LONDON (Reuters) – Rodrigo Bentancur’s late double secured a thrilling 4-3 victory for Tottenham Hotspur over Leeds United in the Premier League on Saturday — the hosts coming from behind three times.
Antonio Conte’s side appeared to be signing off before the World Cup with a third successive home league defeat as Leeds led 3-2 with less than 10 minutes left thanks to Rodrigo’s brace.
But Bentancur’s deflected shot made it 3-3 in the 81st minute and two minutes later he was set up by Dejan Kulusevski for a simple finish to leave the visitors empty-handed.
Leeds, who had led early on through the in-form Crysencio Summerville, ended the match with 10 men after Tyler Adams was shown a second yellow card in the closing stages.
Tottenham had levelled initially through Harry Kane’s 12th goal of the season with Ben Davies making it 2-2.
Victory lifted Tottenham into third place with 29 points from 15 games with Leeds on 15 points in 14th place.
Tottenham’s habit of starting slowly returned to haunt them as Summerville’s fourth goal in as many top-flight games put Leeds ahead in the 10th minute.
The Dutch winger was played in by Brenden Aaronson and then struck a low shot past Hugo Lloris.
He almost made it 2-0 but Kane levelled for Tottenham after Leeds goalkeeper Illan Meslier’s weak punch out arrived at the England captain who made no mistake.
Leeds regained the lead on the stroke of halftime when Rodrigo fired past Lloris following a corner.
Davies made it 2-2 early in the second half, reacting well after Kane’s goalbound effort was blocked by Rasmus Kristensen.
Leeds continued to threaten though and took the lead for the third time when Rodrigo’s shot crept in at the far post with Tottenham appealing for a foul in the build-up.
Tottenham dredged up one final effort, though, and Bentancur proved the hero to secure a victory that consolidates their place in the top four.
(Reporting by Martyn Herman; editing by Clare Fallon and Christian Radnedge)