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Norwich 0-5 Tottenham Hotspur; Antonio Conte’s men secure Champions League spot at Carrow Road on final Matchday

Arsenal lashed Everton at the Emirates Stadium, but their lapse at Newcastle means the 5-1 thrashing of the Toffees would not be enough to secure top four

Heung-Min Son & Dejan Kulusevski crush Norwich to cement Champions League qualification for Spurs
Heung-Min Son & Dejan Kulusevski crush Norwich to cement Champions League qualification for Spurs

The task was simple for Antonio Conte’s men, avoid defeat against an already relegated Norwich, and the final Champions League spot would be theirs, and they did it in style. Son Heung-min helped Tottenham secure UEFA Champions League football whilst securing the golden boot with a brace as Spurs ran riot at Carrow road. 

First Half

Considering the Canaries have only won at home against teams at the bottom half of the league table, it would take a haphazard performance from Spurs to come out with anything but an away victory. 

Tottenham threatened from the get-go and took the lead inside the first 16 minutes. Rodrigo Bentancur had plenty of time to put the ball on a plate for Dejan Kulusevski, and the Swede finished off a lovely Spurs move with a tap-in. 

Bentancur was in the mood to provide, and he was at it once again just after the half-hour mark. He made the most of a Tim Krul error to find Harry Kane, who made it 2-0 with a header. 

The hosts offered very little in the first half, with their best chance falling to Milot Rashica, but he drove his shot narrowly wide to keep the score at 2-0 at halftime.

Second Half

Teemu Pukki missed a good chance, but to his credit, it showed that Norwich came out for the second period a much-improved side. An inch-perfect cross found the Finnish international in the box, but he sent his header well wide of the right post.

Son Heung-min should have put the game to bed on the hour mark. He got on the end of a cross from Kane, but he was denied by Krul from close range.

Moments after missing an open goal, Kulusevski grabbed his second goal of the game. He cut inside from the right flank, onto his dangerous left foot, before beautifully curling the ball into the top corner to make it 3-0 with 25 minutes to the end of the game. 

Spurs were in the mood, but the man chasing the golden boot was not in on the action. At least not yet, but he all but confirmed Spurs’ Champions League spot with his 22nd Premier League goal of the season. The South Korean found the bottom corner, after being teed up by second-half substitute Lucas Moura. 

Son doubled his tally moments after finding space on the edge of the area before curling the ball into the right corner to ensure he finishes the season as joint top scorer in the Premier League.

It was all about game control from there, but there was not much to control. They were the dominant side from the first whistle and comfortably saw out the remainder of the game. 

It is a job well done for Antonio Conte, who can now continue his rebuild while expecting to play on the grandest stage in club football next season. For already relegated Norwich, Dean Smith would have to devise a plan that gets them back to the Premier League sooner than later. 

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