Heung-min Son nets 100th Tottenham goal in starring role as Leeds are ruthlessly dispatched
Premier League, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – Tottenham Hotspur 3 (Kane P 29’, Son 43’, Alderweireld 50’) Leeds United 0
Toby Alderweireld of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates with teammate Son Heung-Min of after scoring their team's third goal during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Leeds United at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on January 02, 2021 in London, E
And Jose Mourinho’s men doubled their lead just before half-time as the deadly duo of Son and Kane linked up again, the England striker laying on a beautiful cross for the South Korean to stroke home.
Son turned provider just after the break as his corner was met by Toby Alderweireld whose header just edged over the line despite Illan Meslier’s best efforts.
Kane, Bergwijn and Son each went close again only to be denied by some fantastic saves by Meslier, while Leeds tired struggled to break down an organised Spurs defence who looked determined to shut their opponents out.
Spurs finished the match with ten men as Matt Doherty was given his marching orders after picking up a second yellow.
But Mourinho will surely be pleased with a performance that secured a clean sheet, a three-goal win and third place in the Premier League.
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Spurs finally kill off a game. Spurs were winless in four heading into this one and had come under fire for their inability in recent weeks to kill off a game. But once they took the lead here Spurs and Mourinho looked absolutely desperate to keep going and keep scoring.
Tottenham Hotspur's Belgian defender Toby Alderweireld (L) celebrates with teammates after scoring his team's fourth goal during the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Leeds United at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, o
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Leeds may be perfect opposition for that as their expansive and relentless attacking style left many gaps at the back, but all the same there was real desire from the hosts to make sure that Leeds were dead and buried.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Harry Kane (Spurs). Has become a real workhorse for Spurs and puts in a real shift at the back in the middle and up top. Rewarded for a his display with a goal and an assist, becoming a record breaker with strike partner Son.
5’ - CHANCE! Alioski absolutely whacks the side-netting, and I'm fairly sure the fake crowd celebrated that one before they were promptly muted.
23’ - CHANCE! Bamford should do better here with a free header insider the box but he heads over. It's a bit high for him but a better jump and I'm thinking that's a goal.
28’ - PENALTY TO SPURS! Alioski takes down Bergwijn and the ref points to the spot! Just inside the box. VAR will have a look. It’s given!
29’ - GOAL! SPURS 1 LEEDS 0 (Kane, 29) Kane smashes it down the middle 17 goals this season and his 205th for Spurs.
43’ - GOAL! SPURS 2 LEEDS 0 (Son, 43') It's so good. Kane to Son again as the England man puts a cross on a plate for the winger who taps in at the near post. It's a really beautiful cross and finish. Son has 100 for Spurs!
50’ - GOAL! SPURS 3 LEEDS 0 (Alderweireld, 50') Son whips in a corner and Alderweireld leaps highest for the header. Meslier just cannot quite get there in time and sort of carries the ball into the net with the momentum of his body.
62’ - SAVE! What a save that is from Meslier as Bergwijn had a go one-on-one against the 'keeper who made himself massive.
90+2' - RED CARD - DOHERTY. That taints the performance somewhat as Doherty is sent off for a second yellow card. Silly.