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North London derby finishes all-square

Posted on March 05, 2016 by David Nugent

Tottenham and Arsenal drew 2-2 at White Hart Lane on Saturday in an entertaining derby that did neither club any favours in the Premier League title race.

The first attempt on goal of the game arrived on five minutes, as Gunners stand-in ‘keeper David Ospina produced a comfortable save from Harry Kane. Soon afterwards Kane had another attempt on goal but could only fire straight at Ospina.

Just a minute later and Kane makes it a hat-trick of missed chances, as he fired a long-range effort at goal deflected over the bar. The resulting corner came to nothing.

On 17 minutes, Christian Eriksen hit a free-kick straight at Ospina, as the home side looked for an opener. On 26 minutes Ospina produced a fantastic save, after Erik Lamela directed a Kyle Walker cross towards goal.

Arsenal came back into the game slightly and took the lead on 39 minutes. Full-back Hector Bellerin kept his composure to pick-out Aaron Ramsey just six yards out and the Welsh midfielder did superbly well to back-heel the ball past Hugo Lloris.

On the stroke of half-time full-back Danny Rose drilled an effort past Ospina’s post.

The first effort of the second half came from Walker whose long-range effort should have been easy for Ospina, but the Colombian made an awkward save to keep the ball out.

The Gunners were reduced to ten men on 55 minutes, French midfielder Francis Coquelin receiving a second yellow card for a lunging tackle on Kane.

On 58 minutes Kane was found at the back post, only to see his powerful effort on goal saved superbly by Ospina. The home side equalised on the hour mark. Eriksen’s corner was knocked on by Lamela and centre-back Tobey Alderweireld found the net with a powerful effort from close-range.

Spurs had the lead just two minutes later. Kane picked the ball up on the left edge of the area and curled home a fantastic effort past Ospina. A few minutes later and Tottenham defensive midfielder Eric Dier hit an effort straight at Ospina.

Alexis Sanchez had his first real effort on goal on 70 minutes, as the Chilean fired well wide of goal from around 25 yards out. A minute later Rose fired an effort well wide of goal and soon afterwards Kane fired wide of goal.

The Gunners equalised on 76 minutes. Bellerin played Sanchez in and the Chilean’s effort across Lloris beat the French ‘keeper, despite Lloris getting his hand to the effort.

Spurs came close to regaining the lead on 80 minutes, as Dele Alli fired a low shot which looked to be heading for the bottom corner, but Ospina produced a very good save. Spurs midfielder Ryan Mason missed the target on 83 minutes after being given space on the edge of the area.

Two minutes later and Ospina did well to keep out an audacious effort from Eriksen. On 88 minutes, Lloris was called into action, saving a free-kick from Sanchez.

There was still time for both teams to have chances in stoppage-time. Ramsey looked to be in on goal, but Kevin Wimmer put in a last-ditch chance to avert the danger. At the other end Gabriel gave the ball to Eriksen, but the Danish international hit his effort wide of goal.

In the end the game was entertaining, but the result did very little for either team in the race for the Premier League title, as league leaders Leicester now have the chance to extend their lead at the top of the table later today.

Can Arsenal still recover from this result to win the title?

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