Manuel Lanzini’s last-gasp stunner sealed a outstanding comeback from West Ham to earn a 3-3 draw in opposition to Tottenham in an exhilarating London derby on Sunday.
Jose Mourinho’s males have been in full management from the second Son Heung-min opened the scoring inside a minute, with Harry Kane’s quickfire double seemingly confirming the victory after solely 16 minutes.
Nevertheless, Fabian Balbuena’s header and a Davinson Sanchez personal purpose arrange a nervy end, and Lanzini’s unbelievable strike secured some extent for the guests on the demise, placing an enormous dampener on Gareth Bale’s Spurs return.
Again within the dugout for the primary time since testing optimistic for coronavirus in late September, West Ham boss David Moyes would have hoped to see his workforce construct on the 2 convincing Premier League wins earned in his absence.
As a substitute, the Hammers lasted simply 45 seconds earlier than conceding, Kane dropping into midfield earlier than clipping the ball excessive for Son, who lower inside Balbuena with ease to dispatch a low shot into the far nook.
Issues went from unhealthy to worse shortly after, as Kane nutmegged Declan Rice on the fringe of the field earlier than sending a shot via the legs of Angelo Ogbonna and past a helpless Lukasz Fabianski.
And, whereas the guests had a few promising moments within the aftermath of that second purpose via the industrious Michail Antonio, they merely couldn’t maintain Spurs at bay on the different finish.
Consequently, they have been 3-0 down after 16 minutes, Kane grabbing his second with a strong header from Sergio Reguilon’s cross to the again publish.
To their credit score, West Ham tried to provide a optimistic response to a gap quarter of an hour that had all however ended their hopes of taking something from the sport, however any potential openings they labored have been typically wasted, whereas Tottenham continued to look harmful on the counter.
Even when the guests did handle to lastly create, they have been wasteful, not least when Pablo Fornals someway contrived to move a deflected Antonio cross over from shut vary shortly after the restart.
For his or her half, Spurs appeared understandably comfortable to easily sit on their lead and try and handle the opposition risk, with counter-attacks their principal supply of probabilities within the second interval.
And it was one such fast break that nearly led to Kane grabbing his hat-trick, the England striker clattering the publish 10 minutes from time with a high quality left-footed effort from distance.
Spurs introduced on Bale however his second debut didn’t finish how he would have hoped, as there proved to be a sting within the tail for the hosts.
Their grip on the sport appeared to loosen when Balbuena headed in from a harmful free-kick supply from the left wing and that was shortly adopted by Sanchez’s personal purpose, the defender inadvertently heading Vladimir Coufal’s cross past Hugo Lloris within the Spurs web.
And, after Bale has missed a wonderful opening, Lanzini accomplished the comeback within the fourth minute of damage time as he smashed a marvellous long-range effort past a despairing Lloris to make it 3-3.