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Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Bournemouth: Eriksen nets difference maker

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  • Eriksen scores lone goal
  • Spurs sit third
  • Cherries remain 19th

Spurs made Christian Eriksen‘s goal stand up in a 1-0 win over visiting Bournemouth at Wembley Stadium on Saturday.

Though Spurs finishing left much to be desired, backstop Hugo Lloris was there when needed to stymy the Cherries.

The win boosts Spurs to 17 points, five back of Man City and three behind Manchester United. Bournemouth remains in the drop zone with four points.

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Eriksen appeared to have made a very dangerous move, but a missed touch inside the 18 stopped Spurs from a chance at a 14th minute lead.

At the other end, Junior Stanislas just missed a chance when Davinson Sanchez blocked his effort. The ensuing corner missed the wild hair of Nathan Ake, and it remained scoreless.

A missed challenge from Simon Francis allowed Eriksen on goal, and the Danish playmaker buried his chance.

Harry Kane had the ball in the goal but turned to see a raised offside flag. Then Asmir Begovic stopped him twice at close range just after the hour mark to keep it 1-0.

Spurs fans would be forgiven for a bit of deja vu as Spurs couldn’t find their finish and Bournemouth occasionally looked capable of a smash-and-grab a la Chris Wood last month. Jermain Defoe was stopped by Hugo Lloris in the 78th minute in one example.

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Premier League Preview: Huddersfield Town vs. Tottenham Hotspur

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  • First meeting in nearly 35 years
  • Town leads all-time 16W-13D-11L
  • Spurs unbeaten in five

Two old rivals meet Saturday when Huddersfield Town hosts Tottenham Hotspur at the John Smith’s Stadium on Saturday (Watch live at 7:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).

By old, we mean they haven’t regularly met since Led Zeppelin released “Houses of the Holy.”

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So, yes, Huddersfield Town hasn’t beaten Spurs since 1956, but that’s a span of five matches and the last one came in 1973.

Town manager David Wagner says the plan is to drag Spurs into a street fight.

“We want to pull them down to our level on Saturday and then neutralize their offensive abilities,” he said Friday.

Town is eighth with nine points, three back of fourth place Spurs.

What they’re saying

Huddersfield Town boss Wagner on Spurs“I take confidence from our working and fighting attitude and from the atmosphere created from our fans in the stands. Our one small advantage is our supporters; they have to be behind us from the first whistle. This is the first time we meet an opponent with this quality; it’s the next step & we are excited to see if we can make the step.”

Spurs’ Mauricio Pochettino on playmaker Christian Eriksen“From day one, Christian has been a very consistent player for us. I’m so happy with him. In his position, he’s one of the best and as a player, he fits so well into our philosophy. He’s so young and we believe he can improve. Like Harry, he’s showing very good performances every week.”

Prediction

The Terriers have proven tough to break down, and Spurs did have to contend with a midweek match away from England. This could be closer than expected, but expect Dele Alli to be the difference in a 2-0 win.

UEFA Champions League Weds. preview

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Manchester United and Chelsea had little trouble in their UEFA Champions League group stage bows, but the three Premier League clubs in action Wednesday face much stiffer competition.

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Two of the three begin their group stages at home, with a third traveling to Rotterdam for a De Kuip test at Feyenoord.

Tottenham Hotspur vs. Borussia Dortmund

With apologies to Group C, Spurs drew the stiffest test in Europe with Group G’s tandem of Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund (in addition to APOEL Nicosia). The group kicks off at Wembley Stadium with a visit from USMNT teen Christian Pulisic and Borussia Dortmund, a side which has yet to concede a goal in Bundesliga play and sits atop the table.

Midfield general Nuri Sahin has been wonderful for BVB this early campaign, and ex-Barca back Marc Bartra joins Greece national team standout Sokratis Papastathopoulos in a stingy defense. Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli have their work cut out for them, and so does the back line. Here’s BVB boss Peter Bosz:

It could come down to which Christian is able to work more magic: Pulisic or Eriksen. Pulisic posted a goal and three assists in his first UCL go-round last season, while Eriksen managed just a single assist as Spurs bowed out of the UCL at the group stage. We’ll give Spurs an emotional edge on Wednesday, hopefully ending their Wembley “hoodoo” or at least managing a point. 2-2.

Liverpool vs. Sevilla

Knocked out of the UCL by Leicester City last season, Sevilla is best known for its quintet of Europa League crowns. The last of those came at the expense of the Reds, as Daniel Sturridge‘s 35th minute opener in Basel was canceled out by three second half goals. Coke scored two and Kevin Gameiro the other, but both of those players are gone.

Sevilla signed ex-Man City men Jesus Navas and Nolito this summer, and has a variety of weapons including Wissam Ben Yedder, Steven N’Zonzi, and Luis Muriel. Expect Liverpool to have a heck of a time defending, but also to find some success in the final third. Would Reds fans take 2-2 in what will be the second most difficult game in the group (aside from the return leg)?

Feyenoord vs. Manchester City

The Dutch champions entertain Man City while in the throes of a 4-0 start to the Eredivisie season. Feyenoord lost just four league matches last season and led the table wire-to-wire, the first managerial title for former Arsenal and Barcelona player Giovanni van Bronckhorst.

The club’s most familiar names are former Watford man Steven Berghuis, midfielder Tonny Vilhena, and Danish national team striker Nicolai Jorgensen. Ultimately, this could be a tight win for City. If Pep Guardiola‘s team really wants to make a statement, it’ll be a big win.

Elsewhere
Maribor vs. Spartak Moscow
RB Leipzig vs. Monaco
Porto vs. Besiktas
Real Madrid vs. APOEL Nicosia
Shakhtar Donetsk vs. Napoli

Everton 0-3 Tottenham Hotspur: Kane breaks out at Goodison

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Harry Kane bagged a brace and Christian Eriksen also scored as Tottenham Hotspur cruised past Everton 3-0 at Goodison Park on Saturday.

Spurs move fifth on seven points with the win, while Everton is 15th with four points as its murderer’s row of opponents stretches into September.

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Dele Alli chested down a cross and laid off for Christian Eriksen, but the Dane’s rip bounded wide of the Everton goal.

Toby Alderweireld chopped down Sandro Ramirez to join Everton back Ashley Williams as defenders booked within the first 15 minutes.

And it’s no longer August, meaning Kane was free to find the back of the net. The traveling crowd saw Kane’s cross resemble a perfect swooping finish as Spurs went up 1-0 in the 29th minute.

Dele crossed beyond Ashley Williams, and Ben Davies‘ shot rebounded to Eriksen for a close range finish.

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Everton backstop Jordan Pickford was livid with his defenders’ ignorance of Kane, who side-footed Davies’ left-sided cross home.

UEFA WCQ: Late drama for Germany; Kane scores on Sept. 1

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A roundup of all of Friday’s 2018 World Cup qualifiers in Europe…

Czech Republic 1-2 Germany

Germany gave the Czech Republic every chance they could have done to steal a point (all three, even), but the World Cup holders eked out a victory in Prague. Timo Werner put Germany ahead after just four minutes, but the following 74 minutes consisted of the Czechs asking questions Joachim Loew’s side couldn’t really answer. In the 78th minute, Vladimir Darida unleashed a laser from 25 yards out, hitting the underside of the crossbar and drawing the home side level.

1-1 seemed destined to wind up the (fair) final score, but Mats Hummels had other ideas two minutes from full-time, when he headed home his fifth international goal. The result sends Germany onto 21 (out of a possible 21) points, still five points clear of second-place Northern Ireland, and now just a single point from guarantee a top-two finish (qualification playoffs).

Malta 0-4 England

21 hours prior to kickoff of England’s away clash with Malta, the clock struck midnight on August and gave way to September. Harry Kane, the England and Tottenham Hotspur striker infamously without a single goal in the month of August during his first-team career (this is his fourth season), was more aware of this fact than anyone.

How did Kane celebrate the arrival of September? With a goal, of course — and, not just any goal, but the winning goal in the 53rd minute, set up by his Tottenham teammate Dele Alli. Kane would score again, in the 91st minute, to make the final score 4-0 and notch his 10th England goal in 20 appearances.

Ryan Bertrand bagged his first international goal five minutes from full-time — a well-struck ball from 25 yards out — and Danny Welbeck took his tally to 15 seconds before Kane’s second goal.

England (17 points) remain atop Group F, their two point-lead on Slovakia still intact. Six points separate the Three Lions from third place, a playoff spot (at minimum) so nearly clinched already.

Denmark 4-0 Poland

The shocking result of the day came in Group E, where third-place Denmark put four unanswered goals past first-place Poland. Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen was, predictably, the star man for Denmark, playing a pivotal role in all four goals — scoring one himself and assisting on the other three.

Denmark (13 points) move to within three points of the top spot in the group and remain level with Montenegro for second place, though still behind on goal differential (+10 to +8).

Elsewhere

Group C

Norway 2-0 Azerbaijan
San Marino 0-3 Northern Ireland

Group E

Romania 1-0 Armenia
Kazakhstan 0-3 Montenegro

Group F

Lithuania 0-3 Scotland
Slovakia 1-0 Slovenia

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