Tottenham Hotspur defeated Fulham by three-goals-to-one in an entertaining Barclay’s Premier League match played inside Wembley Stadium.
The first half of the match was a dominant , explosive and all-attacking football by Tottenham Hotspur. Fulham were very tidy in their passes whenever they had possession of the ball , but those instances were few and far between throughout the game.
Lucas Moura missed a chance to put his side ahead in the early minutes of the game. A cross from Ben Davies located him inside Fulham’s eighteen yard box but he headed the ball very far away from the goalpost.
A minute later, Moura pounced on the ball from Calum Chambers’ poor clearance and raced with it into Fulham’s eighteen yard box only to have the ball clawed away from his feet by goalkeeper Fabri.
In one of the few instances Fulham made inroad into Tottenham’s final third, Tom Cairney rattled Hugo Lloris with a curling shot from outside the eighteen yard box , but the Le Blues goalkeeper was able to punch it out of play.
Fabri was called to action in the thirty fourth minute when he punched out of danger Christian Erikson’s goal-bound freekick.
Sessegnon was foiled from shooting at the Tottenham’s goalpost by Lloris after the teen-aged winger connected to a cross inside the opponent’s eighteen yard box.
Tottenham persistent attacks paid off when Moura beat goalkeeper Fabri with a curling shot from outside the eighteen yard box.
Fulham became more purposeful in the opening ten minutes of the second stanza of the game. In one of their attacking play , Aleksandar Mitrovic hit the goalpost with his low shot.
Mitrovic scored minutes after his missed goal-scoring opportunity when he headed a cross from Sessegnon into the net from about three yards away from the goalpost.
Tottenham regained their dominance of the game after conceding a goal.They had a chance to double their lead when goalkeeper Fabri’s poor clearance fell to the front of Dele Alli inside Fulham’s eighteen yard box , but his final effort was deflected out of the pitch by an opponent’s defender.
Harry Kane , who had been somewhat quiet in the match , made his predatory presence felt when he hit the crossbar with a shot in the seventy first minute.
Mauricio Pochettino made a tactical change to his team as Fulham started settling into the match , he replaced Davinson Sanchez with Musa Dembele and then switched from the use of wing-backs to a regular back-four.
Kieran Trippier shot his side ahead when he beat goal-keeper Fabri with a brilliantly struck free-kick in the seventy fourth minute of the game.
Four minutes later, Kane scored and broke the jinx of being unable to score in Premier League games the month of August. Eric Lamela played a major role in the build-up to Kane’s goal, he raced with the ball deep into Fulham’s half of the pitch before laying a pass to kane inside eighteen yard box, Kane feigned shooting with his left foot but drove the ball to his right leg evading his marker , and he then curled the ball to the fall corner of the net.
Fabri , who made very wonderful saves in the match, deflected Lamela’s last minute shot out of the goalpost to keep the score at three-one.
This victory made it the first time in the last four seasons that Tottenham have been able to win their first two opening Premier league matches.