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Last-gasp Eriksen strike sees Spurs past 10-man Hull

The Dane has given manager Mauricio Pochettino a much needed boost.

Tottenham moved up to tenth after their win.
Tottenham moved up to tenth after their win.
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DANISH MIDFIELDER CHRISTIAN Eriksen scored an excellent last-minute winner as Tottenham Hotspur snatched a 2-1 victory over 10-man Hull City in the Premier League on Sunday.

Former Spurs midfielder Jake Livermore gave Hull an early lead at the KC Stadium, but the hosts lost their way after Gaston Ramirez was sent off in the 50th minute for lashing out at Jan Vertonghen.

Harry Kane equalised just after the hour before Eriksen drove home the winning goal to give Spurs only a third win in 10 league games and lift Mauricio Pochettino’s side into the top half of the table.

Steve Bruce’s Hull, beaten finalists in last season’s FA Cup, have now gone five matches without a win and lie 16th, just a point above the relegation zone.

The two teams’ indifferent recent form was reflected in the fact that both coaches elected to make six changes to their starting XIs.

Goalkeeper Allan McGregor was one of the players drafted into the Hull team and his concentration was given an early test by Roberto Soldado’s low shot.

But it was Hull who took the lead, in the eighth minute, when Livermore seized upon a headed clearance by Federico Fazio before drilling a low shot into the bottom-left corner from outside the area.

Having come through the youth ranks at White Hart Lane, the 25-year-old midfielder elected not to celebrate.

Briefly, Hull threatened to swamp Spurs and visiting goalkeeper Hugo Lloris found himself in the thick of the action.

After flapping at a free-kick, the Frenchman saved smartly low to his left from Robbie Brady and then Ramirez, with Hatem Ben Arfa curling the rebound over the bar on the second occasion.

In response, the best Spurs could muster before half-time was an Erik Lamela shot that McGregor blocked comfortably.

Hull looked in control, but they handed their opponents a lifeline five minutes into the second half.

Ramirez angrily kicked out at Vertonghen after he had been sent tumbling by a challenge from another player and after consulting one of his assistants, referee Craig Pawson brandished a straight red card.

It took Spurs 11 minutes to make their numerical advantage count, with Kane sweeping home his 11th goal of the campaign after Eriksen’s 25-yard free-kick bounced back off the post.

Kane’s goal, his second in the league this season, was to prove the cue for an onslaught.

Soldado scuffed a shot narrowly wide, substitute Aaron Lennon teed up Kane to head off-target, McGregor parried an effort from Ryan Mason, and Lamela shot tamely over with his weaker right foot after drifting into the box.

It appeared that Hull had held out, but in the 90th minute Eriksen gathered a pass from Lennon and arrowed a 20-yard shot past McGregor’s outstretched right hand to break the home supporters’ hearts.

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