SOCCER SPURS DIG IN DEEP
Tottenham scrapes to another win
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.
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.”
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