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Kane’s VAR penalty gives Spurs first leg lead over Chelsea

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  • VAR awards Kane penalty
  • Chelsea pours it on in second half
  • Blues out shoot Spurs 17-6
  • Backup GK Gazzaniga key for Spurs against lively Hazard

Video Assistant Referee played a huge role in the League Cup semifinal first leg between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium on Tuesday.

Harry Kane converted a penalty awarded via VAR as Spurs grabbed a 1-0 lead in match that otherwise favored the Blues.

The margin was razor-thin, and Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri thinks VAR got it wrong.

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The second leg is Jan. 24 at Stamford Bridge. The other semifinal between Manchester City and Burton Albion begins Wednesday at the Etihad Stadium.

Kane was taken down in the box by Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, but the penalty was not awarded as the Spurs man judged to be offside.

The video reviewed the call, though, and found that Kane was onside. The English captain didn’t miss from the spot, and Spurs led 1-0.

Eden Hazard was particularly vivid for Chelsea, though the Blues star could not find the back of the goal and his teammates struggled to put the finishing touch on his playmaking.

Youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi, the Bayern Munich target, played 79 minutes in the match.

Spurs knock Arsenal out of League Cup

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Heung-Min Son and Dele Alli scored classy goals as Tottenham Hotspur recorded a measure of North London Derby revenge with a 2-0 defeat of Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium in League Cup quarterfinal play on Wednesday.

Spurs last won the League Cup in 2008, finishing as runners-up in 2009 and 2015.

Dele was struck with a bottle late in the game, and reacted by flashing a 2-0 sign to the crowd (and hearkening back to Theo Walcott celebrating with a similar derby gesture while being taken off the field on a stretcher).

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Spurs opened the scoring with a team goal coming out of the back, as goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga‘s goal kick was soon at the feet of Dele Alli. His pass found Son for a neat finish and an early lead.

Lucas Moura‘s sliding intervention near the top his own 18 cued up Spurs for a counter attack, and Moussa Sissoko blazed the business end of a 1-2 over the Arsenal goal.

Dele got a deserved marker with a terrific finish around the hour mark. Another play that began with Gazzaniga, Harry Kane played Dele over the top of the Arsenal back line and Dele made amends for a slight mis-touch with a quick flick of the ball with the outside of his right boot. It

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Spurs snap skid at rain-soaked Brighton

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  • Murray concedes PK
  • Kane converts it
  • Lamela put it away
  • Spurs skid ends

Harry Kane and Erik Lamela score on a rain-soaked Amex Stadium pitch as Tottenham Hotspur put an end to its losing ways with a 2-1 win over Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday.

Goalkeeper Paulo Gazzinaga made his first start since last season’s 1-0 win over Crystal Palace, and came within a Anthony Knockaert stoppage time goal of another clean sheet.

Spurs move fifth with 10 points, ending their three-match losing streak in all competitions. Brighton is 13th with six points.

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Clad in their green kits, Spurs nearly went ahead in the first few moments but Toby Alderweireld‘s inspired ball bounded through the box.

Spurs had most of the ball but little danger when Kieran Trippier‘s free kick was blocked by the raised arm of Glenn Murray inside the box.

That sent Kane to the spot, and the big Englishman did not miss his chance.

A sleepy, sloppy match opened up a bit with Christian Eriksen‘s promising curler that missed far post in the 54th minute.

Lamela made it 2-0 with a pinpoint low shot in the final 15 minutes, and Brighton’s hopes for a draw were dashed on a rainy day at the Amex.

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Knockaert made it 2-1 in the third minute of stoppage, and then was saved by Gazzaniga a minute later.

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Pochettino praises Gazzaniga, resilience of Spurs

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Mauricio Pochettino had his worries ahead of Tottenham’s Sunday morning match versus Crystal Palace, but was confident his men wouldn’t take for granted a win over the Premier League bottom dwellers.

Injuries to Dele Alli, Toby Alderweireld, and captain/goalkeeper Hugo Lloris assured that confidence, and Palace delivered on the threat.

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Fortunately for Pochettino and his men, who climbed to 23 points with a 1-0 win, back-up backstop Paulo Gazzaniga was on point in Lloris’ stead.

“He is an unbelievable option to have as a keeper and I am really happy for him and his family that he performed like that,” Pochettino said.

As for the win, here are his words courtesy of the BBC:

“It was a tough game for us after Wednesday. Palace were compact, narrow and played on the counter attack. We had possession, but not many chances. They were fresh after one week to prepare for the game. We had a few problems after the Madrid game and that is why I am so happy with the victory. I am very pleased with an important three points.”

Spurs have won their last three PL home matches at Wembley. There’s a League Cup mess at West Ham in the mix, but also a dominant win over Real Madrid. Let’s call that a wash.

With the North London Derby coming after the international break, healing is the biggest thing on Mauricio Pochettino’s agenda. Harry Kane was wobbled in the Palace win, and the aforementioned names need to return. Though Gazzaniga looked quite decent, Lloris is one of the best goalkeepers in the world.

Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Crystal Palace: Son leads ailing Spurs

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  • Gazzaniga the star deputy
  • Son scores winner
  • Zaha misses golden chance
  • Kane wobbled, Dele out

Heung-Min Son‘s second half goal was enough to push injury-hit Tottenham Hotspur past Crystal Palace 1-0 at Wembley Stadium early Sunday.

Spurs were without Hugo Lloris, Dele Alli, and Toby Alderweireld for the match but got a star turn from backup keeper Paulo Gazzaniga to aid the effort.

Tottenham remains third, level on points with second place Manchester United, while Palace remains in 20th with four points.

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Palace could’ve been ahead inside of three minutes, but Mamadou Sakho instinctively took some mustard off his header attempt against a charging Paulo Gazzaniga.

Dele Alli, Hugo Lloris, and Kieran Trippier were all missing with injury, so Harry Kane‘s limping off in the 23rd minute was a scare. Fortunately, he returned to the pitch moments later in a bid to work it out.

Serge Aurier swept a 31st minute cross over the Palace defense to a free Danny Rose, who missed badly.

Gazzaniga made a nice save on Scott Dann‘s strong header off a 36th minute corner.

Heung-min Son and Harry Winks had opportunities before halftime, but failed to deliver a goal.

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Andros Townsend forced Gazzaniga into a quality save after an Aurier giveaway just after the break.

And the best chance, cued up again by Aurier, was for Zaha, who dribbled around Gazzaniga but dragged a jumping shot wide of the yawning cage.

Moments later, Gazzaniga palmed away a back post header from Luka Milivojevic.

Spurs took advantage of the let-off, with Son scoring a lovely goal after Danny Rose’s effort was blocked by Palace. Son often slips under the radar, but is a special talent.

Son then missed a break in the 82nd minute, fooling Julian Speroni but hitting his shot off the outside of the net.