Spurs snatch point with controversial late penalty at Liverpool

Harry Kane’s penalty – converted with virtually the last kick of an enthralling encounter – gave Tottenham a vital point at Anfield after Mohamed Salah’s brilliant stoppage-time strike looked to have given Liverpool victory.

Liverpool had only seconds to survive when referee Jon Moss pointed to the spot after Virgil van Dijk collided with Erik Lamela – allowing Kane, who had missed an earlier penalty, to score his 100th Premier League goal and leave the home fans enraged.

Salah’s third-minute goal, scored after he intercepted Eric Dier’s poor back pass, gave Liverpool a lead they held until 10 minutes from time when Spurs substitute Victor Wanyama lashed keeper Loris Karius’ punched clearance back into the top corner from 25 yards.

In a dramatic finale, Karius saved Kane’s penalty after he brought down the striker, paving the way for Salah to weave his way into the area before lifting a finish over Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris at the start of five minutes of stoppage time.

And after Moss awarded Kane a second opportunity from the spot, the England international placed his penalty into the bottom-right corner.

It was a fitting end to a thriller and a result which will bring more satisfaction to Spurs as defeat would have left them five points adrift of Liverpool in the race for a place in next season’s Champions League.

Liverpool remain third in the Premier League table, two points ahead of Tottenham in fifth.

Meanwhile, Manager Rafael Benitez felt Newcastle were victims of a “soft penalty” decision as fellow strugglers Crystal Palace came from behind to earn a draw.

Mohamed Diame had turned home Kenedy’s corner at the back post midway through the first half for the visitors.

But Luka Milivojevic earned Palace a point with a second half penalty after Ciaran Clark was penalised for pulling Christian Benteke’s shirt.

“He was pushing my player and my player was pulling,” said Benitez.

“We cannot do it, but I can see a lot of penalties not given. We then changed everything because obviously they had more confidence and they were pushing, we knew that they have very good players up front. We needed to be strong in defence and it was difficult.”

Former Newcastle striker and manager Alan Shearer also questioned the penalty decision on Twitter.

“If that’s a penalty then there should be 10 penalties per game,” he wrote.


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