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Tottenham Hotspur v Leeds United Live Commentary, 21/11/2021

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P. Højbjerg (58)
Reguilón (69)
D. James (44)
Tottenham Hotspur Stadium


That's all from the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium today, so thank you for joining us and goodbye!
Today's turnaround could mark the start of some improved fortunes for seventh-placed Spurs under their charismatic new coach, as they will face Burnley, Brentford and Norwich City in their next three Premier League fixtures in buoyant mood. Leeds, meanwhile, meet Brighton and Crystal Palace in their next couple of games, so will be keen to bounce back from disappointment in the capital with some points against two mid-table sides.
After a classic game of two halves, Tottenham's increased energy and attacking verve during the second 45 proved enough to turn around a match in which they were both listless and directionless during the opening period. Conte's men played in the image of their manager from the referee's whistle following the interval, causing several headaches for Leeds, who still created the odd opportunity but gradually faded out of contention. The visitors could not sustain a brilliant first half performance, so return north without the points.
K. Phillips
Yellow Card
Leeds United
90' + 4' Slightly staining a fine performance at the base of Leeds' midfield, Phillips is booked for an aggressive foul on Son.
90' + 3' On a promising break, Kane overruns the ball with a heavy touch, and the chance of a third Spurs goal evaporates as Phillips steps in to clear.
Yellow Card
Tottenham Hotspur
90' + 1' James was chasing through the centre of the pitch on the break, so Emerson accepts a yellow card for making a tactical foul.
89' Conte is playing chief cheerleader at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, as he gestures for the fans to raise the volume and cheer his side on to victory. It works, as the Spurs faithful respond with a raucous sing-song!
D. Alli
Lucas Moura
Tottenham Hotspur
88' A tremendous display by Lucas comes to a premature end, as the Brazilian winger is replaced by Alli.
S. McKinstry
J. Gelhardt
Leeds United
86' Following an industrious shift up front, Gelhardt is brought off to be replaced by his fellow teenager McKinstry, in search of an equaliser.
84' From the right side of the area, James can't direct his left-footed shot either side of Lloris, who reads the ball's path and gathers it safely.
82' In a good position, Roberts picks the wrong option and Spurs escape from a sticky moment. Leeds have lacked punch in the past 15 minutes, and they are running on fumes here.
80' Drifting into a dangerous area on the edge of the Leeds box, Son pulls a shot comfortably wide of Meslier's right-hand post. Spurs have been transformed in this second half.
R. Sessegnon
Tottenham Hotspur
79' After scoring his first club goal on his 50th appearance, Reguilon is now replaced by the rarely seen Sessegnon for the final 10 minutes.
77' Moura cuts inside, letting fly with an optimistic left-footed strike which sails well over the bar and into the stands.
76' Finally, the game settles down for a moment, as Tottenham minds perhaps begin to turn towards preservation rather than chasing a decisive third goal.
74' There have been 10 Leeds goal attempts to Tottenham's eight in this second period so far, as the game has been blown wide open by the hosts' increased attacking intent.
T. Roberts
A. Forshaw
Leeds United
72' Leeds make another substitution, as Forshaw comes off and Roberts is thrown on.
72' NO PENALTY! Leeds are denied a penalty, as Kane could never have moved his hand away in time to avoid Gelhardt's strike.
71' PENALTY TO LEEDS? Gelhardt sees a powerful shot from the edge of the box blocked by Kane, who certainly used his hand, but as it was a short close range there was surely no intent. The VAR must decide!
Tottenham Hotspur
69' TOTTENHAM TAKE THE LEAD! Reguilon reacts quickest to net his first Spurs goal, after Dier strikes the post with a heavily deflected free-kick. The wing-back was sharpest in the box, as Meslier was left stranded. Tottenham 2-1 Leeds!
D. Sánchez
J. Tanganga
Tottenham Hotspur
68' Just before the free-kick is taken, Tanganga is replaced by Sanchez.
L. Cooper
Yellow Card
Leeds United
67' For tripping a charging Lucas on the edge of the area, Cooper is booked, indicating the stress that the Leeds defence is under at the moment.
A. Forshaw
Yellow Card
Leeds United
65' A clear clip on Kane by Forshaw can only earn the Leeds midfielder a deserved yellow card.
63' From nowhere, Davies finds himself inside the area following Dier's long pass, but Meslier is proactive in shutting the Spurs defender down and blocks the ball.
61' Cooper does well to get in a last-ditch block on Kane, who is looking more like his old self in this second half, and Leeds ultimately get the ball away. Momentum is building for the home side, as Conte continues to gesticulate wildly on the touchline.
Junior Firpo
M. Klich
Leeds United
59' Bielsa makes the game's first change, as Klich is replaced by Firpo for Leeds.
P. Højbjerg
Tottenham Hotspur
58' SPURS LEVEL! Persistence by Lucas punishes a Leeds lapse in concentration, and Hojbjerg bundles the ball in with a close-range strike, which he didn't hit cleanly - but he won't care! Neither do the Spurs fans, as their side are back in the game at 1-1!
Lucas Moura
Tottenham Hotspur
58' Lucas was the architect of the Tottenham equaliser, working the ball into Hojbjerg inside the box to score.
57' GOOD STOP! Gelhardt works a little space on the left side of the area, just enough to get off a sharp strike at the near post, which draws Lloris into a good save.
55' A brief VAR review clears Phillips of any wrongdoing in the area and play continues apace.
54' Kane plays in Son just inside the box, but as the latter goes down under a challenge from Phillips, the referee refuses his optimistic claims for a penalty.
52' OFF THE BAR! Lucas chips the ball into Son, who turns and volleys a shot into the dangling leg of Llorente. The heavy deflection takes the ball careering into the crossbar and out of immediate danger. With the game wide open, it has been a breathless few minutes in North London!
50' Reguilon has a cross blocked out for a corner by Llorente, but Leeds get the ball away to the halfway line from the set-piece.
49' Applying some heavy pressure, Leeds earn four corners in close succession, but on each occasion the Tottenham defence stands firm and the ball is cleared.
48' CLOSE! Within seconds of Kane's chance, James creates one for himself by sneaking in from the right and prodding an effort just wide of the Spurs goal: a frantic start to the second half!
46' GREAT SAVE! Meslier gets down sharply to deny Kane at the near post, after the England striker ran on to a Lucas throughball and surged into the area. Finally, Spurs have a shot on target, but still no goal!
46' Leeds get us back under way at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium!
Leeds have had 60 per cent of possession, passed more accurately, won more duels and had six shots on goal compared to Spurs' paltry two. Therefore, they will be confident of picking up a valuable three points in the second half, despite the challenges posed by a number of important absences.
Though it seemed as though they would go without reward for their dominance through most of the first half, Leeds finally got their goal in the dying moments and have a precious lead to hold onto against a side which struggles for goals. Not only have they taken advantage of their extra numbers in midfield - Spurs have three centre-backs taking care of one striker - the visitors have harried relentlessly to force their hosts into errors. Another insipid showing by the London side drew a stinging rebuke from their fans at the half-time whistle, so surely something must change.
45' There are some rumblings of discontent from the stands, and some Spurs heads have gone down already. Conte looks unsettled too.
J. Harrison
Leeds United
44' Harrison did brilliantly to jink his way to the left byline and pull back a precise cross for James to tap home.
D. James
Leeds United
44' LEEDS GO IN FRONT! Meeting a Harrison cross at the far post, James pokes the ball in from close range, totally unchallenged. That was some superb wing play by Harrison, who showed great persistence and skill, and his opposite winger finished it all off! Tottenham 0-1 Leeds, just before the break!
42' Once again, Struijk has hit the deck after picking up a knock. He gets up again, though, and rejoins the action.
40' JUST WIDE! Forshaw drills a powerful effort narrowly wide of Lloris' post, as Leeds find their second wind. They would love an opening goal before the break.
38' Tottenham haven’t had a shot on target in either of their last two league games, with their last coming in the 44th minute of the defeat at West Ham. Since 2003, no side has ever failed to have a shot on target in three consecutive Premier League games - and Spurs have yet to trouble Meslier today.
36' James does well to chase down a dropping ball towards the right byline, but his cross is headed away by Tanganga. After a brief spell of pressure, Leeds then lose possession.
34' Struijk hits the turf, causing further concern for Bielsa, who is besieged by injuries to several key men at the moment. Fortunately, the versatile defender is able to continue for now.
32' Cooper crucially intervenes at the last moment as Kane arrives into the area, and Spurs are starting to turn the tide here after a difficult opening half-hour.
J. Gelhardt
Yellow Card
Leeds United
30' For a reckless challenge on Dier in a central area, Gelhardt is the first player into the referee's notebook, being yellow-carded.
29' Kane is clipped by Klich in central midfield as he looks to generate a quick Tottenham counter-attack, earning a free-kick for the hosts.
27' Harrison blocks the ball out for a corner to Spurs, but Leeds stand firm and Meslier's mistimed punch is cleared away.
25' Leeds create another opportunity to breach the Tottenham defence, but the final ball is again lacking for the away side. They may come to regret not capitalising on their supremacy at this stage if events turn against them later on.
23' Struijk concedes a free-kick inside his own half, following a foul on Hojbjerg.
21' Phillips intervenes well to stop Kane, who enjoys a rare touch in the Leeds defensive third. There was a typically rapid Son run in the build-up.
19' Only Norwich, with seven, have scored fewer Premier League goals than Tottenham's nine this season. Indeed, Spurs have failed to strike in each of their last three league games, and are hoping to score today to avoid going four without a goal for the first time since 2006.
17' Chasing on to a Kane throughball, Emerson cuts the ball back from the byline but sees it blocked away for a corner to Spurs. However, the set-piece comes to nothing and Leeds regain possession.
15' Demonstrating Leeds' impressive dominance so far, the away side have had 65 per cent of possession in the opening 15 minutes.
14' The ball rises steadily over the crossbar, as Gelhardt attempts an ambitious effort following a corner. The young striker was off balance and perhaps should have played someone else in instead.
12' An aerial collision between Reguilon and Dallas sees both crash to the ground in a heap, but the pair are fit to continue after a brief moment of concern. It could be quite a contest down that flank!
11' Finally, Spurs earn some possession in opposition territory, but the combination of Son and Emerson can't find a way through the Leeds back four.
9' Pressed into defensive duty, Kane rises highest to head away a Leeds corner, and the ball is seen to safety for now.
7' CLOSE! The ball bounces out to Dallas in a yard of space outside the box, and he arrows a stinging strike just wide of Lloris' right-hand post; crashing into the advertising hoardings.
6' Leeds continue to apply pressure to their hosts' defence in the early stages, and the Whites have Spurs penned in by the corner flag.
4' Breaking down the right, the bustling Gelhardt drifts a cross to the far post, but it eludes all of his colleagues and goes out for a throw-in.
3' Without too much trouble, Lloris dives to his left to comfortably keep out a Phillips free-kick from just outside the left side of the area.
2' A bright early run from Gelhardt is abruptly ended by a crunching challenge by Tanganga, earning Leeds an early free-kick from 20 yards out.
1' We are under way in North London!
The players are out on the pitch under the floodlights at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, with kick-off just moments away!
Patrick Bamford and Luke Ayling remain unavailable for Leeds selection through injury, while Robin Koch also misses out. Furthermore, Raphina's absence through illness and a foot injury for Rodrigo means that the visitors are short-handed up front, so 19-year-old Joe Gelhardt leads the line today.
Antonio Conte has chosen to replace Oliver Skipp with Harry Winks for his first home match as Spurs manager, as the former serves a suspension for accumulating yellow cards. Somewhat surprisingly, Winks is selected to start alongside Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg in midfield, while Tanguy Ndombele must settle for a place on the bench. The injured Cristian Romero is replaced by Japhet Tanganga in Conte's back three, and Giovani Lo Celso also returned from Argentina duty with an injury so is consigned to the sidelines.
SUBS: Kristoffer Klaesson, Cody Drameh, Tyler Roberts, Junior Firpo, Charlie Cresswell, Liam McCarron, Stuart McKinstry, Jack Jenkins, Sam Greenwood.
LEEDS UNITED (4-1-4-1): Illan Meslier; Stuart Dallas, Diego Llorente, Liam Cooper, Pascal Struijk; Kalvin Phillips; Daniel James, Adam Forshaw, Mateusz Klich, Jack Harrison; Joe Gelhardt.
SUBS: Pierluigi Gollini, Ryan Sessegnon, Bryan Gil, Matt Doherty, Joe Rodon, Davinson Sanchez, Tanguy Ndombele, Steven Bergwijn, Dele Alli.
TOTTENHAM (3-4-2-1) Hugo Lloris; Eric Dier, Japhet Tanganga, Ben Davies; Emerson Royal, Harry Winks, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Sergio Reguilon; Lucas Moura, Son Heung-Min; Harry Kane.
Leeds, meanwhile have endured a testing start to the 2021-22 campaign, with a total of 11 points from as many matches leaving them down in 17th place before kick-off. Indeed, the West Yorkshire club have managed just two league wins this term, following a 1-1 draw with Leicester before the international break, so will be hoping to at least extend their unbeaten Premier League run to a fourth game.
Tottenham are seeking their first league win for over a month, having faltered badly at the end of Nuno Espirito Santo's doomed reign. Tenth-placed Spurs could only manage a goalless draw with ailing Everton on Antonio Conte's return to the Premier League, so victory in their 100th meeting with Leeds would be warmly welcomed today.
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