West Ham came back from three goals down with under 10 minutes to go to rescue a point in an astonishing comeback against Tottenham.
Manuel Lanzini’s brilliant long-range strike in injury time levelled the scores after Spurs had taken complete control in the opening 16 minutes through two goals from Harry Kane and one from Son Heung-min.
Fabian Balbuena’s header began West Ham’s fightback, with Davinson Sanchez’s own goal giving even more hope with five minutes to go.
Gareth Bale, on as a substitute in his first appearance since his return to Spurs from Real Madrid, missed a great chance in stoppage time before Lanzini lashed the ball in off goalkeeper Hugo Lloris’ fingertips to cap an incredible climax.
West Ham improved markedly in the second half, but when Kane hit the post with 12 minutes to go there was no sign that the final result would be anything other than another win for Spurs.
The result sees Spurs remain in sixth place, while West Ham move up two places into eighth.
Spurs go from sublime to ridiculous
Spurs looked irresistible in the opening stages, carrying on in the same vein from their 6-1 thrashing of Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Kane’s sublime pass from inside his own half set up Son’s opener after only 45 seconds when the South Korean bent his shot around Balbuena and into the bottom corner.
Son then assisted Kane for the second after just eight minutes, the Spurs skipper’s excellent close control being followed up by a shot lashed past Lukasz Fabianski.
And when Kane then nodded in from a nicely floated cross by Sergio Reguilon, the hosts looked set to move up into second place ahead of the Sunday night Leicester v Aston Villa match.
The impressive Kane was even heavily involved at the other end, making an excellent block to deny Vladimir Coufal’s shot just before half-time.
But Spurs looked to ease off in the second half, and the introduction of Bale with 18 minutes left should have injected some much-needed urgency.
However the Spurs defence, barely tested before the break, creaked and then collapsed when it finally came under pressure at the crunch.
Hammers dig deep
Faced by a daunting scoreline before a quarter of the game had gone, West Ham dug deep and didn’t collapse completely as might have been expected after Spurs’ opening onslaught.
But when Pablo Fornals somehow headed over from two yards out with keeper Lloris not in the picture, it seemed to suggest that David Moyes’ side would leave north London empty-handed.
But Moyes, back in the technical zone after a spell away with coronavirus, then saw his side go onto the front foot even after the introduction of Bale suggested that Spurs were closing in for the kill.
Balbuena’s goal jangled the hosts’ nerves, and when Sanchez diverted Coufal’s cross into his own net it was the away side who scented blood.
Lanzini’s brilliant shot, his first goal since May 2019, gave West Ham a draw that sees them putting a poor start to the season behind them with seven points from their last three Premier League outings.
Bale is back, if only briefly
Jose Mourinho had been coy about the prospects of Gareth Bale making his first appearance since his return from Real Madrid, saying the Welshman would “probably” play against West Ham.
But instead of Bale, Mourinho opted for Steven Bergwijn to line up alongside Kane and Son in Spurs’ front three.
Bale lining up alongside Kane and Son makes Spurs a tantalising prospect – in attack, at least.
Instead, Bale may have to wait until Thursday to make his first start for Spurs since 19 May 2013 when they take on LASK in the Europa League.
The Welshman’s very first touch after coming on was at a free kick, but he looked rusty as he drove it tamely at Fabianski.
The 31-year-old will look more ruefully at the chance he had to seal the win while Spurs were wobbling at 3-2, but his shot curled just wide and left West Ham with a slight chance that they eventually seized upon.
What the managers said
Spurs boss Jose Mourinho, speaking to BBC Sport: “It is easy for me to praise West Ham. They were losing 3-0 for the majority of the game. The game was controlled, they didn’t have chances and then late in the game, they score and increased their belief.
“They were lucky but maybe they deserved that luck. We were unlucky but maybe we deserved that.
“Harry Kane hit the post, it could be 4-0. Bale can score the fourth and kill it. Out of context, based on free-kicks and and second balls, they found a style.
“We should be stronger. In the second half they risked quite a lot, pressing up and gave us more space. We should get an occasion to win the game.
“I don’t know if it was us inviting them or them with the extra motivation of getting in the game. I cant identify us or them, maybe both.”
Is it a lesson for the players? “For the team, yes. For individuals, no.”
West Ham manager David Moyes to BBC Sport: “I hadn’t thought we played badly in the first half, that’s what I said at half-time, sometimes you feel you have to do something – we didn’t, we made changes later on and they certainly made a big difference.
“The plan was not to go 4-0 down, we said if we got one we would see what happened. It is a growing confidence we have at West Ham at the moment, we missed some chances today.
“A really good performance from the players got us back into it. We thought we played really well, the football was good, we threatened them. We are playing against a team everyone is talking about and after 10 minutes I was thinking ‘is this going to be six or seven?’ We changed and it made us better.
“Since we came back from lockdown we’ve been a completely different team. We keep scoring goals, but need to get back to clean sheets.”
The comeback kids – the stats you may have missed
- West Ham are the first team in Premier League history to avoid defeat in a game having trailed by 3+ goals as late as the 81st minute.
- Tottenham (D1 L2) have failed to win any of their opening three home games of a Premier League season for just the fourth time (and first time since 2017-18), conceding stoppage-time equalisers in each of their last two.
- Tottenham were 3-0 up within 16 minutes against West Ham, the earliest they have scored three times in a single Premier League game since August 2007 v Derby County (14 mins).
- Since Jose Mourinho took charge of Spurs in November 2019, Harry Kane (33) and Son Heung-Min (30) have had a direct hand in more goals in all competitions than any other Premier League players.
- Gareth Bale came off the bench to appear in his first Spurs match in 7 years & 152 days, since scoring the only goal of the game v Sunderland in May 2013. Indeed, it is the longest gap between appearances by a Tottenham player in the Premier League.
Spurs host LASK in the Europa League at 20:00 BST on Thursday, 22 October, then travel to Turf Moor to play Burnley in the Premier League at 20:00 GMT on Monday, 26 October.
West Ham will face Man City at the London Stadium on Saturday, 24 October at 12:30 BST.
West Ham United
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- Paul Tierney
Match ends, Tottenham Hotspur 3, West Ham United 3.
Second Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 3, West Ham United 3.
Manuel Lanzini (West Ham United) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.
Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 3, West Ham United 3. Manuel Lanzini (West Ham United) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner following a set piece situation.
Foul by Serge Aurier (Tottenham Hotspur).
Robert Snodgrass (West Ham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Attempt missed. Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Harry Kane following a fast break.
Foul by Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur).
Aaron Cresswell (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution, West Ham United. Robert Snodgrass replaces Arthur Masuaku.
Arthur Masuaku (West Ham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Lucas Moura (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Arthur Masuaku (West Ham United).
Attempt blocked. Jarrod Bowen (West Ham United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Aaron Cresswell with a cross.
Foul by Serge Aurier (Tottenham Hotspur).
Manuel Lanzini (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Arthur Masuaku.
Foul by Harry Winks (Tottenham Hotspur).
Manuel Lanzini (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Own Goal by Davinson Sánchez, Tottenham Hotspur. Tottenham Hotspur 3, West Ham United 2.