Dele Alli’s penalty rescues point for Tottenham at Burnley


BURNLEY, England (AP) — Dele Alli’s second-half penalty helped Tottenham avoid a third successive Premier League defeat in a 1-1 draw against Burnley on Saturday.

In the absence of injured strikers Harry Kane and Son Heung-min, Alli took over spot-kick duties and registered his 50th Premier League goal five minutes after halftime with a cool finish from 12 yards.

At that point, it was a scarcely deserved leveler for Tottenham, which had been outplayed in the first half and had fallen behind in the 13th minute when Chris Wood marked his return from injury by prodding past goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

The Tottenham goalkeeper was perhaps culpable for the opener but then produced a sensational point-blank save late on to deny Burnley substitute Matej Vydra, who had earlier been thwarted by Eric Dier’s superb late tackle.

Dier, as anticipated, started despite the furore which saw him climb into the stands to confront a fan in the aftermath of Spurs going out of the FA Cup to Norwich on Wednesday night and, as it proved, had a critical impact.

Manager Jose Mourinho shuffled his pack and made five changes from midweek.

The halftime introduction of Giovani Lo Celso proved a turning point for Spurs after they had been second best in the first 45 minutes.

But the failure to win at Burnley means Tottenham could fall seven points behind the top four if Chelsea beats Everton on Sunday.

After their frontline woes were laid bare when Steven Bergwijn fluffed his shot before Alli’s clever backheel rolled just behind Erik Lamela – starting for the first time since Jan. 22 – Burnley started to dominate.

Wood fizzed over from the edge of the area after Spurs half cleared their lines from Dwight McNeil’s cross.

Tottenham’s inability to sufficiently deal with another McNeil delivery into the area proved costly. Jay Rodriguez’s stinging 20-yard volley was parried straight into the path of Wood, who poked home the rebound.

If there was any blame attached to Lloris for the opener, he made some amends by springing to his left to keep out McNeil’s 25-yard free-kick as the one-way traffic continued.

Tottenham had its first shot on target on the half-hour when Lamela fired straight at goalkeeper Nick Pope but Burnley ended the half on top.

The visitors had lacked cohesion and ideas going forward, prompting Mourinho to introduce Lo Celso and Lucas Moura at the start of the second half, with the former making an immediate impact.

Lo Celso gained possession from the idling Rodriguez before teeing up Lamela, who expertly skipped past Ben Mee before falling over the Burnley captain’s trailing leg in the area. Alli then sent Pope the wrong way from the resulting penalty.

Lo Celso was pulling the strings going forward for Tottenham, which was almost caught on the counter but Dier’s last-ditch sliding challenge denied substitute Vydra just as he was about to shoot.

Vydra was presented with another opportunity in the closing stages but his turn and shot after McNeil’s initial effort had ricocheted off Japhet Tanganga was instinctively kept out by Lloris.

Source: Fox Sports

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