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Southgate defends Alli gesture as joke with Walker

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Dele Alli was caught giving the middle finger during the 77th minute of England’s 2-1 victory over Slovakia, but his manager has defended the incident as innocuous.

The 21-year-old Spurs midfielder was caught on camera displaying the rude gesture after angling for a foul on the edge of the box by Martin Skrtel, which was not given by the referee. The timing of the gesture lends credence to the theory that it was aimed towards referee Clément Turpin, but according to England boss Gareth Southgate, Alli was not directing it towards the referee, instead joking around with Kyle Walker.

“I’ve not seen it but I’ve been made aware of it,” Southgate said in his postgame media obligations. “Kyle and Dele were mucking about, and Dele’s made a gesture towards Kyle. I don’t know what the angle of the pitch is. The pair of them have a strange way of communicating, but that’s what they’ve said when it’s been raised.”

When reviewing the replay, it does appear that Walker is closely in line behind the referee, but hard to tell exactly what was intended. Alli later responded as well, posting on social media to back up the claims.

No matter the intent, Alli in all likelihood will face a fine from FIFA, and could even be considered for a suspension if the governing body feels it’s warranted. Lionel Messi was suspended four matches and fined for directing “insulting words” towards an assistant referee, but that was overturned for lack of evidence after he sat out one game.

Spurs 1-1 Burnley: Wood’s late goal adds to Wembley woes

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  • Spurs outshoot Clarets 29-12
  • Tottenham completes 500+ passes
  • Alli scores off corner
  • Wood bags stoppage time goal

Debutant Chris Wood scored in the second minute of stoppage time as Burnley came from behind to snare a point against Tottenham Hotspur in a 1-1 draw on Sunday at Wembley Stadium.

Dele Alli fittingly needed two-straight bites at the cherry to give dominant Tottenham Hotspur its lone goal.

Hugo Lloris made two solid interventions against Wood in the final minutes, but couldn’t manage a third.

Spurs sit 8th with four points, while Burnley’s four-point squad sits behind on goal differential.

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Spurs probed the Burnley end early yet saw a Robbie Brady hybrid cross-shot turn into the moment’s first scare. Tapped out by Hugo Lloris, a corner came to nothing.

An 18th minute Ben Davies free kick went off a pair of heads, including Harry Kane‘s, and out for a goal kick.

Davies then spied Kane in the 38th minute off a Dele Alli started combination, but the England striker’s attempt was blocked out for what would be an unsuccessful corner kick.

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Spurs finally found their way through the pesky Claret maze when Eric Dier‘s back flicked header of a corner came to Dele, who had two shots at it and buried the second effort.

Kane continued to be snake bit in August, hitting a shot through traffic and wide of the far post from well into the 18.

Lloris made a strong flying save on Brady to keep it 1-1 in the 72nd minute. At the other end, Heaton got low to slap away a Kane effort and then had to leap for Eriksen’s audacious outside of the boot shot.

Heaton had another stop on a partial Kane breakaway in the 76th.

Burnley didn’t quit, and Lloris slid to make an outstanding tackle outside his 18 on charging substitute Chris Wood. He’d late find his mark, and get the Clarets another point.

Benitez: Kane tackle worse than Shelvey’s red card

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Rafa Benitez knows most teams aren’t going to find three points when two backs go down in the first half against a superior team.

He also knows that Jonjo Shelvey‘s red card was deserved, and that Spurs picked up a deserved win after Newcastle held them without real danger for 50 minutes.

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That’s where the understanding ends for Benitez, who saw big summer signing Florian Lejeune scythed down by a Harry Kane scissor kick and just a yellow card shown. Lejeune left the game, joining left back Paul Dummett as players needing first half subs.

From the BBC:

“It was difficult from the beginning. We had to adapt things [after injuries]. The red card changed everything. I think we were defending well. We have to improve. We had our chances but we missed them.”

“The Harry Kane tackle was worse than this one. It’s more dangerous. We lost one player from that. We made a mistake, but I think maybe someone has to analyse these things to see what’s more dangerous.”

Let’s be clear, Kane’s ugly tackle — easily a yellow card — wasn’t worse than Shelvey walking on Dele Alli‘s achilles tendon. But Benitez is right to feel aggrieved when Newcastle lost a major player on an unseemly tackle, and we’re sure he’s raging at Shelvey for ruining what looked like it could be a scoreless draw and welcome point from the Magpies’ Premier League return.

Pochettino puffs his chest after opening win vs. 10-man Magpies

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Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino isn’t convinced the score line tells the story of his side’s 2-0 win over Newcastle United on Sunday at St. James Park.

Scoreless at half, the match changed when Newcastle’s Jonjo Shelvey stamped down on the ankle of Dele Alli.

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Dele would go on to score minutes later against the 10-man Magpies, and Ben Davies made it 2-0 within 10 minutes. Harry Kane cranked the goal post late, and Pochettino seems aggrieved the score line wasn’t bigger for his side.

From the BBC:

“It was not easy to find the space and create chances. It’s important to improve. In a stadium that doesn’t have good memories for us, it was important to win. It was a clear red card.

“If Harry Kane had scored to make it 3-0 at the end, that would have been a bit more fair.”

A scissor tackle from Kane felled Florian Lejeune and sent the Newcastle center back to the locker room. Kane stayed on with a yellow card, and the Magpies were quite angry with the play.

Regardless, Spurs deserved every bit of the win once the Shelvey stamp snapped them out of a funk that threatened a scoreless draw.

Newcastle United 0-2 Tottenham Hotspur: Dele breaks through 10-man Magpies

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  • Shelvey sent off
  • Scoreless at break
  • Dele with breakthrough
  • Davies adds insurance

Dele Alli drew a red card than scored the winner, and Ben Davies also scored as Tottenham Hotspur beat 10-man Newcastle United 2-0 at St. James Park on Sunday.

Jonjo Shelvey was sent off and will face a significant ban for stepping on Dele’s ankle after the midfielder delayed the match by holding onto the ball following a foul.

Spurs host Chelsea in one week’s time, while Newcastle visits Huddersfield Town on the same Sunday.

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Newcastle opened pressing very high, and Spurs struggled to get the ball in the first five minutes as a loud St. James Park.

Dwight Gayle flubbed a couple chances, and the crowd lustily booed ex-Magpies midfielder Moussa Sissoko when he got the ball.

Newcastle left back Paul Dummett needed to leave the match after six minutes, and captain Jamaal Lascelles subbed into the mix.

A Javier Manquillo foul provided a rare chance for Spurs, but Harry Kane‘s heading a free kick bounced harmlessly to Magpies backstop Rob Elliot.

Newcastle was sloppy with its touches and passing, but its relentless pressure allowed the hosts most of the ball through most of the first half and a significant amount of corner kicks.

Rafa Benitez was forced into his second substitution when new signing Florian Lejeune was injured from a rash tackle from Kane — the Spurs man saw just yellow — and a second center back came off the bench in Chancel Mbemba.

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Spurs found their footing around the 41st minute, and Elliot had a little work to do when Christian Eriksen curled a shot from outside the box.

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Jonjo Shelvey was given a red card after the break. Dele Alli handled the ball after a foul and would not release it. As Shelvey stepped over Dele to gather the ball, he stepped on the Spurs’ player’s ankle and was sent off.

Newcastle would have to play 42 minutes down a man.

Harry Kane made a sliding point-blank shot that Elliot foiled for a corner as Spurs mounted their attack.

It was Dele the villain who put Spurs ahead, rightly so, with a sliding finish off Christian Eriksen’s feed. Kane started the play, and Lascelles was victimized on the finish. 1-0, Spurs.

The Magpies held firm for less than 10 minutes, and this time it was Davies with a stylish finish of more fluid play from Dele, Kane, and Eriksen.

Christian Atsu put a shot into the outside of the netting in the 83rd minute as the Magpies sought a goal. A late free kick then saw Ciaran Clark hit a partial clearance right into Hugo Lloris‘ arms.

Kane, who doesn’t have a PL goal in any August, battered the post in the first minute of stoppage time then scored an offside goal in the second.