Tottenham Hotspur forward Richarlison sparked an astonishing turnaround as his side scored twice deep in stoppage time beat promoted Sheffield United 2-1 in the English Premier League (EPL) on Saturday (September 16).
Tottenham were heading for their first Premier League defeat under Ange Postecoglou as they trailed to Gustavo Hamer’s against the run of play in the 75th minute.
But second-half substitute Richarlison ended his goal drought with the equaliser in the eighth of 12 minutes added on.
He then set up Dejan Kulusevski for the winner two minutes later as Tottenham made it four wins in a row and 13 points from 15 — their best start to a top-flight season since 1965-66.
Tottenham are second in the table, two points behind champions Manchester City.
Sheffield United, still without a league win this season, had Ollie McBurnie sent off for a second yellow card for arguing with the referee as their frustration boiled over.
Brazil forward Richarlison had endured a testing time of late, unable to nail down a starting place at Tottenham and in midweek saying he would seek psychological help after looking tearful when substituted in Brazil’s game against Bolivia.
He was one of three Postecoglou substitutions in the 80th minute as Tottenham threw everything at the Sheffield defence.
And he delivered his first Premier League goal since April as he found space in the area to head in a corner swung across by fellow substitute Ivan Perisic.
Tottenham sensed their chance to snatch all three points and it was Richarlison whose pass enabled Kulusevski to hammer a shot into the corner and send the home fans wild.
It had looked as though Sheffield United would return with the points having pulled off the ultimate smash and grab raid.
Tottenham had 28 goal attempts and 70 per cent of the possession but were stunned when Hamer gave the visitors the lead with a shot that crept in off the post.
Visiting keeper Wes Foderingham made some fine saves and United rode their luck at times with Richarlison also heading a chance over the crossbar but the Spurs fans were singing the Brazilian’s name at the end.