Norwich 1-0 Tottenham: Snodgrass counter enough to send Spurs home empty-handed

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A spirited, courageous 90 minutes from the home side at Carrow Road may have saved Chris Hughton’s side, as a counter Robert Snodgrass and solid defending throughout downed the best away side in the Premier League.

Pained looks painted the faces of Tim Sherwood and Daniel Levy as Spurs failed to score for the first time under their new manager, and fell six points back of Liverpool for the final Champions League place.

The opening 15 minutes went by without much noise, with the biggest news being Etienne Capoue’s injury that forced him off after just 13 minutes, replaced by Nacer Chadli.

The match remained a midfield battle for much of the first half, with little happening in either box.

Despite Tottenham’s relative advantage in possession, Norwich seriously frustrated the visitors, as evident by a number of fouls committed by Spurs players for holding Norwich players back.

Moussa Dembele in particular was visibly frustrated after committing an obvious foul, and his words for the referee and toss of the ball earned him a yellow card.

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The English tabloids said a loss could be the end for Norwich manager Chris Hughton, but his team gutted out the win.

Norwich produced a physical and pressuring style, contesting every Spurs pass, allowing little space for the visiting top-4 hopefuls to build any sort of sustained attack. They had a few opportunities on the break as well, with both Ricky van Wolfswinkel and Sebastian Bassong unable to convert a pair of half-chances.

In the second half, it was more of the same, but one moment just two minutes after the break changed the match in favor of the home side.  Robert Snodgrass broke down the right-hand side, collected from Bradley Johnson, and beat Danny Rose to slot home past Hugo Lloris.

It was a major moment for relegation-threatened Norwich, and seriously pegged Tottenham back.

Spurs began to slowly build more threatening chances, but twice a heavy touch from Emmanuel Adebayor meant an equalizer eluded the towering Togolese international.

Tim Sherwood brought on Roberto Soldado in a straightforward attacking change, replacing Paulinho, and this swung the match in favor of the visitors.  However, Soldado’s chance to score on his first touch went like so many have from the Spaniard this year, never testing the keeper and slicing wide from an angle.

Ricky van Wolfswinkel was withdrawn by Chris Hughton on 72 minutes to warm applause, with the home crowd recognizing his hard work despite it not directly leading to results.

It was all Spurs from there, as Soldado, Nacer Chadli, and the rest of the attack desperately peppered John Ruddy’s goal with chances, but nothing would come of it.

Norwich held on and the crowd roared at full time, showering their faithful with praise as a dejected Spurs squad quickly exited the pitch.  For the relegation-threatened Canaries, the three points are enormously valuable, boosting them four points clear of the drop.


Norwich – Ruddy; Martin, Yobo, Bassong, Olsson; Tettey, Johnson; Snodgrass, Fer, Redmond (Hoolahan 86′); van Wolfswinkel (Hooper 72′).

Goals: Snodgrass (47′)

Tottenham – Lloris; Naughton, Dawson, Vertonghen, Rose (Townsend 82′); Capoue (Chadli 13′), Bentaleb, Dembele, Paulinho (Soldado 65′); Lennon, Adebayor.

VIDEO: Marco Verratti plays a brilliant pass to Eder for Italy goal

PALERMO, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 06:  Marco Verratti of Italy in action during the UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifier match between Italy and Bulgaria on September 6, 2015 in Palermo, Italy.  (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
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Italy took a 1-0 lead over Azerbaijan through the in-form Eder in the 11th minute, but the true leg-work (see what I did there) came from bite-sized midfielder Marco Verratti.

The PSG playmaker pinged a beautiful long ball over the top of the Azerbaijan defense that fell right at the feet of Eder, who let the ball settle itself and touched home confidently past Kamran Arhayev for a 1-0 lead.

The goal is the second of Eder’s national career in just five caps, having scored on debut against Bulgaria back in March. He has six goals in seven matches for Sampdoria so far this Serie A season.

Italy needs three points in this match to ensure qualification to Euro 2016. A win would guarantee them a place in the field, while anything less would mean there is work to do in the final match on Tuesday against Norway.


Later in the match, Stephan El Shaarawy gave Italy a 2-1 lead just before halftime, his second career international goal and his first since September of 2012 which came in his third career start.

Agent: Liverpool contacted Klopp only after Rodgers firing

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As soon as Brendan Rodgers was dismissed by Liverpool on Sunday, Jurgen Klopp’s name was tossed around as the likely successor to the then-vacant Liverpool managerial position.

However, according to Klopp’s representatve Marc Kosicke, Liverpool did not make contact with the German until after Rodgers had been officially let go.

“The first call from Liverpool came after the dismissal as coach of Rodgers,” Kosicke told Bild. “Before Liverpool there were naturally quite a few inquiries. But Jurgen always asked me not to take it any further.”

Club management was less committal than Klopp’s rep, but did say they had their eye on the German for some time. “We have learned to keep certain matters confidential. We had a meeting recently with Jurgen that he has talked about and I don’t want to talk too much about these conversations. But we have thought about him for a long time and everyone who knows football knows he is an outstanding manager.”

It’s relatively hard to believe Liverpool would have canned Rodgers without knowing for sure that a top-level target such as Klopp or Carlo Ancelotti were on board to replace him. It also would mean discussions of the contract terms and logistics would have moved at lightning speed, with just four days between the Rodgers dismissal and Klopp’s official unveiling.