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EPL: Eriksen strike gives Spurs last-gasp Burnley win

December 16, 2018 10:57 IST

Tottenham's Christian Eriksen (hidden) celebrates with team mates after scoring their first goal against Burnley on Saturday

IMAGE: Tottenham's Christian Eriksen (hidden) celebrates with team mates after scoring their first goal against Burnley on Saturday. Photograph: Andrew Couldridge/Action Images via Reuters

Tottenham Hotspur substitute Christian Eriksen scored in added time as they snatched a 1-0 win over Burnley at Wembley Stadium to stay within five points of leaders Manchester City in the Premier League.

Sean Dyche's Burnley side looked to have secured a crucial point in their fight to move clear of the bottom three but Eriksen broke their hearts with a clinical finish for third-placed Spurs in the 91st minute.

The Dane was relieved to have broken his goal drought after scoring for the first time in the Premier League since April as Spurs made it 10 wins in their last 12 league games to keep alive their title challenge.

 

Eriksen's winner completed a dream week for Mauricio Pochettino's side who qualified for the Champions League knockout stages in midweek with a superb draw at Barcelona.

In the Premier League, they are just three points behind second-placed Liverpool, who face Manchester United on Sunday.

The win could have been a lot bigger for the London club but they came up against impressive Burnley goalkeeper Joe Hart, no stranger to Wembley having been England's number one, who made his best save after 74 minutes from Erik Lamela's low effort.

Tottenham continued to create the best openings and blew two great chances in the final 10 minutes when Son Heung-min and Dele Alli somehow failed to find the target.

But Eriksen ensured the home side came away with all three points a minute into injury-time when he was picked out by Harry Kane and fired the ball into the top corner.

"It is a very good week for us, a fantastic win for us today, it is so important to be focused and try to keep our energy," Pochettino told the BBC.

"After the Barcelona game and qualifying for the next stage of the Champions League, it is difficult to find the way to perform like this. Today, I congratulate my players effort and the 50,000 fans. It was a late victory but so important for us.

"The character to always push to the end shows great belief and faith in the way we play. That pleases me the most."

West Ham beat Fulham 2-0 to post fourth win in a row

West Ham won their fourth successive Premier League game to add to Fulham's woes at Craven Cottage on Saturday, beating their cross-London rivals 2-0 with goals from Robert Snodgrass and Michail Antonio.

Fulham, yet to keep a clean sheet this season, stayed rooted to the bottom of the table with nine points from 17 games, while the Hammers rose to ninth place on 24 points.

New Fulham manager Claudio Ranieri had been looking to build on the four points his side took in their first two home games under his charge.

His players created most of the early pressure, with strikers Andre Schurrle and Aboubakar Kamara firing in shots and creating chances within the opening 10 minutes.

But it was Manuel Pellegrini's visitors who took the lead after 17 minutes when midfielder Felipe Anderson sprang past Fulham's Denis Odoi and fed the ball back to Snodgrass, who blasted his left-footed shot high into the top left corner.

Anderson helped West Ham to double their lead 12 minutes later, crossing in from near the sideline to Javier Hernandez. The Mexican striker nodded the ball back behind him to Antonio, who brought it down and quickly slotted it between the legs of onrushing Cottagers keeper Sergio Rico.

West Ham have won every game in December, their best run in the Premier League since February 2014.

The contrast could not be starker with their first four games of the season, all of which they lost, and the Hammers are now just two points behind sixth-placed Manchester United.

Ranieri was philosophical in defeat although he knows Fulham's fortunes will have to turn around soon if they are to avoid an instant return to the Championship.

Fulham created far more chances than West Ham, prompting Ranieri to reflect ruefully: "We shoot at the goal 16 times -- nothing. They create two counter-attacks and score. It's unbelievable."

Pellegrini said his side had benefitted from the early goals, as it left Fulham chasing the game while his own players could focus on protecting their lead.

West Ham's manager also hailed the progress that the Brazilian Anderson had made since signing from Lazio in July for a club record 35 million pounds ($44.05 million).”

Rondon hands slick Newcastle 1-0 win at Huddersfield

Newcastle United moved clear of the Premier League's relegation zone after a second-half goal from Salomon Rondon gave them an opportunist 1-0 win at Huddersfield Town in a scrappy clash on Saturday.

The result lifted Newcastle to 14th position on 16 points from 17 games, six points more than 18th-placed Huddersfield who suffered their fourth successive league defeat.

Venezuela striker Rondon capped a superb breakaway move in the 55th minute after Newcastle had weathered a series of Huddersfield attacks which produced plenty of long balls and crosses but no clear-cut chances.

Visiting keeper Martin Dubravka tipped over the bar a Philip Billing free kick from 30 metres in the first half and also kept out a stinging low shot by Chris Lowe after Rondon had silenced the home fans in driving rain.

At the other end, Huddersfield keeper Jonas Lossl denied Christian Atsu and Fabian Schar from close range as Newcastle always looked more likely to break the deadlock.

The bruising contest produced its best moment when Ayoze Perez released Javier Manquillo and the right back squared the ball for Rondon to steer it past Lossl from eight metres.

Huddersfield threw men forward in search of an equaliser in the closing stages but their barrage of raids down both flanks came to nothing as Newcastle's packed defence held firm.

Watford hang on to clinch nervy win over Cardiff

Watford held on nervously to repel a late comeback and beat Cardiff City 3-2 in the Premier League on Saturday, leaving the struggling Welsh visitors still searching for a first away win this season.

Spanish forward Gerard Deulofeu, who replaced Isaac Success in the Watford starting lineup, slipped past two Cardiff defenders in the box before drilling a finish past goalkeeper Neil Etheridge to give the hosts an early lead.

With momentum firmly on their side, Watford created further chances through Roberto Pereyra but Etheridge kept the away side in the contest with two spectacular saves just before halftime.

Watford returned from the break with no signs of complacency as Deulofeu's perfectly weighted pass found full back Jose Holebas, who curled a superb effort into the top corner to make it 2-0.

Portuguese midfielder Domingos Quina then netted his first Premier League goal from the edge of the box as Watford edged closer to a convincing victory at Vicarage Road.

But Cardiff roared back into the match when forward Junior Hoilett fired a curling effort past goalkeeper Ben Foster.

The Welsh side could sniff an unlikely draw when Bobby Reid scored to make it 3-2 in the 82nd minute but Watford held their nerve to record a first league success in seven matches.

The Hornets had more than 70 percent possession and took 17 shots, showing glimpses of the attacking fluidity which earned them four straight league wins at the start of the campaign.

But Gracia expects his mid-table team, who now have 24 points, to shut the door on their opponents, having controlled the majority of the game.

"We dominated the first 70 minutes, we created a lot of chances and we could have got a better victory today," he added.

"The last part of the game I think was a good lesson for us to know how we have to manage the game."

Cardiff manager Neil Warnock said his players must cut out their mistakes as they slipped to 16th stuck on 14 points.

"We set ourselves up to be difficult to break down and I can not legislate for individual errors," he said.

"We cannot keep playing like this every week and losing, we need to get results away from home."

Wolves beat Bournemouth in their best top-flight run for 38 years

Wolverhampton Wanderers continued their surge in form by beating Bournemouth 2-0 with goals from Raul Jimenez and Ivan Cavaleiro at Molineux to record a third successive top-flight win for the first time since 1980.

The contrast in form between the two sides could not have been more marked, with Bournemouth suffering a sixth defeat in seven Premier League games.

Manager Eddie Howe had stressed the need to quickly forget the 4-0 thumping by Liverpool last time out but the visitors soon fell behind to a calamitous chain of events when Charlie Daniels misplaced a pass straight to Diogo Jota, whose mis-hit shot fell for Raul to tap home at the far post for his fifth goal of the season.

Raul turned provider for Jota with a superb through ball but Steve Cook was alert to the danger and bounced the winger off the ball, a challenge that injured the Portuguese and led to his halftime substitution.

Jota's replacement Helder Costa sliced his shot when put through by Morgan Gibbs-White as Wolves pushed for the goal that would have put them out of sight.

Bournemouth introduced top scorer Callum Wilson from the bench but his best chance was deflected for a corner and the victory was sealed by Cavaleiro with a cool finish in injury time.

The game was the first ever top-flight clash between the clubs and there is no doubt which of them is currently looking more comfortable at this level.

Wolves' previous top-flight campaign in 2011-12 ended with just 25 points and relegation. Now they are seventh, one point behind Manchester United.

 

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