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Lozano released from hospital following head injury

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Mexican international Hirving “Chucky” Lozano was released from the hospital following a head injury that occurred just before halftime of his club match with PSV against Groningen.

Lozano, who has had a spectacular last year with Mexico, scored both of PSV’s goals inside the opening 20 minutes of an eventual 2-1 victory, but just before halftime he was involved in a clash of heads with Groningen’s Tim Handwerker and required a substitution.

PSV coach Mark Van Bommel did not specify after the match what Lozano’s injury was, but simply stated that he had taken a “hard hit.” Replays showed Handwerker looked to head the ball, but missed and actively thumped the back of Lozano’s head with his own forehead.

The news is good for PSV, who will want the in-form attacker on the field as soon as possible. The official team release said that Lozano is “day-to-day.” The statement said, “His workload will be examined from day to day on the basis of the applicable FIFA protocols.”

The 23-year-old has 13 goals in 19 Eredivisie appearances after Saturday’s brace, and he has another four goals in eight European appearances. He was a menace at the World Cup last summer, scoring the only goal in the win over Germany and assisting one in the South Korea victory.

Mexico, PSV star Lozano stretchered off with head injury

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Hirving “Chucky” Lozano was stretchered off the field not long after scoring a first-half brace in PSV Eindhoven’s 2-1 victory over Groningen on Saturday.

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Lozano was on the wrong end of an aerial challenge for the ball from Groningen defender Tim Handwerker near midfield during first-half stoppage time. Handwerker’s head made contact with the side of Lozano’s head before the Mexican star immediately tumbled to the ground.

The 23-year-old, who recently won the 2018 CONCACAF Men’s Player of the Year award, was seen continuously moving his arms and legs as he was assessed by trainers and doctors on the field. He was reportedly sent directly to the hospital for further evaluation.

The victory, sealed by Lozano’s goals in the 15th and 19th minutes, sent PSV five points clear of second-place Ajax. Lozano (13 goals in 19 league appearances) is tied for second in the Golden Boot race, two behind teammate Luuk De Jong.

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Lozano appears positioned to be the next CONCACAF star to make a big-money move to one of Europe’s biggest clubs, following in the footsteps of U.S. men’s national team wonderkid Christian Pulisic’s impending move to Chelsea. Here’s hoping for nothing but good news for Lozano and a speedy return to the field.

Transfer rumor roundup: Man Utd wants Bergwijn; Bournemouth after $16M CB

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Manchester United is hoping to beat a host of teams to $32 million PSV Eindhoven attacker Steven Bergwijn.

The 21-year-old has 10 goals and nine assists this season after breaking out with nine and 11 last season.

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Bergwijn plays across the top of attack as a center forward or wing. He has a goal or an assist in 13 of his last 14 Eredivisie matches.

Inter Milan, West Ham United, and Tottenham Hotspur are among the other clubs linked with Bergwijn.

Bournemouth have reportedly seen a near $16 million bid for Brentford defender Chris Mepham, a Welsh international viewed as a piece to help fill the void caused by Simon Francis‘ long-term injury.

Mepham, 21, was with Chelsea’s academy before moving to Brentford. Standing 6-foot-3, he has 48 appearances with a goal for the Bees.

Rafa Benitez and Newcastle continue to seek reinforcements in the market, with The Daily Mail reporting that the Magpies are nearing a breakthrough at left back in the form of Milad Mohammadi.

The 25-year-old Iranian plays for Russian side Akhmat Grozny, and is currently on international duty with Iran at the Asian Cup. He’s one of the mid-table side’s top performing players this season.

The Magpies have also joined West Ham in tracking Josh Maja, the Sunderland striker who is out-of-contract this summer. Maja, 20, has 15 goals in 24 League One matches this season.

Kane powers resilient Spurs comeback win

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  • De Jong scores 62 seconds in
  • Kane draws Spurs level in 78′
  • Then nods home winner, 89′

Harry Kane‘s second half brace finally broke down stingy PSV Eindhoven, as Tottenham Hotspur rebounded from a second minute concession to keep its UEFA Champions League dreams alive with a 2-1 win at Wembley Stadium on Tuesday.

A second minute goal by Luuk De Jong was all PSV Eindhoven could muster, packing it in only to find the strategy unrewarding after 90 minutes.

The win puts Spurs into third place with four points, three points behind second place Inter Milan. Barcelona leads the group with 10 points.

Spurs host Inter Milan on Nov. 28, and finish group play at Barcelona on Dec. 11.

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De Jong got the better of Dele Alli to head home a corner just 61 seconds into the contest, and PSV looked set to shut down Spurs for the remainder of the game.

But Kane took a knock down from Fernando Llorente and bounced it across goal and inside the far post to bring Tottenham level in the 78th.

Paolo Gazzaniga made a stop on a Donyell Malin breakaway in the 83rd minute.

And Kane found a goal in the 89th minute to win it in dramatic fashion, heading a Ben Davies cross off a pair of PSV defenders and into the goal.

Spurs collapse late (again), draw PSV 2-2

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  • Lozano puts PSV ahead – 29′
  • Moura answers back for Spurs – 39′
  • Kane heads Spurs in front – 54′
  • De Jong steals a point for PSV – 87′

With each of their 2018-19 UEFA Champions League lives on the line, PSV and Tottenham Hotspur traded haymakers for 90 minutes on Wednesday, until only one was left standing — a result neither side will have wanted, final score: 2-2.

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Irving Lozano opened the scoring just before the half-hour mark, when he capitalized on a calamitous mistake by Toby Aldeweireld. Lozano snatched the ball off the Belgian center back near the center circle and raced into the penalty area. Aldeweireld got a foot in to block the shot, but the ball bounded high into the air, leaving Hugo Lloris completely helpless.

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Spurs hit back not long before halftime, though. Kieran Trippier cut a cross back to Moura near the penalty spot, and the Brazilian swept the ball up with his right foot and watched as it bounded over a helpless Jeroen Zost in goal to draw Spurs level in the 39th minute.

Harry Kane headed Spurs into the lead less than 10 minutes into the second half, courtesy of a delightful cross from Christian Eriksen, but the advantage wouldn’t hold up as long as Mauricio Pochettino would have liked.

Hugo Lloris rushed off his line and wiped out Lozano outside the penalty area, earning himself a red card and leaving Spurs with 10 men to finish the game.

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PSV’s advantage paid off less than 10 minutes later, in the 87th, when a PSV free kick wasn’t cleared, the ball bounced around the penalty area and Luuk De Jong was in the right place at the right time to poke it past Michel Vorm, who replaced Lloris minutes earlier.

The result sees both Spurs and PSV collect their first point in Group B, but with just three games remaining either side will face an uphill battle to reach the knockout rounds.