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2021-22 English Premier League
  • Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (58')
  • Sergio Reguilón (69')
  • Daniel James (44')

Tottenham seal comeback win over Leeds in Conte's first home league game

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Tottenham came from behind to beat Leeds United 2-1 in Antonio Conte's first home Premier League game in charge on Sunday.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Sergio Reguilon struck second-half goals as Spurs secured their first Premier League win under the Italian manager.

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Spurs trailed at the break after Daniel James scored his first Leeds goal since his £25 million move from Manchester United when he finished at the back post, following excellent work from winger Jack Harrison shortly before half time.

Leeds made the brighter start at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and went close to taking the lead when Stuart Dallas' fierce drive whistled past the post, a few minutes after Kalvin Phillips had forced Hugo Lloris into a save from a free kick.

The visitors, who were dealing with the absences of several first team players including Raphinha, Rodrigo and Patrick Bamford, were impressive and Spurs struggled to get out of their own half at times.

There were boos from the home supporters at the half-time whistle but Tottenham were much improved in the second period, with Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min both having attempts deflected on to the post within six minutes of the restart.

Hojbjerg pulled Spurs level in the 58th minute as he steered in Lucas Moura's cut-back, as Tottenham's more positive approach was rewarded with their first Premier League goal in four matches.

Spurs then hit the post for a third time when Eric Dier's free kick deflected off Pascal Struijk, but Reguilon pounced on the rebound to put Conte's side in front.

The home side then survived a late VAR review after Joe Gelhardt's shot struck Kane's arm inside the box, but the Tottenham striker was too close to the shot for it to have been intentional.

The result moves Spurs to within four points of fourth place, after West Ham, Arsenal and Manchester United all lost this weekend, while Leeds remain just above the relegation zone in 17th place with two wins from their opening 12 matches.

English Premier League Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Chelsea 13 +26 30
2 Manchester City 13 +20 29
3 Liverpool 13 +28 28
4 West Ham United 13 +8 23
5 Arsenal 13 -2 23
6 Wolverhampton Wanderers 13 0 20
7 Tottenham Hotspur 12 -6 19
8 Manchester United 13 -1 18
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 13 -2 18
10 Leicester City 13 -3 18
11 Brentford 13 0 16
12 Crystal Palace 14 -1 16
13 Aston Villa 13 -3 16
14 Everton 13 -4 15
15 Leeds United 14 -7 15
16 Southampton 13 -7 14
17 Watford 13 -6 13
18 Norwich City 14 -20 10
19 Burnley 12 -6 9
20 Newcastle United 14 -14 7