Spurs on fire: After tonight's game, only goal difference keeps Man City in the top 4

VAR denied Nottingham Forest a potential equalizer, paving the way for Tottenham to claim a hard-fought 2-0 win

by Sededin Dedovic
Spurs on fire: After tonight's game, only goal difference keeps Man City in the top 4
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Tottenham Hotspur secured an important 2-0 victory away to Nottingham Forest in the opening match of the 17th round of the Premier League. Despite the spirited play of the home side, clinical finishing and a bit of luck proved to be the difference for Spurs.

Heung-Min Son almost opened the scoring in the third minute, but his attempt was denied by the Nottingham Forest goalkeeper. Just half an hour later, Spurs' plans were disrupted as Oliver Skip was forced to replace the injured Johnson.

However, the setback only seemed to embolden the Londoners. Right at the start of the second half, Tottenham struck gold. Dejan Kulusevski delivered an excellent cross, which Richarlison hit with a powerful header and gave Spurs a 1-0 lead.

The goal seemed to breathe new life into the visiting team, which began to dictate the tempo of the game.

VAR silenced the stadium's

Nottingham Forest, however, refused to go down without a fight. In the 58th minute, Anthony Elanga thought he had equalized with a fantastic strike, but VAR intervened and ruled the goal offside, to the despair of the home crowd.

Seven minutes later, luck smiled on Spurs again. A disastrous defensive error by Nottingham Forest gifted the ball to Kulusevski, who coolly slotted home to double Tottenham's lead. Despite being two goals down, Nottingham Forest continued to press forward.

Guglielmo Vicario pulled off a stunning save to deny Harry Toffolo in the 85th minute, keeping a clean sheet for Spurs. In the dying moments, Neco Williams hit the post powerfully, summing up a frustrating night for Nottingham Forest.

The final whistle was 2-0, which saw Tottenham climb to fifth place in the Premier League table with 33 points. They are now level on points with Manchester City, trailing only on goal difference. Nottingham Forest, on the other hand, remain in 16th place with 14 points, five points above the relegation zone.

Tottenham next face Everton at home, looking to build on their momentum. Nottingham Forest, meanwhile, host Bournemouth in a crucial clash, hoping to extend their gap away from the relegation zone. The race for the top four and the battle to avoid relegation are heating up, and this Premier League season promises to be one of the most interesting in recent memory.