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Toby Alderweireld gives Tottenham derby spoils against Arsenal


Toby Alderweireld of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates after scoring his sides second goal during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal FC at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium Image credit: Getty Images
Toby Alderweireld of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates after scoring his sides second goal during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal FC at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

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Toby Alderweireld headed a late winner as Tottenham came from behind to boost their European hopes with a 2-1 win over Arsenal in the first North London derby at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Alexandre Lacazette put the visitors in front with a 16th-minute rocket before a defensive mix-up between Sead Kolasinac and David Luiz allowed Son Heung-Min to level within 137 seconds.

Ben Davies then hit the crossbar with a thunderbolt for the hosts as the two teams contributed to a lively first 45 of attacking football.

Arsenal took control following the break and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang clattered the woodwork with a thumping strike just prior to the hour mark.

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However, Jose Mourinho’s side soaked up the pressure and countered more dangerously as the game wore on, with Alderweireld snatching victory with a simple header from a left-wing corner nine minutes from time.

The result sees Spurs leapfrog Arsenal into eighth spot, six points behind fifth-placed Manchester United who have a game in hand. Arsenal are two points further back in ninth with just three matches remaining.

Next up, Tottenham visit Newcastle on Wednesday while Arsenal host champions Liverpool.



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