Swansea 2-2 Tottenham: Eriksen free-kick double atones for Kane blooper
- Andre Ayew’s powerful header gave Swansea the opener
- Christian Eriksen struck two brilliant free-kick goals
- A Harry Kane own-goal left Spurs feeling unlucky
Tottenham will feel unlucky to be left without all three points thanks to a cringe-worthy own goal by Harry Kane, but a pair of free-kick goals from Christian Eriksen left Spurs feeling the better side and gave the visitors a 2-2 comeback draw at the Liberty Stadium.
Things started slowly, with Nacer Chadli’s saved shot in the 12th minute the first real effort on goal, but the game would explode open with the opener just four minutes later.
Jefferson Montero collected the ball on the left edge of the box, and he chipped across the penalty area to Andre Ayew who generated shocking power with a thumping header into the far corner of the net for the game’s first goal and his fourth of the season. The goal is the first from open play for Swansea since August.
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Spurs began slowly moving themselves into the ascendency and would get a reward for their efforts. Dele Alli was chopped down by Federico Fernandez just outside the box, and Christian Eriksen immediately took ownership of the free-kick. The Danish attacker ripped his hit just over the wall, and with Lukasz Fabianski poorly guessing the wrong way, it settled into the back of the net to equalize on Eriksen’s first goal of the year.
6 - Since his Premier League debut in Sept 2013, Christian Eriksen has scored more direct free-kicks than any other player. Whipped.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 4, 2015
It wouldn’t stay level for long. With Swansea pushing forward, a corner swung into the box but failed to get past the first man. Unfortunately for Spurs, that first man was Harry Kane, whose ugly, wayward touch found the wrong net and gave Swansea a stunning lead.
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The second half saw slight chances for either side, but Christian Eriksen was the hero again for Spurs five minutes past the hour mark. Jonjo Shelvey gave away a free kick when he fouled Alli, and as Eriksen stepped up again, he struck his second, this time a brilliantly curling effort that Fabianski had no chance to stop.
Spurs nearly had the winner but Andros Townsend shot right at the goalkeeper and Fabianski was nearly wrong-footed but he saved the bobbler with his foot. Late on Eric Dier picked up a yellow card with a late challenge on Andre Ayew, his fifth on the season which leaves him suspended for next week’s match.
The points are shared, leaving Spurs with 13 to go level with Everton, and Swansea pushes up to 10 to move above Watford in 11th on goal differential.