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Premier League wrap: Antonio Conte gets first win as Spurs boss; ‘cheat code’ City star at it again

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Tottenham needed a second-half fightback to launch Antonio Conte’s reign in charge with a 2-1 win over Leeds, while Manchester City swept aside Everton 3-0 to go second in the Premier League.

A severely-depleted Leeds remain just two points above the relegation zone after threatening to spoil Conte’s first home league game since he replaced Nuno Espirito Santo.

Tottenham had not even managed a shot on target in their previous two league matches and there was little change for the first 45 minutes.

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Even without key men Raphinha and Patrick Bamford, a youthful Leeds were well worth their 1-0 half-time lead thanks to Daniel James’ first goal for the club.

Harry Kane scored back-to-back hat-tricks for England during the international break, but has still netted just once in the Premier League this season.

Kane was denied in a one-on-one with Illan Meslier and Son Heung-min’s deflected shot came off the bar as Spurs improved after the break.

But the goals came from unfamiliar sources as Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s scuffed shot found the bottom corner to level just before the hour-mark.

Sergio Reguilon then grabbed the winner with his first Spurs goal after Eric Dier’s deflected free-kick came back off the post.

A first win in four league games takes Tottenham above Manchester United, who sacked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Sunday, up to seventh in the table and within four points of the top four.

“This is a point to start. I say this to my players, they need to understand if we want it, we can do it,” said Conte, who highlighted the change in his side’s intensity after half-time.

“In the second half we changed something tactically and also we wanted to play with the same intensity as Leeds, higher up the pitch.”

Conte was animated throughout, celebrating wildly on the pitch after the victory.

CITY CRUISE

City were far more convincing winners as goals from Raheem Sterling, Rodri and Bernardo Silva saw off Everton at the Etihad to cut Chelsea’s lead at the top of the table to three points.

“In general we controlled the game,” said City boss Pep Guardiola. “We played the game we should play to beat teams like Everton.” Sterling netted on his 300th Premier League appearance as he turned home Joao Cancelo’s sensational pass with the outside of his right foot for his 98th goal in the English top flight.

“This is absolutely ridiculous from Joao Cancelo,” co-commentator Gary Neville said after witnessing the assist.“He’s got no right to be able to get that into that space.”

Without the presence of Dominic Calvert-Lewin up front, Everton rarely threatened.

Rafael Benitez’s men have now taken just two points from the last 18 on offer in the Premier League to drop into the bottom half of the table and just six points clear of the relegation zone.

Rodri’s stunning long-range drive into the top corner 10 minutes after the break ended the game as a contest.

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City were then content to cruise for the final half-hour with one eye on Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain.

Sterling should have slotted home his second of the afternoon from Riyad Mahrez’s inviting cross, but was instead denied by international teammate Jordan Pickford as he tried to round the goalkeeper.

City did get a deserved third five minutes from time when Silva followed up after Cole Palmer’s shot was blocked.

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Police investigate Serie A incident, Fiorentina vs Empoli

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Police have launched an investigation into an incident where a female TV presenter was allegedly “molested” by a football fan on live TV.

Italian journalist Greta Beccaglia appeared to be slapped on the backside while reporting from outside a stadium when the camera captured the moment a spectator in a green jacket, camo-styled trousers and purple beanie walked up behind her.

A visibly annoyed and shocked Beccaglia responded with a fright before wagging her finger at the fan, The Sun reports.

Her verbal response has been translated into English as: “Sorry, you can’t do this, I’m sorry.”

Shortly afterwards, another supporter stopped next to Beccaglia before swearing into the camera with a hand gesture.

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Greta Beccaglia was touched outside a football game. Photo: YouTube, Instagram.Source: YouTube
Greta Beccaglia was touched outside a football game. Photo: YouTube, Instagram.Source: YouTube

The timing of the footage will be particularly concerning for the Italian football authorities.

The spiteful Tuscan derby between Fiorentina as Empoli had been promoted as a designated ‘Violence Against Women’ event that was supposed to raise awareness of an anti-stalking hotline.

The match was the centre piece of a campaign branded: “Give violence against women the red card”.

It has since emerged that police are aware of the incident and have launched an investigation to identify the fan.

Local reports have suggested Empoli police are reviewing video surveillance and speaking to witnesses to try and catch the fan.

One report also indicates police will speak with Beccaglia to get her side of the story.

Greta Beccaglia in the TV studio. Photo: Instagram.Source: Instagram
Greta Beccaglia in front of the camera. Photo: Instagram.Source: Instagram

The incident has also raised questions about the response from the panel of TV studio presenters after they failed to show serious concern for their colleague.

Host Giorgio Micheletti has been criticised for responding to the incident by saying: “Don’t take it”.

The Order of Journalists of Tuscany condemned the incident and the response from Micheletti.

A statement from the guild described the actions against Beccaglia as “molestation”.

“Those in the studio, instead of condemning the gesture and the molester, invited the colleague to ‘not take it’. No words of solidarity were heard towards her from the conductor,” a translated statement claimed.

“The Order reiterates that the time has come stop minimising and remember that violence against women is above all a cultural and social problem.”

The statement said the organisation stands with Beccaglia in solidarity.

“The Order of Journalists of Tuscany today denounces the very serious episode of harassment against a journalist which took place on live TV at the end of the Empoli-Fiorentina match, in the days in which the greatest attention is paid to combating violence against women,” the statement read.

Serie A has also released a statement to show its support for the reporter.

“Violence is expressed in many forms. We condemn them all, today and forever,” the league posted on Twitter.

“Solidarity with Greta Beccaglia.”

Beccaglia on Sunday liked a series of posts on Twitter, which refered to her ordeal as “intolerable” and “aberrant”.

Over the weekend, players in Serie A had sported a red mark on their cheeks to promote a message against domestic violence and to spread awareness of an anti-stalking hotline.

Empoli came from behind in the contest with a late goal snatching a 2-1 victory.

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Every word of Roy Keane and Jamie Carragher's furious row after Chelsea vs Man Utd

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THE TWO Sky Sports pundits got involved in a heated argument after the 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge.

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Gary Neville's response to Carragher and Keane's furious row after Chelsea vs Man Utd

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THE two Sky Sports pundits launched into an angry tirade when debating Cristiano Ronaldo’s role.

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