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Spurs top-four hopes hang by a thread after Leeds defeat

LEEDS, United Kingdom, May 08 – Leeds beat managerless Tottenham 3-1 on Saturday to put a huge dent in their ambitions of securing a coveted Premier League top-four spot.

Son Heung-min cancelled out Stuart Dallas’s early goal for Leeds midway the first half but Patrick Bamford restored the home side’s lead and substitute Rodrigo struck late on.

Spurs, who sacked Jose Mourinho last month, remain five points behind fourth-placed Chelsea but now have just three games left — one fewer than their London rivals.

It means Tottenham, beaten Champions League finalists in 2019, are almost certain to miss out on playing in Europe’s elite club competition for a second consecutive season.

They even face a fight to qualify for the Europa League after their first league defeat under interim boss Ryan Mason.

“Leeds know what they’re doing, they play a certain way and it took us a while to get into the game,” Mason told BT Sport.

“In the second half we were the better team. The moments we had, you have to take them in these games.

“Today was a massive game for us, to lose it hurts. It’s difficult to win in the Premier League but we’ve got to have our full attention on next week now.”

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– ‘Big six’ –

Leeds, who climbed above Arsenal into ninth place, produced another scintillating display against one of the Premier League’s “big six”.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side, promoted last season, started brightly and took an early lead when Dallas smashed home in the 13th minute.

Jack Harrison fizzed the ball across the box from the left and Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris did well to save Sergio Reguilon from scoring an own goal.

But he could nothing to prevent Dallas from smashing home from close range at the back post.

Tottenham hit back to equalise with their first shot on target on the counter-attack in the 25th minute. Dele Alli’s clever through-ball carved Leeds open and Son raced clear to side-foot home.

Harry Kane thought he had given the visitors the lead when he dinked home after combining brilliantly with Alli and Son but his cool finish was ruled out after VAR confirmed he had been marginally offside.

Leeds regained the lead in the 42nd minute as Bamford finished from close range for his 15th Premier League goal of the season following Ezgjan Alioski’s cut-back.

Kane had another effort ruled out for offside early in the second half as Spurs pushed for an equaliser and then rattled the bar from a free kick with less than 20 minutes to go.

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But it was Leeds who struck again to seal the three points, with Rodrigo finishing after a cross from fellow substitute Raphinha with just six minutes left.

Leeds are the first side to remain unbeaten at home in a Premier League season against Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Spurs since West Ham in 2015/16.



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  3. David N

    June 24, 2022 at 4:54 pm

    The age-long argument is back in the media after the recent champions match which saw Argentina, [url=]Copa America 2020 champions[/url], trounce Italy, Euro 2020 champions in the inter-confederation ‘Finalissima’.

    The match was a result of the football governing bodies of South America (CONMEBOL) and Europe (UEFA) signing a memorandum of understanding to work together for the betterment of the game in both their confederations.

    Both tournaments happened in the same time period in 2021 (pushed back by a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic shutting down the world in 2020) but as expected, the European tournament took centre stage. Both teams provided their particular brand of excitement for football fans too.

    But following the Argentina-Italy game, many have started the argument about whose football is better again. The argument was also fuelled by comments made by Kylian Mbappe at the start of the international window which claimed that South American football is not on the same level as European football.

    [b]What Mbappe said[/b]
    The 2018 [url=]World Cup[/url] best young player was asked what he thinks about competition from the other most popular region in the world in football, particularly Argentina, who are on an impressive unbeaten run and are one of the odds-on favourites to win the World Cup.

    He opined that the Albiceleste had not faced quality opposition like in Europe. “Argentina haven’t played games of great quality to reach the World Cup,” he said. “In South America football isn’t as advanced as Europe. That’s why if you look at the last World Cups it’s always the Europeans that win.”

    His last comments ring true, seeing that the last time a South American team won the global tournament was in 2002. The region has also not produced many World Cup winners with only Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay winning the title.

    His comments drew the ire of many figures in South American football as expected. Aston Villa goalkeeper and number one Lionel Messi fan Emiliano Martinez lashed out. asking the Frenchman to try playing on both continents to see the difference.

    “Bolivia in La Paz, Ecuador with 30-degree Celsius heat, Colombia where you can’t even breathe… they (in Europe) always play on perfect pitches and have no idea what South America is all about. Every time you travel with the national team you’ve got two days coming and going, you are exhausted and can’t train much.

    “When an England player goes to train they are at the ground in half an hour. Let them go to Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and see if it is that easy.”

    Messi, Mbappe’s teammate, also made the same observations while maintaining diplomacy.

    [b]Is Mbappe right?[/b]
    While it is true that European teams have more social capital because they are easily recognisable due to the influence of UEFA on football, the jury is still out on European teams as the better football nations.

    A key point to consider is the equality of games on both continents. While it is almost always skewed in favour of big European sides like Mbappe’s France, it is more equal in South America. Bolivia, which Martinez mentioned, has the highest altitude stadiums in football. Teams easily tire out playing in that stadium and the Bolivians run riot against such teams, even if they are South Americans.

    The hard-tackling and direct style of South American football also make for interesting viewing as every match is contested as if their lives depend on it. Payers who have to survive have to be strong, fast, skilful and very adept on the ball. This is why South American players are some of the toughest players around and are also some of the most scouted.

    In Europe, meanwhile, a big emphasis on systems abound and this can sometimes make games slow or mechanical, both styles are the antithesis of one another but the entertainment value they both provide is something that each fan will have to decide on their own.

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