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Tottenham Hotspur has lost two expensive points in the battle for fourth place. In London, the visit to West Ham United ended in a draw: 1-1. Tottenham took an early lead through Brennan Johnson, but saw Kurt Zouma the Hammers level. Due to the draw, Tottenham is now two points behind number four Aston Villa.

West Ham, with tastemaker Mohammed Kudus back in the starting line-up, saw Tottenham, where Micky van de Ven returned from injury, take the lead after just five minutes. Johnson was able to tap in from very close range on a pass from Timo Werner: 0-1.

Coach Ange Postecoglou's team then created a few more chances, but saw the goal fly against the ropes after twenty minutes. From a corner from Jarrod Bowen, it was Zouma who put his head against the ball and was able to score the ball from close range: 1-1.

This was followed by a few more options for both goals. For example, James Ward-Prowse tested Guglielmo Vicario with a hard long shot and tried the Spurs to create danger through a few corner kicks. Rodrigo Bentancur was also close to scoring. His shot went just wide of the target.

After the break, it was West Ham that accelerated the most and came close to taking the lead through Michail Antonio, if Vicario had not made another save. A little later it was Antonio who appeared through again, but once again Vicario turned out to be an obstacle.

As the second half progressed, Tottenham seemed to want to go for the win more. Heung-min Son (over), Pedro Porro (Fabianski save) and Werner (shot blocked) took aim at the goal, but could not make the net bulge. In the final phase, both teams were unable to shake each other.

The draw means Tottenham have a total of 57 points with eight games left to play, two fewer than Aston Villa. West Ham moves up one spot to seventh place and is therefore still in the race for European football.

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