Spurs keep Foxes at bay

Po­chet­tino’s side ease past Le­ices­ter to keep their ti­tle hopes alive

The Asian Age - - Sport -

London, Feb. 10: Tot­ten­ham kept alive their bid to gate- crash the Premier League ti­tle race as Davin­son Sanchez’s first goal for the club and Hugo Lloris’s penalty save in­spired a 3- 1 win over Le­ices­ter on Sun­day.

Mauri­cio Po­chet­tino’s side took the lead through Sanchez’s first half header, but they were in­debted to Lloris for keep­ing out Jamie Vardy’s spot- kick af­ter the in­ter­val at Wem­b­ley.

Chris­tian Erik­sen net­ted mo­ments later and although Vardy got one back, Son He­ung- min’s late strike en­sured third­placed Tot­ten­ham clinched a fifth win in their last six league games. The north Lon­don­ers are five points off the top of the ta­ble as they try to catch pace- set­ters Liver­pool and Manch­ester City.

While Tot­ten­ham are still out­siders to win their first English ti­tle since 1961, their abil­ity to stay in con­tention, de­spite in­juries to key play­ers Harry Kane and Dele Alli sug­gests they shouldn’t be com­pletely writ­ten off.

This gritty suc­cess was the ideal prepa­ra­tion for host­ing Borus­sia Dort­mund in the Cham­pi­ons League last 16 first leg on Wed­nes­day.

Le­ices­ter have lost four of their last five league games, in­creas­ing the pres­sure on un­der- fire boss Claude Puel.

Puel has re­port­edly lost

the sup­port of sev­eral in­flu­en­tial play­ers, in­clud­ing Eng­land striker Vardy, who was left on the bench for the first 60 min­utes be­fore com­ing on to miss the penalty with his first touch.

LIVER­POOL TAKE

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First- half goals from Sa­dio Mane and Ge­orginio Wi­j­nal­dum to­gether with Mo­hamed Salah’s 48thminute ef­fort saw Liver­pool to a 3- 0 win over Bournemouth at An­field.

Vic­tory meant Liver­pool, who had been sec­ond on goal dif­fer­ence, leapfrogged Manch­ester City by three points ahead of the reign­ing cham­pi­ons’ match at home to Chelsea on Sun­day.

Liver­pool had dropped points in suc­ces­sive 1- 1 draws against Le­ices­ter and West Ham, spark­ing sug­ges­tions they were los­ing their nerve in a quest to end the club’s 29- year wait to be crowned cham­pi­ons of Eng­land once again.

Ar­se­nal in­flicted more mis­ery on Hud­der­s­field with a 2- 1 win away to the bot­tom- of- the- ta­ble club.

Alex Iwobi and Alexan­dre La­cazette put Ar­se­nal 2- 0 up be­fore half­time, with Sead Ko­lasinac’s own- goal too late for the Ter­ri­ers.

Else­where un­der- pres­sure Ever­ton man­ager Marco Silva’s re­turn to Wat­ford ended in a 1- 0 de­feat thanks to an An­dre Gray goal.

Ever­ton’s loss was com­pounded when Kurt Zouma was sent off af­ter the fi­nal whis­tle for com­plain­ing to ref­eree Lee Probert.

— AFP

Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur’s Davin­son Sanchez ( sec­ond from left) scores against Le­ices­ter City in their Premier League match at the Wem­b­ley Sta­dium in London on Sun­day.

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