EPL: Kane Injured As Spurs Draw With Everton

Tottenham Hotspur's English striker Harry Kane holds his foot before leaving the pitch injured during the English Premier League football match between Everton and Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park in Liverpool, north west England on April 16, 2021. PETER POWELL / POOL / AFP
Tottenham Hotspur’s English striker Harry Kane holds his foot before leaving the pitch injured during the English Premier League football match between Everton and Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park in Liverpool, north west England on April 16, 2021. PETER POWELL / POOL / AFP

 

England forward Harry Kane suffered a worrying ankle injury ahead of this year’s delayed European Championships after scoring twice in a 2-2 draw away to Everton in the Premier League on Friday.

Gylfi Sigurdsson also grabbed two goals for Everton in a result that did little for either side’s European hopes.

Kane went off in stoppage time towards the end of the match after rolling his ankle when challenged in the box at an Everton corner.

Kane’s 20th league goal of the season put Spurs ahead in the 27th minute at Goodison Park only for Sigurdsson to equalise soon afterwards from the penalty spot.

It was the reverse story in the second half, Sigurdsson getting his second in the 62nd minute before Kane levelled six minutes later.

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Spurs remain seventh, five points off the top four having played one game more than West Ham.

Everton were left a place and one point further back than Tottenham, but do have a game in hand on Jose Mourinho’s side.

Tottenham Hotspur's English striker Harry Kane (R) scores his team's second goal during the English Premier League football match between Everton and Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park in Liverpool, north west England on April 16, 2021. Clive Brunskill / POOL / AFP
Tottenham Hotspur’s English striker Harry Kane (R) scores his team’s second goal during the English Premier League football match between Everton and Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park in Liverpool, north west England on April 16, 2021. Clive Brunskill / POOL / AFP

 

After an uninspiring opening, Spurs broke the deadlock with their first effort on target.

Everton’s Michael Keane missed Tanguy Ndombele’s cross and in the process allowed Kane to control the ball and shoot into the bottom corner past England team-mate Jordan Pickford.

This was Kane’s 20th goal of the Premier League season — the fifth time in his career he had achieved the feat.

Only Alan Shearer (seven) and Sergio Agüero (six) have done so in more Premier League seasons.

But the Londoners’ lead lasted barely four minutes, with Everton equalising after Sergio Reguilon charged into James Rodriguez and Sigurdsson beat Hugo Lloris from the penalty spot.

Lloris kept the game all square come half-time, however, by denying both Rodriguez and Richarlison with fine saves.

Spurs then squandered several chances to regain the lead and they were punished for their wastefulness when Iceland’s Sigurdsson fired into the far corner following a pull-back from Seamus Coleman.

But Kane ensured a point for the visitors when he pounced from close range after Everton’s Mason Holgate and Keane collided in the Merseysiders’ box.

 

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EPL: Man City Thump Spurs To Go Seven Points Clear At Top Of Table

Manchester City's German midfielder Ilkay Gundogan (L) celebrates scoring his team's third goal with Manchester City's English midfielder Phil Foden during the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west England, on February 13, 2021. Rui Vieira / POOL / AFP
Manchester City’s German midfielder Ilkay Gundogan (L) celebrates scoring his team’s third goal with Manchester City’s English midfielder Phil Foden during the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west England, on February 13, 2021. Rui Vieira / POOL / AFP

 

Manchester City powered seven points clear at the top of the Premier League as Ilkay Gundogan’s double inspired a 3-0 win that piled pressure on Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho, while Liverpool’s problems mounted after a dismal 3-1 defeat at Leicester on Saturday.

Pep Guardiola’s side stretched their English top-flight record run to 16 successive victories in all competitions.

They are unbeaten in their last 23 matches and look odds on to win the title for the third time in the last four seasons.

Manchester United can close the gap to five points if they beat lowly West Bromwich Albion on Sunday, but City will still hold a game in hand to strengthen their grip on top spot.

Tottenham were no match for the red-hot leaders on a freezing evening at the Etihad Stadium.

The latest clash between old rivals Guardiola and Mourinho was a mismatch from the moment Rodri put City ahead.

Gundogan has been the main man during City’s winning streak and he finished off Tottenham with two ruthless strikes.

Since City last lost — at Tottenham in November — they have climbed from 13th place and overturned an eight-point gap to Mourinho’s men, who were top at the time.

In stark contrast, Tottenham have now lost five of their previous six matches in all competitions.

Amid Mourinho’s awkward rifts with Gareth Bale, who came on as a late substitute, and Dele Alli, there is a growing feeling Tottenham’s season is spiralling out of control.

They are languishing in eighth place, four points adrift of the top four.

Tottenham nearly took the lead in the 15th minute when Harry Kane hit the post with a superb free-kick that curled round the City wall from 25 yards.

But it was City who went ahead in the 23rd minute after Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg tripped Gundogan with a trailing leg.

After Gundogan made it three penalty misses for City this season in their thrashing of Liverpool last weekend, Guardiola had hinted Ederson might take their next one.

City’s keeper did start moving towards the Tottenham area for a moment after the challenge on Gundogan, but he was sent back and instead Rodri stepped up to drive the spot-kick past Hugo Lloris.

Their killer second goal duly arrived with a flourish five minutes after half-time.

Raheem Sterling and Phil Foden combined in a blur of quick passes to carve open the Tottenham defence.

Gundogan applied the finishing touch as his close-range finish eluded Lloris’s weak attempted save.

The in-form German midfielder wasn’t finished yet and in the 66th minute he sprinted onto Ederson’s long kick, gave Davinson Sanchez a subtle nudge and swivelled away from the stumbling defender before firing past Lloris.

Gundogan’s 11th goal in his last 12 league games came with a frustrating coda however as he limped off injured soon after.

 

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Tottenham Show Title Credentials Against Toothless Man City

Tottenham Hotspur’s Argentinian midfielder Giovani Lo Celso (R) reacts with Tottenham Hotspur’s French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris (C) after the final whistle of the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, on November 21, 2020. (Photo by NEIL HALL / POOL / AFP) 

 

Pep Guardiola admitted Manchester City played perfectly into Tottenham’s hands as Spurs shot to the top of the table with a 2-0 win thanks to goals on the counter-attack from Son Heung-min and Giovani Lo Celso.

Spurs have not won an English top-flight title in 60 years, but showed their title credentials with a defensive resilience to frustrate City’s domination of possession and ruthlessly take their chances as they scored with their only two shots on target.

Defeat leaves City already eight points off the leaders, albeit with a game in hand, down in 10th with just three wins from their opening eight games.

The writing was on the wall for the visitors after just five minutes when one simple ball over the top from Tanguy Ndombele caught Joao Cancelo sleeping and Son had the pace and precise finish under Ederson to register his sixth goal in 11 games against City.

“The stats speak for themselves, we were better in many departments but we conceded a goal we cannot concede,” said Guardiola.

“It was the perfect scenario for them. We knew (Harry) Kane drops and Son runs in behind. We have to defend better.”

Victory ensured Tottenham will finish the day on top of the table for the first time in six years. Jose Mourinho’s men move two points ahead of Chelsea, who they face next weekend at Stamford Bridge.

“I prefer to be top but it is not an obsession,” said Mourinho. I don’t care about the table, the opponent, the competition. I want to go to the next game believing we can win the game.

“This team is a process. There are good signs of evolution at every level, we are happy with that, but I dont care too much about the table right now.”

Guardiola ended speculation over his future by committing to a new contract as City boss until 2023 this week.

The Catalan has won eight league titles at Barcelona, Bayern Munich and City, but Guardiola now faces a challenge he has never had before in rebuilding a second title-winning side at the same club.

For the sixth consecutive league game City failed to score more than once with little sign of Guardiola’s men rediscovering the cutting edge of the free-scoring sides that won back-to-back titles in 2017/18 and 2018/19.

“We are struggling to score goals this season, that can happen,” added Guardiola. “They shot two times (on target), two goals and we cannot score with 22 shots.”

Tottenham’s title challenge will be fully tested with Arsenal, Liverpool and Leicester also to come before Christmas, but they could not have made a better start to that daunting run.

“You can see it is open with the way the table stands,” said Kane after Spurs’ fourth straight league win. “Whoever can put a good spell together has a chance of winning it.”

After the early opener, the game then settled into the familiar pattern of now 24 clashes between Mourinho and Guardiola as Mourinho’s men defended their lead deep and waited for the chance to counter again.

The visitors had 66 percent of possession but struggled to break down the mass ranks of Spurs defence.

Gabriel Jesus inadvertently deflected Kevin De Bruyne’s low shot wide before Jesus did tee up Aymeric Laporte to slot home, but the goal was ruled out for handball by the Brazilian after a VAR review.

Instead, it was Tottenham who landed the knockout blow 25 minutes from time with another simple counter-attack.

Kane was afforded plenty of time and space to collect a loose ball in midfield and drive forward before feeding Lo Celso, who had barely been on the field a minute and with his first two touches, controlled and then slotted the ball low beyond the advancing Ederson.

‘I Was The Black Sheep At Spurs,’ Says Eriksen

 

Inter Milan’s Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen looks on during the Italian Cup (Coppa Italia) round of 8 football match Inter Milan vs Fiorentina on January 29, 2020 at the San Siro stadium in Milan.
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Christian Eriksen says his decision to run down his contract at Tottenham made him a “black sheep” at the Premier League club.

The 27-year-old midfielder joined Inter Milan last month for a fee of around £17 million ($22 million), ending his six-and-a-half-year stay at Spurs.

The Dane would have been out of contract at the end of this season and had been linked with a move away from London since revealing he was ready for a new challenge after Spurs’ Champions League final defeat to Liverpool in June.

That admission prompted some fans to turn on him.

“I did get the blame for a lot of stuff, for being the bad guy,” he told BBC Sport. “I read I was the bad person in the changing room, that ever since I said I wanted to leave, it was no good me being there.”

Eriksen said there was a sense of relief in starting a new chapter in Italy.

“England, for the last few years, was very hectic,” he added. “After what I said in the summer, it was just about, ‘When is he going to leave?’

“Every game it was, ‘Is he leaving? Is he not leaving?’ Of course, a lot of people were speaking about it.

“Even the fans you see on the street were like, ‘Thank you, goodbye and good luck’. But I was still there. It was a bit weird. In my head and for my body, it is good that I am in a new place and I can start again.”

The Dane said speculation over his future did not affect him but that he felt he played about 30 matches that seemed like “goodbye games”.

“If you have a short contract, you will be the black sheep. Of course, I did the interview. I was very honest. I felt I had to be honest.”

Eriksen confirmed there had been talks with Manchester United but said a move to Old Trafford was never likely.

“It just came down to wanting to try a new challenge in a new country,” he said. “Once Inter came up it really wasn’t a difficult choice.”

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Bale Benched As Struggling Real Madrid Battle Ajax

Gareth’s troubled season continued on Tuesday as he fails to claim a starting spot in a crunch Champions League clash. AFP Photo.

 

Gareth Bale was relegated back to the bench for Real Madrid’s crunch game at home to Ajax in the second leg of the Champions League last 16 on Tuesday.

Bale had started the defeat to Barcelona in La Liga on Saturday but the Welshman departed to whistles in the second half and was dropped for the return against Ajax, with Madrid 2-1 ahead from the first leg.

Isco came on against Barca but was not even named on the bench while Marcelo was again named as a substitute, Sergio Reguilon preferred at left-back.

Ajax started with an unchanged side from the opening leg, with Frenkie de Jong set to play at the Santiago Bernabeu for the first time. De Jong will join Barcelona in the summer.

Real Madrid (4-3-3)

Thibaut Courtois; Dani Carvajal, Raphael Varane, Nacho, Sergio Reguilon; Toni Kroos, Casemiro, Luka Modric; Lucas Vazquez, Karim Benzema (capt), Vinicius Junior

Coach: Santiago Solari (ARG)

Ajax (4-5-1)

Andre Onana; Noussair Mazraoui, Matthijs de Ligt (capt), Daley Blind, Nicolas Tagliafico; Lasse Schone, Donny van de Beek, Frenkie de Jong, Hakim Ziyech, David Neres; Dusan Tadic

Coach: Erik ten Hag (NED)

 

Reus, Goetze, Alcacer start as Dortmund target Spurs comeback

In the day’s other game, and with his side needing to score at least three goals, Borussia Dortmund coach Lucien Favre thrust Marco Reus, Mario Goetze and Paco Alcacer all into Tuesday’s line-up against Tottenham Hotspur.

Having lost their Champions League last 16, first leg at Wembley 3-0, Favre threw caution to the wind for the return at Signal Iduna Park.

For the first time this season, both Germany forward Mario Goetze and Spanish striker Paco Alcacer, normally used off the bench, started alongside playmaker and captain Marco Reus, back after missing the first leg with a thigh injury.

With Thomas Delaney on the bench, Axel Witsel is Dortmund’s sole defensive midfielder up against Spurs’ midfield duo of Harry Winks and Moussa Sissoko.

Achraf Hakimi, who made a mistake in the first leg and again in Friday’s 2-1 Bundesliga defeat at Augsburg drops to Dortmund’s bench with Marius Wolf taking his place at right-back.

Spurs coach Mauricio Pochettino has stuck to a three-man defence that caused Dortmund problems in London, while England striker Harry Kane partners Son Heung-min up front.

Starting line-ups for the Champions League last 16, second leg between Borussia Dortmund and Tottenham Hotspur at Signal Iduna Park on Tuesday (kick-off 2000 GMT):

Borussia Dortmund (4-3-3)

Roman Burki; Abdou Diallo, Julian Weigl, Manuel Akanji, Marius Wolf; Mario Goezte, Axel Witsel, Marco Reus (capt); Raphael Guerreiro, Paco Alcacer, Jadon Sancho

Coach: Lucien Favre (SUI)

Tottenham Hotspur (3-4-1-2)

Hugo Lloris (capt); Toby Alderweireld, Davinson Sanchez, Jan Vertonghen; Serge Aurier, Harry Winks, Moussa Sissoko, Ben Davies; Christian Eriksen; Harry Kane, Son Heung-min

Coach: Mauricio Pochettino (ARG)

Referee: Danny Makkelie (NED)

Willian Stars As Chelsea Trash Tottenham In FA Cup

Premier League leaders, Chelsea on Saturday humbled Tottenham Hotspurs 4-2 to book a place in the FA Cup final.

Brazilian star Willian set the Blues ahead of their opponent with a stunning free kick in the fifth minute of a much-anticipated game played at the Wembley.

Determined Spurs levelled the score 13 minutes later, when Harry Kane made good use of Christian Eriksen’s beautiful cross.

Willian, however, regained the lead for Chelsea after a penalty was awarded against Tottenham.

After the restart, Dele Ali converted a brilliant pass from Eriksen to another equaliser to revive Spurs’ hopes of victory.

Goals from Eden Hazard and Nemanja Matic consequently fired the Premier League leaders into the next round of the competition.

Chelsea will face the winner of the second semi-final between Manchester City and Arsenal in the finals.

Tottenham Will Only Sign A ‘Special Player’- Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino, Tottenham Tottenham Hotspurs say they will only dip into the January transfer market if only a “special player” comes their way.

The club’s manager, Mauricio Pochettino, believes they are not expecting much movement at White Hart Lane before the deadline passes.

The English side have maintained that they will make do with their players, having done much of their best work in previous windows.

They have also focused a lot of their attention on the retention of key men, rather than the pursuit of fresh faces.

The Spurs forced Manchester City to a 2-2 at the Etihad in last Saturday’s Premier League match.

They are third on the league table, trailing Chelsea and Arsenal on nine and one points respectively with 22 games played.

Tottenham End Mighty Chelsea’s Unbeaten Streak

Tottenham End Mighty Chelsea Unbeaten StreakIt was a sad night for Premier League leaders, Chelsea, who were humbled by Tottenham Hotspurs on Wednesday at the White Hart Lane.

Antonio Conte’s men appeared to be fully up to the task, as Eden Hazard got the ball on the left and picked out N’Golo Kante inside with a very neat pass.

Unfortunately, Costa took one touch to place himself on the right spot, only for him to fire a shot well over the crossbar.

After about three minutes later, Gary Cahill was penalised with a yellow card after he duffed a header right at the feet of Christian Eriksen.

The match got more interesting and tougher as Victor Wanyama was also booked for a foul on Hazard.

Spirited Dele Alli finally broke the deadlock when he found an opening between Victor Moses and Cesar Azpilicueta to head to ball past Thibaut Courtois just before the half time whistle.

The striker, who was booked for celebrating with the crowd after a bullet header, headed another goal against the Blues with a brilliant cross from Eriksen who made the first.

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The visitor tried their best to get a consolation goal but the Spurs were determined to make their victory a flawless one.

The match ended 2-0.

Despite the tough challenge, Chelsea are on 49 points with five points ahead of Liverpool while Tottenham are trailing with 42 points.

Arsenal Beat Bournemouth 3-1 In Premier League

Arsenal Beat Bournemouth 3-1 In Premier LeagueArsenal on Sunday afternoon defeated Bournemouth 3-1 at the Emirates Stadium to maintain fourth spot in the English Premier League.

With Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool having won on Saturday, Arsenal needed all three points to maintain the chase on the leaders and break further ahead of London rivals, Tottenham Hotspurs who lost to Chelsea.

Arsene Wenger’s men started well and got their reward early in the 12th minute with a calmly taken goal from Alexis Sánchez coming off an error from Steve Cook.

The Bournemouth defender got the ball from his goalkeeper, before slotting a scuffed pass back across his area and into the path of the Arsenal striker.

However, the lead did not last.

In what seemed like a harsh decision, Bournemouth got a lifeline with a penalty award after minutes of good pressure on the Arsenal defence.

Callum Wilson stepped forward to convert in the 23rd minute, making history as the scorer of Bournemouth’s first ever goal against the Gunners in history.

Walcott made it 2-1 in the 53rd minute. Ozil showed some lovely footwork, before curling a cross towards the back post. Monreal received it and guided a square ball towards the back post, which the England international was able to nod home from close-range.

Sanchez finished what he started and sealed the game for Arsenal in the 90th minute after Olivier Giroud picked out the Chile international in the six-yard box.

The 3-1 victory brought an end to Arsenal’s three game win-less run after draws against Spurs, Manchester United and PSG had left fans nervous.

The Gunners remain three points behind table leaders Chelsea.

At the Old Trafford, Jose Mourinho was sent to the stands as Manchester United were again frustrated at home with a 1-1 draw against West Ham.

Southampton beat Everton by a lone goal while Stoke City also defeated Watford by same score line.

Earlier in the day, Watford lost 0-1 at home to Stoke City.

On Saturday, Liverpool extended their unbeaten run in the league to 11 games with a 2-0 win against Sunderland while Sergio Aguero scored twice to give Manchester City a 2-1 victory at Burnley.

At the Liberty Stadium, fans witnessed an astonishing nine-goal thriller with seven goals scored after the break.

Substitute Fernando Llorente scored twice in stoppage time as Swansea recorded an incredible 5-4 victory over Crystal Palace.

Nigerian winger, Ahmed Musa was a second half substitute for Leicester City as they struggled to a 2-2 draw against Middleborough.

Premier League: Arsenal, Man City Win Big As Spurs Draw

Premier LeagueHarry Kane’s 63rd minute equaliser for Premier League title contenders Tottenham Hotspurs against Liverpool rescued his team from defeat at Anfield and gave them a share of the spoils.

Elsewhere Super Eagles forward Alex Iwobi helped Arsenal beat Odion Ighalo’s Watford 4-0 at the Emirates.

The 19-year-old set up Alexis Sanchez for the gunners first in the 4th minute, before adding his second EPL strike in his second start on 38 minutes. Hector Bellerin and Theo Walcott scored Arsenal’s 3rd and 4th goals.

In other matches, Manchester City maintain 4th spot on the log with a 4-0 win over Bournemouth, while West Ham’s push for a top 4 finish was slowed by Crystal Palace in a 2-2 draw at the Boleyn ground.

Norwich City also edged Newcastle United 3-2 to boost their chances of avoiding relegation. Stoke City and Swansea City battled to a 2-2 draw, while Sunderland and West Brom played goalless.

In the day’s lunch-time kick-off, Alexandre Pato marked his Chelsea debut with a goal as the Barclays Premier League champions won 4-0 to leave Aston Villa on the brink of relegation.

 

 

EPL: Arsenal, Spurs To Battle For Champions League Slot On Sunday

 Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspurs will be doing battle in their last English Premier League match on Sunday, to decide who takes the fourth position on the EPL table as the fourth place slot means a ticket to the third qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League.

Arsenal will be hoping to outdo Newcastle to edge out their arch rivals Tottenham. With Manchester United crowned champions, Manchester City guaranteed second spot, the focus is on the Champions League places with Chelsea on 72 points, Arsenal on 70 and Spurs on 69.

Chelsea, placed third on 72 points, earns automatic passage to the group stage of Europe’s elite club competition.

According to Arsenal Manager, Arsene Wenger, he knew it was going to come down to the last games of the season to decide who takes what.

Tottenham Hotspur are in dying need of a home win against Sunderland, a club that was doing well at the early part of the season beating the likes of Arsenal 2-1, but couldn’t hold on to the pressure and slumped in terms of performance in the last two months.

Tottenham Hotspurs are now hoping that Newcastle can do a good job on Sunday by cleaning out the Gunners so that they can seal the fourth place slot.

Last year, Wenger’s Arsenal side snatched third on the last day of the season with Spurs ending up fourth, their misery compounded by the fact that they missed out on the Champions League as Chelsea took the final English spot as European champions.

Newcastle guaranteed safety from relegation when Wigan dropped down from the Premier League after losing 4-1 to Arsenal last weekend.

Newcastle coach Alan Pardew was so relieved he said it did not matter if Arsenal beat them, which infuriated Tottenham fans. He later withdrew his declaration, saying it was just a joke. Wenger explained Pardew was speaking out of excitement.

EPL: Arsenal Cruises Into Top 4

[highlight bgcolor=”#0000FF”]Arsenal boosted their hopes of a top-four finish by scoring three times in the closing six minutes to floor Norwich 3-1 at the Emirates stadium.[/highlight]

Goals from Mikel Arteta, Olivier Giroud and substitute Lukas Podolski ensured the gunners displace London rivals Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur in the race for champions’ league spot.

Everton scored either side of half-time to maintain their European challenge and push Queens Park Rangers closer to relegation.

Aston villa remain precariously placed in the battle against relegation after being held to a 1-1 draw by Fulham  while Southampton and west ham moved closer to sealing their premier league status with a 1-1 draw.