Former Liverpool and Manchester United forward Michael Owen has claimed that Tottenham Hotspur’s opening goal against Leeds United yesterday should not have stood.

Spurs conceded the opening goal in a game for the eighth time in a row when Crysencio Summerville scored for a fourth Premier League match running inside the first ten minutes following poor positional play from Eric Dier and Emerson Royal.

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The home side equalised following a corner kick when the ball dropped to Harry Kane who showed good control and an impressive finish, however, Leeds claimed that goalkeeper Ilan Meslier had been impeded by Spurs defender Clement Lenglet when the ball had been delivered into the penalty area and was still awarded despite a VAR review.

Owen told Premier League Productions (12/11/22 at 5:05 pm): “I thought that was a foul on the goalkeeper, not given. He was bundled into. But Harry Kane with a great touch and finish to get them back into it. It was just topsy-turvy from then on.”

A later equaliser from Ben Davies made it 2-2 before Rodrigo Bentancur struck twice in the final 10 minutes as Tottenham battled back from behind three times to snatch a dramatic 4-3 victory to ensure they remained in the top four heading into the World Cup break.

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Spurs have been on the wrong end of a fair share of VAR reviews which were far more controversial than Lenglet’s presence in front of Meslier.  This was probably the brainchild of set-piece expert Gianni Vio, who has helped to vastly improve the club’s fortunes from corner kicks this season.

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