Football

Defoe’s day is ruined by Eriksen late swoop

TOTTENHAM 2

(Vertonghen 3, Eriksen 88)

SUNDERLAND 1

(Larsson 31)

Jermain Defoe was unable to continue his remarkable run of marking club debuts with a goal as Sunderland suffered a last-gasp defeat at former club Tottenham. Just 11 months after leaving White Hart Lane for Toronto FC, the 32-year-old returned to his old stomping ground after completing a move to the north east strugglers on the eve of this match.

Defoe received a warm reception in north London but left frustrated, with Christian Eriksen’s late strike – his third in as many games against Sunderland – securing Spurs victory in the dying minutes.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side had looked like they would be frustrated as wayward finishing and an impressive display from keeper Costel Pantilimon saw them struggle to add to Jan Vertonghen’s early strike.