Norwich City 2-2 Tottenham: Harry Kane penalty earns Spurs a point

Norwich City 2-2 Tottenham: Harry Kane penalty earns Spurs a point

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Harry Kane hits a second-half equaliser from the penalty spot at Carrow Road

Harry Kane struck a late penalty to earn Tottenham a point at Carrow Road and deny Norwich a first Premier League victory in seven matches.

Mario Vrancic opened the scoring with his first Premier League goal for the Canaries before they were denied a second when Teemu Pukki’s goal was ruled out by the video assistant referee (VAR).

Spurs improved after the interval and Christian Eriksen drew them level with a stunning free-kick but Norwich retook the lead when Serge Aurier put through his own net.

The visitors had their chances and Dele Alli’s neat finish was ruled out for offside, before Kane drew Christoph Zimmermann into a lunging challenge inside the area.

The England striker sent Tim Krul the wrong way from the spot to secure a point for the north London side.

Norwich remain bottom of the table and six points from safety, while Spurs are up to fifth, two points behind fourth-placed Chelsea who have a game in hand.

Stylish Canaries fall short again

Norwich last won in the Premier League on 23 November, but they started brilliantly against Jose Mourinho’s Spurs.

They played with attacking intent from the opening exchanges as Vrancic rolled the exciting Onel Hernandez through on goal, only for Paulo Gazzaniga to sprint off his line to collect the loose ball.

That set the tone and Daniel Farke’s side pressed their visitors high up the field. When Juan Foyth hesitated and lost possession deep in his own half, Vrancic carried the ball with urgency before firing past Gazzaniga with a smart finish.

Then came a moment of controversy as Vrancic turned provider to fire a long ball onto the chest of Pukki, who held off Jan Vertonghen to slide the ball into the net, only for the goal to be ruled out.

The Finnish striker appeared to come back onside before the ball was played over the Spurs defence, but VAR adjudged his right arm to be offside.

Spurs hit back after the interval but Farke’s men rode the storm and retook the lead as Pukki continued to cause confusion, his effort deflecting from Toby Alderweireld onto Aurier and into the Spurs’ net.

As Spurs searched for the equaliser, the hosts demonstrated a steely mentality and dived into tackles – but ultimately did so once too often. Zimmermann lunged into a tired-looking tackle to concede the penalty and Kane punished Norwich.

Points against the so-called ‘big six’ must be built on if the Canaries are to become the first side bottom of the Premier League at the turn of the year to overcome a six-point deficit from safety and survive.

Kane demonstrates quality

When Mourinho took the Spurs job he spoke about the “quality” he was inheriting from Mauricio Pochettino, and Kane is exactly the type of player the Portuguese was referring to.

The Spurs and England captain had an ineffective first half despite latching onto a long ball from Alderweireld and firing at Krul from close range.

But when Spurs found themselves a goal behind for the second time in the match, Kane came alive in the penalty area and dragged his team level.

The striker enticed the challenge from Zimmermann before checking back on his left and winning the spot-kick, which he subsequently converted with ease.

Another player Mourinho would have been keen to work with on his arrival at the club is Eriksen, and the midfielder’s second-half performance proved exactly why.

There has been plenty of speculation over the Dane’s future, with his contract due to expire at the end of the season. Making his first league start under Mourinho, he struck his free-kick with aplomb to draw the visitors level.

Eriksen had more touches of the ball (118) and more shots (four) than any other player and he was crucial to the visitors regaining a foothold in the game after going behind for a second time.

If Mourinho can persuade the midfielder his future is best served under him at Spurs, he may be the difference between securing Champions League football for next season or missing out altogether.

More to follow.



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