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Dyer sends Leicester second, Mason saves Spurs

Sunday, September 13, 2015 7:42:50 AM America/Los_Angeles

Nathan Dyer scored a brave 89th-minute winner as Leicester City stormed back from 2-0 down to beat Aston Villa 3-2 and claim second place in the English Premier League.

Villa looked set to inflict a first defeat of the campaign on Claudio Ranieri's men after stylish first-time finishes either side of half-time by Jack Grealish and Carles Gil put them in control at the King Power Stadium. But Ritchie De Laet halved the deficit in the 72nd minute with a flick from a Riyad Mahrez corner that the Goal Decision System showed had just crossed the line before Jamie Vardy turned in Danny Drinkwater's low cross for the equaliser ten minutes later.

With Villa hanging on, Mahrez floated a cross into the box and Dyer, a half-time replacement for Shinji Okazaki, showed huge courage to beat outrushing goalkeeper Brad Guzan to the ball and head home. The result preserved Leicester's unbeaten record and left them four points below leaders Manchester City, with their Midlands rivals Villa seven points back in 15th place.

Meanwhile, Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino encouraged his team to kick on after they won 1-0 at Sunderland to claim their first victory of the campaign. Ryan Mason finished off an intricate move to score the winner in the 82nd minute after Tottenham had weathered spells of pressure at the Stadium of Light, with Spurs old boy Jermain Defoe notably hitting the post.

After a defeat and three draws in Spurs' first four games, it was a win that had taken its time in coming and Pochettino voiced optimism that it would be a sign of things to come.

Spurs grew into the game and made the breakthrough when Mason ran onto a through ball from substitute Erik Lamela to score at the culmination of a 15-pass move. Mason was clattered by Sunderland goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon in the act of scoring and had to be stretchered off, but Pochettino said it did not appear to be a serious injury.

Dick Advocaat's Sunderland, who hit the bar through substitute Jack Rodwell in the closing stages, sank to the foot of the table on goal difference.

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