Leicester turn it around after innovative Kane opener
Leicester City 2-1 Spurs
Sat 21 September 2019, 14:34|Tottenham Hotspur
Two second-half goals saw Leicester City come back from behind to claim a 2-1 win at the King Power Stadium on Saturday lunchtime.
Both teams saw efforts ruled out by the VAR - Wilfred Ndidi's scrambled effort chalked off early on for the hosts - either side of an innovative opener from Harry Kane.
Serge Aurier appeared to have doubled our lead but Heung-Min Son was adjudged to have been off-side by the narrowest of margins and the disallowed goal for us saw the momentum swing in the Foxes' favour, Ricardo Pereira ramming home the equaliser soon afterwards.
Son saw a handful of half-chances go begging in the second half of what was an open, entertaining game in the Leicestershire sunshine but, five minutes from the end of normal time, James Maddison fired home from 25 yards to give his side the victory and send them up to second in the table ahead of the rest of the afternoon's fixtures.
Son and Maddison each dragged shots across opposite goals early on before the latter forced a good near-post block from Paulo Gazzaniga - in for his first appearance of the season after Hugo Lloris' wife gave birth to their third child - following some dazzling footwork to get into the box on the quarter-of-an-hour mark. Our Argentine goalkeeper would have wanted to do better in the aftermath, though, as he spilled Youri Tielemans' shot from outside the box and Ndidi eventually scrambled over the line, but we had a let-off as the VAR ruled the goal out for off-side.
Erik Lamela - also in the starting line-up as one of six changes made from the midweek Champions League draw with Olympiacos - was finding some useful pockets of space in attacking areas and he played a role in the build-up to the opening goal. Lamela's inch-perfect through ball from deep found Son, who back-heeled into the path of Kane. Çağlar Söyüncü challenged the striker from behind and he stumbled down as he got between defenders and into the box, but still had the wherewithal to dig the ball into the ground and over Kasper Schmeichel as he hit the deck - a stunning improvisation to give us the advantage. It was Kane's 14th goal in 13 games against his former loan club - more than he's scored against any other side.
Gazzaniga and Schmeichel denied Ayoze Perez and Kane respectively in the build-up to half-time while Gazzaniga clawed Jamie Vardy's effort away shortly before the hour mark, before a key moment in the game arrived on 64 minutes. The ball was worked out to right-back Aurier, who had space as he entered the box and drilled into the bottom corner. However, VAR decided Son was off-side in the build-up and ruled the goal out. That lifted the vociferous home crowd and, five minutes later, Leicester were level as Vardy fired across the box from the left and Pereira powered his shot into the net as he came in from the right side.
Son couldn't find the target on a couple of occasions and Aurier also dragged a shot the wrong side of the post, while Kane's left-foot shot was straight at Schmeichel. We'd played well but couldn't find a crucial second goal and, on 85 minutes, were punished for that as Maddison collected possession 25 yards from goal and fired low into the net to leave us still looking for our first away Premier League win since January.
Had Aurier's goal stood as we approached the mid-way point of the second half, you sensed victory would have been in the bag. It all came from Tanguy Ndombele's forward pass to Son, he was tackled and Kane squared for Aurier to drill home, but the decision of the VAR to pull Son up for off-side meant the goal didn't stand. It signalled a turning point in momentum as Leicester went on to turn things around.
Mauricio Pochettino told us afterwards: "It’s tough because I think we were the better side but in the end we conceded. We had a bit of bad luck, the decision was against us today to make it 2-0 but in the end it was 1-1 and then 2-1 to Leicester.
"We cannot complain, we have to accept the rules. Sometimes they are going to be of benefit and sometimes they are going to go against us."
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Leicester City 2-1 Spurs
Leicester City: (4-1-4-1): Schmeichel (c), Ricardo Pereira, Evans, Soyuncu, Chilwell, Ndidi, Barnes (Gray 82), Tielemans (Choudhury 84), Maddison, Perez (Praet 67), Vardy. Substitutes (not used): Ward, Justin, Morgan, Albrighton.
Spurs (4-3-1-2): Gazzaniga, Aurier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose, Winks, Sissoko (Wanyama 67), Ndombele (Lucas 86), Lamela (Eriksen 79), Son, Kane (c). Substitutes (not used): Whiteman, Davies, Dier, Skipp.
Goals: Leicester - Ricardo Pereira 69, Maddison 85; Spurs - Kane 29.
Yellow cards: Leicester - Gray 83; Spurs - Sissoko 19, Wanyama 71.
Referee: Paul Tierney.
Venue: King Power Stadium, Leicester.
Weather: Sunny, 18 degrees.