LONDON – Tottenham dominated the opening 15-minutes of its clash with West Ham United, but fell apart in the last 10-minutes as both side played to a thrilling 3-3 draw at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday.
Tottenham raced out to a comfortable three-goal lead after Son Heung-min opened the scoring in just 45 seconds, yes seconds – and Harry Kane grabbed a quick brace.
Jose Mourinho’s side was cruising towards three more points and second in the league table until things remarkably changed in the last 10 minutes.
In fact, West Ham scored three goals after the 82nd minute as Spurs crumbled to what must seem like a defeat for the home side.
Manuel Lanzini came off the bench to score the pick of the goals in what turned out to be last kick of the game, four minutes into stoppage-time.
Fabián Balbuena scored to make it 3-1 in the 82nd minute and then Davinson Sánchez netted an owl goal three-minutes later to give West Ham hope.
West Ham captain Declan Rice spoke to Sky Sports after the game.
“I have no idea what happened. It’s just one of those special moments in football where it seemed like it was meant to be,” Rice said.
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“It wasn’t the start we wanted, three goals down in 16 minutes is not what we’ve been about recently. But we still felt like we were playing good football and creating chances, it didn’t feel like a 3-0 game.
“For some reason they dropped off us in the second half and we grew into the game, and as we said at half-time, once we got one, we had the belief we could go on and get a draw or win. Then a moment of brilliance from Manu [Lanzini], it’s something I cannot put into words,” Rice added.
“It’s football,” Mourinho said, noting that he already found five things to address in the dressing room. “I will have to analyze the second half, but that’s football.”
“Football happens. One free kick brought them into the game and the third goal is an amazing goal but completely out of the context,” Mourinho added after the draw.
The game also Gareth Bale making his second Tottenham debut in the second half.