Tottenham pulled to within seven points of English Premier League leaders Chelsea after a 3-2 home win against Everton on Sunday.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side got a brace from leading scorer Harry Kane as well as a late goal from Dele Alli, which proved to be the difference. Kane’s long-range effort had Spurs up 1-0 at halftime, before doubling his tally in the 56th minute. Romelu Lukaku pulled Everton to within one in the 81st minute, slotting home his 18th league goal.
Dele Alli chipped home a third for Spurs in the 92nd minute, before Enner Valencia made things interesting, scoring a minute later to make it 3-2. However, that was the closest the Toffees got as the points stayed with the hosts. Joel Robles made four saves in the defeat, while Hugo Lloris was only troubled twice. Everton remain in seventh, while Tottenham stay in second.
Elsewhere, Italian leader Juventus was held to a draw at Udinese, while Inter Milan and Torino earned important victories. Freiburg erased an early deficit at Eintracht Frankfurt in Germany, while Hamburg earned a great result against Hertha Berlin. Atletico Madrid rolled to a home win against Valencia in La Liga action, while Las Palmas cruised past Osasuna.
Here is a rundown of all Sunday’s action in Europe:
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE
Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City made it four straight league victories after a 2-0 road win at Sunderland. Jermain Defoe saw his early chance go off the left post for the Black Cats. Sergio Aguero’s 42nd minute tap-in broke the 0-0 deadlock right before halftime as Manchester City dominated possession in the early stages. Leroy Sane’s strike off the right post doubled the visitors lead in the 59th minute, which gave Guardiola’s men some insurance. Jordan Pickford made five saves for Sunderland, which was on the back-foot for most of the match. Manchester City moved up to third place with the win. Sunderland drop its third consecutive league match, and sits six points from safety.
Tottenham 3 – Everton 2
Sunderland 0 – Manchester City 2
West Ham United host Chelsea on Monday afternoon in the final match of the round.
SPANISH LA LIGA
Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid comfortably defeated Valencia at the Vicente Calderon thanks to a brace from striker Antoine Griezmann. His 10th-minute opener proved to be the winner as the Frenchman finished nicely to the bottom right corner. Kevin Gameiro’s long-range effort three minutes into the second half extended the Atletico lead to 2-0, before Griezmann netted his 12th league goal in the 83rd minute to stamp the 3-0 score-line. Valencia held the edge in possession 57%-43%, but only forced two saves out of Atletico keeper Jan Oblak. Valencia’s Diego Alves made five saves in the defeat. The hosts remain in fourth place, while Valencia stay in 13th.
In Sunday’s early match, a 45th-minute winner from Pedro Mosquera helped Sporting Gijon earn all three points at El Molinon against Sporting Gijon. Mosquera’s header on the verge of halftime gave the visitors a lead they would not lose. Emre Colak’s 32nd minute penalty was saved by Ivan Cuellar earlier in the half. The visitors earned their first league win since Dec. 18th, which keeps them in 17th. Sporting Gijon has now lost three of their last four in league play, while they sit six points from safety.
Here are all of Sunday’s La Liga results:
Sporting Gijon 0 – Deportivo La Coruna 1
Atletico Madrid 3 – Valencia 0
Las Palmas 5 – Osasuna 2
Athletic Bilbao 1 – Malaga 0
Alaves host third-place Sevilla in the final match of the round on Monday afternoon.
Freiburg fought back for a 2-1 road win against Eintracht Frankfurt. Florian Niederlechner’s 59th-minute goal proved to be the winner as the striker netted his second of the match. The German equalized for the visitors in the 25th minute, with a left-footed effort. Eintracht Frankfurt had an early 1-0 lead thanks to Branimir Hrgota’s fourth league goal of the campaign. The win for Freiburg moves them up to eighth, now sitting two points behind their opponents who remain in sixth.
In a battle featuring two U.S. international players, hosts Hamburg defeated Hertha Berlin, 1-0, at the Imtech Arena. Albin Ekdal’s 77th minute winner proved to be the difference as Hamburg bounced back from last weekend’s 8-0 shellacking at Bayern Munich. Both Hamburg forward Bobby Wood and Hertha defender John Brooks both played the full match. Hertha Berlin remains in fifth place, while Hamburg sit in 16th place.
Eintracht Frankfurt 1 – SC Freiburg 2
Hamburger SV 1 – Hertha Berlin 0
ITALIAN SERIE A
Italian leaders Juventus fought back for a point against Udinese on Sunday at the Friuli Stadium. Leonardo Bonucci’s header at the hour mark leveled the score at 1-1 after Udinese had a lead after 37 minutes. Duvan Zapata’s left-footed finish had the hosts leading going into halftime. Juventus out-possessed Udinese 65%-35%, but only had three shots-on-goal. Juve keeper Gianluigi Buffon made four saves in the draw, which now has the leaders eight points ahead of second-place Roma. Udinese remain in 14th after snapping a three-match losing streak.
Elsewhere, Inter Milan made it three league wins in a row after a 5-1 drubbing of Cagliari at the Sant’Elia. Ever Banega’s 39th minute strike proved to be the winner, as Inter rolled after half-time. Ivan Perisic’s left-footed effort after 34 minutes had the visitors in front 1-0 before Banega’s scrumptious free-kick five minutes later extended the Inter lead. Marco Borriello’s 42nd minute header pulled Cagliari to within one, before the game got out of hand after halftime. Perisic netted his second of the match in the 47th, before Mauro Icardi’s 67th minute penalty made it 4-1. Roberto Gagliardini’s right footed effort in the 88th minute stamped the final score at 5-1. Stefano Pioli’s side move to fifth with the win, while Cagliari fall to 13th.
Torino got a hat-trick from 23-year-old striker Andrea Belotti to defeat Palermo 3-1. However the visitors led 1-0 at halftime, thanks to a 30th minute strike from Andrea Rispoli. Belotti headed home Torino’s equalizer in the 73rd minute, before putting the hosts in front three minutes later with a right-footed effort. Belotti capped his hat-trick with an 81st minute header to give him 22 league goals on the season now. Joe Hart made two saves for Torino, while Josip Posavec made three in the defeat. Torino remain in ninth, while Palermo stay in 18th.
Here are all of Sunday’s Serie A results:
Atalanta 0 – Fiorentina 0
Cagliari 1 – Inter Milan 5
Crotone 0 – Sassuolo 0
Empoli 0 – Genoa 2
Torino 3 – Palermo 1
Udinese 1 – Juventus 1
Bologna 0 – Lazio 2
FRENCH LIGUE 1
Marseille bounced back from last weekend’s home defeat against PSG, by brushing aside minnows Lorient at the Stade du Moustoir. Rolando’s sixth minute header put Rudi Garcia’s side ahead 1-0 early, before Dimitri Payet’s left-footed striker doubled their lead in the 19th minute. Florian Thauvin made it 3-0 in the 53rd minute before Morgan Sanson added to the lead three minutes later. Benjamin Moukandjo’s 73rd minute header pulled a goal back for the hosts, but was a mere consolation. Marseille go up to sixth with the comfortable win, while Lorient remain glued to last place.
Lille fought back for a point at the Stadium Municipal against hosts Toulouse on Sunday afternoon. Yassine Benzia’s 80th minute equalizer pulled Lille level at 1-1, despite going down at the half-hour mark. Christopher Jullien’s 30th minute header from close range had the hosts in front 1-0. Martin Braithwaite’s 84th minute penalty kick was saved by Lille keeper Vincent Enyeama which saved Lille from dropping points late. Both Enyeama and Alban Lafont made four saves each in the draw. Lille remain in 16th, while Toulouse stay in ninth after earning their third consecutive draw.
League leaders Monaco made it consecutive league victories after a 4-0 demolition of Nantes at the Stade Louis II. A brace from 18-year-old Kylian Mbappe-Lottin sparked the hosts to a win which they were clearly the favorites. Mbappe opened the scoring after four minutes from a right-footed effort. Valere Germain’s ninth league goal extended Monaco’s lead to 2-0 before halftime, before Mbappe headed in his second in first-half stoppage time. Midfielder Fabinho slotted home from the penalty spot in the 59th minute stamping the score at 4-0. Danijel Subasic made three saves for Monaco, while Nantes defensively were poor. The hosts re-extend their three-point lead at the top of the table, while Nantes drop their first league match since Feb. 5th.
Here are all of Sunday’s Ligue 1 results:
Lorient 1 – Marseille 4
Toulouse 1 – Lille 1
Monaco 4 – Nantes 0