Tottenham 3-2 Everton: Kane double does the trick

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Harry Kane bracketed halftime with a goal on each side, and Tottenham held off Romelu Lukaku and Everton to earn all three points at White Hart Lane by a 3-2 scoreline. Kane’s pair was good enough, despite his Belgian rival scoring with 10 minutes remaining to give life to the end of the match.

Many tabbed the midfield area as the key battle in this match, and that was true early as the teams went back and forth in the center of the pitch. Thanks to this, there was little action on goal until the opener in the 19th minute.

Kane, in great form coming into the match, ripped one from well outside the box, and caught Joel Robles napping, splashing the back of the net with nothing more than a speculative strike that found its target. Kane nearly bagged a second just a minute later on a one-two with Christian Eriksen, with the Englishman dinking past a defender but finding Robles up to the task on the finish.

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The goal brought Spurs energy. Eriksen had a go on the break in the 25th minute, but hooked it just slightly wide left. Victor Wanyama popped off a howitzer from outside the box minutes later, one that crashed into the post, and Kane’s follow-up saw him offside.

Then the heavens opened up. With the rain pouring down and the wind howling in North London, Everton picked out its first chance, with a ball from Gareth Barry just inches too far for Romelu Lukaku, who had been quiet to that point.

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In the second half, Spurs bagged a second in the 57th minute. Robles rolled the ball to Morgan Schneiderlin, who was unaware of the pressure and coughed up the ball to Dele Alli. It immediately found the feet of Kane, who ripped it low past Robles for a second.

Spurs appeared to have a third as Eriksen placed the ball in the net, but the flag went up to rule Kane offside. That would prove big, because you knew Lukaku would find himself a goal before this was over, and that he did. In the 80th minute, Lukaku latched onto a ball from substitute Mirallas. With the big striker one-on-one with fellow Belgian Jan Vertonghen, the defender fell down, releasing Lukaku, and the Everton man buried the chance to give the Toffees a lifeline with 10 minutes to go and sealing Lukaku into Everton recordbooks.

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Kane nearly put it away down the other end on a hat-trick, but he was smothered by Robles with Kane in from a tight angle. The game exploded with fervor, mostly for the Toffees as they looked for an equalizer. It wouldn’t come, with Spurs instead putting the game away in added time. Spurs caught Everton asleep on a quick free-kick, flicked in by substitute Harry Winks and poked home by Dele Alli.

Everton did score again just moments later, with a set-piece falling to the feet of Enner Valencia, but it wasn’t enough as time ran out on the Toffees. Spurs takes all three points, moving within seven of Chelsea at the top of the table and earning a club-record nine consecutive league victories. Everton, meanwhile, remains in seventh position, five points back of Manchester United.

AFCON Wrap: Nigeria beats Tunisia for third-place

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After two years of not qualifying for the Africa Cup of Nations, Nigeria completed its run at the tournament as the third best team in Africa.

The Super Eagles defeated, Tunisia, 1-0, in Cairo, Egypt in the third-place game. Former Watford forward Odion Ighalo scored his tournament-leading fifth goal in just the third minute.

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Ighalo took advantage of a terrific cross from Jamilu Collins and a mistake between Tunisia’s Moez Ben Cherifia in goal and centerback Yassine Meriah. Ben Cherifia parried the cross away but Meriah ended up right next to Ben Cherifia and the ball deflected off Meriah towards Ighalo. Ighalo was quickest to the ball and toe-poked it home for the early goal.

Both teams had chances to score later in the match, but they lacked the finishing touch. Ferjani Sassi put a shot just wide for Tunisia, while Wilfried Ndidi skied a chance of his own.

Nigeria could have made it 2-0 if not for a great save late from Ben Cherifia. A free kick from Samuel Kalu in the 90th minute was tipped just over the bar by Ben Cherifia, a highlight save but one that was a bit too late for Tunisia.

Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi started and went the full 90 as a support striker. He’ll likely get a few weeks off before joining up with the rest of Arsenal for the tail-end of preseason, and he’ll likely miss the first few weeks of the Premier League season due to the late finish for the Africa Cup of Nations.

Must-See Goal: Gustavo Bou

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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.

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New England Revolution coach Bruce Arena even had a quick quip after the goal was scored when interviewed at halftime.

Must-See Goal: Jozy Altidore

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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.

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FOLLOW LIVE, MLS Wednesday: Atlanta, TFC, Red Bulls in action

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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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