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English Premier League 2016-17

Unlucky Liverpool pricked by Danny Rose thorn in Spurs draw

Reds fail to put the game away allowing Tottenham to equalise, while Arsenal and Leicester City picked up their first Premier League wins of the season

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 28 August, 2016, 1:18am
UPDATED : Sunday, 28 August, 2016, 1:18am

Left-back Danny Rose’s 72nd-minute equaliser earned Tottenham Hotspur a 1-1 draw with Liverpool in a hard-fought Premier League encounter at White Hart Lane on Saturday.

James Milner gave Liverpool a deserved lead with a penalty shortly before half-time, but Spurs got their reward for a spell of sustained second-half pressure when Rose drilled home the equaliser.

The England fullback’s strike means he has already matched his tally from last season and it preserved Spurs’ unbeaten record following their draw at Everton and victory over Crystal Palace.

“I’m very pleased,” said Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino.

“It was a very competitive game. Both teams played with passion, which is very important. It was a fantastic game for the neutral.

“The effort and the character we showed today were fantastic. It’s not easy when you play a team that are perfect on the counter-attack and you need to take risks. The draw is a fair result.”

It was a frustrating outcome for visiting manager Jurgen Klopp on his return to the scene of his first game at the Liverpool helm last October, which ended in a 0-0 draw.

His side showed a much sharper cutting edge than in last weekend’s 2-0 defeat at Burnley, but their inability to close the game out enabled Spurs to rescue a point.

“When you take a point at Tottenham, for 99 per cent of teams it would be a good thing,” Klopp told the BBC.

“We played a very good away game against a very strong side. It was our first real mistake and it was a goal, so that is not really fair.

“We showed we can be good. We played football and defended really good. It doesn’t feel too brilliant at the moment.”

It was a contest between two teams who like to press high up the pitch and in the first half it was Tottenham who had the greatest difficulty playing the ball out from the back.

Deputising in goal for Spurs again in place of the injured Hugo Lloris, Michel Vorm was frequently called into action.

The Dutchman produced a stunning fourth-minute stop to thwart Philippe Coutinho from Roberto Firmino’s square pass and twice raced from his line to expertly tackle Sadio Mane.

Coutinho had overcome a stiff hamstring to start and he continually found space in threatening positions, with one shot deflected over and another comfortably parried by Vorm at his near post.

Aside from a Christian Eriksen free-kick that Simon Mignolet fisted away, Spurs posed little threat at the other end, although Vincent Janssen could have won a penalty after being blocked by Joel Matip.

Mane, meanwhile, was fortunate to avoid a red card after clattering Rose two minutes after being booked for a late one on Dele Alli.

Elswhere, Arsenal and Leicester City picked up their first Premier League wins of the season by beating Watford and Swansea City, respectively, while Chelsea continued their 100 per cent start with a 3-0 stroll over Burnley.

First-half goals from Santi Cazorla, Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil gave Arsenal a 3-1 win at Watford to ease the pressure on long-serving manager Arsene Wenger.

“We had two difficult away games,” Wenger told Sky Sports. “But today I believe we had a good solid performance.”

Cazorla opened the scoring with a ninth-minute penalty and Sanchez and the outstanding Ozil struck again before half-time.

“We had a good cushion at halftime,” Wenger added. “At the moment, we’re not completely there physically and you could see that in the second half.”

Debutant Roberto Pereyra pulled one back for Watford with an unstoppable shot.

Champions Leicester got back to winning ways after Jamie Vardy’s trademark strike and Wes Morgan’s second-half effort downed Swansea City 2-1 at a rain-swept King Power Stadium.

Vardy beat Lukasz Fabianski after being picked out by Danny Drinkwater before captain Morgan slammed home from close range.

Leroy Fer pulled one back in the 80th minute after Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez had a 56th-minute penalty saved by Fabianski.

Goals from Eden Hazard, Willian and Victor Moses sent Antonio Conte’s Chelsea provisionally to top spot with a 3-0 win over Burnley in a one-sided match at Stamford Bridge.

A revitalised Hazard beat Tom Heaton in the ninth minute and Willian added a second in the 41st minute after being played in by Diego Costa.

“The team played very well, created a lot of chances,” Conte said. “To keep the clean sheet is very important and to increase our confidence in the work we are doing. Now we must continue.”

Substitute Moses added a third as Chelsea’s revival continues apace.

Everton continued their unbeaten start when they overcame Stoke City 1-0 thanks to keeper Shay Given’s own goal. Southampton and Crystal Palace scored late equalisers to 1-1 draws with Sunderland and Bournemouth, respectively.

Given got his hand to a penalty kick before the ball came off the post and went in after striking the unlucky Stoke goalkeeper.

The own-goal in the 51st minute was enough to give Everton their second win from three league games and the club’s first at home.

Leighton Baines took the penalty after Stoke defender Phil Bardsley fouled Ashley Williams.

The home side dominated the game, only to find Stoke centre back Ryan Shawcross in inspired form before watching England coach Sam Allardyce.

Stoke almost claimed an equaliser through Marko Arnautovic, but Everton goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg deflected the Austrian’s effort onto the crossbar.

Stoke has one point from three games.

Reuters, Associated Press