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Tottenham beat Huddersfield 2-0

London, March 4: Tottenham Hotspur extended their unbeaten streak across all competitions to 17 games with a 2-0 home victory over Huddersfield Town in the English Premier League (EPL).

South Korean forward Son Heung-min was the star of the day at Wembley Stadium here on Saturday, scoring in the 27th and 54th minutes to lift his overall goal tally in the current English league season to 10, reports Efe.

The Spurs showed their readiness for Wednesday’s second leg of their Champions League round-of-16 clash against Juventus and now provisionally hold the third spot in the EPL standings with 58 points, while Huddersfield are in 15th place with 30 points and not far above the relegation zone.

Elsewhere, Burnley (40 points) notched their first victory since December 12 by defeating Everton 2-1, a badly needed win that keeps the squad in seventh place and improves its chances of qualifying for Europe next season.

Leicester City, who have gone winless over their past five EPL games, salvaged a point in a 1-1 draw against Bournemouth thanks to a goal from Riyad Mahrez in the seventh minute of second-half injury time.

Watford, meanwhile, edged West Bromwich Albion 1-0 on a goal in the 77th minute by Troy Deeney, while Southampton and Stoke City played a scoreless draw and Liverpool topped Newcastle 2-0.

West Ham United, a week after losing 1-4 to Liverpool, fell to Swansea by that same score on Saturday.

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Juve’s Higuain defends himself after Champions League tie

Turin, Feb 15: Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain on Wednesday dismissed criticism from fans after he missed a crucial penalty in his team’s Champions League pre-quarter-final first leg at home against London fotball club Tottenham Hotspur, which ended in a 2-2 draw.

Higuain started out strong, putting two goals past Tottenham in the first nine minutes of the match on Tuesday. He later sent a penalty on to the crossbar and straight into the crowd, triggering a slew of fan criticism on social media, reports Efe.

“It’s easy to talk after the match from your couch at home,” he wrote on his official Instagram account, adding: “Until 2-0 everything was perfect, after 2-2 opinions changed. We are not interested in them and we’re going to London to qualify.”

The draw at the Allianz Stadium gives Tottenham away goals advantage in their second leg, slated for March 7 at Wembley Stadium.

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Tottenham hold Juventus 2-2 in CL R16 first leg

Turin, Feb 14: Tottenham Hotspur overcame a 2-0 deficit in the first 10 minutes to draw 2-2 here with Juventus in the first leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie.

Gonzalo Higuain scored one from a free-kick and converted a penalty to give the hosts a 2-0 lead inside 10 minutes but the London football club battled back with strikes from Harry Kane (35th minute) and Christian Eriksen (71st) on Tuesday.

Both teams came to the match at the Allianz Stadium in great form, with Juventus hoping to extend their winning streak to 12 against a side that have lost only once since November, reports Efe.

Juventus, who reached the final in two of the last three years, were seen as having the edge in terms of Champions League experience, though Tottenham could boast of winning their group stage over holders Real Madrid.

Argentine striker Higuain put Juventus up 1-0 just two minutes after the start, surprising visiting goalkeeper Hugo Lloris with a massive volley after a free-kick from Miralem Pjanic.

Barely seven minutes later, Tottenham left-back Ben Davies brought down Federico Bernardeschi in the box and Higuain converted the resulting penalty to make it a seemingly insurmountable 2-0 advantage.

But two-time winners and nine-time finalists Juventus eased up as the minutes passed, allowing Tottenham back into the match.

Veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon was up to the task when Tottenham super-striker Harry Kane got his head to Christian Eriksen’s cross in the 26th minute.

Nine minutes later, England star Kane applied a beautiful finish to a through ball, sliding the ball in past an onrushing Buffon to cut the deficit to one goal.

Juventus got a chance to restore the two-goal margin when the referee pointed to the spot in the final minute of the first half after left-back Sergie Aurier tripped Brazilian winger Douglas Costa, but Lloris tipped Higuain’s spot-kick on to the cross-bar.

Lloris also came up with a stop against Bernardeschi, who attempted to curl in from the left just before the hour mark.

Then Eriksen got the equaliser in the 72nd minute, beating Buffon with a low free kick to the left post.

By the end of the contest, the hosts found themselves scrambling to preserve the draw.

For Tottenham, the two away goals — against a team that had only conceded once in its previous 16 matches — represent a reward for the character they displayed.

“We played some amazing football. I’m so pleased with the character and personality,” Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino was quoted as saying by his club’s website.

“The players were fantastic. We scored twice against a team that is always difficult to break down. The team deserves a lot of praise.”

Juventus chief coach Massimiliano Allegri admitted that his side made some errors in passing.

“It was an enthralling encounter overall: we started the first half excellently, but ultimately succumbed to Spurs’ steady growth of confidence during the game,” he told juventus.com.

“They put us under pressure and capitalised on some of our misplaced passes when we looked to break forwards.”

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Tottenham stuns Arsenal 1-0, jumps to 3rd in EPL

London, Feb 10: Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday pulled off a difficult 1-0 win over Arsenal in the 27th round of the English Premier League, provisionally jumping to third spot in the league table.

After a goalless first half, Tottenham star Harry Kane scored the winner just four minutes after retaking the field, reported Efe.

Although Arsenal fought to get on the scoreboard, they failed to make good on the chances they had toward the end of the match, suffering their eighth defeat this season.

Provisionally in third place, Tottenham now have 52 points after going unbeaten in the past nine rounds, one point ahead of fourth-placed Liverpool and two points ahead of Chelsea.

Arsenal remain in sixth with 45 points.

Manchester City lead the EPL table with 69 points, 13 ahead of second-placed Manchester United.

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Tottenham hold Liverpool in EPL thriller

Liverpool, Feb 5: Star centre-forward Harry Kane registered his 100th English Premier League (EPL) goal with a late penalty conversion to help Tottenham Hotspur hold Liverpool to a thrilling 2-2 draw at the Anfield Stadium.

Mohamed Salah opened the scoring for the hosts, making the most of a mistake from Eric Dier to score in the third minute, taking his tally to 20 league goals for the season on Sunday.

Substitute Victor Wanyama then equalised with a thunderous strike 10 minutes from time before Kane missed from the penalty spot in the 87th minute.

Egyptian Salah marked his second with a brilliant goal in the 90+1 minute before Kane converted a penalty in the 90+5 minutes.

The result meant Tottenham stayed fifth in the table, two points behind third-placed Liverpool.

“It is difficult to get every decision right,” Tottenham chief coach Mauricio Pochettino said. “When they are right and show character I needed to congratulate them.”

The game was only three minutes old when Dier, in attempting to make an interception, diverted the ball into the path of Salah, who scored with ease.

Tottenham’s only shot on target in the first 45 minutes came via the boot of Mousa Dembele, but his half-volley was easily saved by goalkeeper Loris Karius as Liverpool dominated the proceedings.

After the break, the visitors looked better and almost equalised through Son Heung-min in the 58th minute, but Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius saved well.

The visitors pegged back against the run of play when Wanyama sent a screamer of a shot into the net from a distance.

The final few minutes of the match were breathtaking as first Kane’s tame penalty was saved by Karius after the England striker had been felled in the box.

Later, Salah danced his way past three defenders at the right post and fired into the net from close range to score what looked likely to be the winner.

But Kane got another chance to make amends when Van Dijk fouled substitute Erik Lamela in the box. Kane netted from the spot saving his side the blushes.

“The softest touch in the whole game decided the game,” Liverpool boss Juergen Klopp said. “It is not a penalty.”

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Tottenham’s Nkoudou moves to Burnley on loan

London, Jan10: Tottenham Hotspur’s winger Georges-Kevin Nkoudou was transferred to Burnley on loan for the rest of the English football season, it was announced on Tuesday.

The 22-year-old French winger, who joined Tottenham 18 months ago, played 22 matches for the club, six of which were during this season under Mauricio Pochettino’s leadership, reports Efe.

“I knew he (Sean Dyche) is a big manager who likes young players… so it suits my character to come here and I am happy to work with him,” Nkoudou said on Burnley’s official website.

“I hope to help the club. If I can, I will. But the last word is with the manager. If he puts me on the pitch I will do everything to help the team go forward,” he added.

Nkoudou scored the third goal in a Champions League match against APOEL at Wembley stadium last December in his only start during his time at Tottenham.

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Pochettino tags Harry Kane as ‘world-class’

London, Dec 27: Tottenham Hotspur head coach Mauricio Pochettino has tagged his star striker Harry Kane as ‘world-class’ after his side defeated Southampton 5-2 in an English Premier League (EPL) tie.

Kane, who scored a hat-trick in the match on Tuesday also registered a record 39 EPL goals in a calendar year, eclipsing Alan Shearer’s record from 1995.

The English international, who has scored 56 goals for his club and country combined during the current calendar year, also became the leading scorer in Europe, ahead of football superstar Lionel Messi.

“Harry is world-class,” the Argentine was quoted as saying by The Guardian on Tuesday.

“Of course, Messi and Cristiano are different. Today — one striker in the world, a specific position — who is better than Harry? It’s difficult to say he’s the best but he’s shown to everyone he’s one of the best. 

“Both of his records are massive — to break the Premier League record set by Alan Shearer and then, if you see that over the last seven, eight or nine years, it’s always Messi and Cristiano and now, it’s Harry as well,” Pochettino added.

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Spurs return to top 4 as Man City make history

London, Dec 14: Tottenham Hotspur beat Brighton & Hove Albion 2-0 here to claim fourth place in the English Premier League, while leaders Manchester City cruised 4-0 over Swansea to set a new English top-flight record for consecutive wins with 15.

David Silva had a brace and Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Agüero contributed a goal each at Swansea’s Liberty Stadium to maintain City’s lead over second-place Man United at 11 points, reports Efe.

The Red Devils, meanwhile, bounced back from their loss to City in last weekend’s Manchester derby to eke out a 1-0 home win against Bournemouth courtesy of Romelu Lukaku’s first Premier League goal since November 18.

At London’s iconic Wembley Stadium, Tottenham defeated Brighton 2-0 on goals by Serge Aurier and Heung-Min Son to climb to 31 points.

While Liverpool and Burnley have the same number of points, Spurs sit in fourth by virtue of a better goal difference.

The Reds had a chance to claim the fourth slot with a victory Wednesday against West Bromwich Albion, but managed only a 0-0 draw at Anfield.

Arsenal, held 0-0 by West Ham United at London Stadium, slipped to seventh place with 30 points.

The Hammers, fresh off their 1-0 upset of Chelsea last weekend, turned in an impressive defensive effort yet remain in 19th place with 14 points.

Leicester City coach Claude Puel, fired at the end of last season by Southampton, enjoyed some sweet revenge on Wednesday as the Foxes trounced the Saints 4-1 on the south coast to climb to eighth place.

Everton won 1-0 away to struggling Newcastle City and now sit in the middle of the table, while the hosts are just two places above the drop zone.

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Tottenham Beat Dortmund 2-1 In UEFA Champions League

Berlin, Nov 22 (IANS) Borussia Dortmund crashed out of Europe’s elite football competition after losing 1-2 to Tottenham Hotspur in the fifth round of the Champions League group stage.

Borussia failed to protect their one-goal lead until the end of the clash as Tottenham bounced back on two second-half goals from Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son to seal Dortmund’s exit from the Champions League on Tuesday, reports Xinhua news agency.

However, Peter Bosz’ men ensured a bright start on home soil and grabbed the reins. Andrey Yarmolenko unleashed a shot on target in the early stages before he set up the first chance of the game for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who pulled wide from close range in the 19th minute.

Yarmolenko remained in the thick of things as his backheel pass into the path of Aubameyang allowed the Gabon international to drill the ball past Tottenham’s goalkeeper Hugo Lloris into the bottom corner of the far post at 31 minutes of play.

Dortmund’s opener was a wake-up call for the visitors from Tottenham, who increased the pressure.

The hosts had to be grateful as their goalkeeper Roman Buerki denied two golden opportunities within short succession before the break. Buerki first blocked Christian Eriksen’s side-foot with a superb reflex before he tipped Eric Dier’s header on target over the bar.

After the restart, Tottenham responded well and shocked the hosts with the equaliser through Harry Kane, who had time and space to hammer home from the edge of the box four minutes into the second half.

Things went from bad to worse for the hosts, who needed a win to maintain their hopes for the knockout stage, as Dele Alli shrugged off two defenders on the left wing to tee up the 2-1 lead for Heung-Min Son inside the box in the 76th minute.

“We played well in the first half but our performance decreased in the second half. We currently lack in confidence to turn things around,” Dortmund’s head coach Peter Bosz said.

With the result, Tottenham win Group H while third-placed Borussia Dortmund will have to battle for a berth in the Europa League at the last group stage match on December 6.

It is the first group-stage elimination for Dortmund in six years. They only reaped one win in the last nine matches.

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Arsenal Have Quality To Beat Tottenham: Wenger

London, Nov 16 (IANS) Arsenal FC chief coach Arsene Wenger on Thursday asserted that his club has the quality to defeat Tottenham Hotspur in the English Premier League (EPL) tie here on Saturday.

“I think Tottenham is a good side but we have the quality to win this game and that is what we want to show,” the French-man told reporters at the press conference here.

The 68-year-old also said the London derby fixtures always have a lot of pride at stake and it is important for his club to win.

“There is always pride involved, a desire to beat your opponent. You need to have full commitment, but as well be lucid enough and calm enough to focus on the game,” the former midfielder said.

“It is one of the fixtures of course that is very important for us and that you want to win. Basically as well, in the table, we have to make some ground up with the top teams,” Wenger added.

Talking about the advantage of playing at home ground, Wenger said: “At home, we have been very strong and our home strength will certainly be vital to decide where we finish at the end of the season.” 

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