Tottenham Hotspur came from a goal down to overcome Leeds United 2-1 in the Premier League on Sunday evening.
With Antonio Conte in for his maiden home encounter at Spurs, Harry Winks and Japhet Tanganga were the Italian’s only changes from the draw at Everton which was his debut clash.
A passive start saw minimal openings and in fact the compressed nature of the contest reduced the two protagonist to low albeit no attacking ventures.
However, Leeds stunned the host with the opener a minute before halftime when a peach delivery from Jack Harrison unlocked Daniel James who with no pressure prod in from point-blank range.
There were no substitutions from either the host or their counterparts as the second half commenced whilst the tight nature of play continued.
This was until Spurs came inches close to the equaliser following 52 minutes when a chip to Heung-Min Son by Lucas Moura saw the former turn and volley off the leg of Diego Llorente and onto the crossbar.
Spurs needed only three minutes to go level after persistent play from Moura coincided with a loose pass to Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg who then punished Leeds’ defensive lapses with a close-range finish.
Conte decided to bring on a fresh pair of legs granted the hard-running contest 68 minutes gone, as Tanganga vacated in the place of Davidson Sanchez.
The host turned it around inside a minute after fullback Sergio Reguilon latched onto the end of a free-kick by Eric Dier to tuck in on the rebound from the post.
Spurs targeted a third with fulltime ticking away, but had to settle for a narrow victory that happened to be the first in the Conte era.
Manchester City reclaimed second spot in the Premier League with a 3-0 victory over Everton Sunday afternoon.
The Citizens forced the Toffees to sit deep and apply a low defensive block, but this cautious nature didn’t aid the visitors as Phil Foden directed a floating ball from the right-side narrowly off target.
The danger signs remained for Everton and it were nearly punished through Palmer from close-range 27 minutes in before Ilkay Gundogan headed the rebound onto bar after Jordan Pickford spilled.
There was drama ten minutes to halftime after City earned a penalty for a foul on Sterling by Michael Keane, but on consultation with the pitch-side review team the decision was overturned.
That didn’t dampen the mood of the Citizens, who took the lead two minutes before the break when Sterling exquisitely tucked Joao Cancelo’s diagonal delivery into the near corner.
With the second half underway, the Citizens didn’t let up their advantage but went up a notch on 55 minutes when Rodri’s thunderbolt on the edge of the area from a cutback flew into the top corner.
Everton started to enjoy forays in the opposite third late on with Iwobi, Andros Townsend and Richarliso key to this end but it didn’t unsettle the Citizens one bit.
The Citizens still saw most of the ball in the latter stages as Bernardo Silva rounded off the scoring in second-half stoppage time to send City second.
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