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Spurs produce latest turnaround in Premier League history

16 Sep 2023
Richarlison celebrates with Yves Bissouma

Richarlison comes off the bench to get a goal and assist in eighth and 10th minutes of stoppage time

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An emotional week for Richarlison had a fairytale ending as he came off the bench to inspire the latest turnaround in Premier League history.

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The Tottenham Hotspur forward was pictured in tears after being substituted for Brazil on international duty, subsequently revealing he has had “a turbulent time off the pitch".

But Richarlison added in midweek: “Things are going to flow now and I’m certain that I will have a good run at Tottenham and will make things happen again.”

Richarlison backed up that assertion with a match-winning contribution as a substitute against Sheffield United.

See: Postecoglou: Richarlison should remember he's a great player

Spurs were still trailing 1-0 after seven minutes of stoppage time, but Richarlison equalised with a towering header from Ivan Perisic’s corner for his 50th goal in the competition.

Two minutes later he set up the winner for Dejan Kulusevski, and at full-time Spurs’ players showed their love for him by pushing him in front of them as they headed to celebrate with the delirious home fans.

It was the latest minute in a match that a Premier League team have ever been losing before coming back to win.

Latest ever PL turnarounds
Result Date Time when trailing
Spurs 2-1 Sheff Utd 16 Sep '23 97:33
Leicester 2-3 Spurs 19 Jan '22 94:52
Man City 3-2 QPR 13 May '12 91:15
Swansea 5-4 Crystal Palace 26 Nov '16 90:04
Everton 2-1 Spurs 9 Dec '12 89:54

It beat Spurs’ own record after their 3-2 win at Leicester City in January 2022, when Steven Bergwijn came off the bench to score twice in the fifth and seventh minutes of stoppage time.

Before that match at King Power Stadium, the record was held by the Manchester City team who won the 2011/12 title with Sergio Aguero's famous late winner against Queens Park Rangers.

Kulusevski's strike was the latest winning goal in Premier League history, beating the record previously held by Bruno Fernandes by eight seconds.

Player Club Opp. Date Time
Kulusevski Spurs Sheff Utd 16 Sep '23 99:53
Fernandes Man Utd Brighton 26 Sep '20 99:45
Iwobi Everton Newcastle 17 Mar '22 98:20
Mac Allister Brighton Man Utd 4 May '23 98:17
Douglas Luiz Aston Villa C Palace 16 Sep '23 97:33

Spurs’ stirring fightback was something of a theme on Saturday, with four teams coming from behind to win.

It all started with Liverpool’s 3-1 win at Wolverhampton Wanderers in the early kick-off, and Aston Villa and Man City also conceded first before ultimately securing 3-1 victories.

See: Comeback kings Liverpool beat Wolves to extend unbeaten run

It the first time that four teams have come from behind to win on the same day in the Premier League since Boxing Day 2013, when five sides did so.

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