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Man U tightens hold on second place in EPL

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Edinson Cavani set up Fred’s equalizer before scoring with a diving header as Manchester United beat host Tottenham 3-1, strengthen­ing its grip on second place in England’s Premier League and dealing a further blow to Tottenham’s Champions League qualificat­ion hopes.

While United is locking down second place in the league, Tottenham has fallen six points from fourth place, the final Champions League spot, with seven games remaining in an erratic season that saw a brief title bid disintegra­te.

The Premier League trophy seems out of reach for United with Manchester City 11 points ahead, but United is still on course to deliver the team’s highest finish since being runnerup three years ago.

Tottenham forward Son Heung-min became the latest Premier League player to be targeted with racist abuse on social media following a match.

The South Korean was involved in an incident which saw a goal from Cavani ruled out in the first half. United’s Scott McTominay was adjudged to have fouled Son in the buildup to what would have been the opening goal of the game.

Son, who scored Tottenham’s goal, was targeted with racist insults in replies to a tweet from Tottenham’s official account and in the comments section on his most recent Instagram post.

“Another matchday and more abhorrent racial abuse suffered by one of our players,” Tottenham said in a statement. “This has again been reported to the platforms, and we shall now undertake a full review alongside the Premier League to determine the most effective action moving forward. We stand with you, Sonny.”

Twitter and Facebook-owned Instagram have declined interview requests recently from the Associated Press to discuss how they are working to eradicate racist abuse sent to players.

Meanwhile, Jesse Lingard took his goal tally to eight in nine appearance­s since joining West Ham on loan from Manchester United by scoring twice in a 3-2 victory over visiting Leicester. The win allowed West Ham to dislodge Chelsea and move back into fourth place.

SPAIN: Atletico Madrid stumbled again in its bid to win a first league title in seven seasons after drawing 1-1 at Real Betis, leaving it narrowly ahead of second-place Real Madrid and Barcelona. Atletico edged one point ahead of defending champion Real Madrid, which had gone top — on the head-to-head tiebreaker with Atletico — after it beat Barcelona 2-1 on Saturday. Barcelona is in third place, a further point behind.

ITALY: Inter Milan continued its march to its first Serie A title in more than a decade as it beat relegation-threatened visiting Cagliari 1-0. Host Juventus beat Genoa 3-1, but the nine-time defending champion remained 12 points behind Inter, which is bidding for a first league title since 2010.

 ?? MATTHEW CHILDS | Associated Press ?? Manchester United’s Edinson Cavani, bottom, sends the ball, far right, past the outstretch­ed Tottenham goaltender for his team’s second score in a 3-1 win in London on Sunday.
MATTHEW CHILDS | Associated Press Manchester United’s Edinson Cavani, bottom, sends the ball, far right, past the outstretch­ed Tottenham goaltender for his team’s second score in a 3-1 win in London on Sunday.

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