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Tottenham Hotspur vs Leeds United. Premier League.

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Tottenham Hotspur 3

  • H Kane (29th minute pen)
  • H Son (43rd minute)
  • T Alderweireld (50th minute)
  • M Doherty (sent off 92nd minute)

Leeds United 0

    Tottenham 3-0 Leeds: Heung-Min Son nets 100th Spurs goal as Jose Mourinho returns to winning ways

    Report and free highlights as Harry Kane scores his 10th Premier League goal of the season from the spot before Tottenham confirm victory through Heung-Min Son and Toby Alderweireld; Leeds miss chance to enter top half with defeat

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    Heung-Min Son's 100th Tottenham goal helped his side return to winning ways as a 3-0 victory over Leeds moved Spurs back into the top four, even though the win was soured by Matt Doherty's late red card.

    Harry Kane put Spurs ahead from the spot just before the half-hour mark after Steven Bergwijn was fouled by Ezgjan Alioski, and moments before half-time Son doubled the lead when he combined yet again with the England striker to stroke past Illan Meslier.

    Patrick Bamford was guilty of missing Leeds' best chance but the visitors created few clear-cut opportunities to worry Hugo Lloris, while at the other end Toby Alderweireld headed in his first goal since July to add Spurs' third from Son's corner.

    Tanguy Ndombele and Bergwijn both tested Meslier as Spurs looked to add to their lead but their victory moved them joint third in the Premier League and ahead of Leicester on goal difference, with Doherty's second bookable offence in injury time the one blot on the hosts' copybook on an otherwise perfect afternoon.

    Player ratings

    Tottenham: Lloris (6), Doherty (5), Alderweireld (7), Dier (7), Davies (6), Winks (7), Hojbjerg (8), Ndombele (7), Bergwijn (7), Kane (7), Son (8).

    Subs: Sissoko (6), Moura (6), Vinicius (6).

    Leeds: Meslier (6), Dallas (6), Ayling (6), Struijk (5), Alioski (7), Phillips (6), Raphinha (6), Rodrigo (6), Klich (6), Harrison (6), Bamford (5).

    Subs: Poveda (7), Shackleton (6), Hernandez (7).

    Man of the match: Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg

    Spurs return to winning ways

    Perhaps Leeds' open style of play would provide Jose Mourinho the chance to shake off the "negative" vibes aimed at his side in recent games, but the visitors' start was unusually organised defensively and Marcelo Bielsa's side certainly settled the better.

    Midway through the opening period, they should have tested at least Lloris when Raphinha's in-swinging cross was nodded over by Bamford, and seven minutes later they found themselves behind from Spurs' first shot on target of the day.

    Bergwijn was caught on the edge of the area by Alioski after he had been turned by the Dutchman, and after a VAR review ruled the offence had occurred just inside the area, Kane stepped up to extend his record of converted penalties to 16 in a row.

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    Tottenham's Toby Alderweireld celebrates with team-mates after scoring his side's third goal (AP)
    Image: Toby Alderweireld's goal was his first for Tottenham since July

    With two minutes of the opening period left, Kane turned provider to tee up Son with a world-class low deep cross to give his strike partner the simple job of tapping beyond Meslier to double the lead.

    After half time Leeds continued to play the more attractive football while Tottenham looked more dangerous on the break, and Alderweireld put the game as good as beyond Leeds when his near-post header at Meslier was taken over the line by the goalkeeper's momentum.

    On the hour a perfect first touch from Bergwijn took down Son's pass before he forced a smart save out of the Leeds goalkeeper, before Meslier dealt just as well with Kane's ambitious effort from a tight angle.

    Doherty gave Mourinho something to be angry about in added time when a poorly timed lunge on Ian Poveda earned him a second booking, but otherwise he could only be pleased as Tottenham picked up a first win in five games.

    What the managers said…

    Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho told BT Sport: "The three points are very important, by the strategy point of view we understood well how Leeds could hurt us and how we could hurt them.

    "In that aspect I am happy, but I still think we can and we have to do better. The understanding is very good, against Leeds it was very important to have mobility because if you stay static, you give them an easy job.

    "Son and Harry are doing special things. I want goals coming from other players, I want other players to feel they can express themselves. Today we had Toby too, but other players in positions to score too, Hojbjerg, Ndombele and Bergwijn."

    Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa: "We had moments in the game, and in general the first half was good. It was better in the initial 30 minutes and more even in the final 15 minutes of the first half.

    "The beginning of the second half was our worst moment in the game. And in the end, it was again positive.

    "There are two aspects that unbalanced the game. The opponents' forwards were very damaging and difficult to contain. We made some unforced errors which facilitated their attack but we had good offensive production. What we needed to do was not lose the ball in our own half."

    Man of the match - Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg

    Hojbjerg hasn't so much gone under the radar since joining Tottenham and has enjoyed plenty of plaudits, but if there was ever a game he deserved them it was here.

    Only Luke Ayling won the ball back more of any player on either side with the Danish midfielder operating to good effect in both halves, making five tackles and two blocks, the most of any Tottenham player, while also making the most passes in the opposition half (38).

    Opta facts

    • Tottenham have won four of their last five Premier League home games (L1), with this their biggest victory at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium since July (3-0 v Leicester).
    • Leeds failed to score in an away Premier League game for the first time this season, leaving Aston Villa and Manchester United as the only sides to have scored in 100% of their games on the road.
    • Leeds have conceded six penalty goals this season, more than any other side in the Premier League. Only in 2003-04 (7), have they shipped more in a single campaign in the competition.
    • Tottenham striker Harry Kane has scored against all 30 opponents he's faced in the Premier League, the best 100% record in the competition among players to have faced more than one side.
    • Son Heung-min's first half strike was his 100th goal in all competitions for Tottenham (253rd appearance), the 18th player to reach the milestone for the club.
    • Tottenham duo Harry Kane and Son Heung-min have combined for 13 Premier League goals this season - no pair have ever combined for more in a single campaign in the competition. Kane has assisted Son nine times - a joint-record for one player assisting another within a Premier League season.
    • Courtesy of his penalty goal, Harry Kane became the first player to reach double figures for both goals and assists in the top five European leagues this season.
    • Matt Doherty was sent off for Spurs in their first game of 2021 - the Lilywhites didn't receive a single Premier League red card in 2020.

    What's next?

    Tottenham host Championship side Brentford in the Carabao Cup semi-finals on Tuesday night, live on Sky Sports Football from 7pm; Kick-off at 7.45pm.

    Leeds' next game is in the FA Cup at Crawley Town on January 10; Kick-off at 1.30pm.

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