De Gea, Man Utd stymy Spurs at Wembley (video)

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  • United winners of five-straight PL matches
  • De Gea makes 11 saves
  • Pogba spies Rashford for spectacular goal
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Marcus Rashford scored the goal, and David De Gea did the rest as Manchester United beat Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 on Sunday at Wembley Stadium in the latest feather for interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s cap.

The Manchester United goalkeeper was especially good in pulling the Red Devils level on points with fifth place Arsenal, six points back of the Top Four.

Spurs’ title ambitions take a huge hit, sinking nine points behind leaders Liverpool and remaining two back of Man City before Monday’s final match of Week 22.

Harry Kane was injured deep in stoppage time and limped down the tunnel after the final whistle.

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There was early action to be sure, as Harry Winks missed a pair of promising bids to hit the frame before Jesse Lingard hammered a shot over goal and Marcus Rashford cut a shot to Hugo Lloris at the other end.

Lloris stopped an in-tight effort from Anthony Martial in the 18th minute, and an ensuing corner was cleared by Spurs’ Harry Kane.

The English captain thought he’d put Spurs ahead when he poked a loose ball past De Gea, but he was offside when Dele Alli touched Kieran Trippier‘s cross.

Paul Pogba swept a tremendous ball over the Spurs defense to meet Rashford’s run, and the young Englishman spun a pinpoint ball inside the far post.

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De Gea stopped Kane on a prime chance just three minutes into the second half. He’d then make an outstanding low save on Dele 90 seconds later.

The chances kept coming, with Lloris and De Gea trading moments between the sticks.

Dele had a long 2v1 cued up by Erik Lamela, but couldn’t get the ball across to Heung-Min Son and hit a ball into De Gea’s shins.

De Gea then made another strong reaction save, his left leg planted on the goal line to deny Kane at close range.

And again! De Gea’s right foot stopped Kane from eight yards out in the 86th.

League Cup, live: Tottenham v. Chelsea

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Two of the Premier League’s “Big Six” meet up on Tuesday as Tottenham faces off with Chelsea in the League Cup semifinal at Wembley Stadium.

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Both managers, Maurizio Sarri of Chelsea and Mauricio Pochettino of Tottenham have chosen to select strong sides, with a few backups sprinkled in. Harry Kane gets the start up top with Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli and Heung-Min Son behind Kane while Callum Hudson-Odoi, potentially on his way to Germany with Bayern Munich looking to lock up a transfer, earning a start as well.

Eden Hazard will play in the ‘False 9’ role once again with Alvaro Morata missing out due to injury, so Tottenham’s centerback pairing Davinson Sanchez and Toby Alderweireld will have to keep a close eye on the Belgian maestro when he’s on the ball and when he’s making off-the-ball runs.

One of the biggest lineup changes is Pochettino staying with Paulo Gazzaniga in goal over Hugo Lloris against a top opponent. It will be interesting to see how he handles the Chelsea attack.

Click on the link above to follow the action live, and here at on Pro Soccer Talk we will have halftime and full time coverage of the big match:


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Wolves comeback ends Spurs’ title hopes

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  • Kane’s belter opens the scoring (22′ – WATCH HERE)
  • Boly heads home equalizer (73′)
  • Jimenez wins it (83′)
  • Spurs’ five-game winning streak ends
  • Wolves climb four places to 7th

Tottenham Hotspur coughed up an early lead they absolutely had to hold in order to establish themselves as Premier League title contenders, losing 3-1 to Wolverhampton Wanderers at Wembley on Saturday.

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Tottenham enjoyed absolute control of early proceedings, to the tune of 70 percent of possession in the game’s opening 20 minutes. Wolves kept them at arm’s length, however, allowing little more than speculative efforts from distance.

Christian Eriksen went closest in the 19th minute, when he curl a left-footed strike from the edge of Wolves’ penalty area. The Dane’s deft strike was destined for the upper-90, but Rui Patricio made a stellar save diving to his right.

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The defensive formula remained the same, but the results changed minutes later. Harry Kane caught sight of goal from 20 yards out, creating space with a quick cut in from the right wing. He had ample time to set the ball up for his left foot and unloaded an arrowed blast inside the far post, off the helpless hand of Patricio, to put Spurs on top.

It was Kane’s eighth goal in his last 10 league games and his 13th of the PL season, drawing him level with Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the Golden Boot race.

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Wolves were patient in chasing an equalizer, affording Spurs more than enough of the ball to slowly kill the game off and see out their one-goal lead — until the final 20 minutes of the game.

Wolves midfielder Joao Moutinho entered the game in the 68th minute and provided a measure of stability in possession previously missing. Nuno Espirito Santo‘s side suddenly found themselves with plenty of possession and chances.

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It was Moutinho who served up the tantalizing corner kick in the 73rd minute, headed through the outstretched hands of Hugo Lloris by Willy Boly.

Wolves remained the more dangerous side in the ensuing 15 minutes and were justly rewarded for their ambition in the 83rd minute. Raul Jimenez snuck the ball between Toby Alderweireld’s legs and placed it ever so perfectly inside Lloris’ right-hand post.

Spurs’ unraveling was complete just four minutes later, when Helder Costa got in behind the left side of defense and beat Lloris for a third goal in 14 minutes.

Best Premier League saves of 2018

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While we’ve already brought you the best Premier League goals of 2018 and the best overall moments of the year, it’s time to give goalkeepers their due and run through the top saves of 2018, and there are plenty of them.

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Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea won last season’s Golden Glove as the Premier League’s clean sheet king, and he set the tone with one of the plays of the season against Leicester City. North London then gets its time to shine as Petr Cech and Hugo Lloris are featured. Brighton’s Matt Ryan won accolades last season as well and produced one of the top statistical seasons, and he gets his time to shine.

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Others to appear include Chelsea’s new young goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, Arsenal backup Bernd Leno, and West Ham shot-stopper Lukasz Fabianski, the latter of whom has received plaudits for his stellar first half of the current campaign.

Son’s six-star Spurs wreck Everton

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  • Son with two goals, assist

Heung-Min Son, Dele Alli, Harry Kane, and Christian Eriksen all scored, with Son and Kane at the double, as Tottenham Hotspur battered Everton 6-2 at Goodison Park on Sunday.

Gylfi Sigurdsson and Theo Walcott scored for Everton, who has taken just two of their last 15 available points.

Son added an assist and was especially strong for Spurs. Tottenham improves its winning march to four league matches, and now sits two points back of second place Man City and six behind Liverpool.

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Richarlison just missed with a 10th minute header as Everton had the first true chance of the match, and both Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Gylfi Sigurdsson couldn’t react quickly enough to flick the shot into the goal.

An over-aggressive Jordan Pickford nearly allowed a goal to Christian Eriksen before making a fine save on Kieran Trippier.

The Toffees took the lead when Sigurdsson sent Calvert-Lewin into the left side of the box, and Walcott ran to the six to slot the latter’s cutback pass. 1-0, 21′.

Calvert-Lewin looked to have made it 2-0, but his stronger header was defied for a foul on Davinson Sanchez. Touchy.

Instead, it was soon 1-1. Pickford came way out of his box and knocked down his center back Kurt Zouma, who was first to a Harry Kane ball over the top. Son reaped the benefits with a pretty finish inside the far post.

Pickford made a nice save before Spurs took the lead, with Dele having plenty of time to fire the Son-inspired rebound into the goal.

And three. The 42nd minute saw another rebound goal, as Trippier’s free kick beyond Pickford and off the post went to Kane. The England captain saw nothing but a yawning cage in front of him.

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Eriksen spun a volleyed goal past Pickford off of Seamus Coleman‘s half clearance in the 49th, putting the match to bed.

Hold on, though? Everton nabbed a goal in the 51st minute when Lucas Digne dribbled to find Sigurdsson, who dribbled a bit himself before beating Hugo Lloris.

Son made it 5-2, with substitute Erik Lamela putting the ball right onto his run, and the South Korean sliding his chance under Pickford.

Picked apart, and how: Son then raced onto a Ben Davies cross to slide a perfect pass to a shockingly unmarked Kane for 6-2.