After weeks of uncertainty, Tottenham Hotspur fans can breathe a sigh of relief after confirming their UEFA Champions League qualification with a narrow 1-0 victory over Newcastle United. Spurs came into this game on a poor run of form, whereas Chelsea, who were attempting to sneak in through the back door of the top four, have been on fire in the last few weeks. Alas, it wasn’t to be for the Blues, as Harry Kane’s goal early in the second half secured the points.
Spurs were helped on their way by Huddersfield Town, who confirmed their survival in the Premier League for another season by securing a point away at Stamford Bridge. Spurs are now four points clear of Chelsea with just one game remaining, as many Tottenham players now look ahead to the 2018 FIFA World Cup this summer.
Oddly enough, despite the position both teams are in, it was the Magpies who started brightly. Jonjo Shelvey hit the post with a lovely free-kick whereas Lascelles came close with a header, as the Spurs fans in attendance at Wembley began to fear the worst. The home side’s performance was hardly enough to fill them with confidence, as the phrase ‘being Spursy’ continued to threaten to become a reality once again.
But under Mauricio Pochettino, things have certainly felt different in the last few years, and they were let off the hook by Harry Kane once again. England fans will be hoping that he can produce the goods for them in Russia this summer, meanwhile, Tottenham fans are going to be counting their lucky stars that they can sit back and relax on the final day.
Spurs will now aim to spruce things up and end their campaign in style when they take on Leicester City on the final day, as Newcastle host Chelsea who will now focus their attention on the FA Cup final.
Tottenham: Lloris (7.5), Trippier (6), Vertonghen (7.5), Sanchez (6), Davies (6), Wanyama (6), Sissoko (5.5), Eriksen (6), Alli (5.5), Son (6.5), Kane (7.5)
Subs: Lamela (NA), Alderweireld (N/A), Rose (N/A)
Newcastle: Dubravka (6), Yedlin (6), Lascelles (6), Lejeune (6.5), Dummett (6), Diame (6), Shelvey (6.5), Ritchie (6), Perez (6), Kenedy (6), Gayle (5.5)
Subs: Joselu (5), Murphy (5)
Referee: Neil Swarbrick
Yellow Cards: Alli, Lamela, Yedlin, Diame, Ritchie
Red Cards: N/A
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