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    Swansea City 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur: Match Report

    By Tom Regan

    Two sublime free-kicks from Christian Eriksen ensured that Tottenham came away from Swansea with a point despite falling behind twice at the Liberty Stadium.

    Eriksen has a proven track record against the Swans having scored an 89th minute winner during his last visit to South Wales, and his dead-ball expertise frustrated Garry Monk’s side in a thrilling 2-2 draw.

    Spurs controlled proceedings for long periods but failed to make their chances count and seal what would have been a fourth consecutive Premier League victory.

    The north Londoner’s started strongly, pressing Swansea high up the pitch, and the home side were a touch fortunate not to fall behind as they were guilty of gifting Spurs possession in dangerous areas.

    Bafetimbi Gomis’ poor touch from a throw gave Nacer Chadli an opportunity from 25 yards out but Lukasz Fabianski easily smothered the effort.

    The Swans had barely managed to break out of their own half when they produced a stunning move that was started from Fabianski, ending their 310 minute wait for a goal from open play. Federico Fernandez, Angel Rangel, Gomis and Gylfi Sigurdsson all combined before the tricky Jefferson Montero crossed for Andre Ayew to nod home his fourth of the campaign.

    The Lilywhites responded positively as Chadli forced a good near-post save from Fabianski, but the Polish shot-stopper was helpless to deal with Eriksen’s 27th minute free-kick which went over the wall and left him badly wrong-footed.
    Moments later, Eriksen nearly gave Tottenham the lead for the first time, but the visitors were left cursing their luck as under no pressure, Kane thrashed the ball into his own net from a Swansea corner.

    Maurico Pochettino Spurs side are resilient these days, and they responded positively, finishing the half the better side. Eriksen was pulling the strings, but perhaps undeservedly, the north London outfit found themselves 2-1 down.
    Eriksen almost levelled things with a carbon-copy of his earlier free-kick, but this time Fabianski read the situation and was able to push the ball away. Four minutes before the break, the Pole produced an even better save as he tipped Eriksen’s accurate low drive around the post.

    With just seconds of the second half played, Kane almost fired his team level. But Swansea were looking brighter with Ayew and Montero finding pockets of space in the wide areas, and Gomis headed over from a Montero cross.

    Gomis was once again was responsible for wasting a good chance when Sigurdsson volleyed in the Frenchman’s direction, but Gomis could not adjust to the speed and height of the ball and subsequently put his effort wide.

    The Swans looked revitalised, but they were punished in breathtaking fashion when Shelvey clumsily pushed Dele Ali over on the edge of the box, and with 25 minutes left on the clock, Eriksen curled the free-kick delightfully into the top corner.
    Eriksen’s equaliser gave the Lilywhites the momentum, and they finished the encounter the stronger force with Alli and substitute Andros Townsend forcing brilliant saves from Fabianski, but Swansea had their very own opportunity to snatch the points with Hugo Lloris producing an incredible save as he pushed Fernandez’s header onto the crossbar.

    The north Londoner’s sit in eight position in the table, but just two points off the top four. “We have maybe dropped two points,” said Pochettino, who missed out on a fourth successive league win. “We are disappointed with the result but not the performance or effort.” A settled team has given the club consistency on the pitch and Tottenham have yet to taste defeat in the Premier League since the opening day 1-0 loss to Manchester United back in August.
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