Tottehnham 3-1 Leicester
TOTTENHAM kept themselves in the Premier League title race with victory over Leicester, who saw Jamie Vardy miss a penalty with his first touch of the game.
Goals from Davinson Sanchez, Christian Eriksen and Heung-min Son inspired a third successive win which leaves Spurs five points off top spot.
For Leicester it was a fifth defeat in six games in all competitions as the pressure mounted on Claude Puel, with Vardy’s initial omission being questioned. The striker was benched after a reported bust-up with his manager. Tottenham took the lead on 33 minutes. Kieran Trippier’s corner was played short to Eriksen, who floated in a cross for Sanchez to power home a diving header and net his first goal for the club.
The Foxes had their chances after the break and one attack saw James Maddison knocked over by Jan Vertonghen with Michael Oliver pointing to the spot. Vardy was about to come on for Demarai Gray and the striker ran straight over to take the spot-kick only to see it brilliantly saved by Hugo Lloris.
Three minutes later Spurs doubled their lead, Fernando Llorente feeding Eriksen who shot low into the bottom corner.
Vardy bounced back from his penalty miss by turning in Ricardo Pereira’s cross from close range but Spurs made sure of the points late on as Son raced clear from the halfway line before coolly converting his 12th goal in his last 15 games and 15th of the campaign.
■ CLAUDE PUEL refused to blame Jamie Vardy after his penalty was saved by Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris. Vardy came off the bench to take it after James Maddison was fouled. The Foxes were 1-0 down at the time but Puel said: ‘I said to him if he felt okay he can take the penalty, but it’s not just the penalty that cost us.’