Tottenham Hotspur’s bid for a Premier League top four was boosted by a 1-0 win at Watford, threatened by relegation, after Davinson Sánchez scored a game-winning goal in the 96th minute.
Spurs enjoyed most of the possession throughout the game, but poor shots meant that Antonio Conte’s men had to wait until the sixth minute in overtime for their breakthrough, which came when Colombian defender Sánchez headed the bow with a free kick from Son Heung-Min.
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Previously, Sergio Reguilón had a powerful shot that goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann rejected in the 25th minute, while Harry Kane also fired a few inches from the net in the first half.
Bachmann was called into action several times in the second half. He ran a Lucas Moura shot over the bar in the 52nd minute and saved a close-range shot from Son in the 71st minute.
Sánchez scored the decisive goal in an extended period of injury time, in part due to a delay in play caused by a medical incident in the crowd on Vicarage Road.
“It was a difficult game because we played against a well-organized team defensively; they prepared this type of game but we controlled the game,” Spurs coach Antonio Conte told the club’s television channel. “We had a lot of possession and created chances, but I think we lost the last pass – we were able to do better – and also because, in this type of game, if you score early, then your opponent has to change the plan.” and you can find the space. “
Conte extends his undefeated start as a manager to eight games since he replaced Nuno Espirito Santo in November.
“During the game we tried to make some substitutions because it was the fifth game in 13 days and, sure, the team was a bit tired, but I tried to make some substitutions, change some things but, I repeat, we were delighted to score three points against Watford” Conte added.
Watford’s winless streak, dating back to November 20 in the league, continues. Local team Joao Pedro had a penalty appeal in the 81st minute rejected by VAR after Hugo Lloris dove to make a save at their feet.