Wolverhampton 1 Tottenham Hotspur 1 – Late Romain Saiss header robs Spurs of a place in the Top four
2020-21 English Premier League report: Wolverhampton vs Tottenham Hotspur – Sunday, 27th December 2020
Wolverhampton 1 Tottenham Hotspur 1 – Molineux Stadium
Tottenham Hotspur were denied a place in the Top 4 as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Wolves at Molineux stadium on Sunday night. Jose Mourinho attempted to do what he does best when he tried latching on to an early lead but failed when the hosts got an equalizer late in the game.
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Spurs got the start they wanted when Tanguy Ndombele took a Ben Davies lay-off outside the box and sent in a low, hard shot past Rui Patricio from 20-yards with barely 57 seconds of play gone.
Ndombele was again seen in action in the 21st minute when his barging run left Wolves defenders on the floor in his wake.
The Frenchman then picked out Sergio Reguilon to his right, but the latter’s effort went straight to Patricio and a chance to double the lead went abegging. Nuno Santo’s men got their best chance in the half to equalize minutes later but Fabio Silva sent his sizzling effort inches wide from a brilliant Nelson Semedo cross.
The Wolves continued to attack as Mourinho’s men chose to sit back and soak in the pressure. The visitors survived a penalty scare early in the second half when Eric Dier clipped Fabio Silva inside the box which referee Paul Tierney initially waved away.
The VAR did a check and agreed that there was no infringement. Pedro Neto went close to scoring some time later, but his thundering shot was deflected behind by an alert Hugo Lloris. Ruben Neves then forced a low save from the Spurs custodian as
the Wolves relentlessly continued applying pressure on the rival goal. Their endeavours paid off as Morocco defender Romain Saiss rose to meet a Pedro Neto corner and superbly glance his header in for a well-deserved equalizer in the 85th minute.
Silva almost pulled off a dramatic finish for the hosts as he got in between two Spurs center-backs after taking an inviting ball from Neves but his header bounced off the ground straight into the arms of Lloris.
Spurs, who topped the Premier League table in December, have now taken just two points from their last four games and are fifth in the Premier League with the dismal prospect of going down even further in the days to come.
Their ace scorers Harry Kane and Son Heung-min were reduced to defenders for most of the game as they tried to fit into Mourinho’s defensive mindset. The Wolves, who actually deserved to win, remain on the 11th spot despite the home draw and are sandwiched between West
Ham’s 22 and Leeds’ 20 points presently.
Wolves starting Xi playing in a 4-2-3-1 formation: Patricio (goal), Marcal, Coady, Saiss, Semedo, Neves, Moutinho, Silva, Traore, Neto, Podence.
Subs: Ait-Nouri, Otasowie, Vitinha.
Tottenham starting Xi playing in a 3-4-1-2 formation: Lloris (goal), Doherty, Sanchez, Dier, Davies, Reguilon, Hojbjerg, Winks, Ndombele, Son, Kane.
Subs: Bergwijn, Sissoko, Lamela.
Man of the match: Pedro Neto.
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