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Swansea City vs. Tottenham: final score 2-2, honors even at Liberty Stadium.

That was exciting!

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Two Christian Eriksen free kick goals canceled out an Andre Ayew header and a Harry Kane own goal as Tottenham Hotspur drew Swansea City 2-2 at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday.

Tottenham started out with the same lineup as they put out against Manchester City, but with Nacer Chadli coming in for the injured Son Heung-Min. Swansea started their full-strength lineup with Jefferson Montero and Andre Ayew as the wide midfielders behind Bafetimbi Gomis.

Swansea struck first in the 17th minute after a defensive miscue from Tottenham. Montero received the ball wide left after Kyle Walker was caught inside, and lofted a cross to a wide-open Andre Ayew, who headed the ball past Lloris to put Swansea up 1-0. Kyle Vertonghen appeared to be caught ball-watching and didn't close down his man.

Christian Eriksen equalized for Spurs 11 minutes later. After Federico Fernandez was booked for a hard foul on Dele Alli, Eriksen's free kick from just past the top of the box caught Fabianski wrong-footed. It was a good effort on goal from Eriksen, but it was some especially poor goalkeeping.

That lead didn't last long, however. In the 32nd minute, a Jonjo Shelvey corner kick came to Harry Kane who was defending the near post, but Kane shanked his attempted clearance into his own net, gifting Swansea the go-ahead goal. It was a bit of horrible luck for Kane, and it came against the run of play.

Spurs played a good first half of football and had more chances than Swansea, including a couple of decent attempts on goal from Nacer Chadli, but were unlucky to head into halftime trailing 2-1.

No changes for either side at the break. Spurs equalized again in the 65th minute from another Christian Eriksen free kick that was virtually identical from his first goal. After a foul on Dele Alli at the top of the box, Eriksen went far corner and expertly placed it in the top corner of the goal. A spectacular effort and Spurs were once again level.

Spurs made two substitutions in the second half: Andros Townsend came on for Erik Lamela, and Clinton N'Jie replaced Nacer Chadli. Harry Kane dropped into the #10 role behind Clinton as Spurs pushed for the winner. Both sides wanted the three points and pushed forward seeking the winning goal, which made for a fantastic and very open finish to the match. Unfortunately, Eric Dier picked up a yellow card late in the half, his fifth of the season which means he'll miss the Liverpool match next week.

Swansea nearly had it late in the match, but Hugo Lloris made a fantastic fingertip save to preserve the match for Tottenham. That was the last major chance for either side as the match ended 2-2. Tottenham outshot Swansea 19-11 and had 15 shots on target to Swansea's six.


  • Swansea's first goal was unfortunate, and mostly due to Jan Vertonghen ball-watching and not closing down his man. You can't let a 5'9" guy have an open header in the box. You just can't.

  • Apart from that, it was a pretty good day again from Spurs' defense. Toby Alderweireld in particular had a nice match and did very well against Gomis.

  • The Jefferson Montero vs. Kyle Walker match up scared me for the first 20 minutes of the game, especially after Montero torched him a couple of times, but credit to Walker who settled down and mostly kept him quiet in the second half. Walker's scary moments had more to do with Lamela not helping defensively than anything in particular that Kyle was doing. I was wrong to call Walker out during the match.

  • Harry Kane's OG was awful to watch. He took a swing at the ball as it came in to clear it and just shanked it, pure and simple. Terribly unlucky.

  • Christian Eriksen is astounding. That was the Eriksen we all remember from back before he got injured. Two free kick goals from two fouls on Alli, and both placed in positions where the keeper had no chance.

  • Andros Townsend did not have the best of matches today. He was inserted for his pace, but made some ridiculous decisions and shut down a number of promising Spurs attacks. The man he replaced, Erik Lamela, wasn't especially great either, but at least Lamela worked his tail off.

  • That moment we all dreaded came late after Dier picked up his fifth yellow. That'll be grounds for some speculation on the site next week: who will replace him against Liverpool next weekend?

  • A point at the Liberty Stadium is nothing to sneeze at, though I think Spurs were overall the better side on balance. That's football. Spurs are still unbeaten in the league since opening day and the draw keeps them three points from second place.