By Izuchukwu Okosi:
Super Eagles midfielder Wilfred Ndidi was in action Thursday night in Leicester City’s embarassing 6-1 thrashing against Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League at the King Power Stadium, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
It was the 16th Premier League game of the season for the Nigerian since his January arrival in England. His compatriot Ahmed Musa came off the bench in the second half for his 21st league game since the start of the season in August.
Harry Kane (four goals) and Heung-Min Son (brace) scored Spurs’ goals while Benjamin Chilwell grabbed Leicester’s goal.
Ndidi formed a defensive midfield partnership with Ghana’s Daniel Amartey but they were overrun by a rampant Spurs side.
The first goal came in the 25th minute when Kane latched on to a precise pass deep inside the box from Son, and he beat Kasper Schemichel with a low accurate shot into the bottom left corner.
Son scored Tottenham’s second goal when Dele Alli teed him up with a brilliant chip in the 36th minute. The Korea forward adjusted his body and beat Schmeichel with a brilliant shot into the bottom left corner.
Son and Moussa Sissoko had wasted golden chances before then while Jamie Vardy was presented a chance for Leicester’s goal but Hugo Lloris had a clear sight of his shot and made a comfortable save.
Tottenham had gone 13 consecutive matches without a draw and Leicester’s promising start in the first half seemed to suggest that they could get a decent result in the penultimate game before the final day of the season.
Ndidi was involved in Leicester’s goal in the 59th minute scored by Chilwell. Spurs’ keeper, Lloris, had rushed out of his box to clear the ball. It cannoned off Ndidi’s leg and fell kindly for Chilwell who drilled the ball home.
However, Kane scored Spurs’ third goal of the night just four minutes later when he rose high to beat the goalkeeper with a perfect header. It was his 24th of the season in the Premier League, same with Everton’s Romelu Lukaku, and one more goal above Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez.
Son got his brace with a strike from the edge of the penalty box in the 71st minute, with the ball finding the bottom right corner of the goal. He was substituted for Vincent Janssen with 12 minutes left on the clock. Musa was also introduced same time in place of Vardy
Janssen’s goal five minutes to full time was ruled out for offside although he had an attempt before that, a good shot outside the box some seconds earlier which went off target.
Kane scored his 25th goal of the season, his fourth hat-trick in his last 18 starts, for Tottenham’s fifth goal in the game.
Just as the two teams thought it would finish 5-1, Kane came up with his fourth goal of the match to take his tally to 26 this season in the Premier League. Spurs now have 83 points points heading into their final game of the season on Sunday. Leicester are 11th in the table with 43 points.
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