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Lamela needs hip surgery, out for rest of Spurs season

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Tottenham Hotspur won’t be getting an Erik Lamela boost any time soon.

The 25-year-old winger will undergo surgery on his ailing hip this Saturday, costing him availability for Spurs’ stretch run and Argentina duty.

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Lamela has been missing since Oct. 29, and left Spurs lineup with the team unbeaten in the Premier League (5W-4D).

He registered a goal and an assist in PL play, adding a goal and four helpers in the side’s first two rounds of the EFL Cup and two assists in three Champions League matches.

Premier League Saturday Roundup: Champs shocked, Spurs held, City survives late

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One day into the new Premier League season, we already have a number of surprising results.

Hull City and West Bromwich Albion – teams who both struggled through bad press, managerial turmoil, and a frustrating transfer window this summer – both picked up wins over teams who seem to be trending upwards.

Hull City 2-1 Leicester CityRECAP

Nobody thought Leicester City’s title defense would be easy, or even possible, but most expected them to ease past managerless and transfer-less Hull City on opening day. Most thought wrong. Robert Snodgrass was creative and scored the winner as the Tigers, under caretaker manager Mike Phelan, picked up a confidence-building win over the defending champions.

Crystal Palace 0-1 West BromRECAP

Building on Hull’s win, West Brom surprised a rising Crystal Palace squad at Selhurst Park behind a header from Salomon Rondon, who looked most dangerous during an otherwise listless match. Similar to Hull, West Brom has had a rocky summer, stymied on a number of transfers and forced to question if Tony Pulis would stick around. However, they faced a Palace side that looked timid in the final third and Rondon, last year’s leading scorer for the Baggies, started off on the right foot.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 13: Sergio Aguero of Manchester City scores his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Sunderland at Etihad Stadium on August 13, 2016 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
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Manchester City 2-1 SunderlandRECAP

Pep Guardiola made a statement when he benched incumbent goalkeeper Joe Hart, but it didn’t matter as the City attack was in charge. For much of the match City was in control, and while Jermain Defoe thought he earned Sunderland a point with a 70th minute equalizer, pressure from the hosts was too much at the end amid defensive tactics from David Moyes. A Paddy McNair own-goal with four minutes was the difference as City survived.

Middlesbrough 1-1 Stoke CityRECAP

Boro looks like an exciting and stout Premier League side, and went ahead through new signing Alvaro Negredo. Unfortunately, it wouldn’t last as Xherdan Shaqiri – invisible for much of the early going – deposited a beautiful free-kick into the back of the net to equalize.

Burnley 0-1 SwanseaRECAP

Leroy Fer produced a late, 82nd minute winner to give Swansea all three points at Turf Moor. The goal was just after Swans defender Federico Fernandez should have scored earlier in the second half but missed poorly from close range. Goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski was also needed as he denied Sam Vokes just after halftime.

Southampton 1-1 WatfordRECAP

The two sides finished level in a matchup of first-time Premier League managers. Nathan Redmond scored an impressive volley on his Saints debut to peg Watford back after Etienne Capoue had given the visitors the lead with his first goal for the club. Watford’s Ben Watson was sent off late after a last-man foul, a selfless sacrifice after Southampton was threatening on the break.

Everton 1-1 TottenhamRECAP

Ross Barkley put the hosts in front, but Erik Lamela headed home an equalizer in the second half as both teams had to settle for a disappointing draw. Spurs will be even more concerned that goalkeeper Hugo Lloris went off injured, as the club announced he had a hamstring problem and will be assessed in the coming days.

Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 Manchester United: Spurs run rampant in big second half

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  • Spurs keep pace with Leicester
  • Lamela with goal, assist
  • 0-0 at halftime

It was second half euphoria at White Hart Lane, where Tottenham Hotspur thrashed Manchester United 3-0 on Sunday to keep their faint title hopes alive.

Dele Alli, Toby Alderweireld and Erik Lamela scored three goals in a six-minute span to give Spurs their big win, which keeps them within 7 points of Leicester City.

United’s loss guarantees Leicester a Top Four finish, and puts United four points back of the Top Four. West Ham is just a point back of the fifth place Red Devils.

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In a word, Spurs were rampant once the 25th minute hit. Harry Kane had slipped around David De Gea, only to see his chance slid away from him by Timothy Fosu-Mensah.

Moments later, Lamela’s diving header went the wrong way to keep it scoreless. Spurs certainly had the better moments of the opening 45, but found a 0-0 deadlock at the break.oo

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The second half was all Spurs.

First Kane and Eriksen teamed up to provide Alli a chance he wouldn’t miss. Then Alderweireld got on the end of a Lamela free kick and clinically turned it past De Gea.

And here’s Lamela himself, belting a shot behind the Spanish keeper.

Three goals, six minutes. 3-0.

WATCH: Lamela finds Eriksen to boost Spurs past Man City

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Spurs are within two points of the Premier League lead after this goal from Christian Eriksen boosted them to a 2-1 win over Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

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With the match tied at one, Spurs sub Erik Lamela played a well-weighted through ball to Eriksen, who touched it forward before pushing a shot around a sliding Joe Hart to give Tottenham a lead it would not relinquish over the final minutes.

Premier League Team of the Week — Round 19

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With all 20 Premier League club having now played 19 games, we’re officially at the halfway point of the 2015-16 season.

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The just-completed 19th round of PL fixtures saw a change at the top of the table, as Arsenal regained the league lead; another potential title contender emerge; the inevitable firing of Louis Van Gaal creep ever closer; and a candidate for game of the season.

From round no. 19 of PL fixtures, this week’s Premier League Team of the Week…

Premier League Team of the Week — Round 19 ARCHIVE ]

Goalkeeper: Petr Cech (Arsenal)

Defenders: Ashley Williams (Swansea City), Gabriel Paulista (Arsenal), Wes Morgan (Leicester City)

Midfielders: Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal), Darren Fletcher (West Bromwich Albion), Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke City)

Forwards: Dieumerci Mbokani (Norwich City), Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City), Romelu Lukaku (Everton)