West Ham 1-0 Tottenham: Lanzini sinks Spurs with second-half dagger
For the first time in 14 matches, Spurs didn’t find the back of the net and that very truth could cost Mauricio Pochettino’s side a chance at the Premier League title.
West Ham knocked off Tottenham, 1-0, on Friday at the London Stadium, which may very well prove to be Spurs’ final blow in the title race with three matches remaining.
Spurs remain four points behind league leaders Chelsea, who play on Monday against Middlesbrough with a chance to extend their advantage to seven points.
Manuel Lanzini finished off a scrum inside the Tottenham penalty area in the 65th minute to put the Hammers ahead for his eighth PL goal of the season.
West Ham nearly made it 2-0 with under a quarter hour remaining when Jonathan Calleri had his shot from inside the Spurs area punched out for a corner by Hugo Lloris.
Spurs gave the Hammers a flurry of chances to worry about in the 21st minute when Harry Kane had two close-range attempts saved by goalkeeper Adrian, while Dele Alli also had a shot blocked in front of goal.
Lanzini had the game’s first chance after five minutes when Andre Ayew picked out a fantastic long ball down the left side, but the striker’s left-footed effort went harmlessly wide of Hugo Lloris’ net.
Spurs will finish up their season with matches against Manchester United, Leicester City and Hull while the Hammers take on Liverpool and Burnley.