Norwich City’s Cuban-born German midfielder Onel Hernandez (R) is pressured by Tottenham Hotspur’s Ivorian defender Serge Aurier (L) in the course of the English Premier League soccer match between Norwich City and Tottenham Hotspur at Carrow Road in Norwich, jap England on December 28, 2019. Lindsey Parnaby / AFP
Harry Kane’s penalty eight minutes from time salvaged some extent for Tottenham in a 2-2 thriller at Norwich on Saturday that uncovered either side’ incapacity to defend.
The bottom-of-the-table Canaries twice led by Mario Vrancic and a Serge Aurier personal objective as they aimed to breath new life into their hopes of Premier League survival.
Christian Eriksen’s good free-kick and Kane’s spot-kick ensured Spurs didn’t stoop to a 3rd defeat in seven video games, however they didn’t take the prospect to leapfrog Chelsea into the highest 4.
The space of the sector with work to do for Jose Mourinho stays apparent and Spurs have stored only one clear sheet in 10 video games since he took over and had been responsible of some calamitous defending.
Norwich discover themselves marooned on the foot of the desk, six factors from security, however have performed loads of good soccer solely to be discovered wanting in each bins of their first season again within the high flight.
The Canaries slackness on the again may have value them early on as Kane teed up Dele Alli to fireplace wastefully over earlier than Kane was performed in by one easy lengthy ball by Toby Alderweireld, however Tim Krul raced from his objective to avoid wasting.
At the opposite finish, Vrancic couldn’t consider his luck as Alderweireld stood off and allowed him to shut in on objective earlier than firing low previous Paulo Gazzaniga to open the scoring 18 minutes in.
Only VAR prevented Tottenham falling additional behind earlier than the break as Jan Vertonghen allowed Teemu Pukki to regulate Vrancic’s ball excessive and the Finn completed clinically when one-on-one with Gazzaniga.
However, Pukki’s pleasure was short-lived as he was harshly adjudged to be offside after a VAR evaluation.
Mourinho confirmed his displeasure with Spurs’ first 45 minutes by making two half-time substitutions and altering his system as Lucas Moura and Davinson Sanchez changed Juan Foyth and Vertonghen.
The Portuguese obtained the upturn in efficiency he desired as solely an excellent block by Christoph Zimmermann denied Alli an equaliser simply two minutes after the restart.
Eight minutes later, the guests had been degree as Jamal Lewis dealt with on the sting of his personal space to forestall Kane a transparent sight of objective.
Eriksen has been a peripheral determine each below Mourinho and Mauricio Pochettino earlier within the season resulting from his contractual standoff with the membership that can most definitely see the Dane depart on a free switch in the summertime.
But he produced a well timed reminder of his high quality by curling the ensuing free-kick into the highest nook.
Moments later, the ball was within the Norwich internet once more however this time the offside flag went within the hosts’ favour as Alli’s stylish end was dominated out.
Just as Tottenham appeared to have taken management, the tide turned once more within the different path as Norwich retook the lead in comical style.
Aurier turned the ball into his personal internet after the ball ricocheted into his path from Alderweireld’s deal with on Pukki.
Spurs laid seige in direction of the Norwich objective within the closing quarter and never for the primary time this season Daniel Farke’s males had been unable to see the sport out.
Kane was worn out by Zimmermann as he reduce inside and the England captain picked himself as much as dispatch the ensuing penalty.