Winks grabs last-gasp winner for Spurs

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Tottenham's Harry Winks celebrates scoring their second goal against Fulham with Danny Rose and teammates during their Premier League match at Craven Cottage, London, Sunday. — Reuters

LONDON — Fernando Llorente's blushes were spared as Tottenham Hotspur recovered from his early own goal to grab a last-gasp 2-1 victory over lowly Fulham in the Premier League at Craven Cottage Sunday.

The Spanish striker, starting in place of the injured Harry Kane, put past his keeper Hugo Lloris in the 14th minute but Dele Alli's second-half header leveled it up and Harry Winks headed home seconds from the end of stoppage-time.

It was a heartbreaker for Fulham which deserved a point but injury-hit Tottenham opened up a four-point gap over fourth-placed Chelsea and restored its seven-point advantage over Arsenal and Manchester United.

Until Winks's late intervention the story looked set to be all about Llorente's struggles after he was given a rare league start in the absence of injured talisman Kane.

Not only did his clumsy clearance put his side behind but he also missed a golden late chance to give Spurs the lead.

Luckily for him, Alli was more ruthless as he headed in Christian Eriksen's delivery in the 51st minute.

With Tottenham's first draw of the season looming, substitute Georges-Kevin N'koudou's superb diagonal cross allowed Winks to steal a yard and head past Fulham keeper Sergio Rico for his first goal for more than two years.

Defeat left Fulham seven points behind 17th-placed Newcastle United and facing an increasingly difficult task to avoid being relegated back to the Championship. Earlier, Manchester City barely got out of second gear as it easily beat bottom club Huddersfield Town to close the gap on leader Liverpool to four points.

Danilo's deflected shot gave City the lead in an opening half in which they were not at their sharpest.

That goal took City's goal tally to 100 in all competitions this season — making it the only club in Europe's top five leagues to reach that total.

Pep Guardiola's side upped the tempo early in the second half and Raheem Sterling headed in their second goal in the 54th minute before Leroy Sane made it 3-0 two minutes later.

City's fourth consecutive win since back-to-back losses over Christmas took it to 56 points from 23 games with Liverpool on 60 after it beat Crystal Palace Saturday 4-3.

Toothless Huddersfield, which had caretaker boss Mark Hudson in charge for the first time, has only 11 points and is 10 points behind Newcastle United which is 17th. — Reuters


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