Harry Kane blew the title race wide open with a last ditch winner against Premier League leaders Manchester City in a dramatic 3-2 triumph at Etihad Stadium.
England’s captain, a summer target for City that fell through, struck twice in a man of the match performance against Pep Guardiola’s pacesetters who appeared to have recused a point when Riyad Mahrez slotted home a VAR awarded penalty in stoppage time.
The visitors led through Dejan Kulusevski only for Ilkay Gundogan to level in the first half before Kane edged Spurs ahead then had another goal ruled out by VAR prior to the late drama in a thrilling game.
Guardiola told Sky Sports: “They are clinical. They have Kane and Son and Kulusevski. Their crosses we could not defend.” He added, “We didn’t need to lose a game already to know how hard it is (to win the league title). There are many, many games still to play.”
City headed Liverpool by six points before the Reds home clash with Leeds United last night.
Jurgen Klopp’s side came from behind in a stirring display to defeat Norwich City 3-1 at Anfield.
Milot Rashica fortuitously opened the scoring for the visitors only for Sadio Mane, Mo Salah, with his 150th goal for the Reds, and Luis Diaz, with his first for the club, to settle the match.
Klopp told BBC Match of the Day: “We played really good football and scored wonderful goals.”
Chelsea remain in third spot after a last-minute win at Crystal Palace courtesy of a Hakim Ziyech goal.
Thomas Tuchel’s side had a goal ruled out earlier by Ziyech and were comfortable winners.
Manchester United moved into pole position for the last Champions League spot with a thrilling 4-2 win against Leeds United at Elland Road.
In a frantic six-goal thriller Harry Maguire and Bruno Fernandes opened up a two-goal lead before half time but Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds battled back to level early in the second half through Rodrigo and Raphinha. Reds boss Ralf Rangnick brought on substitutes Fred and Anthony Elanga who both hit the target to secure the win.
Rangnick told BBC Sport: “The atmosphere was amazing but we showed some maturity and kept our heads.”
United are four points clear of West Ham, Joe Willock levelling for Newcastle United after Craig Dawson’s headed opener for the Hammers in a 1-1 draw, and Arsenal, who eased to a 2-0 win over Brentford with goals from Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka. The Gunners have three games in hand over the Old Trafford side and appear set to be their main top-four rivals.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta told BBC MOTD: “We have a real belief in what we are doing, the players are enjoying the togetherness and the spirit they have is tremendous.”
Tottenham are three points behind their north London rivals and need to be consistent to challenge.
Ruben Neves and Daniel Podence scored for Wolves in a 2-1 win over Leicester City at Molineux. Wolves are now six points behind United with two games in hand.
Southampton moved into mid-table security following a 2-0 win over Everton at St Mary’s. Stuart Armstrong opened the scoring before Shane Long sealed the points.
Frank Lampard’s Everton remain in relegation trouble alongside fast-improving Newcastle just behind Leeds, who are desperate for long term injured players to return, and Brentford.
The relegation fight will go the wire with seven teams in the mix and only seven points separating Brentford from bottom club Norwich.
Brentford, Leeds, Newcastle and Everton have a small cushion over the bottom three but Watford and Burnley picked up surprising but crucial wins at Aston Villa and Brighton respectively.
Roy Hodgson’s Hornets claimed the spoils with a late Emmanuel Dennis goal at Villa Park.
Hodgson told BBC MOTD: “There’s a long way to go. The danger is now that we think we’ve cracked it just because we’ve come to Villa and won.”
Clarets boss Sean Dyche was delighted with a 3-0 win on the south coast courtesy of new striker Wout Weghorst, Josh Brownhill and Aaron Lennon.
Dyche told BBC MOTD: “It is tough down there, but there is a lot to build on and a lot of positives. It is one result, but an important one. The last one doesn’t guarantee the next one, but it’ll bring a lift in confidence.”