Tottenham Hotspur had Hugo Lloris to thank for a vital victory over Leicester City on Sunday.
The France international goalkeeper made a key penalty save with the score at 1-0, denying Jamie Vardy from 12 yards to keep Spurs’ lead – given to them by defender Davinson Sanchez – intact.
Christian Eriksen then doubled Tottenham’s advantage with a dipping strike from the edge of the box.
Vardy redeemed himself somewhat with a tap-in to make it 2-1 thereafter but Son Heung-Min wrapped up all three points on the break in injury time.
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Lloris’ save came at a key moment, with Leicester pressing to find an equaliser that they would arguably have deserved.
Spurs, of course, went on to win, leaving them five points behind both Liverpool and Manchester City at the top of the table.
And fans have expressed their relief that Lloris, who has been under-par in several games this season, appears to have returned to form at just the right time.
That’s the best I’ve seen Lloris play in a loooong time. MOTM today! Sissoko also did a fantastic job, that run in the final ten minutes which drew the foul was incredible.
— Chris Miller (@WindyCOYS) February 10, 2019
Heroric performance from Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper and captain Hugo Lloris.
Crucial save from the penalty spot along with a couple of big saves during the game itself.
— Ricky Sacks 🎙 (@RickSpur) February 10, 2019
Great performance from Lloris yesterday 😀 #COYS
— Thomas Hapgood (@Tiger118118) February 11, 2019
Lots of questions about Hugo Lloris’ recent form. Our skipper answered them all yesterday! #COYS
— ⓀⒺⓋⒾⓃ (@KevinMMathews11) February 11, 2019
Can we just take a moment to think about Hugo Lloris. The guy saved a penalty. Harry Kane could turn up on my doorstep and it would still be the 2nd most unbelievable thing I’ve witnessed today. #COYS 🤯🧤😂
— Kerry 💙⚽️ (@KerryCOYS) February 10, 2019
— Jack Goodman (@jgoodman23) February 10, 2019
Man of the Match must be Hugo Lloris for me. When the Leicester fans saw Vardy step up to take the penalty they must’ve thought it was a sure thing. I just said “Hugo nows the time to be a hero” and he didn’t disappoint ! #COYS #THFC #TOTLEI
— TScott (@Trudi123coys) February 10, 2019
Hugo Lloris….world class goalkeeping! Immense performance!! #COYS
— Heather Jordan (@HeatherJordan3) February 10, 2019