Tottenham 4-3 Leeds United: Late Bentancur brace rescues Spurs in thriller

Rodrigo Bentancur struck twice in the final 10 minutes as Tottenham battled back from behind three times to snatch a dramatic 4-3 victory against Leeds United on Saturday.

Spurs conceded the opening goal in a game for the eighth time in a row when Crysencio Summerville scored for a fourth Premier League match running inside the first 10 minutes.

Rodrigo Moreno matched that scoring streak when scoring either side of equalisers from Harry Kane and Ben Davies to give Leeds a 3-2 lead in the 76th minute.

But Bentancur equalised in the 81st minute and earned Tottenham a thrilling victory two minutes later as Leeds, who had Tyler Adams sent off late on, imploded in north London.

Tottenham 4-3 Leeds
Tottenham 4-3 Leeds

Tottenham were left chasing a contest once again inside 10 minutes when Summerville cut inside Eric Dier and beat Hugo Lloris with a low effort.

Lloris denied Summerville from a one-on-one soon after and that was a big moment as Kane thundered home an equaliser after Illan Meslier could only half-clear a corner.

However, after riding a spell of pressure, Rasmus Kristensen headed the ball into the path of Rodrigo to powerfully finish past Lloris on the swivel.

The fourth goal of the match went Spurs' way as Davies drilled the ball through a sea of bodies and past Meslier, who should have done better.

Leeds thought it was third time lucky when Rodrigo fired a shot away from Lloris and in off the far post, but Bentancur had other ideas.

The Argentina international chested down and found a way through on goal to level, before then calmly converting Dejan Kulusevski's cut-back to spark scenes of delirium.

Leeds then had Roberts dismissed for a second yellow in the frenetic finish to a thrilling game, with Spurs snapping a two-game losing run in all competitions.

 

What does it mean? Spurs do things the hard way

Tottenham have made a serious habit of conceding first in games this season, now doing so 14 times in 22 matches this season.

Not only that, Conte's men fell behind a further two times after briefly recovering, though they showed remarkable character to somehow take all three points through Bentancur.

A fourth defeat in five Premier League games would have given Conte plenty to ponder over the next five weeks, but the Italian will now be feeling far better about himself.

Leeds' four-midable pair

Leeds waited 18 years for a player to score in four successive Premier League matches, with Mark Viduka the last to do so in 2004, and then two come along in the same game.

Indeed, with their strikes against Spurs, Summerville and Rodrigo are the first pair of team-mates to both score in four straight games in the competition for a specific team.

Kane delivers again

Amid all the second-half drama, Kane's 12th Premier League goal of the season will go somewhat under the radar when picking the bones out of this seven-goal classic.

That is the England international's joint-best return after 15 matches, level with 2017-18, and comes at the ideal time with the World Cup getting under way in eight days' time.

Key Opta Facts

- Spurs have scored 31 goals in 15 games in the Premier League this term – only once previously have they scored more at this stage in the competition (35 in 2009-10).

- Since beating Chelsea 3-0 in August, Leeds have lost each of their last five Premier League matches against London sides, conceding 15 goals in the process.

- Tottenham have rescued 13 points from losing positions in the Premier League this season, more than any other side.

- Spurs have scored 10 goals from corners in the Premier League this season – the most of any team. Six of those have been netted by Kane.

- Summerville became the youngest Leeds United player to score in four straight Premier League games (21 years and 13 days old).

- Bentancur scored his first brace within the big five European leagues, on what was his 164th such appearance (133 for Spurs, 31 for Juventus).

What's next?

Tottenham travel to London rivals Brentford on their return to Premier League action on December 26, while Leeds host Manchester City two days later.