Tottenham beat ten-man Leeds with thrilling second half comeback

Rodrigo Bentancur scored twice in two minutes to give Tottenham Hotspur a shock 4-3 victory over Leeds United on Saturday.

Jesse Marsch’s men led the hosts 3-2 with ten minutes remaining before Bentancur’s brace secured all three points for the home team.

Leeds engineered their own downfall, with a calamitous defense as they failed to maintain their lead with ten minutes to go.

See saw game

It was Leeds who started better on both sides, with Crysencio Summerville opening the scoring in the eighth minute after being assisted by Brenden Aaronson, who got past Pierre-Emile Hojberg to help his Dutch team-mate.

A legitimately obligated Summerville kept Eric Dier at bay with a deft kick from the foot, his fourth goal in as many games for the traveling team.

Leeds should have been 2-0 up had Summerville kept his cool to get past Lloris soon after, but the French goalkeeper stood his ground and went big to foil the effort.

Harry Kane equalized in the 25th minute, a goal that Leeds would feel difficult after Clement Lenglet broke in on Illan Meslier, but VAR let it go to make the home fans delirious.

Dejan Kulusevski should have put Spurs ahead minutes later, but Meslier denied the Swede with a great save.

However, it was Leeds who took the lead with Rodrigo Moreno unleashing an unstoppable volley past Lloris two minutes before half-time.

A great team talk was exactly what Antonio Conte needed, and his men came out stronger from both sides with left-back Ben Davies leveling the score with a fine effort from the edge of the penalty area, which bounced off defender Rasmus Kristensen. in the back. of the network

However, Leeds looked better than both sides, stringing together passes with ease and keeping possession at will, and fully deserved the lead when Rodrigo scored again in the 76th minute with a fine left-footed shot to give Leeds the lead by third time in what turned out to be an exciting encounter.

The only question was whether the traveling team could endure a famous victory.

And once again, Leeds were undone by poor defence. Bentancur shot without scoring inside the penalty area with nine minutes to go.

Two minutes later, Dejan Kulusevski cut through the Leeds defense with a quick run, and after dribbling past a tired Robin Koch to set up Bentancur, who scored easily to give Spurs a 4-3 lead.

Defensive problems for Leeds

Leeds were on the winning side of the same scoreline a week ago against Bournemouth, however they looked like they repeated their mistakes once again in defence. Thus, a promising afternoon soon turned dull with Tyler Adams receiving his second yellow and marching orders from the referee after holding off Yves Bissouma to stop a Spurs counterattack.

As we part ways with the World Cup, Tottenham move up to third place with victory on 29 points after 14 games. However, coach Antonio Conte expects his team to start games on the front foot to avoid overcoming deficits.

For Leeds though, after two wins in a row, it’s back to the drawing board as Jesse Marsch will be left frustrated and pondering how to fix their fragile defence.

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