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Sunday 21 January 2018

Tottenham close on leaders Leicester as Premier League title race hots up

Spurs midfielder Christian Eriksen, left, celebrates his 83rd-minute winner at City
Spurs midfielder Christian Eriksen, left, celebrates his 83rd-minute winner at City

Tottenham underlined their status as serious title contenders as they came from behind to beat Manchester City and move within two points of Barclays Premier League leaders Leicester.

Harry Kane put Tottenham ahead from the penalty spot at the Etihad Stadium after Raheem Sterling was harshly adjudged to have handled Danny Rose's cross.

Kelechi Iheanacho equalised with his ninth goal for City, but Tottenham showed commanding spirit to score again through Christian Eriksen.

On his 24th birthday, the Dane slipped through City's defence and latched on to a pass from Erik Lamela before beating Joe Hart with a simple finish.

The victory means Tottenham are now within touching distance of Leicester, who surrendered a lead to go down 2-1 at Arsenal earlier on Sunday, while City are now six points off the top and lead fifth-placed Manchester United by the same margin.

The Gunners had Danny Welbeck to thank for their dramatic win over 10-man Leicester at the Emirates Stadium.

Jamie Vardy put the visitors ahead from the penalty spot after Nacho Monreal was deemed to have tripped the England striker, but the Foxes began to crumble following the dismissal of Danny Simpson for two yellow cards.

Theo Walcott equalised in the 70th minute - nine minute after coming off the bench - and Welbeck then snatched a dramatic win for Arsene Wenger's side at the death.

The England striker, making his first appearance after 10 months out through injury, nodded in Mesut Ozil's free-kick in the fifth minute of stoppage time.

That means Arsenal are third, level on points with Spurs, who have a superior goal difference to their north London rivals.

In Sunday's other match, Aston Villa fans experienced yet more pain as their side were hammered 6-0 by Liverpool at Villa Park.

Daniel Sturridge, James Milner, Emre Can, Divock Origi, Nathaniel Clyne and Kolo Toure were all on target as the Reds handed bottom side Villa their biggest ever home defeat in the Premier League.

Villa are now eight points from safety while Liverpool have moved up to eighth position, nine points shy of the top four.

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