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West Ham 2-3 Tottenham: Kane leads Spurs to derby win

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  • 6 goals in 4 games for Kane
  • Spurs win 3 away games on spin
  • Hammers lost 4 of opening 6

LONDON — Tottenham Hotspur beat West Ham United 3-2 at the London Stadium on Saturday in a feisty London derby.

Harry Kane scored twice in the first half to set Spurs on their way and Christian Eriksen made it 3-0 but West Ham pulled one back 25 minutes from time through Mexico’s Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez.

Spurs ended the game with 10-men as Serge Aurier was sent off for two quickfire yellow cards but the north London club held on after Cheikhou Kouyate‘s header made it 3-2 in the closing stages and set up a nervous finale.

With the victory Spurs move on to 11 points for the season, while the Hammers remain on four points.

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The Hammers had an early chance as Marko Arnautovic raced clear on the left but his cut back couldn’t find Javier Hernandez in the box. Spurs struggled to settle into the game as Christian Eriksen’s deflected shot which Joe Hart palmed over tentatively.

Arnautovic made a real nuisance of himself with the Austrian winger surging into the box but just as he was about to let fly Serge Aurier slid in with a perfectly timed tackle to clear the danger.

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At the other end a flowing move down the right saw Aurier cross for Kane who somehow missed from two yards out but his blushes were saved by the offside flag.

Andy Carroll came on to replace the injured Michail Antonio and his first big contribution was to help Spurs go 1-0 up. His loose ball was picked up by Eriksen who played in Dele Alli and his cross was headed home brilliantly by Kane who flung himself at the ball.

Before the break Kane had his second as Jan Vertonghen played in Alli down the left and although Hart saved his effort the ball rebounded to Kane to slot home as Spurs led 2-0.

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Stunned by Tottenham’s late first half surge, West Ham barely got going after the break.

Eric Dier and Dele Alli surged forward from midfield to cause multiple problems for a creaking Hammers defense and their resistance was eventually broken.

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Kane (who else?) had a free kick which struck the far post and the rebound fell to Aurier. His deflected cross found Eriksen on the edge of the box and the Dane fired home. 3-0.

Kane hit the post again soon after but there was some hope for West Ham as Hernandez headed home at the back post to make it 3-1 after Jose Fonte flicked on a corner.

Further hope arrived when Aurier was sent off for picking up two yellow cards in six minutes after first fouling Carroll and then having a hack at the Hammers forward soon after for two blatant yellows.

Kouyate’s header made it 3-2 to set up a tense finish late on, which included a mini brawl in the center circle, but Spurs held on to secure a third-straight away win to open the season.

League Cup: Foxes oust LFC; Stoke, Burnley upset (video)

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Leicester City turned to its favorite tactics to send Liverpool out of the League Cup, while Bristol City stunned struggling Stoke City as 11 matches dotted the English tournament landscape on Tuesday.

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Leicester City 2-0 Liverpool

Both sides were decidedly second-string, and the Reds had plenty of control over the proceedings despite a lack of goals.

But substitute Shinji Okazaki scored in traffic after Vicente Iborra headed a corner kick his way, and the Foxes took a late lead.

And Okazaki cued up Islam Slimani for a wonderful 78th minute marker (see above) to ensure the result.

Bristol City 2-0 Stoke City

The Robins were flying at Ashton Gate, getting an opener in the 50th minute through Famara Diedhiou and a 60th minute insurance tally from Matt Taylor.

Stoke left some starters on the bench in Erik Pieters, Joe Allen, Jack Butland, and Jese, but had plenty of their best in the XI (Kurt Zouma, Eric Choupo-Moting, Darren Fletcher).

Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Barnsley

Spurs had a hefty edge in shots and possession, but the visitors held firm against a decent side including Dele Alli, Son Heung-min, Jan Vertonghen and Mousa Dembele.

Fernando Llorente made his first Spurs start, but it was Dele who broke the Londoners through on the side’s 17th shot of the night.

Burnley 2-2 (3-5 PKs) Leeds United

Sean Dyche‘s Premier Leaguers were dismissed from the tournament by Thomas Christiansen’s high-flying Championship side.

It took penalty kicks, where Leeds GK Andy Lonergan stopped James Tarkowski to send the Clarets out of the Cup.

Hadi Sacko had an eye for the winner, assisted by Pablo Hernandez, but Chris Wood converted an 89th minute penalty to, seemingly, send the match to extra time.

Hernandez then scored a penalty of his own in stoppage time, only for Robbie Brady‘s free kick to equalize and again put the match on pace for extra time.

Elsewhere
Crystal Palace 1-0 Huddersfield Town
Aston Villa 0-2 Middlesbrough
Brentford 1-3 Norwich City
Bournemouth 1-0 (ET) Brighton
West Ham 3-0 Bolton
Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-0 (ET) Bristol Rovers
Reading 0-2 Swansea City
Arsenal vs. Doncaster Rovers — Wednesday
Chelsea vs. Nottingham Forest — Wednesday
Everton vs. Sunderland — Wednesday
Manchester United vs. Burton Albion — Wednesday
West Bromwich Albion vs. Manchester City — Wednesday

Spurs 0-0 Swans: Finishing betrays hosts

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  • Spurs outshoot Swans
  • Fabianski outstanding in goal
  • Spurs sit fifth

Swansea’s Lukasz Fabianski helped stymy dominant Tottenham Hotspur in a scoreless draw at Wembely Stadium on Saturday,

Tottenham sits fifth with eight points, while Swans move to 14th with five.

Spurs failed to build on this week’s home win over Borussia Dortmund, and remain winless in league play at Wembley.

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Harry Kane tore into a ninth-minute free kick, and it looked to be dipping inside the post when Lukasz Fabianski went horizontal to push it out for a corner kick.

Moussa Sissoko played Son Heung-min to the back post, but his near side effort was slapped away by Fabianski. If this was a harbinger of what was to come, get the ice bath ready for the Polish keeper.

Jan Vertonghen dribbled atop the 18, and Kyle Naughton fouled his former teammate to set up another dangerous free kick. Eric Dier‘s effort missed the mark.

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A pair of second-half penalty shouts went unheard in the first several minutes, as Spurs tried to find a way through Paul Clement‘s back line.

Another penalty shout came when Martin Olsson‘s flailing arm caught the ball in the 55th minute, but Mike Dean was again unmoved by the potential foul. Son was then twice denied by Fabianski before Harry Kane rattled the crossbar.

Fabianski robbed Kane off a 65th minute corner, continuing his brilliant day in North London. Kane then hit and 82nd minute drive wide of the near post.

Jordan Ayew chopped down Serge Aurier in the box late, but again no call from Dean.

Spurs kept knocking with Kieran Trippier lacing a shot wide of the goal after Tottenham’s 11th corner kick of the game came in stoppage time.

USMNT’s Pulisic reflects on big night; Lalas’ comments

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WEMBLEY — His 19th birthday is next week. Remember that.

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Christian Pulisic put in yet another superb display for Borussia Dortmund but they lost 3-1 to Tottenham Hotspur in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday.

Speaking in the mixed zone afterwards, a downbeat Pulisic, 18, reflected on his display as he tore Tottenham apart in the first half, had a goal disallowed and battled against the best defense in the Premier League.

He wants those calls back as Dortmund had a second, more contentious, goal chalked off for offside.

“Things didn’t go our way and that’s how the sport is sometimes. We had to take some other chances but things didn’t go our way with decisions and other things,” Pulisic said. “I have to see them again but my goal in the first half, I guess Auba was off but he didn’t touch it. I don’t know if he was offside. The second one I didn’t think was offside. Obviously refs make mistakes and the game just changed after that.”

Pulisic was everywhere in the first half, giving both Serge Aurier and Toby Alderweireld a tough time from the left but he told Pro Soccer Talk he still wants to do better.

“I always tried to bring confidence to the game. I still need to do more and create goals and score goals. I couldn’t do it today,” Pulisic said.

Pulisic started out on the left and had plenty of touches early on, ghosting between Serge Aurier and Toby Alderweireld. His run and cross led to an attack which eventually saw Andriy Yarmolenko curl in a stunner for Dortmund’s opener. In the 19th minute Pulisic cut inside and his shot deflected off Alderweireld and went out for a corner.

The Kid kept going.

He then raced clear on the half hour mark and his cross to the back post towards Pierre-Emerick Aubemeyang was brilliantly cleared by Jan Vertonghen. A great chance then arrived for Pulisic with Aubemayang the provider but the Hershey, PA native couldn’t get enough on his effort as he stretched to get on the end of the cross.

Right on half time Dortmund could have been level with Pulisic scoring at the back post as he controlled and finished calmly.

The offside flag was up way before he finished, but although Aubameyang appeared to be in an offside position he didn’t touch the ball. The jury is out as to whether or not he was interfering with play.

That was the kind of night it was and Pulisic is getting used to it.

“This is how professional soccer is now. Of course it’s a lot for me, it’s my first year, but now my second year playing this many games,” Pulisic said. “I’m getting used to it. My body is okay. It is how it is. I always prepare myself to play every single game.”

With the season in full flow with Dortmund as they chase a Bundesliga title and aim to get back on track, the USMNT’s crucial World Cup qualifiers next month are never far from his mind.

“Obviously now I am focusing on Dortmund. We have big games coming up. But it’s there,” Pulisic admitted. “We have to do everything we can and I am going to do everything I can do to help us qualify.”

Over the weekend Fox Soccer analyst Alexi Lalas called out Tim Howard, Geoff Cameron, Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey and Jozy Altidore to step up for the USA.

He also rounded on Pulisic, saying “even you, wonder boy” when asking the U.S. to win key World Cup qualifiers against Panama and Trinidad & Tobago next month. What did Pulisic think about Lalas’ comments?

“I heard about it. I am not going to lose sleep about what Alexi Lalas has to say about us. He can say what he wants,” Pulisic laughed.

The Kid is growing up.

Before kick off Pascal Girwert was walking down Wembley Way with a beer in his hand, his friends by his side and Christian Pulisic’s name and number on the back of his Dortmund jersey.

“He is a very, very, very big talent. Now that Ousmane Dembele has left us, he has a place in our team for every match. We are very happy to have him,” Girwert, a Dortmund fan who had traveled to London for the game, explained.

Are Dortmund worried about him leaving as his star continues to rise?

“Dortmund is the biggest thing he can reach!” Girwert laughed. “I love that he is very happy at Dortmund. He likes to play and doesn’t want to move. That makes us very sympathetic to him. We are very happy to have him.”

After the game Dortmund’s coach Peter Bosz was very complimentary when asked by Pro Soccer Talk about his teenage talent.

“He is a huge talent and I still see room for progression. This is not the end of his journey,” Bosz said. “He has a lot of quality. He shows us in training and also showed it in the game. He is still 18. Big talent.”

With Pulisic’s cousin, Will, in Dortmund’s youth team as a goalkeeper last season, the fans at Dortmund are quite eager to help nurture more young American players.

“It would be brilliant for Dortmund to have more American kids to come to us, but also for American soccer. He usually plays off the right for us. It is a very good position for him. I think the quality of the Dortmund team is much better than the USA national team, so maybe that’s why he plays in the middle,” Girwert chuckled.

He, Pulisic and the rest of Dortmund’s fans weren’t chuckling at the end of the game as Spurs ran out winners but the teenager from Pennsylvania can take solace from the fact that he tormented one of the best defenses in the Premier League multiple times.

Every time you watch him in a big game he steps up and there is plenty more to come from the kid who turns 19 next week.

Reflecting on a short stint when he trained with Tottenham as a youngster over a decade ago while his family moved to England for a year, Pulisic was reflective about how far he’d come in such a short period of time.

“Those were great times,” Pulisic said. “It is pretty crazy playing at Wembley for the first time and it is pretty special, coming this far.”

Wembley what? Spurs top Borussia Dortmund 3-1

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Harry Kane scored twice after Son Heung-min’s early rocket, and Tottenham Hotspur handled Borussia Dortmund 3-1 at Wembley Stadium in both sides’ UCL group stage debut on Wednesday.

Andriy Yarmolenko scored BVB’s goal, while Jan Vertonghen was sent off late for Spurs.

Spurs next UCL opponent is APOEL Nicosia in Cyprus on Sept. 26, while Dortmund is off to Real Madrid on the same date.

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The opening goals were both wonderful.

Son started the scoring with a terrific solo run down the left flank, turning the corner on Sokratis and then blasting a shot over the shoulder of Roman Burki. The BVB goalkeeper will not pleased with conceding near post, but the shot still looked great.

Yarmolenko, the all-time Ukrainian leading scorer bought soon after BVB sold Ousmane Dembele to Barcelona, looked an able replacement with his wonderful curling rip from atop the 18. The left-footed strike left Hugo Lloris grasping for air, and it was 1-1.

That’s when Kane gave the match its third goal within the first 15 minutes, and Burki was again victimized short side. Kane’s shot swept around Burki and may’ve even just kissed the post on its way to Spurs’ 2-1 lead.

A brilliant dribble from Christian Pulisic almost leveled it, but his left-footed square ball was deflected by Jan Vertonghen before it could reach Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Pulisic’s desperate slide couldn’t quite get enough to redirect a 36th minute cross home, either, as BVB kept knocking.

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Son looked ready to make it 3-1 when Harry Kane ran onto a Christian Eriksen flick and sent a cross that Son settled, only to curl his 17 yard offering over the goal.

Christian Pulisic had a goal pulled back for offside, rightly so, but Aubameyang’s 56th minute goal should have stood if not for the flag the linesman.

That’s when Kane doubled Spurs advantage, cued up by Eriksen and hitting a clinical left-footed strike past a diving Burki and inside the far post.

This was a welcome match for Eriksen, who managed just a single assist as Spurs flamed out of the 2016-17 UCL at the group stage. His deft touch and vision were on display for most of the match.

Vertonghen was sent-off in the second minute of stoppage time for flailing his back arm into Mario Gotze’s face.