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Leicester City 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur

By Andy CryerBBC Sport
Harry Kane
Harry Kane has scored 15 goals in 23 appearances for Spurs this season
  • Foxes not won in 13 league matches
  • Leicester five points adrift
  • Tottenham win three in a row
  • Harry Kane scores 15th of the season

Bottom-of-the-table Leicester City's winless Premier League run is now 13 matches after Christian Eriksen's goal gave Tottenham a third straight win.

Harry Kane's close-range finish from Nacer Chadli's cross put the visitors ahead in the first minute.

Leicester's Leonardo Ulloa headed against a post before levelling with a flick early in the second half.

Riyad Mahrez curled a free-kick against the bar for the hosts before Eriksen's 25-yard strike won it for Spurs.

The defeat increases the pressure on Leicester boss Nigel Pearson, whose side had a late penalty appeal turned down after a challenge by Jan Vertonghen on Jamie Vardy.

Leicester 1-2 Tottenham: Foxes falling short - Nigel Pearson

Last season's Championship title-winners are now five points adrift at the basement.

Only two teams have escaped relegation after being bottom of the Premier League at Christmas, with Sunderland one of those 12 months ago.

Leicester's hopes of following suit were dented early on by Tottenham who, after a slow start to life under Mauricio Pochettino, have suffered just one defeat in their last six league matches.

Part of their upturn in fortunes has been down to 21-year-old Kane and he delivered again within a minute, scoring his 13th goal in the last 18 games.

The striker took advantage of Wes Morgan's slip inside the penalty area to collect Chadli's scuffed cross and drill low into the net.

In the 12 games since beating Manchester United in September, the Foxes's only points have been earned in draw with fellow strugglers Burnley and Sunderland.

But they caused Tottenham problems in an open first half.

With Pearson in the stands due to a one-match touchline ban, the hosts should have been level when the recalled Ulloa sent a free header against a post.

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Eight of Tottenham's last nine matches had produced three or more goals and they looked on course for a repeat soon after the break as Ulloa deftly flicked in Mahrez's low near-post cross.

That was only the hosts' fifth goal in 10-and-a-half games but they looked like adding to it as Mahrez's free-kick hit the bar.

Spurs were ahead again against the run of play when Eriksen's free-kick squeezed in past goalkeeper Ben Hamer at the near post.

And, despite heavy pressure, the Foxes were unable to level, with Morgan's close range effort pounced on by Hugo Lloris.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino: "We started very well, scored early and had many chances to score. After 20 minutes we lost control of the game.

"You can never relax in the Premier League. The level of our league is high and Leicester deserved more, because it didn't reflect their performance on the day."

Harry Kane
Spurs win three in a row under Mauricio Pochettino for the first time
Leonardo Ulloa
Leicester suffered their first Boxing Day defeat in 10 years
Leonardo Ulloa
Leonardo Ulloa has scored seven goals for Leicester this season
Christian Eriksen
Christian Eriksen has scored seven goals this season
Tottenham
Tottenham are unbeaten in their last 10 matches on Boxing Day

Line-ups

Leicester

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 12Hamer
  • 17Simpson
  • 27Wasilewski
  • 5Morgan
  • 3KoncheskySubstituted forKnockaertat 83'minutes
  • 26Mahrez
  • 4Drinkwater
  • 10KingSubstituted forJamesat 45'minutes
  • 15Schlupp
  • 35NugentSubstituted forVardyat 75'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 23Ulloa

Substitutes

  • 2de Laet
  • 7Hammond
  • 8James
  • 9Vardy
  • 19Cambiasso
  • 24Knockaert
  • 31Smith

Tottenham

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Lloris
  • 2WalkerBooked at 35mins
  • 21Fazio
  • 5VertonghenBooked at 82mins
  • 3Rose
  • 25StambouliSubstituted forMasonat 45'minutes
  • 42Bentaleb
  • 11Lamela
  • 23Eriksen
  • 22ChadliSubstituted forSoldadoat 63'minutes
  • 18KaneSubstituted forPaulinhoat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Chiriches
  • 8Paulinho
  • 9Soldado
  • 13Vorm
  • 17Townsend
  • 33Davies
  • 38Mason
Referee:
Neil Swarbrick
Attendance:
31,870

Match Stats

Home TeamLeicesterAway TeamTottenham
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home22
Away8
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home11
Away1
Fouls
Home10
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Leicester City 1, Tottenham Hotspur 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Leicester City 1, Tottenham Hotspur 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Paulinho.

  4. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  5. Post update

    Delay in match Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur) because of an injury.

  6. Booking

    Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  7. Post update

    Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Jamie Vardy (Leicester City).

  9. Post update

    Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Hugo Lloris.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Wes Morgan (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Matthew James with a cross.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Federico Fazio.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Roberto Soldado (Tottenham Hotspur).

  13. Post update

    Danny Simpson (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Leonardo Ulloa (Leicester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Daniel Drinkwater with a cross.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Jan Vertonghen.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Paulinho replaces Harry Kane.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Riyad Mahrez with a cross following a set piece situation.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Leicester City. Anthony Knockaert replaces Paul Konchesky.

  19. Booking

    Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur).