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VAR, Granqvist penalty lead Sweden over South Korea

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On Day 5 of the World Cup, VAR took center stage once again.

Referee Joel Aguilar of El Salvador made the trek over to the video monitor in the 63rd minute after a no-call on a South Korea challenge in its own box, eventually reversing his decision and giving Sweden a penalty kick. Sweden captain Andreas Granqvist stepped up and sent his side in front before holding on for a 1-0 victory over South Korea on Monday morning in Nizhny Novgorod.

With the win, Sweden is joint top of Group F with Mexico on three points.

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The key moment in the match took place in the 62nd minute, as Sweden’s Viktor Claesson got his foot on a loose ball first before South Korea’s Kim Min-woo went through Claesson to clear the ball away.

Aguilar initially waved the penalty claim away, but after about 20 seconds and a word from his assistant referees in his ear, Aguilar made the sign for VAR and ran over to take a second look. Around 20-30 seconds later, Aguilar reversed his decision, awarding the Swedes a penalty.

Granqvist, who plays his club football for FC Krasnodar in Russia, stepped up to the spot and with veteran poise, sent Cho Hyun-woo the wrong way for the 1-0 lead.

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Sweden had chances in the first half to get on the board. Marcus Berg was alone on goal in the 20th minute but Hyun-woo stuck out a leg and deflected it away. Another chance from Berg led to another save from Hyun-woo as he kept South Korea in the match.

Following Sweden’s goal, Sweden sat deep and allowed Heung-Min Son to find space on the wings, where South Korea set up numerous half-chances. But the final pass was just missing, and Sweden was able to clear the ball out of the box on numerous occasions, holding on to victory.

It’s a big win for Sweden, which will face an angry and pumped up Germany side coming off a loss in its first match. Meanwhile, South Korea looks to rebound against Mexico, with its spirits higher than the clouds.

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Heung-Min Son finally gets his chance to play the in-focus starring role this summer, free from the delightful but over-shadowing talents of the Tottenham Hotspur attack.

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Son, 25, scored 12 goals with six assists in Premier League play this season, adding another six and five across cup competitions. Only Harry Kane netted more goals for Spurs than Son.

He scored another wonderful goal as South Korea beat Honduras 2-0 on Monday, as the Taegeuk Warriors prepare for a difficult World Cup Group F with Germany, Mexico, and Sweden.

What a sweet strike.

Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Newcastle United: Top Four achieved

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  • Kane scores
  • Spurs four clear of fifth
  • Newcastle still 10th
  • Spurs out shot 14-11

Harry Kane‘s second half goal led Tottenham Hotspur’s 1-0 win over Newcastle United, clinching a Top Four spot on Wednesday at Wembley Stadium.

Spurs are two points ahead of fourth place Liverpool, and four clear of fifth place Chelsea.

Newcastle remains 10th with 41 points.

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The first half saw the sides trade dangerous free kicks, and the Magpies had plenty of chances to score on the day before finding the losing end.

First Martin Dubravka leapt to deny Spurs’ Christian Eriksen, followed by Newcastle’s Jonjo Shelvey beating Hugo Lloris and Spurs’ wall, but not the goal post.

Kane put Spurs again — of course he did — when he flicked a beauty home following a move with Heung-Min Son.

Dubravka stopped Danny Rose in the 90th minute to keep the visitors’ dim hopes alive.

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Kane scores, Spurs draw at Brighton

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  • Spurs with advantage in shots, possession
  • Kane bags 26th of season
  • Gross answers from spot

Serge Aurier set-up a goal and gave away a penalty, all within three minutes, as Tottenham Hotspur drew Brighton and Hove Albion 1-1 on Tuesday at the Amex Stadium.

Harry Kane scored for Spurs before Pascal Gross answered for the Gulls.

Spurs are now two points behind third-place Liverpool having given away its match-in-hand, while Brighton is eight clear of the drop zone with a brutal slate ahead of it.

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A game that rightfully had some questioning whether Harry Kane was fit to play during a dull first half a snapped into life in three wild second half minutes.

Serge Aurier stole the ball and fed Heung-Min Son, whose dribbled down the right end line finished with a cutback for Kane. The English striker’s shot was only partially diverted from its course by Bruno, and still found the back of the net.

Then Jose Izquierdo was taken down inside the box by Aurier, and Gross coolly slotted his penalty kick to make it 1-1.

And Lucas Moura thought he deserved a penalty when he hit the deck following a challenge from Bruno.

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Chelsea 1-3 Tottenham Hotspur: Spurs end streak

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  • Morata puts Chelsea ahead
  • Eriksen fools Caballero for equalizer
  • Dele wins it
  • Spurs eight clear of Chelsea

Dele Alli scored a pair of second half goals as Tottenham Hotspur won a match at Chelsea for the first time in 28 years, coming back from an early deficit in a 3-1 win at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

Christian Eriksen also scored as Spurs collected their first win at the Bridge since Feb. 10, 1990.

Alvaro Morata scored for Chelsea, who falls eight points back of fourth place Spurs.

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Eriksen produced the match’s first fine chance out of a scrum on the right flank, swerving a cross that a shoved Dele Alli headed wide of goal.

Chelsea produced a frenzied few moments that featured an active Hugo Lloris for Spurs and culminated with Marcos Alonso belted into the goal from an offside position. No goal.

Morata leapt high to take advantage of Lloris’ poorly-timed intervention, rising to head home in the 30th minute.

Eriksen knuckled a hard effort toward Caballero that almost got the better of the Chelsea keeper in the 39th minute.

And the Danish wizard found the back of the goal with a wonderful effort in first half stoppage time, doubling down on swerve to beat Caballero.

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The second half saw Cesc Fabregas loft a free kick that Andreas Christensen nodded wide of the goal.

Caballero made an outstanding flying save on Heung-Min Son, who’s left-footed curler was palmed away by the Argentine.

Dele quieted his critics with an outstanding 62nd minute goal, settling Eric Dier‘s long ball over the top with a deft touch before using his second to rifle past Caballero.

The goalkeeper made two more saves on Son before Dele made Chelsea pay for awful box defending with a 66th minute goal.