‘Own goal-goal-goal-canceled goal’ doesn’t work for Tottenham as they fall to Arsenal 0-3

Tottenham Hotspur conceded three goals in the first half of their North London derby against Arsenal.

Tottenham Hotspur went into halftime trailing Arsenal 0-3 in the 35th round of the 2023-2024 English Premier League (PL) at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, England, on Monday (Aug. 28).

The hosts started with Son Heung-min, Timo Werner, Dejan Kouloussevski, James Maddison, Rodrigo Bentancur, Emilien Hojbjerg, Ben Davies, Christian Romero, Pedro Foro, and Guglielmo Vicario.

The Gunners countered with Leandro Trosar, Kai Havertz, Buckayo Sakho, Declan Rice, Thomas Partey, Martin Ødegaard, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Gabriel Magalhaes, William Saliba, Ben White, and David Luiz.

In the ninth minute, Arsenal earned a free kick in a good position. The Gunners won a free kick near the penalty area and Ödegaard stepped up to take it, but his shot failed to clear the defense.

In the 11th minute, Son Heung-min stole the ball from Trosar under pressure in the penalty area and laid the ball off to Maddison, who ran in from behind and unleashed a non-stop shot that hit the top of the crossbar.

In the 12th minute, Arsenal rattled the net first, but it was ruled out for offside. Ödegaard slipped in behind the defense and played a pass to Habertz, who broke into the penalty area and created the perfect scoring opportunity. His left-footed shot beat Vicario, but the referee’s flag was raised.

Tottenham had one crisis after another. In the 14th minute, under pressure from Arsenal, Vicario played a quick pass to Vanderben. Vanderven’s clearance found the Arsenal player, whose shot was deflected by the defense for a corner kick.

From this corner, Arsenal took the lead. Xhaka’s corner kick was curled in at the near post and Hojbjerg got his head to it, but the ball went into the net for an own goal.

In the 18th minute, Tottenham also had a scoring chance. Maddison’s corner kick was curled in sharply, and Romero ran in to meet it with a header. But the ball went just wide of the side netting. A minute later, Maddison’s free kick from the left was also headed by Romero, but this time it hit the post.

In the 22nd minute, Tottenham’s equalizer was called back for offside. Foro whipped in a corner kick from the edge of the box, but the ball deflected off a defender and landed in front of Vanderben, who was coming out of the penalty area. Vanderven 바카라 rattled the net with a neat left-footed finish, but was ruled offside after video assistant referee (VAR) review.

It was Arsenal who added a second goal. In the 26th minute, Maddison was stripped of the ball by Rice in the penalty area, and Arsenal immediately went on the counterattack. Xhaka played a pass to Haberz, who ran straight up the field and played a pinpoint long pass back to Xhaka. Reaching the penalty area, Xhaka beat Davies before curling a shot into the far corner of the net.

In the 31st minute, Tottenham made their first substitution. Werner, who went down holding his thigh after a breakaway on the left, is no longer able to play. Johnson came on in his place.

In the 38th minute, Arsenal’s third goal made it 3-0. A corner kick from Rice was headed in by Haberz and found the back of the net.

In the 44th minute, Tottenham failed to capitalize on another scoring opportunity. Foro played a pinpoint long pass from behind the halfway line and Son Heung-min collected the ball in the penalty area, but his shot was high and only the keeper could beat.

Seven minutes of first-half stoppage time were added. Tottenham continued to attack and try to get a shot off, but they couldn’t break through the Arsenal defense. The first half ended with a 3-0 Arsenal lead.


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