Bentancur brace helps Spurs steal it late

Tottenham Hotspur v Leeds United – Premier League – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – Report

Tottenham Hotspur 4-3 Leeds United 

Rodrigo Bentancur’s two late goals sealed a remarkable 4-3 victory for Tottenham Hotspur against a spirited Leeds United outfit, who can consider themselves most unfortunate not to have taken something from the game, having led three times during the match. 

Spurs made two changes from the team defeated 2-1 at home to Liverpool last week with Dejan Kulusevski and Richarlison replacing Ryan Sessegnon and Yves Bissouma in the starting line-up.

Leeds United head coach Jesse Marsch make just one change with Wilfried Gnonto coming in for his Premier League debut in place of Jack Harrison from the side that defeated Bournemouth 4-3 at Elland Road last Saturday.

An end-to-end and feisty encounter from start to finish saw Leeds take the lead in the tenth minute when after a long kick out from goalkeeper Meslier, the ball was worked onto the wing before Brendon Aaronson played Crysensio Summerville in one on one, to blast the ball past Hugo Lloris in the Spurs goal to put Leeds United 1-0 up – his third goal in as many games.

Just shortly after, Harry Kane playing wide on the right found Emerson Royal only for the Brazilian to blast his shot directly at Illan Meslier.

With a quarter of an hour gone, Summerville was again put through by Aaronson but with only the keeper to beat he opted to shoot early with the outside of his boot only to see Lloris block his shot and deny him his second goal of the afternoon.  

Spurs’ smart passing football was creating numerous opportunities and with almost twenty minutes on the clock, Ben Davies cut through the Leeds defence and squared the ball back for Emerson Royal to shoot high over the bar.

Spurs equaliser came when Harry Kane rifled home Spurs equaliser when Meslier failed to punch the ball away cleanly from a corner. 

Leeds hotly dispute the goal as they felt Clement Lenglet impeded Meslier but following the VAR check, referee Michael Salisbury awarded the goal to Tottenham to delayed cheers from the home fans

Following Eric Dier’s header out of defence following a corner, Dejan Kulushevski failed to clear his lines and the ball came back from Rasmus Kristensen’s header to Rodrigo in the centre of the Spurs defence, who duly despatched his left-footed shot past Lloris to put 2-1 up just before half time.

In first-half stoppage time, Richarlison had a chance to put Spurs back on equal terms just before the break but his shot was well saved by Meslier and the whistle sounded almost immediately afterwards with both sides having created chances but Leeds certainly being worthy of their lead.

Spurs’ equaliser came five minutes into the second half when Ben Davies fired home from twenty yards out after Kuluchevski’s shot was cleared out to Davies, whose shot rolled under Meslier’s body to make it 2-2. 

Leeds almost scored when substitute Sam Greenwood’s free kick from just outside area the area went close but they took the lead again to make it 3-2 in the seventy-sixth minute Bentancur’s misplaced pass came out to Rodrigo on the left and he ran on to bury a fierce left-foot shot into the right-hand corner past Lloris for his fourth goal in four games.

With Spurs looking down the barrel at a second home defeat in a week, it was obvious they needed something special to turn things around and take the points but Rodrigo Bentancaur’s strike from outside the box drew them level in the eighty-first minute before Kuluchevski played the ball back for him to score again two minutes later provided that magic in a scintillating finish that saw Spurs home to victory to spark mass celebrations from the players and fans at the end at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.   

Leeds’ disappointment was further compounded when Tyler Adams received a second yellow card and was sent off following a trip on tripping Sanchez.

A fine match and a wonderful advertisement for the Premier League as it now heads into the World Cup break. The win consolidates Spurs’ place in fourth spot, with Leeds now dropping to fourteenth in the table. 

Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris (Capt) Hojbjerg, Richarlison (Bissouma 69’) Kane, Royal (Doherty 57’) Peresic, Dier, Kulashevski (Lucas Moura 90’) Bentancur, Davies, Lenglet (Sanchez 57’) Subs not used: Forster (GK), Skipp, Gil, Spence, Tangana

Leeds United: Meslier, Koch (Fernandez 89’) Cooper (Capt) Aaronson, Roca (Ayling 79’) Summerville, Adams, Rodrigo (Geldardt 89’) Struik, Kristensen, Gnonto (Greenwood 45’) Subs not used: Robles, Firpo, Llorente, Perkins, Gyabi

Referee: Michael Salisbury

Assistants: James Mainwaring and Derek Eaton

Fourth Official: Graham Scott

VAR: Paul Tierney

Assistant VAR: Natalie Aspinall