EPL Match Report: Tottenham 2 – 2 Stoke City, Spurs Squanders Two-Goal Lead

Tottenham 2-2 Stoke City: Spurs squander two-goal lead

Mauricio Pochettino’s side looked to be heading for a comfortable victory but have to wait for their first win of the season after a shock second half turnaround

Tottenham squandered a two-goal lead in the closing stages to draw 2-2 with Stoke City at White Hart Lane.

Spurs went in front through an Eric Dier header in the first half, before Nacer Chadli’s effort was deflected beyond Jack Butland.

But, after Harry Kane was substituted with an ankle injury, the hosts conceded a penalty which Marko Arnautovic converted.

And with the momentum having shifted in the game, Mame Biram Diouf scored in the final 10 minutes to earn Stoke a point.

Hugo Lloris returned to the Tottenham starting line-up to make his 100th appearance for the club after being confirmed as captain amid speculation over a move to Manchester United, while Ryan Mason replaced Nabil Bentaleb.

Stoke boss Mark Hughes reacted to the defeat against Liverpool by making just one change, with fit-again midfielder Arnautovic starting at the expense of Charlie Adam with record signing Xherdan Shaqiri unavailable due to suspension.

Lloris breathed a sigh of relief when his casual stray pass gifted Diouf a sight of goal, but went unpunished as he saved the striker’s shot before Mason blocked Marco van Ginkel’s follow up.

It was Tottenham who were in front 19 minutes in, with the impressive Christan Eriksen – who forced two early saves from Butland – swinging over a corner which Dier rose to meet at the near post after losing his marker.

Stoke showed more of a threat late in the first half and Diouf should have equalised two minutes before the break when he headed straight at Lloris.

Butland then produced a fine save with his feet to deny Mason after Kane picked him out with a fine pass, but Tottenham were not to be denied a second goal in first-half stoppage time.

Kane once again showed there is more to his game than goals when he lifted a pass in front of Ben Davies, who surged forward and found Chadli with a pinpoint first-time cross and the winger clinically volleyed home.

Butland made an outstanding save from point-blank range to deny the lively Kane a goal on his 50th top-flight appearance early in the second half as Stoke troubled to contain the home side.

Hughes brought on Joselu and Stephen Ireland before the hour-mark and the latter made an impact almost straight away when he delivered a cross which Diouf again headed too close to the agile Lloris.

Arnautovic pulled a goal back from the spot 13 minutes from time after Alderweireld hauled down Joselu in the area.

And there was worse to come for Tottenham, as Diouf glanced Ireland’s inviting cross in after 83 minutes to complete the comeback.

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