Goalscorers: Jamie Vardy 4, 73, Harry Kane 7, 76, Riyad Mahrez 16, Kelechi Iheanacho 47, Erik Lamela 49, 60, Christian Fuchs 53 OG
Tottenham Hotspur: Hugo Lloris, Toby Alderweireld, Eric Dier, Danny Rose, Kyle Walker-Peters, Victor Wanyama, Moussa Sissoko (Heung-Min Son 84), Christian Eriksen, Erik Lamela (Davinson Sanchez 78), Lucas Moura (Dele Alli 74), Harry Kane
Leicester City: Eldin Jakupovic, Christian Fuchs, Harry Maguire, Wes Morgan, Danny Simpson (Hamza Choudhury 56), Vicente Iborra, Adrien Silva, Demarai Gray (Fousseni Diabate 61), Riyad Mahrez, Kelechi Iheanacho (Harvey Barnes 85), Jamie Vardy
Referee: Craig Pawson, Attendance: 77,841
One of the best games of the 2017-2018 Premier League season came on the final day of the campaign. Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester City shared nine goals in an end-to-end, see-saw contest in what was meant to be Spurs’ swansong game at Wembley Stadium.
Tottenham had already secured UEFA Champions League football following a midweek victory over Newcastle United but still needed to match or better Liverpool’s result to secure a top-three finish for a third successive season. However, they suffered an early blow when Jamie Vardy found the back of the net with a header after only four minutes.
Vardy had scored in the Foxes 2-1 victory back in November over Tottenham and so too had Riyad Mahrez. The Algerian put Leicester back infront on 16 minutes with what turned out to be his final goal for the club with a summer move beckoning to newly-crowned champions Manchester City.
In-between, Harry Kane had equalised as he continued his dogged pursuit of Mohamed Salah in the race for the Golden Boot. Unfortunately for Kane, Salah had scored Liverpool FC’s opening goal against Brighton & Hove Albion which meant Kane’s two-year stranglehold on the Golden Boot was about to come to an end.
Tottenham had lost Jan Vertonghen in the warm-up to an injury and throughout, they looked very nervy defensively. Two minutes into the second half, Kelechi Iheanacho drove forward from midfield, held off a challenge and found the top-right corner of Hugo Lloris’ goal with a stunning effort. However, Leicester’s two-goal cushion didn’t last long.
The home side scored three times in 11 minutes to turn a 3-1 deficit into a 4-3 advantage. Erik Lamela came alive. The Argentine, beset by injury during his spell as a Spurs player, was starting to come good. He scored twice from close-range after two excellent crosses from back-up full-back, Kyle Walker-Peters. Lamela also had a shot which deflected off the unfortunate Christian Fuchs into the back of the net past Leicester reserve goalkeeper, Eldin Jakupovic.
This incredible game took yet another twist on 73 minutes when the exceptional Vardy scored his second goal of the afternoon to level the scoreline again at 4-4. This was an eye in the critics for Leicester manager Claude Puel, who was under pressure with his job and being accused of playing negative football.
However, there was to be a winning goal. Kane matched Vardy’s feat, curling in his second of the day and achieving the milestone of 30 goals in a season for the first time in his career, ultimately two short of Salah’s final total. The win was enough to clinch third place for Tottenham in the table, although they finished 23 points behind Manchester City. Leicester finished ninth.