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Tottenham’s spellbinding attack spooks David Luiz and Chelsea

Maurizio Sarri’s team could not cope and were left frazzled by the fury of Mauricio Pochettino’s potent front threeWith 16 minutes gone at Wembley it was clear the witching hour was at hand. Strange things had already begun to happen. Chelsea’s custard…

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Blooming marvellous – Gareth Southgate throws off weeds of caution

With England facing defeat by Croatia, the manager brought on the 18-year-old winger Jadon Sancho and the world turnedNever throw anything away. That was the lesson from this fun, late-breaking England victory. On an unexpectedly epic afternoon at Wemb…

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Farewell to Wayne Rooney brought cheers and a hymn to the new age

It was a slightly odd occasion and Rooney’s reappearance in an England shirt provided a reminder how much football has changedIn the end Wayne Rooney got the biggest cheer of the night. Which was, after all, the whole point. With 58 minutes gone there …

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Raheem Sterling’s moment of clarity lifts NFL-scarred Wembley spectacle | Barney Ronay

The pitch looked terrible and the match was patchy but the Manchester City forward showed what a top performer he isRaheem Sterling spent a fair amount of his childhood dodging potholes and wrong?footing passers-by as he kicked a ball around Wembley. S…

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Lionel Messi leaves Spurs toiling on a lower plane of sporting reality | Barney Ronay

This was a night when all there was to do was gawp at the player who can bend the game according to his own physical lawsSometimes you really do just have to stand and watch – and maybe gawp a little, too. The best athletes in every sport give us a gli…

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Finely tuned Liverpool are really getting into Jürgen Klopp’s groove

This may not have been a whirl of red pain for Tottenham, but every part of the machine looks calm and settledGet ready. It looks as though, this time, the Reds really are coming up the hill. It was not that Liverpool played irresistibly well. This was…

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Marcus Rashford’s toils show up José Mourinho as a man without a plan | Barney Ronay

Isolated outing for forward in the cup final was dismaying proof that skilful attackers are being left to regress at Old TraffordOn a sweaty, heavy, oddly gruelling Wembley day Manchester United’s sweaty, heavy, oddly gruelling season was finally eutha…

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Paul Pogba surges to centre stage at Wembley with display of art and graft | Barney Ronay

Midfielder recovered from a shaky start against Spurs to showcase his silky creative gifts in the game’s pivotal momentsIt seems safe to say Paul Pogba won’t ever please everyone. Not least when so many of those watching seem so eager to be displeased:…

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David Silva still the conductor even if his tempo may be on the wane | Barney Ronay

The Premier League may never have had a greater friend of the football than David Silva, but time wears down even the most boyishly irrepressible of footballersAnd breathe again. On a misty night at Wembley Manchester City squared their shoulders, slap…

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Magic and workrate of Dybala and Chiellini edge Juve past Spurs | Barney Ronay

Spurs looked like they would reach the last eight before the playmaker sprang to life and Chiellini defended for his lifeFor an hour at Wembley, with the quarter-finals of the Champions League beckoning and the scalp of Juventus already partially hacke…

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Vincent Kompany leads the way for Manchester City’s old boys in victory | Barney Ronay

Kompany at his best as he and his fellow longstanding team-mates Sergio Agüero and David Silva ease past ArsenalOn an icy, full-throated afternoon at Wembley Manchester City produced a kind of medley-triumph, a run-through of the greatest hits of the n…

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Mousa Dembélé is fast becoming the ultimate midfield controller | Barney Ronay

Harry Kane will grab the headlines for his winning goal, but the Spurs midfielder controlled the north London derbyShortly after the only goal of this bruising north London derby Arsène Wenger could be seen standing on the touchline, swirling the skirt…

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Phil Jones the fall guy in Manchester United’s backline of pumpkins | Barney Ronay

The defender’s torrid first half against Tottenham will be the focus of attention but Manchester United’s unbalanced midfield was as much part of their problemFor Manchester United this was a bruising 2-0 defeat by better-balanced opponents and an occa…

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Harry Kane leads way as Tottenham dismiss AFC Wimbledon in second half

AFC Wimbledon held out for an hour at Wembley, hit the bar in the first half, but were eventually picked off by Harry Kane. By the end the 3-0 scoreline was a fair reflection of Tottenham Hotspur’s dominance in this FA Cup third round tie against oppon…

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Southgate says England will take huge belief from Brail and Germany draws

• Manager senses his team are repairing bond with England fans• Joe Gomez, John Stones and Harry Maguire praised in new systemGareth Southgate believes England’s hard-won goalless draws against Brazil and Germany have helped repair the bond between the…

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Neymar shows usual signs of magic but is unable to dominate for Brazil

The world’s most expensive footballer lit up Wembley at times until England’s dogged resistance meant his influence faded as the game went onWith 23 minutes gone on a room-temperature night at Wembley Neymar did something beautiful, delicate and almost…

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Shy Ruben Loftus-Cheek proves fascinating presence against Germany | Barney Ronay

Gareth Southgate’s young England side gave the world champions plenty to think about and with more experience the boys have potential to go on to better thingsThe kids are – sort of – all right. At times, perhaps even a little better than all right. Ga…

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Tottenham’s English core put Real Madrid stars in the shade | Barney Ronay

Dele Alli, Harry Winks and Kieran Trippier showed no respect for reputations by forcing Toni Kroos into errors and putting Casemiro and co on their backsidesShortly before half-time on a thrilling, boisterous European night, there was a moment of rare …

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Slaven Bilic says West Ham win over Spurs ‘should be the standard from here’

• Under-pressure West Ham manager basks in ‘great night for the club’• Mauricio Pochettino admits team rotation may have hindered TottenhamSlaven Bilic promised to take the ignition provided by Carabao Cup heroics into a potentially decisive weekend fo…

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André Ayew kickstarts West Ham revival to dump Tottenham out of Carabao Cup

West Ham United produced a sensational comeback at Wembley Stadium, scoring three times in 15 second-half minutes to turn a 2-0 deficit into a 3-2 victory that propelled Slaven Bilic’s team into the quarter finals of the Carabao Cup.For Bilic, struggli…