Tottenham 1-1 Leicester: Foxes frustrate unbeaten Spurs

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  • Janssen scores first PL goal
  • Musa equalizes
  • Spurs only PL team unbeaten
  • Leicester’s first away point of season

Tottenham Hotspur remain the only Premier League team unbeaten but have now drawn five of their opening 10 games of the season.

Spurs drew 1-1 with Leicester City on Saturday at White Hart Lane with Vincent Janssen giving them the lead via a controversial penalty kick but the Foxes fought back and equalized through Ahmed Musa.

Tottenham went close to snatching victory late on but Mauricio Pochettino‘s side had to settle for yet another draw as they move on to 20 points for the season, while Leicester now have 12 points from their opening 10 games of the campaign.

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Spurs had the first chance of the game as a corner was half cleared and dropped to Dele Alli who struck a shot towards goal which Kasper Schmeichel did well to save.

Tottenham continued to press more but Leicester went close to taking the lead as Riyad Mahrez whipped in a cross and Shinji Okazaki glanced just over.

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At the other end Christian Eriksen whipped in a cross to the near post and Janssen just missed the ball amid shouts for a penalty kick for handball against Danny Simpson. Alli then spanked the crossbar with an effort inside the box as Tottenham pushed to go ahead.

Spurs took the lead 2 minutes before half time as Janssen tried to turn in the box but Robert Huth was adjudged to have hauled him down and Bobby Madley pointed to the penalty spot much to the annoyance of Leicester’s players and coaching staff. Janssen dusted himself off and sent the penalty straight down the middle to score his first Premier League goal. 1-0 to Tottenham.

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Just two minutes into the second half it was 1-1 as a mistake in possession from Spurs set Jamie Vardy free and his excellent cutback found Musa at the back post who bundled home bravely.

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Spurs pushed to go ahead and Eriksen’s deflected shot was saved well by Schmiechel, while Leicester looked dangerous on the break.

Janssen then bent a free kick just over the bar from the edge of the box as Spurs did all the pressing late on to try and find a winner. Janssen then had another chance as he flashed an effort wide with Leicester battening down the hatches.

Leicester then penned Spurs back with a late surge but Jan Vertonghen then crashed a header against the crossbar.

Fernandes scores first goal, says Ronaldo backed Manchester United move

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It’s probably not a surprise that a young Portuguese player would fancy Manchester United given the heroics of Cristiano Ronaldo at Old Trafford early his career.

Bruno Fernandes admits that those images danced through his head well before he signed with the Red Devils in January.

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It’s also not a shock that United would turn to their former player for a take on the playmaker before buying him from Sporting Lisbon.

Fernandes says he’s grateful that CR7 endorsed BF18. From Sky Sports:

“I know some people asked Cristiano what he thought of me and what I was like as a player and a person,” Fernandes said. “I know he spoke highly of me and gave me a good reference, so I sent him a message after to thank him for his kind words.”

Fernandes has 19 caps and two goals for Portugal, while Ronaldo has a few more with 164 and 99.

He now has a goal and an assist in four appearances for United. Ronaldo finished with 118 goals and 69 assists in 292 appearances for the Red Devils.

Here’s the finish:

Eden Hazard suffers fracture ahead of Man City in UCL, El Clasico

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Eden Hazard is set to miss the Real Madrid’s UEFA Champions League first leg against Man City with a broken fibula.

Hazard had only returned to the lineup for two matches following a three-month absence with an ankle injury.

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The 29-year-old has made just 15 appearances for Real since arriving in a big-money move from Chelsea, scoring once with five assists.

He has never appeared in less than 30 league matches over the course of his career, five times missing one or zero matches.

Of course, all of his absences show that Real is very comfortable playing and winning without Hazard. Zinedine Zidane’s men lost Sunday to drop behind Barcelona in La Liga, but that was just its second loss of the league season.

Real will be taxed in depth like its rivals, with Wednesday’s visit from Man City followed by an El Clasico at the Bernabeu on March 1. Barcelona hosts Napoli on Tuesday.

Whether you like the playmaker or despise him, there must be some sense of sympathy for his latest ailments (even if Man City and Barca fans will likely offer a Jerry Seinfeld-esque, “That’s a shame”).

Watch Live: Manchester United, Wolves host bottom three battlers

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A pair of Premier League basement dwellers face stiff tests in their bids to win another season in the top flight.

Manchester United hosts Watford on NBCSN while Wolves welcome Norwich City on CNBC as both home sides aim to improve the health of their top four hopes in 9 a.m. ET kickoffs.

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Lineups notes from both matches:

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Three Serie A matches suspended due to virus deaths in Italy

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ROME (AP) Three Serie A soccer matches scheduled for Sunday in the northern regions of Lombardy and Veneto were suspended late Saturday after the deaths of two people infected with the virus from China.

On orders from the Italian government, the games called off were: Inter Milan vs. Sampdoria, Atalanta vs. Sassuolo and Hellas Verona vs. Cagliari.

Three other matches in Genoa, Turin and Rome on Sunday are going ahead as scheduled.

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A dozen towns in northern Italy effectively went into lockdown on Saturday after the deaths of two people infected with the coronavirus from China, and a growing cluster of cases with no direct links to the origin of the outbreak abroad.

“The government is working on urgent measures to decisively confront and contain the cases of coronavirus contagion,” read a letter from Sports Minister Vincenzo Spadafora to Italian Olympic Committee president Giovanni Malago shortly before midnight local time on Saturday. “Those measures also include the sports world in order to prevent risks and to better take care of the health of those involved in the events and competition.

“Following measures taken by the cabinet for protective reasons and maximum precaution, on orders of the government I’m asking you to suspend all sports events of every level and discipline planned for the Lombardy and Veneto regions on Sunday.”

The secondary contagions prompted local authorities in the Lombardy and Veneto regions to close schools, businesses and restaurants and to cancel sporting events and Masses.

The mayor of Milan, Italy’s business capital and the regional capital of Lombardy, shuttered public offices.

A 78-year-old man infected with the virus died in Veneto. A postmortem on a 77-year-old woman in Lombardy came back positive, though it wasn’t clear if illness from the virus caused her death.

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