North London Derby Does Mutual Dent Job on Title Hopes
Talk about 90 minutes of aspirations raised and dashed in equal shares ...
Traditional rivals Tottenham and Arsenal knew the stakes in this title-deciding fixture at White Hart Lane, but when all was done and dusted, the winner was Leicester City.
A dramatic 2-2 draw has a way of doing that this season.
The fixture that always produces goals did not disappoint, providing full value for entertainment as both sides displayed the urgency befitting a March clash of title challengers in a match that had more than its share of plot twists.
Aaron Ramsey of Arsenal drew the first blood in the 39th minute with a goal worthy of the stakes in play:
That's one way to put a ding in your hosts own hopes.
Make no mistake, though, this score came amidst an intense ebb and flow of effort that occasionally got out of hand. And that ultimately caught up with one of the Gunners:
Francis Coquelin lost his mind as well as his feet, there.
The bummer for Arsenal's cause, though, was the fact it was his second yellow.
Tottenham took the numbers advantage immediately, popping a pair of goals inside two minutes.
First up was the equalizer on the hour through Toby Alderweireld:
Harry Kane, the SuperSpur, followed with the most crucial and beautiful goal of his career to date:
The big clubs are gonna come banging the door.
And with that, Spurs Nation had visions of leading the Premiership in March for the first time since 1964. Coulda been, as Leicester's match would be later in the day.
The buzz was who knows? This could possibly even mean Tottenham taking the top flight crown for the first time since 1960.
But it's never good to get the cart before the horse. Or something like that.
Enter Alexis Sanchez, as usual. Not plussed with being a man down, the Gunner extraordinaire struck from out of nowhere in the 76th minute to break Spurs’ heart.
So two precious points go up in vapors.
What else was left for Leicester to do but claim an 0-1 decision at Watford?
Only nine matches left on the schedule.