Tottenham secured a third-round FA Cup replay with a dramatic late penalty in a 2-2 draw with Leicester City at White Hart Lane on Sunday evening.
Christian Eriksen had given the hosts the lead early on, only to see Marcin Wasilewski equalise just 10 minutes later to ensure that the two sides went into the half-time interval level.
In turn, it set up a thrilling cup tie with both teams pushing on to find a winner straight out of the gate in the second half, and it was the visitors who struck first.
Claudio Ranieri’s reputation for being a ‘Tinkerman’ continued as he brought on Shinji Okazaki for the second period, and the Japanese international responded within two minutes as he danced his way through the Spurs defence before putting the ball in the back of the net at the second time of asking.
That appeared to have swung the momentum in Leicester’s favour as they looked set to secure a famous FA Cup win over their Premier League rivals, but they were denied in the closing stages as Nathan Dyer was harshly adjudged to have handled in the area.
While Leicester’s protests fell on deaf ears and replays suggested that it perhaps shouldn’t have been given, substitute Harry Kane took no notice, stepped up and made no mistake as he buried his penalty to earn his side a replay.
The Foxes will naturally be disappointed not to have secured their place in the fourth round having led for so long in the second half, but with both Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez missing from the line-up, Ranieri will be delighted with the performance from his players to come within touching distance of advancing.