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Aubameyang at the double as Arsenal turn tables on Chelsea to win FA Cup

It was a snapshot of the finishing ability that makes Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang a world-class performer and, for Arsenal and Mikel Arteta, the upshot was glorious.Héctor Bellerín had driven the move and, when Nicolas Pépé worked a pass left to Aubameya…

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Giroud leads Chelsea’s march to FA Cup final at Manchester United’s expense

Of all the selection decisions that Ole Gunnar Solskjær made for this FA Cup semi-final, the one to persist with David de Gea rather than call upon Sergio Romero looked the safest. Related: Manchester United 1-3 Chelsea: FA Cup semi-final – as it happe…

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Manchester City’s record may never be matched, says Pep Guardiola

City have won eight of last nine domestic trophiesCarabao Cup win was their third in successionPep Guardiola wondered whether Manchester City’s run of domestic trophies would ever be bettered after he saw them beat Aston Villa 2-1 to win the Carabao Cu…

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Manchester City sink Aston Villa to win third successive Carabao Cup

Manchester City had no time for the romance of Aston Villa’s Carabao Cup final story. Pep Guardiola and his players deal only in the hard currency of domestic silverware and they extended their grip on it via a performance of near suffocating control.I…

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England celebrate 1,000th game with seven-goal charge into Euro 2020 finals

It was a night when England celebrated their football history and threatened to run up an historic scoreline. As the goals flew in during a first-half blitz, embossed by a Harry Kane hat-trick, it felt necessary to check the team’s previous 999 interna…

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Watford’s Gerard Deulofeu vented anger at Wembley bench role: Javi Gracia

• Watford manager admits he thought ‘all is lost’ at 2-0 down• ‘It’s a moment of real pain,’ says Wolves’ Nuno Espirito SantoGerard Deulofeu took out his anger on Wolves after being dropped from the starting Watford line-up, according to his manager, J…

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Gerard Deulofeu double takes Watford into Cup final after extra-time thriller

For Watford, all had seemed lost. Two-nil down and seemingly out of ideas, the dream of only a second FA Cup final appearance in their 121-year history was not so much as on the rocks as being dashed against them. Their fans cherish the memory of when …

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Aubameyang fluffs late Arsenal penalty to hand Spurs controversial draw

On the finest of margins can matches, and even seasons, turn. Tottenham were labouring against their bitter rivals, seemingly out of ideas against an Arsenal team that led through Aaron Ramsey and had executed Unai Emery’s gameplan to the letter.Spurs …

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Mauricio Pochettino all smiles after Son Heung-min lights up Spurs’s night

• Manager jokes that when team’s talisman scores it is game over• South Korean now has 11 goals from his last 12 club gamesMauricio Pochettino saluted his talismanic goalscorer Son Heung-min after the Tottenham forward helped to move the team to within…

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Tottenham 3-0 Borussia Dortmund: Champions League player ratings

Jan Vertonghen and Son Heung-min excelled for the home side, while Jadon Sancho was a bright spot for the visitorsHugo Lloris Kept his team in it during the first half. Drew the breath with diving save to deny Zagadou 8 Continue reading…

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Tottenham cash in on Jamie Vardy penalty miss to sink Leicester

To say the scene was set for Jamie Vardy was one of the understatements of the season. Dropped to the Leicester substitutes’s bench by Claude Puel, despite his excellent scoring record against big six opposition, the striker was introduced in the 59th …

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Son Heung-min strikes late against Newcastle to send Spurs second

The Premier League table screams with possibility for Tottenham. For so long, this had looked like being one of those days when the ball would not go in for them. Erik Lamela had hit the post; Christian Eriksen, almost implausibly, had seen two efforts…

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‘The real Manchester United’: De Gea says Solskjær has restored ‘happiness’

• Goalkeeper crucial in Manchester United’s 1-0 win over Spurs• ‘The players are playing well and the team is very strong now’David de Gea said the Premier League was now seeing “the real Manchester United” after they won 1-0 at Tottenham to extend Ole…

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Rashford’s strike and De Gea’s brilliance earn Manchester United win over Spurs

Contrary to some of the pre-match hype, this result will not decide anything for certain with regard to who succeeds José Mourinho on a permanent basis at Manchester United in the summer. Mauricio Pochettino and Tottenham lost so it is curtains for the…

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Rashford’s strike and De Gea’s brilliance earn Manchester United win over Spurs

Contrary to some of the pre-match hype, this result will not decide anything for certain with regard to who succeeds José Mourinho on a permanent basis at Manchester United in the summer. Mauricio Pochettino and Tottenham lost so it is curtains for the…

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Tottenham’s Harry Kane makes most of VAR to put Chelsea on back foot

Mauricio Pochettino wants to scream when he is told that he must win a trophy to validate his work at Tottenham. The manager hopes supporters see the bigger picture; how he has the club punching above their weight when it comes to things like balance s…

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Spurs’ Harry Kane shows Southampton’s new manager size of job ahead

It was tempting to say that Ralph Hasenhuttl now knows the scale of the challenge that faces him at Southampton but the truth is the new manager was already painfully aware. Relegation-threatened clubs are queasily placed for good reason. They call for…

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Christian Eriksen pounces to give Spurs crucial victory over Internazionale

Tottenham had to win and, as the second-half minutes ticked down and Wembley became increasingly fraught, they craved a single chance; a shot at Champions League salvation. Internazionale had been supremely obdurate and it was difficult to remember Spu…

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Maurizio Sarri admits Chelsea’s defence was a disaster in defeat by Spurs

• ‘We had a lot of problems to solve and today it was clear to see’• Mauricio Pochettino praises attitude of Tottenham playersMaurizio Sarri pulled no punches in his assessment of Chelsea’s performance in the 3-1 defeat by Tottenham, describing it as a…

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Dele Alli unlocks Chelsea defence as Tottenham move up to third place

Maurizio Sarri has regularly offered the impression that his Chelsea work in progress has been ahead of schedule. Do not get carried away, the manager has warned, there are many improvements to be made. And as for the Premier League title, well, do not…