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Toronto FC’s Robert Earnshaw makes a difference, as usual

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Toronto FC striker Robert Earnshaw works in breakaways the way Apple works in high-tech cool or the way Emeril Legasse works in Cajun food. That is to say, the man knows how to make these things work.

He’s at the top of the league scoring charts for his ability (through some combination of fortune, instinct and timing) to get behind defenses and make things happen. Usually, it’s a goal – but not always.

Thanks to Jeremy Hall’s well-placed left-footer Saturday, Toronto had moved ahead against reigning Eastern Conference champion Houston at home. Ultimately the Reds would give up a late goal and get just a point from the afternoon. But Earnshaw played a big part in securing at least a point.

His “big part” was framed, of course, around a breakaway.

In the 62nd minute Earnshaw was breaking in behind the Dynamo back line. Houston defender Jermaine Taylor got a hand up near the Welsh striker’s face and – well, you can be the judge on whether there was sufficient contact to warrant the red card that Taylor was shown. The clip is below.

(MORE: TFC throws away the points late; Houston rallies for the draw)

Forced to play a man down for more than 30 minutes, the Dynamo was surely happy to sneak away with a 1-1 draw. So, Earnshaw’s ability to make mayhem was a major factor. Earnshaw also affected Saturday’s match with all his work and smart off-the-ball movement. (Justin Braun did a lot to make the Dynamo defense work, too.)

Here is the Taylor-Earnshaw sequence that changed the game, subtracting significantly from any Dynamo chances of a road rally; playing on the road a man down, Dominic Kinnear’s team created precious few chances for any potential equalizer, but did find one right at the very end.


Miss of the season candidate as Correa whiffs for Sampdoria

GENOA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 23:  Jaoquin Correa of UC Sampdoria disappointed during the Serie A match between UC Sampdoria and AS Roma at Stadio Luigi Ferraris on September 23, 2015 in Genoa, Italy.  (Photo by Pier Marco Tacca/Getty Images)
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21-year-old Joaquin Correa may be young and inexperienced, but he may have grown today.

Painful growth.

The young Sampdoria attacker will not want to watch the highlights of today’s 1-1 draw with Inter Milan in Serie A play knowing he could have given his side all three points.

Could have, had he – you know – hit an open goal from less than three yards out. Spoiler alert: he didn’t.

Correa rounds Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic thanks to a fruitful rebound after his initial shot was smothered, but as he turned to face the wide open net, he scuffed his shot and it trickled embarrassingly wide.

Not much more to say about this one than try to put it behind you, Joaquin. It’s an ugly one.

Watch Live: Swansea City vs. Tottenham Hotspur (Lineups & Live Stream)

MONACO - OCTOBER 01:  Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur gestures during the UEFA Europa League group J match between AS Monaco FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC at Stade Louis II on October 1, 2015 in Monaco, Monaco.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Tottenham can go third in the table with a road win today at one of the toughest places to play in the Premier League at the moment as they visit the Liberty Stadium to take on Swansea City at 11 a.m. ET live online at NBC Sports Live Extra.

Spurs are coming off a massive win over Manchester City last weekend – their third straight victory in league play – but will be without bright new signing Hueng-min Son for the forseeable future after he suffered a foot injury in the victory. Spurs then managed a stout 1-1 draw with Monaco in Europa League play.

They are also without Danny Rose from an injury in that midweek meeting and Nabil Bentalib misses his fourth straight match due to injury, but Deli Alli is fit while Moussa Dembele makes the bench. Erik Lamela is in the starting lineup as he finds himself in fine form the last few weeks.

WATCH LIVE: Swansea City vs. Tottenham Hotspur live online at NBC Sports Live Extra

Swansea, meanwhile, have a fully fit squad eight matches into the Premier League season, and they would move into the top half of the table with a win.

Bafetimbi Gomis starts up front with four goals on the season, but he has not scored in his last three appearances, and conversely the Swans have picked up just one point over that span.


Swansea City: Fabianski, Rangel, Fernandez, Williams, Taylor, Ki, Shelvey, Ayew, Sigurdsson, Montero, Gomis.
Nordfeldt, Tabanou, Bartley, Cork, Barrow, Routledge, Eder.

Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies; Alli, Dier; Chadli, Eriksen, Lamela; Kane.
Vorm, Trippier, Wimmer, Carroll, Dembele, Townsend, Clinton.