Mauricio Pochettino’s side paid the price for a lethargic display at the London Stadium, and Lanzini’s second-half strike may well have ended their hopes of winning the title for the first time since 1961.
Second-placed Tottenham remain four points behind leaders Chelsea, who can extend that advantage to seven if they beat struggling Middlesbrough at
Tottenham don’t play again until they host Manchester United on May 14, and by then Chelsea, who travel to West Bromwich Albion two days earlier, may already be champions.
Conte hadn’t planned to watch Tottenham’s fate, preferring to go out for dinner with his wife and daughter, but if he was checking for updates from
After a troubled first year at their new stadium, this was a sweet moment for West Ham, who guaranteed their top-flight status for another year while delivering a potentially fatal blow to their hated rivals.
After a week of reports claiming Kyle Walker could leave Tottenham following a clash with Pochettino over his recent demotion to the bench, the
But, foreshadowing the anguish ahead,
Tottenham’s success has been built on the league’s best defensive record, but there was more concern for the visitors when Cheikhou Kouyate easily found space for a header straight at Hugo Lloris.
After a tepid start, Tottenham should have taken the lead midway through the first half when Harry Kane’s 20-yard strike was pushed out by
Dele Alli’s follow-up was blocked back to Kane on the edge of the area, and the Tottenham striker looked certain to score, yet once again he was denied as
Eric Dier’s header from the resulting corner forced
Noble’s pass sent Lanzini clean through, and when Lloris raced off his line to block, West Ham saw their appeal for a foul turned down while Kouyate’s weak follow-up was scrambled away.
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There was no improvement in the second half and Ayew, left unmarked 18 yards out, should have made them pay as he blasted over.
Christian Eriksen, usually so composed, betrayed the anxiety creeping into Tottenham’s play when he let Son Heung-Min’s pass deflect harmlessly towards Adrian when a sight of goal came his way inside the West Ham area.
Son threatened with a thunderous effort, but
Unhinged by Aaron Cresswell’s cross, the Tottenham defence parted too easily and when Ayew couldn’t control, the ball ran to the unmarked Lanzini, who drilled home from close-range.
Shock etched on their faces, Tottenham were unable to muster a response.
It took a fine save from Lloris to deny Calleri, and the sight of Eriksen shooting high into the stands was a fitting coda on a dispiriting night for Spurs.