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EPL results 2021, Arsenal vs Tottenham, Erik Lamela goal, Spurs, video, highlights, score, reaction

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Erik Lamela scored “one of the best goals in Premier League history” to open the North London Derby between Arsenal and Tottenham on Monday morning – although it ended in vein as he was sent off during the 2-1 defeat.

Lamela didn’t even start the game but was brought on after just 19 minutes after Heung-min Son was taken off with a worrying-looking hamstring injury.

But the Argentine wasted no time in allaying the fears of Spurs fans as just 14 minutes later he was wheeling away celebrating, with teammate Sergio Reguilon running after him with his head in his hands in utter disbelief at what he’d just seen.

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Lamela scores a RABONA! | 00:35

Reguilon had been the one who played in Gareth Bale’s cross-field pass first time into the box for Lucas Moura to collect and lay off to the on-rushing Lamela.

But Lamela had run past the ball and needed to check back, only to switch his feet and rabona the ball into the bottom corner past a helpless Bernd Leno.

Lamela is no stranger to a rabona goal have scored something eerily similar in the Europa League against Asteras in October 2014.

But his latest one sent the football world wild with former Liverpool star Jamie Redknapp declaring it “one of the best goals I’ve ever seen in the Premier League”.

England legend Gary Lineker added: “Sensational from Lamela. Truly wondrous.

“The thing about the Lamela goal is, it’s not even the best rabona he’s scored.”

But it all ended on a sour note for Lamela as he was given his marching orders for a second yellow card, leaving Spurs fighting with one hand behind their backs to try and get back in the game as Arsenal made sure North London was painted red once again.

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Tottenham star Harry Kane urged to snub Man Utd transfer and chase Alan Shearer record

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Harry Kane is reportedly attracting interest from Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City ahead of the summer transfer window.

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Australia to meet Sweden ahead of Olympics

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The Matildas’ tough preparations for the Tokyo Olympics continue next month with a game again European heavyweights Sweden in Kalmar.

Thrashed 5-2 and 5-0 respectively by Germany and the Netherlands last month, the Matildas will have to improve to test the Swedes, who won a silver medal at the Rio Olympics five years ago and finished third at the 2019 Women’s World Cup.

The June 16 battle will be an early preview of what the Matildas can expect in Tokyo come July, with Sweden in Australia’s group along with the United States and New Zealand.

“Since learning of our opponents for the Games, we have quickly shifted our attention to ensuring we are best equipped for the matches ahead,” Sweden-born Matildas coach Tony Gustavsson said.

“April provided us with a lot of insights from the matches against Germany and the Netherlands.

“In Sweden we have another top team that will challenge us with a different

style and tactical set-up.

“Our concentration will be on continuing to build on our foundations and equipping the team to perform in Tokyo and the next phase is exciting as we will have a full squad come together.

“This is the type of experience we need to be ready for the Olympics so we will embrace it.”

Football Australia CEO James Johnson said it was vital the Matildas were provided with the “best platform for success”.

“That includes providing them with opportunities to play against world-class opponents,” Johnson said.

“The Games are a fantastic opportunity for all Australians to come together and support the Matildas and we are investing to ensure they are ready come that first match against New Zealand (on July 21).”

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Four Barcelona stars 'no longer untouchable' ahead of transfer window

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A number of Barcelona stars could be on their way out this summer.

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