Leicester City moved six points clear of the Premier League (PL) relegation zone as a superb 4-1 victory over top-four chasing Tottenham Hotspur ended a run of four straight H2H defeats.
Coming into the contest on the back of an impressive victory over Manchester City last time out, Tottenham looked full of confidence in the opening exchanges, with Rodrigo Bentancur and Ivan Perišić both going close to opening the scoring.
After a dominant start, the visitors found a deserved breakthrough in the 14th minute, as Bentancur reacted fastest inside the six-yard box to tap home for his fifth PL goal of the season.
With time ticking into the final 20 minutes, the hosts thought they’d scored a fourth to seal victory, however Harvey Barnes saw a close-range strike disallowed for a fractional offside to keep Spurs’ faint hopes alive.
Despite the fortunate reprieve, any hopes of a late Tottenham comeback were extinguished with nine minutes remaining, as Barnes curled home from the edge of the box to secure a richly-deserved three points for the hosts.
The result lifts Leicester up to 13th, six points clear of the relegation zone, while Tottenham remain 5th, having missed the opportunity to climb into the top-four for at least a couple of hours.