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FA Cup: Spurs blow lead, erase deficit to top Saints

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For the second time in 11 days’ time, Tottenham Hotspur coughed up a lead to Southampton in the fourth round of the FA Cup, only this time Jose Mourinho’s side was fortunate enough to escape with victory on the back of their own comeback capped off by an 87th-minute penalty kick.

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From 1-0 up inside the opening quarter-hour, to a 2-1 down with under minutes to go, to 3-2 in a span of nine minutes, Tottenham are through to the fifth round where they’ll host Norwich City.

Spurs went ahead in the 12th minute and appeared to be off to the races. Ryan Sessegnon raced into the penalty area one-on-one with Jack Stephens before losing out and having the ball tackled away, but it fell directly to Tanguy Ndombele just outside the box. Ndombele hit it hard and low, first-time, and straight at Stephens as he returned to his feet. The ball ricocheted off the Saints defender and left goalkeeper Angus Gunn anchored in place.

The lead didn’t even last until halftime, though, as Shane Long put home a rebound after Hugo Lloris made a diving save in the 34th minute. It was Nathan Redmond‘s initial shot which came in from the edge of the area, only to be saved by the outstretch Lloris. He couldn’t hold the ball and no one in a white shirt arrived to clear the ball away before Long reached the top of the six-yard box and slotted it near post.

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Saints took their lead on a devastating counter-attack in the 72nd minute. It began with a Spurs corner kick at one end of the field and Danny Ings tucking the ball in the far corner at the other end.

That lead lasted almost no time at all, though, as Lucas Moura had Spurs level within five minutes. Lucas and Dele Alli played a quick one-two outside the penalty area and the Brazilian tucked his left-footed finish home just as well as Ings had done minutes earlier.

Son Heung-min won, and converted, the penalty kick that proved the difference on the day, but it was once again Alli who pulled the strings and set up one of the game’s crucial moments. His through ball came cut Saints’ defense in half and left Gunn with no choice but to rush off his line, though it must be said the contact he made with Son was minimal, if any at all.

Spurs’ fifth-round clash with Norwich will take place back at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium midweek on the week starting March 2.

Tottenham issue statement on alleged racist abuse

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Tottenham are investigating the alleged racist abuse aimed at Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger during the Blues’ 2-0 win at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday.

According to Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta, Rudiger expressed to him that racist chants were being aimed at him during the second half of Sunday’s match, shortly after his incident with Son Heung-min.

β€œIt is made very clear to us all that if we have heard any racist incident to report it. Tony came to me and told me he was listening to racist songs towards him so I reported it to the referee,” Azpilicueta said. β€œWe are very concerned and aware of this behavior. Altogether we need to make it stop. I hope everything gets clear and we eradicate it as soon as possible. Itβ€˜s an issue not just in football but in life.”

The alleged incident caused the match to be paused momentarily by referee Anthony Taylor, in accordance to official protocol issued by FIFA.

Following the match, Spurs confirmed through a statement that they have launched an investigation and are ready to “take the strongest possible action” against anyone found guilty of the alleged racist abuse.

The club’s statement reads: “We are now conducting a thorough investigation which will include liaising with Chelsea and their players for their observations. Any form of racism is completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated in our stadium. We take any such allegations extremely seriously and shall take the strongest possible action against any individual found to be behaving in such a way, including stadium bans.”

Burnley fan investigated for alleged racism toward Spurs’ Son

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A 13-year-old Burnley fan is under police investigation for allegedly making a racist gesture toward Tottenham Hotspur’s Son Heung-min during Saturday’s 5-0 battering between the two sides.

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The teenager from ejected from the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and Burnley say the individual and his family will be given an “enforced educational program.”

Tottenham beat Burnley on the back of three goals inside the game’s first 32 minutes, including Son’s slaloming run from one penalty area to the other and subsequent finish into the back of the net.

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Burnley released the following statement about the incident on Monday:

“Burnley Football Club would like to reiterate its zero-tolerance policy towards discrimination of any kind.”

FA panel details ‘very challenging case’ to rescind Son red card

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The English FA’s Independent Regulatory Commission has released rare details of its majority decision to overturn the red card shown to Son Heung-min for his challenge which resulted in Andre Gomes suffering a dislocated ankle earlier this month, calling their deliberations “a very challenging case”.

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The panel chose not to consider the injury to Everton’s Gomes when judging the case against Tottenham Hotspur’s Son, which was a controversial stance in the minds of some. Having the benefit of hindsight and instant replay β€” the latter of which referee Martin Atkinson could have used, but chose not to do so β€” the injury could be seen as the only reason Son was sent off.

“Having viewed the available footage of the incident on numerous occasions and in great detail, the regulatory commission agreed by majority decision that the referee had erred in his interpretation of the incident.

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“The majority noted the speed with which the challenge was made, that the player had not been airborne and interpreted the challenge as a sliding tackle as opposed to a lunge.

“It was concluded that Son had made a challenge on Gomes which would warrant no more than a caution rather than a straight red card.”

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The lone dissenting member of the panel described their view of the incident as “a late slide followed by a secondary movement which tripped Gomes and caused the awkward fall and subsequent collision. This secondary movement of Son’s left leg served ultimately to endanger the safety of his opponent pursuant to Law 12. Based on all the considerations the minority view was not satisfied that a dismissal was outside the reasonable range of actions for the referee to meet the obvious error test.”

Weds. Champions League preview: Spurs in Serbia, Man City in Italy

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Matchday 4 of the 2019-20 UEFA Champions League wraps up on Wednesday, with a pair of Premier League sides in action, and facing vastly different paths forward in the competition.

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Someone is going to have to finish second, behind Bayern Munich, in Group B. Fortunately for Tottenham Hotspur, Red Star Belgrade and Olympiacos appear even less suited to the task than Mauricio Pochettino‘s side. Last year’s runners-up could go a long way toward securing their place in the knockout rounds for the fourth straight season with a win in Serbia on Wednesday. After dropping points from a winning position in their first two group games, Tottenham bounced back with a 5-0 victory over Red Star last month, sending them second in the group for the time being.

Only, there’s a bit of a catch for Spurs: they haven’t won away from home β€” in any competition β€” all season. 0 wins, 5 draws, 3 losses. If not now, when? Harry Kane is back with the squad after missing Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Everton due to illness. Son Heung-min, whose red card for a phantom tackle on Andre Gomes was rescinded, also traveled with the team after looking thoroughly distraught in the moments after Gomes suffered a broken ankle.

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Champions League has been far kinder to Manchester City, who on Wednesday are set for their visit to Atalanta. With nine points from their first three games β€” and a nearly unblemished record of 10 goals scored and just one conceded β€” Pep Guardiola‘s side is marching toward and early progression to the round of 16. In fact, a win over Atalanta, coupled with a draw between Dinamo Zagreb and Shakhtar Donetsk, would not only see the two-time reigning PL champions advance, but also win the group with two games left to play.

The lone goal conceded came in Atalanta’s visit to the Etihad Stadium last time out in UCL play. After falling 1-0 behind in the 28th minute, Man City responded with five unanswered goals, including a quick-fire double from Sergio Aguero before halftime, and another three in 11 minutes after the break.

Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League schedule

Lokomotiv Moscow v. Juventus β€” 12:55 p.m. ET
Bayern Munich v. Olympiacos β€” 12:55 p.m. ET
Atalanta v. Manchester City β€” 3 p.m. ET
Red Star Belgrade v. Tottenham Hotspur β€” 3 p.m. ET
Real Madrid v. Galatasaray β€” 3 p.m. ET
Paris Saint-Germain v. Club Brugge β€” 3 p.m. ET
Bayer Leverkusen v. Atletico Madrid β€” 3 p.m. ET
Dinamo Zagreb v. Shakhtar Donetsk β€” 3 p.m. ET