Monday, April 25, 2016

Monday Night Football: Tottenham drops points, Leicester one win from title

Tottenham 1-1 West Bromwich Albion
Keeping pace with Leicester was all Spurs could really hope to do tonight. they need to be perfect and hope Leicester all off at some point to win it all. West Bromwich Albion is a struggling lower mid-table side that has nothing at all to play for, so, on paper, it looked like Tottenham could easily shrink the gap back to five points behind the Foxes.

The chances came early and often for Tottenham. Christian Eriksen just missed two free kicks in the first quarter hour. Harry Kane had a shot robbed and sent clattering into the post by Boaz Myhill. All that was within the first quarter hour. With all those opportunities, it was sort of strange to see them score on a bizarre own goal off Craig Dawson in the 33rd minute. Eriksen swung a free kick into the box that did find the body of Jan Vertonghen, but it went in after it took a deflection off of Dawson, who was tumbling on the ground when it him him.

West Brom started to muster up a few non-threatening chances early on in the second half. They threw crosses into the box that looked dangerous until there was nobody on the other end to head them in. Tottenham continued to get several great chances in all phases of play. they attacked with sustained possession and with pace on the counter attack. They also had a couple of nice free kicks that almost connected for a second goal. The best chance was a slow roller off of Erik Lamela that trickled into the post before West Brom could clear to safety.

The game opened up in the final twenty minutes. After Salomon Rondon fired a shot that only the fingertips of Hugo Lloris kept out of the goal. The ensuing corner saw Dawson rise to the occasion and make amends for his weird own goal by scoring an equalizer in the 73rd minute. Tottenham would only threaten, never score, for the rest of the match.

West Bromwich Albion does Leicester City a huge solid by earning a point in this match. The Foxes' lead is now seven points with three to play. A win at Old Trafford on Sunday will mean Leicester's impossible dream will have come true.

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