Harry Kane snatches dramatic draw for Spurs at Anfield
Striker scores last second penalty to cancel out Liverpool's injury time lead
05 January, 2018 — By Dan Carrier
FA Premier League
LIVERPOOL 2 (Salah, 3, 90+1)
SPURS 2 (Wanyama 82, Kane 90+5)
SPURS nabbed a valuable point in their quest to break into the top four this afternoon (Sunday) – but could feel their breathless 2-2 draw with fellow Champions League challengers Liverpool was either a point gained or two lost, such was this extraordinary, topsy turvy thriller at Anfield.
In an incredible climax to a free flowing game, Spurs nearly won it, nearly lost it and then just about drew it in the dying moments. After falling behind just three minutes in when Mohamed Salah struck to give Jurgen Klopp’s men the lead, it took them until the 82nd minute to equalise through a Victor Wanyama thunderbolt. Harry Kane missed a penalty with five to go, Spurs fell behind again two minutes into stoppage time and then, somehow, conjured up another equaliser with seconds remaining.
Speaking after the game, Mauricio Pochettino told the BBC he believed his side, who are now two points off Liverpool but are still in fifth place, should have won. He said: “It was an amazing game to watch. I was calm, because I think the team plays so well. The feeling is we dropped two points. We were much, much, much better than Liverpool.”
He added that two penalties his side were awarded were the correct decisions by the officials – contradicting his opposite number Jurgen Klopp, who did not believe a challenge on Kane by his goalkeeper Loris Karius should have been penalised, nor that Virgil Van Dijk fouled Erik Lamela for the second spot kick.
Pochettino added: “Both were a penalty and nothing to say, it is not controversial – it is nothing. Sometimes people complain about the referee, but when they are right it is good to tell everyone.”
Spurs had dominated for long spells but Liverpool, unlike their performance at Wembley in the reverse fixture, defended well. Tottenham couldn’t find the key to unlock the massed ranks of the home side and it began to look like the Reds would hold firm.
Then came the crazy ending. In an action packed last 10 minutes, Spurs thought they had won a well deserved point when substitute Wanyama smashed home from range to even things up. It was a terrific strike, something special – and on balance was deserved. They then looked like they had snatched a winner, when Kane tumbled under a clumsy challenge by Karius. But the age it took for the referee to consult with his linesman appeared to put off the usually cool forward – and he took a tame spot kick, hitting his shot down the centre, which was easily saved.
Almost immediately, Liverpool broke and the excellent Salah wriggled into the Tottenham box and scored his second – and a goal that looked like it was the winner.
But this furious match had more to give. As Spurs rolled the dice one more time, Lamela was clattered in the box by van Dijk and the linesman waved for a penalty. This time Kane made no mistake, firing home to score his 100th Spurs goal and sealing a valuable away point.
Spurs needed to take all three to catapult themselves back into the top four – but considering they were behind for much of the game, and then after hauling themselves back into it saw their efforts almost come to nothing, Pochettino will be as relieved as Klopp was furious.
LIVERPOOL: Karius, Robertson, Lovren, Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Can, Milner (Matip 78), Henderson (Wijnaldum 66), Mane (Oxade Chamberlain 66), Salah, Firmino
Subs not used: Mignolet, Solanke, Ings, Moreno
SPURS: Lloris, Davies, Sanchez (Lamela 71) Vertonghen, Trippier, Eriksen, Son (Llorente 90), Dier, Alli, Dembele (Wanyama 78), Kane
Subs not used: Vorm, Sissoko, Winks, Aurier