Niko Kovac was left astonished by Bayern Munich's 7-2 battering of Tottenham in the Champions League on Tuesday, saying he could not have dreamed of such a result.

Bayern blew their hosts away at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium despite Son Heung-min opening the scoring in the 12th minute.

Former Arsenal youngster Serge Gnabry was the inspiration, scoring four goals in a remarkable individual performance, while Robert Lewandowski got a brace and Joshua Kimmich also found the net.

The result leaves Bayern three points clear at the top of Group B having won both of their matches and Kovac was struggling to comprehend what he had just seen.

"Nobody could dream of this result," he told DAZN. "We knew what to expect in London and we experienced that in the first 25 minutes.

"Tottenham put a lot of pressure on us, but luckily Manuel Neuer kept us in the game. After that, my team did very well.

"Of course, the second goal was extremely important for us. At half-time, we once again tightened a few things and then we played as I imagine and wish. Above all, we took all the opportunities we created."

Although Kovac was eager to laud the collective, he could not ignore the performance of Gnabry.

"First of all, I would like to emphasise that was a great moment for the whole team, but of course, especially for Serge," he added.

"He was really fantastic. He showed what I expect from him. Not only in attack, because I know what he can do, but also in the defensive phase."

Bayern goalkeeper Neuer was similarly impressed with Gnabry's finishing, though he also felt sympathy for his opposite number.

"He [Gnabry] has a lot of moves to the goal and has great finishing [skill], whether with the left or right foot," he said.

"That is always difficult to thwart, that's why I'm feeling a bit sorry for Hugo Lloris."

Mauricio Pochettino called on his Tottenham players to stick together after their poor start to the campaign continued with a 7-2 Champions League humiliation at the hands of Bayern Munich.

Serge Gnabry scored four second-half goals on Tuesday as Bundesliga champions Bayern inflicted a record margin of defeat on an English team on home soil in Europe.

Last season's beaten finalists Tottenham had earlier opened the scoring through Son Heung-min, but more questions will be asked of Spurs' spirit following their incredible collapse.

Pochettino, who last week put his side's below-par start to 2019-20 down to an unsettled squad, admitted this third defeat in four games was tough to take.

"I don't need too much time to explain," the Tottenham manager told BT Sport. "We played 30 mins well, started well, pressing high. But we were unlucky that we conceded in the first minute of the half.

"In football it can happen. Every single touch went in. We are very disappointed and very upset but we have to stay together. I think we are strong in our mentality.

"Maybe you are bored about my speech but football is today not yesterday. It is always is about the show. You have to do it today and tomorrow. It is not about experiences and what happened three months ago."

Bayern scored three times in the space of five minutes towards the end of the match and Pochettino suggested his side were unfortunate to lose so heavily.

"Every single touch from Bayern was clinical," he said. "They scored with every touch. It is tough to accept. You have to move on.

"This type of situation you have to face. It is tough and you need to be strong and keep going. 

"Stay together, help each other and be all together. When you receive this type of result it is important to bounce back and believe in yourself. It is the only way to recover."

Tottenham are third in Group B after two matches, having squandered a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with Olympiacos in their opening fixture.

Serge Gnabry revelled in his remarkable four-goal haul as Bayern Munich battered Tottenham 7-2, with the former Arsenal forward suggesting Gunners fans might have enjoyed his display.

The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium hosted an incredible match in which Spurs actually started the better side, taking the lead through Son Heung-min.

But Joshua Kimmich and Robert Lewandowski ensured Bayern went into the break ahead, before Gnabry netted twice in two minutes early in the second half.

Harry Kane's penalty appeared to give Spurs a lifeline, but Bayern stormed home to a stunning win, with Gnabry adding two more either side of Lewandowski's 14th goal of the season.

Gnabry, who came through Arsenal's academy, remembered his roots after inspiring the demolition of the Gunners' bitter rivals.

Talking to Sky Sport Deutschland, Gnabry said: "It's difficult to put this into words, winning 7-2. None of us would have imagined this.

"To have scored four goals is also an amazing feeling. I imagine all the Arsenal fans enjoyed that one!

"Obviously it's a great result for us and we're going to enjoy the evening."

The Germany international then posted on Twitter, further trolling the Spurs supporters as he wrote: "North London is RED!!!".

Tottenham conceded seven goals at home for the first time in a major competition in a 7-2 thrashing inflicted by Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

Mauricio Pochettino's side, beaten in the final by Liverpool last season, were humiliated at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in Group B on Tuesday.

Son Heung-min gave Spurs the lead but goals from Joshua Kimmich and Robert Lewandowski turned it around for the Bundesliga champions before the break.

Serge Gnabry then hit four goals in the second half as Spurs collapsed in front of their own fans, conceding three times in the last seven minutes of normal time.

Pochettino's men have already shipped nine goals in the group stage this term after giving away a two-goal lead to draw at Olympiacos in their opener.

They will need to get back on track in matchweek three when they travel to Red Star Belgrade, who are second after beating the Greek giants.

Former Arsenal forward Serge Gnabry scored four times as Bayern Munich embarrassed Tottenham 7-2 in London, piling the pressure on under-fire Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino.

Spurs were comfortably the better side in the first half of the Champions League Group B encounter and took the lead early on, but they were made to rue their profligacy in front of goal, as a Gnabry-inspired Bayern taught woeful Spurs a lesson after the break.

Son Heung-min put Spurs deservedly in front, though Bayern were ahead by the break, with Joshua Kimmich and Robert Lewandowski netting fine strikes.

That was only the beginning, however, as Bayern went on to decimate their hosts – Gnabry scoring twice in two minutes, with Harry Kane's penalty nothing more than a consolation.

Gnabry added another two either side of Lewandowski's second in the final 10 minutes as Spurs were humiliated.

Barcelona are planning for life after Uruguay striker Luis Suarez.

The 32-year-old is highly regarded at Camp Nou, however, he has struggled for form and consistency.

Now, LaLiga champions Barca appear to be lining up a possible replacement.

 

TOP STORY – BARCA READY TO SPEND €50M ON PIATEK

Barcelona are interested in signing AC Milan striker Krzysztof Piatek as a long-term replacement for Luis Suarez, says Calciomercato.it.

Suarez celebrates his 33rd birthday in January and the Barca veteran is showing signs of decline at the LaLiga champions, where he has struggled for form and consistency.

Barca will look to bring in a new face in January, with the Spanish giants ready to spend €50million on Piatek, while RB Leipzig's Timo Werner, Getafe forward Jaime Mata and Juventus veteran Mario Mandzukic have also been linked.

 

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Juventus have set their sights on three Premier League players – Chelsea's Willian, and Tottenham pair Christian Eriksen and Toby Alderweireld, according to Tuttosport. The trio will be available on free transfers at the end of the season and Eriksen tops Juve's wish list.

- The Daily Mail says Tottenham have opened contract talks with defender Jan Vertonghen. The Belgium international is out of contract at season's end and Spurs are reluctant to lose him on a free transfer.

- AC Milan are interested in signing Nice star Arnaud Lusamba, according to Calciomercato. The 22-year-old midfielder is contracted to the Ligue 1 club until 2021.

Arsenal will send scouts to watch Salzburg and Hungary star Dominik Szoboszlai in Wednesday's Champions League showdown against Liverpool, reports the Daily Mail. The 18-year-old sensation has also attracted interested from Serie A trio Juventus, Inter and Lazio.

- Eredivisie side PSV are interested in signing Manchester United's Tahith Chong on loan in January, according to the Daily Mail. The 19-year-old Dutch winger, who arrived from Feyenoord in 2016, has been involved with the first team under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Real Madrid will be looking to kick-start their Champions League campaign against Club Brugge on Tuesday after losing to Paris Saint-Germain on matchday one, while Kylian Mbappe has his eye on a record of Lionel Messi's.

Madrid were crushed 3-0 by PSG last time out, with Thomas Tuchel's men looking extremely comfortable in a match that left Zinedine Zidane under a bit of pressure.

They have since bounced back with two wins and a draw in LaLiga and they will expect to get three points at home to Club Brugge, while PSG travel to Galatasaray.

The French champions will be able to call upon the services of Mbappe this time, having missed the Madrid clash through injury, and he is close to equalling a record set by Messi.

Below, we have highlighted the key data ahead of Tuesday's contests.

Real Madrid v Club Brugge

3 - Madrid are looking to avoid losing three successive Champions League matches for the first time in their history. They have not lost three in a row in European competition since September 1981.

50 - Los Blancos have won all three of their Champions League home matches against Belgian opposition by an aggregate score of 14-2. Their most recent competitive home defeat to a club from Belgium was 50 years ago in December 1969 versus Standard Liege in the European Cup (W4 D1 L0 since).

 

Galatasaray v Paris Saint-Germain

14 - Mbappe has scored 14 goals in the UEFA Champions League and will be aged 20 years and 284 days on the day of this match. The youngest player to 15 goals in the competition is Messi, who scored his 15th goal aged 21y 289d.

1 - If Galatasaray avoid defeat against PSG, it will be the first time they have remained unbeaten in the opening two games of a Champions League group stage since the format changed in 2003-04.

Red Star Belgrade v Olympiakos

4 - Marko Marin was directly involved in four of Red Star's five goals during the 2018-19 Champions League campaign, including two assists against Liverpool in their only ever victory in the competition.

9 - Olympiakos have lost nine of their past 11 matches away from home in the Champions League (W2), shipping at least two goals in every defeat. Prior to this run, the Greek side had won three of their previous six on the road (D1 L2).

 

Tottenham v Bayern Munich

39 - Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski has scored in 39 different Champions League matches; only Ruud van Nistelrooy (42), Karim Benzema (45), Raul (56), Lionel Messi (68), Cristiano Ronaldo (82) have scored in more.

2 - Bayern are looking to become the second side after PSG in October 2017 to score two or more goals in six successive Champions League away group matches since the competition changed to its current format in 2003-04.

Atalanta v Shakhtar Donetsk

20 - Shakhtar goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov has failed to keep a clean sheet in any of his past 20 Champions League starts – the only keeper with a longer such run in the history of the competition is Igor Akinfeev (43 starts between 2006 and 2017).

4 - Atalanta's 4-0 defeat to Dinamo Zagreb on matchday one was the heaviest defeat by a team in their first Champions League match since Qarabag lost 6-0 to Chelsea in September 2017.

 

Manchester City v Dinamo Zagreb

10 - Against Shakhtar, City's Gabriel Jesus scored his ninth Champions League goal – should he score in this game, he will be the youngest Brazilian (22y 181d) to reach 10 goals in the competition and youngest South American since Lionel Messi (21y 99d) in October 2008.

1 - Mislav Orsic's hat-trick on his Champions League debut for Dinamo against Atalanta was the first treble scored for a Croatian team in the competition. Only two Croatian players have scored in their first two appearances in the competition; Alen Boksic in November 1992 for Marseille and Nikola Vlasic in 2018 for CSKA Moscow.

 

Lokomotiv Moscow v Atletico Madrid

7 - Kieran Trippier created seven chances in Atletico Madrid's 2-2 draw with Juventus, the most of any player on matchday one this season. Since the start of last season, only Dusan Tadic (41) has created more chances than the England defender in the competition (32).

22 - Lokomotiv Moscow's victory over Bayer Leverkusen last time out was achieved with just 22 per cent possession, the lowest by a winning team in a Champions League match since Celtic had 15 per cent and beat Barcelona 2-1 in November 2012.

 

Juventus v Bayer Leverkusen

26 - Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 26 goals in 24 appearances against teams from Germany in the Champions League – no player has more against teams from a specific nation (Lionel Messi v English teams, also 26). This will his first appearance against Bayer Leverkusen in the competition.

78 - Leverkusen had 78 per cent possession in their 2-1 defeat to Lokomotiv Moscow, the most by a team in a Champions League match since Bayern Munich had 78.8 per cent against Arsenal in February 2014.

Christian Ziege believes Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp can rightly be considered the best coach in world football.

Klopp led Liverpool to their sixth European Cup last season, as they beat Tottenham 2-0 in the Champions League final in Madrid.

Their success in Europe came on the back of a 3-1 defeat in the showpiece event in 2017-18, while Klopp's side also finished just one point behind Premier League champions Manchester City last term.

Former Tottenham defender Ziege stressed Pep Guardiola and Mauricio Pochettino, along with Bayern Munich coach Niko Kovac, should all be considered, though he places Klopp just above the pack.

"I think you have to be careful with that. To rate the "Best coach in the world" you have to count in all coaches, even the ones working in low-class leagues," former Bayern Munich and Liverpool defender Ziege told Omnisport.

"The conditions that Klopp, Guardiola, Pochettino or [Bayern coach] Niko Kovac are having, many coaches don't. So you need to be careful with that title.

"If you take those, who everybody talks about, there is no one who did better than Klopp. I'm a big fan of his because he started at Mainz and finished fourth three times in a row in the second division.

"He made Mainz a club who finally got promoted and developed to an incredible club. Then he went to Dortmund. He took this club to German champions and a Champions League title candidate. He elevated this club to a level which they are still today.

"He went to Liverpool, the club who has been talking about becoming Premier League champions or being more successful for years and has been achieving the same there.

"He won the Champions League and finished second in the league with 97 points, which is mayhem. Now he's leading the league again, even though it is still early in the campaign. This proves to me that he has to be an exceptional coach, because all of this can't happen by accident."

Despite Liverpool's perfect start to the Premier League season, though, Ziege insists the Reds cannot yet be considered favourites to clinch the title.

"They have to face City twice, United twice, Spurs twice, Arsenal once and Chelsea once," he added.

"You can always lose those games and the most difficult part is to win against those teams that are in the bottom of the table. However, the other teams need to overcome the same difficulties in order to catch Liverpool.

"[The start] boosts your confidence, but it can all be gone within two games. It is way to early for a decision, much can happen."

Bayern Munich coach Niko Kovac has hailed Harry Kane as an equal to Robert Lewandowski ahead of his side's Champions League trip to Tottenham.

Bundesliga champions Bayern began their campaign with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Red Star Belgrade in Group B, while Spurs – runners up last season – drew 2-2 at Olympiacos.

Lewandowski, who has started 2019-20 in superb form, scored Bayern's second against Red Star, while Kane opened the scoring for Tottenham from the penalty spot in Greece.

Kane has six goals in all competitions this season compared to Lewandowski's 11, but Kovac did not hold back in his praise of Tottenham's talisman, insisting he is on the same level as Bayern's number nine.

"His quality in the Premier League and for England squad speaks for itself," Kovac told a news conference.

"He's sensational and he can do it all. He's good at holding up and good with his head. There's nothing he cannot do. He's a very strong striker.

"Him and Lewandowski are probably in the top two, three or four in the world. I will see how things pan out tomorrow. I will give my team some information on Kane."

Kane managed five goals in nine appearances as Spurs reached the final last season, only to go down 2-0 to Liverpool in Madrid.

Despite an indifferent start to the season from Mauricio Pochettino's side, Kovac believes Tottenham's development in recent seasons sets a perfect example for other clubs.

"It is going to be a tough game in a top stadium. The atmosphere will be amazing," Kovac added.

'I think it was three years ago when I was here in February, when I watched them in the old stadium against Swansea City. You can see what it means when you have good leadership and manager.

"In my option, Tottenham is a very positive light in European football. They are now able to compete with the big teams, even though it didn't look like that six or seven years ago.

"[Pochettinno] has done a great job and this is an example for others that patience is important. All the players are world class and we know [the challenge] we will face."

Mauricio Pochettino can "definitely" coach Real Madrid in the future but feels at home with Tottenham for now, according to Christian Ziege.

Pochettino's mood appears to have darkened this season after Tottenham gave a limp performance in June's Champions League final loss to Liverpool.

He has long been rumoured to be a managerial target for Real Madrid and Manchester United, should Ole Gunnar Solskjaer fail at Old Trafford.

A 2-1 home win against Southampton got Spurs back on track in the Premier League on Saturday, Harry Kane netting the winner despite Serge Aurier's red card.

Pochettino's contract with Spurs has four years to run and despite some pundits speculating he has taken the club as far as he can, with England boss Gareth Southgate reportedly of interest to the club, Ziege backed the Argentine.

Asked if Pochettino could coach Madrid, former Tottenham defender Ziege told Omnisport: "Definitely! You always have to be careful since you don't know what is just being discussed in the media and what is true.

"But Mauricio Pochettino proved what he is capable of last year. They did not buy a single player and went to the Champions League final.

"He developed the team incredibly and always finished among the top four in the Premier League. This was not always the case at Tottenham. That's why I have a lot of confidence in this coach, even the biggest challenges.

"But what I've understood and how he talked in the past is that he feels very much at home where he is right now."

Pochettino is yet to win his first trophy with Spurs and former England defender Rio Ferdinand recently claimed star striker Kane should look elsewhere if he wants to achieve such success.

"If you go by the facts, then Tottenham are not a club to win silverware," Ziege added. "They were in the Champions League final and lost.

"Then you get a certain reputation and Rio Ferdinand comes and says, 'If you want to win, you need to go elsewhere.'

"At Tottenham there weren't that many trophies during the previous years. They were close to winning the title the year that [Manchester] City or Chelsea won it, they are always among the top teams but in the end it isn't enough for titles.

"So, if you go by the facts, Ferdinand is right. While this can always change, it does not look like it."

Jan Vertonghan dismissed suggestions Tottenham's unspectacular start to the 2019-20 season is down to them going "stale".

Before Saturday's hard-fought 2-1 win over Southampton, Spurs had won just two of their first six Premier League games this season, while they went into that game on the back of a three-match winless run across all competitions.

Spurs have been plagued by suggestions some key players no longer want to be at the club and reports of frustration with coach Mauricio Pochettino's training methods.

But Vertonghen – whose own future is uncertain – denied life at Spurs has turned stale, adamant there is a joyous mood at the club despite media speculation to the contrary ahead of Tuesday's Champions League visit of Bayern Munich.

"I don't agree," Vertonghen told reporters when asked if Spurs had gone stagnant. "We improved every year. Last year we went to the Champions League final.

"Some new players came in and that keeps it fresh. I don't see that it's stale at all. I see plenty of joy in the dressing room. Everyone enjoys playing here.

"The mood at this point is good. It was a good win for us on Saturday. If you go down to 10 men and they score to make it 1-1, then we fought and really stuck together.

"We wanted to show who we are. If you see after the final whistle how happy we were, that’s how we are."

Vertonghen's Spurs contract expires at the end of the season and it remains unclear if he and the club will come to an agreement over a new deal.

The Belgian insists he is more than capable of playing at the top for several further seasons, though he is trying to not let such talk distract him.

"I'd prefer not to go into that, but there is always movement there, of course," Vertonghen added.

"It's my eighth season and I'm feeling great. Maybe the results didn't come our way [at the start of the season], but they were tough away games and you always have to see how you bounce back from that.

"[My future is] not a distraction. I'm very aware of my age. I feel fairly young. It doesn't distract me. I want to play as many games as possible. I'm very ambitious and I feel I've got a few good years left at the top level."

Mauricio Pochettino refused to castigate Hugo Lloris for a woeful blunder in Tottenham's 2-1 win over Southampton.

Lloris gifted Saints an equaliser in the first half of Saturday's match when he failed to clear under pressure from Danny Ings, who bundled over with a tackle as the goalkeeper attempted a Cruyff turn.

Luckily for the Frenchman, Spurs went on to win despite Serge Aurier's sending off, meaning they go into Tuesday's Champions League clash with Bayern Munich having ended a run of three matches without a win.

Despite Lloris seemingly becoming increasingly error-prone over the past couple of years, Pochettino remains unconcerned and is adamant such mistakes stem from his tactics.

"Those things happen in football," Pochettino said on Monday. "You cannot change everything for one mistake. There is no point. It's the same as a striker missing a goal or penalty.

"You saw my reaction. Football is about mistakes. I always tell players they can make mistakes, because I know they are trying [their best]."

Spurs began their Champions League campaign with a 2-2 draw at Olympiacos, though they relinquished a 2-0 lead.

The visit of Bayern is likely to prove an even trickier challenge, but Pochettino was keen to remind Spurs' detractors they lost their first two Champions League games last season and went on to reach the final.

"We hope to win tomorrow to be in a better situation than last season," he said. "No one believed in us last year - we got to the final.

"You need to be calm in a season. It's not how you start, but how you finish. We want to show the same level as last season.

"But in the last few months it's clear we need to evolve, not just through new ideas. We are using a different system.

"We want to make it more attractive to the player, but I am so happy with the squad. We have good players."

Transfer interest in Harry Kane could disrupt Tottenham's long-term chances of keeping their team together, according to Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

Tottenham entertain Bundesliga leaders Bayern in an important Champions League encounter in Group B on Tuesday.

It shapes as a huge test for Mauricio Pochettino's men, who have struggled to find form and fluency this term, winning three of nine matches in all competitions.

Star striker Kane conceded the speculation that surrounded several squad members during the close season has been a challenge and Rummenigge thinks the England captain's own future could provide headaches for manager Pochettino.

"They have a good team," Rummenigge told reporters as Bayern prepared to fly to London on Monday.

"The question is whether they can keep this top team together for a long time, because Christian Eriksen's contract expires next year.

"There are certainly also clubs that are interested in Harry Kane."

He added: "Kane is a top player who, like Robert Lewandowski, scores an incredible number of goals.

"They are perhaps the two best strikers in the world right now.

"I hope Robert will do better than Kane tomorrow but it's not easy to stop him, he's a world-class striker."

Tottenham were not alone in having to manage uncertainty during the previous transfer window, with Bayern involved in one of the most-prominent sagas.

The Bavarian outfit aggressively pursued Leroy Sane until the Manchester City star suffered a serious knee injury in August.

Bayern president Uli Hoeness has since revealed the winger's fitness will be assessed in January ahead of another possible approach, but Rummenigge is paying little thought to the situation.

"To be honest I have no eye on him at all because I don't speak about players that are still under contract at other clubs," he said.

"FIFA rules don't allow that and I will always stick to that."

Niklas Sule is expecting a tough test when Bayern Munich take on Tottenham in the Champions League but is ready for the challenge of keeping Harry Kane quiet.

Bayern head to north London for Tuesday's clash on the back of three successive wins, including a 3-0 victory against Red Star in their Group B opener earlier this month.

Kane and Lucas Moura were on target for Tottenham as they let slip a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with Olympiacos, although Sule rates last term's beaten finalists highly and is aware of their different attacking threats.

"It will be an extremely difficult game against a physically strong opponent," he told DAZN. "We have to go through our game with a lot of possession and we can beat any opponent.

"I prefer to play against players with my stature. Ultimately, it does not matter who you play against. As a defender, you always have to win the ball."

Sule has started all nine of Bayern's matches this season and has aspirations of going all the way in the Champions League.

However, the 24-year-old could have ended up at a Premier League side when leaving Hoffenheim two years ago and still harbours ambitions of playing in England's top flight

"It was a thought to go to the Premier League," he said. "This is one of the leagues in which I really want to play. 

"At the time, however, I saw the switch to Munich as the best step. And as you can see, I am very happy at Bayern. 

"Not only because I got my way, but also because the club, the fans and all the staff are great.

"I want to become the best centre-back in the world, win the Champions League and win one or more important titles with the national team."

Liverpool maintained their 100 per cent Premier League record courtesy of a fortuitous moment in a 1-0 win over Sheffield United at Bramall Lane on a weekend when their nearest rivals kept the pressure on.

There were landmark goals and appearances for major players in Manchester City's 3-1 victory over Everton at Goodison Park, while Tottenham picked up a much-needed win as Harry Kane extended his outstanding record in matches against Southampton.

Spurs went into the weekend under pressure, as did rivals Chelsea who ended an unwanted 11-game streak as they beat Brighton and Hove Albion 2-0 at Stamford Bridge.

Our Premier League Data Diary brings to light the detail behind the big stories of this weekend's top games.

 

STERLING HITS THE HUNDRED AS SILVA REACHES DOUBLE CENTURY

There were few of the fireworks that erupted during their eight-goal win over Watford but Manchester City still had enough attacking power to claim a 3-1 victory over Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday.

Gabriel Jesus opened the scoring by heading in a Kevin De Bruyne cross, giving him a 22nd goal in his past 21 starts for club and country and an eighth league assist of the season for the in-form De Bruyne.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin equalised before the interval but Riyad Mahrez's fine free-kick and Raheem Sterling's 100th club goal in all competitions ended Everton's resolve and earned substitute David Silva a 200th Premier League victory in record time, the City captain making his 289th appearance in the competition.

The Toffees did manage eight shots on target, the most the champions have faced in a top-flight fixture since November 2015, but Calvert-Lewin's prodded first-half finish was all they took from a fourth defeat of the campaign.

LUCKY WIJNALDUM WINNER MAKES LIVERPOOL'S LONG WAIT WORTHWHILE

Dean Henderson's howler gifted Liverpool a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Sheffield United at Bramall Lane and a club record-extending 16th successive Premier League win.

England Under-21 goalkeeper Henderson, on-loan from Manchester United, failed to keep out a tame Georginio Wijnaldum volley as the Reds made the breakthrough in the 70th minute with their first shot on target.

Jurgen Klopp's men were forced to battle hard but have now won seven games at the outset of a league season for just the second time, having first done so in 1990-91.

Their undefeated run in the Premier League, which began in January, stands at 24 matches leading into next weekend's home meeting with Brendan Rodgers' Leicester City.

KANE HITS WINNER TO MATCH SIX-GAME STREAK

Tottenham entertained Southampton having won just one of their previous five Premier League matches but survived Serge Aurier's sending-off and a Hugo Lloris howler to pick up their eighth victory over the Saints in nine league attempts at home.

Mauricio Pochettino's men started well, with Tanguy Ndombele scoring his second league goal for Spurs in the 24th minute, and he has now scored more goals (2) in five Premier League appearances for the north London club than he managed in 69 Ligue 1 appearances for Amiens and Lyon combined (1).

Aurier then picked up his second booking of the game for a foul on Ryan Bertrand in the 32nd minute and became the first Tottenham player to be sent off in a Premier League home game since Kyle Naughton against Stoke City in November 2014.

But after Lloris gifted Danny Ings an equaliser, Harry Kane pounced from 12 yards with Spurs' winner in the 43rd minute and took his tally to six in six straight Premier League appearances against Southampton, and only Robin van Persie vs Stoke (8), Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink vs West Ham (7) and Romelu Lukaku vs West Ham (7) have had longer scoring streaks against an opponent in the competition.

FIRST CLEAN SHEET BRIGHTENS BLUES' PROSPECTS

Frank Lampard's first home victory as Chelsea head coach came at the expense of Brighton, who suffered a 2-0 reverse at Stamford Bridge - their ninth defeat in nine league matches between the two sides.

The result gave Chelsea the record for most games played against a single opponent while winning every single one, surpassing Bournemouth's eight victories against Wimbledon, as well as their first clean sheet under Lampard.

It was Chelsea's first clean sheet since their goalless draw with Leicester City on the last day of the 2018-19 Premier League season, ending a run of 11 matches in all competitions without a shut-out, and Jorginho's goal from the penalty spot was his second of the season - more than he mustered in 54 games last term.

Willian added a second 14 minutes from time, finding the net for the first time in 17 Premier League appearances for Chelsea despite having 32 shots at goal during that period.

Lampard will have been delighted with the clean sheet, but also with the fact that Chelsea attempted 17 shots in the first half alone - their highest total in an opening 45 minutes of a Premier League game since August 2013 (18 against Hull City).

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