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.
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 BST on Monday, 26 October.
West Ham will face Man City at the London Stadium on Saturday, 24 October at 12:30 BST.
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West Ham United
- 6D Sánchez
- 23BergwijnSubstituted forBaleat 72′minutes
- 28NdombeleSubstituted forWinksat 73′minutes
- 7Son Heung-MinSubstituted forLucas Mouraat 80′minutes
- 27Lucas Moura
- 45Alves Morais
- 21OgbonnaBooked at 72mins
- 26MasuakuBooked at 89minsSubstituted forSnodgrassat 90′minutes
- 28SoucekBooked at 77mins
- 18FornalsSubstituted forLanziniat 77′minutesBooked at 90mins
- 30AntonioBooked at 20minsSubstituted forYarmolenkoat 77′minutes
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.