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Dele misses Spurs-Palace, England vs. Brazil, Germany

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Dele Alli‘s surprise omission from the Tottenham Hotspur 18 for Sunday’s match against Crystal Palace is a blow for England as well.

Multiple reports say Dele will miss the Three Lions’ high-profile friendlies against Brazil and Germany during the international break. A replacement is yet to be announced by Gareth Southgate.

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The 21-year-old has a hamstring injury, short-circuiting a fine return to form which saw him score twice against Real Madrid at midweek.

Dele has three Premier League goals this season and four more in other competitions, and has two assists in his last four caps for England. He has two goals in 22 caps all-time.

“I told you yesterday Dele was coming” – Pochettino, Dele on huge W

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“I told you yesterday that Dele was coming,” Mauricio Pochettino said following Tottenham Hotspur’s 3-1 win over Real Madrid on Wednesday at Wembley Stadium.

No kidding.

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Dele scored twice as Spurs asserted themselves as the top team in Group H, clinching a knockout round berth in the process.

The 21-year-old was, quite simply, feeling it. From the BBC:

“It was a fantastic display by us. We knew if we stuck to our game plan and were solid at back then we’d get chances. We’re very happy with the result. I wasn’t surprised [we were dominant]. We couldn’t believe how much space we had at the Bernabeu. We don’t want to just compete with these teams we want to beat them. I’m happy to get two goals but more importantly it was a win.”

Pochettino was quick to praise Dele in the mercurial star’s return from suspension, and also refocused the media on Sunday’s trip to Crystal Palace.

But make no mistake about it, Pochettino knows what his men just did to the top team in Champions League history.

“The victory is so important for us and the players. It’s a win over Real so it’s great for the club and fans. There’s a long way to go until the end of the season. What’s important is trying to achieve our challenge and target.”

At this point, they aren’t far from the bull’s-eye.

Spurs cruise past Real Madrid at Wembley (video)

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Dele Alli scored twice as Tottenham Hotspur dismantled two-time reigning UCL champs Real Madrid 3-1 at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday.

Christian Eriksen scored off a Harry Kane feed to clinch the result and crown Spurs’ place in the knockout rounds.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored in the 80th minute to spoil Hugo Lloris‘ bid for a clean sheet.

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Spurs took a hit just after the 20-minute mark, as center back Toby Alderweireld pulled up with an apparent hamstring injury following a 50-50 tussle with Casemiro.

Moussa Sissoko entered the match, and Eric Dier dropped to center back.

Spurs soon had their break through, as a Kieran Trippier cross slid past Marcelo and Sergio Ramos, and Dele outstretched Nacho to push the ball over the line.

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Ronaldo manufactured a pair of chances around the half hour mark, forcing a corner kick from Hugo Lloris before hitting a low shot into the arms of the stooping French goalkeeper.

Kane challenged Kiko Casilla twice as well, the second a bouncing effort in the 36th. He’d have another chance after Sissoko flubbed a gorgeous chance to make it 2-0, but Sergio Ramos blocked the effort.

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Dele had a second on an intelligent, daring dribble that culminated with a shot deflected by Sergio Ramos and beyond Casilla.

The hour mark showed just how out of form Real is these days, with Ronaldo missing a pair of terrific chances. The last turned into a goal mouth scramble with several squandered opportunities.

Spurs made it 3-0 on an outstanding counter attack, with Kane showing tremendous patience and better touch on a pass to cue Eriksen up for his first.

UCL AT HALF: Spurs lead Real; Man City, Liverpool level

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A mixed bag of first half results for the three Premier League sides at play in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday.

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Hosts Tottenham Hotspur have an early edge and pair of injuries versus Real Madrid, Liverpool’s been frustrated by a Maribor side it beat 7-0 two weeks ago, and Man City came back to equalize in Naples.

Besiktas 1-1 Monaco (FT)

Cenk Tosun scored a penalty kick to level the score in Turkey, all but clinching the group for Besiktas.

Porto 1-0 RB Leipzig

El Tri star Hector Herrera has the hosts ahead in a bid to control second place of Group G.


Spurs 1-0 Real Madrid

Toby Alderweireld‘s off injured, but Dele Alli slid past Nacho to give the hosts a lead over the two-time reigning holders at Wembley Stadium.

Napoli 1-1 Manchester City

Lorenzo Insigne has done something no one has done since Aug. 26, scoring the first goal of a match against Man City. Pepe Reina could only get a piece of Nicolas Otamendi’s headed equalizer, set up well by Ilkay Gundogan.

Liverpool 0-0 Maribor
Sevilla 1-0 Spartak Moscow
Borussia Dortmund 1-0 APOEL Nicosia
Shakhtar Donetsk 2-1 Feyenoord

Spurs collapse at home as desperate Bilic gets huge League Cup win (video)

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West Ham’s incredible fight back and Spurs massive home collapse led the Irons into the League Cup quarterfinals with a 3-2 London Derby win at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday.

Moussa Sissoko and Dele Alli staked Spurs to a 2-0 halftime lead, but the fond times ended soon after the break.

Andre Ayew scored twice in five minutes to tie it up, cleaning up a rebound in the 55th and finishing some fine work from Andy Carroll and Manuel Lanzini in the 60th, before Angelo Ogbonna headed home a winner 10 minutes later.

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A long run from Heung-Min Son gave the South Korean plenty of time to spot Sissoko, and the French midfielder scored easily to give Spurs a sixth minute lead.

Dele  made it 2-0 before the break with a lofted shot that took a turn off Declan Rice‘s head and looped inside the far post.

Spurs coasted into the break before it all fell apart.

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