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    Tottenham Hotspur 0-1 Leicester City: Match Report

    By Tom Regan

    Robert Huth’s 83rd minute header gave Leicester City all three points against Tottenham Hotspur during a cold and rainy night at White Hart Lane on Wednesday night.
    Both sides made wholesale changes to their line-ups, and right from the off it was clear that Claudio Ranieri had not come to N17 to defend.

    Shinji Okazaki was moments away from sending his side into the fourth-round of the FA Cup here on Sunday afternoon. The Japanese international was rewarded with a start in the number ten role just behind Jamie Vardy. The fit again Mousa Dembele made the bench, with Tom Carroll given the responsibility to partner Eric Dier in front of the back four.
    Spurs started strongly. Christian Eriksen latched onto a long ball but his effort from 25 yards out was comfortably held by Kasper Schmeichel. On 5 minutes, Dele Alli had a shot just wide following a crossed ball from the right.

    Erik Lamela whipped in a corner for the north Londoners and Toby Alderweireld headed down into the ground, but Schmeichel pushed it away for another corner.
    Alli led an attack for the Lilywhites and Harry Kane provided Dier with a chance from distance, but he fired over. Moments later, Lamela had an opportunity but this was blocked and cleared to safety.

    Mauricio Pochettino’s side were dominating an exciting contest but the Foxes were always willing to commit players forward and threaten their opponents on the counter-attack.
    Tottenham were doing a great job of keeping Rihad Mahrez and Vardy quiet, but the likes of Danny Drinkwater and N’Golo Kante were really stepping up to the plate for their side. Okazaki met a Mahrez corner but the effort was blocked before Kante smashed over.

    On 25 minutes, the Foxes had a great opportunity from a corner. With his back to goal, Okazaki fed Drinkwater who fired in a precise shot, but Hugo Lloris made a sharp stop diving to his left.
    Spurs went close following yet another corner. Kane passed to Eriksen whose right footed shot was well saved by Schmeichel and hacked away.

    Leicester kicked off the second half towards their own fans and they caused the north Londoners some immediate concern with several corners.
    Ben Davies was freed down the left flank and his powerful cross was met by Lamela whose effort deflected beyond the back post for a corner.

    The Lilywhites were a whisker away from taking the lead when Kane received Lamela’s delightful ball. Harry’s shot was deflected onto the bar off Schmeichel. Alli’s shot was blocked from the corner.
    Another effort from Kane deflected across goal for a corner. Pochettino’s side were knocking on the door but could just not find the goal their play deserved.

    Ranieri took off Vardy and on came Leonardo Ulloa. Pochettino made a change of his own when Dembele replaced Eriksen. Davies darted down the left once more and his good low ball was put just wide by Lamela.
    On 75 minutes, there was a massive scramble in the Tottenham goalmouth. Marc Albrighton had started the attack and the Foxes somehow failed to score after attempts from Mahrez, Drinkwater and Ulloa.

    Andy King entered the field to replace Okazaki, and shortly after, Son Heung-min came on for Carroll. Dier got the only yellow card of the night after a foul on Ulloa.
    On 83 minutes, Leicester were in dreamland. Alli conceded a cheap corner and after the ball was whipped in by Christian Fuchs, Robert Huth was completely unmarked and he flexed his neck muscles to superbly head the ball to the right of Lloris.

    Spurs never quite recovered and referee Lee Mason whistled for full time. It was a real smash and grab by Ranieri’s side.
    The north Londoners had dominated possession (60%), had the better chances, accompanied with 16 corners, yet they had left the game with nothing to show for their efforts.

    Alli was a dominant force in midfield and full-backs Davies and Walker had got forward often and to great effect. The endeavour of the players could not be faulted.
    Next up for the Lilywhites is a midday encounter with Sunderland at White Hart Lane on Saturday. After this hiccup, a win against Sam Allardyce’s struggling side is a must if we are to remain in the hunt for Champions League football.
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