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Swansea City 1-3 Tottenham Hotspur

Son Heung-Min scores
Son Heung-min's goal came in the first of seven minutes of added time

Tottenham produced a sensational late turnaround to beat a stubborn Swansea side and keep intact their aspirations of winning a first Premier League title.

Despite dominating possession, Spurs fell behind to a neat close-range finish from their former winger Wayne Routledge.

The visitors were camped in their opponents' half for long periods but were frustrated by a combination of their own lack of a cutting edge and Swansea's diligent defending, before Dele Alli eventually broke through to convert Christian Eriksen's cross after 88 minutes.

Son Heung-min fired Tottenham ahead in added time, and then Eriksen completed the remarkable comeback with a curling effort.

While second-placed Spurs continue to breathe down the necks of leaders Chelsea, a third defeat in four games sees Swansea drop into the relegation zone.

Tottenham leave it late

Christian Eriksen scores
Christian Eriksen has been directly involved in 10 goals in his seven Premier League games against Swansea (6 goals, 4 assists)

Having cut Chelsea's lead at the top of the table to seven points with Saturday's win at Burnley, Spurs were aiming to further reduce that deficit with a fifth successive Premier League victory.

Yet for all that Mauricio Pochettino's side had impressed this season, that triumph at Turf Moor was only their fifth away league win - and their vulnerability on the road was evident at the Liberty Stadium.

Although they enjoyed near total control of possession and territory during a one-sided first half, Tottenham fell behind after Swansea's first attack of the game.

Jordan Ayew muscled his way into the visitors' penalty area and pulled the ball back to Routledge, one of four former Spurs in the hosts' line-up, and the winger squeezed his finish past ex-Swans keeper Michel Vorm.

Swansea v Tottenham - heatmaps
Tottenham had 73% of possession at the Liberty Stadium, much of which they held inside the Swansea half as their heatmap (right) shows

Tottenham continued to boss proceedings but lacked a cutting edge in attacking positions, missing injured top scorer Harry Kane and frustrated by their dogged opponents.

But as they had demonstrated in their previous seven games without Kane - four wins and three draws - Spurs can cope in the striker's absence.

They left it late, with Alli tapping into an empty net from Eriksen's wicked low cross, before Son finished from close range to send the visiting Spurs fans into raptures.

Eriksen then added a third in added time to complete a stunning fightback and leave their opponents crestfallen.

Swansea's worries deepen

Lukas Fabianski
Hull's win over Middlesbrough sends Swansea back into the bottom three

A return of just one point from their previous three games had seen Swansea sink deeper into relegation trouble, one point and one place above the bottom three.

Head coach Paul Clement spoke of a nervousness inside the Liberty Stadium during Sunday's goalless draw with Middlesbrough, though any creeping sense of anxiety for the home fans was eased with Routledge's early goal.

They made their ground a cauldron of noise, roaring their approval with every tackle, block or pass from a Swansea player.

The hosts dared to attack on occasion, with Kyle Naughton close to becoming the second ex-Spurs player to score against his former employers as his deflected shot fizzed wide.

But it was Swansea's defensive effort which provided the foundation for their admirable display, and looked set to earn them a first league win over Spurs since 1982.

However, their resistance was eventually broken and, with relegation rivals Hull beating Middlesbrough, the Swans' descent back into the bottom three leaves their hopes of survival in doubt.

Man of the match - Dele Alli (Tottenham)

Dele Alli levels for Tottenham
Despite their frustration at being held by Swansea, Spurs did not panic - and their calm was personified by Alli, who popped up in the perfect position to equalise.

Swansea have never beaten Spurs in the Premier League - the stats you need to know

  • Tottenham Hotspur (29) have won more points in 2017 than any other Premier League team (W9 D2 L1).
  • Spurs have won 17 points from losing positions in the Premier League this season; more than any other side in the competition.
  • In fact, under Mauricio Pochettino Tottenham have won 53 points from losing positions - 13 more than any other Premier League side in that time.
  • Swansea have never beaten Tottenham in 12 matches in the Premier League, drawing two and losing 10.
  • No Premier League team has scored more 90th minute winning goals this season than Tottenham (3 - level with Arsenal).
  • Dele Alli has been involved in 13 goals in 12 Premier League games for Tottenham in 2017 so far (9 goals, 4 assists).
  • Alli has yet to lose a Premier League game in which he has scored, winning 16 and drawing five. Christian Eriksen has been directly involved in 10 goals in his seven Premier League games against Swansea (6 goals, 4 assists).
  • Wayne Routledge made his 182nd Premier League appearance for Swansea City; more than any other player in the competition.
  • Routledge scored his first Premier League goal at the Liberty Stadium since Dec 2014, ending a run of 33 apps there without one.

'This season we are fighting again' - What they said

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Clement reflects on 'heartbreaking' Swans defeat

Swansea manager Paul Clement: We are clearly very disappointed to get to 88 minutes leading 1-0 - we had a good chance at 1-0 as well.

"We continued to defend well and limit them. The fact we conceded on 88 and then couldn't even draw is heartbreaking.

"You still have to do all the things we had done. We were fatigued at the end but the lads gave everything and I am proud of them. We can't feel sorry for ourselves. We have two massive games now at West Ham and Watford."

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino: "We started the game very well and created some chances in the first few minutes. In that moment I think we feel the game is going to be easy. The perception from the touchline was that the players started to play at a low tempo. When we concede the goal we realise we need to push and increase our level.

"How the goals arrived at the end was crazy but we pushed, we played better and we created chances to win. It is a good example of the team never giving up and trying to the end. Big credit to the players, they showed big character.

"The most important thing is the badge. When you play for Tottenham it is not about the names it is about the team and the spirit. You would like to have all your players available but this season we are showing we are a team."

What next?

Swansea face two big Premier League away games, at West Ham this Saturday, followed a week later by a trip to Watford.

Tottenham are at home against the Hornets this Saturday and then host Bournemouth on the 15th.

Line-ups

Swansea

  • 1Fabianski
  • 26NaughtonSubstituted forKi Sung-yuengat 72'minutes
  • 33Fernandez
  • 6Mawson
  • 16Olsson
  • 8Fer
  • 24Cork
  • 42Carroll
  • 15RoutledgeSubstituted forNarsinghat 90+4'minutes
  • 3J AyewBooked at 17minsSubstituted forMcBurnieat 75'minutes
  • 23Sigurdsson

Substitutes

  • 2Amat
  • 4Ki Sung-yueng
  • 13Nordfeldt
  • 20Montero
  • 28Narsingh
  • 35Kingsley
  • 62McBurnie

Tottenham

  • 13Vorm
  • 2Walker
  • 4Alderweireld
  • 5Vertonghen
  • 33DaviesSubstituted forNkoudouat 79'minutes
  • 15DierBooked at 78mins
  • 19Dembélé
  • 17SissokoSubstituted forJanssenat 61'minutes
  • 20Alli
  • 23Eriksen
  • 7Son Heung-minSubstituted forTrippierat 90+4'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Janssen
  • 14Nkoudou
  • 16Trippier
  • 25Onomah
  • 27Wimmer
  • 30López
  • 38Carter-Vickers
Referee:
Jonathan Moss
Attendance:
20,855

Match Stats

Home TeamSwanseaAway TeamTottenham
Possession
Home28%
Away72%
Shots
Home4
Away18
Shots on Target
Home1
Away8
Corners
Home5
Away7
Fouls
Home7
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Swansea City 1, Tottenham Hotspur 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Swansea City 1, Tottenham Hotspur 3.

Offside, Tottenham Hotspur. Vincent Janssen tries a through ball, but Dele Alli is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Alfie Mawson (Swansea City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Gylfi Sigurdsson with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Kyle Walker.

Goal!

Goal! Swansea City 1, Tottenham Hotspur 3. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Dele Alli following a fast break.

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Luciano Narsingh replaces Wayne Routledge.

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Kieran Trippier replaces Son Heung-Min.

Goal!

Goal! Swansea City 1, Tottenham Hotspur 2. Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Vincent Janssen.

Georges-Kévin Nkoudou (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Leroy Fer (Swansea City).

Foul by Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham Hotspur).

Ki Sung-yueng (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Vincent Janssen (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Dele Alli.

Goal!

Goal! Swansea City 1, Tottenham Hotspur 1. Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner.

Attempt blocked. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Federico Fernández.

Attempt blocked. Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Mousa Dembélé.

Attempt saved. Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Christian Eriksen.

Attempt missed. Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Son Heung-Min.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea City) because of an injury.

Attempt saved. Vincent Janssen (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Dele Alli.

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Georges-Kévin Nkoudou replaces Ben Davies.

Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Alfie Mawson (Swansea City).

Booking

Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur).

Ki Sung-yueng (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Offside, Swansea City. Leroy Fer tries a through ball, but Gylfi Sigurdsson is caught offside.

Foul by Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur).

Martin Olsson (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Oliver McBurnie replaces Jordan Ayew.

Attempt missed. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Mousa Dembélé.

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Ki Sung-yueng replaces Kyle Naughton because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Kyle Naughton (Swansea City) because of an injury.

Attempt saved. Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Christian Eriksen.

Offside, Tottenham Hotspur. Eric Dier tries a through ball, but Kyle Walker is caught offside.

Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea30233462243872
2Tottenham30198360223865
3Liverpool31179566392760
4Man City30177657342358
5Arsenal29166761362554
6Man Utd291412343241954
7Everton31149853341951
8West Brom31128113940-144
9Southampton29107123637-137
10Watford30107133648-1237
11Leicester30106143747-1036
12Stoke3199133345-1236
13Bournemouth3198144456-1235
14Burnley31105163244-1235
15West Ham3196164157-1633
16Crystal Palace3094173950-1131
17Hull3186173261-2930
18Swansea3184193766-2928
19Middlesbrough30411152237-1523
20Sunderland3055202453-2920
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