Tottenham Hotspur triumphed in a captivating 2-0 victory over Nottingham Forest, at City Gound on Friday.
Spurs secured consecutive wins for the first time since October and matching Manchester City in the Champions League race to top 5.
Richarlison and Dejan Kulusevski emerged as the heroes for Spurs, each finding the net in an eventful encounter, despite Yves Bissouma’s second-half red card.
The initial 45 minutes showcased a balanced contest, with Son Heung-min’s early breakthrough attempt thwarted by Forest’s vigilant goalkeeper, Matt Turner.
While Tottenham dominated early proceedings, Forest demonstrated their counter-attack prowess, with Morgan Gibbs-White delivering a precise ball to Anthony Elanga, only to be denied by the quick reflexes of Guglielmo Vicario.
The turning point arrived in first-half stoppage time when Kulusevski orchestrated a swift right-sided move, delivering a sublime cross for Richarlison to head home, breaking the deadlock.
Forest’s hopes were momentarily raised in the 57th minute when Elanga appeared to equalize, but VAR intervened, disallowing the goal for offside.
Tottenham seized control as poor goalkeeping by Turner gifted Kulusevski an opportunity, doubling the lead with a powerful right-footed strike.
The game took a dramatic turn with Bissouma’s 70th-minute red card, forcing Tottenham to fortify their midfield by substituting Richarlison for Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.
Forest fought valiantly in the closing stages, with Neco Williams and Harry Toffolo creating chances, but Vicario stood firm.
Despite Williams striking the post in stoppage time, Tottenham held on for the win.
The victory not only marked a crucial step in their quest for a Champions League spot but also showcased the team’s resilience in the face of adversity.
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