Tottenham 1-0 Burnley: Kane penalty puts Arsenal under pressure as Spurs finish fourth

Tottenham placed pressure on Arsenal after their 1-0 victory against Burnley, which moved them into the fourth position in the Premier League.

After a VAR assessment, referee Kevin Friend judged that the ball flicked Ashley Barnes’ extended arm, prompting Harry Kane to score from the spot in first-half extra time.

That was enough for Spurs to go above their north London rivals into fourth place ahead of the Gunners’ trip to Newcastle on Monday night.

A tense 90 minutes against Tottenham Hotspur would have been far less stressful if Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope had not produced a succession of excellent saves.

Burnley nearly equalized in the second half when Barnes struck the post from distance, but the setback put the Clarets under pressure in the relegation battle.

It was always going to be an attack against defense game, and Spurs spent the first 20 minutes camped in Burnley’s half.

An early goal would have relieved the strain and transformed the tempo of the game, but Spurs squandered many opportunities to make things easier for themselves.

After Lucas Moura’s cross, Kane headed straight at Pope, who also had to scurry to paw away a Son attempt at the near post.

Ryan Sessegnon floated in a cross for Kane in the 16th minute, but the England captain’s header back across goal was cleared off the line by Nathan Collins.

The tension in the stadium continued to rise as Burnley had a rare stretch of possession and generated the game’s finest opportunity in the 28th minute.

Josh Brownhill moved down the left and slipped in Maxwel Cornet, but Hugo Lloris stopped the Ivorian’s attempt.

Tottenham were unhappy as Burnley defended well and made things tough until a vital run of play in first-half injury time.

The Clarets seemed to clear a corner until Moura danced into the penalty area and drew back for Kane, who rifled a shot wide.

Despite the fact that there were few appeals at the time, VAR evaluated a probable handball after the corner was cleared.

After reviewing the pitchside monitor, Friend determined that the ball had struck Barnes’ extended arm and awarded a penalty.

Spurs had a lifeline, and Kane took it with both hands, firing a low penalty into the corner, Pope glued to the spot.

Burnley reacted angrily at the decision, encircling Friend after the goal was scored and clashing in the tunnel at halftime.

The visitors capitalized on their dissatisfaction by starting the second half with verve and intensity.

Kevin Long headed a corner just wide before they came within inches of equalizing just after the hour when Dwight McNeil found Barnes, whose 25-yard attempt hit the post.

Burnley putting people farther up the field did expose them to counter-attacks, while Tottenham had more room in attack.

And they nearly took advantage, only to be turned down by a miracle save from Pope.

They shifted the ball from right to left with some lovely one-touch passing, which ended with Sessegnon drawing back for Son, who seemed to be poised to score with a low shot until Pope got a handout and turned it around the corner.

In the 81st minute, the same combination teamed once again, this time to deflect another attempt intended for the top of the goal.

Those saves made it a tense finish for Spurs, who hung on to win by three points.

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