Tottenham 0-1 Newcastle: Krul’s heroics continue Spurs struggles in front of goal

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Loic Remy put the visitors ahead early and Tim Krul made sure it stayed that way as the Magpies secured their second straight top-class win with a 1-0 defeat of Tottenham at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

Spurs took 29 shots on goal – 14 on target – but they couldn’t find the back of the net and sit on just nine goals scored so far this Premier League season thanks to Krul’s outstanding match.

The game began with both teams looking to find their attacking sense, and it was Spurs who did so first.

Andros Townsend worked well on the right wing early, and the 10th minute saw him combine with Christian Eriksen win a corner. Roberto Soldado subsequently found himself free on the set-piece for a header but put it just over.

Newcastle were playing with a view to the counter-attack, however, and a beautiful ball just a minute later from Yohan Cabaye sprung Loic Remy free and only a fabulous last-ditch tackle from Vlad Chiriches saved the day.

Remy would make amends and finish well in the 13th minute and give Newcastle the lead.  Yoan Gouffran stole the ball from Paulinhoat the mid-line and immediately slotted Remy through past the defense caught out on possession.  Remy one-two touched around Friedel and finished into the empty net.

The goal, just the sixth Spurs have conceded all season, didn’t change the home side’s early approach to the match despite their lack of goalscoring thus far into the season.  It was more of the same from Tottenham though, with lots of passing but no cutting edge or final ball.

Finally Spurs found a chance in the 30th minute, as Eriksen put in a great ball for Soldado and his header was brilliant, but Tim Krul’s save was better to deny the Spaniard despite the beaming sun in his eyes.

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Loic Remy, on loan from Queens Park Rangers, was the man on the scoresheet for Newcastle.

The home side continued to press for an equalizer as Paulinho fired off a shot in the 41st minute but Krul again saved well, the 25-year-old Dutch keeper in fine form.

Halftime brought two changes for Andre Villas-Boas, one via injury as Vlad Chiriches suffered a facial laceration and was replaced by Younes Kaboul.  AVB also tactically removed Moussa Dembele for Sandro.

It brought a new attacking sense for Tottenham, with Paulinho able to push further forward.  Unfortunately for the home side, Tim Krul outdid his first-half heroics with a pair of spectacular saves.

First in the 50th minute Eriksen was in front of goal at point-blank range but Krul saved well.  Then came the beauty, a 52nd minute free kick from Sigurdsson that took a crazy deflection off the wall, but Krul switched direction and brilliantly stopped the ball, and also saved a follow-up before Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa put the ball out.

Newcastle showed no threat of scoring a second, as the second half rolled on it was all about Tottenham equalizing or not.  They pushed, but between the lack of consistent creativity and Krul’s performance, it was not to be.  Paulinho had a chance in the 82nd minute but Krul was well-positioned, and Vergtonghen’s follow-up was saved low.

Shockingly for Newcastle, following their loss in the Tyne-Wear derby they now have not just wins over but also clean sheets against Chelsea and Tottenham in their last two matches, pushing them up to ninth in the table level with Manchester United on points.

For Spurs, they remain in sixth despite the opportunity to go third in the table with a win.

GOALS:

Newcastle – Remy 13′

LINEUPS:

Tottenham – Friedel; Walker, Vertonghen, Chiriches (Kaboul, 45′), Dawson; Paulinho, Dembele (Sandro, 45′); Townsend, Sigurdsson (Defoe, 69′), Eriksen; Soldado.

Newcastle – Krul; Williamson, Yanga-Mbiwa, Debuchy, Santon; Cabaye, Gouffran (Obertan, 85′), Sissoko, Tiote; Remy (Cisse, 75′), Shola Ameobi (Anita, 60′).

La Liga Roundup: Messi, Barcelona stunned by inspired Granada (video)

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Granada’s shocking 2-0 win over Barcelona and subsequent rise to the top of the table headlines Saturday’s La Liga action.

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Granada 2-0 Barcelona

Not even Lionel Messi, who made his season debut on Saturday, was able to save Barcelona against a red-hot Granada.

Granada, who are off to their best start in their 88 years of existence, had a perfect night in front of their supporters, convincingly getting past a Barcelona that dominated possession, but lacked the offensive ingenuity needed to score.

Barcelona’s defense wasn’t noteworthily robust, either.

Two minutes in, the newly promoted side scored through a headed goal from Ramon Azeez, following a defensive turnover from Junior Firpo.

Unable to record a shot on target in the first half and looking to wakeup a dormant attack, Barcelona brought on wonderkid Ansu Fati and Lionel Messi at halftime. Despite the duo connecting on several occasion and generating a shot on target, it wasn’t enough to get past Rui Silva.

In the 66th minute, following video review, substitute Alvaro Badillo converted from the spot, handing Granada their third win of the season.

Atop of La Liga, Granada set their sights on Real Valladolid, while Barcelona, who are off to their worst league start in 25 years, host Villarreal at Camp Nou.

Atletico Madrid  0-0 Celta Vigo

For a second consecutive week, Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid dropped points, drawing with Celta Vigo 0-0 at Wanda Metropolitano.

Tied with league leaders Granada and Sevilla with 10 points, the alarm bells are far from going off in Madrid. However, as Saturday’s performance showed, los Colchoneros are having trouble finishing chances this season, despite fielding an attack with the likes of Joao Felix, Diego Costa and Alvaro Morata.

In five games, Atletico have managed to score only five goals, six fewer than leaders Granada. Against Celta, Atletico registered 20 shots, five on target, but were unable to crack a stellar Ruben Blanco, who registered five saves.

Leveled with Granada and Sevilla, Atletico Madrid look to get back into winning ways as they take on RCD Mallorca. Elsewhere, Celta Vigo, who have won win after five games, host Espanyol next.

Elsewhere in La Liga

Villarreal 2-0 Real Valladolid

Levante 0-0 Eibar

Almeyda, Wondolowski sent off in Quakes’ fall against Atlanta (video)

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The game in 200 words (or less): Melodrama took center stage in Atlanta United’s 3-1 win over the San Jose Earthquakes, as Matias Almeyda, Chris Wondolowski and Cristian Espinoza were all sent off on Saturday. Josef Martinez, six games away from tying Lionel Messi’s world record for most consecutive goals, left the field in 79th minute following an injury, ending his MLS-record run at 15 games. Playing with 10 players from the 34th minute onwards, the Quakes held on to the draw up until the 90th minute. Unmarked inside the box, Emerson Hyndman rocketed the ball past Daniel Vega, who recorded nine saves throughout the night. In stoppage time, Gonzalo “Pity” Martinez was rewarded for his stellar performance with a goal of his own. With a game at hand, Eastern Conference leaders, NYCFC, are three points ahead Frank De Boer‘s side. The Quakes, on the other hand, have internal fires to put out as they have lost six of their last eight, and are only a point above the red line with three games to play.

Three moments that mattered

27′ — Great run by Espinoza, greater ball by Vega  — Daniel Vega and Cristian Espinoza were players that San Jose were desperately missing last season. This sequence says it all.

 

90′ — Emerson Hyndman wins it for the Five Stripes   — Hyndman, with no one near him, seals three points for the home side.

 

90′ + 2 — Martinez takes advantage of broken San Jose  — Martinez’s goal was only salt in San Jose’s fresh wound.

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Man of the match: Gonzalo “Pity”  Martinez

Goalscorers: Meram (4′), Guzan (27′ – OG), Hyndman (90′), Martinez (90′ + 2)

FIFA sees no obstacles for women to attend games in Iran

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ZURICH — Soccer’s governing body FIFA says an inspection visit to Iran has shown “no noteworthy operational obstacles” to lifting the country’s 40-year ban and letting women attend a World Cup qualifying game next month.

After meeting government and soccer officials in Tehran this week, FIFA says it will work with Iran’s soccer body to also open domestic league games to female fans.

FIFA wants Iran to end its ban on women entering stadiums which breaches international soccer statutes prohibiting discrimination.

Global attention on the ban followed the death this month of a 29-year-old activist, Sahar Khodayari, who set herself on fire outside a courthouse. She had been detained for dressing as a man to enter a soccer stadium in Tehran and faced six months in prison.

Ahead of Iran hosting Cambodia at the 78,000-capacity Azadi Stadium on Oct. 10, FIFA says the visit on Thursday focused on “international relations, security and ticketing matters.”

Iranian officials were told of FIFA’s “firm and clear position that women need to be allowed to enter football matches freely” with tickets sold to as many who wanted to attend.

FOLLOW LIVE: Atlanta v. Quakes, Galaxy v. Impact on a busy MLS Saturday

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Eight games in seven hours, now that’s a jam-packed MLS Saturday.

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Things kickoff with Matias Almeyda’s San Jose Earthquakes visiting red-hot Josef Martinez’s Atlanta United, and comes to a close in Los Angeles, where league leaders LAFC host Toronto FC and LA Galaxy, who look to continue moving up in the Western Conference standings, host Montreal Impact.

In between, the New England Revolution look to remain in the Eastern Conference playoff picture as they welcome Kyle Beckerman and Real Salt Lake, while the Chicago Fire hope to jump level with the Revs in the standings as they take on FC Cincinnati at Nippert Stadium.

Saturday’s full MLS schedule

Atlanta United v. San Jose Earthquakes — 3:30 p.m. ET

Vancouver Whitecaps v. Columbus Crew — 5 p.m. ET

New England Revolution v. Real Salt Lake — 7:30 p.m. ET

FC Cincinnati v. Chicago Fire — 7:30 p.m. ET

Sporting Kansas City v. Colorado Rapids — 8:30 p.m. ET

Houston Dynamo v. Orlando City — 8:30 p.m. ET

LAFC v. Toronto FC — 10:30 p.m. ET

LA Galaxy v. Montreal Impact — 10:30 p.m. ET