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  • By Yann Tear at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Spurs fans are royally entertained as Son completes evisceration of troubled Foxes

Tottenham (2) 6 Kane 8, Dier 21, Bentancur 47, Son 73, 84, 87

Leicester City (2) 2 Tielemans pen 6, Maddison 41

Spurs recovered from conceding an early penalty to surge to a victory which maintains their unbeaten start to the Premier League campaign.

And it was a man left out of the starting XI who stole the headlines – Heung-Min Son coming off the bench to grab a 14-minute hat-trick as the Foxes wilted.

In a hugely eventful opening, Harry Kane – scoring for the 18th time against the Foxes – and Eric Dier both found the net after heading in following corners to wipe out an early penalty put away by Youri Tielemans.

The Belgian netted at the second time of asking after Hugo Lloris left his line too early to save the first attempt. Davinson Sanchez gave away the pen for a mistimed tackle on James Justin.

James Maddison hooked in a fine goal to level it at 2-2 before the interval but Rodrigo Bentancur restored the advantage at the start of the second half.

Then came the Son show and how visceral it was. His first was a sublime solo run on goal from near half way and joyous curled finish over keeper Danny Ward, who was of his line.

The second was another beauty, this time with the left foot from the edge of the area, to find the opposite corner in the final minutes.

He has struggled for form so far this season, but the South Korean’s first goals of the campaign will surely give him lift off.

A first defeat of any kind came in Lisbon in midweek in the Champions League and Antonio Conte was so incensed, he ordered extra training for his players.

That insistence on the highest possible standards clearly transmitted itself to his team, as they put on show of intensity, pace and desire.

Leicester may be bottom, but hardly looked like basket cases until the last quarter. They were able to string together plenty of slick interchanges to open up spaces and threaten goals.

In the second half, Lloris did well to get down and across to palm away Patson Daka’s header which would have levelled it at 3-3.

The problem for them was that they seemed incapable of defending set pieces. Foxes supporters cheered ironically when their team managed to clear a corner, having already shipped in two in the opening quarter of the match.

They looked to have let in another when an inswinging corner went in off Wilfred Ndidi, only for ref Simon Hooper to decide Sanchez had thrown an arm across Ward’s head.

And just before the break, the Colombian thudded a header against the crossbar from an Ivan Perisic free-kick. Definitely an Achilles heel.

To compound their issues with dead balls, they were caught napping in possession early in the second half when Ndidi was relieved of the ball by Bentancur, who raced on to slot home off a post.

Leicester still looked far from down and played well in patches. Yet the outcome did not look seriously in doubt, especially after Son’s first moment of magic.

The Foxes – easy on the eye – where ultimately easy prey for the hounds and beleaguered Brendan Rodgers was predictably taunted with chants of ‘Sacked in the morning.’ They may just have a point.

Spurs: (3-4-2-1) Lloris – Sanchez (Romero 59), Dier, Lenglet – Perisic (Emerson Royal 55), Hojbjerg, Bentancur, Sessegnon – Kulusevski (Bissouma 70), Richarlison (Son 59) – Kane. Subs not used: Doherty, Skipp, Gil, Forster, Tanganga

Foxes: (4-1-4-1) Ward – Castagne, Faes, Evans, Justin – Ndidi (Soumare 85) – Maddison, Tielemans, Dewsbury-Hall (Iheanacho 74), Barnes – Daka (Vardy 74). Subs not used: Albrighton, Perez, Amartey, Praet, Iversen, Thomas

Attendance: 61,450


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