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Tottenham Hotspur vs. Leicester City result, highlights & analysis as sensational Son hat-trick ransacks Foxes

Son Heung-min was dropped to the bench for Tottenham's Premier League game against Leicester City. He came on to score a spectacular second-half hat-trick and seal victory.

Son Heung-min came off the bench to fire a spectacular hat-trick as Tottenham Hotspur thrashed bottom club Leicester City 6-2 in a thrilling Premier League encounter.

Antonio Conte dropped Son from the starting lineup after eight games without a goal this season but, with the game in the balance after Rodrigo Bentancur restored Spurs' lead early in the second half, last season's Premier League Golden Boot winner brought the house down at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Son beat Leicester goalkeeper Danny Ward with two stunning strikes from outside the penalty area — one right-footed, one left-footed — and dispatched Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg's pass before waiting for a VAR offside call to fall in his favour.

Leicester have now lost six in a row to leave manager Brendan Rodgers under huge pressure. Youri Tielemans gave them an early lead from the penalty spot and, after Harry Kane and Eric Dier capitalised upon poor set-piece defending, the excellent James Maddison brought the Foxes level at halftime, making their collapse to remain on a solitary point for the campaign all the more galling.

Tottenham Hotspur vs. Leicester City final score
  1H 2H Final
TOT 2 4 6
LEI 2 0 2

Goals: LEI — Youri Tielemans (pen) — 6th min.

TOT — Harry Kane (Dejan Kulusevski) — 8th min.

TOT — Eric Dier (Ivan Perisic) — 21st min.

LEI — James Maddison (Timothy Castagne) — 41st min.

TOT — Rodrigo Bentancur — 47th min.

TOT — Son Heung-min (Rodrigo Bentancur) — 73rd min.

TOT — Son Heung-min (Harry Kane) — 84rd min.

TOT — Son Heung-min (Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg) — 87th min.

"I was really frustrated to be honest"

Son shares his thoughts after he came off the bench and bagged a hat-trick ⚪

— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) September 17, 2022

Davinson Sanchez's needless sliding challenge on James Justin in the fourth minute gifted Leicester a chance to go in front, although Tielemans needed two attempts from 12 yards after Lloris saved his first only to be punished for encroachment.

Leicester's set-piece frailties soon haunted them, with Kane nodding home Dejan Kulusevski's cross in the eighth minute and recalled England defender Dier converting Perisic's devilish corner from the left.

Rodgers' decision to push his full-backs high to negate the Spurs wing-backs caused the hosts problems and it paid dividends when Timothy Castagne got the better of Ryan Sessegnon and crossed for Maddison to clip a gorgeous half-volleyed finish across Lloris into the far corner.

Ward tipped a Sanchez header against the bar from another free-kick before the break and Leicester were just as vulnerable from open play upon the restart, with Bentancur picking Wilfred Ndidi's pocked and surging clear to score his first Spurs goal.

It then became the Son show. It the 73rd minute he ignored Hojbjerg's run into space beyond him to lash high into the net right-footed. Kane passed to his long-time attacking partner 10 minutes later and it was a case of different foot, same result. Replays showed Jonny Evans had played on the man of the hour for a 14-minute hat-trick after he squeezed a finish beneath Ward.

Leicester had chances at 3-2, most notably when Lloris saved from Patson Daka on the end of Maddison's cross, but as Son rises again in north London, it feels reasonable to wonder whether the sun is about to set on Rodgers' reign in the East Midlands. 

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Son rages back into form to keep Spurs on City's tail

Considering Son's dismal form in front of goal this season, when he drew back his right boot as a simple throughball to Hojbjerg beckoned, it was easy to fear for an easily likable footballer. Twenty minutes or so later, the familiar dazzling smile returned to the forward's face, but in that moment, he was driven by anger over losing his place and channelled it perfectly.

Two adrenaline-fueled finishes followed, perhaps most satisfyingly, by him dispatching a one-on-one to complete the treble. It was the sort of bread-and-butter chance that has gone stale in his possession of late and ensured Spurs are level on points at the top with Manchester City, at least until Arsenal play Brentford on Sunday.

Can Tottenham sustain a title challenge? If they defend like they did against Leicester much more often, absolutely not. On the other hand, no team — even Erling Haaland-powered City — looks flawless right now and an undefeated Spurs having a supreme forward like Son back among the goals is a huge boost to Conte.

Maddison makes his England case in defeat

Maddison has joined that select group that no player really wishes to be in: English footballers that fans clamour to see selected for the national team, only for the manager to ignore them. Sometimes the quicksilver Leicester playmaker must rue being born when he was. Once upon a time, England would have fallen over themselves to pick a schemer so adept at drifting between the lines in the final third. Now, the 25-year-old finds himself jostling with the likes of Mason Mount, Phil Foden and Jack Grealish. Gareth Southgate has an enviable array of options.

As was the case with Grealish during his Aston Villa days, Maddison has the everyman appeal of starring for a team who aren't part of the big, bad, boring 'big six'. He was a delight to watch throughout Saturday's game at Spurs and did not deserve to be on the end of a hiding. He was a relentless threat to Conte's side, firing off seven shots and creating four chances for teammates. If Maddison keeps up this form, Leicester should eventually turn the corner. Which coach they do that under is another question entirely.

End times for Rodgers?

The improvements in players like Maddison show what a fine job Rodgers has done during his FA Cup-winning tenure at the King Power Stadium. His tweak with the full-backs to briefly turn the game back in Leicester's favour at Tottenham showed a keen tactical mind still ticking through a heavy fog of pressure.

But Leicester let in six goals here, having conceded five to Brighton. In truth, they could have let in a few more. Defensively, they are in a state of irreparable shambles. In that respect, the international break is well-timed. Perhaps it is ominously timed for Rodgers.

22 - Leicester's 22 goals conceded is the most any side has shipped after seven games of a Premier League season, and the most in the top-flight since 1965-66 (West Ham, also 22). Trouble. #TOTLEI

— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 17, 2022

It is worth mentioning that, in their run of six consecutive losses, the Foxes have faced Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United and Spurs. Things should get easier and games should get more winnable, given the players at their disposal. There might be a temptation to benefit from a "new-manager bounce" in an October schedule of Nottingham Forest, Bournemouth, Crystal Palace, Leeds United and Wolves. The Leicester board have a decision to make, considering the body of evidence Rodgers has presented to them. Right now, it's out of his hands.

Tottenham Hotspur vs. Leicester City as it happened

Fulltime: Lloris beats away one last attempt from Maddison. He really did not deserve to be on the losing side. The whistle goes and Son laps up the adoration. It ends 6-2, each team could have had a few more goals. That was barmy. Tottenham have some lethal tools at their disposal and they are level on points with leaders Manchester City. Can they fashion a title challenge? As for Leicester, you have to fear for Rodgers at this point.

90th minute+2: Tielemans sends a weak shot dribbling towards Lloris. It feels like an awfully long time since their penalty duel. 

90th minute: There will be four minutes of stoppage time for Leicester to endure.

86th minuteGOOOOAAAALLLL!!!! Son!!!!

It's onside, VAR confirms. Son has his hat-trick. Brilliant from him. Utterly shambolic from Leicester.

Son, who may have been left out for his goal drought, has come off the bench and scored a hat-trick!!! ????


— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) September 17, 2022

86th minute: Is this the hat-trick? Son beats Ward but the flag is up...

85th minute: Hat-trick chance for Son! Bentancur picks him out - where are the Leicester defence - but he scuffs the first-time finish.

84th minuteGOOOOAAAAALLLLL!!!! Son!!!!!!

Maybe the problem was he wasn't shooting from 25 yards enough, Another amazing strike, left footed this time, as Son collects Kane's pass and curls into the far corner past a helpless Ward.

83rd minute: Son is back on the goal trail and wants more but his latest attempt is deflected wide.

80th minute: How on earth has Romero missed that? Handly for the Argentina defender, Son was flagged offside in the build-up but the cross was on a plate for him. Conte is angry - possibly at the miss or possibly because one of his centre-back is charging into the opposition penalty area at this juncture.

79th minute: Spurs don't get out quickly enough to close down Ndidi and he drags a low shot wide. The hosts spring up the other end, with Kane raiding down the left. Bentancur's shot comes through traffic and that's a brilliant save from Ward.

75th minute: Vardy and Iheanacho are on for Leicester. Rodgers wanted to make that double change, with Daka and Dewsbury-Hall making way, before Son brought the house down. A sickener for the Foxes boss.

73rd minuteGOOOOAAAALLLLL!!!!!! Son!!!!!

Son ends his goal drought with a SENSATIONAL strike!! ????

— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) September 17, 2022

Oh my word, that's how you end a goal drought. Son has space to drive at a flagging Leicester defence. He should really play in Hojbjerg but instead takes aim for the top corner and scores spectacularly from 25 yards.

70th minute: Conte looking to shut things up a bit by bringing on Bissouma for Kulusevski. The Spurs boss said Bissouma had been struggling a little with the "tactical aspect" since joining from Brighton. That seems to be the case for every player in this game with any defensive responsibilities, so I'm sure he'll fit right in.

69th minute: Spurs still adopting a laissez-faire approach to picking up Maddison. He aims another superb cross into the box and a diving Barnes, unlike Daka just before, uses his head to send it over. 

68th minute: It feels like everyone has run out of steam a little bit here, which figures as it was a crazy first hour.

60th minute: The same combination frighten Tottenham again. Tielemens and Barnes play their way through midfield, Maddison takes up the attack down the right channel and Daka sends a diving header over from the resulting cross.Hang on a second, the Leicester striker actually tried to convert that with his arm and is booked.

58th minute: It's another sensational save from Lloris. Maddison flips one into the box and Daka gets to the header ahead of Sanchez. Lloris is at full stretch to turn the bouncing ball away.

56th minute: Still absolutely no let up. Leicester have Maddison standing over a nicely placed free-kick 25 yards from goals but Spurs get it away. Son and Romero are getting ready to come on for the hosts.

53rd minute: Remember Dier's goal from Perisic's corner in the first half? Well Spurs have been allowed to do that again but Ward pouches the header this time.

48th minute: Not a great few minutes for Ndidi, who is now booked. To be fair, Evans sold him short with an awful past that left him little option but to clatter into Hojbjerg.

47th minute: GOOOALLL!!!!Bentancur!!!

Rodrigo Bentancur grabs his first goal for Spurs! 1️⃣

A gift from Ndidi ????

— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) September 17, 2022

The silliness continues. Ndidi has his pocket picked by Bentancur, who charges through to score his first goal for Tottenham.

46th minute: Everybody got their breath back? We're back underway. No changes for either team.

Halftime: What a nonsensical, error-strewn, breathless, brilliant first half of football that was. Some majestic play from the likes of Perisic and Maddison and the sort of defending that will leave Brendan Rodgers tearing his hair out and Antonio Conte...nevermind. See you in short while.

45th minute+2: Brilliant save from Lloris. Barnes and Daka shift a flowing Leciester attack in that Maddison looks poised to convert. Lloris stands firm and saves with his boot. 

44th minute: Tottenham are handling Maddison in open play about as well as Leicester are handling Perisic from dead balls. The Foxes' playmaker appears to have the opposition defence on length of string as he pops his latest shot wide from the edge of the box.

43rd minuteSanchez hits the crossbar! For crying out loud, Leciester just cannot defend set pieces. It's another lovely delivery from Perisic and Sanchez rises highest. On closer inspection, Ward got fingertips to that. It's a fantastic save.

41st minuteGOOOALLLLL!!!! Maddison!!!!!

Maddison brings Leicester level with a majestic finish! ????

— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) September 17, 2022

Glorious finish from Maddison. It had been coming! Rodgers' switch to match up against Spurs' wingbacks pays dividends as Castagne bullies Sessegnon on the end of a crossfield ball. Maddison still had plenty to do but caressed a superb first-time finish across Lloris and into the top corner.

38th minute: Sloppy again as Tottenham don't properly clear their lines. This time Ndidi clatters beyond the crossbar. Leicester should be working Lloris more than they are. Kane trots back to have a word, presumably along the lines of asking what on earth is going on.

37th minute: If Leicester weren't involved in this game, you'd say Tottenham's defence stood out as being nervy and awful. Again they don't clear and Barnes swivels to shoot over from a tight angle.

34th minute: That's a better chance than it was made to look for Leicester. A mistake from Bentancur, Dier can't head completely clear and Dewsbury-Hall slashes way over from the edge of the box.

31st minute: Sessegnon get the ball in an absurd amount of space. He used that by blasting the ball at Kane, who it bounces off and Richarlison finishes the whole passage with an air shot. There's some outright silly football going on here.

29th minute: Kulusevski looks to play in Kane but Faes reads the pass well. Leicester break, Daka has a sight of goal but shoots tamely at Lloris from 25 yards.

27th minute: Into the net again, but Sanchez is penalised for a foul on Ward. That's weak goalkeeping, to be honest, and the Leicester number one probably gets away with one. Perisic's delivery sailed over him into the top corner.

25th minute: A chance for Leicester after Perisic cough up possession but Tielemans and Maddison overplay it. The worse news for the visitors is Tottenham break and win a corner.

21st minuteGOOOAAAAAALLLL!!!! Dier!!!!

Tottenham have turned this game around and Eric Dier celebrates his England recall with a goal! ⚽

— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) September 17, 2022

Reader, they did not defend that one any better. Perisic takes a more direct route this time, whipping in a devilish delivery and Dier marks his England recall by glancing past a helpless Ward in the Leicester goal.

20th minute: Richarlison chases what looks like a lost cause but he harasses Castagne into giving a corner away. Leicester will have to defend this better than they did the last one.

18th minute: Now it's Tottenham's turn to do some last-ditch defending as Dier lunges in successfully on Daka. It's harum-scarum stuff.

16th minute: Kulusevski is bang on it down that right-hand side. He finds Kane, who is dispossessed but continues his run. Hojbjerg's decision to ignore it and blast a shot miles over isn't a popular one.

13th minute: Perisic cuts inside and engineers space to shoot. Ndidi slides in to make a desperate block. Leicester look so vulnerable every time Spurs attack.

8th minuteGOOOOAAAALL!!!! Kane!!!!

"Harry Kane scores against Leicester, AGAIN!" ⚪

— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) September 17, 2022

That's exactly why Leicester are on the bottom of the table. Kulusevski makes an angle for a cross after receiving a short corner from the right, clips it to the far post and Kane gets in behind Castagne to head home his sixth Premier League goal of the season and, remarkably, the 20th of his career against Leicester. The lead lasted two minutes and eight seconds.

6th minute: GOOOAAALLLL!!!! Tielemans!!!!

No mistake this time. Tieleman holds his nerve, goes to the same side and slams the penalty into the net.

No mistake from Tielemans this time!

The Leicester midfielder's first effort was saved by Lloris...

But the Spurs defender was illegally off his line, allowing Tielemans a chance to make amends - which he did

— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) September 17, 2022

5th minute: SAVED!! Lloris launches himself to his right and produces a superb save to deny Tielemans. Oh, but hang on... Lloris came off his line, there will be a retake.

4th minutePENALTY TO LEICESTER! Good heavens, Davinson Sanchez, what on earth are you doing??? Maddison has Spurs scrambling with a fine crossfield ball and Sanchez slides in on Justin, somehow avoiding making contact until the wingback gets into the area.

3rd minute: Perhaps inspired by the fact Leicester's defence looked non-existent against Brighton, Kane tries to take them on all at once. A combination of Evans and Ndidi eventually avert the danger.

1st minute: We're underway, with Faes hairdo immediately grabbing the attention.

5 mins from kickoff: The players are out to observe a minute's silence and the UK national anthem as a mark of respect for the late Queen Elizabeth II.

20 mins from kickoff: Faes inclusion has what could be an important knock-on effect of Wilfred Ndidi being able to line up in his natural position at the base of the Leicester midfield. Ndidi has been filling in at centre-back recently and Leicester are a weaker team without him in the engine room, as some fairly dismal results suggest.

40 mins from kickoff: It's hard to argue against Conte's decision based on form, even if seeing a Tottenham lineup without Son feels jarring. Kulusevski has been superb since his January arrival from Juventus, scoring six goals and supplying 10 assists in 25 Premier League appearances. 

1 hour from kickoff: Here are the teams. Conte has indeed decided to drop Son Heung-min to the bench, with Dejan Kulusevski and Richarlison starting in attack alongside Harry Kane. Ryan Sessegnon gets a run-out, with Emerson Royal resting among the substitutes.

Our team to face @LCFC ????

— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 17, 2022

Rodgers makes three changes to his Leicester side, and they include handing a Premier League debut to defender Wout Faes. Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall and Timothy Castagne also return.

Our starting XI in London.#TOTLEI

— Leicester City (@LCFC) September 17, 2022

1 hr 20 mins from kickoff: Furrowing your brow at a sub-standard Champions League performance would probably feel like the height of decadence for Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers right now. His team is bottom of the table, with their six games yielding one point, and that came on the season's opening weekend when they let a 2-0 lead slip to draw with Brentford. Last weekend's postponed encounter with Aston Villa might have felt like a bit more of an agreeable assignment for Rodgers, whose King Power Stadium tenure has entered rocky ground.

1 hr 40 mins from kickoff: After an impressive, unbeaten start to the Premier League season, things all went a bit 'Spursy' in midweek for Antonio Conte's men. Tottenham were a touch unfortunate to concede two goals at the death against Sporting CP, but it was a listless display overall in Lisbon and an outing that gave rise to further concerns over Son Heung-min's form. The South Korea star is without a goal in eight matches this season and Dejan Kulusevski is pushing hard for a return to the starting lineup.

2 hours from kickoff: Hello and welcome to The Sporting News' live coverage of the Premier League meeting between unbeaten Tottenham and bottom-of-the-table Leicester.

???? Antonio Conte has claimed that Yves Bissouma is taking time to adapt to his tactical plans, amid questions surrounding the midfielders lack of minutes this season.#THFC

— Sporting News Football Club (@sn_footballclub) September 15, 2022
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Leicester City lineups

Son Heung-min extended his run without a goal to eight matches this season in Lisbon and Conte has taken the South Korean star out of the firing line and restored Dejan Kulusevski to his starting XI.

Clement Lenglet comes back into the back three in place of Ben Davies, while Conte has stated Emerson Royal is "a bit tired", so he starts on the bench. Ryan Sessegnon is the beneficiary of that change, with Ivan Perisic switching to right wingback.

Tottenham lineup (3-4-3): Lloris (GK) — Romero, Dier, Lenglet — Perisic, Bentancur, Hojbjerg, Sessegnon — Kulusevski, Kane, Richarlison.

Tottenham subs: Forster, Romero, Tanganga, Royal, Doherty, Skipp, Bissouma, Bryan, Son.

Jamie Vardy dropped to the bench for Leicester's defeat at Brighton, with the silver lining in that reverse coming as front two Kelechi Iheanacho and Patson Daka both scored. Daka starts this one on his own.

Rodgers has made three changes to his team overall, with Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall and Timothy Castagne returning, while Wout Faes makes his full Premier League debut at centre-back.

Leicester lineup (4-2-3-1): Ward (GK) — Justin, Evans, Faes, Castagne — Ndidi, Tielemans — Dewsbury-Hall, Maddison, Barnes — Daka.

Leicester subs: Iversen, Amartey, Thomas, Soumare, Praet, Albrighton, Perez, Iheanacho, Vardy.

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How to watch Tottenham Hotspur vs. Leicester City
  UK USA Canada Australia
Date Sat, Sep. 17 Sat, Sep. 17 Sat, Sep. 17 Sun, Sep. 18
Time 17:30 BST 12:30 ET 12:30 ET 02:30 AEST
TV channel Sky Sports NBC, Universo
Streaming Sky Sports fuboTV, Peacock fuboTV Canada Optus Sport

UK: Sky Sports will show the match on its Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League channels. Spurs vs. Leicester is also available to subscribers via the pay-TV channel's website and the SkyGo app.

USA: Fans can watch the match on NBC (English) or Universo (Spanish) in the United States, with both channels also streaming on fuboTV. NBC subscription platform Peacock will also carry the match.

Canada: Every Premier League match in Canada is exclusively available to stream live and on demand on fuboTV Canada.

Australia: Fans in Australia can watch the game via Optus Sport.

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