Goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga saved a penalty in the 70th minute, helping Tottenham draw home host Watford 0-0 in the 23rd Premier League round on January 18.
Tottenham were penalized when captain Jan Vertonghen let the ball touch the ball in the penalty area. Troy Deeney takes responsibility for the penalty, but is caught by Gazzaniga in the face of the penalty spot. The visitors goalkeeper dropped to the right, pushing Deeney’s low kick.
Watford regrets the broken penalty, but they also have reason to be satisfied with a point. In the second minute of injury time, the host replaced Ignacio Pussetto to save the ball on the line after Erik Lamela’s finish. Referee Michael Oliver has to solicit VAR before determining there is no goal for Tottenham in this situation.
Totttenham did not win the fourth match in a row
Penalty phase and VAR intervention situation are two distinctly rare highlights in the London derby without too many exciting happenings. Tottenham is more appreciated, but the captain Harry Kane’s injury makes their shots less mutant, when both Son Heung-min and Lucas Moura do not have the necessary sharpness.
Meanwhile, Watford continues to give it no coincidence that they are unbeaten in the last five matches (won 4, drew 1) with new coach Nigel Pearson.
The home side’s defensive defensive football made Tottenham in the first half really uncomfortable. During the 45 minutes, Mourinho’s students only had about two clear opportunities. Moura failed to beat Ben Foster in the 38th minute, Son volleyed into the bar two minutes later.
Towards the end of the first half, when Tottenham appeared impatient, pushing the squad high, Watford began to counterattack. Deeney chilled the visitors with a comfortable finish, sending the ball into the right position of the Gazzaniga at the end of the half, and Doucoure hitting the edge of the net at the beginning of the second half.
Tottenham’s best chance came in the injury time with Lamela finishing, but the save on the lime line of Pussetto and VAR caused Mourinho’s teachers and students to leave with a 0-0 draw.
This is the fourth match in a row that Mourinho’s teachers and students have not won in the English Premier League, counting from the Brighton match at the Gift giving ceremony on December 26. In the last four matches, Tottenham drew Norwich 2-2 respectively, lost to Southampton and Liverpool with the same score 0-1, then drew Watford 0-0.