Spurs & West Ham Play To Entertaining Draw
English Premier League Report: Tottenham Hotspur v West Ham United 04 January 2018
English Premier League
Result: Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 West Ham United
Date: 4 January 2018
Venue: Wembley Stadium
Incredible goals from Pedro Obiang and Son Heung-Min saw Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United play out a 1-1 draw at Wembley Stadium in another thrilling Premier League London derby on Thursday night.
Tottenham got on the front foot right from the get-go, heaping pressure on the Hammers defence. In the 16th minute, Harry Kane’s shot was turned into the net by Winston Reid, but the goal was correctly disallowed for an offside flag against the striker.
Spurs continued to push forward. In the 28th minute, Kane let rip again, but Adrián pushed his curling strike away. The keeper was called into action again on the stroke of half-time, reacting well to turn Christian Eriksen’s deflected effort from just outside the box behind.
Tottenham continued to dominate at the start of the second half, but the Hammers defence held firm. Harry Kane felt he had been fouled by Pablo Zabaleta inside the penalty area in the 63rd minute, but nothing came of his appeal.
In the 70th minute, West Ham finally got their first shot — and it just so happened to be one of the strikes of the season. Obiang let fly from well outside the box and his screamer of a strike flew into the top corner, leaving Hugo Lloris with absolutely no chance.
Two minutes later, Spurs so nearly equalised. Kane wriggled through a sea of bodies to shoot from a tight angle. The ball ricocheted off Adrián and hit the post. West Ham once again survived.
However, they could do nothing to stop Son’s strike in the 84th minute as he blasted the ball into the top corner from similar distance to Obiang’s stunner. Tottenham were arguably lucky that referee Mike Dean did not award a free-kick against Serge Aurier for a hefty challenge on Manuel Lanzini.
Spurs pushed forward in search of a winner at the end and saw their appeals for handball off a blocked effort ignored in the dying seconds.
However, West Ham held on to claim a well-deserved point, leaving Tottenham three points behind fourth-placed Liverpool and lifting David Moyes’ side two points clear of the relegation zone.