Tottenham 2-2 West Ham: Kane penalty at death completes comeback

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Another game, another late goal to earn points. Tottenham earned its 16th point from a losing position, coming back from 2-0 down with a pair of goals in the final 10 minutes to draw with West Ham.

Danny Rose scored a funky but impressive goal in the 81st minute, and with Spurs pouring on the pressure, that man Harry Kane earned and converted a penalty with 10 seconds remaining in added time.

Tottenham started by far the better team in the opening 10 minutes, with a couple of shots on goal. The first true chance came inside the opening 10 minutes when Naleb Bentaleb forced a big save from Adrian with a shot from distance. In the 11th minute they had another opportunity when Danny Rose chipped a long one and sprung in-form striker Harry Kane past the central defender partnership. However the bounce wasn’t kind to the sprinting Kane, and Winston Reid’s challenge gave him enough to think about that the young striker put his awkward effort just wide off the post.

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West Ham struggled to maintain any kind of significant possession, but slowly built themselves into dangerous positions by the 20 minute mark. That was the spark they needed, and the Hammers would go in front at White Hart lane on 22 minutes, punishing Spurs for not capitalizing on their early start.

The goal saw some lovely ball movement, as Aaron Cresswell made a pointed little overlap run along the left-hand edge of the box, and he dinked a cross perfectly into the box. It found the head of Cheikhou Kouyate, who had positioned himself perfectly in between the Spurs central defender partnership, and his powerful header found the top corner.

The game opened up. Danny Rose nearly got to the end of a chipped ball by Kane over the top of defense, Hugo Lloris was forced to come off his line to awkwardly snuff out an Enner Valencia chance, and Ryan Mason scuffed just wide all prior to the half-hour mark.

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With the first 45 minutes gone, the visitors continued to look bright in the second half. Diafra Sakho came close to doubling West Ham’s lead but his shot from a tight angle was clipped into the side-netting by Lloris. But Sakho would do the job just moments later. He delivered a cross from the right flank that just missed Enner Valencia thanks to good defending by Danny Rose, but the chance wasn’t over. Mark Noble got to the ball and crossed it back to the box, and while it evaded Valencia’s head, the cross fell to Sakho who creeped to the far post, and he poked home the 2-0 lead.

Noble was lucky to escape a sending off a minute later, as he somehow evaded a second booking for a clearly late tackle on Bentaleb. Lloris was then required again to make a spectacular save on a point-blank finish from Valencia to keep out a third West Ham goal.

Spurs made changes with the introductions of Christian Eriksen and Roberto Soldado, and the former added a seriously impactful presence. Spurs built themselves into the ascendency with 15 minutes to go, but had a long way back. Rose was the man to pull a goal back with nine minutes left when a rebound fell to him outside the top of the box, and he creatively drove the ball into the ground, causing it to leap off the pitch and essentially chip West Ham goalkeeper Adrian.

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It made for a gripping final few moments, and Spurs poured on the pressure. Soldado forced an athletic diving save from Adrian, and Jan Vertonghen headed over on a corner. Spurs pummeled the West Ham box, and it eventually paid off. Alex Song crawled up Kane’s back in the box, and referee Jon Moss gave the spot kick. Adrian saved Kane’s first attempt, but he was there to power home the rebound and set White Hart Lane alight.

The result was harsh on West Ham, who were impressive on the road, but they could only get a single point to reach the magical 40-point mark. Spurs stay 6th but draw within one of Southampton with the draw.

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Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Dier, Vertonghen, Rose; Bentaleb, Mason (Chadli 80′); Lamela, Dembele (Eriksen 46′), Townsend (Soldado 60′); Kane.

Goals: Rose 81′. Kane 90’+6

West Ham: Adrian, Jenkinson, Tomkins, Reid, Cresswell, Song, Noble (Cole 68′, Collins 87′), Kouyate, Downing, Sakho, Valencia (Jarvis 75′).

Goals: Kouyate 22′, Sakho 62′

Arsenal overruns West Ham with 3 second half goals

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Who saw that coming?

With three goals in a nine-minute span in the second half, Arsenal overcame a one-goal halftime deficit to comfortably beat West Ham, 3-1, on Monday night at the Olympic Stadium. It was a complete reversal after a second half where Arsenal didn’t attempt a single shot on target in the first half and were second-best in winning duals and second balls.

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But it was the Arsenal stars who helped the club when it was effectively on its knee, facing a tenth-straight match without a win. Goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Nicolas Pepe and youngster Gabriel Martinelli secured all three points for Arsenal.

On the other side, West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini is in a whole host of trouble. West Ham sits just one point above the relegation zone after 16 league matches, and Pellegrini was expected to take the Hammers to the next level.


Three things we learned

1. Arsenal stars finally step up: With Arsenal on the verge of another demoralizing defeat, the club’s expensive strike force helped turn the tide in the second half. Martinelli, Aubameyang, and Pepe all played a huge role, and their goals, arguably against the run of play, were more than enough to inject some excitement into the club.

2. No Luiz, No Problem: Arsenal may have found its new starting centerback combination. After multiple error-prone performances with Sokratis playing alongside David Luiz, Arsenal boss Freddy Ljunberg went with Calum Chambers to partner Sokratis. The end result was a much more organized backline, and fewer mistakes, leading to fewer allowed goals.

3. Pellegrini on the hot seat: Pellegrini will have a nervous few days ahead of him. Despite a rare win over Chelsea last week, West Ham has now dropped successive defeats, first to Wolves and now Arsenal, leaving West Ham on the edge of relegation. Could Pellegrini last until January?

Man of the Match: Arsenal’s defense deserves credit, but goals win games, so Man of the Match has to go to Nicolas Pepe. The Ivory Coast international absolutely earned his massive transfer fee on Monday, scoring a beautiful curler and then setting up Aubameyang with a chip into the box.


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At the half: West Ham lead struggling Arsenal

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They say in derbies that form goes out the window, but it didn’t seem that apparent for Arsenal on Monday evening.

West Ham United is 45 minutes away from a second major win in three Premier League games as the Hammers hold a 1-0 halftime lead over Arsenal. Angelo Ogbonna’s headed goal off a Pablo Fornals cross is the difference so far.

After two straight poor performances for Arsenal, manager Freddie Ljungberg must have hoped for a better reaction in a London derby. Instead, Arsenal has been slow in passing, slow to second balls and not as determined as West Ham to win. Every possession gained is giving West Ham confidence, which led to the goal. The goal came after a couple of pinball rebounds following a corner kick, but the Hammers’ determination to score helped them go in front.

To make matters worse for Arsenal, Kieran Tierney suffered another injury, forcing him off the field in the first half and compelling Ljunberg to bring on Sead Kolasinac, despite him being short on fitness too.

Arsenal has a massive 45 minutes ahead. Should West Ham win, it would go level with Arsenal. If the Gunners lose, it’s their 10th straight match in all competitions without a win and it drops them into the bottom half of the league table.

Watch Live: West Ham United v. Arsenal

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Arsenal will be searching for their first win since firing Unai Emery as manager when they visit West Ham United, who could use a win in the worst possibly way themselves, at the London Stadium on Monday (Watch live, 3 p.m. ET, on NBCSN and NBCSports.com).

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The Gunners have drawn one — coming back from a goal down, twice, against Norwich City — and lost at home to Brighton & Hove Albion on Thursday. It’s hardly been an ideal start to life under interim boss Freddie Ljungberg. As a result, they enter Monday’s game sitting 11th in the Premier League table.

As for the Hammers, Manuel Pellegrini is beginning to feel the pressure after winning just one of his side’s last nine games (1W-2D-6L). Following that exceedingly poor run of results, West Ham sit 16th in the PL table, just one point clear of the relegation zone.

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Messi’s hometown offers emotional trip to his childhood

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ROSARIO, Argentina — Soccer wasn’t always Lionel Messi’s favorite activity.

When he was a child in the modest neighborhood of La Bajada in his Argentine hometown of Rosario, he spent his time bicycling with friends, building forts out of branches and stones, playing hide and seek – and occasionally stealing lemons from a neighbor to make juice.

Those stories and others are the focus of a new tour being offered by Rosario to celebrate their 32-year-old hometown hero, an international sports superstar who just won an unprecedented sixth Golden Ball as world soccer’s player of the year.

The tour put together by Rosario’s city hall is free of charge and available in an app translated into several languages, guiding fans through 10 stops.

Few houses are higher than two stories in La Bajada, a middle-class neighborhood in the city that is 186 miles (300 kilometers) northwest of Buenos Aires.

Halfway down Israel street stands a gray house, closed off by shut curtains and protected by railings. There is no sign outside indicating it was Messi’s home, and no one lives there now, though it still belongs to his family.

The neighbors aren’t so shy about the Messi connection, however. Colorful paintings dedicated to the soccer star stand in front of houses and there are sidewalks colored in the blue and white of Argentina’s national team with Messi’s jersey number, 10, painted in black.

Messi’s neighbors and friends are often willing to share stories with visitors.

“Leo was normal and ordinary like other people here,” Diego Vallejos, one of Messi’s childhood friends, told The Associated Press on a sandy soccer field of the El Campito club as three youngsters played soccer.

“We fell, we scratched ourselves riding bikes. We went to the street with water bombs and threw them at buses,” said Vallejos, who is one year older than Messi.

Also are on the tour are the school Messi attended and the Abanderado Grandoli club, where he learned his first soccer moves.

The city long had a somewhat distant relationship with Messi, and officials say the tour seeks to change that. Rosario’s city hall said Messi’s family did not take part in the creation of the tour.

“What we want to emphasize is that Leo is a product of his city, and that there is a life and many stories behind the superstar,” said Santiago Valenti with Rosario’s tourism agency.

Messi was born June 24, 1987, in the Hospital Italiano Garibaldi in Rosario. He lived in the city until 2000, when he moved to Barcelona.

A recently opened sports museum, a few blocks from Messi’s old house, offers an interactive tour of the lives of local stars in racing, boxing, basketball and soccer.

Messi’s section of the museum is introduced by a painting that mixes monuments from Rosario and Barcelona, and the sentence: “All that I did, I did for soccer.” Two giant screens display goals and testimonials from his teammates.

“The idea is not to pay a tribute to his sporting success,” said museum coordinator Juan Echeverría. “It is to value the path he walked, everything that an athlete has to go through to get to the tip of the iceberg that we see when he is on the podium.”

The museum has contacted Messi’s family and the player’s father said he would donate more memorabilia.

One of items on display is a small red coat with a white collar. Below it is Messi’s official register as a Newell’s Old Boys academy player and a picture of him smiling.

Downtown is the Malvinas compound where Newell’s has its soccer academy. It was there the young Messi was filmed out-dribbling much bigger opponents.

“This is where it all started,” said Lisandro Conte, an employee at the academy.

Messi did not play for Newell’s. “At that time there were players who looked more promising, and the bet was placed on them,” Conte said.

Still, Messi has said he wants to finish his career at Newell’s, playing for his hometown club in his own country after a professional career in Barcelona’s storied Spanish league team.

Fans visiting Rosario might even be able to catch a match between teams like the recent clash between Newell’s and arch-rival Rosario Central. Among the 14 youngsters chasing the ball might be Rosario’s next star.