Bergwijn's ‘dream' display sees Spurs stun Leicester

Dutch forward scores twice in stoppage time in unbelievable Tottenham comeback

Thursday, 20th January — By Dan Carrier

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Premier League

LEICESTER CITY 2 (Daka 24, Maddison 76)
TOTTENHAM 3 (Kane 38, Bergwijn 90+5, 90+7)

STEVEN Bergwijn hit two goals in 18 injury-time seconds tonight (Wednesday) to stun a Leicester City side that was coasting to a 2-1 win – preserving Antonio Conte’s unbeaten start to his tenure.

The north Londoners are now fifth in the Premier League, a point behind West Ham in fourth, and have three games in hand.

Bergwijn’s late equaliser seemed to have snatched a point from a tussle that saw Spurs create the lion’s share of chances but concede twice to sucker punches from Leicester’s Patson Daka and James Maddison.

With the game all but over, Bergwijn, who had been introduced in the 79th minute with Tottenham trailing 2-1, popped up in the box after a Matt Doherty run had caused dithering in the Foxes’ defence. He made no mistake from close range, dragging Spurs level.

But more drama was to come. Moments after the restart, Leicester lost possession cheaply and were pulled out of position as they tried to recover. Bergwijn raced clear, drew goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel and rolled the winner home.

Speaking after the game, Bergwijn told Spurs TV: “It was a massive win. It was a fantastic game. We played well, and we deserved this. We created a lot of chances.”

He added that as soon as he had brought the scores to 2-2, he could only think about finding one more opening before the final whistle.

He said: “I did not celebrate. I wanted to get started again and go for 3-2. It is every school boy’s dream to turn around a game like this.”

Tottenham started with some serious intent. In the first half alone, they racked up 14 decent chances – yet it was Leicester who struck first.

As Spurs created and spurned early opportunities, Daka broke into a pocket of space and dinked a finish over Hugo Lloris at the near post. It was the hosts first attempt of the game.

The visitors continued to threaten, but found their opponents resolute in defence. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg had a shot hacked off the line, while Harry Kane had struck the crossbar with a powerful header.

As half-time approached, an equaliser was conjured up by Kane’s balance on the ball and his eye for angles. Getting the ball in front of him on the right, he moved inside his marker and tucked a tidy finish low into the far corner.

The second half played out in a similar pattern. Spurs had plenty of possession but lacked the guile to create clear cut moments. When they did get a sight of the Foxes’ goal, Schmeichel stood firm.

The home side were looking to soak up pressure and then spring quickly on the break – and their tactics seemed to have won them the game when Maddison combined brilliantly with substitute Harvey Barnes to put them in front on 78 minutes.

Then came Bergwijn’s dramatic finale. Spurs had thrown everything they had to get something from the tie and appeared to have nothing left. Bergwijn thought otherwise.

The 23-year-old forward, subject this week to a tempting £15m bid from Ajax, has been at Spurs for two years. And there has been a question mark over just what he may bring to the team.

This extraordinary ending to an intriguing game could be the answer, and one that finally kick starts his Spurs career.

Leicester City: Schmeichel, Choudhury, Soyuncu, Vestergaard, Albrighton, Maddison, Tielemans, Dewsbury-Hall (Soumare, 88), Thomas (Soumare, 53), Daka (Barnes, 75), Lookman
Substitutes not used: Ward, Perez, Jakupovic, Daley-Campbell, McAteer, Brunt

Tottenham: Lloris, Emerson (Doherty, 45), Tanganga, Sanchez, Davies, Reguilon (Bergwijn, 78), Skipp, Winks (Lo Celso, 74), Hojbjerg, Kane, Moura
Substitutes not used: Gollini, Gil, Rodon, Sessegnon, Alli, Scarlett

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