Match ends, Tottenham Hotspur 6, Leicester City 2.
Son Heung-min ended their goal shortage with a stunning 13-minute hat-trick as Tottenham brutally punished Leicester’s latest defensive horror show.
The South Korean striker responded to Antonio Conte’s decision to put him on the bench after a barren start to the season by scoring two great goals and coming home with a late third.
The Spurs returned to Youri Tielemans’ early penalty, but took advantage of the Foxes’ failures on the sets as Harry Kane and Eric Dier nodded home from the corners to turn the game around.
James Maddison’s spectacular first finish briefly lifted Leicester’s level again, but Wilfried Ndidi’s fault allowed Rodrigo Bentancur to take Tottenham ahead before his replacement Son stole the show.
The victory continued the Spurs’ undefeated start to the Premier League season, with leaders Manchester City moving up to second place on a points basis.
Meanwhile, Leicester remains at the bottom of the table with their first win, despite being leading in four of their seven games so far.
As with all Premier League games this weekend, fans are welcome to Her Majesty Queen II. They watched a minute of silence for Elizabeth and 70th minute applause in honor of her 70-year reign.
Son shines as Conte call is justified
Son has failed to score in eight games in all competitions for the Spurs so far this season, but it was still a bold decision for boss Conte to drop last season’s joint Golden Shoe winner.
Honestly, he couldn’t have asked for better opposition to open his account given the fragility of the Foxes’ back line, but the quality of his first two hits stood out.
Both curled from the edge of the box to the top corner—the first with his right foot, the second with his left foot—proving the old 30-year-old adage that form is temporary but permanent class permanent.
Even a false flag of offside couldn’t deny him the game ball, as VAR replays showed he was right on the court when he took a clear step to beat Danny Ward for the third and the Spurs’ sixth goal.
While Son’s stunning cameo would have graced the headlines, Conte had more to rejoice after seeing his record for seventh straight wins at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Five different players assisted, Ivan Perisic’s dead balls rounded out Dejan Kulusevski’s cross from open play, while Bentancur contributed to his first goal for the club.
However, Davinson Sanchez’s needless challenge against James Justin that put Leicester early in the lead will have to slash defensive gaps as Tielemans bounced back on the second try after VAR found Hugo Lloris crossed his line to save the first point-blank. .
Are the foxes’ fiasco reaching new heights?
However, when it comes to defensive failures, Leicester lacks one of the best teams this season, having lost 4-2, 5-2 and 6-2 away and conceding 19 goals in total.
This is not a new phenomenon either – they have kept just two clean sheets in 19 games, conceded 25 sets of goals since the start of last season and lost 11 points from their winning positions this season alone.
Having endured the longest losing league streak of his career after six defeats in a row, boss Brendan Rodgers said earlier this week that the club’s hierarchy was “very supportive”, while after just one point win out of seven games, patience definitely had its limits.
Ndidi’s failure to help Bentancur give the Spurs a 3-2 lead at a crucial point in the match characterized his lack of confidence, while he got off to a successful start by signing Wout Faes on the deadline day.
Until Son’s promotion and Leicester’s collapse, the Foxes arguably created as many chances as the hosts in the first hour, and Lloris recovered particularly well from Maddison and Patson Daka when the game was on the balance.
But the Foxes’ skilled attackers, even the excellent Maddison, simply cannot cancel out the volume of goals sent from the other end.
It could have been more. An own goal by Daka was ruled out for Sanchez’s foul at Ward.
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Second Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 6, Leicester City 2.
The experiment has been saved. Left foot kick from James Maddison (Leicester City) outside the penalty area was recorded in the lower right corner. Assisted by Kelechi Iheanacho.
The experiment has been saved. Youri Tielemans (Leicester City) saves the right foot from the middle of the goal from outside the penalty area. Assisted by James Maddison.
Foul by Boubakary Soumaré (Leicester City).
Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur) awarded a free kick from the right.
Trial denied. James Maddison (Leicester City) shoots with his right foot from outside the penalty area. Assisted by Kelechi Iheanacho.
VAR Verdict: Goal Tottenham Hotspur 6-2 Leicester City (Son Heung-Min).
Aim! Tottenham Hotspur 6, Leicester City 2. Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur) kicked his right foot from the middle of the penalty area to the lower left corner. Assisted by Pierre-Emile Højbjerg after a quick timeout. After VAR Review, the goal was awarded.
James Maddison (Leicester City) scores a free kick halfway through the defense.
Foul by Yves Bissouma (Tottenham Hotspur).
The experiment has been saved. Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur) right foot kick from outside the penalty area is recorded in the lower left corner. Assisted by Rodrigo Bentancur.
Substitution, Leicester City. Boubakary Soumaré replaces Wilfred Ndidi.
Aim! Tottenham Hotspur 5, Leicester City 2. Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur) kicks his left foot into the lower left corner from outside the penalty area. Assisted by Harry Kane.
Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Accepted by Wout Faes.
Trial denied. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) shoots with his right foot from the center of the penalty area. Assisted by Pierre-Emile Højbjerg.
Offside, Tottenham Hotspur. Harry Kane tried to cross but Son Heung-Min was caught offside.
James Justin (Leicester City) awarded a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Ryan Sessegnon (Tottenham Hotspur).
The experiment has been saved. Rodrigo Bentancur (Tottenham Hotspur) escapes from the middle of the goal with a right kick from the middle of the penalty area.
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