Premier League: Harry Kane guides Tottenham Hotspur into 3rd
A sub-par Tottenham Hotspur side did just about enough to confirm Champions League football for next season as they edged Newcastle United 1-0 at Wembley Stadium in their penultimate Premier League of the campaign.
Their indifferent form of late had seen many label them as ‘chokers’ and while this was far from a convincing performance, the fact that fifth-placed Chelsea could only draw against Huddersfield Town at home on Wednesday night meant that Spurs are guaranteed a top-four finish.
Harry Kane’s sweet first-time strike in the 50th minute was the difference on the night, with the striker curling one into the far corner after Heung-Min Son had laid it off for him inside the box.
If you thought Kane was the standout player for Spurs, however, you couldn’t be more off the mark as it was captain and custodian Hugo Lloris who singlehandedly kept the Lilywhites in the game with save after save.
With Eric Dier and Mousa Dembele both ruled out, Victor Wanyama and Moussa Sissoko formed an unfamiliar partnership in central midfield but the duo was unable to shield their defence as the Magpies kept probing the hosts’ backline.
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Jonjo Shelvey would hit the post with a cracking free-kick before skipper Jamaal Lascelles tested Lloris’ reflexes with a fine header from a well-worked corner.
Spurs seemed to have no answer as they struggled to string together passes up top and it was only their custodian’s speculative punt that found Kane in a good position.
The striker, however, did not get the desired contact on the bouncing ball and Martin Dubravka was a relieved man as he made an easy save.
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Kane did make amends for his earlier miss by finding the back of the net early in the second-half but Spurs were forced to endure a nervy end to the tie as the Magpies threw everything they had towards the close.
With the win, Spurs move above Liverpool into third with 74 points, while the Reds are two points behind. Fifth-placed Chelsea are on 70 and hence, cannot overtake the Lilywhites as they have just one game left in the season.
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Spurs’ final fixture is at home against Leicester City on Sunday and Pochettino’s men will seek to secure three points, which would guarantee third place and with it, automatic Champions League qualification.
‘You will know when I tell you’ – Barcelona ace coy on future as exit looms
Barcelona icon Andres Iniesta has already confirmed that he will leave the Nou Camp at the end of the season, but he is remaining tight-lipped on his next destination.
As noted by BBC Sport, the 33-year-old announced his decision in an emotional press conference last month, as he now enjoys his last few weeks as a Barcelona player.
It looks as though he will bow out in style though, as after winning the La Liga title and Copa del Rey, he put in a stellar display in the 5-1 win over Villarreal on Wednesday night as the Catalan giants edge closer to finishing the league campaign unbeaten and creating more history.
However, the fact that he’s set to leave isn’t a topic that is being pushed to the background, as he was quizzed on his future again after the game as speculation links him with various options around the world.
“I said that I would not go to Europe and apart from that all possibilities are open,” Iniesta told beIN Sports. “They said I’m not going to China, now they say Japan is an option and I’ve also heard Australia.
“You will know when I tell you. There are things to seal, little details and I will try and choose the best option.”
Based on his performance in midweek, it seems a shame that the Spanish international isn’t going to remain at the highest level in Europe as he’s evidently capable of still producing quality displays.
Nevertheless, having spent over two decades at Barcelona, it’s no surprise that he wouldn’t stay in Europe to potentially face them and in truth, he is certainly entering the latter stages of his career and it’s only natural that he will experience a decline which arguably makes Australia, China and Japan understandable, and potentially lucrative, options.
Liverpool fans post score predictions for the Champions League final against Real Madrid
The Champions League final is not for another 17 days, but Liverpool fans are already making score predictions.
The Merseyside outfit will take on Real Madrid in Kiev with the hope of claiming their sixth European Cup.
It will be a hugely tough task for Jurgen Klopp’s team as they are facing a club that are hunting for their third consecutive title in the competition.
Prior to the showdown in Ukraine, Liverpool have a rather important objective – securing Champions League football for next season.
Klopp’s side need to beat Brighton at Anfield on the final day of the season this Sunday in order to cement a place in the top four.
Despite that fixture being the main priority at this moment, Liverpool fans have begun discussing the possible outcome in Kiev.
Most are expecting a high-scoring game, and they made that evident on Reddit while responding to Zinedine Zidane’s quotes about the final.
Leeds fans react on Twitter to Huddersfield staying in the Premier League
Huddersfield Town have again defied the odds and will avoid relegation from the Premier League after a 1-1 draw at Chelsea on Wednesday night.
The Terriers picked up a 0-0 draw at Manchester City on Sunday, and knew that a point at Stamford Bridge would see them safe and effectively relegate Swansea City.
Laurent Depoitre's calm finish from Aaron Mooy's lofted ball gave Huddersfield the lead, but Marcos Alonso equalised for the top four-chasing Blues.
Chelsea were banging on the Huddersfield door and forced a stunning save from Jonas Lossl, but Huddersfield stood strong and claimed their point, guaranteeing their Premier League status for next season.
David Wagner's men weren't tipped for promotion from the Championship last season, never mind staying in the Premier League this term as one of the 'smaller' teams to make it to the top flight, and their success has been remarkable.
Unsurprisingly, Huddersfield's superb night caught the attention of Leeds fans, many of whom suggested that the Whites - who lost to the Myanmar National League All-Stars on Wednesday - could take a leaf out of Huddersfield's book with their passion, desire and commitment.
Others congratulated Huddersfield on staying up, or even suggested that Leeds are still the biggest team in Yorkshire despite Huddersfield's continued stint in the Premier League.
World Cup 2018, Brazil vs Serbia: When And Where To Watch, Live Coverage On TV, Live Streaming Online
Brazil would be hoping for maximum points against Serbia and a place in the Round of 16.
The FIFA World Cup 2018 or any other tournament seems incomplete without Brazil and the Samba boys will be hoping for a march into the Round of 16 from Group E as they take on Serbia. Held to a draw by Switzerland in their first match, Brazil had to pull out all the plugs to beat Latin American neighbours Costa Rica in their second game and would be hoping for a much better performance against Serbia, who too would be in the running for the Round of 16 if they can pull off a win. Brazil with 4 points are ahead of Switzerland on goal difference while Serbia are on 3 points.
When is FIFA World Cup 2018 Brazil vs Serbia match?
The FIFA World Cup 2018 Brazil vs Serbia match will take place on June 27, 2018.
Where is FIFA World Cup 2018 Brazil vs Serbia match?
The FIFA World Cup 2018 Brazil vs Serbia match will be played at the Spartak Stadium, Moscow.
What time does the FIFA World Cup 2018 Brazil vs Serbia match begin?
The FIFA World Cup 2018 Brazil vs Serbia match begins at 11:30 pm (IST).
Which TV channels will broadcast the FIFA World Cup 2018 Brazil vs Serbia match?
The FIFA World Cup 2018 Brazil vs Serbia match will be shown on Sony Ten 2 SD and HD, Sony Ten 1 HD and SD and Sony ESPN SD.
How do I watch online live streaming of the FIFA World Cup 2018 Brazil vs Serbia match?
The FIFA World Cup 2018 Brazil vs Serbia match live streaming will be available on Sony Liv. You can also catch the live updates on sports.ndtv.com.
All broadcast and streaming timings are as per information received from the host broadcasters.