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Soccer PIX: Spurs beat Everton; Ocampos stars for Sevilla

July 07, 2020 11:28 IST
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IMAGES from soccer matches played in the English Premier League and the La Liga on Monday.

Everton's Dominic Calvert-Lewin is tripped by Tottenham Hotspur's Ben Davies during their EPL match at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London on Monday

IMAGE: Everton's Dominic Calvert-Lewin is tripped by Tottenham Hotspur's Ben Davies during their EPL match at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London on Monday Photograph: Adam Davy/Pool via Reuters

An own goal by Michael Keane proved the difference as Tottenham Hotspur beat visitors Everton 1-0 in a dour clash on Monday to move up to eighth in the standings and hand manager Jose Mourinho a 200th Premier League win.

Defeat would have dropped Spurs below the visitors into the bottom half of the table but they won fairly comfortably to stretch their unbeaten league run versus Everton to 15 games.

Midfielder Giovani Lo Celso thought he had scored his first Premier League goal for Tottenham in the 23rd minute but his shot on the turn took a decisive deflection off Keane to leave keeper Jordan Pickford with no chance.

 

Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris was hardly tested although he was involved in the night's flashpoint, having a furious row with team mate Son Heung-min as the players walked off at halftime.

Tottenham have 48 points from 33 games, one behind Arsenal and nine adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea. Everton's first defeat since the resumption of the season left them 11th.

Mourinho questioned his side's desire after a lacklustre 3-1 defeat by Sheffield United last week and there was nothing wrong with their application on Monday, even if it was hardly a performance to set the pulse racing.

What he could not have envisaged, however, was the sight of Lloris and Son being held apart by teammates, shortly after Everton's Richarlison had gone close to an equaliser for Carlo Ancelotti's side.

Lloris was clearly angry at Son not tracking back in the build-up for the Richarlison chance.

All was well at the end though as they hugged.

"What happened between me and Sonny is part of football sometimes. There's no problem. At the end of the game you could see we were more than happy," the Frenchman said.

It at least provided a talking point in a game that for long periods felt like a training ground game.

The night's only goal rather summed it up. Son played the ball to Kane in a congested area and when his shot rebounded across to Lo Celso the Argentine's shot on the turn was heading wide before it hit Keane and nestled into the net.

Son was twice denied by Pickford in the second half and curled a shot wide while Lloris made a couple of comfortable saves as a dreary Everton failed to muster much of a response.

Sevilla close in on Champions League berth

Sevilla players celebrate a goal against Eibar during their La Liga match on Monday

IMAGE: Sevilla players celebrate a goal against Eibar during their La Liga match on Monday. Photograph: Sevilla FC/Twitter

Sevilla winger Lucas Ocampos struck the decisive goal and pulled off a last-gasp save as a makeshift goalkeeper as his side beat Eibar 1-0 on Monday in La Liga to home in on a return to the Champions League.

The Argentine broke the deadlock in the 56th minute by sliding in at the far post to bundle in a cross from Jesus Navas, and then pulled on a goalkeeper's jersey for the final minutes after keeper Tomas Vaclik was carried off on a stretcher deep into added time.

Coach Julen Lopetegui had made all five of the permitted substitutes so could not bring on a reserve keeper but Ocampos proved up to the task by repelling a shot from Eibar keeper Marko Dmitrovic in the 11th minute of added time.

Dmitrovic had come up from his area to contest a late corner and almost snatched an equaliser but fired straight at Ocampos, who spread his arms to turn the shot away.

"I like to play in goal in training but I never imagined I would end up playing in goal in a match in the last few minutes but I'm always ready to help the team in any position," Ocampos said.

"Before I went in goal the goalkeeping coach told me not to go far from the goal and the ball came towards me, I was able to push it away and we got the three points."

The victory gave fourth-placed Sevilla a six-point cushion over fifth-placed Villarreal with four games remaining.

Eibar meanwhile remain in danger of relegation, occupying the final spot outside the bottom three with a six-point lead over 18th-placed Real Mallorca.

Earlier on Monday, Real Sociedad's slim hopes of finishing in the top four practically ended with a disappointing 1-1 draw at Levante, as Alexander Isak's 12th-minute strike was quickly cancelled out by a goal from Levante's Jose Luis Morales.

Sociedad were fourth in the standings in March when action in La Liga was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic but have only picked up five points in seven games since the re-start.

They are seventh on 51 points, while Levante are 12th on 43 points.

 

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