Tottenham threw away a three-goal lead at home against West Ham in the London derby as the Hammers scored three goals in the final 12 minutes to salvage a point.
Gareth Bale and Carlos Vinicius were named on the bench as Toby Alderweireld and Bergwijn started for Spurs. West Ham named an unchanged side that defeated Leicester City on Matchday 4.
West Ham’s plan was thrown out of the window in the first minute of the game when Kane found the ever present Son through a long ball, who advanced into the box and finished smartly beyond Fabianski. Things got worst for West Ham as Spurs doubled their lead in the 7th minute through Harry Kane who nutmegged Rice on the half-turn and finished brilliantly inside the near post. Kane was in action again in the 16th minute to score his second and Spurs’s third as he headed a delightful cross from Reguilon to give a 3-0 commanding lead. Tottenham continued to enjoy possession and created more chances going forward as the first half came to an end.
West Ham started the second half well as Fornals missed a great chance to score as he blazed over the bar when Antonio’s blocked shot fell to him at the far post. Hammers started enjoying some possession as they tried to put men forward in search of a goal. Bale was introduced in the 72nd minute replacing Bergwijn who was tripped by Ogbonna, as Bale’s resulting free kick was gathered easily by Fabianski. Harry Kane almost scored his hat-trick when his left-foot curler clattered the post with Fabianski well beaten. West Ham replaced Antonio and Fornals with Lanzini and Yarmolenko while Spurs replaced Son with Lucas Moura.
The game seemed to be done and dusted until Balbuena scored from a set-piece in the 82nd minute, although it felt to be a bit too late for a comeback. However, the deficit was cut down to one when Davinson Sanchez scored an own goal as he intercepted Soufal’s cross. West Ham believed they could a nick a point with four minutes of stoppage time to be played. However, Spurs could have sealed the win when Bale dazzled his way into the box after twisting and turning Ogbonna only to skew his shot wide of the post. The miss cost Spurs dearly as West Ham’s final attack through a set-piece ended Lanzini unleashing a swerving screamer that Lloris could only tip it against the bar and in! The comeback was complete in a thrilling fashion as Spurs couldn’t believe they squandered a 3 goal lead in the final 15 minutes of the game.
Mourinho credited West Ham’s comeback to their belief, but was unhappy with the way his team defended. He explained Kane and Bale had chances to finish off the game but the misses came back to cost them 2 points. During half time, Mourinho asked Spurs to continue playing the same way while being aware of West Ham’s threat through set-pieces.
David Moyes who was visibly happy at the final whistle admitted his team didn’t defend well in the first half, but also credited Kane for his performance in the game. He expressed delight in managing his players who never gave up despite conceding 3 goals in the first 16 minutes of the game.