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Manchester United hold Tottenham 1-1 in EPL

Manchester United hold Tottenham 1-1 in EPL
Tottenham’s Harry Kane in action during their Premier League match against Manchester United.
LONDON, Jun 20 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 6/20/2020 10:29:42 AM IST

Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes fired home a late penalty to rescue a point for the visitors in a lively 1-1 draw at Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on Friday.

It had looked as though Dutchman Steven Bergwijn’s first-half strike would prove enough to revive Tottenham’s faltering hopes of qualifying for the Champions League.

But United, with Paul Pogba on as a second-half substitute for his first appearance since January because of injury, stretched their unbeaten run in all competitions to 12.

Pogba immediately added some spark to United’s play and it was his dribble that forced a clumsy tackle by Eric Dier to concede the penalty that Fernandes fired past Hugo Lloris.

United thought they had another penalty awarded in stoppage time when Fernandes went over under challenge from Dier but VAR rightly reversed the decision to the home side’s relief.

Despite the lack of atmosphere there was no lack of energy on the field in an often feisty clash.

Marcus Rashford almost gave United the lead after 21 minutes when his close-range volley was kept out by Lloris’s legs. 

It was Tottenham who went ahead though shortly afterwards.

Bergwijn marked his Spurs debut with a superb strike against Manchester City in February and showed again why the club signed him from PSV Eindhoven in the January transfer window.

His strike after a surging run was fierce but straight at David de Gea who could only deflect it into the net.

The Spanish keeper did much better soon after when he tipped Son Heung-min’s header over the bar.

Pogba replaced the ineffective Fred just past the hour and United were immediately more dangerous.

Twice Anthony Martial looked certain to equalise, first when Dier made a sliding interception to block his shot and then when Lloris produced a stunning flying save.

Victory would have launched Spurs back into the hunt for a top-five finish but Dier’s rash tackle left them frustrated. It could have been worse for Jose Mourinho’s side. After their VAR let-off United substitute Mason Greenwo od went agonisingly close to snatching a winner.

Meanwhile, Neal Maupay was a controversial hero as relegation-threatened Brighton came from behind to earn a 2-1 win over Arsenal at the Amex Stadium.

Maupay was at the centre of a grim first-half incident, where a coming together with Bernd Leno resulted in the Arsenal goalkeeper suffering a serious-looking knee injury.

Arsenal hit the front through a sumptuous Nicolas Pepe strike in the 68th minute but lackadaisical defending from a short corner worked by Solly March and Yves Bissouma allowed Lewis Dunk to equalise seven minutes later.

In the fifth minute of stoppage time, Maupay darted on to a clever lofted pass from substitute Aaron Connolly to produce a similarly classy finish – moving Albion five points clear of the bottom three and leaving the Gunners’ Champions League hopes in tatters.

Watford, Foxes share spoils

Two defenders scored late wondergoals as Watford and Leicester drew 1-1 at Vicarage Road on Saturday.

With the evenly fought contest entering its final minute, both teams appeared to have settled for a goalless draw before Leicester left-back Ben Chilwell found the top corner of the net with an exquisite strike.

However, if the visitors thought they had taken all three points, they were mistaken as Watford battled back to earn a crucial draw in incredible fashion.

The home side sent over a stoppage-time corner that fell to Craig Dawson, who produced a spectacular volleyed finish that may prove crucial in the Hornets’ battle against relegation.

As a result, Nigel Pearson’s team have moved a point clear of the relegation zone, albeit having played a game more than some of their rivals, while Leicester have gone six points ahead of fourth-placed Chelsea, who travel to Aston Villa on Sunday.

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