Tottenham threw away a two-goal lead as they were forced to settle for a point in their Champions League Group B opener against Olympiakos in Greece.
Two goals in four first-half minutes put Spurs in control, with Harry Kane opening the scoring from the penalty spot before Lucas Moura’s scorching 20-yard finish.
Yet Mauricio Pochettino’s side conceded shortly before half-time through impressive Portuguese winger Daniel Podence’s quality finish.
That lifted the passionate home crowd and Olympiakos equalised from the game’s second penalty, former France forward Mathieu Valbuena beating Hugo Lloris, the current Les Bleus captain, from the spot.
Tottenham’s result means both of last season’s Champions League finalists have failed to win their opening group games, after holders Liverpool were beaten 2-0 by Napoli in Italy on Tuesday.
Sloppy Spurs fail to hang on again
Pochettino’s side showed Herculean spirit to go all the way to the final last season yet were far from their best as they made a shaky return to the competition in the port city of Piraeus.
Having allowed a 2-0 lead to slip against Arsenal in the Premier League on 1 September – again after conceding late at the end of the first half – this is the second time in three games they been left to reflect on what might have been.
With Bayern Munich and the unpredictable Red Star Belgrade also in Group B, Pochettino will hope this result does not come back to haunt his side.
Kane won the penalty which led to him breaking the deadlock, the Spurs striker clearly tripped by Tunisia defender Yassine Meriah. Then Moura produced an emphatic finish after Ben Davies marked his return by winning back possession and laying on the pass for the Brazil winger.
On a night of missed opportunities, Kane could have had a hat-trick.
Yet, on two separate occasions, Dele Alli – making his first start of the season – and substitute Erik Lamela decided to go for glory instead of choosing the easier option of squaring to Kane to score.
Away way trouble for Spurs
Having failed to win any of their first three group games last season, Tottenham know a point in Greece could yet prove critical.
Yet they have won just five of their 17 away games in all competitions this calendar year, including an FA Cup tie at then-League Two club Tranmere Rovers.
Since winning 2-1 at Fulham in the league on 20 January, Spurs have managed just two victories on the road – both in Europe, against Borussia Dortmund and Ajax.
It is something of a worry for Pochettino, who heads straight back to England with his squad to prepare for a Saturday lunchtime game at Leicester City.
It could have been worse.
When the game was goalless and during a slow start by the visitors, Olympiakos hit the post through Miguel Angel Guerrero.
That prompted Pochettino to leap out of his seat and make it known from the sidelines that he was not happy by his side’s performance.
His actions had some impact as Spurs raced into a 2-0 lead before being pegged back on a deeply frustrating night.
Man of the match – Daniel Podence (Olympiakos)
Letting it slip – the stats
- This was the second time that Tottenham have failed to win a Champions League game having been two goals ahead – and the first since drawing 2-2 with Werder Bremen in September 2010.
- Since the start of last season, Spurs have conceded more goals than any other side in the Champions League (21).
- Olympiakos are without a win in nine Champions League matches, their longest winless run in the competition.
- Only Ruud van Nistelrooy (19) and Roberto Soldado (19) scored their first 15 Champions League goals in fewer games than Harry Kane (20).
- Lucas Moura scored just his second goal from outside the box for Tottenham in all competitions – and his first since August 2018 against Fulham.
Tottenham are back in Premier League action at 12:30 BST on Saturday when they are at Leicester City, while their next Champions League Group B game is at home to Bayern Munich on 1 October.
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino described his side’s breathtaking performance in Saturday’s emphatic victory over Crystal Palace as “amazing”.
All four goals came before the interval, with Son Heung-min the shining light in a scintillating attacking display.
The victory – Tottenham’s first since the opening weekend of the season – lifts Pochettino’s charges back into the top four of the Premier league.
“The attitude was amazing, and the performance,” said Pochettino. “We were very concentrated and had tremendous quality.
“I’m so happy for the team. I think it’s important for their confidence.”
South Korea forward Son capitalised on a defensive lapse from returning Palace defender Mamadou Sakho to fire the hosts into an early lead, before visiting left-back Patrick van Aanholt inadvertently directed a cross from right-back Serge Aurier into his own net.
Son connected beautifully with another Aurier cross to make it 3-0, and Erik Lamela finished off another flowing move involving Son and Harry Kane to complete the scoring.
Spurs have also endured a trying summer off the pitch, with the likes of Christian Eriksen, Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld – whose contracts are all due to expire next summer – linked with moves away from the club before the end of the European transfer window.
“[Today’s performance] showed when you focus and concentrate and you are on the same page, working to the same objective, the quality is there,” added Pochettino.
“This is the first step. We need to improve a lot, we need to be consistent.
“The first half was like a recovery to make our fans feel proud of us.”
Spurs hit their stride
Pochettino revealed he held an hour-long meeting with his squad this week in order to “refocus” his players’ minds following an indifferent start to the campaign.
Spurs had won only once in the league this season before today – at home to Aston Villa in their opening game of the campaign.
Whatever Pochettino told his players in the meeting, it worked.
The hosts roared out of the traps at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, overwhelming a Palace side who had conceded only two league goals before the game.
Son, who scored Spurs’ first goal at their new stadium against Palace in April, opened the scoring with a crisp finish after Sakho misjudged Toby Alderweireld’s raking cross-field pass.
Spurs, who had fallen behind in both their home games so far this season, continued to apply pressure on the Palace rearguard and doubled their lead when Aurier’s cross from the right was directed past Guaita by the unfortunate Van Aanholt.
Aurier, making his first start since February, was left in far too much space as he set up the hosts’ second goal, and Palace failed to learn their lesson as the Ivory Coast defender produced another teasing ball which Son volleyed brilliantly past Guaita at the far post.
Son was at the forefront of all that was good about Spurs’ performance, starting the move that led to Lamela prodding Kane’s low cross beyond the Palace goalkeeper three minutes before the interval.
A day to forget for Palace
Prior to the game, only Manchester City (52) and Liverpool (51) had collected more Premier League points than Roy Hodgson’s side since 2 February, when the Eagles started a good run of form with a 2-0 win at home to Fulham.
They have taken significant scalps away from Selhurst Park in that period, including a backs-to-the-wall 2-1 victory at Manchester United last month – their eighth win in 12 Premier League away matches.
However, Saturday’s defeat extends their winless league run against Spurs to nine matches.
Hodgson’s side were second best from start to finish as the defensive organisation that earned them that impressive victory at Old Trafford appeared to desert them.
France defender Sakho – making his first appearance since having knee surgery – had a poor game and was at fault for Spurs’ opening goal.
There may have been an element of fortune about the hosts’ second, but Spurs cut through their opponents with embarrassing ease in the build-up to their third and fourth goals, with Son and Lamela both left unmarked at the far post.
Palace rarely threatened at the other end as Lloris made routine saves from Cahill and Kouyate in the first half, before thwarting Wilfried Zaha in the second.
Man of the match – Son Heung-min (Tottenham)
Joint-biggest victory in a London derby – the stats
- Spurs recorded their biggest league victory over Palace, as well as their joint-biggest against the Eagles across all competitions (also 4-0 in January 1987 in the FA Cup fourth round).
- This was Spurs’ joint-biggest victory in a London derby in the Premier League (seventh win by four goals), having last won one by four goals in what was Pochettino’s first home game in charge of Spurs (4-0 v QPR in August 2014).
- Palace’s defeat was their heaviest in the Premier League since September 2017 (0-4 v Manchester United), while only once previously has Hodgson lost by a bigger margin in the competition (Crystal Palace 0-5 Manchester City in September 2017).
- Spurs have won each of their last nine Premier League games against Palace – only against Birmingham (10 in September 1964) have they had a longer winning run in top-flight history.
- Spurs scored three goals in the opening half hour of a Premier League home game for the first time since February 2012, when they beat Newcastle 5-0 at White Hart Lane.
- Son has scored in all four of his Premier League home games against Crystal Palace (five goals), with Spurs going on to win on all four occasions.
- Son is Spurs’ top scorer across all competitions at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, netting four goals in seven home appearances there.
- Palace winger Zaha won eight fouls against Spurs; the most by a player in a Premier League game since November 2018 (eight for Harry Kane v Chelsea).
‘The first half was like a recovery’ – what the managers said
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, speaking to BBC Sport: “”The performance showed we are a good team.”
“I’m so happy for the team and happy to build for a really good 21 days, with six games ahead.
“We need to improve a lot and be consistent. There’s a lot of work to do.”
Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson, speaking to BBC Sport: “It’s one of those games that we will just have to write off and learn from and hold our hands up and admit we were beaten by a better team.
“We came here hoping to play as well as they played and we weren’t capable of that. We found ourselves staring down the barrel of a gun at half time but fortunately the scoreline wasn’t aggravated in the second half and we have been beaten 4-0.
“The fact is we mustn’t get carried away with results. For us, it’s going to be a very long, hard fight to stay in this league and there will be plenty of games like this where we play teams with power and intensity.”
Spurs travel to Olympiakos in their Champions League Group B opener on Wednesday 18 September (kick-off 17:55 BST) before visiting Leicester City in the Premier League on Saturday, 21 September (12:30 BST).
Crystal Palace return to action at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday, 22 September (14:00 BST).
A man who was killed in a drive-by shooting in north London has been named by police.
Wilson Alexandre Garcia Varela was shot dead in Malden Road, Kentish Town, shortly before midnight on Sunday.
In a statement, a spokesperson for Mr Varela’s family said the 24-year-old “will remain a legend for us all”.
No arrests have been made and police say the motive for the killing “remains unclear”. A post-mortem found Mr Varela died from a shotgun wound to the chest.
“It is hard to understand what could have led to this murder, and we need someone to tell us why this happened,” Det Ch Insp Simon Stancombe said.
|Specsavers County Championship Division One, Ageas Bowl (day one):|
|Hampshire 149: Clarke 5-21, Clark 3-50|
|Surrey 143-7: Pope 68, Clarke 35*; Barker 3-28|
|Surrey (3 pts) trail Hampshire (2 pts) by six runs|
All-rounder Rikki Clarke claimed his 500th first-class wicket as Surrey bowled out Hampshire for just 149 on the opening day at the Ageas Bowl.
But the home side fought back with the ball to reduce Surrey to 143-7 at the close, despite Ollie Pope’s 68.
Hampshire paid the price for a series of poor strokes as Clarke and Jordan Clark (3-50) cleaned them up.
But Surrey also found batting tough before Pope and Clarke (35 not out) put on 72 to trail by six runs at stumps.
Hampshire began the game fourth in the table, but too far back to seriously challenge Essex and Somerset in the title race, while sixth-placed Surrey need seven points to make certain of their Division One status for next summer.
The home side’s top four all failed to reach double figures on a pitch offering help to the seamers, and James Vince wastefully followed for 15 when he was caught at point off Clark after hitting two fours earlier in the over.
But it was Clarke who proved the biggest threat and Hants were already eight down before Lewis McManus and Kyle Abbott, who both made 27, produced the biggest partnership of the innings of 45.
Surrey’s reply began badly when Mark Stoneman failed to deal with a short ball from Fidel Edwards and was caught at slip and they were 61-5 before Pope, who hit eight fours after being overlooked for England’s squad for the fifth Ashes Test, and Clarke steadied the innings.
Pope was eventually lbw to one from Holland which may have kept a little low and Kyle Abbott then trapped Conor McKerr lbw as Hampshire ended the day strongly.
Beth England’s excellent 25-yard strike gave Chelsea victory over Tottenham in their first Women’s Super League match at Stamford Bridge.
England, who made her international debut for Phil Neville’s team against Belgium last week, fired into the top-left corner within four minutes.
Chelsea could have extended their lead when Guro Reiten and Drew Spence both hit the woodwork in the second half.
The hosts dominated the game in large parts in front of 24,564 fans at the men’s stadium but they were tested by the newly-promoted side.
Spurs were a threat going forward – Rachel Furness and Gemma Davison both had opportunities to equalise either side of half-time.
But it was always going to be a difficult afternoon for Tottenham and they were up against it from the off when Chelsea captain Magdalena Eriksson poked inches wide from an unmarked position.
There was a carnival feel throughout the match, set in place before kick-off with a DJ set from former JLS singer Marvin Humes and countless popcorn stands around Stamford Bridge.
And on the pitch, the 24,000 fans who had picked up free tickets were rewarded with attacking football and a feast of World Cup talent in the Blues line-up, including England defender Millie Bright, Norway’s Maren Mjelde and South Korea’s Ji So-yun.
The attendance was just over 6,000 short of the record WSL figure set at the Manchester derby at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.
Transport for London (TfL) will install a 20mph speed limit on all central London roads it manages from next year, following a consultation.
The scheme would see a new limit along 5.5 miles (8.9km) of roads including Millbank, Albert Embankment and Borough High Street by May 2020.
There were nearly 2,000 responses to a public consultation which ran for five weeks until 10 July.
But critics pointed out traffic meant average car speed in London was 6mph.
Steve McNamara, general secretary of the Licensed Taxi Drivers’ Association, said: “A 20mph speed limit is pretty academic.
“We support TfL’s aim to make London a safer place. However, this can only be done by reducing the excessive number of private hire vehicles on the road.”
The plan is part of the mayor of London’s Vision Zero scheme, which aims to eliminate all road deaths in the capital by 2041.
The affected roads include all those managed by TfL within the congestion zone, along with the Aldgate Gyratory.
The height of pedestrian crossings will be increased in seven “high-risk” locations, such as on the Embankment and outside Tate Britain.
Of the 1,912 public responses, about half said the plans would lead to more people walking. Some 59% said many more people would choose to cycle.
Nearly 50% of respondents believed the proposals would have no impact on the number of car journeys. Some 58% believed the number business journeys would not be affected.
Fatalities on London roads from speed related collisions
Penny Rees, of TfL, said: “We know that lower speeds save lives; it’s that simple.
“It’s clear people agree that making our roads safer will encourage Londoners to travel in more active and sustainable ways.”
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “Every single death on London’s streets is one too many so I’m really pleased that Londoners have backed our plans.”
Roads which would have the new limits are:
- Albert Embankment
- Lambeth Palace Road
- Lambeth Bridge
- Victoria Embankment
- Upper Thames Street
- Lower Thames Street
- Tower Hill
- Aldgate gyratory including: Leman Street, Prescot Street, Mansell Street, Minories and Goodman’s Yard
- Borough High Street
- Great Dover Street
- Blackfriars Road
- Part of Druid Street (between Tower Bridge Road and Crucifix Lane)
- Crucifix Lane
- Part of Bermondsey Street (between Crucifix Lane and Tooley Street)
- Part of Queen Elizabeth Street (between Tooley Street and Tower Bridge Road)
Transport bosses have said they also hope to introduce lower speed limits on 93 miles (150km) of streets run by TfL across London over the next five years.
Florence Eshalomi, chair of the London Assembly transport committee, said: “We suggest the Mayor considers going further to areas outside of the Congestion Charge Zone where walking and cycling should be safer.
“Every life lost on the road is tragedy, particularly when the cause is a driver not obeying the speed limit.”
Passengers are facing travel disruption after an entire London Underground line was suspended due to a signal systems failure at the main control centre.
One commuter tweeted that he “hated the Northern Line”, which was suspended just before 06:00 BST.
The Tube line connects transport hubs Waterloo, King’s Cross and Euston and is used by more than 800,000 people every day.
The service had reopened by 13:00, but is now running with minor delays.
Commuter Mario Toubes-Rodrigo said he missed his pre-booked train to Milton Keynes because it took 75 minutes to make a journey that normally takes 20 minutes.
“I waste so much time and money on the Northern line,” the microbiologist said.
“I get up to leave my house even earlier and pre-book my train tickets to avoid problems but I still end up having to buy on the day tickets and turning up late to work.”
There is still no service on the Northern Line between Camden Town and Kennington via Charing Cross.
Tube tickets are being accepted on Southeastern and Thameslink trains, as well as on trams and buses.
The Metropolitan Line has minor delays as a result of the signals failure. Problems were also reported on the Bakerloo line, but have since cleared.
Replacement buses through London were earlier reported to be overcrowded, with one commuter complaining it was “everyone for themselves”.
The delays come as schools open for the new term this week and commuters on social media complained of having to queue to access stations.
People also said they had been forced to miss trains from King’s Cross and Euston because of the disruption.
Brian Woodhead, London Underground’s director of customer service, said: “I am extremely sorry for the disruption suffered by customers on the Northern Line today following a signalling system failure at our control centre.
“Our engineers are working hard to fix the problem and restore a full service as quickly as possible.”
Head coach Danny Ward wants to remain at London Broncos, regardless which division the club are playing in next season, and remains in talks.
Ward, 39, led the Broncos into Super League with a shock promotion final victory over Toronto Wolfpack.
The Broncos could yet be relegated after one season, two points adrift at the bottom, with two games to play.
“I’m speaking to London now, I’m very happy here and I want to extend,” Ward told BBC Radio London.
He joked: “I’m that slack, I sort the lads out first before I get round to myself.
“I’ve not signed my contract from last year yet, or the year before, so that’s the way I’ve always operated.”
Ward’s stock has risen during his time at the Broncos, having gone from age groups coaching to the main job, and was also appointed part of Wayne Bennett’s coaching set-up for Great Britain.
Given the nature of their promotion from the Championship and the challenge to acquire Super League-calibre players at late notice, Ward’s side have earned respect for their performances and results in 2019.
Nine victories, including two successes against the league leaders St Helens and another over champions Wigan, have given the Ealing-based club a chance of survival.
However, they will probably need to win both of their remaining matches to survive.
“London is my home and I’ve been here 12 years now,” Ward added.
“I’ve been involved in every age group, I see it as a long term project and I want to be part of London Broncos in Super League.”
Demonstrations are taking place across the UK against Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend Parliament in the run-up to Brexit.
Thousands of protesters have taken to the streets in cities including Manchester, Leeds, York and Belfast.
In London, Whitehall has been brought to a standstill, with demonstrators chanting “Boris Johnson, shame on you”.
A small group of counter-protesters, marching in support of the prime minister, also arrived in Westminster.
Mr Johnson’s plan to prorogue Parliament prompted an angry backlash from MPs and opponents of a no-deal Brexit when he announced it on Wednesday.
When Parliament is suspended, no debates and votes are held. This is different to “dissolving” Parliament – where all MPs give up their seats to campaign in a general election.
If this prorogation happens as expected, it will see Parliament closed for 23 working days.
Critics view the length and timing of the prorogation – coming just weeks before the Brexit deadline on 31 October – as controversial.
Protests were planned in more than 30 towns and cities, including Edinburgh, Belfast, Cambridge, Exeter, Nottingham, Manchester, Glasgow and Birmingham.
In Oxford, crowds holding banners gathered outside Balliol College, where Mr Johnson studied at university.
Named “Stop the Coup”, the protests are organised by anti-Brexit campaign group Another Europe is Possible.
The group also said there were protests planned in Amsterdam, Berlin and the Latvian capital Riga.
Journalist and activist Owen Jones, who will speak at the London protest, said: “This is about defending democracy.
“We have an unelected prime minister shutting down the elected representatives of the British public who are supposed to be scrutinising the biggest upheaval since the end of the war.
“I think people who voted Remain or Leave should take to the streets today – no one voted for a no-deal Brexit.
“There will be Remainers [at the protests] but I’ve had Leavers get in touch with me and tell me they will be marching, too.”
Chancellor Sajid Javid, speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, defended the prime minister’s decision to suspend Parliament.
He said: “It’s quite usual this time of year for Parliament to go in to a recess. It’s perfectly correct and appropriate to prorogue Parliament.
“I think it’s absolutely right that this prime minister and his government get the chance to set up their agenda.”
UK divided over what democracy means
It’s a far cry from the millions that we saw marching through Westminster earlier this year. I think we’d probably measure this one in the low thousands [in central London].
But there are deeply-held passions here, different kinds of passions. Some are here because they don’t like Boris Johnson’s government, some because they are worried about proroguing Parliament, some because they don’t want no deal, some because they don’t want Brexit at all.
What is also worth thinking about is the people who aren’t here. Because just as passionate as the views are here, there is another group who feel equally passionate about the fact that we should be leaving, [who believe] that is the democratic way.
There’s been a lot of talk about democracy from the people I’ve spoken to here today, but actually I think what it comes down to is a country which is driven by very different definitions about what democracy actually means.
The Jo Cox Foundation, which was set up in the wake of the Labour MP’s murder in 2016, warned that anger over Brexit “should not spill over into something more dangerous”.
Meanwhile, a petition against the prime minister’s plan to suspend Parliament has received more than a million signatures.
And on Friday, former Tory Prime Minister Sir John Major announced he will join forces with anti-Brexit campaigner Gina Miller to oppose the decision to suspend Parliament in the courts.
He believes Mr Johnson’s move to suspend Parliament is aimed at preventing MPs from opposing a no-deal Brexit.
The prime minister has dismissed suggestions that suspending Parliament is motivated by a desire to force through a no deal, calling them “completely untrue”.
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said: “The idea this is some kind of constitutional outrage is nonsense.”
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