Tottenham held after battling Fulham show new resilience


Tottenham were denied the three points by a fiery Fulham after Ivan Cavaleiro’s second-half strike called off Harry Kane’s opener.

The competition was played at a steady pace at the start, with chances created at each end.

Sergio Reguilon wasted the first major Tottenham luck, blazing above the bar up close after hanging on to his own blocked shot.

Eric Dier appeared to injure himself while stretching to block a cross. The England center-half gritted his teeth and continued to persevere despite appearing to be in a lot of pain.

Son Heung-min nearly broke the deadlock in the 18th minute after pushing a cross towards the goal which forced a clever reaction stoppage from Fulham goalkeeper Alphonse Areola.

The pair combined moments later with Areola in the lead again, but there was nothing he could do when Harry Kane quickly struck.

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A sublime crossing of Reguilon on the left spotted Kane in full stride. The center forward leaned over to steer his head inside the post as a deserved 1-0 lead was taken.

Fulham nearly regained parity thanks to Ruben Loftus-Cheek, but the midfielder’s acrobatic volley flew very close.

Kane then almost became a supplier when Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg was commissioned. The Dane’s shot lacked power, however, as Spurs were content with a 1-0 lead at the break.

A dazzling start to the second half saw the two teams come closer to Moussa Sissoko and Bobby Decordova-Reid.

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Scott Parker’s side matched their London rivals in the possession department and grew in importance as the game progressed.

The introduction of Ademola Lookman from the bench gave new impetus as Tottenham were forced to take the back foot.

Tottenham remained dangerous on the counter and almost put the game out of reach thanks to Son.

Slipped by Tanguy Ndombele, the South Korean fled before hitting the post with his scuffed finish.

The near miss was punished moments later when Fulham restored parity in scores.

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Lookman left Serge Aurier in his dust on the left before throwing a perfect delivery for Ivan Cavaleiro.

The Portuguese winger guided his head past Hugo Lloris to set up a tense 15-minute final.

Tottenham were in danger of complete collapse as Lloris showed great speed out of his line to stifle a Loftus-Cheek effort.

The game stretched into the final minutes as the two teams battled for what would surely be a decisive goal.

Reguilon put the ball past Areola after Son entered behind from the left, but the offside flag came to Fulham’s rescue with the striker correctly penalized.

Neither team was ultimately able to clinch a winner by making sure both teams had to settle for a 1-1 draw.


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