Eriksen strikes with two free kicks as Spurs earn draw with Swansea
Christian Eriksen scored a free kick in each half as Tottenham twice came from behind to earn a 2-2 draw with Swansea at the Liberty Stadium.
Andre Ayew headed the Swans into the lead but Eriksen levelled, aided by poor positioning from goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski.
The home side’s lead was restored soon after, with Harry Kane putting the ball into his own net to score the third goal in the space of 11 minutes in South Wales, and Garry Monk’s side were ahead at the break.
However, Eriksen produced an even better free kick to equalise again in the 65th minute, finding the top corner from 25 yards.
The draw ended Tottenham’s seven-match winning run against Swansea and their three-game winning sequence in the Premier League, but Mauricio Pochettino’s side remain unbeaten in the top flight since the opening day of the season. They go into the international break lying eighth in the table, two points outside the top four.
There were only two changes from the Spurs side that had faced Monaco in the Europa League less than three days previously – both at full-back as Kyle Walker and Ben Davies returned to the line-up.
It was a measured start from both teams and it took quarter of an hour for either to really threaten, with Nacer Chadli sending a low drive at Fabianski.
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However, Jefferson Montero was enjoying acres of space on the Swans’ left flank, and plenty of opportunities to run at Walker.
That resulted in the opening goal as ex-Spurs man Gylfi Sigurdsson played the ball out to the winger, who attacked Walker, cut back and crossed the ball into the middle, where Ayew leapt and directed a header past Hugo Lloris.
But Spurs responded and Chadli tested Fabianski again from a tight angle before the Lilywhites levelled. Dele Alli won a free kick 25 yards out, with Federico Fernandez getting a yellow card for the sliding challenge, and Eriksen stepped up to beat Fabianki, who moved behind his wall and allowed the ball to sail into the middle of his net.
Parity did not last long though, and Swansea regained their lead four minutes later. Again, Montero ran at Walker, winning a corner – and, when Jonjo Shelvey delivered the set piece, Kane sliced the ball into the roof of his own net at the front post.
Kane tried to make amends at the other end, firing at Fabianski from 20 yards, and the lively Eriksen continued to threaten, forcing Fabianski into a diving save with another free kick and flashing a shot across goal. Swans captain Ashley Williams could easily have turned it into his own net as he got his head to it, but the ball went out for a corner instead.
Spurs nearly made the perfect start to the second half as a quick passing move resulted in a low ball in from Ben Davies to Kane, who was denied by Fabianski at close range. But Swansea responded and Montero ran at Walker again and crossed to the back post, where Bafetimbi Gomis headed over.
Ki Sung-Yeung’s 20-yard shot was well blocked by Eriksen and Gomis got his head on Sigurdsson’s wayward volley but directed his effort wide of the near post.
Pochettino responded to Montero’s ongoing threat by swapping Lamela for Andros Townsend, who worked hard to help Walker out while trying to get Spurs heading the other way.
It helped, and Spurs went on to equalise. Alli won another free kick and Eriksen stepped up to repeat his earlier heroics. This time the goalkeeping could not be questioned as the Dane whipped the ball into the top right corner.
Tottenham found another gear and Fabianski was forced to palm away a 25-yard strike from Alli before sticking out a leg to deny Townsend, while Eriksen sent a low shot just wide in the 90th minute.
There was still time for Swansea to fashion one more chance though, and it was a good one as Fernandez rose to meet a free kick and head towards the top right corner, but Lloris made a superb diving save, tipping the ball onto the crossbar to ensure Spurs left with a share of the spoils.
Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Alli, Lamela (Townsend 57), Eriksen, Chadli (Njie 64), Kane (Dembele 81)
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