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Canada’s Shelina Zadorsky extends stay with Tottenham

Canadian international Shelina Zadorsky has extended her stay with England’s Tottenham.

The 28-year-old defender from London, Ont., joined the FA Women’s Super League team in August from the NWSL’s Orlando Pride on a loan deal that expired at the end of 2020.

She has now signed a contract that runs through the end of Spurs’ current season.

“It was an easy decision to make,” Zadorsky told the club website. “I’m really looking forward to the rest of the season, we have so much potential as a team and I am excited to be part of the journey.”

Zadorsky has made 11 appearances for Spurs, who stand eighth in the 12-team league at 2-4-3.

The centre back appeared in 39 games with Orlando after being acquired in a trade with the Washington Spirit prior to the 2018 season. Before her two seasons in Washington, the University of Michigan product played club soccer in Australia with the Perth Glory and in Sweden with Vittsjo GIK.

Zadorsky has won 66 caps for Canada.

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World Cup champion Alex Morgan scores 1st goal for Tottenham from penalty spot

Alex Morgan scored her first goal for Tottenham in a 3-1 victory over Brighton on Sunday as the London club won its first match of the Women’s Super League season.

The American World Cup winner, who made her Tottenham debut last month after giving birth in May, scored her team’s third goal from a penalty in the 84th minute.

“Alex has been building up her time on the pitch over the course of the last couple of months,” Rehanne Skinner said after her first game as Tottenham manager. “For her, she’s getting more and more back to where she would probably want to be.”

Tottenham opened the scoring when Morgan was fouled and Kerys Harrop swung the free kick into the top left-hand corner of the goal in the 11th minute.

WATCH | Alex Morgan records 1st goal for Tottenham:

American World Cup winner Alex Morgan scores on a penalty in the 84th minute as her Tottenham Hotspur club went on to defeat Brighton & Hove Albion 3-1. 0:31

Brighton levelled from a 33rd-minute penalty after Allana Kennedy’s high foot caught Brighton’s Aileen Whelan. Inessa Kaagman fired powerfully inside the right post to make it 1-1.

In the 63rd minute, Angela Addison took the ball past two Brighton players and the goalkeeper to slot into the bottom right-hand corner and brilliantly restore Spurs’ lead.

Morgan is among a group of American players to have moved to English soccer for this season, with Rose Lavelle and Sam Mewis at Manchester City, and Tobin Heath and Christen Press at Manchester United.

Tottenham has six points after eight rounds.

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Racial abuse overshadows Chelsea’s London Derby win over Tottenham

FIFA’s protocol for dealing with discrimination at soccer games was implemented for the first time in the Premier League on Sunday with three stadium announcements during a London derby between Tottenham and Chelsea, following apparent racist abuse toward Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger.

The announcements came in the second half, after Rudiger was kicked in the chest by Son Heung-min in an incident that led to the 62nd-minute sending-off of Tottenham’s South Korea forward.

Rudiger, who is black, was seen putting his hands under his armpits – seemingly mimicking a monkey gesture – in the 63rd minute.

The third announcement came in injury time, by which stage – according to FIFA protocol – the game should have been abandoned.

Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta said Rudiger had told him he heard “monkey noises” toward him in the crowd, and therefore reported it to referee Anthony Taylor.

Racial abuse overshadows win

“We are very concerned and aware of this behaviour,” Azpilicueta said.

“All together, we need to make it stop. I hope everything gets clear and we eradicate it as soon as possible. It`s an issue not just in football but in life.”

According to FIFA protocol, the second step of the protocol should be an announcement leading to the suspension of the match and the players returning to the locker room for a specific period. If the discrimination continues, the third step should the abandonment of the match.

It was not immediately clear if there had been repeated incidents of racism, or if the announcements were referring to the first incident reported by Rudiger.

“I saw the referee follow the protocol,” Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho said. “He came to Andre Marriner [the fourth official], he came to me and [Chelsea manager] Frank Lampard and told us what was happening.”

The racist abuse overshadowed an accomplished performance by Chelsea in a 2-0 win that cemented its fourth place in the Premier League.

Lampard gets one over Mourinho

Earlier, Manchester United lost 2-0 at last-place Watford, with a goalkeeper howler by David De Gea – for the second weekend running – leading to the first goal at Vicarage Road.

Chelsea is four points clear of fifth-place Sheffield United, while the gap is six points to Tottenham in seventh place and seven points to United in eighth with nearly half the season gone.

Chelsea’s win saw Lampard get one over Mourinho, his one-time coach and mentor at Stamford Bridge, in their first managerial head-to-head in the Premier League.

Mourinho will point to a pair of rash moments by his players, first goalkeeper Paolo Gazzaniga and then Son.

Tottenham was already trailing 1-0 to a goal from Willian following a quickly taken corner, when Gazzaniga came flying out of his goal and pole-axed Marcos Alonso with a studs-first, chest-high lunge to concede a penalty in first-half injury time. Referee Taylor originally awarded a free kick against Alonso, somewhat bizarrely, only to reverse the decision after an invention by the video assistant referee.

Willian converted the penalty for his second goal of the game.

Son’s red card came after he was tackled by Rudiger near the touchline. Son was unhappy at the challenge and, while on his back, flicked his right foot into the chest of Rudiger, who fell backward to the ground.

“Does Rudiger have broken ribs going to the hospital?” Mourinho said. “Other people call it intelligent by Rudiger.”

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Tottenham stuns Man City to reach semifinals

Fernando Llorente sent Tottenham into its first European Cup semifinal in 57 years and ended Manchester City’s quadruple hopes by scoring the decider in a breathtaking Champions League game that produced seven goals and saw an apparent injury-time winner for City ruled out after a video review.

City won the second leg 4-3 at home but Tottenham advanced 4-4 on aggregate on Wednesday thanks to the away goals rule to set up a meeting with Ajax.

Llorente, a back-up striker who lives in the shadow of the injured Harry Kane, nudged the ball into the net in the 73rd minute with his hip — a goal that was only given after a VAR decision.

Video review worked in Tottenham’s favor again in stoppage time when Raheem Sterling looked to have secured City’s progress. But as the home fans celebrated and the devastated Spurs players slumped to the turf, the referee determined that Sergio Aguero was offside before crossing to Sterling.

It was a dramatic finish to a game that saw three lead changes and four goals scored in the opening 11 minutes.

Liverpool dumps Porto

Liverpool returned to the semifinals of the Champions League after comfortably beating Porto 4-1 on Wednesday, with attacking trio Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino grabbing a goal each.

Virgil van Dijk also scored for Liverpool, which advanced 6-1 on aggregate after winning the first leg 2-0 at home.

Porto started well and showed signs it might be able to reverse the first-leg deficit, but Liverpool took control after Mane scored a goal in the 26th minute that was confirmed by video review after being initially disallowed for offside.

Salah added to the lead in the 65th and Eder Militao scored for Porto in the 69th, but Firmino ended any doubts in the 77th and Van Dijk closed the scoring in the 84th.

Liverpool, which lost in the final last season, will now face Barcelona, which eliminated Manchester United 4-0 on aggregate on Tuesday.

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Champions League: Juventus strikes quickly to stun Tottenham

​Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala scored twice inside three minutes as Juventus stunned Tottenham to reach the Champions League quarter-finals with a 2-1 victory on Wednesday.

Building on the 2-2 draw secured in Turin in the last-16 first leg, Tottenham was in control against last season’s finalists in the first half when Son Heung-min scored at Wembley Stadium.

But Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino failed to respond to the tactical shift after Juventus’ substitutions in the second half and was left reeling when a pair of fellow Argentines ended the north London team’s European campaign. Juventus advanced 4-3 on aggregate.

Higuain began the comeback in the 64th minute from close range and then created the winner, holding off three Tottenham players before feeding Dybala to net his first Champions League goal of the season.

From a position of strength, this was a capitulation stemming from a loss of concentration and composure by the hosts.

There was one chance to force the game into extra time in the 90th. Harry Kane’s header hit the post and the ball crept across Gianluigi Buffon’s goal line before being hooked clear by Andrea Barzagli.

Man City 2, Basel 1

Manchester City lost 2-1 to Basel for its first home defeat in 15 months but still advanced to the quarter-finals.

Qualification was a formality for the English club after its 4-0 win in Switzerland in the first leg and City coach Pep Guardiola fielded a virtual reserve team at Etihad Stadium.

City advanced 5-2 on aggregate.

Still, the loss — only City’s fourth in all competitions this season — came as a surprise, particularly after Brazil striker Gabriel Jesus put the home side ahead in the eighth minute on his first start in 2018.

Mohamed Elyounoussi equalized in the 17th, and wing back Michael Lang earned Basel its latest victory over a Premier League giant by smashing a rising shot inside the near post through goalkeeper Claudio Bravo’s attempted save in the 71st.

City’s progress took the number of English teams in the quarter-finals to two, after Liverpool advanced on Tuesday.​

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Champions League: Tottenham humbles Real Madrid to reach knockout phase

​English clubs shone in the Champions League on Wednesday as Tottenham humbled Real Madrid and Manchester City beat Napoli to secure their places in the knockout stages with two games remaining.

Tottenham ended Real’s five-year unbeaten run in the Champions League group stage with a storming 3-1 at Wembley. Dele Alli scored twice on his return from a three-game suspension. City muscled its way to a 4-2 win over Napoli as Sergio Aguero took the club’s all-time scoring record.

Liverpool made it three wins from three for English clubs with a straightforward 3-0 victory over Slovenian outsider Maribor. Liverpool can qualify by beating Sevilla in its next game.

Monaco and Leipzig risk elimination after their Group G rivals Besiktas and Porto picked up valuable points.

Here is a look at what happened in Wednesday’s games.

Liverpool cut loose in Group E

Liverpool wasn’t quite as imperious as in its previous 7-0 hammering of Maribor, but three second-half goals were enough for a win that makes the Reds highly likely to qualify.

Maribor’s defence managed to hold Liverpool at bay until Mohamed Salah opened the scoring in the 49th minute. More goals followed from Emre Can and Daniel Sturridge, while James Milner missed a penalty.

That leaves Liverpool in first place, one point ahead of Sevilla, which beat Spartak Moscow 2-1 to gain a measure of revenge for its 5-1 loss in the Russian capital two weeks ago.

In contrast to the disarray in Moscow, Sevilla played with a calm authority from the start and took a 2-0 lead through Clement Lenglet and Ever Banega. A consolation goal from Ze Luis came too late to spark a comeback from the Russian champion.

Man City 4-for-4 in Group F

Manchester City made it four wins from four with victory in Naples as it qualified for the knockout stages for the fifth year in a row.

Lorenzo Insigne put Napoli ahead in the 21st — the first time since August that City had conceded the opening goal of any game. Nicolas Otamendi and John Stones scored for City to turn the match around, before Jorginho equalized for the hosts from the penalty spot. But Aguero’s goal on a counterattack, his 178th for the club, gave him the City scoring record and Raheem Sterling added the visitors’ fourth in stoppage time.

Shakhtar Donetsk hasn’t made it past the group stage since the 2014-15 season, but looks likely to do so this campaign after beating Feyenoord 3-1 to tighten its hold on second place.

For the second time in two games against Shakhtar, Feyenoord took an early lead but was later overwhelmed by the Ukrainian team, whose attacking midfielder Marlos finished with two goals.

Besiktas clear atop Group G

Turkey’s Besiktas continued its strong group stage campaign with a 1-1 draw against Monaco that keeps it unbeaten.

With just two points from four games, Monaco is last in the group and facing an early exit. However, its prospects would have been very different if a shot by Keita Balde hadn’t been saved by Besiktas goalkeeper Fabri in stoppage time.

Monaco must now beat Porto and Leipzig in its last two games to stand any chance of qualifying.

Aiming for its first appearance in the knockout phase, Besiktas now sits four points clear at the top from Porto. The Portuguese club beat Leipzig 3-1 to move second in the group, two points ahead of the defeated German team, which is in its debut Champions League campaign.

Group H: Real’s poor showing

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane will face criticism from fans of the reigning Spanish and European championa after a poor showing away to Tottenham.

Two goals from Dele Alli and one from Christian Eriksen gave Tottenham a commanding lead that ensured the London club qualified for the knockout stages for only the second time, and first since 2010-11.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s 80th-minute goal meant little outside this season’s Champions League goalscorer standings, which he leads by one goal from Tottenham’s Harry Kane.

Madrid has now won only two of its last five games in all competitions, including a draw at home with Tottenham and a loss in the Spanish league to Girona on Sunday.

The group’s other two teams, Borussia Dortmund and APOEL Nicosia, are mathematically still in contention to qualify but realistically have almost no chance after their 1-1 draw. Either would now need to beat both Tottenham and Madrid to stand any chance of reaching the knockout stages.

Champion League results

  • Tottenham 3-1 Real Madrid (Group H)
  • Porto 3-1 Leipzig (Group G)
  • Napoli 2-4 Man. City (Group F)
  • Sevilla 2-1 Smartak Moskva (Group E)
  • Liverpool 3-0 Maribor (Group E)
  • Shakhtar Donetsk 3-1 Feyenoord (Group F)
  • Dortmund 1-1 APOEL (Group H)
  • Besiktas 1-1 Monaco (Group G)

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Champions League: Ronaldo's pair keeps Madrid level with Tottenham

A two-goal performance by Cristiano Ronaldo gave Real Madrid a 3-1 win at Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League on Tuesday, keeping the defending champions at the top of Group H along with Tottenham, which defeated APOEL 3-0 in Cyprus for its second consecutive victory.

Liverpool was held to a 1-1 draw at Spartak Moscow to remain winless after two matches, while Manchester City made it two wins in a row with a 2-0 victory over Shakhtar Donetsk in England.

FC Porto picked up a stunning 3-0 victory at Monaco, while Sevilla easily defeated Maribor of Slovenia 3-0 in Spain.

Here is a look at Tuesday’s games:

Ronaldo goes 2 for 2

Ronaldo scored two goals for the second straight match in the Champions League, leading Madrid to victory in Germany.

The Portugal forward had also found the net twice in the team’s opening 3-0 win against APOEL.

Gareth Bale also scored for Madrid on Tuesday, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang put the hosts on the board.

Tottenham, which beat the German side 3-1 in their opener at Wembley Stadium, defeated APOEL with a Harry Kane hat trick, his sixth of the year.

Liverpool draws Spartak Moscow in Champions League1:07

Tottenham and Madrid are tied with six points and have the same number of goals scored and conceded.

Sevilla takes group lead

Sevilla took the group lead with the comfortable home win against Maribor, while Liverpool stumbled to its second consecutive draw.

Wissam Ben Yedder scored a hat trick in Sevilla’s victory, finding the net twice in the first half and converting a late penalty. He had also scored one of the team’s goals in the 2-2 draw at Liverpool in the first match.

Missed chances were costly for Liverpool as it dropped points again in Russia, where the hosts opened the scoring with a free kick by Fernando before Philippe Coutinho equalized a few minutes later.

Harry Kane nets Champions League hat trick in Spurs win1:30

Spartak looks set for more UEFA punishment after its fans displayed a banner reading “UEFA mafia” and set off smoke bombs. They were protesting UEFA’s decision to punish the club for a flare fired at the referee during the club’s previous Champions League fixture.

Sevilla has four points, two more than both Liverpool and Spartak.

Manchester City on top

Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling scored either side of Sergio Aguero’s penalty miss as Manchester City beat Shakhtar Donetsk to take the group’s lead with six points, three more than Shakhtar and Napoli.

By seeing his penalty saved by goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov, Aguero missed a chance to join Eric Brook as City’s all-time record scorer on 177 goals.

Napoli, which opened group play with a 2-1 loss at Shakhtar, rebounded with a convincing 3-1 home win over Feyenoord.

Dries Mertens extended his red-hot form by scoring one goal and setting up another, while Lorenzo Insigne and Jose Callejon also found the net.

Goalkeeper Pepe Reina saved a penalty.

FC Porto earn first group win

FC Porto earned its first group win by stunning Monaco with a pair of goals by Vincent Aboubakar and a late strike by substitute Miguel Layun.

Monaco, last year’s semifinalist, was taught a lesson in counterattacking football as it remained winless following its opening 1-1 draw at Leipzig.

Besiktas took the group lead with the home victory over Leipzig after first-half goals by Ryan Babel and Talisca. The Turkish club has six points, three more than Porto.

Besiktas had opened with a 3-1 win at Porto.

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