Tottenham vs Manchester United: Reaction, analysis, score, videos

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LONDON — Tottenham vs Manchester United was a clash between two teams littered with stars but very much under pressure. 

And it was United’s superstars who did the job for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

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Cristiano Ronaldo scored a beauty, then set up Edinson Cavani to score a wonderful counter-attacking goal and late on Marcus Rashford finished things off to make it 3-0.

What a win for United, while Spurs are in a whole world of trouble under Nuno Espirito Santo.

Here’s everything you need on Tottenham vs Manchester United.

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Live analysis, reaction, videos from Tottenham vs Manchester United! – By Joe Prince-Wright in north London

What a statement victory for Manchester United at Tottenham. Superstars stood tall for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer when he needed them most. As for Spurs, well, they are in a very tough moment under Nuno Espirito Santo as the negative stats, performances and atmosphere continues to build up. Click on the links above for all of the latest news.

FULL TIME: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his players celebrate with the away fans after the 3-0 win. Tottenham’s players and Nuno Espirito Santo booed off. Talking about contrasting emotions…

“We want Levy out!” sing the Tottenham fans. It is getting ugly here. The atmosphere is toxic.

GOALLL! Substitute Marcus Rashford curls home a third. United flying. Tottenham shambolic.

15 minutes to go. United cruising. Tottenham struggling. Spurs fans really unhappy here at the stadium.

Cristiano Ronaldo is subbed off and Marcus Rashford comes on. Ronaldo isn’t too happy about it. Why would he be? He’s having a heck of a time out there.

GOALLL! Sexy football from Manchester United. Bruno Fernandes won the ball, played in Ronaldo and he timed the pass to perfection for Cavani to dink home. That was pure class. Some fans in the home end were even applauding that. Goal and an assist for Ronaldo. Tottenham are done for.

Meanwhile in the away end, Man United’s fans serenade Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. “Ole’s at the Wheel!” they chant.

The atmosphere has turned here at Spurs. Home fans getting very restless. Now chanting for Dele Alli to come on. This is going to be a very tough situation for Nuno Espirito Santo to turn around.

55th minute: Huge boos for Tottenham boss Nuno Espirito Santo from the home fans, as he brings off Lucas Moura and brings on Steven Bergwijn. It has been a long time since I’ve heard jeers as loud as that for a substitution. Tottenham fans then chant “You don’t know what you’re doing!” to Nuno. Wow.

Ronaldo has the ball in the back of the net at the start of the second half, but he was offside. Still, a very tidy finish. Smashed it home past Lloris, but he was just offside. Both teams look so much better when they play direct.

HALF TIME: What a tight, tense first half that was. One piece of real quality the difference. Ronaldo with a stunner to put Solskjaer’s side 1-0 up. Spurs were booed off by a lot of their fans at half time.

GOALLLL! Out of absolutely nothing Cristiano Ronaldo puts Manchester United 1-0 up with a sensational volley. Bruno Fernandes finds him with an inch-perfect pass and Ronaldo volleys home across goal. Majestic finish! “Viva Ronaldo” sing the away end. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer punches the air jubilantly. That is pure class from Ronaldo.

Both teams look so nervous when they get on the ball in the final third. Confidence levels low. Lots of loose passes and overhit crosses. Kane, Son, Ronaldo and Cavani must be so frustrated. Lots of moans and groans from both sets of fans here in the stadium. “The game is about glory” is on the digital banners around the ground. Hmm. Not right now.

SAVE! Fred smashes a shot on goal from distance which Hugo Lloris pushes away. A decent effort and a decent save. Decent all round.

NO GOAL! Cristian Romero taps home at the back post after Eric Dier nods down a corner… but the flag goes up, belatedly. Romero was just offside. United left him totally unmarked, though. A warning.

CHANCE! Edinson Cavani flicks a header wide. He’s got free in the box a few times now. Game opening up now.

CHANCE! Heung-min Son controls a ball over the top very well and flicks just over from close range. Tough chance. Spurs improving.

CHANCES! Tottenham have had a lot of the ball and Heung-min Son’s deflected shot goes just wide. At the other end Edinson Cavani goes close. Eric Dier blocks a shot from Cavani soon after following a good run from Aaron Wan-Bissaka as the away end sing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s name. Decent start from United.

KICK OFF: We’re off here in north London. United indeed playing with Cavani and Ronaldo up top in a 5-3-2 formation. Ultra defensive.

With Solskjaer going to a 3-5-2 system, pragmatism is the key word for United. As for Spurs, Nuno sticks with the 4-2-3-1 and will rely on Harry Kane to do the business.

Aside from the game. What. A. Stadium.

Welcome to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium! The sun is shinning. Both the gloom is surrounding but Spurs and United given recent results.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was heckled as he arrived at the stadium, as the Red Devils need to show a reaction after their shellacking at the hands of Liverpool last week. Tottenham’s fans also expect them to kick on. Something has to give. A draw, anyone?


Tottenham team news, injuries, lineup

Bryan Gil hurt his hamstring in a midweek cup game and misses out. Ryan Sessegnon remains out.

Manchester United team news, injuries, lineup

Raphael Varane returns early from injury to start. Anthony Martial and Amad Diallo are out, while Paul Pogba is suspended for his red card versus Liverpool. Edinson Cavani comes in up top as it looks like United have switched to a 3-5-2.


Odds and ends (full odds provided by our partner, PointsBet)

Tottenham is a slight underdog at home, dishing out +185 for a win compared to +135 for a Manchester United victory. A draw sends +250 the bettors’ way.

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Prediction

Varane’s potential return is massive here, because Harry Maguire is in one of the worst runs of his career and Pogba’s absence will ask more of the backs when it comes to distribution. Harry Kane is due to breakout, but will that happen in London or when he finally seals a move away from London? There’s only one way for everyone outside of Hugo Lloris and David De Gea to hate the day, and we see it coming: Tottenham 0-0 Manchester United.


How to watch Tottenham vs Manchester United live, stream and start time

Kick off: 12:30pm ET Saturday
TV Channel: NBC
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Ghana vs Uruguay, live! Score, updates, how to watch, stream, videos

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This is going to be an epic Group H finale as there is so much history between Ghana and Uruguay and both teams still have a chance of reaching the last 16.

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When you say Luis Suarez, Ghana and World Cup together, most people think of his incredible handball to deny the Black Stars victory in the quarterfinals of the 2010 World Cup. We all know what happened next as Ghana’s Asamoah Gyan missed the spot kick after Suarez had been sent off, then Uruguay won on penalty kicks to deny Ghana an historic semifinal berth.

The whole of Ghana has never forgot that and the Black Stars get their chance for revenge in this clash.

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Focusing on this game, Ghana provided superb entertainment in their 3-2 win against South Korea and know a point against Uruguay will be enough to reach the last 16 if South Korea fail to beat Portugal in the other final Group H game. Thomas Partey has been superb in midfield, Mohammed Kudus scored twice up top in their big win and the additions of Tariq Lamptey and Mohammed Salisu just before this tournament has made a big difference.

As for Uruguay, they’ve huffed and puffed in their opening two games but have failed to score as Darwin Nunez, Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani have all looked off the pace. Rodrigo Bentancur and Federico Valverde have been great in midfield but is this one tournament too far for Uruguay’s incredible, but ageing, core? They need to win to have a chance of reaching the last 16.

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Here is everything you need for Ghana vs Uruguay. 


How to watch Ghana vs Uruguay live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 10am ET – Friday, December 2
Stadium: Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah
TV channels en Español: Telemundo
Streaming en Español: Peacock (all 64 matches)


Key storylines, players to watch closely

Ghana will likely start the same team which started against South Korea as they looked dangerous in attack but they will have to improve defensively and keep the ball a bit better. The Ayew brothers (Jordan and Andre) provide so much experience, while Inaki Williams and Kudus knit everything together well in the final third.

Uruguay have to go for it, so does that mean starting Suarez, Cavani and Nunez up top together? If they do that they could cause Ghana, who have looked shaky at the back, plenty of problems. They may go back to a back four and the trio of Bentancur, Vecino and Valverde to hold down midfield.


Ghana quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 61
World Cup titles: 0
World Cup appearances: 4
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from CAF via playoffs
Coach: Otto Addo
Key players: Jordan Ayew, Andre Ayew, Thomas Partey, Jeff Schlupp

Uruguay quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 14
World Cup titles: 2 (1930, 1950)
World Cup appearances: 14
How they qualified: Qualified from CONMEBOL
Coach: Diego Alonso
Key players: Luis Suarez, Federico Valverde, Darwin Nunez, Rodrigo Bentancur


South Korea vs Portugal, live! Score, updates, how to watch, stream link, videos

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South Korea have a must-win Group H finale against Portugal, who have already made it through to the last 16 of the World Cup.

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Heung-min Son has struggled and South Korea have just one point on the board so far from their games against Uruguay and Ghana. Last time out they lost 3-2 to Ghana in excrutiating fashion after fighting back from 2-0 down to make it 2-2. Now more than ever, Son’s country needs him to deliver as he has failed to score or assist in the opening two games and looks extremely frustrated. South Korea must win to have a chance of reaching the last 16 ahead of Uruguay and Ghana.

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The opposite emotions are true for Portugal who beat Ghana 3-2 and then Uruguay 2-0 to breeze into the last 16 and they only need a point to secure top spot in Group H. Bruno Fernandes and Bernardo Silva have been pulling the strings and this Portugal side is stacked in attack with Rafael Leao and Joao Felix rotated in and out of the team to support Cristiano Ronaldo.

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Here is everything you need for South Korea vs Portugal. 


How to watch South Korea vs Portugal live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 10am ET – Friday, December 2
Stadium: Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan
TV channels en Español: Telemundo
Streaming en Español: Peacock (all 64 matches)


Key storylines, players to watch closely

Obviously the stage is set for Heung-min Son. He is a hero in his homeland and he’s worked so hard to be fit for this tournament after the nasty facial injury but looks out of sorts on the left. Perhaps he can moved inside or slightly deeper to get on the ball more? Cho Gue-sung scored two beauties against Ghana and if South Korea can put more quality deliveries into the box, they will cause problems. They simply have to go all-out for the win and that approach saw them deliver their best play of the tournament in the second half against Ghana. However, South Korea’s Portuguese coach Paulo Bento was sent off at the end of that disappointing defeat to Ghana as he was unhappy with a late corner not being allowed as the final whistle was blown. He will miss this game through suspension. 

For Portugal it’s about resting key players and warming up for their last 16 clash. Winning the group is essential as that means they would face one of Serbia, Switzerland or Cameroon in the last 16 rather than Brazil. It is very unlikely Portugal won’t finish top, but it could happen. Basically, Ghana would have to win big to overturn a three-goal difference by beating Uruguay and Portugal would also have to lose against South Korea. It could happen but Fernando Santos can rotate his team and still have so much quality on the pitch as Goncalo Ramos, Diogo Dalot, Matheus Nunes and Rafael Leao could all start.


South Korea quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 28
World Cup titles: 0
World Cup appearances: 10
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from AFC
Coach: Paulo Bento
Key players: Heung-min Son, Young-gwon Kim, In-beom Hwang, Woo-yeong Jeong

Portugal quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 9
World Cup titles: 0
World Cup appearances: 8
How they qualified: Qualified from UEFA via playoffs
Coach: Fernando Santos
Key players: Cristiano Ronaldo, Ruben Neves, Bruno Fernandes, Joao Cancelo


World Cup 2022 odds: Favorites, underdogs, group stage winners

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The World Cup 2022 odds are already intriguing.

Who’s going to lift the World Cup trophy on Sunday, Dec. 18, and what are the current betting odds for them to do so?

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Odds for not only who will be crowned world champions this winter in Qatar, but also for each one of the eight groups, were posted.

Check out the 2022 World Cup winners betting odds below, provided by our partner, PointsBet.


World Cup 2022 schedule, start time, dates, how to watch live

  • When: November 20, 2022 to December 18, 2022
  • Group stage game kick-off times: 5am, 8am, 10am, 11am, 2pm (all ET)
  • Location: Qatar
  • TV channels en Español: Telemundo, Universo, Peacock
  • Streaming en Español: Peacock (all 64 matches)

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World Cup 2022 odds – winners (As of December 2)

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Brazil +225
Argentina +475
France +500
Spain +600
England +900
Portugal +1200
Netherlands +1800
Croatia +3300
Uruguay +6600
Japan +6600
Switzerland +10000
USA +10000
Morocco +10000
Senegal +10000
Serbia +20000
Poland +25000
Australia +25000
Ghana +75000
South Korea +100000
Cameroon +200000

Qatar – Eliminated
Canada – Eliminated
Ecuador – Eliminated
Wales – Eliminated
Iran – Eliminated
Germany – Eliminated
Belgium – Eliminated
Denmark – Eliminated
Costa Rica – Eliminated
Tunisia – Eliminated
Mexico – Eliminated
Saudi Arabia – Eliminated


World Cup odds – group stage winners (At start of tournament, November 20)

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Group A

Netherlands -223
Senegal +400
Ecuador +550
Qatar +1600

Group B

England -304
Wales +550
USA +600
Iran +1800

Group C

Argentina -223
Poland +450
Mexico +450
Saudi Arabia +2500

Group D

France -250
Denmark +275
Tunisia +1400
Australia +2000

Group E

Spain -112
Germany +110
Japan +1200
Costa Rica +5000

Group F

Belgium -200
Croatia +250
Morocco +1000
Canada +1200

Group G

Brazil -250
Switzerland +500
Serbia +600
Cameroon +1200

Group H

Portugal -154
Uruguay +200
Ghana +1100
South Korea +1100


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What are the group stage tiebreaker rules at the 2022 World Cup?

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The 2022 World Cup is already well underway and through the first matches of the group stage, the tournament has been marked by unpredictability and upsets, including Saudi Arabia toppling Argentina and Japan edging out Germany thanks to a late comeback. While one loss doesn’t necessarily mean these pre-tournament contenders won’t make it to the knockout rounds, it does make the path significantly harder. Read on to see the World Cup tiebreakers that may come into play in determining which teams advance to the next round and continue on the path to soccer’s greatest glory.

How many teams will advance from the World Cup group stage?

Of the 32 teams at the 2022 World Cup, only 16 will advance to the next round of the tournament. The top two teams in each of the eight groups will advance to the Round of 16. From there, the tournament will be a single-elimination competition, with eight teams making it through to the quarterfinals and four to the semifinals. The winners of the semifinal matches will play in the final, while the losers will meet in the third-place playoff.

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What are the tiebreakers for the group stage at the World Cup?

If two or more teams have an equal number of points after the conclusion of group stage matches, FIFA will use the following tiebreakers to determine which nations advance:

  • Goal differential – the team with the higher goal differential (total goals scored minus total goals allowed) will have the higher ranking
  • Number of goals scored – If multiple teams have the same number of points and equal goal differential, the team with more goals scored will be given a higher ranking than the lesser-scoring team

World Cup draw rules

If two or more teams are still “tied” after applying these tiebreakers, FIFA moves on to a second round of tiebreakers:

  • Greatest number of points obtained in group matches between the teams concerned
  • Superior goal difference resulting from the group matches between the team concerned
  • Greatest number of goals scored in all matches between the teams concerned
  • Highest team conduct score – team conduct score is based on the number of yellow and red cards a team has obtained. The team with the highest team conduct score will receive the higher ranking.
    • Yellow Card: Minus one point
    • Indirect Red Card (acquired via two yellow cards): Minus three points
    • Direct Red Card: Minus four points
    • Yellow Card and Direct Red Card: Minus five points

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World Cup yellow card rules

The “team conduct” tiebreaker or “fair play” tiebreaker was first used at the 2018 World Cup – Japan and Senegal stood equal after all other tiebreakers were applied but Senegal had more yellow cards and was subsequently eliminated. Japan advanced to the Round of 16.

World Cup 2022 schedule, start time, dates, how to watch live

  • When: November 20, 2022 to December 18, 2022
  • Group stage game kick-off times: 5am, 8am, 10am, 11am, 2pm (all ET)
  • Location: Qatar
  • TV channels en Español: Telemundo, Universo, Peacock
  • Streaming en Español: Peacock (all 64 matches)

Group A | Group B | Group C | Group D | Group E | Group F | Group G | Group H

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