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A Jamie Vardy penalty and an own goal made the difference as Leicester City deservedly beat Tottenham in the Premier League table.
Tottenham’s hopes of winning the Premier League title suffered a significant second dent in as many games as they fell in a 2-0 home loss to Leicester City.
Looking to bounce back from the disappointment of conceding at the end of a 2-1 loss to leaders Liverpool in the middle of the week, the Spurs saw a mediocre performance as deservedly punished.
A Jamie Vardy penalty put Leicester in front at the edge of the break before Toby Alderweireld’s own goal put the Foxes firmly in command.
Tottenham’s failure to find a way back into the game leaves them six points behind Liverpool and drops them to fourth place, with Leicester now second and four behind the champions.
Leicester got off to a strong start, but his five shots in the first 20 minutes yielded no reward and either team’s first shot on goal didn’t come until the 34th minute, when Kasper Schmeichel was required to keep out a deflected free kick from Harry. Kane, who then made his way up close.
But a largely uneventful first half ended with a familiar face that put Leicester in front, Vardy shot home from 12 yards in the fourth minute of stoppage time after Serge Aurier stormed into Wesley Fofana’s back just inside. of the area.
The Spurs, who were trailing at halftime for the first time in 20 league games, threw on Gareth Bale for Tanguy Ndombele after the break, but appeared to fall 2-0 down within three minutes of the restart as James Maddison superbly controlled the long pass. by James Justin. and confidently fitted beyond Hugo Lloris.
However, the VAR considered that Maddison had drifted slightly offside, but Leicester’s lead was doubled just before the hour.
Vardy showed more desire than Alderweireld to attack a deep cross from Marc Albrighton and although Moussa Sissoko did it to defend him, his header deflected his teammate and surpassed Lloris.
Schmeichel produced an impressive reaction stop to deny Son Heung-min, but the Spurs struggled to threaten thereafter as Leicester stood firm to claim a victory that underscores their credentials as title challengers.