Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane could return from a hamstring injury in Wednesday’s Champions League match against holders Real Madrid at Wembley, the Premier League club’s manager Mauricio Pochettino has said.England international Kane, Tottenham’s leading goalscorer with 13 goals in 12 appearances across all competitions, missed last Wednesday’s League Cup defeat by West Ham United and Saturday’s 1-0 league loss at Manchester United.”With the doctors and the player, we will take the best decision for everyone,” Pochettino said when asked by reporters about Kane’s mid-week return. “We must analyse and take the best decision for everyone.”We will assess him and then we will make the best decision. My feeling is good. But it’s not my feeling, it’s Harry Kane’s feeling.”Tottenham, who are top of Group H on seven points, held Spanish champions Real Madrid to a 1-1 draw earlier this month.Following the mid-week action, third-placed Tottenham host bottom side Crystal Palace in a Premier League match on Sunday.
CHICAGO (COPA AMERICA 2016) — The United States vaulted into Quarterfinal contention by beating Costa Rica 4-0 on Tuesday at Soldier Field in Chicago behind a goal and two assists in the first half from Clint Dempsey. The US recorded their first Copa América win since upsetting Argentina on July 14, 1995, breaking a seven-game winless streak in the tournament, including six straight losses.Dempsey converted an early penalty kick for his 50th career international goal, then set up Jermaine Jones and Bobby Wood for clinical finishes in a six-minute span late in the first half.Los Ticos came out quickly and created the game’s first scoring chance in just the fifth minute when amis-hit DeAndre Yedlin clearance fell to Joel Campbell, who whipped a half-volley past the right post.Yedlin then helped create the opening goal by beating a defender and floating in a cross, and when defender Cristian Gamboa pushed winger Bobby Wood in the back, referee Roddy Zambrano whistled for a penalty kick. Dempsey coolly placed his shot into the lower right corner.Later in the first half, Dempsey set up both Gyasi Zardes and Jermaine Jones for shots they fired high before the second goal arrived in the 37th minute. Jones started the play with pressure and a sliding pass to Dempsey near midfield, then finished it with a well-placed low shot from the top of the penalty area.The US made it 3-0 five minutes later when Dempsey fed Wood, now playing centrally, at the top of the penalty area, and the Hawaiian-born striker turned his man before firing a shot inside the near post.Costa Rica created two good second half chances, but Celso Borges flicked his shot over the net in the 55th minute, and Bryan Ruiz headed a short corner kick against the left post in the 67th minute.U.S. substitute Graham Zusi wrapped things up in the 87th minute with a steal and a low, left-footed finish, while goalkeeper Brad Guzan made two saves to record the shutout.With three points, the U.S. will close group play on Saturday against Paraguay in Philadelphia.TweetPinShare0 Shares read more