Tottenham survived the push from Burnley (0-1) and took oil out of a crash in which they had almost no chances and that fell on their side with a goal in the last section of the crash from Korean Heung-Min Son.
José Mourinho’s men faced a difficult exit, before a club in need of points to leave the relegation positions and that gave Tottenham more than a scare throughout the 90 minutes.
The Portuguese coach could not afford another puncture if he did not want to start to fall behind the first two, Everton and Liverpool, five points apart before the match. However, Tottenham was about to be shipwrecked after signing a gray duel.
Mourinho started without the Welshman Gareth Bale, whom he ordered to warm up in the 48th minute and then leave him without playing for a minute. He also left Sergio Reguilón on the bench, and the Argentines Erik Lamela and Giovani Lo Celso, who would come out onto the pitch in the final stretch.
Until Heung-Min Son’s goal, Burnley had several chances to score. In the first half, Ashley Barnes saw a goal disallowed for offside and how French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris had to intervene in a shot by Ashley Westwood.
In the second, the center-back pair Dier-Alderweiderl had to work hard to contain the attempts of Burnley, who ran into Harry Kane in a shot from James Tarkowski on their clearest occasion. The Tottenham forward saved his team after clearing a ball as it entered Hugo Lloris’ goal.
Then, in one of the few successful plays of the London team, Heung-Min Son appeared to score the only goal of the game. Lamela took a corner, Kane headed the ball and the Korean player extended his teammate’s shot to seal a victory suffered by Tottenham, now at the top of the table.
In the other game that closed the sixth day, Brighton and West Brom canceled each other with a draw (1-1) to continue in the dangerous zone of qualifying. Neither team managed to break free from the relegation places and danger looms for both.
In the first half, Brighton took the lead thanks to Jake Livemore’s own goal that did justice on the scoreboard after several missed chances by the home side. Solomon March and Adam Lallana were able to overtake their team beforehand, but it was Livemore, against their goal, who finally got it right.
After the break, West Brom reacted and after two attempts by Matheus Pereira and Filip Krovinovic, Karlan Ahearne-Grant leveled after taking advantage of a rebound inside the area. He did it in the 84th minute, the last with something to tell. In the end, Brighton finished the day in sixteenth place with five points and West Brom in seventeenth with three.