Tottenham Hotspur secured a last-minute victory over nine-man Liverpool, thanks to an own goal by Joel Matip. The win propelled Spurs to second place in the Premier League, just behind Manchester City.
Liverpool fought hard to salvage a point after Cody Gakpo equalized Son Heung-min’s opener. However, the visitors’ chances were hindered by the dismissals of Curtis Jones and Diogo Jota.
Son gave Tottenham the lead in the 36th minute, shortly after Jones was sent off. Gakpo then equalized just before halftime with a well-placed shot.
Despite Jota replacing the injured Gakpo, he was also shown a red card in the 69th minute. Liverpool managed to hold on until Matip’s unfortunate own goal in stoppage time.
With this victory, Tottenham now sits in second place alongside Arsenal, both trailing Manchester City by one point. Meanwhile, Liverpool drops to fourth place.
Tottenham manager Ange Postecoglou expressed satisfaction with his team’s performance, stating that they had to overcome various challenges. He praised their second-half display.
This win marks Tottenham’s first victory over Liverpool since 2017 and only their second in 21 league games against the Reds. It was another dramatic late victory for Spurs, who have developed a habit of scoring crucial goals in the dying minutes.
The game started with Liverpool applying pressure on Tottenham, but goalkeeper Guglielmo Vicario made an impressive double save to deny Gakpo and Andy Robertson.
The turning point came when Jones’s tackle on Bissouma resulted in a red card. Although Liverpool thought they had taken the lead through Luis Diaz, the goal was disallowed for offside.
The referees’ body later admitted that disallowing Diaz’s goal was a mistake. Klopp expressed frustration with the decisions, describing the circumstances as unfair.
After narrowly escaping Liverpool’s attack, Tottenham opened the scoring with Son’s goal. Richarlison hit the post as Spurs searched for a second goal, but Gakpo equalized before halftime.
Jota’s two quick bookings led to his dismissal, leaving Liverpool with a difficult task. Goalkeeper Alisson Becker made impressive saves to deny Maddison and Son.
However, Liverpool’s resistance was broken when Matip inadvertently scored an own goal in added time while attempting to intercept a cross from Pedro Porro. The defeat left Liverpool deflated.
In conclusion, Tottenham’s late victory over Liverpool solidified their position in the Premier League standings. The match was filled with drama and controversial decisions, but Spurs ultimately emerged victorious.
Reporting by Ken Ferris; Editing by Clare Fallon
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