Tottenham’s Dejan Kulusevski has scored a 90th-minute equaliser as champions Manchester City were held to a third consecutive Premier League draw in a six-goal thriller at the Etihad Stadium.
Ange Postecoglou dared to dare once again at the home of the champions on Sunday (Monday AEDT) and was rewarded with a never-say-die performance from his injury-hit side as they ended their recent losing streak.
Speaking after the game, Kulusevski revealed Ange’s halftime fury at his side’s performance, which sparked the remarkable comeback.
“Ange was very angry at us half-time,” said the winger. “He told us ‘guys come on, just play football’ and second half we were unbelievable.”
Ange himself confirmed the spray afterwards, joking with Sky Sports that much of what he said was not repeatable.
“There would probably only be a few words I can say,” said the Spurs coach.
“Joking aside it was more trying to get the players to believe in themselves rather than anger at them. I’m always mindful that from where I am on the touchline it seems simple but out there against an unbelievable team it is difficult.
“It was a case of whatever happens I will take responsibility, particularly if it doesn’t go well. But just go out there and believe in yourselves.”
City, however, were left fuming after a late call went Tottenham’s way. Erling Haaland was visibly angered at the end – later tweeting simple “WTF” – with referee Simon Hooper blowing for a foul on the striker when Jack Grealish was through on goal with seconds to play.
“He’s just going to have to hold his hands up and say he got it wrong,” said Owen Hargreaves on the Optus Sport coverage.
“He does the right thing, plays the advantage, and then he sees he’s in and decides to pull it back. Jack’s fuming, (Ruben) Dias is fuming, everyone’s fuming and rightly so. He got it wrong.
“Refs make mistakes, it’s human error, it’s fine, but once he gives the advantage and brings it back, he’s one vs one!”
Spurs’ Son Heung-min scored at both ends inside the first 10 minutes, initially firing the visitors ahead before inadvertently diverting a free-kick beyond goalkeeper Guglielmo Vicario.
Phil Foden’s cool finish just after the half-hour was cancelled out by a superb strike from Giovani Lo Celso before Grealish looked to have swept home the winner for City 10 minutes from time.
But Spurs refused to throw in the towel and Kulusevski’s towering late header earned them a point.
There was another remarkable game at Anfield, where Trent Alexander-Arnold scored an 88th-minute winner as Liverpool staged a dramatic late fightback to beat Fulham 4-3.
Alexander-Arnold had helped Liverpool open the scoring in the 20th minute when his free-kick hit the bar and bounced in off Fulham goalkeeper Bernd Leno, only for Harry Wilson to swiftly equalise.
Alexis Mac Allister restored the home side’s lead with a stunning long-range effort, but Kenny Tete equalised in first-half stoppage time and Bobby De Cordova-Reid headed the Cottagers into the lead 10 minutes from time.
But Wataru Endo scored his first Premier League goal to make it 3-3 after 87 minutes and Alexander-Arnold completed the remarkable turnaround seconds later.
On a day of entertaining games, Enzo Fernandez scored twice as 10-man Chelsea held on to beat Brighton 3-2 at Stamford Bridge.
Headers from Fernandez and Levi Colwill gave Mauricio Pochettino’s side an early two-goal lead, but Facundo Buonanotte reduced the deficit moments before Conor Gallagher was shown a second yellow card for fouling Billy Gilmour in first-half stoppage time.
Fernandez restored Chelsea’s two-goal lead from the penalty spot midway through the second half before substitute Joao Pedro’s late header set up a tense finish.
Ollie Watkins scored a 90th-minute equaliser as Aston Villa twice came from behind to draw 2-2 with Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium.
Antoine Semenyo’s early goal was cancelled out by Leon Bailey after 20 minutes and, although Dominic Solanke put Bournemouth ahead again early in the second half, Watkins’ late header ensured the spoils were shared.
West Ham and Crystal Palace also had to settle for a point each at the London Stadium, where Mohammed Kudus opened the scoring for the home side after 13 minutes.
But the visitors were gifted an equaliser early in the second half when Odsonne Edouard capitalised on a poor back pass from Konstantinos Mavropanos to slot the ball beyond Alphonse Areola.