By Salifu Usman, Abuja
Dejan Kulusevski headed a late equaliser to earn Tottenham Hotspur a 3-3 draw at champions Manchester City in a rip-roaring Premier League contest on Sunday.
It looked as though Jack Grealish’s 81st-minute goal had secured the points for Pep Guardiola’s side but Kulusevski struck in the 90th minute as City were held to a third successive draw in the league. The draw left City in third place with 30 points, three behind leaders Arsenal.
The match began in breathless fashion with Son Heung-min putting Tottenham ahead in the sixth minute before scoring at the other end three minutes later as a cross bounced in off his thigh.
Reuters reports that Phil Foden’s slick 31st-minute goal put City ahead and they were denied by the woodwork twice before halftime.
Giovani Lo Celso’s precise finish in the 69th minute made it 2-2 but Tottenham’s risk-taking approach cost them dear as a mistake allowed Grealish to put the hosts back in front only for the visitors to have the last laugh as they snapped a three-match losing sequence.
Meanwhile, Liverpool scored two late goals a minute apart including Trent Alexander-Arnold’s winner in the 88th minute in their breathless 4-3 victory over Fulham also on Sunday.
Wataru Endo scored in the 87th minute, while a debut strike from Alexis Mac Allister and an own goal by Fulham goalkeeper Bernd Leno from Alexander-Arnold’s spectacular free kick lifted Jurgen Klopp’s team into second in the standings on 31 points.
Liverpool are two points adrift of leaders Arsenal, while Manchester City are third on 29 points, but play later on Sunday. Fulham are 14th.
Fulham looked poised to end Liverpool’s undefeated streak at Anfield in the league, a streak that goes back to October 2022 before Mohamed Salah laid it off to Endo for a long-range goal.
After sprinting back to the centre circle, Alexander-Arnold connected with Kostas Tsimikas’s header to fire home the winner from the edge of the box.
Harry Wilson, Kenny Tete and Bobby De Cordova-Reid scored for Fulham who twice clawed back from being a goal behind.
Alexander-Arnold was initially credited with Liverpool’s first goal in the 20th minute, a superb free kick that sailed over the wall before glancing off the underside of the crossbar and then in off goalkeeper Leno.
Mac Allister’s first goal for Liverpool was a memorable one when a Fulham clearance fell at his feet in the 38th minute. He took a couple of touches before launching a rocket from 25 yards out into the top corner.
Alexander-Arnold’s late-game heroics came a week after his 80th-minute goal ended Manchester City’s run of 23 wins at the Etihad Stadium with a 1-1 draw.
Salah had thought he had scored his 200th goal for Liverpool in the game’s early minutes with his stab in from close range but VAR determined Luis Díaz was offside.
There was a long delay in the first half after Leno took a knee to the head, but he remained in the game with his head heavily bandaged.