The Spurs led 3-0 in the first quarter of an hour. The Welshman, prodigal son, entered with 20 minutes to go. It ended in a nightmare for José Mourinho. Three goals in 10 minutes and tie 3-3.
It was a fairy tale. Tottenham was leading 3-0 from the first quarter of an hour. Gareth Bale jumped off the bench with 20 minutes remaining in the game. The sheet was still immovable. and it seemed that the party would be complete for José Mourinho’s team.
But none of that happened: West Ham recovered and in added time signed a 3-3 tie with their London neighbors to spoil the official return of the Welsh phenomenon with the Spurs. Was the thriller of date 5 of the Premier League. And it had the Argentine Manuel Lanzini as the main protagonist.
The completely crazy and goal-lavish start to the season in the Premier League was confirmed with this London derby that seemed to lean on the side of the ‘Spurs’. Mou couldn’t believe it.
The Portuguese left the pitch with an even more serious gesture than usual. “I have to internally analyze the second half. I will only tell you that this happens in football and I will praise the faith of West Ham,” Mourinho commented, in flames, when answering the Sky Sports microphone.
South Korean Son Heung-min put the hosts ahead in the first minute of the game, a goal followed by two from Harry Kane (8m PT and 16m PT) -a pass from Son the first and from Spanish Sergio Reguilón the second- who predicted a win.
Mourinho was not wrong in assessing the morale of the ‘Hammers’, who at no time gave up.
Thus, their effort was rewarded with a header from Paraguayan Fabián Balbuena (37m ST), before Colombian Davinson Sánchez, with a header, involuntarily sent the ball into his own goal (40m ST).
The feat was consummated with a shot from Lanzini from the edge of the area that went straight to the angle. The shot, which the goalkeeper Hugo Lloris brushed with the tips of his gloves, hit the crossbar and stung inside the goal when they ran four minutes of added time. Agonic.
Quite a humbling experience for those who gave Tottenham, reinforced by Bale, as a firm contender for the title after their 6-1 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford before the stoppage for the FIFA date.
With 8 points, Tottenham fell five points behind leaders Everton, who drew 2-2 with Liverpool on Saturday in the Merseyside classic at Goodison Park. West Ham, with 7, is one notch down in the standings.