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James Maddison winner for Leicester stuns Spurs amid VAR drama

Second-half goals from Pereira and Maddison cancel out Kane's effort as Aurier strike ruled out for offside

James Maddison's late strike secured all three points for Leicester City against Tottenham on Saturday. Reuters
James Maddison's late strike secured all three points for Leicester City against Tottenham on Saturday. Reuters

Tottenham Hotspur were again guilty of failing to capitalise on a promising start as Leicester City pegged them back to win 2-1 at the King Power Stadium on Saturday.

For the third match on the road in succession Spurs took the lead and for the third time they failed to go on to win the match.

Harry Kane somehow hooked a ball over Kasper Schmeichel as he tumbled to the ground just while Serge Aurier had a second-half strike ruled out after VAR adjudged that Son Heung-min was offside in the buildup.

The intervention of the Video Assistant Referee invigorated Leicester's players, who equalised through Ricardo Pereira on 69 minutes before James Maddison hit a stunning winner five minutes from time.

"I am always talking about sometimes it [VAR] benefits you and sometimes [it goes] against you. That is football. After you can't complain. You have to accept it," Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino told BBC Sport.

"Both sides are affected by this situation. If we score the second the game is over. It gives belief to a team that could have been dead. After we concede at 1-1 we had chances to score the second. But in Premier League it is the most beautiful league because it is never over. In the big picture, I am disappointed but very positive and optimistic.

"We need to improve our performance away from home. We are going to work hard and improve."

Brendan Rodgers's side claimed their first big-six scalp of the season after drawing away to Chelsea and running Manchester United close at Old Trafford last weekend.

Maddison's effort was worthy of settling any match. Substitute Hamza Choudhury laid the ball off to the England Under 21 midfielder to drive forward and bury a low strike into the bottom corner from 25 yards.

"James Maddison didn't have his best game for him, but he is a top level player," Rodgers said. "He is a top young player, with so much improvement to make. He always has an eye for goal."

The win temporarily moved Leicester up to second in the Premier League table on 11 points before Manchester City leapfrogged the Foxes after thumping Watford 8-0.

Burnley striker Chris Wood scored a superb first-half brace to help Sean Dyche's side outclass Norwich City 2-0 at Turf Moor.

"We were excellent throughout, but particularly in the first 15 minuets. We were dominant early on and scoring two goals gave us control of the game," Dyche said.

The result snapped Burnley's winless run of four games since they beat Southampton 3-0 on the opening day of the campaign and gave Daniel Farke's Norwich a reality check following their 3-2 upset of champions Manchester City last weekend.

A first-half own goal by Yerry Mina and a late Lys Mousset effort gave Sheffield United a smash-and-grab 2-0 win at Everton in a result lifted the Blades to eighth place on eight points from six games.

Updated: September 21, 2019 08:10 PM

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