José Mourinho is acutely conscious that Serge Aurier might be responsible of a rush of blood. Bear in mind what the Tottenham supervisor advised him within the membership’s Amazon documentary? “I’m afraid of you as a marker,” Mourinho stated in entrance of the remainder of the squad. “Since you are able to doing a shit penalty with VAR.” The complete-back’s loss of life stare was an image.
Aurier has been wonderful for a lot of this season however his outdated failing returned to damaging impact right here, tilting a tense sport in favour of Leicester. He might see Wesley Fofana go for the ball on the very nook of the penalty space, however there was little on for the Leicester centre-half as he headed away from purpose. Which made Aurier’s barge into his again all of the extra reckless. Enter VAR and the one choice involved whether or not the contact had been inside the realm. It had.
Jamie Vardy lashed the forty fifth minute penalty up the center and, ultimately, the sport had a speaking level and one thing to blow it open. Earlier than then it had been extraordinarily tight and it all the time felt as if one second, both good or unhealthy, would show decisive.
Leicester had been marginally the higher group earlier than the penalty they usually performed with higher freedom within the second-half en path to their sixth away win in seven Premier League video games this season and one in every of their largest statements.
Vardy was concerned within the second purpose, his header moving into off the unlucky Toby Alderweireld, and Spurs have been left to think about a 3rd sport with out victory and what occurs once they can not counter-attack their opponents. Brendan Rodgers knew that he couldn’t enable that to occur and, aside from a few scares within the first-half, the Leicester supervisor obtained the stability spot on.
Even at residence Spurs didn’t need to come out, and it was a slog for them to create. Harry Kane performed in Son Heung-min on quarter-hour just for the South Korean to sidefoot previous the far publish – it was neither a shot nor cross – whereas Kane headed over from a Son nook simply earlier than the penalty. He had managed to hold above Youri Tielemans however simply couldn’t get his physique form proper.
Leicester appeared the extra cohesive group earlier than the interval, enjoying extra on the entrance foot however with out having the ability to create something clear-cut. Vardy had a shot blocked; James Maddison labored Lloris with a deflected effort. And so the current of the penalty was much more gratefully obtained.
Mourinho had began Giovani Lo Celso and Tanguy Ndombele in a league fixture for the primary time this season, though the previous was moderately shoehorned in on the best flank, with Steven Bergwijn named among the many substitutes. It didn’t work. The supervisor hooked Ndombele at half-time, whereas he misplaced Lo Celso to damage on 49 minutes. As an apart, Mourinho didn’t embrace Dele Alli in his squad regardless of the presence of 9 gamers on the bench.
By the point of Lo Celso’s withdrawal, Leicester thought that they had scored once more, and it was definitely a beautiful end by Maddison, who took a excessive ball from James Justin in his stride earlier than fizzing a low shot into the far nook. In actual time, it appeared as if Spurs might need a case for offside in opposition to him, as Aurier had been sluggish to get out. What VAR confirmed, when the traces got here out, was that Maddison’s arm was fractionally forward of Alderweireld. It was a kind of man-versus-machine moments that provokes despair.
Leicester didn’t really feel sorry for themselves, they usually closed the sport out shortly afterwards. Harvey Barnes caught the attention together with his driving runs up the left but it surely was Marc Albrighton on the opposite flank who created the second, drifting in a cross that requested Vardy to leap over Moussa Sissoko, which he did. Vardy directed the ball again throughout purpose and Alderweireld, who was in shut attendance, might solely watch in horror as he deflected it into the close to nook.
Spurs appeared crushed. Son did prolong Kasper Schmeichel after Alderweireld flicked on a 71st minute nook, however there can be no method again.