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There was an overwhelming sense of déjà vu at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Wednesday night as Fulham rallied from a goal against to draw a well-deserved draw with the Spurs.
The first half saw Tottenham dominate possession and create a handful of chances, sparking two fantastic saves from Fulham goalkeeper Alphonse Areola. It took a brilliant crusader from flying winger Segio Reguilon, who was faced by Harry Kane to break the deadlock.
However, it was Fulham that kicked off the brighter second half of the two teams, with Ruben Loftus-Cheek in particular causing problems behind Tottenham.
Fulham brought in leader Ademola Lookman with just over 20 minutes to go and her impact was almost instantaneous. The cheating winger beat Davinson Sanchez to the line before hanging up a tantalizing cross that Ivan Cavaleiro voluntarily directed home.
Here are the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium player ratings …
Hugo Lloris (GK) – 7/10 – No issues for much of the game, nothing he could have done regarding the goal and deny Loftus-Cheek late
Serge Aurier (RB) – 6/10 – Sometimes he lets go of possession, but he got two wicked crosses for Son and Kane. Potentially caught out of position for Fulham’s draw.
Davinson Sánchez (CB) – 5/10 – He made a vital block, but Lookman beat him too easily for Fulham’s draw.
Eric Dier (CB) – 6/10 – He read the game well and made several important headers, his cast from behind was misguided at times and he lost Cavaleiro when it mattered.
Sergio Reguilón (LB) – 8/10 – I had a chance early in the game that I should have converted, but he delivered an incredible cross for Kane’s goal. He caused problems for Fulham every time he went forward (which he often was).
Harry Winks (CM) – 6/10 – He kept the ball well, but it didn’t have the effect on the game that he would have liked.
Emile Højbjerg (CM) – 6/10 – He did what he does best and cleaned up after others, and also provided wonderful pre-assist for Kane’s goal. However, he lost a great opportunity to win the game.
Tanguy Ndombele (CM) – 8/10 – I ran the show until halftime. When the Spurs went deeper, he struggled to reach the ball and make a real impact.
Moussa Sissoko (RW) – 6/10 – A brilliant run from Sissoko knocked Spurs out of the hole on a few occasions, but the question remains whether he is the right man in games like this.
Son Heung-min (LW) – 5/10 – Lasted? Maybe. But Son needs to take risks when they come up. Simply put, he wasted Wednesday night.
Harry Kane (ST) – July 10 – He produced some brilliant touches across the field and a great header. He should have done it two shortly after, but we can forgive him for that because of all the hard yards he put in at night.
Erik Lamela – 6/10 – Lots of energy, and sliding tackles, but the game had gotten rudimentary when they introduced it.
Carlos Vinicius – 5/10 – Again, lots of energy, but the Spurs had lost a beat when he was introduced.
Alphonse Areola (POR) – 8/10 – He kept Fulham in the game with some brilliant saves on the night.
Ola Aina (CB) – 6/10 – It seemed comfortable throughout.
Joachim Andersen (CB) – 6/10 – He seemed comfortable with possession and handled the threat from Kane and Son well in the second half.
Tosin Adarabioyo (CB) – 6/10 – He handed out possession cheaply in the first half, which nearly cost Fulham, but turned into the game in the second half.
Tete (RWB) – 6/10 – He made a good cross for Loftus-Cheek at one point, but lost to Reguilon for the Spurs opener.
Harrison Reed (CM) – 6/10 – Clean in possession, he broke the game well and made smart fouls when needed.
André-Frank Zambo Anguissa – 7/10 – I got a reservation in the first half, but it was solid throughout.
Antonee Robinson (LWB) – 7/10 – High energy throughout the match and his loitering careers kept Aurier busy.
Bobby Decordova-Reid (RW) – 6/10 – He had a quiet game for his standards.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek (ST) – 8/10 – Fulham looked like a threat when in possession. The great midfielder (turned forward) seemed confident on the ball and caused problems for Spurs all night; Could you make a late break for the England team?
Ivan Cavaleiro (LW) – 8/10 – He put up with the game incredibly well despite the limited service, and he jumped at his chance with a big header when it finally came.
Ademola Lookman – 7/10 – He came in and made an instant impact, beating Sanchez on the line and making a beautiful cross for the tie.
Josh Onomah – N / A – He was only on the field for three minutes.