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  • By Alessandro Schiavone at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Son scores worldies that not even Kasper's famous dad Peter would have saved in 3-1 win over Foxes

Tottenham Hotspur piled the pressure on fellow-Champions League chasing Arsenal with a straightforward 3-1 win over Leicester City on Sunday afternoon.

Harry Kane ended a streak of five league games without a goal when he headed Tottenham in front after 22 minutes.

Heung-Min Son gave Tottenham the insurance of the second goal after collecting the ball from Dejan Kulusevski and rolling it where Kasper Schmeichel could never get to. And he did even better 11 minutes from time when his thunderous curling effort beat Kasper in Leicester’s goal. And it probably would have beaten dad Peter as well such was the quality and power of the South Korean’s left-footed strike.

Nigerian striker Kelechi Iheanacho’s 90th minute screamer in off the post soothed some woes and Antonio Conte won’t be too happy about conceding a late goal and at the very first time of asking in the second-half.

And today’s win was as good a preparation for next Saturday’s trip to Anfield as it gets and even Conte, normally so focussed on the game, allowed himself a couple of seconds to show the fans his appreciation and thanking them for their unconditional support, best reflected in the frequency with which they chant ‘Antonioooooooooo’ during games.

With Arsenal facing a difficult trip to West Ham United later today, these three points could turn out to be as vital as they come in the race for the highly-coveted Champions League spots.

Tottenham have moved one point clear of Arsenal and even if the Gunners get the job done in E20, Antonio Conte’s club still have destiny in their own hands.

Win the next four, including of course the North London derby against Arsenal, and the Champions League will return to this fashionably new stadium for the first time since March 2020.

Brendan Rodgers decided to rest Youri Tielemans while James Maddison and Kiernan Dewsbury-Hill were left at home for precautionary reasons after minor injuries concerns ahead of their make or break second-leg of the UEFA Conference semi-final at AS Roma on Thursday. And their creativity, attacking impetus and intelligence between the lines was missed.

But despite the 3-0 trashing in the end, Leicester were good value for money in the opening stages. Only seven minutes into the game, Ayoze Perez hit the side-netting after cutting inside on his right foot.

And luck was clearly on Tottenham’s side minutes later when Patson Daka struck the inside of the post, with the rebounding ball somehow staying out of the net.

Leicester looked the more dangerous side in the early stages, regularly cutting through Tottenham’s defence but they didn’t score.

On 21 minutes, Turkey international Caglar Soyuncu, already lying down on the floor, superbly blocked Ben Davies’ attempt.

But from the resulting corner, Kane made Leicester pay by clinically dispatching a fierce near-post header which left Kasper Schmeichel no chance.

And he could have had a second, when minutes later, he intercepted Nampalys Mendy’s underhit backpass but unconventionally fluffed his lines, with his shot hitting the advancing Schmeichel.

Despite the missed chance, Kane was excellent, pulling the strings from further back and making Tottenham tick with fellow superstar Son.

Lucas Moura, who wasn’t at his ruthless best, scuffed a header.

And Tottenham broke Leicester’s poorly-orgnanised defence two more times and unsurprisingly so given the array of attacking talents they have

After Argentine defender Cristian won two crucial duels with Leicester players, the ball ended up at Dejan Kulusevski’s feet.

And the ex-Juventus player unselfishly teed up Son, who swivelled before rolling the ball into the far corner on the hour-mark.

The Leicester players had their minds in Rome already and Son made them pay when he sent an unstoppable bending effort beyond the palms of Kasper Schmeichel.

Kasper, not Peter. But it’s very likely that not even Man United’s great Dane would have saved that one.


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