Tottenham Hotspur 4-1 Manchester City: Spurs comeback stuns Citizens

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  • De Bruyne gave City the lead
  • 3 goals in 15 minutes turned game on its head
  • Kane’s goal drought ended at 748 minutes
  • Three-straight wins for Spurs
  • Hart, Kompany miss out for City

Tottenham Hotspur beat Manchester City 4-1 at White Hart Lane on Saturday courtesy of a stunning comeback.

City led through Kevin De Bruyne‘s strike but right on half time Eric Dier equalized in controversial fashion, then two goals in the next 15 minutes from Toby Alderweireld and Harry Kane turned the game on its head. Erik Lamela added more gloss to the scoreline, as City struggled with the injured duo of Joe Hart and Vincent Kompany on the bench.

With the win Spurs move up to fifth in the table with 12 points from seven games, while City slooped to second anever were usurped at the summit by their crosstown rivals Manchester United.

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Early on both teams looked tight at the back but there was a great tempo to the match. In the 17th minute Lloris was forced into a good save down low as Aguero wriggled free from his marker and sent in an effort on goal. Spurs grew into the game as the first half played out but then a misplaced pass from a short corner let City launch a blistering counter attack and after 25 minutes the away side were ahead. Yaya Toure ran over 50-yards with the ball before slotting in De Bruyne and the Belgian winger scored his second goal in as many PL starts. 1-0 to the Citizens.

City were rampant before half time as Sterling forced Lloris into a magnificent save at full-stretch down low, while at the other end Kane dragged an effort wide and had another saved by Willy Caballero as Spurs went in search of an equalizer.

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Controversy arrived right on half time as Kyle Walker sent in a cross, despite being in an offside position, and although Caballero initially made a superb stop to deny Spurs an equalizer, De Bruyne gave the ball away cheaply on the edge of the box and Dier drilled in a beauty from distance to make it 1-1.

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In the second half City started brightly as both Toure and Aguero had chances but in the 50th minute Spurs took the lead after Kane won a free kick for chasing down a lost cause and forcing Nicolas Otamendi into a foul. Lamela whipped in the free kick and Alderweireld flicked home a header at the near post past the stranded Caballero. 2-1 to Tottenham.

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Kane finally ended his Premier League goal drought in the 60th minute as Eriksen’s free kick — which Demichelis gave away and was lucky to escape a second yellow card for his foul — crashed off the crossbar and their leading goalscorer from last season knocked in a superb half-volley. 3-1 to Spurs after an incredible rally.

Substitute Jesus Navas forced Lloris into a wonderful save 20 minutes from time and Sterling dragged an effort wide as City threw everything at Spurs as they pushed to get back in the game.

Late on Son prodded home at the back post but the goal was ruled out for offside and then Lamela added a fourth after N’Jie found him superbly in the box. Spurs held off late City pressure to win 4-1 and condemned Pellegrini’s side to their second-straight defeat in the PL.

Transfer rumor roundup: Mari to Arsenal; Defoe makes permanent Rangers move

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A roundup of all of Saturday’s biggest transfer rumors, including those involving Premier League outfits.

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Arsenal are reportedly hours from adding a defender to Mikel Arteta‘s squad.

Flamengo’s Pablo Mari has reportedly arrived in London and set for a medical at Arsenal, Sky Sports reports. The 26-year-old Spaniard will join the North London side for the remainder of the season with an option to buy.

It won’t be Mari’s first time signing for a Premier League side, however.

In 2016, the center-back signed with Manchester City, but never featured for the defending champions, instead making appearances for Girona, NAC and Deportivo La Coruna on loan.

Jermaine Defoe is not returning to Bournemouth.

On Saturday, Rangers announced that Defoe signed a pre-contract to join Rangers on permanent basis in the summer.

The storied 37-year-old English striker has 20 goals in 57 appearances since joining the Scottish giants last January on a 18-month loan. Defoe’s new contract runs through the 2020-21 season, a one-year deal.

“It’s fantastic news,” Rangers manager Steven Gerrard told the club’s website. “It’s something we have been working on over the weeks and it is great to finally get that done and dusted.”

“He is an incredible professional with the way he goes about his work on and off the pitch – he is a credit to himself and his family. And also on the pitch, which is the main thing. He is still contributing heavily – he is a major part of this group, this team and this squad and hopefully together we can go and share some success as I think he deserves that.”

This season, Defoe has scored 16 goals in 28 games.

Crystal Palace are in talks to sign Belgium international Yannick Carrasco, according to Sky Sports.

Carrasco, 26, wants to leave Chinese Super League side Dalian Yifang and is currently training in Belgium, ahead of a return to European play.

Carrasco has scored 24 goals in 52 appearances since making a move to China from Atletico Madrid in February 2018.

Norwich City are actively pursuing Danel Sinani, according to the Daily Mail.

The 22-year-old Luxembourg winger is out of contract with Luxembourg side FC Dudelange this summer. If the parties involved can’t reach a deal this week,  the Canaries are reportedly ready to propose a pre-contract agreement.

Mourinho hints Spurs to sign Lo Celso permanently: ‘I think the boy is earning the decision’

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Tottenham Hotspur loanee Giovani Lo Celso is closer to permanently stay in North London than he is to return back to Sevilla.

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The 23-year-old Argentine, who arrived at Spurs from Real Betis last summer on a season-long loan, experienced a rocky start in the Premier League. Lo Celso – with only 44 minutes of English top-flight playing time under his belt – suffered a hip injury with Argentina, ruling him out two months in the fall.

Since, the attacking midfielder has worked his way up Jose Mourinho’s pecking order, featuring heavily in the Portuguese’s scheme over the past few months. Most recently, on Saturday, Lo Celso displayed his well-balanced virtues in Tottenham’s 1-1 draw with Southampton in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

Following the match, Mourinho addressed questions on whether or not his club is going to sign the midfielder on a permanent contract. Praiseworthy of Lo Celso’s learning abilities, Mourinho hopes the midfielder will be a part of the club’s long-term plans.

“It’s not an obligation, it’s an option,” Mourinho said of Lo Celso, who is reportedly available at reduced price of $35 million. “I think the boy is earning the decision. He’s making an easy decision for the club to execute the option.”

“Incredible evolution since I arrived,” he added. “Barely played a game, I think he played against Red Star Belgrade, with me a little bit difficult to come in the first few weeks. But he understood what we wanted. Good learner, good kid and I think by himself he made the decision that the club is going to execute the option. That’s normal, he earned it.”

With Christian Eriksen on the verge of departing the London side, Mourinho and company will have additional funds to land Lo Celso this winter before his price spikes in the summer.

Everything points to the creative midfielder having a future in London, but will Spurs brass follow suit and make it official soon?

Netherlands forward Rob Rensenbrink dies at age 72

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THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Rob Rensenbrink, the forward who was centimeters away from delivering the Netherlands a World Cup title in 1978, has died at age 72, the Dutch football association said Saturday.

“We have heard with sadness of the death of football legend Rob Rensenbrink,” the association said in a tweet.

Rensenbrink played most of his club football in Belgium with Club Brugge and Anderlecht, where his weaving runs earned him the nickname “Snake Man.” He also played briefly for the Portland Timbers in the United States in 1980.

He was a regular for the Netherlands national team in its period of dominance in the 1970s.

He played 46 times and scored 14 goals for the Dutch team known for its slick, position-swapping “total football.”

But he will always be best remembered for the goal he didn’t quite score in the 1978 World Cup final.

With the scores tied at 1-1 between the Netherlands and host Argentina and the seconds ticking away in injury time of the final in Buenos Aires, Rensenbrink’s shot hit the post. The match went to extra time and Argentina scored twice to win 3-1.

It was the second straight World Cup final defeat for the Netherlands, which has appeared in three finals and lost them all.

Rensenbrink was diagnosed with a muscle disease in 2012 and died as a result of the illness, according to Dutch national broadcaster NOS.

Anderlecht said he died Friday night.

“Thanks for everything Robbie!” the Belgian club wrote on its website. “We will never forget you.”

Serie A roundup: Ilicic powers Atalanta in historic win over Torino (video)

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Atalanta’s historic and overpowering win over Torino highlights Saturday’s Serie A action.

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Torino 0-7 Atalanta

Josip Ilicic scored a hat-trick, including a center-line strike, as Atalanta humiliated Torino 7-0 on Saturday, handing the hosts their worst home loss ever in Serie A play.

With only nine men on the field towards the end of the match for Turin-based side, Atalanta were able to capitalize, elevating their goal count to 57 goals in 21 games this season. Gian Piero Gasperini’s men, who are back in Champions League contention, lead the league in goals.

Robin Gosens and Duvan Zapata, who scored a minute before the break, added to Ilicic’s first of three. A three-goal advantage after the first 45 minutes foreshadowed what Torino was going to encounter in the second half: more goals.

Eight minutes into the final 45 minutes of Saturday’s bout at the Olimpico di Torino, Ilicic quick-fired two more past an exposed Salvatore Sirigu.

With less than 10 minutes to go, Luis Muriel took the field for the visitors. And just six minutes after his first foot on the natural surface, the Colombian striker had a brace to his name.

“All we can do is apologize,” Torino coach Walter Mazzarri said. “In so many years of my career I had never had such a game.”

In fourth place with 38 points, Atalanta look to increase their seven-goal performances this season to three as they host struggling Genoa in a weeks time. Torino, on the other hand, meet AC Milan on Tuesday in the quarterfinal’s of the Coppa Italia.


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