Harry Kane fired home from the penalty spot to extend Tottenham’s Premier League title relegation in a 2-0 win over Everton as struggling Leicester remained in relegation trouble after a 0-0 draw against Crystal Palace. England captain Kane broke the deadlock in London and Pierre-mile Hojberg doubled the lead late as Spurs moved within a point of leaders Arsenal.
The turning point came just before the hour mark when referee Paul Tierney ruled that Kane was brought down by Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford and pointed to the spot. Kane scored his effort in the bottom-left corner for his ninth Premier League goal of another stellar season.
Hjberg completed a 2–0 win in the 86th minute, condemning Frank Lampard’s second consecutive league defeat.
Tottenham are flying level with second-placed Manchester City on 23 points and just one point behind north London rivals Arsenal with both City and the Gunners in action on Sunday.
Antonio Conte’s team has now won all seven of their home matches this season.
“Despite the difficulty of the game, we are talking about a good opponent, and despite the injuries we were able to resolve the situation,” said Conte after Richardson scored 0–0 with a calf injury. limped along.
“It means that the players are growing in many aspects. I am very proud of the players.”
– Leicester standoff –
At the opening kick-off, Leicester edged out of the bottom of the Premier League despite failing to break through to Palace.
Leicester’s only league win this season was a 4-0 win against Nottingham Forest earlier this month, but it proved to be a false dawn for the 2016 champions.
The Foxes, who have the weakest defense in the division, were strong in the rear against Palace in King Power, but failed to capitalize on their opportunities.
“The players are fighting and running and giving everything,” said Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers.
“I always felt that after the summer market we have to fight our way through the season but the players are doing it and hopefully we get better results as the season progresses.”
Nottingham Forest – back in the Premier League for the first time in 23 years – leapfrogged Leicester, but lost 1-0 to Wolves.
Steve Cooper’s men have taken just one point in their last seven matches after losing in a story of two penalties at Molineux.
Ruben Neves scored from the spot before Jose Sa saved a penalty from Brennan Johnson at the other end to knock managerless Wolves out of the bottom three.
Fulham and Bournemouth remain at the top of the table after sharing points in a 2-2 draw at Craven Cottage.
Bournemouth extended their unbeaten run to six games under caretaker boss Gary O’Neill, and could have moved into the top six if they had not surrendered the lead on two occasions.
Dominic Solanki gave the opener home in the second minute with a cut-back from Philip Billing.
Issa Diop equalized in the middle of the first half with a huge header from Andreas Pereira’s corner, but Bournemouth regained the lead seven minutes later when Solanki beat Jefferson Lerma.
Aleksandar Mitrovic was in doubt with a leg injury, but Fulham’s talisman made his mark from the penalty spot and saved a point after Lerma slammed down inside the field.
The heavyweight clash of the weekend takes place on Sunday when champions Manchester City face Liverpool at Anfield.
Leaders Arsenal are away for Leeds, while Chelsea play at Aston Villa and Manchester United host Newcastle.
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