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Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo is set to join Juventus, becoming one of the four most expensive players of all time.


It is understood a deal worth £105m has been reached between the two clubs that will see the 33-year-old Portuguese end a nine-year stay at the Bernabeu.

Ronaldo won four Champions Leagues and two La Liga titles at Real.

"The time has come to open a new stage in my life, that's why I asked the club to accept transferring me," he said.


Ronaldo joined Real from Manchester United for £80m in July 2009 and scored a club-record 451 goals and won the Ballon D'Or - awarded to the world's best footballer - in 2008, 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017.
He has helped them win the Champions League in four of the past five seasons, scoring in the 2014 and 2017 finals.
"For Real Madrid Cristiano Ronaldo will always be one of its great symbols," said a club statement.
"Real Madrid wants to express its gratitude to a player who has proved to be the best in the world and who has marked one of the brightest times in the history of our club and world football.
"Real Madrid will always be your home."
He is now set to be unveiled as the Italian club's record signing, eclipsing the £75.3m they paid for Gonzalo Higuain.

Despite their dominance in Europe's premier club competition, Real struggled domestically, finishing 17 points behind champions Barcelona last season.
Real are keen on reshaping their team under new manager Julen Lopetegui and the 33-time La Liga winners have also been linked with a move for Paris St-Germain's 26-year-old Brazil forward Neymar.
However, it would be a controversial move as Neymar spent four years at Real's fierce rivals Barcelona before joining Paris St-Germain in a world record transfer of £200m last summer.
Real have also been linked with a move for another PSG forward, Kylian Mbappe, the 19-year-old who has helped France reach the semi-finals of the World Cup.
Source: BBC Sports

Arsene Wenger is to leave Arsenal at the end of the season, ending a near 22-year reign as manager.
The Frenchman departs a year before his latest contract was due to expire.

The Gunners are sixth in the league and set to miss out on a top-four spot for the second straight season, with their hopes of reaching the Champions League resting on winning the Europa League.
Wenger, 68, won three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups, including the Double in 1998 and 2002.

"I am grateful for having had the privilege to serve the club for so many memorable years," said Wenger. "I managed the club with full commitment and integrity.

"To all the Arsenal lovers, take care of the values of the club."

Arsenal say a successor will be appointed "as soon as possible".

Arsenal majority shareholder Stan Kroenke described Friday's announcement as "one of the most difficult days we have ever had in all our years in sport".
He added: "One of the main reasons we got involved with Arsenal was because of what Arsene has brought to the club on and off the pitch.
"His longevity and consistency over such a sustained period at the highest level of the game will never be matched."

The American praised Wenger's "exceptional record", adding that he "transformed the identity of our club and of English football with his vision for how the game can be played".

Appointed on 1 October 1996, he is the Premier League's current longest-serving manager and has taken charge of a record 823 games.
But some fans have turned on the Frenchman over the past two seasons as a result of their league performances.

Sunday's 2-1 defeat at Newcastle was their 11th in the league this season, equalling their worst tally in a campaign under Wenger.
They are 33 points behind leaders Manchester City, who have 87 points, and the same number away from bottom side West Brom, who have 21.

Arsenal finished outside the top four last term for the first time since Wenger arrived at the club, and are now 14 points behind fourth-placed Tottenham, with five matches remaining.
They face Spanish side Atletico Madrid, who are second in La Liga, in the Europa League semi-finals, with the first leg on Thursday.

Source: BBC Sport

Virgil van Dijk scored the winner on his debut following his £75m move to Liverpool as the Reds edged past Everton to move into the fourth round of the FA Cup.

Van Dijk, the most expensive defender in world football after his move from Southampton earlier this week, headed in Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's 84th-minute corner to decide a frantic Merseyside derby at Anfield.
Gylfi Sigurdsson had equalised with a curled finish from 20 yards after a quick breakaway move involving Yannick Bolasie, Ademola Lookman and Phil Jagielka.
Hosts Liverpool had gone ahead in the first half through James Milner's penalty after Mason Holgate pulled back Adam Lallana.
Holgate was also involved in a controversial incident with Roberto Firmino, with the Everton man pushing his opponent off the field and over an advertising hoarding, although neither man was booked.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp to BBC Sport: "It was for sure not the best piece of football for 95 minutes but a proper fight. I'm delighted with the attitude we showed again, it was a difficult game. It was not the night for brilliant football, to play through. You would love to see that but Everton defended well. They played football, a big difference to the last game between us.
"The equaliser was the worst protection I ever saw in my life. It made no sense at all. We were all in the wrong direction. But when you make mistakes in football you have to react and we did again. It was nice that Virgil van Dijk could score in his first game, a brilliant header. I am really happy.
"In front of the Kop, makes it even better. In Germany we say cup games have different laws and it was like that - there was an extra push from both sides.
"It was a similar situation [to the penalty against Liverpool for Everton last month], the first one was no penalty in my opinion and this one wasn't also. It's the same. There is contact and the referee used his whistle. Exactly the same situation.
"It was not necessary for Mason Holgate to give Firmino that push, it was really dangerous and usually players don't do that. We cannot change that."
Everton manager Sam Allardyce to BBC Sport: "We gave everything we could today and in the end we were disappointed we did not take them back to our place. It is a shame after all that effort.
"I didn't think it was a penalty, but there is not much we can do now. For me, I thought some of the fouls they got and bookings we got and fouls we didn't get was very harsh by the referee in terms of consistency. There were similar incidents, similar penalties.
"At the end of the day, we have given everything we could and we tried our very best today."
Asked about the incident between Holgate and Firmino, Allardyce replied: "I'm only interested in the football, not want happened with Firmino and Mason. I will definitely ask him and we will see where it goes from there."
Source: BBC Sport
Midfielder Ross Barkley has described his £15m move from Everton to Chelsea as "unbelievable and "a fresh start".

The England international, 24, has signed a five-and-a-half-year deal with last season's Premier League champions.
Barkley, who leaves Everton after 13 years at Goodison Park, has not played for seven months because of a hamstring injury and had surgery in August.
"He's very young and has a lot of space for improvement," said Chelsea manager Antonio Conte.
"He's a good prospect but at the same time, it will be very important to understand, if the player signs, we must have patience to help him recover.
Barkley turned down a move to Stamford Bridge on transfer deadline day in August after rejecting a new deal at Everton and was due to be out of contact in the summer.
He will wear the number eight shirt at Chelsea - previously worn by Frank Lampard and Oscar.
"To be given a fresh start at a new club like Chelsea, it's unbelievable for me," said Barkley, who made his Toffees debut in 2011.
Barkley joined Everton's academy as an 11-year-old in 2005 and played 150 times in the Premier League, scoring 21 goals.
He has 22 caps for England and played at the 2014 World Cup.
Source: BBC Sport

Hector Bellerin's stunning injury-time strike earned Arsenal a point against Chelsea in one of the most entertaining matches of the Premier League season so far.

The two sides shared an incredible 33 chances, with the heroic keeping of Gunners' Petr Cech and Blues' Thibaut Courtois ensuring only four goals were conceded.

Courtois had made exceptional stops to deny Alexis Sanchez and Alexandre Lacazette before he was finally beaten when Jack Wilshere fired high past him in the 63rd minute.

The lead only lasted four minutes, Eden Hazard converting from the spot to level after his foot had been caught by Bellerin.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger labelled Anthony Taylor's decision "farcical", adding "you could give 10 penalties like that a game".

Chelsea must have thought they had secured all three points when Marcos Alonso flicked home substitute Davide Zappacosta's low cross after 84 minutes.

But in the second minute of stoppage time, Bellerin produced an exceptional half-volley to earn the Gunners a point.

There was more drama seconds from the end when Zappacosta's shot thundered off Cech's crossbar.
It was error-strewn and exhilarating end to a back-breaking festive period for both sides.

Arsenal, playing their sixth game in 19 days, just had the upper-hand in the opening exchanges.
Sanchez saw a shot come off both posts after a stunning stop from Courtois, before the Belgian pushed away a low strike from Lacazette.

The French summer signing was a constant menace to the Blues' defence. He had another low effort come off the heel of Courtois and was denied again when his turn and shot was pushed around the post.

However, it was the unlikely sources of Wilshere and Bellerin - with just two goals between them in all competitions this season at kick-off - who managed to find a way past Courtois.

Wilshere, who had not scored in the top flight since May 2015, gave the Gunners the lead when he smashed home high past the goalkeeper from eight yards.

And with the Gunners staring at defeat, Bellerin, who conceded the penalty, produced a brilliant side-foot half-volley to raise the roof at the Emirates.

Chelsea had 19 of the 33 chances on goal in the match, with top-scorer Alvaro Morata wasting three one-on-one opportunities.

His first should have given Chelsea the lead, but he inexplicably slid the ball well wide. He then beat Rob Holding for pace but his dinked finish drifted over the bar.

And moments after Bellerin scored, the Spaniard was faced with another one-on-one but fired straight at Cech before Zappacosta followed up with a vicious strike that came off the bar.

Cech was brilliant and made two great low saves from Hazard and Alonso before he was beaten by the pair.

Hazard, with another effervescent display, scored the equaliser from the spot after Bellerin caught his foot with his studs.

And then wing-back Alonso scored his third goal in his last five appearance when he swept in after good work from Zappacosta on the right.

Source: BBC Sport



Manchester City's 18-game Premier League winning run was ended by a goalless draw at Crystal Palace, who missed out on the chance to become the first team to beat them in the league this season when they had an injury-time penalty saved.

It was a disappointing display from Pep Guardiola's side, but they still extended their lead at the top of the table to 14 points - the biggest gap between the leaders and the chasing pack at this stage of the season in top-flight history.

It could have been worse for City had goalkeeper Ederson not saved Luka Milivojevic's spot-kick after substitute Raheem Sterling had fouled Wilfried Zaha in the box in the 92nd minute.

However it could still prove a costly afternoon for City with Gabriel Jesus leaving the field injured and in tears in the first half, and the league's top assist-maker Kevin de Bruyne stretchered off after a heavy tackle from Jason Puncheon in the final minute.



It leaves City with only one fit senior striker in Sergio Aguero who replaced Jesus at Selhurst Park.
While Chelsea and Manchester United trail City by some distance, they may see a small light at the end of the tunnel in a title race that appeared to be all but over before the turn of the year.

Palace were rewarded after their defensive grit and off-the-ball energy shone through in an enthralling contest.

The question, after they pressed so ferociously in the first half, was whether they were fit enough in the midst of the congested Christmas fixture-list to keep it up.

But the hosts did just that, with midfielder Luka Milivojevic covering more ground than anyone on the pitch (12.69 km), even if his late spot-kick was struck too close to City goalkeeper Ederson.

The point means the Eagles start the new year outside of the bottom three, a point above West Ham in 18th - symbolic for a club that suffered seven straight defeats without scoring during their miserable start to the season.

They also secured only their second home clean sheet in the league all season against a team which have scored 101 goals in 2017.

The downside to playing their energetic part in such an enthralling contest was the first-half injury to centre-back Scott Dann, with Hodgson already light on defenders in Mamadou Sakho's injury absence because of a calf problem.

But they can take heart from creating other opportunities to win aside from the penalty; with full-back Patrick van Aanholt testing Ederson in the first half and Andros Townsend wasting a gilt-edged chance to convert on 78 minutes.


With Yohan Cabaye, who drew applause for closing down City defender Nicolas Otamendi in the first half, playing further forward than he did in their previous defeat by Arsenal, Palace had a courage with the ball to match their resilience off it.

Source: BBC Sports


Mohamed Salah's double helped Liverpool extend their unbeaten run to 15 games in all competitions with victory against Leicester at Anfield.
Jamie Vardy gave the visitors an early lead when he poked home a Riyad Mahrez pass across the box before Salah equalised in the second half.
The Egypt international then turned Harry Maguire on the edge of the area before firing in his second of the day - and 17th Premier League goal of the season - to give Liverpool the lead.
Jurgen Klopp's Reds will finish the year in fourth place. Leicester remain in eighth but have now gone six games without a win.

Klopp's men show persistence
Too many times this season Liverpool have failed to capitalise on their chances - having to settle for draws against both West Brom and Spartak Moscow after dominating for 90 minutes.
That was not the case on Saturday as the Reds battled through a tough defensive unit to come back from a goal down against the 2016 Premier League champions.
There were still plenty of missed opportunities - Salah squandered four efforts in the first half alone, before Liverpool's top scorer made up for it with two clinical finishes after the break.
It still took 17 shots, six on target, for the hosts to get the result they needed but the recovery from falling behind so early is an encouraging sign for Klopp's side as they head into the new year.
At the other end, it was a fairly solid performance from centre-back duo Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip, who have both been criticised for their performances at times this season.
Overall, Klopp has much to be pleased about after his team produced a persistent display against the Foxes, who have so far been something of a bogey side for the German manager.

Leicester went into half-time with the lead thanks to yet another goal from Vardy - his 10th of the season.
His record against Liverpool is impressive - scoring seven of Leicester's past nine goals against the Reds in the Premier League.
It was no surprise to see him identified as a threat before the game and he was just that - running in behind the defenders and looking to find spaces behind Liverpool's back four.
There were signs of danger for the home side when Vardy found space on the left even before his third-minute opener.
He could have doubled Leicester's lead shortly before half-time too but for a heavy touch which allowed Lovren time to recover.
Even after Salah's equaliser, England striker Vardy continued to be a constant threat, with the offside flag coming to Liverpool's aid on more than one occasion.
It was a therefore a surprise to see him substituted with the teams level - alongside Mahrez, who had assisted Vardy's early goal.
The pair have scored in five of the Foxes' seven games this month and fans will no doubt question Claude Puel's decision to take both of them off with more than 15 minutes still left to play.

Source: BBC Sport

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has questioned Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp's 2016 threat to quit rather than spend inflated transfer fees.

The Anfield club are to sign Virgil van Dijk from Southampton in a £75m deal on 1 January for a fee which is a world record for a defender.

Klopp said on Friday the "last thing" he considers is the fee "because we are thinking about the player".

He added: "You get the price and you have to accept it or not."

However, Mourinho used his news conference to revisit the comments Klopp made when United closed in on an £89m deal to sign Paul Pogba from Juventus in July 2016.

The Liverpool boss said then he wanted "to do it differently" and would do even if he could spend such sums. He added that "the day that this is football, I'm not in a job any more".

Speaking on Friday, Mourinho suggested journalists ask the German about those comments.

"The reality is if they think the player is the right player for them, and they really want the player, they pay this amount or they don't have the player," he said,

"If you pay, you pay a crazy amount of money but if you don't, you don't have the player. It's as simple as that. No criticism at all about what Liverpool did. It's just the way it is."


Speaking earlier in the day, Klopp said that certain deals over the past two years had "changed everything" when it came to the transfer market.
Brazilian Neymar moved from Barcelona to Paris St-Germain in the summer for a world record £200m after the French club paid his buy-out clause.
They also signed Kylian Mbappe on loan for £165.7m in August, while Barcelona paid £135.5m for Ousmane Dembele the same month.
"I'm surprised about the development in the last two years," Klopp said. "There were big steps and the last half a year changed everything.
"We cannot, as a club, change that. Not each club would be able to do it but a lot of clubs are able to do it and they will do it in the future. It's about need and opportunity.
"It's the same like it was before. Half a year ago there was a big transfer for an offensive player and now we have a big transfer for a defensive player. It's around about a third of it - that is how it always was.
"It's not nice but that is the market. We have to adapt. That's how it is."
Source: BBC Sports

Sevilla have sacked head coach Eduardo Berizzo a week after he returned from cancer surgery.
The Argentine, 48, took charge of the 0-0 draw with Levante on 15 December following a successful prostate operation in November.

Sevilla, who lost 3-1 at Real Sociedad on Wednesday, have taken only one point from their past three La Liga games and are fifth in the table, 13 points behind leaders Barcelona.

Berizzo was appointed in May.
He joined from Celta Vigo after Jorge Sampaoli left to become Argentina manager.
Berizzo's condition was made public after Seville came from three goals down to draw 3-3 with Liverpool in the Champions League group stage on 21 November.

In a statement, Sevilla said the process to find a new head coach had started.
Sevilla face Manchester United in the Champions League last 16, with the first leg in Seville on 21 February.

Source: BBC Sports
France will host the 2023 Rugby World Cup after beating rival bids from South Africa and Ireland.
World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont

South Africa had been expected to win the vote after an independent review recommended they stage the tournament.
However, at a World Rugby Council meeting in London on Wednesday, France was chosen to hold the 10th event.
France has staged the competition twice before - in 1991 and 2007 - and won in the second round of voting, with 24 votes compared to 15 for South Africa.
Ireland, one of five joint hosts in 1991, was eliminated after getting eight of the 39 votes in the first round - France picked up 18 and South Africa 13.

South Africa hosted the World Cup in 1995, when the Springboks beat New Zealand 15-12 in the final.
World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont described the selection process as the "most transparent and comprehensive" in the organisation's history.
"I am delighted for France. They have run a World Cup before and I think it will be an exciting World Cup," he said
"We feel for the first time that within World Rugby we have put the results of our evaluation out to the general public."
Source: BBC SPORTS
Barcelona dropped points for the first time in this year's Champions League as they were held to a goalless draw by Olympiakos.


The Greek hosts set themselves up to make things difficult for the Catalans who struggled to create much in front of a hostile atmosphere in Athens.
The visitors dominated possession and spent much of the game camped in the Olympiakos half but could not find the cutting edge required.

An out-of-sorts Luis Suarez should have won the game late on when he latched onto a Lionel Messi pass over the top, but his looping shot bounced off the bar and went over.

Belgian Proto was the reason the scores stayed goalless, as he was able to repel numerous efforts from Barcelona, keeping out Messi twice.
Firstly, he turned a mishit shot from a corner wide and then was out quickly to narrow things for the Argentine as he ran through the defence before hitting one across Proto who stuck out a leg to stop the effort, as well as saving two well-taken free-kicks from the Barcelona man.

Messi was the only player to give Barcelona any impetus, dropping deep in the hope to have a greater impact on the game, as both Luis and Denis Suarez failed to impress alongside him.

Olympiakos played the majority of the game on the counter-attack, which bore little fruit as they played without a recognised striker, with Kostas Fortounis giving the thankless task of trying to pressure the Barcelona defence.

The best chance for the Greeks came when Fortounis ran onto a through ball, but his volley with the outside of his foot did not test Marc Andre ter Stegen from 15 yards.

Source: Sky Sports News
Chelsea became the first English team to lose a Champions League game this season as they were well beaten by a clinical Roma.

The Blues would have progressed with a victory, but trailed within 39 seconds when Edin Dzeko flicked Aleksandar Kolarov's cross down to Stephan El Shaarawy, who smashed home from 25 yards.


Alvaro Morata missed a huge chance to equalise from close range, and El Shaarawy made it 2-0 when ex-Roma defender Antonio Rudiger failed to deal with Radja Nainggolan's long ball forward.

Chelsea had more shots - 14 to 13 - but were three behind when Diego Perotti cracked home from 20 yards after Blues defenders failed to close him down.

Roma should have led 4-0 when Chelsea's defenders all ran to Dzeko, who managed to square to a totally unmarked Perotti, but he fired over when he should have finished.

The Blues were hugely fortunate that Atletico Madrid's failure to beat Qarabag - their game in the Spanish capital ended 1-1 - means Chelsea are still likely to qualify for the last 16 from Group C.

Antonio Conte's side are four points above third-placed Atletico - and a win in their next Champions League game at Qarabag (17:00 GMT on Wednesday, 22 November) will take them through.
Roma, who are fifth in Serie A, now lead the group by a point.

Chelsea had hoped midfielder N'Golo Kante would be able to return from the hamstring injury which has kept him out for a month, but he did not feel fully fit and was left out.

And how the Blues missed him. David Luiz started in midfield in the reverse game - a 3-3 draw at Stamford Bridge two weeks ago - but played in defence at the Stadio Olimpico. Centre-back Gary Cahill replaced Davide Zappacosta from Saturday's win over Bournemouth, meaning a reshuffle with Cesar Azpilicueta moving to the right.

They actually should have been 1-0 up within 21 seconds - when Pedro shot straight at Alisson Becker - before El Shaarawy scored the sixth quickest Champions League goal of the past decade, following good work from ex- City pair Kolarov and Dzeko.

Chelsea had plenty of shots - but rarely looked like scoring, with the lively Hazard forcing two saves and shooting wide. Morata also missed a sitter and Marcos Alonso forced a good diving save with an effort from the corner of the box.

But the Blues were error-ridden at the back. They should have conceded when Luiz made a mistake on the halfway line and El Shaarawy played in Dzeko, whose shot was saved.

They trailed 2-0 when Rudiger, a summer signing from the Italian side, let Nainggolan's pass bounce and El Shaarawy took advantage to score past the onrushing Thibaut Courtois.

Things did not improve when Antonio Conte brought on Willian for captain Cahill, moving Pedro to the right - and the Spaniard let Perotti go past him with no other defenders shutting the Argentine down before he smashed in the third.

They were lucky not to concede again with defending resembling football seen on five-a-side pitches - or school yards - across the world. All three Chelsea centre-backs ran to Dzeko - with two men free in the centre but Perotti got it wrong.

Courtois denied Kostas Manolas' header with a good reaction save as Chelsea were just glad to get off the pitch at the end.

Source: BBC Sports
A hat-trick from Liverpool striker Rhian Brewster sent England into Saturday's Under-17 World Cup final with a 3-1 win over Brazil.

Steve Cooper's side weathered Kolkata's 29C heat and humidity, plus sustained pressure from their opponents.

Brewster took his chances well and was assisted by the impressive Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden.

England will face Spain - who beat Mali 3-1 in Wednesday's other semi-final, with Abel Ruiz scoring twice.

The Young Lions will tlook to match their Under-20 counterparts, who won their World Cup in June.

It took only 10 minutes for Brewster to get his first, meeting an inch-perfect delivery from Chelsea's 16-year-old midfielder Callum Hudson-Odoi and finishing at the second attempt.

Flamengo defender Wesley capped a dominant response from Brazil with the equaliser after 21 minutes, and striker Brenner rolled wide a great chance to put them ahead 15 minutes before the break.

But Brewster's second, taking him top of the tournament's goalscoring chart, sent England in 2-1 up at half-time.

The 17-year-old completed his hat-trick in the 76th minute after a pin-point low cross from Emile Smith Rowe and England kept their cool to withstand Brazil's late rally.


"I really believe in our players and I think whoever we play against we can be a match and be better than the opposition," said England head coach Cooper. "But we have to work hard for that. We'll never change our style. We believe in it.
"There isn't a bigger game they can play in their career at their age than a World Cup knockout game. And obviously they are going to go and play the ultimate game - the final."

Chelsea have confirmed Diego Costa has completed his move to Atletico Madrid.

The transfer will take effect on January 1, 2018 due to Atletico's transfer ban and the player will wear the No 18 shirt.
Atletico will pay more than £50m for the Spain international striker.
Costa said on Atletico's website: "I'm very happy to return home, I've always said it, Atletico is my home, I'm very, very happy."
"I'm looking forward to starting to contribute. I'm going to give my all for the team, as I always try to do."
"I'm very grateful to everyone, the whole club for making this move happen."
Atletico and Chelsea announced an agreement had been reached last Thursday, subject to Costa passing a medical and agreeing personal terms.
The deal has now been completed on the eve of the teams' Champions League Group C contest at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano.

At his pre-match press conference on Tuesday, Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte repeated his best wishes for Costa and insisted there was "no problem" between the pair.
Costa has not played since he appeared for Spain in a World Cup Qualifier against Macedonia in June.
The Brazilian-born forward refused to return to Chelsea's Cobham training base this summer after being informed he was surplus to requirements by Conte.
Atletico failed to push through the move before the transfer deadline, safe in the knowledge that Costa would not be able to play for them until January due to the club's transfer ban.
Costa spent four years at Atletico before joining Chelsea in July 2014 after they met his £32m buy-out clause.
The 28-year-old went on to score 59 goals in 120 matches for Chelsea, winning two Premier League titles and one League Cup during his three seasons with the club.
Harry Kane scored a braze as Tottenham beat West Ham 3-2 in the Premier League on Saturday, surviving a red card and a late home fightback.


Kane produced a leaping header to score the opener at the London Stadium in 35' and added his second with a simple tap-in not long after 39', before Christian Eriksen hit a hard, low effort to add the third in the second half 60'.

There were some hopes of a West Ham comeback when Javier Hernandez 65' and Cheikhou Kouyate 87' cut the deficit and Serge Aurier was sent off after picking up a second yellow card for two fouls 70'.

But Spurs saw out the game to take all three points and move into third place in the Premier League table ahead of the 3pm fixtures, while West Ham remain in 17th with just four points from six games.

It was a mostly quiet first half and it took 24' for the first real chance to materialise. Aurier burst down the right wing, before driving in a low cross that Kane got caught in his feet and could not slot home at the back post. However, the offside flag made the outcome irrelevant.

But Kane made no mistake 10 minutes later as he gave Tottenham the lead. It was a superb passing move from the visitors as Eriksen picked out Dele Alli on the right flank with a superb diagonal ball. The midfielder then delivered a cross for the striker who produced a leaping header to hammer the ball into the net and continue his superb scoring record in London derbies.


Kane made it two just four minutes later with a simple tap in. Alli's initial shot after a lovely slotted pass from Jan Vertonghen was parried away by Joe Hart but the Spurs striker was lurking in acres of space in the middle of the box to slide home.

Tottenham added their third goal on the hour mark, and Kane was involved again. His sweeping free-kick clattered off the crossbar, landing at the feet of Aurier, whose own deflected cross fell to Eriksen. The Dane then hit a low shot through the box that saw the ball evade Hart.

The goals kept coming, but this time at the other end as West Ham pulled one back five minutes later. It was a first goal against Tottenham for Hernandez, who nodded home at the back post after Jose Fonte had flicked on a corner.

It signalled a slight turn of fortune for the visitors, who went down to 10 men with 20 minutes left to play. It was a second yellow card for Aurier for two fouls - the second a reckless challenge on Andy Carroll - and he was given his marching orders by referee Michael Oliver.

Tottenham were made to work for their victory as Kouyate powered a superb header home in the 87th minute, converting a fantastic cross from Arthur Masuaku on the left flank, but they could not find the final finish as Spurs took all three points back to north London.


                           MATCH STATISTICS

West Ham United Tottenham Hotspur
Shots on target
4 5
Shots off target
6 8
Possession (%)
51
49
Corners
4 3
Offsides
6 5
Fouls
10 20
Yellow cards
4 3
Red Cards 0
1
Goal kicks        6 8