Joel Matip’s own goal deep into stoppage time gave Tottenham Hotspur victory over nine-man Liverpool in an eventful and contentious Premier League encounter.
The Reds were compromised by two red cards, the first given to Curtis Jones for a foul on Yves Bissouma after just 26 minutes following a VAR intervention, before half-time substitute Diogo Jota followed him down the tunnel with more than 20 minutes remaining after picking up a quickfire double booking.
In a game in which the Reds were clearly nursing a sense of injustice, they had an opening goal by Luis Diaz ruled out by another controversial VAR decision, as the officials quickly ruled the Colombian offside without showing the customary offside line graphics.
Captain Son Heung-min then slid Spurs in front from Richarlison’s pass nine minutes prior to half-time following good work from summer signing James Maddison.
But the visitors responded with an equaliser in first-half stoppage time when Cody Gakpo scored on the turn from Virgil van Dijk’s header down, but the Netherlands forward was injured in the act of scoring and did not come out for the second half.
Spurs, understandably, had the better chances in the second half and Liverpool keeper Alisson kept the Reds on terms with outstanding saves from Maddison and Son, and it looked like their resolute rearguard would earn them a battling draw until the drama of the final seconds.
As Spurs mounted one last attack, Matip could only turn Pedro Porro’s cross high past the helpsless Alisson to spark scenes of jubilation and relief among the home support, inflicting Liverpool’s first defeat of the season and maintaining manager Ange Postecoglou’s unbeaten Premier League record.
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Squad number13Player nameVicario
Squad number23Player namePorro
Squad number17Player nameRomero
Squad number37Player namevan de Ven
Squad number38Player nameUdogie
Squad number29Player nameSarr
Squad number8Player nameBissouma
Squad number21Player nameKulusevski
Squad number10Player nameMaddison
Squad number9Player nameRicharlison
Squad number7Player nameSon Heung-min
Squad number4Player nameSkipp
Squad number5Player nameHøjbjerg
Squad number27Player nameSolomon
Squad number33Player nameDavies
Squad number36Player nameVéliz
Squad number1Player nameAlisson
Squad number2Player nameGomez
Squad number32Player nameMatip
Squad number4Player namevan Dijk
Squad number26Player nameRobertson
Squad number8Player nameSzoboszlai
Squad number10Player nameMac Allister
Squad number17Player nameJones
Squad number11Player nameMohamed Salah
Squad number18Player nameGakpo
Squad number7Player nameDíaz
Squad number3Player nameEndo
Squad number5Player nameKonaté
Squad number20Player nameDiogo Jota
Squad number38Player nameGravenberch
Squad number66Player nameAlexander-Arnold
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1Alisson2GomezSubstituted forKonatéat 73′minutes32Matip4van DijkBooked at 90mins26RobertsonBooked at 87mins8Szoboszlai10Mac AllisterBooked at 40minsSubstituted forGravenberchat 80′minutes17JonesBooked at 26mins11SalahBooked at 65minsSubstituted forAlexander-Arnoldat 74′minutes18GakpoSubstituted forJotaat 45′minutesBooked at 69mins7DíazSubstituted forEndoat 73′minutes
Match ends, Tottenham Hotspur 2, Liverpool 1.
Second Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 2, Liverpool 1.
Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Alejo Véliz (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card.
Pedro Porro (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.
Own Goal by Joël Matip, Liverpool. Tottenham Hotspur 2, Liverpool 1.
Foul by Oliver Skipp (Tottenham Hotspur).
Dominik Szoboszlai (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool) is shown the yellow card.
Attempt blocked. Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Manor Solomon.
Attempt saved. Richarlison (Tottenham Hotspur) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Pedro Porro with a cross.
Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Pierre-Emile Højbjerg replaces Yves Bissouma.
Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Alejo Véliz replaces James Maddison.
Cristian Romero (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Cristian Romero (Tottenham Hotspur).
Dominik Szoboszlai (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt blocked. James Maddison (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Dejan Kulusevski.
Yves Bissouma (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Yves Bissouma (Tottenham Hotspur).
Wataru Endo (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.