Stoke City snap Tottenham’s impressive 74-game streak with comeback draw

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Tottenham Hotspur drew 2-2 at home to Stoke City.

Stoke City came from two goals behind to rescue a 2-2 draw at Tottenham Hotspur, becoming the first team in 75 attempts to achieve such a feat.

Spurs started the game in dominant fashion, controlling proceedings and going in at half-time two goals to the good with strikers from Eric Dier and Nacer Chadli.

After the break, the hosts began to lose control somewhat but were still relatively comfortable and had opportunities to extend their lead and put the game beyond the visitors.

However, the removal of striker Harry Kane through injury saw the initiative head in Stoke’s favour as Spurs no longer had the ability to hold-up possession in the final third.

After a sustained period of pressure, Marko Arnautovic pulled a goal back with 12 minutes remaining from the penalty spot and rather amazingly Mame Diouf equalised for Mark Hughes’ men five minutes later.

It was a rather strange turn of events considering the hosts’ position, but it was a significant one for the record books as the ensuing draw resulted in Stoke achieving what 74 teams before them couldn’t – coming back from a two-goal deficit at White Hart Lane to achieve at least a point.

Leicester City were the last team to do so, way back in 2004.

On reflection to their start of the season, Spurs’ one point from two games is a rather unfair amount after they matched Manchester United last weekend and controlled Stoke for long periods.

Still, there are some evident weaknesses in Tottenham’s ranks and the reliance of Harry Kane – not just his goals but presence too – showed after he was withdrawn midway through the second period.

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