Tottenham secures top-four position with win over struggling Forest

By Majesty 3 Min Read

After defeating Nottingham Forest, Tottenham made their first appearance in the Premier League’s top four since February.

Within fifteen minutes, the hosts took the lead when Forest defender Murillo redirected Timo Werner’s cross into his own goal.

After 12 minutes, Chris Wood of Forest tied the score with a header from Anthony Elanga’s cross.

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However, in the 52nd minute, center-back Micky van de Ven gave Tottenham the lead again with a powerful effort that went into the top corner from the edge of the penalty area.

And six minutes after that, Pedro Porro scored Spurs’ third goal by smashing home a cross-field pass from James Maddison.

With one game remaining, Tottenham’s victory put them ahead of Aston Villa on goal differential.

Due to their greater goal differential against Luton, Nottingham Forest managed to stay in 17th place and stay out of the relegation zone.

Tottenham lost to Fulham and drew with West Ham in recent weeks, missing opportunities to move back above rivals Aston Villa. As a result, they were knocked out of the top four on February 17.

However, following a year out of the competition, Ange Postecoglou’s team is now in a fantastic position to finish fourth and secure Champions League qualification thanks to Sunday’s results.

Furthermore, Tottenham might still be able to make the Champions League even if they finish fifth instead of fourth.

England has a good chance of winning one of the “Performance Slots” awarded by Uefa, which would let another Premier League team compete in Europe’s top club competition.

Forest equalised Tottenham in the first half, but an unexpected source gave them the lead back in a commanding second half.

This season, Van van Ven has been outstanding in defence. In the twenty Premier League games he has appeared in, Spurs have won thirteen and lost only two.

Spurs was applying pressure, and the 22-year-old was frequently forced to push into midfield. He brilliantly grabbed his opportunity to score his goal, his second in the Premier League, after picking up the ball on the outskirts of the area.

In the dying moments, Forest custodian Matz Sels also tipped a shot by Tottenham captain Son Heung-min into the post.

The North London team will visit Newcastle on Saturday in order to continue their campaign for a spot in the top four.

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