West Ham 1-0 Tottenham: Antonio sinks out-of-sorts Spurs

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  • Antonio’s header wins it
  • Spurs lose for fourth time this season
  • Tottenham three points off the top

LONDON — West Ham United were fired up from the start and title-chasing Tottenham Hotspur never got going as they lost the London derby 1-0 at Upton Park on Wednesday and missed the chance to close the gap on leaders Leicester City.

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Michail Antonio‘s early header proved to be the difference as the West Ham winger scored the game-winner to seal two 1-0 wins in four days for Slaven Bilic‘s spirited side who are now 14 games unbeaten at home.

Tottenham looked out-of-sorts throughout as they gave the ball away cheaply time and time again in their first away defeat since the opening day of the season. Harry Kane missed two chances in the second half to snatch a point but ahead of the North London Derby versus Arsenal on Saturday Spurs’ six-game winning streak came to an abrupt end.

With the win West Ham keep alive their top four hopes and are just one point behind fourth-placed Manchester City, while Spurd stay in second and three points behind Leicester.

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After an even start West Ham went ahead with less than 10 minutes on the clock.

Fan favorite Payet whipped in a corner from the right and Antonio flicked home a header at the near post as Lloris failed to claw the ball away. 1-0 to the Hammers and the home fans were delirious. “1-0 to the Cockney boys” was the chant as Antonio had his sixth goal in his last seven appearances at Upton Park.

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Tottenham didn’t improve after that early setback and West Ham almost doubled their lead in the 15th minute as Payet teed up Mark Noble on the edge of the box and his pile-driver was tipped away brilliantly by Lloris.

Spurs continued to give the ball away needlessly and Pochettino looked anxious on the sidelines as his team struggled to break through a resolute Hammers defense and Antonio was denied his and West Ham’s second as Kevin Wimmer blocked his effort.

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In the second half Spurs improved with patient build-up play down the right seeing Kieran Trippier cross to Erik Lamela but he sent his diving header wide. Ryan Mason then skewed a shot horribly wide as Spurs tried to force the issue but the Hammers always looked dangerous on the break.

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Dele Alli came on for the final 30 minutes to try and fire Spurs into life and they should’ve leveled things up. Toby Alderweireld‘s long-range shot was parried by Adrian but straight to Kane but he failed to finish from six-yards out. Kane had another great chance moments later but Eriksen’s cross at the back post just evaded him.

Youngster Reece Oxford came on at center back with James Collins forced off injured and the Hammers switched to a 3-5-2 for the final stages of the game. Spurs poured forward at every opportunity but failed to create a clear cut opening as they head into Saturday’s clash with Arsenal trailing league leaders Leicester by three points.

Barron Trump signs for DC United’s youth team

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Previously he’s been spotted wearing an Arsenal jersey and now Barron Trump, the son of U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump, could be the future of U.S. Soccer.

Okay, that’s taking it a little too far but still, he obviously loves the game.

News has arrived that the 11-year-old has joined D.C. United’s U-12 team as part of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy and is listed as a midfielder.

During the White House’s Annual Easter Egg Roll in April he was seen wearing an Arsenal jersey and he spoke with players from D.C. United and Barron has also been seen kicking a ball around the White House lawn.

Imagine if you put up a couple of goals on that lawn. What a lovely pitch that is for your backyard…

Barron has been given the number 81 jersey and has played in four games this season, with DCU’s next home game at RFK Stadium on Saturday against PA Classics.

Watch Live: West Ham host London rivals Tottenham

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West Ham United welcome Tottenham Hotspur to the London Stadium on Saturday for a big London derby (Watch live, 7:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).


The Hammers have won their last two home games against Tottenham in the Premier League 1-0 on both occasions as Slaven Bilic‘s side aim to replicate those performances against Mauricio Pochettino‘s Spurs.

In team news the Hammers are without their main playmaker Manuel Lanzini, while Andy Carroll starts on the bench.

Spurs bring Ben Davies back into the team but Mousa Dembele isn’t in the squad.


West Ham: Hart; Reid, Fonte, Ogbonna; Zabaleta, Noble, Kouyate, Cresswell; Antonio, Chicharito, Arnautovic. Subs: Adrian, Carroll, Sakho, Ayew, Byram, Masuaku, Rice

Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris; Sanchez, Alderweireld, Vertonghen; Aurier, Dier, Eriksen, Davies; Sissoko, Alli, Kane. Subs: Vorm, Trippier, Son, Nkoudou, Llorente, Wins, Walker-Peters

Dani Alves fires back at Diego Forlan

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After Neymar and Edinson Cavani’s penalty drama that has blown up over the last few days and potentially led to Neymar’s exclusion from the PSG squad this weekend, Uruguayan legend Diego Forlan went on sports radio in his home country to not just back his former international teammate Cavani, but also throw a pair of Brazilians under the bus.

Forlan obviously denounced Neymar’s role in the dispute, but he also picked out Neymar’s club and country teammate Dani Alves for favoring his countrymate.

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“What doesn’t make any sense is what Alves does, he doesn’t give the ball to Cavani and then gives it to Neymar as if he were his [explitive]. Cavani deserves respect. He has been scoring goals for years, taking penalties. There has to be respect. Neymar would not have done that with [Lionel] Messi. He didn’t want Cavani to take the penalty. He was like a little boy annoying him.”

Well, as you can imagine, Alves did not take kindly to being sucked into the fray, and fired back as a result. “I don’t know what match you were watching,” Alves wrote on Twitter, “but for your information, I didn’t take the ball away from any of my teammates. It was just the opposite, it was taken from me!

“And also for your information, the last penalty kick for PSG was mine. So shut your trap and stop making drama in my name.”

This whole situation has blown up more than most penalty disputes (which happen relatively often) likely due to the international affiliations. With the decades-old bad blood between Brazil and Uruguay, it’s no surprise that people are taking sides. Forlan swept up another Brazilian in the mix, and understandably he did not appreciate the cheap shot.

Premier League Preview: Leicester City vs. Liverpool

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  • Leicester City has won 2 straight home PL games vs Liverpool
  • Jamie Vardy has 5 goals in 3 PL games vs Liverpool
  • Liverpool leads the PL with 40 shots on target this season

Jamie Vardy is good to go for the Foxes as they welcome Liverpool to the King Power Stadium on Saturday (Watch live, 12:30 a.m. ET on NBC or live online via NBCSports.com).

These two teams matched up midweek in League Cup play, with Leicester City winning 2-0, and they did so without Vardy who missed out with a groin strain. He’s since recovered, and will likely play a part. Christian Fuchs and Leonardo Ulloa are also ready to go, with Fuchs back after an eye injury in training, while Ulloa took a knock to the head midweek but is ready to go.

The Foxes need a win in the worst way, as a loss would leave them with their joint-worst point total through the first six matches of a top flight season since 1994/95, the year they were relegated.

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Liverpool, meanwhile, has issues of its own to sort out. They are winless in all competitions since August 27th, and on a larger scale, Jurgen Klopp is taking heat for having less points than Brendan Rodgers did through his first 73 league games of his Liverpool tenure.

The Reds are also facing a bit of injury trouble, with Dejan Lovren still out with back problems, while Joel Matip and Emre Can both suffered slight injuries in the midweek loss and are questionable for Saturday. Should all those miss out, the already leaky defense would prove even more porous.

What they’re saying

Jurgen Klopp on Liverpool chasing the ball: “We come too close together in the situation where the first ball is going after a throw-in and it means for the second ball we don’t have a good formation. We need to get more natural in these things because it’s not that difficult to be honest but it happens too often. Now we have to work and then it will be even more difficult to create something against us.”

Craig Shakespeare on Jamie Vardy vs. Liverpool: “Is he a bogeyman? I am hoping so. Sometimes strikers will have good memories of playing against certain teams. Centre forwards go through these purple patches and everybody would like one who can get you 20 goals a season.”


If anything is certain in a Liverpool match, it’s that the first goal doesn’t matter. Since the start of last season, the Reds are tops in the league with 20 points from losing positions. However, they’re also fifth in the league in that same timeframe with 20 points lost from winning positions. With that in mind, a wild game is likely in store, but with the inconsistent form for either side of late, it’s tough to pick a winner. A 2-2 draw is a likely result.