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Tottenham Hotspur 6

  • H Kane (8th minute)
  • E Dier (21st minute)
  • R Bentancur (47th minute)
  • H Son (73rd minute, 84th minute, 86th minute)

Leicester City 2

  • Y Tielemans (6th minute pen)
  • J Maddison (41st minute)

Tottenham 6-2 Leicester: Heung-min Son ends drought with second half hat-trick

Free highlights and match report as Heung-min Son ends drought with stunning second-half hat-trick; Harry Kane, Eric Dier and Rodrigo Bentancur on target as Spurs extend unbeaten start to seven games to move level on points with Man City; winless Leicester rooted to foot of table

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights of Tottenham Hotspur against Leicester City in the Premier League.

Antonio Conte emphasised the importance of rotation to Tottenham's challenge on all fronts after substitute Heung-min Son's sensational 14-minute hat-trick sealed Saturday's 6-2 thrashing of Leicester.

Son was dropped to the bench after failing to score in any of Spurs' opening eight matches but kick-started his campaign with a magical cameo from the bench following his introduction on the hour, firing in two trademark long-range strikes before slotting his third past the hapless Danny Ward.

First-half headers from Harry Kane and Eric Dier and Rodrigo Bentancur's first Spurs goal had seen Antonio Conte's side bounce back from Youri Tielemans' sixth-minute, retaken penalty and James Maddison's magical hooked finish to lead 3-2 early in the second half.

But Son upstaged all that had come before as his memorable treble extended Tottenham's unbeaten start to seven games and lifted Conte's side above rivals Arsenal up to second in the table, level on points with Premier League leaders Manchester City.

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Heung-min Son scored a 14-minute hat-trick for Tottenham after coming off the bench during their 6-2 win over Leicester. The South Korean forward hadn't scored a single goal all season prior to his treble.

"To have a player of this level on the bench it means in one moment I can change the game," Conte said. "Today the rotation was for Son, but in the next round when we have 12 games in a row, other players will be involved. If you want to play massive games in the Premier League and Champions League, they have to start to understand rotation is very important."

Winless Leicester's nightmare start to the campaign continued as a heavy sixth-consecutive defeat left the Foxes rooted to the foot of the table with just a single point after seven games as the pressure mounted on manager Brendan Rodgers.

Player ratings

Tottenham: Lloris (8), Sanchez (5), Lenglet (6), Dier (7), Sessegnon (6), Hojbjerg (6), Bentancur (7), Perisic (7), Kulusevski (7), Richarlison (6), Kane (8).

Subs: Son (9), Emerson (6), Romero (6), Bissouma (5).

Leicester: Ward (4), Castagne (5), Faes (6), Evans (5), Justin (6), Maddison (8), Tielemans (7), Ndidi (4), Dewsbury-Hall (5), Barnes (5), Daka (4).

Subs: Vardy (5), Iheanacho (5), Soumare (n/a).

Man of the Match: Heung-min Son

Super Son steals show as Spurs stay unbeaten

Heung-min Son celebrates his goal vs Leicester
Image: Heung-min Son celebrates his goal vs Leicester

Team news

  • After failing to score in eight matches this season, Spurs boss Antonio Conte named Heung-min Son on the bench as he made four changes from the midweek loss at Sporting Lisbon. Davison Sanchez, Clement Lenglet, Ryan Sessegnon and Dejan Kulusevski earned recalls.
  • Leicester made three changes from the humbling 5-2 defeat at Brighton, with debutant Wout Faes, Timothy Castagne and Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall returning in place of Luke Thomas, Boubakary Soumare and Kelechi Iheanacho.

After suffering their first defeat of the season at Sporting Lisbon, Spurs made the worst possible start to preserving their unbeaten domestic start, with Davinson Sanchez's needless, clumsy foul on James Justin handing Leicester a fourth-minute penalty.

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Youri Tielemans gives Leicester the lead at Tottenham after VAR rules out Hugo Lloris' initial penalty save and orders the kick to be retaken.

Hugo Lloris saved Tielemans' initial spot-kick, but Tottenham celebrations were short-lived. After the Spurs goalkeeper was found to have stepped off his line, a retake was ordered, and the Belgian made no mistake at the second attempt to give the visitors the lead.

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Harry Kane heads Tottenham level against Leicester just moments after the away side had gone 1-0 up.

Spurs were not behind for long, Kane's fourth headed, and sixth goal of the season from Dejan Kulusevski's in-swinging cross ensured Leicester's lead lasted just two minutes and Dier completed the Tottenham comeback midway through the half when he glanced in Ivan Perisic's corner at the near post.

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Eric Dier flicks in a header from a corner to give Tottenham a 2-1 lead against Leicester.

Wilfred Ndidi deflected the ball into his own net five minutes later, but his blushes were spared when Sanchez's foul on goalkeeper Danny Ward resulted in the effort being chalked off.

Spurs' sloppiness in possession invited pressure from Leicester who, after Patson Daka fired tamely at Lloris and Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall blazed over, equalised in exquisite fashion when Maddison hooked Timothy Castagne's cross over the Spurs goalkeeper into the far corner.

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James Maddison produces an excellent finish to draw Leicester level against Tottenham.

Tottenham and Leicester could have gone in ahead at the break. Ward tipped Sanchez's header onto the bar before Maddison's low drive forced Lloris into action in stoppage time but, within two minutes of the restart, Ndidi was caught on the ball by Bentancur, who strode forward and put his first goal in English football away to restore the hosts' lead.

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Rodrigo Bentancur's first goal for Tottenham gives them a 3-2 lead against Leicester.

Leicester pushed for a second equaliser saw Daka's stooping header draw an exquisite, clawing save from Lloris, with the chance forcing Conte to turn to his substitutes Son, Cristian Romero and Emerson Royal to regain order. They delivered just that.

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Heung-min Son ends his goal drought with a stunner to put Tottenham 4-2 up against Leicester.

Son banished his early-season struggles with an unstoppable shot from 20 yards to give Spurs the breathing space they craved before he netted a stunning curled second off his left foot from the same range and sealed the matchball by linking up with Kane to complete a memorable treble.

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Heung-min Son gets his second goal of the game with a magnificent curling effort from outside the area.

Spurs strong start continues - Opta stats

  • Tottenham's 17 points from their seven Premier League games this season is their joint-best record at this stage of a campaign, level with 2016-17 when they finished as runners-up to Antonio Conte's Chelsea.
  • Leicester are winless in their first seven league games of a campaign for the first time since 1983-84, while their 22 goals conceded is their most ever after seven league games.
  • Of all Premier League fixtures to have been played at least 30 times, Tottenham against Leicester has the highest average goals-per-game (3.73 - 123 goals in 33 games).
  • Tottenham scored six goals in a Premier League home game for the first time since their 9-1 win over Wigan Athletic in November 2009.
  • Tottenham have scored more headed goals than any other side in the Premier League this season, with their seven such goals in seven games this term just one fewer than they netted in the whole of 2021-22.

Conte: Players must understand importance of rotation

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Tottenham manager Antonio Conte says his players understand that squad rotation is important, suggesting Heung-min Son was 'recharged' by starting on the bench.

Tottenham manager Antonio Conte: "It's important to understand that when you play a lot of games in a row, players can be tired physically and mentally.

"Players don't think this, they think they are able to play every game but, at the same time, I was a player and I know that if you want to play massive games in the Premier League and Champions League, they have to start to understand rotation is very important.

"To have a player of this level on the bench it means in one moment I can change the game. This is the right path for us. Today the rotation was for Son, but in the next round when we have 12 games in a row, other players will be involved."

Rodgers takes responsibility as pressure mounts

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Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers admits his side's poor results are his responsibility and says he will respect any decisions the owners make over his future.

Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers: "I come in every day and see the players training with confidence, but you have to win games. I totally understand the frustration of supporters. I can't hide from that, it is my responsibility.

"Whatever happens I will have a huge amount of respect for them (the owners) because they've given me great support since I have been here.

I understand the game, I understand football. Today the scoreline didn't reflect the game, but the bottom line is we have had a heavy defeat and we should have been better. Whatever happens to me here at Leicester whether I stay and continue to fight on, I will always respect them."

Man of the Match - Heung-min Son

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Heung-min Son's goal drought is ended in style after VAR confirms he was onside to complete a 14-minute hat-trick for Tottenham against Leicester.

After failing to score with any of his first 17 shots in the Premier League this season, Heung-min Son scored with three of his four attempts against Leicester.

Son became the first Tottenham and seventh Premier League player to score a Premier League hat-trick as a substitute, and the first since Steven Naismith against Chelsea in September 2015.

What's next?

After the international break, Tottenham travel to Arsenal for the North London derby on October 1 at 12.30pm, before Leicester host Nottingham Forest on Monday Night Football on October 3 at 8pm - live on Sky Sports Premier League.

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