Watford retain unbeaten run, edge out Tottenham in EPL clash

Watford kept their perfect Premier League record at Tottenham's expense with a 2-1 win today.

Spurs made a real early-season statement with a 3-0 demolition of Manchester United last week to make it three wins from three, but could not follow it up as the Hornets beat them for the first time in 11 Premier League meetings.

Tottenham went ahead early in the second half when Abdoulaye Doucoure scored an own-goal, but headers from Troy Deeney and Craig Cathcart in the space of seven minutes turned it around for the hosts.

Watford has now won their first four league games of a season for the first time since 1988, and joins Liverpool and Chelsea as the only teams to have won every top-tier game so far.

The drama of the second half could not have been predicted after a dull opening 45 minutes for fans at Vicarage Road, including former Watford owner Sir Elton John.

In the end, they needed a Watford player to put through his own net to give Tottenham a 53rd-minute lead.

After the Hornets failed to clear the ball properly, Lucas Moura drove the ball across goal and it cannoned off Doucoure and into the bottom corner.

Watford's Craig Cathcart celebrates with Troy Deeney after scoring his side's second goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Watford FC and Tottenham Hotspur at Vicarage Road stadium in Watford, England, Sunday, Sept 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
Watford's Craig Cathcart celebrates with Troy Deeney after scoring his side's second goal during the English Premier League against Tottenham. Source: Associated Press

Deeney climbed highest from Jose Holebas' dangerous free kick to power a header into the bottom corner in the 69th for the equalizer.

And Watford showed their prowess from set-pieces again seven minutes later when Cathcart thundered an effort in from a corner to put his side in front.

Tottenham should have equalized as late as the 87th but Harry Kane, whose sub-par performance set the tone for his team, headed over from close range.


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Watch: Goal of the season stands out as Southampton, Brighton play out south coast stalemate

Brighton have fought back from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Southampton in the English Premier League this morning.

Glenn Murray's stoppage-time penalty capped Brighton's second-half comeback at St Mary's Stadium.

Pierre Emile Hojberg and Danny Ings put Southampton seemingly in control before Shane Duffy headed Brighton back into the game.

Southampton remain 13th in the table, one place above Brighton.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg scored a rocket in this morning's 2-2 draw. Source: SKY


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'It was a bad mistake' - Brazil star apologises after spitting in face of rival

Juventus winger Douglas Costa has apologised but faces a lengthy ban after spitting in the face of Sassuolo's Federico Di Francesco during an Italian Serie A match.

The flash point came in second-half stoppage time as Juve saw out a 2-1 victory, with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring twice to get off the mark this season.

Sassuolo had just pulled a goal back through Khouma Babacar when Costa and Di Francesco squared up.

Brazilian winger Costa already looked to have lost his composure after aiming an elbow and a headbutt moments earlier but the worst was to come as he spat directly at Di Francesco from inches away.

Costa was sent off after the intervention of the video assistant referee.

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri admitted the behaviour was unacceptable and Costa later offered his mea culpa on Instagram.

"I would like to apologise to all Juventus fans for this misleading reaction in today's game. I also apologise to my team-mates, who are always with me in beautiful and bad moments," he wrote.

"It was a bad mistake, I am aware of it and I apologise to everyone for this. I make it clear that this isolated attitude does not correspond to what I have always shown in my career."

Now Costa could see the Italian authorities clamp down on his behaviour.

"Even if he was fouled, these episodes must not happen," Allegri told reporters.

"The only thing we have to avoid doing this year is rising to the provocation.

"We had the game where we wanted it but we started playing as individuals and not as a team."

Allegri added that Costa will face club sanctions.

"It's only right that he (Costa) is fined, and he certainly will be... I was surprised by his reaction," he said.

"We have suffered a goal, a red card and a suspension which will be long."


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