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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 21 September 2018

Kane double snuffs out Liverpool challenge and Arsenal rout Everton: Premier League round-up

Spurs win big at Wembley after Arsenal come from behind at Goodison Park

Tottenham teammates celebrate during their 4-1 thrashing of Liverpool at Wembley on Sunday. Frank Augstein / AP Photo
Tottenham teammates celebrate during their 4-1 thrashing of Liverpool at Wembley on Sunday. Frank Augstein / AP Photo

Tottenham 4 Liverpool 1

Tottenham Kane (4', 56'), Son Heung-min (12'), Alli (45'+3)

Liverpool Salah (24')

Harry Kane scored twice for Tottenham Hotspur in a 4-1 victory over an abject Liverpool team on Sunday that left the Merseyside club's Premier League title hopes in tatters.

Kane struck early in each half, book-ending goals from Son Heung-Min and Dele Alli, with Mohamed Salah netting in reply in front of a record Premier League crowd of 80,827 at Wembley that included the great Diego Maradona.

Spurs move level on points with second-place Manchester United, five points below leaders Manchester City, while Liverpool's sorry defensive display left them a yawning 12 points off the pace in eighth place.

It was a second galling defeat against a supposed title rival for Liverpool, following their 5-0 capitulation at City in early September, and they have now won just one of their last six league games.

They were unrecognisable from the team that had crushed Maribor 7-0 in the Champions League on Tuesday, their travails summed up by a catastrophic defensive display from Dejan Lovren, who was taken off in the 31st minute.

Liverpool's defeat -- their first in 10 league games against Spurs -- also saw them become only the sixth team to have conceded over 1,000 goals since the Premier League was launched in 1992.

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Arsenal's Alexandre Lacazette, centre, was one of the 'Galactico Gunners' to score on Sunday. Peter Byrne / AP Photo
Arsenal's Alexandre Lacazette, centre, was one of the 'Galactico Gunners' to score on Sunday. Peter Byrne / AP Photo

Everton 2 Arsenal 5

Everton Rooney (12'), Niasse (90'+3)

Arsenal Monreal (40'), Ozil (53'), Lacazette (74'), Ramsey (90'), Sanchez (90'+5)

Beleaguered Everton manager Ronald Koeman was left clinging on to his job after they slipped into the Premier League's relegation zone with a 5-2 home defeat to Arsenal.

No wins in their last five matches, just two victories in the last 13, eight points from nine games and only six league goals add up to a whole host of problems for the Dutchman.

Even Wayne Rooney's recreation of his famous breakthrough goal as a precocious 16-year-old against the same opposition and in the same Goodison Park net to give Everton an unexpected early lead could not mask the issues the Toffees face.

It was an advantage they never looked like holding as Nacho Monreal equalised just before the break with Mesut Ozil, Alexandre Lacazette - after Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye was sent off - and Aaron Ramsey hammering more nails into Koeman's coffin.

Substitute Oumar Niasse pulled one back thanks to poor defending but fittingly Alexis Sanchez had the final say with the last kick of the game as Arsenal's eased to a first away win of the season.

How the Dutchman, who spent £150milllion in the summer, must wish he could call on the pace of a player like Sanchez, the creativity of Ozil - both of whom are not even guaranteed to be at Arsenal next season - or the finishing of Lacazette.

The three caused problems from the third minute with the overworked Jordan Pickford tipping Ramsey's shot around the post after Sanchez and Ozil combined to cut Everton wide open through the middle.

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