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Monday 26 June 2017

Swansea v Tottenham - story of the match

Tottenham's Christian Eriksen celebrates scoring his side's third goal in their 3-1 win at Swansea.
Tottenham's Christian Eriksen celebrates scoring his side's third goal in their 3-1 win at Swansea.

Tottenham kept their Premier League title ambitions alive by staging an extraordinary late show at relegation-threatened Swansea.

Swansea led from Spurs old boy Wayne Routledge's 11th-minute goal through to the 88th minute as it looked like Mauricio Pochettino's men would slip 10 points behind leaders Chelsea.

But Dele Alli equalised with his 15th league goal of the season before Son Heung-min and Christian Eriksen struck in added time to complete a remarkable 3-1 victory - their fifth successive league win.

TWEET OF THE MATCH

"Unbelievable comeback tonight! #COYS #SWATOT." Injured Spurs striker Harry Kane enjoyed the win.

STAR MAN

Eriksen. Kept probing even when it looked as if it was going to be a night of frustration for Spurs. Eriksen's pass set up Alli for the tap-in which turned the game. Then he added the coup de grace with an unerring finish which wrapped up three precious points for Spurs in their title pursuit.

TALKING POINT

Should Swansea goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski have been allowed to continue in the closing stages? A stretcher was called after Fabianski was floored by the burly figure of Vincent Janssen. But Fabianski bounced back and even stayed on after the substitutes' board had gone up with his number on and Kristoffer Nordfeldt ready to come on. It certainly looked as if the decision backfired as Fabianski conceded three times in the final minutes.

SURPRISE OF THE MATCH

There was unexpected team news for Tottenham as number one goalkeeper Hugo Lloris had fallen ill after lunch and stayed behind in the team hotel. So Michel Vorm came in for only his fourth league start of the season on a ground he knows well, the Holland international having made 97 appearances for Swansea from 2011-14.

RATINGS

Swansea:

Lukasz Fabianski 7 (out of 10)

Kyle Naughton 7

Federico Fernandez 7

Alfie Mawson 7

Martin Olsson 6

Jack Cork 7

Tom Carroll 6

Leroy Fer 7

Wayne Routledge 7

Gylfi Sigurdsson 6

Jordan Ayew 7

Substitutes:

Ki Sung-yueng (for Naughton, 72) 6

Oli McBurnie (for Ayew, 74) 6

Tottenham:

Michel Vorm 7

Kyle Walker 7

Toby Alderweireld 7

Eric Dier 6

Jan Vertonghen 6

Ben Davies 6

Mousa Dembele 6

Moussa Sissoko 5

Christian Eriksen 8

Dele Alli 7

Son Heung-Min 7

Substitutes:

Vincent Janssen (for Sissoko, 61) 6

Georges-Kevin N'Koudou (for Davies, 79) 6

Kieran Trippier (for Son, 90) 6

WHO'S UP NEXT?

Tottenham v Watford (Premier League, April 8)

West Ham v Swansea (Premier League, April 8)

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