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EPL PHOTOS: Man United make it six in a row with Spurs win

January 14, 2019 11:49 IST
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IMAGE: Manchester United players celebrate after Marcus Rashford scored the first goal against Tottenham Hotspur. Photograph: Clive Rose/Getty Images

Tottenham Hotspur's English Premier League title ambitions suffered a major blow as Marcus Rashford's goal gave Manchester United a 1-0 victory at Wembley on Sunday to maintain caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's perfect start.

 

Rashford beat Tottenham keeper Hugo Lloris from a tight angle in the 44th minute as rejuvenated United claimed a sixth win from six matches since former striker Solskjaer stepped in following the sacking of Jose Mourinho.

United's Spanish keeper David De Gea produced a series of superb saves to deny Dele Alli, Harry Kane and Toby Alderweireld after the break as United hung on for a first away league win against Tottenham since 2012.

Solskjaer's side remained in sixth spot but are now level on 41 points with Arsenal while Tottenham have 48 points in third place, nine behind leaders Liverpool and two behind champions Manchester City who face Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday.

In a wide-open first half full of attacking football, Kane had a goal disallowed for the hosts but United, with Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial and Rashford forming a rapid attacking trio, were dangerous every time they broke forward.

The first goal always looked like being vital and it arrived for United just before the break when Rashford made ground down the right and with no other option he drove into area and fired a shot that Lloris got a firm hand to but could not keep out of the net.

IMAGE: Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea makes a save from Tottenham's Harry Kane. Photograph: John Sibley/Reuters

Lloris redeemed himself with two saves from Paul Pogba early in the second half but after that it was all about the excellence of De Gea as Spurs, roared on by the majority of the 80,000 Wembley crowd, desperately sought an equaliser.

First he saved Kane's close-range header, then blocked Alli's shot with his legs after the midfielder went through one-on-one, before making a stunning reaction save to deny Toby Alderweireld's near-post flick.

Kane's free kick was saved acrobatically by De Gea and with five minutes remaining he saw another goalbound effort cannon off the shins of the Spaniard.

Everton ride luck for home victory over Bournemouth

IMAGE: Everton moved back into the top half of the table with a convincing 2-0 victory. Photograph: Jason Cairnduff/Getty Images

Everton avoided a third consecutive Premier League home defeat as Kurt Zouma's header and a late goal by Dominic Calvert-Lewin earned them a flattering 2-0 victory over Bournemouth at a rainy Goodison Park on Sunday.

There were grumblings of discontent from the home fans as Everton were outplayed before the break but Marco Silva's side improved after the interval to move back into the top half of the table.

Bournemouth have now lost six successive away league games.

"I think the result is really harsh on us today, we competed in a really tough game and we had some chances we didn't take but the scoreline doesn't reflect the performance," Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe said.

"The fighting spirit and determination was on show, we pressed well and we nullified their threats for large spells."

It was hard to disagree with Howe's assessment, especially before the interval when his eye-catching side dominated.

Young Welsh striker David Brooks was a thorn in the Everton defence and he struck a shot against the base of the post in the 14th minute after being played in by Junior Stanislas, who himself nearly embarrassed England keeper Jordan Pickford with a free kick.

IMAGE: Everton players celebrate after Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored the second goal. Photograph: Andrew Yates/Reuters

Bournemouth also had two penalty shouts ignored before Everton gradually roused themselves, with defender Michael Keane heading against the crossbar shortly before halftime.

Everton began to click after the break and Richarlison's shot was cleared off the line by Nathan Ake.

The hosts took the lead with only their second effort on target in the 61st minute.

Lucas Digne did well to keep a ball in play and his hoisted cross was headed home powerfully by defender Zouma for his first Everton goal since joining on loan from Chelsea.

Everton's second in stoppage-time, struck home excellently by Calvert-Lewin after great work by Ademola Lookman, was harsh on Bournemouth who will wonder how they went home unrewarded.

Everton boss Silva was especially impressed by the performance of 21-year-old midfielder Lookman who is being linked with a move away from Goodison Park.

"It was a fantastic performance and we know he is at that level, but he will improve more and more," Silva said.

"Even if 2-0 is a tough result to take for them, we deserved the points and our players showed big personality and character as a team."

Bournemouth, who had 16 goal attempts, remained in 12th spot with 27 points from 22 games, nine points above the bottom three. Everton moved into 10th spot on 30 points.

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