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Tottenham Hotspur 3 West Ham United 3


Sunday 18 October 2020



This is going to be another one of those games that West Ham fans remember for a long time - but only because it's just so typically West Ham.

In typical fashion West Ham went behind to a well-taken goal from Son after just 45 seconds. Kane's sublime pass from inside his own half set up the opener when the South Korean bent his shot around Balbuena and into the bottom corner.

Son then assisted Kane for the second after just eight minutes, the Spurs skipper's excellent close control being followed up by a shot lashed past Lukasz Fabianski.

And when Kane then nodded in from a nicely floated cross by Sergio Reguilon, the hosts looked set to move up into second place ahead of the Sunday night Leicester v Aston Villa match.

After being 3-0 down in 16 minutes, you could forgive any West Ham fan who decided to them go out for an angry powerwalk with just a copy of Idles' Ultra Mono to keep him company.

The impressive Kane was even heavily involved at the other end, making an excellent block to deny Vladimir Coufal's shot just before half-time.

But Spurs looked to ease off in the second half, and the introduction of Bale with 18 minutes left should have injected some much-needed urgency.

However the Spurs defence, barely tested before the break, creaked and then collapsed when it finally came under pressure at the crunch.

Faced by a daunting scoreline before a quarter of the game had gone, West Ham dug deep and didn't collapse completely as might have been expected after Spurs' opening onslaught.

But when Pablo Fornals somehow headed over from two yards out with keeper Lloris not in the picture, it seemed to suggest that David Moyes' side would leave north London empty-handed.

But Moyes, back in the technical zone after a spell away with coronavirus, then saw his side go onto the front foot even after the introduction of Bale suggested that Spurs were closing in for the kill.

Fabian Balbuena's header began West Ham's fightback, with Davinson Sanchez's own goal giving even more hope with five minutes to go.

Lanzini's brilliant shot, his first goal since May 2019, gave West Ham a draw that sees them putting a poor start to the season behind them with seven points from their last three Premier League outings.

West Ham are the first team in Premier League history to avoid defeat in a game having trailed by 3+ goals as late as the 81st minute.

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