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Tottenham’s Champions League hopes suffer dent against Leeds

Tottenham's slim chances of playing in the Champions League next season were severely harmed by a 3-1 defeat to Leeds on Saturday.

Tottenham’s slim chances of playing in the Champions League next season were severely harmed by a 3-1 defeat to Leeds on Saturday.

On 13 minutes, Stuart Dallas put Leeds ahead before Son Heung-Min equalized, but Leeds went ahead again just before the break thanks to Patrick Bamford’s 15th league goal of the season. With five minutes left, Rodrigo scored a third goal, putting Tottenham five points behind the top four with three games remaining.

Leeds started the game brighter than the other two teams, creating several opportunities before taking the lead early on. Sergio Reguilon deflected Jack Harrison’s cross into his own goal, and despite Hugo Lloris’ save, Dallas made no mistake from close range, shooting into the roof of the net.

Spurs were not down for long, however, as Dele Alli found Son on the 25th minute and he slotted home for his 22nd goal of the season, his best return in his career.

As Leeds looked to reclaim the lead, Lloris was at his best to deny Harrison, the Spurs goalkeeper doing well to tip the shot over the bar for a corner.

On the half-hour mark, Tottenham figured they had taken the lead when Alli found Kane, who finished brilliantly, but the VAR ruled it offside by the tiniest of margins.

Leeds, on the other hand, took the lead four minutes before the break thanks to a fluid team pass that Bamford finished from close range.

As Spurs looked for a way back into the game, Kane had another goal called out for offside early in the second half — this time there was no doubt — while Son hit the side netting. Kane’s disappointing afternoon was made worse when he struck the crossbar with a free kick.

With a quarter of the game remaining, Tottenham interim manager Ryan Mason substituted Lucas Moura and Erik Lamela for Gareth Bale and Dele Alli, but the visitors were unable to break down a resolute Leeds side, who went on to 50 points in their first season back in the Premier League, with Rodrigo slamming home a third late on to round off a fine afternoon.

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