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A DAY OF DRAWS

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Lon­don, UK - West Ham ru­ined Gareth Bale's Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur re­turn with a stun­ning late fight­back from three goals down to res­cue a thrilling 3-3 draw, while Ful­ham's Alek­san­dar Mitro­vic en­dured a penalty night­mare in a 1-1 draw at Sh­effield United on Sun­day. Also, Alexis Mac Al­lis­ter's first EPL goal gave Brighton a dra­matic 1-1 draw at ri­vals Crys­tal Palace on Sun­day.

Tot­ten­ham were lead­ing 3-0 when Bale came on as a 72nd minute sub­sti­tute for his first ap­pear­ance since join­ing on a sea­son-long loan from Real Madrid.

The Wales star was one of the main Tot­ten­ham cul­prits as he missed a golden op­por­tu­nity to wrap up the points be­fore West Ham's Manuel Lanzini snatched a stop­page-time equaliser.

West Ham's Fabian Bal­buena nod­ded in from Aaron Cress­well's cross af­ter 82 min­utes and Davin­son Sanchez's headed own goal from Vladimir Co­ufal's de­liv­ery three min­utes later left Tot­ten­ham pan­ick­ing.

At Bra­mall Lane, Ful­ham's Mitro­vic fired over with his sec­ond half penalty af­ter Jack Robin­son han­dled.

On-loan Leipzig winger Ade­mola Look­man put Ful­ham ahead in the 77th minute. But Ser­bia in­ter­na­tional Mitro­vic was pe­nalised for a high foot on Robin­son in the 85th minute fol­low­ing a VAR check and Billy Sharp made him pay as he scored the penalty.

Mitro­vic is the first player to com­mit the un­wanted penalty dou­ble in the same EPL game since Mikel Arteta for Arse­nal against Ful­ham in 2012.

At Crys­tal Palace, Palace took the lead in the 19th minute Ivory Coast for­ward Wil­fried Zaha sent Brighton keeper Mat Ryan the wrong way from the spot.

But, af­ter a poor clear­ance from Palace de­fender Joel Ward, Ar­gen­tine sub­sti­tute Mac Al­lis­ter fired home via a slight de­flec­tion from the edge of the area in the 90th minute.

United tri­umph

Ole Gun­nar Sol­sk­jaer de­clared Manch­ester United's sea­son 'starts to­day' af­ter Bruno Fer­nan­des and 'in­spi­ra­tional'

Harry Maguire en­joyed sweet mo­ments of re­demp­tion in their side's 4-1 win at New­cas­tle on Satur­day.

Also late on Satur­day, Pep Guardi­ola said that Manch­ester City need time to hit top form af­ter they ground out a 1-0 win over Arse­nal.

Van Dijk faces lengthy lay-off

Liver­pool's Pre­mier League ti­tle de­fence was rocked on Sun­day with the news Vir­gil Van Dijk must un­dergo knee surgery amid re­ports the Dutch de­fender could miss the rest of the sea­son.

"Liver­pool FC can con­firm Vir­gil van Dijk will un­dergo surgery on the knee in­jury he sus­tained dur­ing Satur­day’s 2-2 draw at Ever­ton," Liver­pool said in a state­ment.

"No spe­cific timescale is be­ing placed upon his re­turn to ac­tion at this stage."

The 29 year old has started ev­ery league game for the past two sea­sons as the Reds won the Cham­pi­ons League in 2019 and ended a 30-year wait to win a league ti­tle ear­lier this year.

 ?? (AFP) ?? Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur's Harry Kane (sec­ond from left) scores against West Ham United on Sun­day
(AFP) Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur's Harry Kane (sec­ond from left) scores against West Ham United on Sun­day

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