Tottenham 3-1 Aston Villa: Dembele, Alli, Kane send Spurs 5th

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  • Dembele scores in back to back PL games
  • Alli’s 2nd career PL goal
  • Kane’s 5th PL goal (4 in two games)
  • Spurs up to 5th; Villa stay 20th

Sunday’s North London Derby (Watch live at 11 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via Live Extra) is officially a meeting of the Premier League’s two most in-form sides following Tottenham Hotspur’s (14 points from last six league games; Arsenal – 15 points from six games) 3-1 victory over Aston Villa on Monday.

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Moussa Dembele gave Tottenham an early lead, three minutes on the clock, with a bullish run and fortunate finish. Danny Rose played the Belgian down the left touchline, where Ciaran Clark made his initial challenge. Dembele held off the challenge from Clark, bullying his way past the defender and into the penalty area with only Brad Guzan ahead of him. Dembele’s left-footed finish nutmegged Guzan and bulged the back of the net.

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Dele Alli doubled Spurs’ lead shortly before halftime. Rose sent in a cross from the left wing, which was headed away by Joleon Lescott, but only as far as Alli at the top of the 18-yard box. His first touch was with his thigh to control and settle the ball, the second was a low, volleyed strike to the far post that left Guzan rooted to the ground.

Villa pulled their goal back through Jordan Ayew, whose long-range strike took a severe deflection off Spurs defender Jan Vertonghen, wrong-footing goalkeeper Hugo Lloris and sneaking just inside the Frenchman’s right-hand post.

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Harry Kane scored Spurs’ third goal, curling a right-footed blast into the top corner of Guzan’s far post. Christian Eriksen freed Erik Lamela down the right wing in the build-up, Lamela cut the ball all the way across the penalty area and Kane rifled the ensuing shot into the back of the net for a comfortable final score.

With their victory, Spurs (20 points) are up to fifth in the league table, five points back of Arsenal, their north London rivals and joint-leaders of the PL. One point separates Spurs from fourth-place Manchester United in their bid to once again claim an UEFA Champions League place. Spurs remain one of two teams (Leicester City) to have lost just once on the season (opening day defeat away to Manchester United). Meanwhile, Villa remain bottom of the league, two points off the pace of 19th-place Sunderland and four points from safety in 17th (Bournemouth).

WATCH: Zlatan stunner answers Vela’s opener in El Trafico

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic is walking it like he talks it, not that that’s anything new.

A few days after claiming superiority over LAFC superstar Carlos Vela, Ibrahimovic and his Galaxy trailed early in El Trafico via a Vela penalty.

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Naturally, Zlatan took it upon himself to answer the bell with his 14th goal in 17 games.

Ibrahimovic chests a long ball onto his right foot, cooking Eduard Atuesta by pushing it into position for a tremendous lash into the LAFC goal.

And if you haven’t been following LAFC’s amazing season, Atuesta’s probably been the side’s best player after Vela, who now has 20 goals in 20 games.

Wizard stuff.

Borussia Dortmund tops Liverpool 3-2 at Notre Dame

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A half-hour of the big guns wasn’t enough to get Jurgen Klopp a result against his former team.

Harry Wilson and Rhian Brewster scored for Liverpool in a 3-2 loss to Borussia Dortmund at the University of Notre Dame on Friday.

Paco Alcacer, Thomas Delaney, and Jacob Bruun Larsen scored for the Black Yellow, who led 3-1 when mass changes began with Virgil Van Dijk, Georginio Wijnaldum, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jordan Henderson, and Andrew Robertson entering the match.

Liverpool faces Sevilla on Sunday at Fenway Park in Boston.

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Alcacer with the ball in the box is a bad idea, and the Spaniard took advantage of Nathaniel Clyne and Joel Matip to smash home from a yard outside the six.

Wilson leveled the score before halftime, but Delaney made it 2-1 in the 53rd minute when a long diagonal ball beat the Reds line and a low pass across the box went undetected.

It was 3-1 via a clever Bruun Larsen touch to wrong foot James Milner, but Brewster brought the Reds back to within one when he converted a 75th minute penalty won by Ben Woodburn.

Liverpool was without Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, and Mohamed Salah, who are on break after deep summer tournament runs.

Eriksen offered big Spurs wages, but Atletico Madrid lurks

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Christian Eriksen may trade London for Madrid after all, but Marca claims it’ll be Real Madrid’s rivals who earn the services of Tottenham’s Danish playmaker.

Eriksen, 27, scored 10 goals with 17 assists for Spurs in all competitions last season, and was reportedly ready to spread his wings for Real Madrid.

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But pro-Real site Marca says Zinedine Zidane doesn’t want Eriksen at the Bernabeu, and that Diego Simeone feels differently… should Atletico Madrid fail at landing his prime option.

That’s James Rodriguez, who remains property of Real and that’s a problem.

So Eriksen to Atleti, helping to replace Antoine Griezmann? It’s possible.

From Marca.com:

Just last November, the London club put a 250 million euro price tag on his head, but now appear keen to move him on. The next few days will likely reveal a lot about what’s to come.

So we may get an idea of whether this report has any guts to it by next week. There could be some sense to it, but Metro claims that Spurs are offering Eriksen an “enormous” contract to keep him in North London.

Enormous means a doubling of Eriksen’s wages, and the Dane is said to be happy in England. Might Spurs hold off the finest of La Liga and Serie A after all.

Report: Everton could land Juventus’ Kean after all

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Everton could end up with one of the hottest prospects in world soccer.

Moise Kean may wind up leaving Juventus due to the club’s failure to offload fellow strikers Mario Mandzukic and Gonzalo Higuain.

And Kean, 19, was poised for a breakthrough to the first team, to the extent that Juve reportedly turned down a $33 million bid from Everton.

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The Toffees, however, may have new life due to the Higuain/Mandzukic problem, and Sky Sports Italia reports that Kean may indeed be an option for Marco Silva‘s club. He could join Michael Keane, if he’s keen.

It wouldn’t be surprising if Kean elected to leave Italy given the racial abuse he’s suffered in Serie A (Though racism is everywhere, of course).

The same report says Kean turned down a Barcelona offer because he would’ve headed on loan, while Arsenal is also said to be in the mix.

Kean scored six Serie A goals with an assist in just 13 matches for Juventus last season after scoring four times for Hellas Verona on loan.