Harry Kane and Ivan Cavaleiro each scored their magnificent header when Tottenham had to settle for 1-1 against relegation-threatened Fulham in Wednesday’s city.
Kane plunged into the lead on a magnificent post from Sergio Reguilón well halfway through the first half Spurs dominated. The visitors came strong after the break, and a new wonderful post signed substitute Ademola Lookman found Cavaleiro, who crushed Eric Dier in the air and stabbed in 1-1 in the 74th minute.
It happened right after Son Heung-min had shot in the post when he had the chance to puncture the match, but Fulham were the best after the break and deserved to break their long losing streak in byderbyer.
At the last minute, Reguilón put a post from Son in the net and cheered for a moment for what he thought was the winning goal, but the South Korean was correctly deflected for offside in the foreplay.
Tottenham wanted to take third place with a victory, but will instead be in sixth place. Fulham are still below the line, but now only two points behind Brighton on the right side, and with two games less played. The team played its fifth straight draw and has not lost a PL match since December 5.
After 26 minutes, a mistake by the home side’s left defense allowed Pierre-Emile Højbjerg to get through. After a sensitive first touch, the Spanish left-back bent a perfect post in front of goal, and Kane plunged the ball in. Unlike Manchester City earlier in the day, he complied with a request from Premier League boss Richard Masters to celebrate with social distance. The teammates were clearly told to keep their distance.
– We just have to follow the rules. It’s a weird season for all of us. It’s not ideal, but this is the situation we are in. I hope we score some goals, then we will settle for high-fives and play on. I hope this does not last that long, Kane said about it before the match.
With his 25th goal in the Premier League, Kane joined Robbie Fowler and Andy Cole as the only players with at least 25 goals with right, left and head, according to Opta.
Spurs had enough chances to score more goals in the first half, but Alphonse Areola in the Fulham goal delivered several good saves. Son is usually toxic, but on Wednesday he abused several major offers.
Fulham came strong in the second half and pushed the home team back. At 1-1, Hugo Lloris had to save alone with Ruben Loftus-Cheek after a new preparation by Lookman.
Tottenham should have actually met Aston Villa on Wednesday, but the Birmingham club has been hit by an outbreak and could not stand. The league decided on Monday that the team would instead play the postponed London derby from Christmas.
Fulham manager Scott Parker thought it was scandalous to receive such short notice, but he was probably appeased by what his players did in North London.
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