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Kane surpasses Henry to become top scorer in Premier League London derbies

By Sports Desk October 01, 2022

Harry Kane surpassed Thierry Henry to become the leading scorer in Premier League London derbies by converting a penalty against Arsenal on Saturday.

Tottenham striker Kane fired straight down the middle to equalise after Richarlison was upended by Gabriel Magalhaes 31 minutes in, scoring his 44th Premier League goal against a London rival.

The England captain moved one goal clear of Gunners legend Henry, and has now scored 14 Premier League goals against Arsenal – only against Leicester City (18) has he scored more in the competition.

Kane was already the highest-scoring player in Premier League North London Derbies, and has now converted seven penalties against the Gunners in league action.

Only Alan Shearer, who scored seven spot-kicks against Everton, has scored as many penalties against a single opponent in the history of the Premier League.

Meanwhile, Kane's goal also made him the first player to bring up a century of away goals in the competition.

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    Senegal are hoping coach Aliou Cisse will clamber off his sick bed to lead the team against England.

    Cisse has been ill the last two days, and failed to take training on Friday as a result.

    His assistant Regis Bogaert faced the press ahead of the World Cup last-16 clash but remains confident Cisse will be on the bench at Al Bayt Stadium on Sunday.

    He said: "He's been sick for a couple of days now and he let us [the staff] take charge of training yesterday, with his instructions.

    "We are sure that at 10pm tomorrow, he will be there."

    Senegal are African champions and edged out Ecuador to secure qualification from Group A and underline their growing reputation on the world stage.

    Bogaert added: "We know Senegal can beat England. We need to focus on our African identity and be positive with the experiences we are having at the moment.

    "Since the last World Cup, we have matured. We can beat anybody and when we go on the pitch we need to be convinced of that.

    "Our objective is to get through. We're not too excited and trying to ensure we stay as calm as possible."

    Senegal's finest moment at the World Cup came 20 years ago with a 1-0 win over France in the opening game of the 2002 tournament in Japan and South Korea.

    Asked how beating England would compare, Bogaert said: "It would be a tremendous achievement, although I am not sure how it would compare to the win in 2002.

    "For the players, it would show them that we are capable of playing one of the top five sides in the world. If we can beat a team like that it sends a very strong message of the progress we have made."

    Bogaert believes set-pieces could be key on Sunday and is hoping it is an area they can use to spring a major surprise.

    "We have studied the different types of set plays they employ and we will try to adopt the best possible strategy," he said.

    "We have identified some things and set-pieces can be decisive. We hope to take advantage of them and cause problems for our opponent."

  • Poland boss Michniewicz can't find a weakness in formidable France side Poland boss Michniewicz can't find a weakness in formidable France side

    Poland coach Czeslaw Michniewicz has “yet to find any weaknesses” in the France team ahead of their last-16 clash at the World Cup on Sunday.

    Les Bleus are the defending champions and overwhelming favourites to advance to the quarter-finals, but Michniewicz is hoping hard work can overcome any technical deficiencies.

    He said of France: "I have been looking, but I have yet to find any weaknesses. We need to pressure them otherwise they won’t make mistakes. We have analysed them and focused on their style of play.

    "They have a wonderful team, a great coach and a nice mix of experienced and young players.”

    Poland have been criticised for a defensive approach in Qatar but Michniewicz believes now qualification to the knockout phase has been secured, they can release the shackles.

    "The teams that haven’t defended well are already at home and watching on television," he added. "That was our strategy to get through the group phase and now we want to play differently.

    "But football is about winning trophies, you cannot let the opponent score easily. Those that do aren’t here any more. We have defended well and therefore we get the chance to play France."

    Key to that new, bolder strategy will be getting better service to striker Robert Lewandowski.

    "We have had issues offensively," admitted Michniewicz. "We have not been accurate enough in our passing, and we haven’t created enough opportunities for Robert. We need to get the ball to him nearer the penalty box."

    France’s main attacking threat will come from Kylian Mbappe. And Arkadiusz Milik, who played against the Paris Saint-Germain star during his time in Ligue 1 with Marseille, is planning special measures to keep him quiet.

    “We need a scooter to catch him because he is so fast," he said. "It’s difficult to play against him because he’s one of the best players in the world, we’ll need to play collectively and have co-operation in the team because no one individual is able to stop him."

  • France v Poland: Deschamps warns holders not to take Eagles lightly in round-of-16 showdown France v Poland: Deschamps warns holders not to take Eagles lightly in round-of-16 showdown

    Didier Deschamps warned France must not underestimate Poland when they meet in the World Cup round of 16 on Sunday.

    Les Bleus have won all five last-16 matches since the stage was introduced to the tournament back in 1986.

    The holders are strong favourites to knock the Eagles out at Al Thumama Stadium this weekend in what will be the underdogs' first knockout World Cup knockout game for 36 years.

    France are unbeaten in their past seven meetings with Poland, but Deschamps says there can be no complacency from his side in Doha.

    "It's not a team we're used to meeting," he told FFF TV. "They have experienced players. Obviously, if there is one name to stand out, it's [Robert] Lewandowski, he's one of the best strikers in the world.

    "But it's not just him, it's a team that has good organisation, a good athletic presence. We have three observers here who are following them closely, we will have all the details. Don't underestimate this team."

    Deschamps rung the changes for France's final Group D match on Wednesday, which they surprisingly lost 1-0 to Tunisia.

    Kylian Mbappe, Olivier Giroud, Hugo Lloris, Ousmane Dembele and Antoine Griezmann were among the players who dropped to the bench for that loss.

    Poland will need to find a way of containing Mbappe, the joint-leading scorer in the tournament with three goals, while Giroud is one shy of becoming his country's all-time leading goalscorer as he currently stands level with Thierry Henry on 51.

    The Eagles were beaten 2-0 by Argentina in their last Group C game on Wednesday but took second place.

    Poland have faced the reigning champions twice in World Cup matches, beating Brazil 1-0 in 1974 and holding Germany to a goalless draw four years later.

    A quarter-final showdown with England or Senegal will be the reward for whoever comes out on top.

    PLAYERS TO WATCH

    France - Antoine Griezmann

    Griezmann continues to deliver for France time and time again. No player has created more chances than the 11 he has produced for Les Blues in this tournament.

    The Atletico Madrid forward is the only player to create at least 10 chances in both this World Cup and Russia 2018 for France. He has already surpassed his total of 10 four years ago.

    Poland - Wojciech Szczesny

    Goalkeeper Szczesny has played a key role for Poland in Qatar, achieving a save percentage of 90. He had kept out each of his first 16 shots on target faced in the tournament prior to Alexis Mac Allister's goal for Argentina.

    Szczesny saved a Lionel Messi penalty in midweek, ensuring he has stopped a spot-kick in each of his past two World Cup games. He could be in for a busy game, given France's quality going forward.

    PREDICTION

    While there have been shock results aplenty in this tournament, France will not be expected to slip up when they attempt to seal a place in the last eight.

    Stats Perform's AI model gives the defending champions a 74.8 per cent chance of going through, with Poland at only 8.1 per cent to produce an upset.

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