London, 19 October 2020 (dpa/MIA) – Substitute Manuel Lanzini’s long-range drive in added time rescued a dramatic 3-3 draw for West Ham at Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday after the hosts had led 3-0.
Aston Villa also grabbed a late result and moved up to second in the table after Ross Barkley’s injury time goal secured a 1-0 win over Leicester City, who were without striker Jamie Vardy.
Harry Kane netted a first-half double after Son Heung Min put Spurs in front after only 45 seconds of the game.
Gareth Bale, on loan from Real Madrid, made his first Spurs appearance in seven years in the second half but that coincided with West Ham seizing the initiative.
West Ham‘s Fabian Balbeuna found the net with eight minutes left and a Davinson Sanchez own goal gave the Hammers hope – which was vindicated by Lanzini’s last-gasp magic.
Spurs missed the opportunity to take second spot from Premier League champions Liverpool with the draw as Jose Mourinho’s men are sixth with eight points, while West Ham are two places back with seven.
“This is a game that was in the pocket and we lost two points,” said Mourinho.
“It was exactly when we were in control that we conceded the first and their belief went up. But to lose an advantage of three goals is a big punishment and eventually deserved.”
Sheffield United and Fulham both picked up their first Premier League point of the season in a lively 1-1 draw at Bramall Lane.
Brighton Hove & Albion also sealed a 1-1 draw with 10 men after Wilfried Zaha’s 19th minute penalty was cancelled out by a last minute equalizer from Brighton’s Argentine midfielder Alexis Mac Allister.
Brighton’s Lewis Dunk was red carded in injury time for a two-footed tackle on Gary Cahill as the teams played out 10 extra minutes.
After Son put the visitors on the back foot, Kane collected the ball from Son and poked the ball through Declan Rice’s legs before lashing a stunning strike and heading home Sergio Reguilon’s cross for 3-0.
West Ham improved in the second half and Pablo Fornals missed an open goal as he headed over the bar within five minutes of the restart.
“The plan was not to go 4-0 down, we said if we got one we would see what happened,” said West Ham boss David Moyes.
“A really good performance from the players got us back into it. We thought we played really well, the football was good, we threatened them. It was a great moment.”
The Hammers kept pressing but they couldn’t find an answer until the 82nd minute when Balbuena scored what seemed like a consolation goal, but Moyes’ men had more to offer.
Things worsened for Spurs when Sanchez’s clearing header from Vladimir Coufal’s cross bounced the wrong side of the post and they completely let their guard down as the game reached a surprising end.
Just as the hosts thought they had held on for three points, they failed to clear an inviting free-kick and Lanzini unleashed a thunderous strike from 30 yards into the top corner as the Hammers stole a miraculous draw.
Fulham were given a penalty in the 56th minute following Jack Robinson’s handball but Aleksandar Mitrovic blasted his spot-kick into the stands.
Ademola Lookman found the breakthrough for Fulham on 77 minutes but VAR intervened and awarded a penalty to the hosts with five minutes left after Mitrovic and Robinson clashed again. Billy Sharp converted to ensure a share of the spoils.
“I thought in the second half we were exceptional,” said Fulham manager Scott Parker.
“From where we were in the first three games where we had our struggles we appear to be coming out of that and pushing in the right direction.”
The draw ends a run of four consecutive losses for both sides with Fulham moving off the bottom into 19th above Burnley, while Sheffield rise out of the relegation zone up to 17th.