Wolves mount stunning fightback to beat Villa, Saints see off Leeds

Wolves rallied from two goals down to claim a remarkable 3-2 win in a Midlands derby with Aston Villa, while Southampton beat Leeds United to climb above the Whites.

Villa dominated the contest for large spells, and were cruising thanks to goals from Danny Ings and John McGinn.

However, they retreated into their shell and after inviting Wolves on, paid a big price by conceding three times in the final 10 minutes.

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Ings ghosted in to head home John McGinn’s cross on 48 minutes to give Villa the lead.

McGinn went from provider to scorer on 68 minutes, as he lashed home from the edge of the box to put Villa in control.

Rather than pressing home their advantage, Villa attempted to put up the shutters – and paid a heavy, heavy price.

Romain Saiss gave Wolves a sniff when sliding in at the far post to score on 80 minutes, and Conor Coady thought he had earned a point when stabbing home on 85 minutes.

One point became three for Wolves in injury time, as Ruben Neves’ deflected free-kick found the bottom corner – much to the disgust of Villa boss Dean Smith.

Saints started the day in 17th in the table, but were rewarded for a determined display with three points at home to Leeds.

The winning goal came on 53 minutes, as Southampton won the ball on the edge of their own box and broke forward at pace. Nathan Redmond had the option to shoot, but unselfishly rolled the ball into the path of Armando Broja who slammed home.

Norwich City remain bottom of the table after a 0-0 draw at home with Brighton who are now in fourth in the Premier League.

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Targett own-goal gives Spurs and Nuno huge win over Villa

Spurs stop the rot with a 2-1 victory over Villa at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in the Premier League.

Coming into the match Aston Villa were the form side with a doom and gloom atmosphere being felt by the Tottenham faithful.

It was the visitors that started the brighter of the two sides with Ollie Watkins and Danny Ings linking up well up top. But as the game progressed the hosts grew into the match and eventually broke the deadlock after a quarter of an hour.

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Pierre-Emile Højbjerg neatly slotted the ball past Emi Martinez from the edge of the box after Son did brilliantly to break down the left and shifted the ball inside to Dane, who was in acres of space.

Tottenham Hotspur’s Danish midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg celebrates after scoring the opening goal of the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, on October 3, 202

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In the second half Villa managed to pull one back through Ollie Watkins who tapped home his first goal of the season from three yards out.

Matt Targett produced a well weighted pass to the striker off the back of a quick move.

But Spurs were ahead again three minutes later as Son was once again heavily involved in the goal. This time the Korean broke down the left flank and cut into the box, beating Kortney Hause, before laying it on a plate for Lucas Moura at the back post for the simplest of tap-ins.

Both sides continued to produce decent opportunities but it was Nuno’s men that held their nerve to claim a valuable three points.

Next up for Spurs is an away trip to the North East to face struggling Newcastle United, while Villa take on Wolves in a Midlands derby.

TALKING POINT – PRESSURE EASED ON NUNO

He certainly wasn’t the first choice to take the hot seat at the North London club and coming into this game off the back of three straight defeats the pressure felt like it was on. But if there were any murmurings of discontent within the camp, they were put to bed with a spirited display across the entire team.

LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 03: Lucas Moura of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates after scoring a goal to make it 2-1 during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on October 3, 2021 in London, England. (Ph

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MAN OF THE MATCH – SON HEUNG-MIN (SPURS)

With Harry Kane seeming to be struggling to find his form from last season, the responsibility has fallen to Son, who is relishing the task. He was omnipresent over the course of 90 minutes, causing havoc with his pace and vision, the Villa defence were relieved to see the back of him at the final whistle.

Tottenham Hotspur’s South Korean striker Son Heung-Min celebrates after his cross sets up Tottenham Hotspur’s Brazilian midfielder Lucas Moura to score their second goal later given as an own goal during the English Premier League football match between T

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PLAYER RATINGS:

Spurs: Lloris 6, Royal 6, Romero 6, Dier 6, Reguilón 6, Højbjerg 7, Skipp 6, NDombele 7, Lucas Moura 7, Kane 6, Son 9

Aston Villa: Martinez 8, Konsa 6, Hause 6, Mings 7, Cash 7, McGinn 6, Douglas Luiz 6, Ramsey 6, Targett 7, Ings 6, Watkins 7

KEY MOMENTS:

22’ – SAVE! Martinez was alert there as free kick was taken quickly by Kane and he almost scores from just over the half way line

27’ – GOAL! Spurs are ahead through Højbjerg. Son does well to square the ball to the Danish midfielder who curls the ball neatly into the bottom corner.

42’ – CHANCE! McGinn attempts a first time volley from the edge of the box. He’s made excellent contact with the ball, but it was always going wide of the post

67′ – GOAL! 1-1. A first goal of the season for Watkins who taps the ball in from 3 yards out thanks to a pin point low cross from Targett

71′ – GOAL! It’s a swift response from Spurs as Lucas Moura taps the ball in at the back post. It’s that man Son who’s involved in the goal as he beats Hause and puts it on a plate for the Brazilian

78′ – CHANCE! Up the other end Kane almost has his first goal of the season as he give Martinez the eyes and produces a low drive toward the near post, but it goes wide if the post

KEY STAT:

  • Son Heung-min has been directly involved in 11 goals in his last 12 Premier League games at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (6 goals, 5 assists).

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Little hits 150th Arsenal goal as Gunners extend perfect start in WSL

Kim Little’s 150th goal for Arsenal helped the Gunners extend their perfect start to the Women’s Super League to four games with a win at Aston Villa.

After a goalless first half, Little netted from the edge of the box to open the scoring.

Villa carried a threat but were unable to make a breakthrough and the points were secured late on through Mana Iwabuchi.

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It was a deft finish from Iwabuchi, but much of the credit goes to USWNT star Tobin Heath who drove into the box on the left-hand side and picked out her team-mate in perfect fashion.

Arsenal made it three when Katie McCabe chipped Hannah Hampton from 30 yards after the Aston Villa goalkeeper’s clearance went straight to the Gunners forward.

Little got her second of the game in stoppage time, as a deflected strike looped the ball over Hampton.

Chelsea made it three wins on the spin in the WSL with a dominant display against Brighton.

The Seagulls were surprise league leaders after two games, but back-to-back defeats brought them down to earth with a thud.

Guro Reiten opened the scoring for the Blues on nine minutes with a powerful, low drive.

A brave header from Sam Kerr doubled the advantage before the interval, although Brighton briefly threatened a rally when cutting the lead through Danielle Carter on 48 minutes.

Bethany England’s neat finish with her left foot into the top corner eased Chelsea nerves, with the goal completing a hat-trick of assists for Fran Kirby.

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Tottenham boss Nuno Espirito Santo is hopeful Harry Kane’s season will be kickstarted by his hat-trick in Europe on Thursday.

England star Kane has made a low-key start to the season, and is still seeking his first goal in the Premier League.

He looked off the pace in Tottenham’s loss to Arsenal last weekend, but climbed off the bench to net a 29-minute hat-trick against Mura in the Europa Conference League.

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Kane’s slow start to the season followed a summer in which he unsuccessfully agitated for a move to Manchester City.

The forward is likely to spend at least the remainder of the current campaign in north London, and Spurs coach Nuno hopes the 28-year-old’s season will get off the ground on the back of his European treble.

“We all wish and hope so,” Nuno said. “This is what we need, all of the players in the best of their qualities for the team.”

After a perfect start to the Premier League which yielded the Manager of the Month award for August for Nuno, the Portuguese has come under pressure following three defeats in a row in the league to Crystal Palace, Chelsea and Arsenal.

“Football is what it is,” Nuno said. “Criticism is something we have to be ready for.

“I understand the criticism but I don’t focus on this. My focus is helping the team finding solutions to help the players. This is what my focus is.

“During my career I had a lot of criticism and lots of good words and praise but nothing had changed. I keep being the same person.”

Tottenham host Aston Villa in the Premier League on Sunday.

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Parker's Picks: Liverpool to lose to Man City, Man Utd to edge past Everton

With plenty of exciting Premier League games to look forward to this weekend, Paul Parker has delivered his verdict on how arguably the four biggest games will go.

Manchester United take on Everton who currently sit fifth in the Premier League table. Brighton, who are sixth on 13 points, will also likely prove a tough test for a resurgent Arsenal side.

Nuno Espirito Santo is under immense pressure to deliver three points against Aston Villa on Sunday, while Liverpool take on Manchester City in a heavyweight clash to wrap up the action before the October international break.

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Check out Parker’s predictions below…

MAN UTD V EVERTON – (Saturday 12:30pm)

To lose three domestic games at home for United would be a real rarity. They are playing Everton who points-wise are having a decent season, but if you saw them play you’d look at Rafael Benitez and say he’s carried them through tactically by how he gets them to defend.

This is going to be a hard game for United because Everton will sit deep. They’re not the quickest team and are quite slow in the way they attack, they don’t have many quick players, they play and will be looking to counter-attack.

United to win this game.

Result: 1-0

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BRIGHTON V ARSENAL – (Saturday 5:30pm)

Brighton were not at their best against Crystal Palace. It’s a derby game without any great value, but there is always that feeling that with their cohesion they had an idea of what they wanted to do.

When they’re at home against Arsenal… three weeks ago I would have been 100 per cent that this was going in one direction, but after Arsenal’s recent performances I’m going for an away win.

Does Ben White get a bit emotional when they meet? Brighton know how to play against him so it will be interesting.

Result: 1-2

TOTTENHAM V ASTON VILLA – (Sunday 2pm)

I think Villa will win and make it three away wins in a row. Their midfield is more energetic than Tottenham’s. Tottenham ponder. They are relying so much on Heung-min Son and Lucas Moura as well. Dele Alli and Harry Kane are showing no energy at all. If Kane scores everything is forgotten but that’s all they’re hoping for at the moment.

The rest of their midfield and defence hasn’t really been good since Mauricio Pochettino left. I just can’t see Tottenham winning it. If they do win it will have to be a smash and grab like it was against Wolves and Manchester City.

Result: 1-3

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LIVERPOOL V MAN CITY- (Sunday 4:30pm)

Manchester City to win. Liverpool worked on their defence against Liverpool thanks to the luck that Trent Alexander-Arnold was injured. James Milner went there and defended properly which was the difference in their backline.

City will feel hard done by and will have felt they should have got something from the Paris Saint-Germain game. It took an unbelievable goal from Lionel Messi to kill the game off. It was always in doubt whether PSG would walk away with all three points.

City will come back highly tuned. I think Jesus will start. He won’t start Sterling up front against Liverpool. Pep Guardiola will want someone more cunning and clever to go up against Virgil van Dijk.

Result: 1-2

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The forward joined Ellen White and Vivianne Miedema in the record books when tapping home from close range inside two minutes.

The goal was laid on a plate by Sam Kerr, who was later repaid the favour by Kirby with her goals on 41 and 51 minus.

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Those efforts came after the goal of the game by Pernille Harder who raced from the halfway line to score.

Drew Fleming and Jessie Fleming netted late on to complete the rout, with Alessia Russo’s effort for United proving nothing more than a consolation.

Jessica Naz’s late goal fired Tottenham to a 1-0 win over Reading. Spurs moved top of the table on the back of the victory.

Emily Gielnik‘s breakaway goal was enough to secure a 1-0 win for Aston Villa at previously unbeaten Brighton, while West Ham beat Leicester 4-0.

Arsenal face Manchester City later on Sunday.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had a litany of complaints after his Manchester United side lost 1-0 at home to Aston Villa.

Kortney Hause scored an 89th-minute winner, and the Norwegian disputed that goal, as well as a number of key events in the game.

Speaking to the BBC, he claimed that Hause’s effort was not only offside but also a foul, saying: “You can take it when it’s a good goal conceded against you, but that’s offside. He’s touched David [De Gea] as he heads the ball. How that’s a goal and Leicester have not got their goals, I just can’t see the consistency and that’s clearly offside.”

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Bruno Fernandes also missed a penalty, and there was a delay in the game as Villa players surrounded the midfielder as they disputed the spotkick. Solskjaer took issue with their actions.

“I wasn’t going to mention it but it’s not right that they do that. I guess that should be a yellow card for someone but they have achieved what they wanted,” he said.

“First of all the way they get round the penalty spot, get round Bruno and that, that’s not to my liking. Bruno is usually very good in those positions and unfortunately he missed this one.”

United host Villarreal in the Champions League on Wednesday and hope to avoid what would be a fourth defeat in five consecutive matches.

“Big game. Champions League,” he said. “We need to pick up points which is a position these boys have been in before. I know they will fight for each other and fight for the shirt and we will be ready for that one.

“When you lose games it’s a concern of course it is.”

Solskjaer also said that Luke Shaw and Harry Maguire ‘don’t look ok’ for the midweek match after they both suffered injuries.

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Nach Elfmeter-Überraschung: Manchester United verliert erstmals

Es ist passiert: An diesem 6. Premier-League-Spieltag hat Manchester United die erste Niederlage hinnehmen müssen. Das Überraschendste dabei war aber nicht unbedingt der späte Gegentreffer, sondern vielmehr der auserwählte Elfmeterschütze.

Überließ dem bislang etatmäßigen ManUnited-Schützen Bruno Fernandes den Vortritt: Cristiano Ronaldo.

Überließ dem bislang etatmäßigen ManUnited-Schützen Bruno Fernandes den Vortritt: Cristiano Ronaldo.

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Einen glorreichen Auftritt haben die Red Devils an diesem Samstag – und damit wenige Tage vor dem Champions-League-Heimspiel gegen den FC Villarreal (Mittwoch, 21 Uhr) – nicht hingelegt. Beim Heimspiel gegen den im Mittelfeld postierten Klub Aston Villa fehlte es an vorderster Front an Durchschlagskraft, große Namen wie Bruno Fernandes, Cristiano Ronaldo oder auch der spät eingewechselte Cavani wussten den Abwehrriegel der Villans allerdings nicht zu knacken.

In der 88. Minute setzte es dann zudem noch den Nackenschlag für die ManUnited-Defensive: Bei einer Ecke von der linken Seite war Abwehrspieler Hause seinem Bewacher entwischt und nickte den Ball kraftvoll sowie unhaltbar für Schlusmann de Gea ins Netz.

CR7 ab sofort der etatmäßige Schütze?

Der erste Sieg von Aston Villa im Ol Trafford seit 2009 war damit aber noch nicht beschlossene Sache. Denn tief in der Nachspielzeit bekam Manchester tatsächlich noch einen Elfmeter zugesprochen, nachdem ein Kopfball von Cavani an den Arm von 1:0-Schütze Hause gegangen war. Der bereits 53-jährige Schiedsrichter Mike Dean zeigte auf den Punkt.

Was dann aber passierte, dürfte etliche Fans und Beobachter überrascht haben. Doch der Reihe nach: Erst einmal belagerten etliche Villa-Profis den Elfmeterpunkt, um die United-Akteure zu verunsicheren. Das sollte im Anschluss Trainer Ole Gunnar Solskjaer verägern, der im Interview später Unfairness anmerken sollte: “Die Art und Weise, wie sie sich um den Punkt versammelt haben, das gefällt mir nicht.”

Tore und Karten

0:1
Hause (88′)

Tore und Karten

0:1
Hause (88′)

Manchester United

Shaw (29. ), Fred (77. )

Aston Villa

McGinn (66. ), Cash (90. )


Manchester United

ManUnited


Manchester United

ManUnited

Aufstellung

Einwechslungen

Reservebank

Trainer:


Aston Villa

Villa


Aston Villa

Villa

Aufstellung

Einwechslungen

Reservebank

Trainer:

Schiedsrichter-Team
Michael Dean

Michael Dean
England

Schiedsrichter-Team

Michael Dean

Michael Dean
England

Spielinfo


Stadion

Old Trafford

Zuschauer

72.922

Spielinfo


Anstoß

25.09.2021, 13:30 Uhr


Stadion

Old Trafford Manchester


Zuschauer

72.922


Eckenverhältnis

5:5

Jedenfalls kam es dann zur Ausführung – und zur Überraschung vieler trat der noch am Feld stehende Cristiano Ronaldo, seines Zeichens schließlich einer der sichersten Elfmeterschützen des Weltfußballs, nicht an. Sein portugieischer Landsmann Bruno Fernandes, bisheriger Stammschütze der Red Devils, durfte stattdessen ran ans Werk, feuerte aber deutlich drüber und besiegelte damit die erste Saison- und zugleich Heimpleite. Gut möglich, dass ab sofort CR7 die Nummer eins bei Elfmeteraufgaben ist – auch wenn dies erst Bruno Fernandes’ zweiter Fehlschuss im ManUnited-Dress war (bei 23 Versuchen).

Hause silencia Old Trafford

El Manchester United había metido todo lo que tenía para intentar ganar el partido. Solskjaer sacó a Edinson Cavani, que volvía de su lesión y que fue recibido por Old Trafford como un auténtico héroe, en medio de una ovación, y se apresuró a ocupar el puesto de delantero centro junto a Cristiano Ronaldo. Por detrás, otros como Pogba, Greenwood o Bruno Fernandes acompañaban en el ataque. Sin embargo, en un córner a menos de cinco minutos del final, Kortney Hause se adelantó al uruguayo y marcó el 0-1.

El Aston Villa sumó los tres puntos de su visita al Teatro de los Sueños y lo hizo además con un último golpe de suerte. Justo después del gol de Hause, el propio central inglés provocó un penalti en el tiempo de descuento por una mano. En su primera titularidad de esta temporada en la Premier League, Hause marcó un gol… y concedió un penalti. Sin embargo, Bruno Fernandes asumió la responsabilidad por delante de Cristiano Ronaldo y lo mandó al cielo.

Los diablos rojos tuvieron numerosos acercamientos al área de Emiliano Martínez, sobre todo con Greenwood a la cabeza, pero no lograron abrir el marcador. Solskjaer decidió por no alinear a Sancho, como ya sucediera la jornada pasada, y el inglés ni siquiera salió a calentar durante el segundo tiempo. Dos lesiones musculares de Maguire y Shaw redujeron las opciones desde el banquillo y Cavani fue el único jugador ofensivo que pudo saltar al campo.

Los villanos también pudieron adelantarse antes de tiempo, por ejemplo en un mano a mano de Watkins que salvó De Gea o en un remate de Targett que se fue por encima del larguero, pero el gol final lo marcó Hause. Después de hacerse con un hueco en el once titular gracias a su gran actuación en la última ronda de la Carabao Cup en Stamford Bridge, Hause se mantuvo en la alineación y valió tres puntos para el Aston Villa.

Cambios

Diogo Dalot (33′, Shaw), Nilsson-Lindelöf (66′, Harry Maguire), Emi Buendía (77′, Ings), Cavani (81′, McTominay), Cameron Archer (85′, Jacob Ramsey)

Goles

0-1, 87′: Kortney Hause

Tarjetas

Arbitro: Mike Dean
Arbitro VAR: Andy Madley
Shaw (28′,Amarilla) McGinn (65′,Amarilla) Fred (76′,Amarilla) Matthew Cash (89′,Amarilla

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