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Tottenham 1 – 0 Burnley


Harry Kane’s controversial penalty in first-half stoppage time saw Tottenham beat Burnley 1-0 – to move two points away from rivals Arsenal in fourth place.

Spurs were frustrated in front of goal for much of the game, with Antonio Conte’s side missing a series of opportunities as Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope kept busy throughout the game.

But their breakthrough came very late in the first half when VAR assist Kevin Friend claimed Ashley Barnes handled while trying to take a corner, letting Kane overtake Pope in the eighth minute of extra time. The decision to award the free kick was controversial, as Barnes had little time to react to the ball, even though his arm was outstretched.

The result means Arsenal must win away from Newcastle in Monday Night’s Football clash, live on Sky Sports, to get ahead of Conte’s Spurs – or give up the initiative in the race for tickets. Champions League before the final day next Sunday.

Conte’s side attack after the fourth place they want with a series of early opportunities to keep Pope busy.

Heung-Min Son received the ball back from a short angle and fired a shot towards the near corner, Burnley keeper had a chance to catch it. The England keeper also succumbed to Kane’s close-range header from inside the box and Ben Davies’ tame effort.

Burnley defended excellently in the early interactions
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Burnley defended excellently in the early interactions

Kane was then denied the opening goal again in spectacular fashion, with defender Nathan Collins acrobating the Spurs striker’s header wide of the post, and Pope was nowhere near a repeat attempt.

Burnley was pressed for much of the first half but surprisingly created the best opportunity in the first half. Collins hangs the ball into the Tottenham half and hits the net of Maxwell Cornet.

The Ivory Coast international opened up, but Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris made an excellent save to deny the goal a lot more than the ball rolled.

Tottenham were stunned by Burnley’s appearance from nowhere and became desperate for play at half-time. Kane and Rodrigo Bentancur took a difficult opportunity to go towards goal – but then their moment came.

After Kane took a brilliant opportunity from inside the box, VAR informed referee Friend that Barnes had handled it inside the box during a challenge for the ball with Bentancur. The on-court referee quickly made a kick-in after consulting the side-screen monitor, allowing Kane to hit Pope’s net from 12 yards.

Kane hit the home net from 12 yards in the eighth minute of stoppage time
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Kane hit the home net from 12 yards in the eighth minute of stoppage time

Burnley’s caretaker coach Mike Jackson was suddenly forced to change his team’s talk in the first half and his team fired all the guns after the first half.

Collins and Kevin Long both headed home from Dwight McNeil’s free-kick in the opening minutes of the first half, but their best chances came after an hour. McNeil passed the ball to Barnes from about 20 yards and the Clarets striker fired a decisive shot just outside Lloris’s post.

When the game became tense, Tottenham had more opportunities. Kane shot from the edge of the box, while Pope was forced to quickly save both Bentacur and Son – the latter opportunity was a strong must-have glove to deny the Korean striker from close range.

Enthusiasm flares as the two sides battle for respective important points at both ends of the table
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Enthusiasm flares as the two sides battle for respective important points at both ends of the table

Despite Burnley bringing in Wout Weghorst and Aaron Lennon to bolster attack, Spurs continued to push for a second, with Pope needing to equal Son’s effort after he unleashed a fierce blow towards his centre-back.

Conte was able to draw in the crowd in the final few minutes to create a frenetic atmosphere, as Spurs took the lead to secure a crucial win in their chase for the top four.

Analysis: Conte and Spurs in perfect (almost) position

Sky Sports’ Sam Blitz at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium:

There was a moment at the end of this game that suggested that Antonio Conte and Tottenham could get along well.

After 28 minutes had passed, Conte turned to the Tottenham fans behind him and warned them to make more noise. Spurs fans reacted – and the number of decibels went through the roof.

Antonio Conte cheers on his Tottenham team as they play Burnley
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Antonio Conte cheers on his Tottenham team as they play Burnley

Suddenly, everyone associated with Tottenham is determined to push them over the edge. Every ball fight is broken out by Spurs fans. Every time Hugo Lloris held the ball safely, it was as if a goal was conceded. When Kevin Friend blew the final whistle, everyone – the players, the fans, Conte – was as happy as one – only the Italian had done about 20 games. minute ago.

Now, with Spurs ahead in the race for the top four, Daniel Levy promising summer funds and Tottenham Hotspur Stadium creating a cauldron of regular buzz – are these the key factors needed to put Spurs back to life? They are definitely on the right track.

It’s not pretty from Spurs at all. It is almost the opposite of Thursday night’s derby win over Arsenal, where they are controlling and clinical.

Burnley came up with a game plan and executed it flawlessly – their trio unsettled this Spurs team once again, just as it did with Wolves, Brentford and Brighton when Conte’s side failed to score. any of those three games.

But Tottenham still found a way to win, despite missing a series of opportunities and finding Nick Pope in fine form. That’s all that matters. Performances come in second at this stage of the season.

Burnley's Kevin Long (left) and Tottenham Hotspur's Ryan Sessegnon compete for the ball
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Burnley’s Kevin Long (left) and Tottenham Hotspur’s Ryan Sessegnon compete for the ball

But Spurs are not meant to be there. Returning to the tunnel after the break was over, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg appeared calm. Arsenal can still beat Newcastle in Monday Night Football and regain the initiative with one game left, which should make all these celebrations pointless.

Meanwhile, for Burnley, they’ve shown enough behind – with Pope and Nathan Collins impressing – to justify enough reason to stay. But is it too late?

What’s next?

Burnley will host Aston Villa in the Premier League at 8pm on Thursday. On the final day of the Premier League season, Tottenham visit relegated Norwich, while Burnley take on Newcastle at 4pm on Sunday.





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