Wolverhampton Wanderers pulled off a major upset in the Premier League on Saturday, stunning Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 at the Molineux Stadium.
Adama Traore scored the winning goal in the 82nd minute, taking advantage of a parry by Spurs keeper Fraser Forster from Raul Jimenez's powerful strike.
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This victory lifted Wolves up two places to 13th in the table, while Spurs remained fourth, four points behind Manchester United who will face Liverpool on Sunday.
The match was a disappointing one for Tottenham, who suffered their second defeat in a row after their 1-0 loss to Sheffield United in the FA Cup on Thursday.
Spurs captain Harry Kane said that it has been a tough and disappointing week for the team, but they have 12 or 13 games left to push for a top-four place.
The first half of the match was dominated by the Wolves' spoiling tactics, with manager Julen Lopetegui deploying Mario Lemina in a man-marking role on Kane.
Tottenham had several chances to take the lead, with Dejan Kulusevski drawing a smart save from Wolves' keeper Jose Sa in the 19th minute and Pedro Porro hitting the crossbar with a free kick just before halftime.
However, Wolves' defence held strong, and the first half ended goalless.
Lopetegui made two changes at halftime, bringing on Nathan Collins for Pedro Neto and Traore for Lemina.
The change in tactics proved to be a game-changer for the Wolves, as Traore swung the tide in their favour.
Spurs' Heung-Min Son came close to scoring in the 47th minute with a deflected shot that hit the bar, but Wolves were quick to retaliate.
In the 51st minute, Nelson Semedo missed a chance to score for the Wolves when he failed to connect with Jimenez's cross at the far post.
Ruben Neves drew two saves from Forster in quick succession in the 69th minute, serving a warning of what was to come.
Wolves continued to attack Tottenham with increasing intensity, with Matheus Cunha firing wide in the 73rd minute after being played in by Jimenez.
Traore even came close to scoring a second goal in the dying minutes of the match, crashing a cross off the woodwork.
Overall, it was a hard-fought and well-deserved victory for Wolves, who are now six points clear of the relegation zone.
Neves summed up the team's attitude, saying that they are "in the middle of a war, playing every single game as a final."
Tottenham, meanwhile, will need to regroup quickly before their Champions League match against AC Milan on Wednesday, where they will need to overturn a 1-0 deficit from the first leg in Italy.