Harry Kane penalty earns Tottenham Hotspur draw against 10-man Southampton
Tottenham Hotspur came from a goal behind to secure a 1-1 draw against 10-man Southampton on Tuesday.
James Ward-Prowse gave Southampton the lead with a spectacular strike in the first half but Spurs were able to draw level when Mohammed Salisu gave away a penalty and was sent off. Harry Kane slotted the spot-kick into the net.
Despite their numerical advantage for most of the game, Spurs were unable to capitalise.
“Disappointed especially after they went down to 10 men. We’ve got to win the game and we couldn’t do that,” Eric Dier said after the game.
Frustrating not to find a winner against 10 men. Need to kick on and start the new year strong. pic.twitter.com/oL2PsAibcq
— Harry Kane (@HKane) December 28, 2021
“They defended very well and fought for each other but that doesn’t matter from our side of it. We have to be able to break them down. We weren’t good enough at doing that.
“We’ve got to keep things in perspective. Everyone can see the progression.”
Southampton took the lead after 25 minutes when Dele Alli failed to clear a corner and Ward-Prowse hit a left-footed shot into the net.
However, their lead only lasted until 41 minutes when Salisu fouled Son Heung-Min in the box. He was red-carded and Kane hit the penalty with force into the goal.
Kane did find the net again early in the second half but it was not awarded as he was deemed offside.
West Ham United’s 4-1 win at Watford meant that Tottenham dropped to sixth on 30 points, one point behind David Moyes’ side and five behind fourth-placed Arsenal, but with two games in hand over both. Southampton are 13th with 21 points.
Big blow to Liverpool’s title race
Title-chasers Liverpool slipped to their second Premier League defeat of the season after substitute Ademola Lookman earned Leicester City a hard-fought 1-0 victory on Tuesday.
Liverpool dominated the first half against an injury-hit Leicester and looked set to take a deserved lead when they were awarded a 16th-minute penalty, only for Egyptian Mohamed Salah to see his spot-kick saved by home goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.
Leicester had 6 defenders injured and had to play Ndidi at centre-back.
They still managed to stop Liverpool from scoring for the first time in 35 games ? pic.twitter.com/3alFW0TMUX
— ESPN UK (@ESPNUK) December 28, 2021
The chances kept coming for the visitors, with Sadio Mane blazing over when he should have scored early in the second half.
Liverpool’s profligacy proved costly as Lookman fired Leicester in front just before the hour mark, sparking scenes of euphoria at the King Power Stadium.
It was backs to the wall for Leicester after that, but they dug in to secure a win that leaves second-placed Liverpool six points adrift of leaders Manchester City, as Foxes coach Brendan Rodgers got one over on the side he used to manage.
“It was not our plan tonight to give City the chance to run away,” Klopp told reporters.
“If we play like tonight we do not think about catching up with City.”
“But if we play our football we can see what that means [for the title race].”
▪️ Six points behind Man City in the title race
▪️ Dropped five points in last two games
▪️ Salah missed first penalty since 2017
▪️ Shutout for the first time in 34 games
Liverpool mood: pic.twitter.com/fkJwJiQolu
— B/R Football (@brfootball) December 28, 2021
“I don’t have a proper explanation for tonight. To find one is my main concern, not how City are doing.”
After conceding six at Manchester City on Boxing Day, Leicester’s morale-boosting win moved them up to ninth in the standings.
“Given the context of the game on the back of Sunday [against City], the players put in a heroic performance given the recovery time and having played City,” Rodgers said.
“The players were amazing how they coped. We had to defend for our lives. I am really pleased for the players tonight.”
Liverpool, who had a five-day break prior to their trip to the King Power after Boxing Day’s fixture against Leeds United was postponed, looked much fresher than Leicester, playing their second game in three days, and soon took control of the match.
0 – Liverpool have ended 2021 in the same way they started it, by failing to score in an away match. The Reds had netted in each of their last 28 on the road in all competitions between these two games (75 goals in total). Bookends. pic.twitter.com/EfzBJXSI21
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 28, 2021
After bombarding a Leicester backline decimated by injuries early on, Jordan Henderson volleyed Liverpool’s first chance over, before Wilfred Ndidi fouled Salah in the penalty area to give the visitors a golden opportunity to break the deadlock.
The penalty from the Egyptian, however, was poor, too close to Schmeichel, with the rebound header from Salah coming out off the crossbar. It was the Liverpool striker’s third penalty miss for the club in all competitions.
Since the start of 2020, Schmeichel has saved more penalties in the Premier League than any other goalkeeper; with Tuesday’s stop his third in this period.
Salah then forced another fine save out of Schmeichel as Liverpool continued to throw everything at Leicester.
Lacklustre performance by Liverpool. Not clinical in the final third and goal could have been avoided too. Leicester defended well but Liverpool were one dimensional going forward. It will be a difficult task to catch City considering the depth they have & the way they're playing
— DaveOCKOP (@DaveOCKOP) December 28, 2021
Mane’s miss had the Liverpool bench looking at each other in disbelief, only for Lookman, following up his goal against champions Manchester City on Boxing Day, to add to their woes with a powerful finish after a swift counter.
There were last-ditch blocks aplenty, bodies put on the line, but Leicester got the job done, with the players sinking to their knees upon the final whistle, having left Liverpool unable to score for the first time in 29 league games.
“We needed some effort not to score tonight,” Klopp added.
“We had quite a few chances.”
“I didn’t like the intensity even in the beginning but sometimes we have starts like this and we lost rhythm and never found it back.”
“Tonight I didn’t like a lot in our game so we have to do better. We just weren’t ourselves.”