Harry Kane penalty earns Spurs dramatic draw at Liverpool

05 February 2018
by:   Tim Fadipe

In what could turn out to be one of the games of the season, a controversial ending at Anfield meant Liverpool and Tottenham had to share the points. It was very much a game of two halves as Liverpool dominated the early exchanges as they so often do, only for Spurs to turn up the intensity in the second half and salvage a valuable point.

The game didn’t take long to burst into action and it was a horrific defensive stance from Spurs. A long ball was pumped forward and Mane flicked it on with Firmino running in behind.

The defence looked to have dealt with the situation only for the ball to ricochet off the legs of Eric Dier into the path of Mo Salah. The Egyptian made no mistake slotting the ball into the bottom corner and Liverpool were in the ascendancy.

The first half flew by with no much goalmouth action happening with the battles happening in the middle of the pitch. Liverpool were dominating the game but with no additional goal to show for their efforts.

The second half seemed to have rejuvenated Spurs as they came out looking to press Liverpool high up the pitch and win the ball in the attacking third. But for all their better passing and moving, Spurs couldn’t find the equaliser until the 80th minute. A cross from the left hand side from Eriksen was questionable punched clear by Karius only for Wanyama to stride onto the ball, 25 yeards out and unleash and unstoppable thunderbolt right into the top corner, a brilliant strike from the Kenyan.

Liverpool were on the ropes and Spurs were pressing for the winner and they got the opportunity in the 84th minute as Spurs were awarded a controversial penalty. A ball was slipped in behind the Liverpool defence for Kane but he appeared to be in an offside position before Karius hacked him down. After referee John Moss consulted with the linesman, he elected to award the penalty only for Kane to strike it straight down the middle and Karius to save.

Salah looked to be the match winner yet again as he majestically weaved his way past two Spurs defenders and stabbed the ball into the roof of the net in the 94th minute. However, Liverpool couldn’t hold on as a long ball was pumped into the box and the defence couldn’t clear it. Lamela latched on to it first only for Van Dijk to take a swipe at the back of his leg.

The referee initially didn’t give it but the linesman had his flag up and Tottenham had the penalty. No hesitation from Kane this time as he stuck it away with aplomb to bag his 100th Premier League goal. A crazy game at Anfield and one that will definitely be looked back on come the end of the season.

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