached full-back Arthur Masuaku, but his bag was quickly nicked by his opponent Matt Doherty.
Doherty quickly connected with Kane, who used his strength to parry the opponent before teasing the ball over the goal. Spurs were lucky with the way it eventually landed in the net after Zouma’s knee deflected the ball beyond west ham‘s Polish Shotstopper.
Another sloppy pass from Dawson prompted further pressure from Doherty shortly after as Spurs full-backs tightened the game while pinning West Ham’s back. Most of the game passed West Ham full-backs with minimal impact as Masuaku and Ben Johnson were both pushed back onto the defensive. The former was eventually withdrawn just before the hour mark when Moyes returned to a back four.
More protests at the goalpost
The same “stop oil” protests that were muddied everton ‘s dramatic victory newcastle Midweek would have had almost a similar effect at Tottenham Hotspur’s stadium if it weren’t for the quick reaction of the stadium commissioners.
Two protesters attempted to tie themselves to the goal frame with cables during a break in play as the two groups of players protested an incident that occurred off the ball as Spurs prepared for a corner. Eagle-eyed referee Anthony Taylor was the only person on the pitch who seemed to notice the pair running onto the pitch to make their statement.
Luckily, they were quickly dealt with by stewards, who wasted little time removing them from the field and letting play continue.
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