Well, that’s more like it, isn’t it Spurs supporters?
Tottenham Hotspur looked up to the task of a title race, throttling Stoke City 4-0 on Saturday at the Britannia Stadium.
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“I’m very pleased,” said Mauricio Pochettino. “What was most important that we start a very difficult run of seven games in 20 matches with a win. It was the perfect result for us.”
Harry Kane finally broke into the goal column in his fourth Premier League game of the season, while Heung-Min Son and Christian Eriksen also notched goals.
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“It is not an easy place to come but to win 4-0 here last year and today made it look easier than it is. I don’t think we started that well but then we punished them when we needed to.”
Spurs are fourth for the moment, with eight points. Next up is Monaco on Wednesday in the UEFA Champions League before a Sept. 18 versus Sunderland, both at White Hart Lane.
Gustavo Bou had his ‘Welcome to MLS’ moment on Wednesday, and it didn’t even take an entire half in his league debut.
The Argentine, just a week after signing with the New England Revolution, announced himself to the home fans with an incredible golazo on the volley off a corner kick. The goal put the Revolution up 1-0 over the Vancouver Whitecaps in the first half.
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Bou joins MLS coming off a half season where he scored 10 goals in 16 games for Club Tijuana in Liga MX. He spent the Apertura, or fall half of the season with his former club in Argentina, Racing.
Watch the goal below.
If Jozy Altidore keeps up his current scoring pace, U.S. Men’s National Team coach Gregg Berhalter will have no choice but to start him in the future.
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For the second consecutive game since returning from the Gold Cup, Jozy Altidore found the back of the net, and once again it was in tremendous fashion. Taking a cross in from the right, Altidore realized his near-post run was too close to goal. Instead of controlling the pass or letting it by him, Altidore caressed the ball with the inside of his right heel, directing the ball past New York Red Bulls goalkeeper Luis Robles and in for a goal.
Altidore scored a brilliant free kick last week to help secure all three points. Toronto FC inside ten minutes is already on its way to another three.
Watch the goal below.
It’s an exciting four-game slate in some Wednesday MLS action, headlined by Toronto FC hosting the New York Red Bulls. Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore always seem to relish playing their old club, but it’s also a crucial game for the playoff picture
Toronto FC is right on the red line to make it into the playoffs, and three points tonight will go a long way to helping them make it there. The Red Bulls meanwhile can jump into second place with a win and will be just two points back from the first-place Philadelphia Union.
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Elsewhere, Atlanta United looks to rebound from a 2-1 defeat to the Seattle Sounders with a trip across the continent back home as Atlanta hosts the Houston Dynamo. Emerson Hyndman has earned the start for his new club while Brandon Vasquez starts ahead of MLS record signing Gonzalo “Pity” Martinez.
New addition Mo Adams also makes the bench for Atlanta.
Also tonight, the New England Revolution host the Vancouver Whitecaps, and new signing Gustavo Bou makes his first start for New England. In addition, the Chicago Fire host the Columbus Crew in a match between two struggling Midwest clubs.
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Scottish Premier League champion Celtic advanced mostly with ease to the second round of UEFA Champions League qualifying.
In the first official home game of the season at Celtic Park, Celtic defeated FK Sarajevo, 2-1, advancing with a 5-2 aggregate victory. Manager Neil Lennon was able to rest some starters, including Craig Gordon, Scott Sinclair and Leigh Griffiths as Ryan Christie and Callum McGregor scored for the hosts.
A second half turnover led to a wide-open Benjamin Tatar in the box, who finished to tie the score at 1-1 on the night. McGregor’s 76th minute smash from 30-yards out gave Celtic the lead again, which it held on to for the rest of the game.
With the win, Celtic advances to face Nõmme Kalju of Estonia, with matches set to take place July 23/24 and July 30/31.
Here’s a roundup of other UCL first round qualifying second leg scores.
Riga FC 0-0 Dundalk (4-5 on penalty kicks)
AIK 3-1 Ararat
Qarabag 2-0 Partizani
Rosenborg 4-0 Linfield
Ludogorets 2-3 Ferencvaros
CFR Cluj 3-1 Astana
Piast Gliwice 1-2 BATE Borisov
Maribor 2-0 Valur
Sutjeska 1-1 Slovan Bratislava