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Kane heads Tottenham past Newcastle

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Harry Kane’s 200th and 201st club goals gave Tottenham Hotspur a 3-1 win over Newcastle United at St. James’ Park on Wednesday.

Spurs move into 7th with 55 points, while Newcastle’s 43 points keep them 13th.

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Heung-min Son scored his 11th goal of the season to give Spurs a halftime lead but Matt Ritchie leveled the score line after the break.

Kane notched two headers in the final half hour.

Tottenham finishes with Leicester City and Crystal Palace while Newcastle has Brighton and Liverpool.


Three things we learned

1. Kane makes lemonade: Tottenham’s star striker was limited in service yet again, as Spurs only managed to get him 28 touches over 90 minutes at Newcastle. Kane nodded a great Steven Bergwijn cross home at the hour mark and flew to the back post to head a rebound home in the 90th. Tottenham needs to find its main man, who used another of his three touches to help set up Son’s goal.

2. Score line flatters Spurs : Newcastle took 22 of the match’s 30 shots and Hugo Lloris needed to make five saves to keep Tottenham in the win column. The Magpies are one of the worst possession metric teams in some time, but kept 52 percent of the ball. This wasn’t good stuff from Spurs, but good teams find ways to win on bad days.

3. Son strikes: South Korean star Son deserved his goal and built off his 1-goal, 1-assist day in the North London Derby. Spurs are a better side when Son is shining, and he’s one of only two players in the Premier League to boast double-digit goals and assists this season. His 10 goals and 11 assists join Kevin De Bruyne (11+18) on that list, with Mohamed Salah (19+9) and Riyad Mahrez (10+9) flirting with the feat.

Man of the Match

Lucas Moura was industrious again and deserves a shout, but Kane played a role in all three goals.

Newcastle United – Tottenham Hotspur recap

An early Newcastle chance fell to Miguel Almiron in the heart of the 18 but his lashed side volley deflected wide for a corner.

Jonjo Shelvey then fired a free kick into the arms of Hugo Lloris as Newcastle looked bright early.

Matt Ritchie picked out Shelvey with a 17th-minute cross that the English midfielder couldn’t nod down on goal.

Spurs took the lead with their first real shot, Lucas Moura forcing a turnover outside the Newcastle 18 and the ball coming to Son on the left for a low shot past Martin Dubravka.

The South Korean had another shot moments later, but Dubravka poked it over the bar.

Ritchie won another Newcastle corner in the 39th with a hard cross, and Allan Saint-Maximin another with a low drive that Hugo Lloris slapped out of bounds. No end product and it remained 1-0 Spurs into the break.

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Ritchie put Newcastle level after substitute Valentino Lazaro led a foray into the Spurs end, Serge Aurier’s slashed clearance falling to the Scot for a vicious goal.

Spurs went ahead within moments, Kane beating Emil Krafth to Steven Bergwijn’s cross for 2-1.

Lazaro smashed a 72nd-minute shot off the outside of the net as Newcastle bid for another equalizer.

Tottenham, Man United draw in London

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Super sub Paul Pogba drew a point-winning penalty that Bruno Fernandes converted as Manchester United drew Spurs 1-1 at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Friday.

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Steven Bergwijn had given Tottenham a halftime lead with a terrific goal but Jose Mourinho’s Spurs could not hang on for a win despite a fine day from goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

Spurs host West Ham on Tuesday, a day before Manchester United entertains Sheffield United.

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Three stars

Star No. 3: Paul Pogba. He should’ve obviously been starting but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is the 1000th United manager to think he can do better than one of the world’s best players just because the player has an attitude. Pogba changed the game in his half-hour on the pitch, winning the equalizing penalty while blocking two shots, completing 16-of-17 passes, and converting both of his dribbles.

Star No. 2: Hugo Lloris. The Spurs captain made six saves on the day and was only beaten by Fernandes’ penalty. His save on Martial in the 66th minute was a rare vintage of your favorite wine.

Man of the Match: Bruno Fernandes. Easily the best player on the pitch, Fernandes was rewarded with a penalty on a day he could’ve had two or three assists with better finishing from teammates. Can a player be Team of the Year if he only plays in half a season?



Game flow

There wasn’t a lot in the first 20 minutes as set back Spurs conceded the ball but managed the only shot of the match when Heung-min Son was saved by David De Gea.

Hugo Lloris made a great save when Marcus Rashford leapt onto a poor clearance, and then stopped Fred on a less challenging effort a few moments later.

Spurs went ahead through Bergwijn, who hit a rocket off De Gea and into the goal. The Spanish goalkeeper tried to punch the driven shot and it turned behind him.

Bergwijn nearly had Son cued up for a second within two minutes of restart, but De Gea made a redemptive and outstanding save to force a corner.

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Bruno Fernandes started a charge in the 54th minute that ended with a low shot dragged wide of the far post from 20-plus yards.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plan had been inferior to Jose Mourinho’s for the better part of an hour, and the former pulled the chute and inserted Pogba just after the hour mark.

The Frenchman immediately changed the game, seeing a shot blocked before sending a clever cross into the mix that produced a United corner.

Pogba supplied Fernandes for a brilliant turn and set-up of Anthony Martial, who couldn’t find the goal. Martial had another big chance in the 66th, supplied by Luke Shaw, but Lloris made an outstanding save.

Eric Dier chopped down Pogba at the end line to send Fernandes to the spot for 1-1 in the 82nd minute.

Davinson Sanchez made a terrific intervention when Pogba spied Rashford with a tremendous 86th-minute pass.

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WATCH: Terrific Steven Bergwijn goal puts Spurs ahead of Man Utd

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Tottenham Hotspur’s Steven Bergwijn is fit and firing again.

Spurs’ big January buy from PSV Eindhoven has the North London side leading Manchester United on Friday after a long dribble and rocket shot defied David De Gea.

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The 22-year-old scored his third goal in six Premier League outings when he drove down the heart of the United box, cooking Harry Maguire like flash-fried fast food.
There was more to do for the Dutchman, who hit a hammer at goal that De Gea misjudged and punched into his goal.
Serge Aurier was credited with the assist, though even the brash Ivorian will see himself as a bit player in the goal.

Spurs: Kane trains, but Bergwijn season in jeopardy

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The Tottenham Hotspur boss will find it hard to repress a smile knowing that star striker Harry Kane is back on the training pitch following a long injury absence.

But he’ll also be lamenting yet another injury to his attack corps.

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Kane hasn’t played since a New Year’s Day loss to Southampton led to hamstring surgery, but has 17 goals in 25 matches this season.

He’s missed eight Premier League matches, five FA Cup outings, and the first leg of Spurs’ Champions League Round of 16 tie with RB Leipzig.

Teammate Dele Alli is excited at the prospect of Kane’s return. From Football.London:

“It’s a massive boost. Even when he’s coming to games to have him speaking, he’s a leader. Having had hamstring injuries, I don’t want him to rush it, but I know we need him as well.”

However, there’s bad news for Spurs this Monday, as January signing Steven Bergwijn is facing some time on the sidelines.

Bergwijn suffered a “significant” ankle sprain against Burnley this weekend, the team announced, and faces “an extended period of rehabilitation.”

“I don’t expect him to play again this season,” Mourinho said.

That means Spurs will have to overturn its 1-0 first leg UCL deficit without Kane, Heung-Min Son, and Bergwijn. That’s a tall ask.

Jose Mourinho defends players ‘trying to do miracles,’ explains Dele move

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Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho says he can have no complaints with his shorthanded men following a 2-1 loss to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Mourinho pointed to the absence of strikers Heung-Min Son and Harry Kane as well as a Champions League match in midweek.

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“Look at Chelsea they played a World Cup-winning striker up front, England’s second striker on the bench, and Belgium’s second striker in the stands,” he said, via Football.London. “We had no strikers on the pitch, no strikers on the bench and two in the hospital.”

Chelsea were the much better side on the day, with Olivier Giroud making a statement to Frank Lampard about his ability as a center forward.

And Mourinho felt sufficiently shorthanded on the day, especially given the exhausting 1-0 loss to RB Leipzig at midweek.

“Lucas, Lo Celso, Bergwijn,” he said. “These boys that are playing every minute and trying to do miracles in positions that are not their positions. I cannot complain.”

Mourinho also defended keeping Dele Alli on the bench for the first time in his tenure as Spurs boss.

“We had strange game plans but we needed to have them. Like Lamela who played well, people think I’m stupid that I don’t play him, but he’s constantly communicating with me in the warm-up, can I play or not. He was telling me his feelings.”

Spurs will finish the weekend four points back of the top four and as many as two back of fifth. They have eight days until another big match, March 1 versus Wolves.