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Chelsea 0-1 Valencia: Ross Barkley misses penalty after Rodrigo winner

Ross Barkley was the first Englishman to take a penalty for Chelsea since Frank Lampard in April 2014

Chelsea’s return to the Champions League ended in disappointment as Ross Barkley missed a late penalty that ensured Valencia claimed victory at Stamford Bridge.

Frank Lampard’s first game as a manager in the tournament he won as a player with Chelsea in 2012 turned into a night of frustration as Valencia took advantage of slack marking at a free-kick for Rodrigo to score the winner on 74 minutes.

Chelsea, who lost in-form youngster Mason Mount to injury early on, had the chance to rescue a point when referee Cuneyt Cakir awarded a penalty for handball after consulting VAR when Daniel Wass blocked Fikayo Tomori’s header.

Barkley had only come on as a substitute eight minutes earlier but insisted taking the spot-kick instead of the Blues’ regular taker Jorginho and Willian, who argued his own case to take it before relenting.

It was a tight and tense encounter with chances at a premium and a tricky Group H, which also includes Lille and last year’s semi-finalists Ajax, has got even tougher for Chelsea after starting their campaign with a damaging home loss.

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Francis Coquelin was booked after this challenge with Mason Mount, which forced the Chelsea midfielder off injured

This was a tough start to life in the Champions League for Lampard and a Chelsea side robbed of the ‘X Factor’ given to them for so long by Eden Hazard.

The mood in the camp will not have been helped by Barkley’s insistence on taking that ill-fated late penalty when it appeared Jorginho, who scored in the Super Cup final against Liverpool, was stepping forward for the task.

Barkley’s determination came at a heavy price, glancing a poor effort off the bar and high into the Matthew Harding Stand. He took the kick after conversations with Jorginho, Willian, Tammy Abraham and captain Cesar Azpilicueta.

It ended with a handshake from Jorginho before the spot-kick but it was a chaotic scene with an almost inevitable conclusion.

It was a night when not much went right for Chelsea, starting with what looked like a nasty ankle injury to Mount, who was caught by a reckless follow-through in a challenge by former Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin.

Chelsea had their moments, especially when Jasper Cillessen saved from Willian and Marcos Alonso – but Lampard’s side simply could not produce the touch of quality to break down Valencia and were too static as Daniel Parejo’s free-kick released Rodrigo.

This means Chelsea are on the back foot only 90 minutes into their return to the Champions League and are still to win at Stamford Bridge this season.

Valencia lift the gloom

Rodrigo scored only his third goal in 25 Champions League appearances – and his first in 10 for Valencia

Chelsea’s disappointment will be even more acute as this looked like the perfect opportunity to get their Champions League campaign off to a winning start against a Valencia side who arrived in London amid turmoil.

Valencia’s players and fans had been infuriated by the decision to sack coach Marcelino last week after he won the Copa del Rey last season and took them back into the Champions League.

Marcelino’s successor Albert Celades started his reign with a 5-2 defeat at Barcelona on Saturday – but his Valencia side showed plenty of resolve here and were always a threat, which was realised by that free-kick that was just too quick and too smart for Chelsea and resulted in Rodrigo’s goal.

This was a real morale booster for Celades and Valencia but a serious blow for Chelsea as Ajax signalled their threat in Group H with a 3-0 win over Lille.

Tough night for Chelsea’s young guns

Tammy Abraham made his Champions League debut alongside fellow Englishmen Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori

Chelsea’s young brigade have taken the Premier League by storm with Tammy Abraham scoring seven goals and Mason Mount on the mark three times.

Abraham found this a much tougher assignment although he still had moments of threat, particularly a glancing first-half header that was off target.

The 21-year-old never lost heart but he was starved of decent service and this was not to be his night.

It was even more painful for Mount, literally, as he never recovered from Coquelin’s early challenge and his attempts to carry on ended in despair. He and Chelsea will now anxiously await the medical verdict.

Defender Tomori did well in defence and also made his contribution in attack with a surging first-half run that brought danger and a header that resulted in the penalty.

There will be better nights than this but the Champions League will be adding layers to their learning experience.

Rare losing start for Chelsea – key stats

  • This was only Chelsea’s second defeat in their past 42 Champions League group games at Stamford Bridge (W30 D10), with the other against Basel in 2013.
  • Chelsea lost their opening Champions League match of a campaign for only the second time – the first was against Basel in 2013-14.
  • Frank Lampard became the first Chelsea manager to lose his opening Champions League match in charge – 10 of the previous 11 had won, while Gianluca Vialli drew with AC Milan in 1999.
  • Chelsea became the first team since Liverpool in December 2008 against PSV (Darby, Kelly, Spearing) to hand three Champions League debuts to Englishmen aged 21 or younger in the same game (Abraham, Mount, Tomori).
  • Valencia registered only their second away Champions League win in England (D7 L3) – their first was a 1-0 win at Liverpool in October 2002.



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Lewisham chicken shop fight victim named as Omar Smith

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The fight happened in Downham Way in the Grove Park area of Lewisham

A man who died after a knife fight at a chicken shop in south-east London has been named as Omar Smith.

Two men were found with head and stab wounds in Downham Way, Lewisham, at about 23:55 BST on Friday.

A murder investigation was launched after Mr Smith, 34, died in hospital on Saturday.

Police said a second man, 51, was arrested on suspicion of GBH on his release from hospital but has since been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Two other men, aged 40 and 46, who were detained at the chicken shop on suspicion of GBH have also been further arrested on suspicion of murder.

All three were taken to south London police stations before one was released under investigation and another two released on bail until mid-October, Scotland Yard said.

Police said the victim’s next of kin have been informed and a post-mortem examination is due to take place.

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Super League: Wakefield Trinity win 19-10 to relegate London Broncos

Ryan Hampshire scored Wakefield’s opening try before adding a killer second four minutes after the break
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Wakefield Trinity (8) 19
Tries: Hampshire 2, Lyne Goals: Brough 3 Drop-goal: Brough
London Broncos (0) 10
Tries: Walker, Lamb Goals: Dixon

London Broncos suffered relegation from Super League for the second time in five years as they were beaten by rivals Wakefield Trinity at Belle Vue.

Danny Brough’s early penalty followed by two converted tries from Ryan Hampshire either side of the break gave Trinity a 14-0 lead.

Reece Lyne then added another try, followed by Brough’s drop-goal.

Alex Walker pulled a try back late on before Brock Lamb scored with the final play but Broncos still go down.

With all four relegation-threatened teams on 20 points at the start of the evening, it was always likely to be a dramatic night, and Broncos were full of hope having twice beaten Wakefield this season.

They marked their return to Super League back in February with a 42-24 victory over Wakefield in Ealing, then won again with a four-try Jordan Abdull-inspired 42-34 home victory in May.

But, for this huge game, Wakefield boss Chris Chester imposed a social media ban to keep his player’ minds relaxed and firmly on the job.

And, with former Warrington and England centre Ryan Atkins making his second Wakefield debut, 13 years on from his first, the hosts kept their heads and simply proved too solid.

Following Brough’s early penalty, Broncos wasted two good chances to get on the scoreboard.

Kieran Dixon pulled his attempt wide with a very kickable penalty, before the winger then failed to grab hold of an awkward lofted pass in the right corner – and the chance was gone.

Trinity winger Ben Jones-Bishop, up against his old club, then knocked on trying to get on the end of Brough’s kick to the right corner.

But the first try of the night came for Hampshire after 24 minutes, Brough kicking the goal for an 8-0 half-time lead.

Then four minutes into the second half Hampshire got in again at the left corner, Brough again added the extras – and it was 14-0.

On 53 minutes, Trinity added a try out wide on the right from Lyne and, although Brough this time missed the kick, the hosts still went into the final quarter with an an 18-point cushion.

Brough’s one-pointer with 13 minutes left made it safe, but Broncos typically had the final say.

Walker scored on the right and, although Dixon missed the kick, he then finally got it right when he improved Lamb’s last-gasp try.

Broncos made a lot of friends

Promoted a year ago, London Broncos were most people’s favourites to go straight back down after upsetting much-fancied Toronto in the Million Pound Game. But they will be missed.

Despite their meagre support, averaging 1,500 to 2,000 home fans at their Ealing home, they have won many admirers.

Their 10 wins include those two at home against relegation rivals Wakefield, as well as two over leaders St Helens.

But Danny Ward’s ‘Band of Brothers’ have repeatedly shown a never-say die attitude.

They gave themselves real hope by winning at both Catalans and last week at Hull KR.

And the fact that they still had the character to score twice in the final 10 minutes said much about that battling spirit.

Wakefield need to be more consistent

Following their Million Pound Game near miss in 2015, when they beat Yorkshire neighbours Bradford to stay up, Wakefield have over the last three years enjoyed the happiest times of their 21-stay in Super League.

Prior to this season, they had not been out of the top eight in three successive campaigns – capped by finishing fifth two seasons running.

But this year Chris Chester’s side have struggled for consistency.

Not even the pre-season return of kicking machine Danny Brough to Belle Vue from Huddersfield has helped.

In fact, they are an average of four points down per game on last season. And they went into this crunch finale with just two wins in 14 matches.

But, when it became to the biggest stage of all,. they got their lines right – and the signing of Ryan Atkins may yet prove a masterstroke.

Rival coaches Chris Chester (left) and Danny Ward were team-mates together for a season at Hull KR in 2007

‘We’ve got to regroup’ – reaction

London Broncos head coach Danny Ward told BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra:

“I’m gutted. It’s tough to take, but we’ve got to regroup, rebuild and go again.

“We’ll reflect in a few days. It’s been good and we’ve had a lot of positives. We’ll learn from it and know where we need to get better.

“Wakefield dominated the field position, ran harder than us, they defended well. We didn’t play badly, but Wakefield are a good side and shouldn’t be down here battling for survival. They just played at the right end of the field.”

Wakefield head coach Chris Chester told BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra:

“That was a special win. We knew what was at stake and we were fantastic from minute one to minute 80.

“Plans are already in place for next season. We’ll enjoy tonight – it’s just made me more determined to make sure we’re not in this position again next year.”

Wakefield: Escare; Jones-Bishop, Lyne, Atkins, Hampshire; Miller, Brough; Kopczak, Randell, Tangata, Kirmond, Tanginoa, Crowther.

Interchanges: Wood, Green, King, Arundel.

London Broncos: Walker; Dixon, Morgan, Kear, Williams; Abdull, Lamb; Battye, Cunningham, Butler, Gee, Pitts, Yates.

Interchanges: Fozard, Mason, Hindmarsh, Lovell.

Referee: Robert Hicks (RFL).

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Laureline Garcia-Bertaux death: Friends were ‘alarmed’ by texts

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Laureline Garcia-Bertaux was found buried in a shallow grave in her garden

A friend of a French film producer who was found buried in a shallow grave in her garden became suspicious after she received “strange” messages from her phone, a court has heard.

Kirill Belorusov, 32, is accused of killing Laureline Garcia-Bertaux at her London home and then sending texts from her mobile to cover his tracks.

Beth Penman told the Old Bailey she became “confused” by the messages about a shopping spree and a “fit” vet.

Mr Belorusov denies murder.

On 5 March, the 34-year-old was found naked, bound, wrapped in bin bags and buried in a flower bed in the back garden of her flat in Kew.

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The jury was shown CCTV of Kirill Belorusov at Luton airport where he caught a flight to Estonia

The jury was told Ms Penman became concerned after receiving “confusing” messages from her close friend’s phone days before she was found.

One described Ms Garcia-Bertaux going on a shopping spree in Oxford Street, which Ms Penman said was “completely” surprising because her friend preferred shopping online.

Further texts mentioned how she wanted to be “young and hot again”, while another on 3 March spoke about meeting a “fit” vet.

When asked by prosecutor Oliver Glasgow QC whether it was “the kind of thing Laureline might do?”, Ms Penman replied: “No. It seemed far-fetched to me.”

She also told Mr Glasgow that she was alarmed by the messages.

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The court heard Mr Belorusov bought supplies in Homebase before the killing

Prosecutors have told the court Mr Belorusov owed the victim thousands of pounds, and he had tricked his way into her home where he strangled her.

The jury has also heard the 32-year-old was captured on CCTV buying an axe, rubble sacks and plastic clogs in Homebase, which he used to dispose of her body.

Following the murder, Mr Belorusov fled to Estonia, his home country, but was brought back to Britain to face trial, prosecutors have said.

The trial continues.

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Man found dead in Kentish Town was killed in drive-by shooting

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CCTV reveals two people on a moped fired a shot at the 24-year-old victim at close range, Police said.

A man found dead in north-west London was killed in a drive-by shooting, police said.

The 24-year-old man was found with a gunshot wound in Malden Road, Kentish Town, late on Sunday.

CCTV revealed two people on a moped had pulled up to the victim, pulled out a gun and fired at close range. The man died at the scene.

An eyewitness described how he tried to perform CPR on the man with the help of a 999 operator.

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A witness told the BBC how he tried to perform CPR on the victim

Will, who did not want to give his full name, said: “There were a number of people around him when I got down there, but nobody was doing anything.

“With the aid of the operator on the phone, I performed CPR. But I think he was already dead then.”

Officers said they were keen to trace people who had been in a Toyota Prius, a Ford Focus and a motorbike in the area at the time.

The man’s next of kin have been informed and post-mortem tests are due to be held on Tuesday, police said.

Det Ch Insp Simon Stancombe, from the Met Police, said: “Everything we have found out so far points to this being a drive-by shooting.”

He urged eyewitnesses or anyone with dashcam footage to contact the force.

The killing was the second fatal shooting in less than 12 hours in London.

A man in his 20s was shot dead in Sydenham, south-east London, on Sunday afternoon.

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Leyton Orient 1-3 Swindon Town

Swindon moved up to fourth in League Two following a well-deserved victory over Leyton Orient at Brisbane Road.

Keshi Anderson put the visitors ahead in the 23rd minute. The 24-year-old was fouled and sent his free-kick into the wall but reacted quickest to pounce on the loose ball and curl into the far corner past Dean Brill.

Richie Wellens’ men continued to maraud forward and their attacking intent paid dividends again two minutes before the break, with Rob Hunt’s audacious side-foot from the corner of the box taking a telling deflection off Orient left-back Joe Widdowson and flying past a surprised Brill.

The game was then over in first-half stoppage time when Lloyd Isgrove provided his sixth assist of the league season.

The former Southampton winger darted through the centre of the pitch before laying off to Jerry Yates, who cut onto his right foot before finishing with aplomb.

Jordan Maguire-Drew curled home brilliantly from 20 yards to give Orient hope with 16 minutes of normal time left but Swindon held on to send their fans home happy.

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T20 Blast: Notts Outlaws beat Middlesex by 10 wickets in quarter-final

Alex Hales and Chris Nash send Notts Outlaws cruising into the T20 Blast Finals Day
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Middlesex 160-8 (20 overs): Morgan 53; Carter 2-16
Notts Outlaws 165-0 (16.2 overs): Hales 83*, Nash 74*
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Notts Outlaws thrashed Middlesex by 10 wickets to reach their third T20 Blast Finals Day in the past four seasons.

Alex Hales (83 not out) and Chris Nash (74 not out) made light work of a target of 161 as the hosts coasted to victory with 22 balls to spare.

Eoin Morgan’s 53 off 31 balls was the mainstay of Middlesex’s 160-8 but early wickets left them in trouble at 43-4 with AB de Villiers making just 11.

Notts, who last won the trophy in 2017, join Essex Eagles at Finals Day.

Hales, omitted from England’s World Cup-winning squad earlier this season following suspension for off-field matters, will head to the Caribbean Premier League to play for Barbados Tridents on Friday.

The right-hander will return in time for the T20 Blast semi-final at Edgbaston on 21 September.

He smashed six fours and seven sixes in his 47-ball knock while Nash, named in the side for the first time this year in the competition, hit 10 fours and a six in his 53-ball blitz.

Middlesex had not reached the quarter-finals since 2015 and had a night to forget in their first meeting with Notts in T20 cricket.

They lost openers Paul Stirling and Dawid Malan as well as de Villiers and Stephen Eskinazi inside the first seven overs after losing the toss and being put in.

Morgan rebuilt with the help of John Simpson (25) and Toby Roland-Jones (26), but fell a ball after reaching his half-century as Middlesex tried to set an imposing target.

Any chance 161 would be too much for Notts to chase evaporated as Hales and Nash plundered 76 without loss inside the powerplay.

They also profited from sloppy Middlesex fielding, with Nash dropped on 31 and Hales twice put down on 47 and 56.

Hales’ seventh sixth brought the curtain down on a commanding win with more than three overs remaining.

The two remaining quarter-finals see Sussex Sharks face holders Worcestershire Rapids on Friday in a repeat of last year’s final before Gloucestershire and Derbyshire meet at Bristol on Saturday.

Notts Outlaws captain Dan Christian told BBC Radio Nottingham:

“That was pretty close to the perfect game. We’ve been looking for that all tournament and if you pulled apart every ball, you’d hardly be able to find many faults with our game.

“Early wickets in the powerplay always helps and it put them under pressure because we tried to make them take risks.

“It’s been tough to have somebody Like Chris (Nash) on the sidelines throughout and difficult to get him in the team, but it was a decision we felt we had to make and luckily it paid off.

“Alex (Hales) has been getting better and better and this was him back to his best.”

Middlesex captain Dawid Malan:

“Pretty much everything went wrong for us, starting from losing the toss. It’s disappointing the way we lost early wickets, twice we lost two in a row and 43-4 wasn’t good enough.

“Even though, we felt we had a sniff with 160 on the board if we bowled well in the first six overs.

“It wasn’t a bad wicket, but we misread it.”

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Two men arrested after body found in Hackney flat

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Sandra Samuels, 45, was found dead in her flat in Herrick House, Hackney,

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of murder after the body of a woman was found at her east London home.

Police said the body of Sandra Samuels, 45, was found in her flat in Herrick House, Hackney, following a welfare check on 31 August.

A post-mortem examination proved inconclusive, though police are treating the death as suspicious.

A 40-year-old-man, arrested on Tuesday, remains in custody. A second man, 47, has been released under investigation.

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Arsenal 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur: Aubameyang helps Gunners claim derby draw

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored in each of his last seven starts at Emirates Stadium

Arsenal staged a stirring comeback to earn a point in a chaotic, thrilling north London derby against Tottenham at Emirates Stadium.

Spurs looked to be in complete control when Christian Eriksen pounced to put them ahead in the 10th minute after Arsenal keeper Bernd Leno pushed out Erik Lamela’s shot.

Leno then saved superbly from Son Heung-min before the South Korean was senselessly hacked down in the area by Arsenal captain Granit Xhaka to allow Harry Kane to score his 10th goal in 11 derby games.

Arsenal started the revival when Alexandre Lacazette pulled one back on the stroke of half-time before they laid siege to Spurs’ goal after the break.

Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris saved superbly from Matteo Guendozi’s low shot and from substitute Dani Ceballos before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang showed the poacher’s instinct to turn home the equaliser with 19 minutes remaining.

Kane struck the inside of the post and Sokratis had a goal ruled out for offside – Spurs also had strong penalty claims rejected when the pair clashed late on – but neither side could make the decisive breakthrough and this entertaining encounter ended with honours even.

The result lifts Arsenal to fifth in the Premier League with seven points from four games, while Tottenham head into September’s international break four places behind their rivals in ninth on five points.

Arsenal 2-2 Tottenham: Emery ‘proud’ of Gunners comeback

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Arsenal showed real character amid the mood swings of this north London derby to fight back from a precarious position to earn a point.

Unai Emery’s side found themselves in big trouble at two goals down but never felt sorry for themselves, fighting their way back to parity and pinning Spurs back for most of the second half.

The Gunners were guilty of poor defending and moments of carelessness but no-one could question their heart.

Lacazette’s goal with seconds left of the first half was vital, lifting the spirits of Arsenal’s players and supporters and setting the perfect platform for a second half that was low on moments of high class but full of fervour and entertainment.

The action swung from end-to-end but Arsenal looked stronger after the break with 20-year-old Guendouzi performing with great maturity in midfield.

Guendouzi certainly showed greater composure than his captain Xhaka, who was guilty of a moment of crass stupidity when diving into a sliding challenge on Son to concede a penalty.

The young Frenchman almost scored only for Lloris to make a brilliant save and it was his intelligent, probing ball into the box that was diverted in by Aubameyang.

It is already becoming clear the title is a two-horse race between Liverpool and Manchester City but Arsenal will feel they can make a serious top-four challenge – although once again questions must be asked about their defending.

Spurs still looking short

Kane is level with Bobby Smith and Emmanuel Adebayor as the joint-leading goalscorer in north London derbies in all competitions

Spurs will be disappointed at only getting a draw after establishing such a position of strength at 2-0 but in the end there was almost a sense they should be grateful for a point.

It continues an indifferent start to the season as they have five points from their first four games, with just one win at home to Aston Villa.

Spurs, to give perspective, have also had tough away assignments at Manchester City and Arsenal and come away with points but they are not yet back to their best.

The experiment of using Davinson Sanchez at right-back was not an unqualified success and on several occasions manager Mauricio Pochettino could be seen showing his exasperation, both at moments of poor defending and also when Spurs were wasteful in attack.

Spurs were grateful for a superb display of shot-stopping by Lloris but Pochettino will be frustrated that his side looked to have Arsenal where they wanted them before the break, then ended hanging on for long periods in the second half.

Arsenal 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur: Mauricio Pochettino pleased with ‘amazing’ derby draw

‘A great job’ – what they said

Arsenal manager Unai Emery, speaking to BBC Sport: “It was an amazing match. We are proud of our work and our supporters. The result isn’t the best for us.

“The key was the first goal to give us confidence and give us more chances in the second half. We deserved it. We did a lot of good things. We made some mistakes in the first half and they have good players.

“Before their first goal we were playing well. Sometimes our heart is more strong than our head.”

Tottenham striker Harry Kane, speaking to BBC Sport: “I feel like were coming off disappointed. We expect to see the game out. The goal hurt us with momentum just before the break. It was an end-to-end game, especially last 10-15 minutes but the players left everything on the pitch.

On his late penalty shout: “As a striker, if it is on halfway it is a definite foul. In the box you don’t always get them. He’s come through the back of me but it is 50/50. VAR would probably have backed the ref in this.”

Man of the match – Matteo Guendouzi (Arsenal)

As well as setting up Arsenal’s equaliser, Guendouzi was a key figure in midfield, recovering possession for his side seven times

Spurs continue to stutter on the road – stats

  • Tottenham have dropped 42 points from winning positions in the Premier League against Arsenal – 11 more than against any other side in the competition.
  • Spurs are winless in their last eight away league games, drawing two and losing six. They last endured such a run on the road in their eight games between December 2011 and April 2012.
  • Arsenal have lost just one of their last 27 Premier League home games against Tottenham, a 2-3 defeat in November 2010 after being two goals ahead.
  • Since his Premier League debut in August 2016, no player has conceded more penalties in the competition than the five by Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka.
  • Arsenal have recorded 13 errors leading to goals in the Premier League since the start of last season – the most of any club in the competition. Goalkeeper Bernd Leno is responsible for six of those errors.
  • Spurs’ Christian Eriksen has now scored 50 Premier League goals – the first Danish player to reach this landmark – whilst also becoming the first Spurs player to register both 50-plus goals and assists for the club in the competition.

What’s next?

After the international break, Tottenham resume their Premier League season with a home match against Crystal Palace on Saturday, 14 September (15:00 BST).

A day later, Arsenal travel to Watford in the late Sunday kick-off (16:30 BST).



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T20 Blast: Eoin Morgan stars for Middlesex in record domestic run-chase

Highlights: Morgan stars as Middlesex chase T20 Blast record 227

England one-day captain Eoin Morgan scored 83 not out off 29 balls to help Middlesex to a record T20 Blast run-chase and seal a quarter-final spot.

Somerset set Middlesex a target of 227 to win at Taunton, with Tom Abell finishing 101 not out for the hosts.

Coming in during the ninth over with his side 111-3, Morgan’s superb knock helped Middlesex to victory with three overs to spare.

Middlesex’s successful chase was also the fourth-highest in T20 history.

Meanwhile, Essex Eagles beat Kent Spitfires by 10 runs to secure the final place in the last eight as the group stage reached its conclusion on Friday.

Five teams had gone into the final round of South Group fixtures with hopes of reaching the quarter-finals.

Quarter-final fixtures

  • Lancashire Lightning v Essex Eagles
  • Notts Outlaws v Middlesex
  • Sussex Sharks v Worcestershire Rapids
  • Gloucestershire v Derbyshire Falcons

Lancashire’s quarter-final will be held at Emirates Riverside, with Emirates Old Trafford hosting the fourth Ashes Test between England and Australia from Wednesday.

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Despite losing Babar Azam for a duck in the first over, Somerset would have been confident of making the quarter-finals after posting 226-5 from their 20 overs.

Tom Banton’s 62 got the hosts off to a good start, and Abell hit 13 fours and three sixes as he scored his maiden T20 century.

But Dawid Malan and Paul Stirling helped Middlesex to 94-2 by the end of the powerplay to get Middlesex ahead of the required run-rate.

Sharp fielding from Roelof van der Merwe saw Mohamed Hafeez run out and Max Waller took a brilliant catch to dismiss danger man AB de Villiers.

But Morgan crashed five fours and eight sixes to lead Middlesex to victory with plenty of breathing space.

Their run-chase surpasses the 226 Sussex scored to beat Essex at Chelmsford in July 2014.

“Somerset played extremely well, especially not knowing what a good score is,” Morgan told BBC Radio London.

“Going into the second half of the innings, we knew we’d have to be positive and play extremely well, but the way the guys started was outstanding.

“With Dawid Malan and Paul Stirling at the top of order it allows us to go harder earlier because we have strength in depth throughout the batting line-up.”

More to follow.

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