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Blast from the Past: Tottenham outfox PL rivals 5-4 in a final day match for the ages

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A look back as Tottenham Hotspur sink Leicester City in a nine-goal thriller at Wembley

Some football matches stay in one’s memory irrespective of how long it has been. One such encounter was Tottenham Hotspur vs Leicester City on the final day of the 2017-18 season.

In an enthralling encounter, the Lilywhites came out winners to cement third place in the Premier League.

Spurs got off to a bad start as Jamie Vardy gave the Foxes the lead in the fourth minute. Harry Kane drew us level almost immediately with a well-taken finish three minutes later.

It did not last long as Riyad Mahrez’s 16th-minute strike ensured Leicester went into the break with a slender lead. It got worse after half-time as Kelechi Iheanacho smashed into the top corner from distance to give Leicester a two-goal cushion.

With Liverpool winning at home against Brighton and Hove Albion, a loss would have seen the Reds overtake us in the table.

Our players, however, had different ideas. 13 minutes later, Tottenham was in the lead, thanks to an Erik Lamela double sandwiched on either side of a Christian Fuchs own goal.

The drama, however, was far from over as Vardy scored his second of the night to bring the Foxes level in the 73rd minute. A draw would not have done us much help either, with Liverpool having a better goal difference than us.

Tottenham Hotspur outfoxed Leicester City in a thriller
Harry Kane scored 30 goals in the Premier League for the first time

Goals win games and thankfully, we have an infallible scorer in Kane. Not to be outdone by his Leicester counterpart, Kane scored his second of the night to win the game in the 76th minute.

Given the events until then, the game did not see any more goals. The match ended 5-4 in our favour, ensuring we finished third in the final standings.

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Kane’s double took him to 30 Premier League goals in a season for the first time in his career. He would eventually fall short in the race for the Golden Boot after a superhuman season by Mohamed Salah.

Spurs showed an excellent fighting spirit that night. The team never gave up and eventually prevailed. Hopefully, Jose Mourinho will rekindle that spirit once again.

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