Tottenham 1-2 Stoke City: Bojan, Walters increase pressure on Pochettino (video)

2 Comments

Stoke City swarmed White Hart Lane in the first half and Spurs didn’t have enough to hit back in the second as Mark Hughes picked up a road win and sent Mauricio Pochettino home with his third defeat in four matches.

Harry Kane earned his first start of the season with seven goals in his last five matches in all competitions, but he wouldn’t manage another as Pochettino has struggled to find his best team.

The first chance fell to Spurs, with a header across the face saved by Asmir Begovic early on, but Stoke took the lead straight away out of relatively nothing.

Steve Sidwell won the ball in the midfield, and eventually the ball came to Bojan Krkic. The Spaniard sprung forward and burst through the attacking half, and with nobody tracking back to cover, he ripped a shot past Hugo Lloris into the bottom corner.

Stoke were then forced into an early change just nine minutes in, with dropped American Geoff Cameron having to come on at right-back for Phil Bardsley who appeared to pull a groin muscle.

[RELATED: Watch full match replays]

USMNT boss Jurgen Klinsmann was on hand to watch Cameron come on, and he saw a positive Stoke spell following their goal. He also would see yet another injury problem for Stoke, as central defender Marc Wilson was forced off, replaced by Mark Muniesa as the second Stoke substitute before the half-hour mark.

Despite the forced changes, Stoke remained the side on top in the first half, peppering the Tottenham penalty area with crosses and searching balls. It paid off just past the half-hour mark as Jonathan Walters easily finished off a perfect cross by Mame Diouf past Federico Fazio who was caught out of position, and Stoke led 2-0.

[RELATED: Latest Premier League standings]

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino made a pair of changes at halftime which thrust an air of panic into White Hart Lane, and with nothing doing past the hour mark he introduced Emmanuel Adebayor as well. Instead of a jolt to the team, the home side began to show plenty of frustration. A foul by Jonathan Walters on Danny Rose sparked a bit of fumes from the defender and captain Younis Kaboul as well, and moments later Kaboul went two-footed into a tackle after losing the ball and was booked.

With Spurs appearing to be in full meltdown mode, they were able to spring the game to life. Nacer Chadli pulled the home side one back as Danny Rose’s cross came to the far post and Chadli powered home from a ridiculously tight angle. That gave Spurs 13 minutes to get something from the game, and they pushed for it.

But instead things would get worse as Kyle Naughton killed off the chance with a straight red card on 84 minutes. Victor Moses flashed past Naughton on the wing, and he clipped the heel of the Stoke winger as the last man and it forced the sending off.

The game stayed open to the death but it had nothing more as Spurs slumped to a third defeat in four and remain just a point into the top half. Meanwhile Stoke jumps above Spurs in the table into the top half with the three points on the road.

LINEUPS:

Tottenham: Lloris; Naughton, Fazio, Kaboul, Rose; Capoue (Adebayor 64′), Mason; Chadli, Eriksen (Dembele 46′), Townsend (Lamela 46′); Kane.

Goals: Chadli 77′

Stoke City: Begovic; Bardsley (Cameron 9′), Shawcross, Wilson (Muniesa 26′), Pieters; Walters, Sidwell, Bojan (Ireland 84′), Nzonzi, Moses; Diouf.

Goals: Bojan 6′, Walters 33′

UCL AT HALF: Marsch’s Salzburg rolling; Champions holding firm; Chelsea’s Mount hurt

Photo by Michael Molzar/SEPA.Media /Getty Images
Leave a comment

We’ve got news after 45 minutes of six more UCL matches, including a big injury at Stamford Bridge and a monumental start for an American in Austria.

[ UCL: Scores, lineups, stats, box scores ]

Chelsea 0-0 Valencia

No goals to report here, but early season hero Mason Mount has left the match with an injury for the Blues. He was not replaced by Christian Pulisic, rather Pedro.

Liverpool 0-0 Napoli

It’s been a pretty even affair, though Liverpool can thank Adrian for a pair of great saves on Dries Mertens before Hirving “Chucky” Lozano’s goal was ruled offside.

Red Bull Salzburg 5-1 Genk

Jesse Marsch is now officially the first American man to manage a team in a UEFA Champions League game.

The Red Bull Salzburg boss is also the first to hold a second minute lead, as red hot striker Erling Braut Haland scored his 15th, 16th, and 17th goals in nine matches under Marsch.

Haland also five assists on the season, having entered Tuesday’s match with 658 minutes across all competitions.

Haland is the son of former Leeds, Man City, and Nottingham Forest manager Alf-Inge Haland.

Hwang-Hee Chan has Salzburg’s other goal, and two assists.

Elsewhere

Inter Milan 1-1 Slavia Prague — RECAP
Lyon 1-1 Zenit Saint-Petersburg
Borussia Dortmund 0-0 Barcelona
Ajax 1-0 Lille
Benfica 0-0 RB Leipzig

Yedlin nears return, hoping for October USMNT call-up

Photo by Serena Taylor/Newcastle United via Getty Images
1 Comment

Hindsight being 20/20, it’s easy to see that DeAndre Yedlin didn’t look right last season.

The Newcastle United and USMNT right back was not up to his standards during the 2018-19 season, and Yedlin says the injury that’s cost him the start of this season has been the culprit for a long time.

[ MORE: Neymar ban reduced ]

Yedlin, 26, went through surgery this May for a sports hernia which he says bothered him on game days for almost a year and a half.

From NUFC.co.uk:

 “It was tough, and it was a bit confusing because it would come and go. There would be months that I’d be playing with it and I’d take pain killers before the game and try to get through it, then there’d be times when it didn’t bother me at all,” he said.

“Even in warm ups, I’d be thinking ‘it’s going to be tough to make it through this game.’ Once the pain killers hit in, you can’t really feel anything anymore and then adrenalin hits in but, yeah, it’s tough. As a player you don’t want to stop and then lose your place, but you’ve also got to do what’s best for you and for the longevity of your career.

That’s not good, and both USMNT and Newcastle supporters will hope the injury was the reason behind his decline in form.

Yedlin’s stats dropped in each of his last two PL seasons. For a player whose blessed with blazing speed, a sports hernia is only going to dramatically affect performance.

He says he has been in touch with USMNT boss Gregg Berhalter.

“That’s been tough. I’ve had contact with the manager and they’re keeping updated on how I’m doing. This last international break was just a bit too soon but hopefully the next one, I’ll be ready for and hopefully I’ll have some minutes under my belt by that time, then really crack on from there.”

Conte’s Inter avoids UCL upset in stoppage time

Photo by Marco Luzzani - Inter/Inter via Getty Images
Leave a comment

The Champions League nearly began with an upset, as Slavia Prague led Inter Milan 1-0 into stoppage time at the San Siro on Tuesday.

But a pair of Inter loanees produced a play to tie the score in the second minute of stoppage, as Stefano Sensi (Sassuolo) curled a free kick off the bar and Nicolo Barella (Cagliari) first timed the rebound through traffic and inside the far post.

[ LIVE: Champions League scores ]

Peter Olayinka started and finished the play for Slavia Prague’s second half opener. The scorer took the ball to the end line and cut back for Lukas Provod, whose shot was saved by Samir Handanovic.

But Olayinka followed the play and took advantage of the marker who slid to block his initial pass. On the doorstep at the back post, the Nigerian smashed the ball into the top of the goal.

The goal was deserved, and the score line represented the tightness of the contest. Inter barely out shot the Czech visitors and had just a little bit more of the ball.

Romelu Lukaku nearly thumped home a header in the sixth minute of stoppage, but Slavia keeper Ondrej Kolar made a fine save.

Here’s the equalizer:

LIVE, UCL: Napoli v. Liverpool, Chelsea v. Valencia

Getty Images
Leave a comment

The UEFA Champions League group stage is back, as Premier League sides Liverpool and Chelsea are both in action on Tuesday.

[ LIVE: Champions League scores ]

Reigning European champs Liverpool head to Napoli in their opening group game, as Jurgen Klopp‘s men aim to avenge the defeat at the Stadio San Paolo in the group stage last season. As for Chelsea, Frank Lampard and several of his young Blues stars are making their UEFA Champions League debuts as a manager and players.

A beauty of a game takes place in Group F, as Borussia Dortmund host Barcelona with Lionel Messi back in the Barca squad after injury.

Below is the full schedule for Tuesday’s late games, with all games kicking off at 3 p.m. ET.

Click on the link above to follow all of the action live, while we will have you covered with a roundup of the action right here on Pro Soccer Talk.


Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League schedule

Group E
Napoli v. Liverpool
Red Bull Salzburg v. Genk

Group F
Borussia Dortmund v. Barcelona

Group G
Benfica v. Leipzig

Group H
Ajax v. Lille
Chelsea v. Valencia