Leicester City defeats Tottenham Hotspur 4-1 in an impressive comeback

Leicester City defeats Tottenham Hotspur 4-1 in an impressive comeback

Leicester City defeated a terrible Tottenham team by coming from behind to win for the second game in a row.

After having his gallbladder removed, Tottenham's manager Antonio Conte returned to the dugout, and Rodrigo Bentancur's deflected goal gave them the perfect start.

However, the revitalized Foxes scored twice in less than two and a half minutes to completely change the course of the match.

Nampalys Mendy scored the first goal, his second of his career, when he slammed a first-time screamer from the edge of the box into the top corner.

Soon after, Kelechi Iheanacho was in the right place when Wout Faes' halfway tackle on Harry Kane ricocheted into his path, allowing James Maddison to score.

Iheanacho scored Leicester's third goal before halftime by firing a shot into the bottom corner while being defended by Spurs defender Eric Dier.

Harvey Barnes' goal was called back for offside by the video assistant referee, but Spurs didn't take the lesson to heart, and 10 minutes later the winger buried a fourth from James Maddison's pass.

After an hour, Spurs lost their goal scorer Bentancur due to a knee injury sustained while tackling Mendy, capping off a truly awful afternoon.

Tottenham is still in fifth place, one point behind the top four, while the Foxes are now in 13th place, six points above the relegation zone.

The foxes are once more flying.

Leicester's momentum was killed by the World Cup, which resulted in four consecutive losses after four straight victories before it.

But this victory over Spurs, along with a draw with Brighton and a 4-2 triumph at Aston Villa, indicates that they have now fully recovered.

Brendan Rodgers will be happy that Maddison is fully recovered from his injury, that there have been several new additions, and that Iheanacho has scored for the third straight game.

When Kristensen steered a corner into the path of Bentancur for the opening goal, the afternoon appeared to be going south.

With the exception of that one incident, the Danish under-21 defender played well, clearing a ball off the line just prior to the goal and suddenly appearing in both boxes to make tackles and pass.

But then, as Mendy raced onto Bentancur's clearance to slip a shot past Forster, he produced his incredible goal, his first in English football.

Faes may have taken a chance when he tackled Kane in the center circle because he had already received a caution for tackling the player earlier. But Iheanacho received the loose ball and ran about 30 yards to set up Maddison for his second goal in as many games.

Harry Souttar's pass set them up for success before the break thanks to Iheanacho, and they had opportunities in the second half before two deft Barnes goals—one that was disallowed and then one that was allowed—put them in charge.

The Premier League matchup right now must be regarded as the most entertaining. The games between Leicester and Spurs have resulted in 76 goals since Leicester was promoted in 2014, which is the most of any matchup in the division during that time.

Rodgers was able to replace right-back Ricardo Pereira for the first time this season after suffering an Achilles injury, which further enhanced the festive mood.

More will come.

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