SOC­CER SPURS DIG IN DEEP

Tot­ten­ham scrapes to an­other win

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Tot­ten­ham de­fender Juan Foyth had an un­com­fort­able de­but in the Premier League last week­end.

His sec­ond game in Eng­land’s top flight went a whole lot bet­ter.

The 20-year-old Ar­gen­tine cen­tre back scored a sec­ond­half goal to earn Spurs a 1-0 win over Crys­tal Palace that moved them level on points with sec­ond-place Chelsea and Liver­pool in the stand­ings.

A week ago, Foyth made his first ap­pear­ance in the Premier League and gave away two penal­ties in Tot­ten­ham’s 3-2 win at Wolver­hamp­ton Wan­der­ers.

Signed from Es­tu­di­antes in the 2017 off-sea­son, Foyth is get­ting a run in the first team only be­cause of an in­jury cri­sis that has robbed Tot­ten­ham this sea­son of nine of its 12 play­ers who fea­tured in the World Cup in Rus­sia.

The lat­est ca­su­al­ties were cen­tre back Davin­son Sanchez, who in­jured his ham­string in the Cham­pi­ons League in mid­week, and Eng­land right back Kieran Trip­pier, who hob­bled off in­jured mid­way through the first half against Palace.

With­out even hit­ting its stride this sea­son, Tot­ten­ham is firmly in con­tention in the ti­tle race.

Ac­tion on the field seemed very much an af­ter­thought at King Power Sta­dium as Le­ices­ter hon­oured its late owner who was killed with four oth­ers in a he­li­copter crash two weeks ago.

The 0-0 draw with Burn­ley was the first game at the sta­dium since the tragic ac­ci­dent that saw Vichai Sri­vad­dhanaprabha’s he­li­copter crash shortly af­ter the pre­vi­ous home game.

Some in­jured Le­ices­ter play­ers, in­clud­ing Eng­land de­fender Harry Maguire, led a march of fans from the city cen­tre to the sta­dium ahead of the match. Fans, play­ers and staff re­mem­bered Vichai be­fore, dur­ing and af­ter the game.

GER­MAN BUN­DESLIGA

BER­LIN — Paco Al­cacer and Marco Reus helped Borus­sia Dort­mund twice come from be­hind to open a seven-point lead on de­fend­ing Bun­desliga cham­pion Bay­ern Mu­nich with a 3-2 win.

Bay­ern striker Robert Le­wandowski scored twice against his for­mer side only for Reus to re­ply both times, first with a penalty, then with a bril­liant vol­ley to Lukasz Piszczek’s cross.

Reus missed good chances to score, but Al­cacer, who came on with half an hour re­main­ing, scored in the 73rd minute af­ter Axel Wit­sel split the Bay­ern

de­fence with a per­fect through ball. The Spa­niard stayed cool in front of Manuel Neuer to score his eighth goal in his sixth league ap­pear­ance.

Bay­ern pres­i­dent Uli Hoe­ness and chair­man Kar­lHeinz Rum­menigge, watch­ing in the stands, were drenched in beer by the home fans.

Le­wandowski, who’d had a goal ruled out for off­side, had an in­jury-time equal­izer ruled out through VAR, again for off­side.

Dort­mund, which had a four­point lead, moved seven points clear of Bay­ern and stayed four clear of sec­ond-placed Borus­sia Moenchenglad­bach, which de­feated Werder Bre­men 3-1 away.

SPANISH LA LIGA

MADRID — With Diego Godin in­jured and no sub­sti­tu­tions left, Atletico Madrid coach Diego Sime­one told the de­fender to go play in the at­tack.

It was a des­per­a­tion move, and it worked.

De­spite not be­ing able to run, Godin scored the win­ning goal in stop­page time — with the help of a video re­view — as Atletico twice came from be­hind to de­feat Ath­letic Bil­bao 3-2 in the Spanish league on Satur­day.

“I was go­ing to leave the match but Cholo (Sime­one) told me to go play as a striker,” the Uruguay de­fender said. “We never gave up and in the end we were re­warded.”

Godin pulled a mus­cle in the 64th minute while mak­ing a run to try to stop — un­suc­cess­fully — Inaki Wil­lians from open­ing the scor­ing for Ath­letic.

Sime­one made Atletico’s third sub­sti­tu­tion a few mo­ments ear­lier and couldn’t re­place the vet­eran de­fender. Godin said he was al­ready look­ing for some­one to take his cap­tain’s arm­band when he re­al­ized he would have to stay.

Godin scored the dra­matic

win­ner with a header af­ter Thomas Partey sent a free kick cross into the area and An­toine Griez­mann redi­rected the ball to­ward the goal­mouth.

PARIS — Mem­phis De­pay em­phat­i­cally an­swered his crit­ics with two goals and two as­sists as fourth-placed Lyon won at last-place Guingamp 4-2.

De­pay had been crit­i­cized by his coach re­cently for pub­licly declar­ing he should start more games, com­ments ill re­ceived within the club con­sid­er­ing the in­con­sis­tent na­ture of his per­for­mances.

De­pay’s goals were a first­time curler from 20 me­tres and a bril­liant free kick into the top cor­ner from 30, tak­ing the er­ratic Nether­lands for­ward’s tally to five in 13 league games.

MI­LAN — In a match which had to be sus­pended for nearly 15 min­utes be­cause of rain, Napoli al­most saw its Serie A ti­tle hopes given a dous­ing, too.

Napoli fought back from a goal down and needed a late own goal to win at Genoa 2-1 on Satur­day and keep within sight of leader Ju­ven­tus.

Carlo Ancelotti’s side cut the gap to three points to Ju­ven­tus, which vis­its AC Mi­lan on Sun­day.

In­ter Mi­lan can move back level on points with a win at Ata­lanta, also on Sun­day.

“Proud of my play­ers who pushed through less than de­sir­able con­di­tions and com­peted well un­til the last minute. Bravo!” Ancelotti wrote on Twit­ter.

Ancelotti did not speak to the press af­ter the match but in­stead sent his son and as­sis­tant man­ager Da­vide Ancelotti.

“The coach needs squad ro­ta­tion too!” Da­vide joked.

“Win­ning in this weather and at­mos­phere was re­ally dif­fi­cult, es­pe­cially af­ter go­ing be­hind. The pitch was prac­ti­cally un­playable. And that is the added value of this team, which knows how to im­pose its rhythm and change the match at any mo­ment.”

Fans lay flo­ral trib­utes for those who lost their lives in last month’s Le­ices­ter City he­li­copter crash, in­clud­ing team chair­man Vichai Sri­vad­dhanaprabha. FRENCH LIGUE 1 ITAL­IAN SERIE A

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