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Eriksen the hero as Tottenham edge past Leicester





Christian Eriksen was Tottenham's saviour as they survived a storm to edge past Leicester 2-1.

The midfielder curled in a free kick with 19 minutes left to leave the Foxes winless in their last 13 games.

Former Leicester loanee Harry Kane scored inside the first minute for Spurs but the Foxes rallied and Leonardo Ulloa levelled in the second half.

The striker also hit the post and Hugo Lloris saved from Riyad Mahrez and Jeff Schlupp but Leicester could not lift themselves off the bottom of the Premier League. Ulloa and David Nugent were recalled to spearhead the hosts' attack with Jamie Vardy and Esteban Cambiasso dropped to the bench.

Tottenham, who face Manchester United at White Hart Lane tomorrow, started Danny Rose and Benjamin Stambouli for Ben Davies and Ryan Mason with Kane, who spent four months on loan at the King Power Stadium in 2013, up front.

And the striker made an immediate impact when he opened the scoring after just 57 seconds.

Tottenham hit Leicester on the break with Nabil Bentaleb and Nacer Chadli, and the winger crossed for Kane to skip round the falling Wes Morgan and find the corner from six yards.

Kane's fourth goal in four games was devastating from Spurs but highlighted why the Foxes were bottom at Christmas.

The visitors were given an easy ride by the shell-shocked hosts with Kane shooting wide and Kyle Walker granted the freedom of the right flank.

There was little threat from Leicester until the 18th minute when Lloris palmed over Ulloa's 20-yard volley after Schlupp's driving run.

The Foxes were dominant after the break and their persistence paid off three minutes into the second half.

Danny Simpson and Mahrez combined for the Algeria winger to cross low for Ulloa to turn in at the near post.

It had been coming and Mahrez almost completed the comeback when his 20-yard free kick smacked against the bar minutes later.

The Foxes' efforts warranted more and Lloris again saved from Schlupp before disaster struck for the hosts on 71 minutes.

Kane was fouled 25-yards out and Eriksen curled in an angled effort which bounced in off the post.