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Tottenham Hotspur v Leeds United Live Commentary, 12/11/2022

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4 - 3
TOT
LEE
H. Kane (25)
B. Davies (51)
R. Bentancur (81)
R. Bentancur (83)
C. Summerville (10)
Rodrigo (43)
Rodrigo (76)
Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Commentary

That's all from a breathtaking match at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium today, so thank you for joining us and goodbye!
Now, both teams take a break for the events of Qatar 2022 to unfold. While Spurs are next in action against London rivals Brentford just after Christmas, Leeds will resume their Premier League campaign by hosting champions Manchester City.
After an entertaining first half, all hell broke loose in the second, as Spurs and Leeds freely traded goals in a wide-open encounter. Defining all that's admired about the Premier League, both sides went all-in at times, and the visitors can feel particularly unlucky to be returning north empty-handed following such a bright and brave performance. Tottenham certainly rode their luck, and are indebted to the cool finishing of unlikely match-winner Bentancur, but end their downturn in form with a spectacular pre-World Cup win.
90' + 4' FULL-TIME: TOTTENHAM 4-3 LEEDS UNITED
90' + 4' Greenwood's foul on Kane, deep inside his own half, means that Spurs can take their time on the set-piece and will surely see out a remarkable result now.
90' + 2' Midway through four indicated minutes of stoppage time, 10-man Leeds are still throwing everything at their hosts, who are now just moments away from stealing all three points.
Lucas Moura
D. Kulusevski
Tottenham Hotspur
90' Running down the clock, Conte opts to replace Kulusevski with Lucas for the dying moments of the game.
J. Gelhardt
Rodrigo
Leeds United
89' Despite scoring twice today, Leeds' top scorer Rodrigo is replaced; Gelhardt comes on for the final few minutes.
Mateo Joseph
R. Kristensen
Leeds United
89' Leeds respond to their double blow with a pair of substitutions. First, Kristensen is replaced by Joseph.
87' OFF! Leeds are not only behind for the first time, but they are now down to 10 men too! Adams gets his marching orders for a deliberate trip on Bissouma in midfield - his second yellow-card offence of the second half.
85' Tottenham have now scored eight goals in the last 15 minutes of second-half action this season - more than any other team in the Premier League.
D. Kulusevski
Assist
Tottenham Hotspur
83' After bursting down the right flank, Kulusevski pulls the ball back inside for Bentancur to slot home Spurs' fourth goal of the game.
R. Bentancur
Goal
Tottenham Hotspur
83' SPURS SEIZE THE LEAD! Bentancur bags his second and Tottenham's fourth, as the hosts take the lead for the first time today! Kulusevski's typical charge down the right ends with a cross to the centre, where Bentancur stays calm to side-foot the ball home from around 10 yards out! That's the seventh goal today, and Spurs are 4-3 up! Incredible!
R. Bentancur
Goal
Tottenham Hotspur
81' 3-3! Spurs draw level again! Once Doherty's inswinging cross is only part-cleared by the Leeds defence, Bentancur takes the ball on his chest before driving a low shot into the back of the net via a deflection off Ayling! What a helter-skelter game, and we're surely not finished yet!
L. Ayling
Marc Roca
Leeds United
79' Shortly after laying on Rodrigo's second goal, Roca is withdrawn; Ayling comes on to provide more defensive cover.
Marc Roca
Assist
Leeds United
76' Setting up Leeds' third goal, Roca picks out the run of his countryman with an incisive low pass down the left.
Rodrigo
Goal
Leeds United
76' LEEDS LEAD AGAIN! Incredibly, the visitors go ahead for a third time! After Adams steals the ball in midfield, Rodrigo is released down the left side of the area by Roca's pass, and the in-form striker powers an unstoppable low shot past Lloris and in off the far post! This Leeds side simply never gives up: 3-2!
75' At the end of a smart passing move by the visitors, Aaronson pops the ball straight out of play on the right, and an attacking opportunity breaks down.
73' Alert covering by Cooper sees an apparently open door slam shut on Kulusevski, who seems set to latch on to a low throughball into the right side of the area. Neither side has given up on securing three points here, which should make for an absorbing conclusion!
T. Adams
Yellow Card
Leeds United
71' A clumsy and over-eager challenge by Adams brings down Kulusevski in midfield, and the Leeds midfielder is shown a yellow card as a result.
Y. Bissouma
Richarlison
Tottenham Hotspur
69' Spurs make a third substitution: World Cup-bound Richarlison sees his shift come to an early end, and Bissouma is brought on in his place.
67' Perisic sends a searching ball from the left flank across to his wing-back colleague on the right, and Doherty's attempt to cut the ball back into the danger area is blocked behind at close range by Struijk.
65' After a ball through by Adams, the sprightly Summerville stands up Sanchez in the Spurs area again, but his progress to the left byline is then checked when the flag goes up for offside.
63' JUST WIDE! A delicious throughball with the outside of his foot sees Richarlison play through Kulusevski down the left, but after taking a few strides towards goal, the latter plants a low shot wide of the near post!
61' Leeds continue to press forward in search of another goal, and Richarlison has to retreat to clear a corner from the right side to safety.
59' Still not up to speed since arriving as a substitute, Sanchez clips Summerville on the edge of his own box; conceding a free-kick. However, Leeds waste the subsequent set-piece opportunity, as Greenwood flips a harmless shot over the bar from around 20 yards out.
M. Doherty
Emerson
Tottenham Hotspur
57' A switch on the right sees Doherty take the place of Emerson.
D. Sánchez
C. Lenglet
Tottenham Hotspur
57' Conte decides on a double change, approaching the hour mark. First, Lenglet makes way for Sanchez at the back.
R. Bentancur
Yellow Card
Tottenham Hotspur
57' Due to refusing to retreat as Leeds try to take a free-kick in the centre-circle, Bentancur picks up a pointless booking.
55' It seems Spurs are making a concerted effort to slow the pace now, as they retain possession deep inside their own half. Leeds prefer a high tempo, so Conte perhaps wants to draw their sting.
53' Tottenham escape despite Lloris making a terrible meal of punching away Aaronson's looping header into the six-yard box, as the pendulum swings once again in this end-to-end encounter.
B. Davies
Goal
Tottenham Hotspur
51' SPURS EQUALISE! A prolonged spell of pressure ends in Spurs' second leveller! After Kane has an attempt blocked near the goal-line, the ball rebounds out to Davies on the edge of the box, and the Welshman drills a low shot into the centre of the goal via Kristensen's desperately extended leg! It's 2-2, and the scoring's surely not done yet!
50' The action resumes, with both Dier and the yellow-carded Roca now fit enough to continue, and Spurs are applying some early pressure in this second half.
Marc Roca
Yellow Card
Leeds United
49' For mistiming a challenge for the ball with Dier in midfield, Roca receives a booking.
48' A mid-pitch collision between Dier and Roca sees both left crumpled in a heap, and the game is brought to halt as a result.
S. Greenwood
W. Gnonto
Leeds United
46' Perhaps due to injury, given he spent some time receiving treatment in the first half, Marsch has withdrawn Gnonto at the interval; Greenwood will be his replacement.
46' Leeds kick off the second half, and we are back under way at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium!
Leeds' top scorer this term, with eight goals, Rodrigo has now found the net in each of his last four games in the Premier League. His strike today puts the away side in a great position to secure their third straight league win: they are unbeaten in their last seven top-flight matches when leading at half-time, dating back to November last year - when they slipped up against none other than Tottenham.
Barely pausing for breath, a typical Premier League encounter played at top speed saw both sides take turns in threatening the other's goal, and Leeds' more clinical finishing earns them the lead at half-time. Both Summerville and Rodrigo were cold-blooded in the box when required, while only Kane's persistence has managed to find a way past Meslier. Clearly, the visitors arrived in London acutely aware of their hosts' vulnerablities at the back, and once again Spurs must try to recover points from behind.
45' + 3' HALF-TIME: TOTTENHAM 1-2 LEEDS UNITED
45' After Koch's sliding tackle can't get the ball fully clear from inside his own area, Richarlison turns the ball goalwards and beneath the on-rushing Meslier. However, his effort lacks pace and is comfortably cleared away a couple of yards in front of the goal-line.
R. Kristensen
Assist
Leeds United
43' Kristensen flicks the ball on with his head, back into the penalty area, where Rodrigo is ready to pounce for Leeds' second goal.
Rodrigo
Goal
Leeds United
43' LEEDS GO BACK IN FRONT! After Kulusevski fails to get enough purchase on a clearing header from Leeds' corner, Cooper and then Kristensen take turns to nod the ball on; finding Moreno in the box. The Spanish striker needs no invitation to fire the ball past Lloris into the bottom-left corner; giving the away side a 2-1 lead just before the break!
41' Leeds seem to have found a second wind, as they exert their influence on Spurs' vulnerable back three, and a tricky Aaronson run down the left earns a corner for the visitors.
39' Davies shoves over Aaronson on the edge of his own area; conceding a free-kick in a dangerous position. From the set-piece situation, Rodrigo thuds the ball straight into the bottom of the defensive wall, before a follow-up from Roca rolls straight into Lloris' waiting gloves.
37' A reckless lunging challenge by Koch totally wipes out Richarlison on the touchline, but quite surprisingly, the referee also declines to intervene on this occasion. He's been quite lenient so far, but the game is now in danger of boiling over.
35' Adams carelessly loses possession in the Spurs half with his team pressed high up the field, but Kane's attempted release ball to Richarlison lacks accuracy and the American midfielder escapes any consequence.
33' Both chasing a loose ball just outside the Leeds area, Kulusevski is felled by Cooper after a flailing arm - or should that be elbow? - catches him on the cheek. Some colourful words are exchanged between players on both sides, but the referee deems no offence was committed.
31' After being treated by Leeds' medical staff, Gnonto is deemed fit enough to continue, and he returns to the fray as the action resumes.
29' A crunching challenge by Davies on Gnonto leaves the young Italy international writhing around in agony on the right touchline, and as medical attention is required, a breathless game takes its first real pause.
27' SAVE! Encouraged by their equaliser, Spurs continue to flood forward, and Meslier has to spread himself to make a save at the feet of the on-rushing Kulusevski around 10 yards out from goal!
H. Kane
Goal
Tottenham Hotspur
25' SPURS LEVEL! Under intense pressure on his goal-line, Meslier punches a cross from Spurs' corner straight back into danger, and Kane shows great strength and composure to hold off his marker and slam home a volleyed equaliser from close range! It's all-square again: 1-1!
24' Koch makes a vital intervention in front of Kane, following an inswinging corner from Perisic; heading clear under pressure and conceding another corner-kick.
22' The game remains an open affair as we approach the first half's midway point, and Rodrigo strikes the post with a low drive before being flagged for offside.
20' SHARP STOP! Lloris closes down the angle and makes a crucial save to deny Summerville a second goal; getting down to his right in order to repel the ball from close range! Leeds' threat on the break is significant, and Spurs ought to take caution.
18' Following a lovely exchange of passes between Richarlison and Davies, the latter's cutback picks out Emerson, who is charging into the Leeds area at top speed. However, the wing-back slams a wild shot several yards over the crossbar to groans from the home fans.
16' Another bold sprint by Kulusevski down the right flank ends with a cross stood up to the centre of the box, where Richarlison just fails to make meaningful contact with his head.
15' Remarkably, Spurs have now conceded first in each of their last eight matches, and they are left with a mountain to climb again today.
13' SAVE! At his near post, Meslier makes a smart stop to deny Emerson's low drive, following brilliant build-up play from Kulusevski down the right!
B. Aaronson
Assist
Leeds United
10' On the edge of the area, Aaronson receives the ball, then turns and releases it to goalscorer Summerville under pressure with a smart low pass.
C. Summerville
Goal
Leeds United
10' LEEDS GO IN FRONT! After Gnonto carries the ball upfield on the counter, Aaronson flicks through a precise low pass for Summerville, just inside the area. From the left side of the box, the Leeds winger cuts in and guides the ball coolly into the bottom-left corner for the opening goal! He's done it again: 1-0 to the visitors!
9' A low ball across the box from the right by Dier is badly overhit, and zips past a clearly frustrated Kane in the centre. Unmarked, 10 yards out, he could've had a tap-in there.
7' Leeds have started boldly, as crisp passing in the Tottenham half puts the home side under early pressure - they have certainly not come to the capital to sit back and hope.
5' Lloris deals well with an awkward bouncing ball back from Dier, which threatens to drop in favour of Rodrigo in the Spurs area; calmly nodding the ball clear to a team-mate on the edge of the box.
3' After Meslier turns the ball behind, Perisic swings in the first corner of the game from the left side, but Leeds are able to clear the danger at the first attempt with a clearance from near the penalty spot.
1' Spurs kick off, and we are under way!
The players are out on the pitch at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, and after observing 'The Last Post' ahead of Remembrance Sunday tomorrow, kick-off is now just moments away.
Hampered by an extensive injury list, Marsch changes his entire XI today, after a second-string side slumped out of the EFL Cup in midweek. Stuart Dallas, Luis Sinisterra, Patrick Bamford and Mateusz Klich are missing from the Leeds squad due to injury, as teenager Gnonto and in-form Summerville start in support of Rodrigo up front.
Though still without first-team regulars Cristian Romero and Son Heung-min - plus versatile winger Ryan Sessegnon - today Tottenham start Dejan Kulusevski and Richarlison, who both recently returned from injury and featured from the bench in midweek. In his final appearance before the World Cup kicks off, Kane once more leads the line up front.
SUBS: Joel Robles, Sam Greenwood, Junior Firpo, Joe Gelhardt, Darko Gyabi, Luke Ayling, Sonny Perkins, Mateo Fernandez, Diego Llorente.
LEEDS UNITED (4-2-3-1): Illan Meslier; Rasmus Kristensen, Liam Cooper, Robin Koch, Pascal Struijk; Marc Roca, Tyler Adams; Wilfried Gnonto, Brenden Aaronson, Crysencio Summerville; Rodrigo Moreno.
SUBS: Fraser Forster, Davinson Sanchez, Japhet Tanganga, Oliver Skipp, Yves Bissouma, Djed Spence, Bryan Gil, Matt Doherty, Lucas Moura.
TOTTENHAM (3-4-3): Hugo Lloris; Clement Lenglet, Eric Dier, Ben Davies; Emerson, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Rodrigo Bentancur, Ivan Perisic; Dejan Kulusevski, Harry Kane, Richarlison.
In midweek, today's visitors also exited the EFL Cup at the third round stage, as they were eliminated by Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux. However, after an eight-game winless run, Leeds have now won both of their last two Premier League fixtures - most recently, a dramatic 4-3 success over Bournemouth saw Jesse Marsch's men fight back from two goals down. Having also found a late winner against Liverpool at Anfield late last month, Leeds are up to 12th spot in the standings.
Seeking to end the first phase of the season in style, today Tottenham will aim to avoid their third successive defeat, as a lean spell continues for the North London club. Antonio Conte's side lost 2-0 to Nottingham Forest in Wednesday's EFL Cup tie, only a few days on from being beaten by Liverpool in the Premier League. Spurs have slipped to fourth in the top-flight table, while winning just two of their last seven matches all told, but have won seven of their last nine meetings with Leeds - their final opponents before the World Cup.
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