Spur of the moment win after red-faced sending-offs

By Razeen Gutta

A feisty affair in North London saw Tottenham Hotspur come out on top against a nine-man Liverpool side; as one unbeaten run continued while another came to an end. 

The hype surrounding two of the Premier League’s best sides so far this season was altered when VAR ruled for a Curtis Jones sending-off inside just 25 minutes. 

The Reds then went behind the minutes later with Son Heung Min putting the hosts in front to give Ange Postecoglou’s side all of the momentum.

Liverpool clawed back into it before the break, though, with Cody Gakpo equalising in stoppage time to give the visitors some belief. 

The Dutchman picked up a knock in the build-up to the goal though, and his halftime replacement Diogo Jota would see yellow red cards in 25 minutes to crush the renewed confidence boost. 

Jurgen Klopp was forced to take the conservative route for the remaining 20 minutes, and the Reds’ resilience was almost enough. 

Without any attackers on the pitch, the visitors were on the verge of stealing a point. It was not to be though, as Joel Matip found his own net off a Pedro Porro cross in the dying embers of the game. 

Timed at 95 minutes, 31 seconds, the centre half has now scored both the latest own goal in a Premier League game and the latest winning goal conceded by Liverpool in a Premier League game. 

The 11 bookings and two red cards will claim the attention, with the Reds’ three sending-offs in their last six Premier League games as many as their previous 168 beforehand.

Only North London now houses unbeaten sides in the league this season, with Spurs and Arsenal level on 17 points behind Manchester City with Liverpool in fourth on 16. 

Pictured above: Diogo Jota 

Image source: @PremierLeague


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