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Tottenham’s hope for the title suffers a blow

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A Jamie Vardy penalty and an own goal were the difference, as Leicester City deservedly leapfrogged Tottenham in the Premier League table. Tottenham’s Premier League title hopes took a second big dent in as many games as they fell to a 2-0 home defeat to Leicester City.

Instead, Spurs saw a deservedly punished lackluster display, trying to come back from the disappointment of conceding midweek to leaders Liverpool late in a 2-1 defeat.

Before Toby Alderweireld’s own goal put the Foxes firmly in charge, on the half-time stroke, a Jamie Vardy penalty put Leicester in front.

Tottenham’s failure to find a way back into the match leaves them six points ahead of Liverpool and sees them slip to fourth, with Leicester now second and four champions behind.

Leicester started strongly, but their five attempts did not produce any reward in the opening 20 minutes and the first attempt at the goal of either side did not come until the 34th minute, when Harry Kane, who then headed from close range, needed Kasper Schmeichel to keep a deflected free-kick out.

But with a familiar face putting Leicester in control of a relatively uneventful first half after Serge Aurier had barged into Wesley Fofana’s back just inside the field, Vardy fired home from 12 yards in the fourth minute of stoppage time.

Spurs, trailing in 20 league games at half-time for the first time, threw Tanguy Ndombele after the Gareth Bale interval for Tanguy Ndombele but looked to have gone 2-0 down within three minutes of the restart when James Maddison treated James Justin’s long ball superbly and slotted comfortably beyond Hugo Lloris.

However, Maddison was thought to have strayed marginally offside by VAR, but Leicester’s lead doubled just before the hour mark.

Vardy showed more drive than Alderweireld to attack a deep cross from Marc Albrighton and although Moussa Sissoko was defending it, his header deflected from Lloris’s teammate and past.

Schmeichel created a spectacular reaction stop to deny Son Heung-min, but Spurs struggled to threaten afterward as Leicester stood firm to claim a win that underscored their reputation as title challengers.

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