Spurs thrash Le­ices­ter to stay in ti­tle hunt

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LONDON: Goals from Davin­son Sanchez, Chris­tian Erik­sen and Son He­ung-min helped Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur over­come Le­ices­ter City 3-1 in an en­ter­tain­ing Premier League match at Wem­b­ley Sta­dium on Sun­day.

Tot­ten­ham went ahead through Sanchez who scored his first goal for the London club by meet­ing Erik­sen’s whipped cross with a div­ing header in the 33rd minute, although Le­ices­ter’s play­ers com­plained he was in an off­side po­si­tion.

Le­ices­ter missed the chance to equalise on the hour mark when sub­sti­tute Jamie Vardy’s penalty -- his first touch af­ter com­ing on -was pushed away by Hugo Lloris af­ter Jan Ver­tonghen was ad­judged to have fouled James Mad­di­son in the box.

“Lloris saved us a few times and we were lucky that he took out the penalty which gave us con­fi­dence. You felt that in the whole sta­dium, and we’re happy to have Hugo,” Erik­sen said.

Tot­ten­ham dou­bled their lead three min­utes later as Erik­sen col­lected the ball on the edge of the penalty area and un­leashed a

fierce shot past goal­keeper Kasper Sch­me­ichel.

Vardy made up for his ear­lier miss by tap­ping in from close range 14 min­utes from the fi­nal whis­tle af­ter a well worked move al­lowed Ri­cardo Pereira to drill in a cross from the right.

Af­ter a sus­tained pe­riod of Le­ices­ter pres­sure, Son set­tled nerves of the home sup­port­ers by slot­ting in Tot­ten­ham’s third with a solo run from the half­way line.

Vic­tory took ti­tle con­tenders Tot­ten­ham to 60 points from 26 matches, five points be­hind lead­ers Liver­pool and two adrift of cham­pi­ons Manch­ester City who play Chelsea later on Sun­day.

Erik­sen said Tot­ten­ham had showed plenty of char­ac­ter to see off a de­ter­mined Le­ices­ter, a qual­ity that could help them in Wed­nes­day’s Cham­pi­ons League last-16 first leg clash against Bun­desliga lead­ers Borus­sia Dort­mund.

REUS OUT OF SPURS TIE

BER­LIN: Borus­sia Dort­mund cap­tain Marco Reus is set to miss his side’s first leg tie against Tot­ten­ham due to a thigh in­jury, mag­a­zine Kicker re­ported.

Spurs too will be with­out Harry Kane and Delle Alli who are in­jured for the fix­ture at Wem­b­ley.

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Davin­son Sanchez.

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