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Tottenham 4-0 Watford: Spurs close gap on Chelsea

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  • Son scores twice
  • Alli, Dier also on target
  • Kane returns from injury as sub
  • Spurs momentarily 4 points off Chelsea

Tottenham Hotspur battered Watford 4-0 at White Hart Lane on Saturday as Mauricio Pochetino’s men piled the pressure on Chelsea.

After missing chances early on, Spurs struck three times in 11 minutes before half time as Dele Alli, Eric Dier and Hueng-min Son were all on target.

Son grabbed another in the second half to put the result beyond doubt, with Harry Kane returning from injury.

With the win Spurs move to 68 points, four behind Chelsea who play later on Saturday, while Watford remain on 37 points.

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Spurs started brightly with Son’s cross deflected onto the post and soon after Janssen forced Gomes into a fine save down low with his feet.

Watford battled away and looked dangerous on the break as the first half played out.

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Before the break Janssen had two glorious chances to put Spurs ahead. First, Trippier’s ball into the box found him unmarked a yard out from goal but somehow the ball bounced off his thigh and onto the crossbar. A horrible miss.

Janssen then couldn’t quite get on the end of another fizzing ball into the box as Spurs pushed hard for the opener.

They finally through as Alli curled home a beauty to make it 1-0 and that opened the floodgates with Dier blasting in a second soon after and Son curling him from distance to make it 3-0 before the break. Spurs flying.

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Son added a second for him and a fourth for Spurs in the second half as Pochettino’s men continued to pummel the Hornets. The South Korean volleyed home in style.

Kane returned for the first time in over a month as he jumped off the bench with 30 minutes to go to replace Janssen as Tottenham were handed another big boost. Kane almost scored on his return from injury as another fine cross from Trippier saw the England international throw himself at the ball to no avail.

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Son then had two great chances for his hat trick late on as first Kane squared to him in the box but he somehow put his effort wide, then the in-form striker smashed the bar with a volley. Kane also hit the crossbar with a free kick moments before the final whistle as Tottenham could’ve won by six or seven on another day.

Surging Spurs have now won six-straight and have seven victories in their last eight in the PL.

Chelsea, beware.

Cristiano Ronaldo announces birth of twin sons via surrogate

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Cristiano Ronaldo will not play in Portugal’s third-place match at the 2017 Confederations Cup this Sunday.

He has bigger things to sort out.

Ronaldo, 32, was released from Portugal’s squad late Wednesday after their defeat on penalty kicks to Chile in the Confed Cup semifinals in Russia.  The Real Madrid and Portugal superstar will now travel to visit his new twin sons, who were born via a surrogate earlier this month, with Ronaldo set to meet them for the first time after captaining Portugal in Russia over the past few weeks.

According to reports from Portuguese TV channel SIC, the surrogate mother was based on the west coast of the U.S. (I can already hear you guys asking ‘does that mean they’re eligible to play for the USMNT?’). Ronaldo is now the father of three children after already having a seven-year-old son, Cristiano Ronaldo Jr.

Reports also suggest that his 22-year-old girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez is five months pregnant, so soon he could be a father for the fourth time. He would then be able to field a five-a-side team of Ronaldo’s for indoor games…

Below is the post from Ronaldo confirming his departure from Portugal’s squad, which the national team also confirmed, as he is set to meet his new children for the first time.

“I was in the service of the national team, as always, body and soul, even though my two sons were born. Unfortunately, we have not been able to achieve the main sporting objective that we wanted, but I am sure we will continue to give joy to the Portuguese.

“The President of the Portuguese Football Federation and the national picker have today had an attitude that has touched me and I will not forget. I’m very happy to finally be with my children for the first time.”

Open Cup roundup: Poku lifts Miami; Red Bulls, Cincy win on PKs

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While MLS represents the majority of the remaining clubs in this year’s U.S. Open Cup, one side continues to defy the odds.

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Miami FC reached their first quarterfinal in club history after knocking off Atlanta United late on Wednesday, behind a goal and an assist from Kwadwo Poku. The victory for Miami sets up a date with FC Cincinnati — who pulled off an unbelievable shootout win against the Chicago Fire.

Meanwhile, the New York Red Bulls and New England Revolution both advanced on the night with wins over the Philadelphia Union and D.C. United, respectively. The Red Bulls and Revs will meet in the final eight as well.

Sporting KC kept its hope of hoisting a fourth U.S. Open Cup title alive on Wednesday with a 2-0 win over the Houston Dynamo. The 2015 winners will take on FC Dallas — who defeated the Colorado Rapids on Tuesday night.

Here are all the results from tonight’s Open Cup action.

Houston Dynamo 0-2 Sporting KC
New England Revolution 2-1 D.C. United
Miami FC 3-2 Atlanta United
New York Red Bulls 1-1 (5-3 on PKs) Philadelphia Union
FC Cincinnati 0-0 (3-1 on PKs) Chicago Fire
San Jose Earthquakes 2-1 Seattle Sounders
LA Galaxy 2-0 Sacramento Republic

Report: City Football Group set to expand outreach with Girona deal

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City Football Group appears on the verge of adding to its global outreach, and it’s next destination looks to be in Spain.

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The group of investors, which are known for controlling Premier League side Manchester City, are reportedly nearing a deal to purchase a partial stake in Spanish club Girona — which is set to make its La Liga debut in 2017/18.

CFG is said to be gaining a near “50 percent” stake in the club, with the rest of the club owned by Media Base, a company owned by Pep Guardiola‘s brother, Pere.

Over recent years, CFG has vastly expanded its ownership outreach and currently has a stake in five clubs around the world, with Girona set to be the sixth.

MLS side New York City FC, Australian A-League side Melbourne City FC, Japan’s Yokohama F. Marinos and Club Atletico Torque in Uruguay are all part of the CFG enterprise, alongside Man City.

New York Red Bulls ink goalkeeper Luis Robles to new deal

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The “Iron Man” will keep up his amazing journey with the New York Red Bulls, after signing a new deal with the club on Wednesday.

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Goalkeeper Luis Robles has extended his contract with the reigning Eastern Conference champions, as the American continues to raise his consecutive starts streak, which stands at 157.

The terms of the deal were not disclosed in the club’s release.

Robles joined the Red Bulls back in 2012 after playing in Germany, and the shot-stopper hasn’t missed a start ever since.