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Spurs beat Villa 2-0 to climb 6th in EPL

Spurs beat Villa 2-0 to climb 6th in EPL
Tottenham’s Carlos Vinicius, left, scores his team’s first goal during the EPL match between Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur at Villa Park in Birmingham, Sunday. (AP/PTI)
BIRMINGHAM, MAR 22 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 3/22/2021 1:45:22 PM IST

Tottenham Hotspur emerged from the gloom of the past week to claim a morale-boosting 2-0 victory at Aston Villa and climb to sixth place in the Premier League on Sunday.

Carlos Vinicius’s first league goal for the club, a 29th-minute tap-in, gave Tottenham a halftime lead and Harry Kane’s penalty sealed the points for Jose Mourinho’s side.

Tottenham’s sixth successive away league win against Villa moved them above Everton and Liverpool with 48 points from 29 games, three behind fourth-placed Chelsea.

It was quite a turnaround for Tottenham who were heavily criticised for their performance in last weekend’s north London derby defeat by Arsenal and castigated after crashing out of the Europa League with a 3-0 defeat to Dinamo Zagreb on Thursday.

Villa, who were again without captain and playmaker Jack Grealish, started well but were unable to work Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris who barely had a save to make.

They stay in 10th spot with 41 points.

West Ham, Arsenal play out 3-3 draw

Arsenal pulled off a comeback for the ages, coming back from 3-0 down against West Ham to salvage a 3-3 draw at the Olympic Stadium. The Hammers missed the chance to go level with fourth-placed Chelsea, while Arsenal go above Aston Villa to ninth in the Premier League table.

Jesse Lingard underlined the Hammers’ dominance in the 16th minute, lashing the ball into the top corner from the edge of the box. Tomas Soucek made it a scarcely believable 3-0 scoreline for David Moyes’ side in the 32nd minute.

Arsenal finally woke from their slumber in the 38th minute, with Alexandre Lacazette lashing home Calum Chambers’ cross off of Tomas Soucek’s foot into the net. Arsenal made their dominance pay in the 61st minute, with Craig Dawson turning in Calum Chambers’ cross into his own net to make it 3-2.

West Ham were left to rue things as Arsenal equalized in the 82nd minute, as Lacazette powered in a far-post header from Nicolas Pepe’s cross.

 

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