Tottenham 5-4 Leicester: Harry Kane double not enough for Golden Boot in topsy-turvy clash
By Ron Walker
Last Updated: 13/05/18 6:44pm
Harry Kane's double was not enough to snatch the Golden Boot in an eventful 5-4 win over Leicester at Wembley.
Neither side looked like teams with little to play for, with Jamie Vardy nodding in Riyad Mahrez's free-kick inside four minutes.
Kane levelled (7) but found themselves 3-1 down thanks to a classy Mahrez finish (16) and Kelechi Iheanacho's superb long-ranger (47), before Erik Lamela's close-range finish (49) and a Christian Fuchs own goal (53) made it 3-3.
Just when Spurs looked to have sorted themselves out as Lamela doubled his money (60) to put them in front, Vardy beat the offside trap to level again (73).
Tottenham: Lloris (7), Walker-Peters (7), Dier (5), Alderweireld (6), Rose (6), Wanyama (5), Sissoko (5), Moura (6), Eriksen (7), Lamela (8), Kane (8).
Subs: Alli (6), Sanchez (7), Son (na).
Leicester: Jakupovic (5), Simpson (5), Maguire (6), Morgan (5), Fuchs (4), Mahrez (8), Iborra (6), Silva (6), Gray (5), Iheanacho (7), Vardy (9).
Subs: Diabate (7), Choudhury (5), Barnes (na).
Man of the match: Jamie Vardy.
But Kane curled in his 30th of the season (76), and Spurs' fifth, to leave them third in the table and Leicester ninth, but with the Golden Boot heading to Liverpool and Mohamed Salah's mantelpiece.
Kyle Walker-Peters, a surprise inclusion in the hosts' line-up, was caught out early on when he tripped Demarai Gray out wide. Mahrez's free-kick then found an unmarked Vardy at the near post to nod beyond Hugo Lloris.
Tottenham's reaction was immediate and they levelled through Kane, trailing Salah in the Golden Boot race by three before the match, when he paced away from Danny Simpson and beat Eldin Jakupovic at his near post.
Tottenham made six changes, with Kyle Walker-Peters among those entering the fray and Jan Vertonghen, injured in the warm-up, replaced by Victor Wanyama.
Claude Puel named only two changes from the Leicester side that beat Arsenal, bringing in Vicente Iborra and Demarai Gray.
But their defensive frailties were underlined by a sucker-punch second from the visitors, with Mahrez hammering into the bottom corner once Vardy was tackled.
Any hopes of a Tottenham revival after half-time were hit when Iheanacho held off Victor Wanyama before his effort rocketed into the top corner from 20 yards.
But they hit back within 60 seconds when Lamela turned in Walker-Peters' low cross, and were level when his shot struck Fuchs' outstretched knee and went in.
Vardy and Kane both ended the season with doubles, but Kane was understandably greedy given the personal accolades up for grabs.
Maguire had a good game at the heart of the Leicester defence, despite the scoreline, making five interceptions and as many clearances.
His opposite number Dier struggled against the quality of Mahrez and Vardy, but was left exposed by his team-mates – especially Rose, who was impressive going forward but all-too often missing when Leicester broke.
They took the lead for the first time as Lamela completed a first double in English football, Walker-Peters again feeding his Argentine team-mate, but Leicester soon equalised when Vardy raced away from the home defence and fired high into the top of the net.
Three minutes later, Spurs retook the lead for what would be the final time, Kane cutting inside and bending the ball around Jakupovic for his second of the day, and once he missed Danny Rose's cross from the left altogether late on he knew his Golden Boot chances were up.
- Tottenham's 5-4 victory over Leicester equals the most goals scored in a competitive club match at Wembley Stadium (Chelsea 5-4 Man City in the 1986 Full Members Cup Final).
- This is the eighth occasion Tottenham have come from two goals down to win a Premier League game and the first since March 2014 against Southampton (3-2).
- In contrast, the Foxes have lost after leading by two goals in the top-flight for the first time since October 2003 (3-4 v Wolves).
- Harry Kane has scored more goals in all competitions versus Leicester City than against any other side in his career (13).
- Harry Kane is the first Spurs player to score 40+ goals in a season in all competitions since Clive Allen in 1986-87 (49).
- Kane has reached 30 Premier League goals for the first time in his career - the first Englishman to do so since Kevin Phillips in 1999-2000 (also, 30).
- Riyad Mahrez has assisted seven of Jamie Vardy's Premier League goals this season - no player has assisted another on more occasion during this campaign.
- Since his Premier League debut in August 2014, Jamie Vardy has scored 26 goals against the big six sides - six more than any other player during this period (Sergio Aguero, 20).
- Vardy has been on the losing side in nine Premier League games this season when he has scored, extending the record in a single campaign in the competition.
Man of the match - Jamie Vardy
Vardy deserved his 21st and 22nd league goals of the season in a typically-energetic performance, scoring two well-taken goals and had more shots than anyone else in the game.
He also made two key passes, ran for everything on offer from any ball forward from a Leicester man, and didn't deserve to be on the losing side.