Joshua Kimmich has avoided serious injury and will return in the new year after going down in Bayern Munich's 3-2 win over Borussia Dortmund.

There were fears Kimmich was set for a long spell on the sidelines after he appeared to overextend his knee while fouling Erling Haaland in Saturday's Klassiker.

The versatile midfielder had to be helped off the pitch and, while refusing to comment on the nature or extent of the issue, coach Hansi Flick acknowledged afterwards Kimmich would be a big miss.

But Bayern revealed on Sunday the player had suffered a right lateral meniscus injury and had already undergone successful surgery.

The ailment is still going to keep Kimmich out of action but, according to Bayern's medical staff, only until January.

Sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic added: "We are happy that Joshua will probably be available to us again in a few weeks.

"We will give him the best possible support during his rehab."

Kimmich has started all but three of Bayern's Bundesliga matches since the start of last season, although they have a trio of wins without the Germany international in the XI, scoring 12 times and conceding just once.

He has a goal and four assists in six league games this term, creating 12 chances in all.

Kimmich has completed 89.8 per cent of his Bundesliga passes this season – 87.1 per cent in the opposition half – and has won possession on 50 occasions, although he has lost the ball 85 times.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic recovered from another missed penalty to score in stoppage time and salvage a 2-2 draw for Milan against Hellas Verona on Sunday. 

Antonin Barak and Mattia Zaccagni put Ivan Juric's visitors 2-0 up inside 20 minutes before an own goal from Giangiacomo Magnani gave the hosts hope.

Ibrahimovic then failed from 12 yards for the third time this season - his fourth miss in six attempts going back to last term - and Davide Calabria saw an effort ruled out in the first minute of second-half stoppage time after the Swede had handled in the build-up.

Milan's talisman had the final say, however, heading home Brahim Diaz's cross two minutes later to snatch a draw that moves Stefano Pioli's side two points clear of second-placed Sassuolo at the Serie A summit.

 

Ollie Watkins took his tally to six Premier League goals for the season as Aston Villa claimed a shock 3-0 victory at Arsenal in the Premier League on Sunday.

Villa had taken lead when Arsenal defender Bukayo Saka accidentally slid the ball into his own net, before Watkins made the result certain in the second half.

The striker finished off a fine team move when he headed in from close range, and then fired an angled shot through the legs of Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno a few minutes later.

It was Arsenal's second consecutive home league defeat of the season following a 1-0 loss to Leicester at the Emirates last month.

 

 

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola insists he is "happier than ever" with a start to the season that leaves his team 10th in the Premier League after seven matches.

Gabriel Jesus cancelled out Mohamed Salah's early penalty to claim a 1-1 draw against champions Liverpool in a compelling Etihad Stadium encounter on Sunday.

Kevin De Bruyne dragged his own spot kick wide, meaning City had to be content with a share of the spoils domestically for a third time this season, giving them a haul of 12 points from a possible 24.

However, Guardiola seems keen to look at the bigger picture of a three wins out of three in the Champions League, progress to the quarter-finals of the EFL Cup and a solitary, if chastening 5-2 defeat to table-topping Leicester City back on September.

Asked whether he was happy at a post-match news conference, Guardiola replied: "A lot. Maybe more happier than ever.

"In 12 games we lost one in all competitions because [against Leicester] we conceded three penalties.

"Still we didn't learn. Hopefully it is the last time we give the opponents a penalty like this.

"But [I am happy] a lot. I see the situation every day with the players in the locker room, that's why.

"Hopefully the international players come back safe with no injuries and we can continue."

City's attack has fallen way short of their usually prolific standards so far this term, with injuries to strikers Sergio Aguero and Jesus a key factor.

However, the Brazil international now has three goals in as many outings this term, with his wonderfully taken equaliser following an emphatic strike in the 3-0 midweek win over Olympiacos.

"He was really good," Guardiola said. "I didn't expect he could sustain 90 minutes but he did it.

His physicality and rhythm is so strong.

"He helped us, he scored a fantastic goal - the goal of a striker. Good for him."

City return to Premier League action after the international break with a trip to Tottenham, who are five points better off than them in second having played a game more.

Jurgen Klopp's bold team selection for Liverpool's 1-1 draw at Manchester City heightened the feeling of a changed dynamic within the rivalry that has come to define the present era in English football and its two main tactical protagonists.

Pep Guardiola has run through a range of configurations during his City tenure when confronted by the man with whom he began a compelling duel in their Bundesliga days.

Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund first placed the high priests of juego de posicion and gegenpressing in direct competition, the two strategic approaches that still dominate elite European football.

According to positional data collected by Opta, in each of his previous 11 encounters with Guardiola in England, Klopp wheeled out his trusty 4-3-3 - high intensity, high pressing and highly successful.

But prolific Anfield newboy Diogo Jota presented a conundrum. A midweek hat-trick against Atalanta made the Portugal forward hard to leave out, even if it meant breaking up the esteemed from three of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.

Easy. Just play all four of them.

Salah reaps rewards for flying start

Klopp's call soon appeared as calculated on the sodden Manchester turf as it had cavalier on paper.

The equation weighed up by the Liverpool boss was a City defence buoyed by three consecutive clean sheets but unproven under prolonged scrutiny was worth the risk of a thorough examination.

City are not the free-scoring machine of their 100-point season in 2017-18 or the titanic tussle with Liverpool over the subsequent 12 months. In the first seven games of this Premier League season, City have scored only 10 times - 17 fewer than at the same stage last season. Before Sunday's match, their xG per game figure of 1.3 was their lowest in the competition since Opta began putting together such data in 2013-14.

The Reds were relentless early on, skidding balls in behind City's defensive line. The presence of a front four did not dissuade full-backs Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson from their usual raids.

While 51.8 per cent of City's first-half attacks came down the left flank where Raheem Sterling roved with intent against his former employers, Liverpool's assaults were split more or less evenly across the right, left and central channels.

Kyle Walker's clumsy foul on Mane for Salah's opening penalty was the culmination of an opening 13 minutes under siege.

Roads to Rodri closed off

The escape route Guardiola mapped out for his men was blocked off, with Salah and Firmino allowing central defenders Aymeric Laporte and Ruben Dias to have possession, while blocking off passes to holding midfielder Rodri.

The Spain international was named man of the match for a robust showing against Sheffield United last weekend but he toiled badly here. He won one of seven duels and a pass completion rate of 83.6 per cent dropped to 72 per cent in the opposition half, meaning he fulfilled neither of his briefs to provide protection and control.

Even for the most part of his eight career losses to Klopp - more than he has suffered to any other coach - the sense has been of Guardiola setting the terms of engagement. That was not the case here, but a City side in transition have shown they can operate in a more circumspect manner in recent weeks.

The space Klopp afforded to Kevin De Bruyne allowed the master playmaker to arrow a pass into the feet of Gabriel Jesus, whose Dennis Bergkamp impression illuminated a dank evening and lifted City.

De Bruyne's searching cross met Joe Gomez's elbow to earn a penalty that was nowhere near as accurate.

It was a glaring miss Guardiola would be left to rue after a Jesus header was the closest either side came in a second half of few chances.

A 1-1 draw where adrenaline gave way to attrition leaves City 11th after seven matches, but with a game in hand on Liverpool, five points better off in third.

Laporte and Dias taking City back to basics

Sections of the City fanbase have complained over Guardiola's failure to unleash a talent-stacked team as he once did. But without David Silva's quicksilver creativity and Leroy Sane's explosive wing-play - two world-class talents who loved these games - they are a different beast. Seven shots was their lowest in a Premier League fixture at the Etihad Stadium since February 2010, also against Liverpool

The teeth may not be so sharp, but there is added streetwise bulk. A combined outlay in the region of £120million means Laporte and Dias should provide reassurance, but plenty of City's other high-profile buys at centre-back confirm price tags are not guarantees.

After that rocky opening, they shut Liverpool down impressively. Laporte's four clearances were more than any other player on display, he and Dias won all of their aerial duels and the Portugal defender completed 93.7 per cent of his passes.

While Rodri and Ilkay Gundogan could not provide the requisite control in front of them, losing possession 25 times between them, Laporte and Dias brought the steel.

If Klopp's team selection on Sunday suggested a return to the heavy metal football on which he turned down the volume on to achieve greater clarity, Guardiola showed further evidence of a growing pragmatic streak. Following the 5-2 loss to Leicester City, his team have scored once in each of their subsequent Premier League games.

As the quality and entertainment waned after the break, it occurred that grinding rather than flying to wins might have be the way to go as a compelling rivalry shifts its shape again in this strangest of seasons.

Jordan Henderson has questioned the "harsh" penalty call that went against Liverpool in their 1-1 draw with Manchester City and says his side have to be happy with a point.

City were awarded a penalty after Kevin De Bruyne's cross hit Joe Gomez on the arm, with referee Craig Pawson pointing to the spot after a lengthy wait that involved him checking the pitchside monitor.

However, De Bruyne was unable to convert from 12 yards - the first time a player has missed the target entirely from the spot in a Premier League game since City's Riyad Mahrez against Liverpool in October 2018.

It was the second controversial penalty call of the day after Max Kilman was penalised for handling Dennis Praet's cross in Leicester City's 1-0 win over Wolves.

And while Henderson understands why City were given a penalty, he does not agree with the current handball laws.

"People will say I am biased because it is against us, but I saw one similar in the Leicester game as well," he told Sky Sports. "Joe is running back to his own goal, where is he going to put his arms? 

"I think it is so difficult for defenders. I felt it was harsh, but they have been pretty consistent. In the Leicester game they gave it and they gave it [for Man City] but for us as players I think it is harsh.

"Hopefully the refs can look at it. They shouldn't have been given in both games."

Gomez was equally frustrated at the decision, arguing that he had no chance of moving his arm away from the ball.

"On a personal note, it's frustrating," he said. "I think everyone knows the power that Kevin De Bruyne can hit the ball with. 

"In that moment, I'm just running towards goal. I'm not going to run with my hands behind my back and I'm not going to dispute the ball hitting my hand, but I've not made an attempt to try and handle it. 

"Then it's frustrating when the referee goes over and looks in slow motion at something that has happened in real time when De Bruyne has hit the ball as hard as he has. 

"I've got to accept his decision, but I think there are enough conversations going on around that rule at the minute. 

"You have to look at the scenario with some common sense and just think, what could I have done?"

Mohamed Salah had earlier fired Liverpool ahead from the penalty spot after Kyle Walker lunged in on Sadio Mane, but Gabriel Jesus equalised 18 minutes later in a high-quality first half.

The second period was less eventful, with the sides managing just one shot on target between them compared to four in the first half, and neither team managed to sneak a victory.

The draw ultimately suits Liverpool more than City, keeping the champions five points in front of their opponents having played one game more.

City failed to register a shot on target after Jesus' leveller and had just seven shots overall, which is their lowest in a league game on home soil since February 2010 - also against Liverpool (five).

And Jesus, who has now scored in three successive games for City, concedes it feels like an opportunity missed for his side to close the gap.

"Both teams wanted to win. Sometimes when it's like this you have to control the ball more," he said. "We have to keep playing like this and try to convert the chances.

"We played at home and we have to win the games here. The result is not good for us and maybe it's good for them."

Kevin De Bruyne's missed penalty proved costly for Manchester City as they played out an engrossing 1-1 draw with Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium. 

Mohamed Salah did convert a 13th-minute spot-kick as the reigning Premier League champions struck the first blow in the heavyweight top-flight tussle, putting them on course to sit top of the table during November's international break. 

City, however, weathered the early storm amid the Manchester downpours before countering impressively through Gabriel Jesus, his sixth goal in his past seven league outings. 

They could have scored again before half-time had the usually reliable De Bruyne not failed to convert from 12 yards out, the Belgian missing the target completely after another penalty was awarded for handball.

The majority of the pre-match focus had been on Jurgen Klopp's team selection, though the German solved the selection poser involving Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino by picking both, seemingly deciding attack to be the best form of defence for his team following previous results in this fixture. 

The bold approach reaped an early reward, albeit one gifted to them by Kyle Walker's ill-timed lunge on Sadio Mane. Salah duly slotted home from the spot for his eighth league goal of the season. 

Aggrieved following a potential foul on Raheem Sterling at the other end prior to the opener, City took their time to get to grips with Liverpool's attacking system.

De Bruyne's ability to find a pocket of space allowed him to set up the equaliser for Jesus, the Brazilian's turn deceiving Trent Alexander-Arnold and allowing him to poke the ball beyond Alisson. 

City had the chance to take the lead before the break. Joe Gomez was punished when a cross struck his outstretched arm, only for De Bruyne to uncharacteristically drag wide.

Jesus spurned a glorious opportunity of his own, heading Joao Cancelo's inviting cross wide, during a second half that saw a more considered approach from both sets of players.

Liverpool faded as an attacking threat as the minutes ticked by, not aided by the loss of Alexander-Arnold to injury, but avoided suffering any late knockout blow, thereby maintaining the five-point gap between themselves and City.

Antonio Conte advised his critics to "lay off the wine" after Inter's winless run stretched to a fourth game with a 1-1 draw against Atalanta.

Aleksey Miranchuk fired in from the edge of the box 11 minutes from time in Sunday's clash in Bergamo to cancel out Lautaro Martinez's header.

Inter have won only one of their past eight matches in all competitions and have conceded 16 times in 10 games overall this term.

However, when asked for his thoughts on those who feel he is less animated on the sidelines this season, Conte replied: "I'd advise them to lay off the wine."

Inter wasted a glorious chance to double their lead when Marco Sportiello denied Arturo Vidal from a one-on-one and then kept out Nicolo Barella's follow-up attempt.

The visitors were without Romelu Lukaku until the 74th minute and managed only three shots on target, with Conte acknowledging his side need to start taking their opportunities.

"Atalanta found it difficult to play against us. We had chances to kill off the game but we are maybe missing that killer instinct to take home the results we deserve," he told Sky Sport Italia.

"The fact people expect so much from Inter means that in the space of a year teams have learned to fear us. In the past we would have come here and not been feared at all."

Atalanta have now conceded in each of their last 10 Serie A games - their longest run in the top flight without a single clean sheet since August 2015.

Head coach Gian Piero Gasperini also saw his side thrashed 5-0 by Liverpool in the Champions League this week but is adamant he and his players are not under pressure.

"I've never had the feeling we are struggling. We've played tough games, we play the Champions League every week and defeats can happen," he said.

"We have won games and we have our identity. I do not see the problems. Other people put pressure on us.

"We know how difficult it can be. We've had a few players out of action. The break has maybe arrived at the right time."

Atalanta have now won only one of their last eight Serie A games against Inter but are a point better off than their opponents in the table.

Ansu Fati is to undergo surgery on the torn meniscus he suffered in Barcelona's 5-2 win over Real Betis. 

The teenage forward was substituted at half-time in Saturday's contest at Camp Nou, Barca later confirming the damage sustained to his left knee. 

Fati is now set to have an operation on Monday, after which Barca said they will release further details about the possible length of his absence. 

A club statement read: "The first team player Ansu Fati will undergo surgery [on] Monday for the injury to the meniscus in his left knee by Dr. Ramon Cugat under the supervision of the Club's medical services.  

"Once this intervention is completed, a new communication will be provided with information on the result and the approximate time of withdrawal." 

Fati is Barca's top scorer in LaLiga so far this term having notched four in seven appearances, while he was also on target in the 5-1 hammering of Ferencvaros in the Champions League.

His form has been a bright point in an inconsistent start Barca have made under Ronald Koeman, who had seen his side fail to win four on the bounce in LaLiga prior to the Betis win.

Only Lionel Messi (48) has attempted more dribbles in LaLiga for Barca in 2020-21than Fati (28), while the club captain is the only Blaugrana player to create more chances (13) than his team-mate's return of nine.

Fati had been called up to the Spain squad for this month's international matches against the Netherlands, Switzerland and Germany.

Sheffield United fans can be forgiven for fearing the worst after Saturday's 3-1 reverse at Chelsea left Chris Wilder's men still rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table.

The Blades confounded expectations to finish ninth last season having gained promotion from the Championship in the 2018-19 campaign.

But the defeat against Frank Lampard's Blues means the men from the Steel City have just a solitary point through eight matches this time around, and only on four occasions have teams had such a record at the same stage of a Premier League season.

So, are Sheffield United – who have scored just four top-flight goals so far – already doomed for the drop?

Well, history suggests perhaps not. Below, we remember some of the Premier League's worst starts to decipher whether the Blades can recover from their perilous position.


Manchester City 1995-96

Points after eight games: 1

Relegated? Yes (18th)

This was back in the days when City still resided at Maine Road and the Abu Dhabi fortunes were years away from arriving. Alan Ball described taking on the manager's job as the "envy of millions" but few were looking on with green-eyed jealousy as City took until their 12th game to register a league win. Although a bleak situation improved and back-to-back 1-0 wins over Sheffield Wednesday and Aston Villa gave City a fighting chance heading into the final day, a 2-2 draw at Liverpool saw the Citizens relegated on goal difference.


Southampton 1998-99

Points after eight games: 1

Relegated? No (17th)

A 5-0 loss at newly promoted Charlton Athletic was a miserable low, the second of five straight defeats to start the season under Dave Jones for a Saints side who looked like marching straight out of the top flight. A first three points did not arrive until the 10th attempt, against Coventry City, and Southampton had just 14 points from 20 games. Although they continued to be plagued by inconsistency, three wins and two draws from their final five matches ensured survival at the expense of Charlton.


Sheffield Wednesday 1999-00

Points after eight games: 1

Relegated? Yes (19th)

The Blades do not have to look too far for warning signs about abysmal starts, with derby rivals Sheffield Wednesday enduring misery two decades ago. The Owls scored just three goals and shipped a whopping 23 in their opening eight matches, including an 8-0 hammering at Newcastle United in a game where Alan Shearer scored five. A 5-1 win against Wimbledon proved a false dawn as Wednesday spent the majority of the campaign in the bottom three, sacked manager Danny Wilson in March, and eventually succumbed to the drop after failing to beat Arsenal in their penultimate game.


Sunderland 2013-14

Points after eight games: 1

Relegated? No (14th)

A torrid start saw Sunderland struggling in the drop zone but a 2-1 win over fierce rivals Newcastle United in October finally brought some joy to the Stadium of Light. Unfortunately for Paolo Di Canio, he had already departed by then and successor Gus Poyet looked in trouble as the Black Cats hit another bleak spell in the second half of the campaign. But a surprise 2-2 draw at eventual champions Manchester City was followed by a shock 2-1 win at Chelsea – the first of four straight wins that helped to a seal an eventual 14th-place finish.


Tottenham 2008-09

Points after eight games: 2

Relegated? No (8th)

If the Blades really want an optimistic outlook they can point to this Tottenham season. A shoddy start under Juande Ramos, which yielded a measly two points from eight games, led to the appointment of Harry Redknapp, who steered Spurs to an eventual finish of eighth and an EFL Cup final where they were beaten by Manchester United on penalties.


Sunderland 2016-17

Points after eight games: 2

Relegated? Yes (20th)

Sorry Sunderland fans, but if your team appears on this list twice the chances are one of them is likely to end in tears. Such was the case in the 2016-17 season as a return to the second tier beckoned. Sam Allardyce had engineered a great escape the campaign before but did not return to continue the job and a season of despair followed under David Moyes. A run of four wins in seven games between November and December was about as good as it got and there were just two league victories after the turn of the year.


Newcastle United 2018-19

Points after eight games: 2

Relegated? No (13th)

Newcastle's second season back in the top flight under Rafa Benitez did not initially make for pretty reading. Indeed, it took until November to register a first league win, but that sparked a run of three in a row. Things particularly improved from mid-January as Newcastle won eight games to finish comfortably away from the bottom three.


Cardiff City 2018-19

Points after eight games: 2

Relegated? Yes (18th)

Sadly for Cardiff City, it was a different story under Neil Warnock – a well-loved figure at Bramall Lane incidentally – in that same season. Blades fan Warnock had earned Cardiff promotion back to the top flight the campaign before but they were beaten eight times in their opening 11 league games. Ultimately, Cardiff finished only two points shy of safety, having impressively won 2-0 at Manchester United in their final game, but it was an immediate drop back into the Championship.

Jose Mourinho said Harry Kane's brilliance is about much more than goals after the Tottenham star reached 150 in the Premier League.

Kane nodded in Matt Doherty's delivery to secure a 1-0 win for Spurs at West Brom on Sunday.

The England striker has managed a remarkable 13 goals and 10 assists in just 14 matches for Spurs in all competitions this season, having celebrated scoring his 200th for the club on his 300th appearance against Ludogorets in the Europa League this week.

Only Alan Shearer (212) and Sergio Aguero (217) reached 150 Premier League goals in fewer games than Kane (218), with the 27-year-old now level with Michael Owen on the all-time list in the competition's history.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Son Heung-min (eight) are the only players to score more in England's top flight this season than Kane (seven), but his tally of eight assists is more than double that of any other forward.

He has also made 11 headed clearances, more than any other attacking player, highlighting his importance in both boxes for Spurs.

Indeed, Mourinho believes Kane's all-round contribution sets him apart from most other elite strikers in the world.

He told reporters: "When you go to stats, in relation to strikers, I always say the stats should be how many goals the striker scored and what he did for his team in the matches where he didn't score, and many of the strikers, their history would be [the] incredible number of goals that they score plus zero.

"Harry Kane, you have to say: this number of goals, this number of assists, this number of balls recovered, this number of duels won, this number of balls that he saved his team in a defensive set-piece. This is Harry Kane: it's goals, plus this, and this, and this, and that. 

"For me, it's not about one more goal or one less goal, it's about what he is as a player."

Spurs have won all four of their opening away league games this season, only the fourth time they have done so, and they head into the international break with 17 points and just one defeat from eight matches.

Mourinho thinks his side would be good enough to win the title in many of Europe's top divisions, but he feels a Premier League challenge will not be so easy.

"When a team is champion or plays for the title, there is always a direct relation to your direct opponents," he said.

"I would say this team could be champion in many European countries. In the Premier League, it's the most difficult one because in the Premier League you can do a good season, you can have lots of points but in the end, you know, Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester United, Leicester [City], Arsenal... so you can have a good season and not be champion.

"What can we do? We go match after match, we try to win, we don't care about the others, I promise you I'm not worried about Leicester-Wolves or City-Liverpool. If Liverpool win, it's because City lose points; if Leicester win, it's because Wolves lose points. I don't care. I just want the team to play match after match and, at the end of the season, let's see where we are."

Aleksey Miranchuk struck 11 minutes from time to earn Atalanta a 1-1 draw against Inter in Sunday's cagey Serie A clash, denying Lautaro Martinez the match-winning glory.

The Lombardy rivals have now won just two of their last 13 games between them and neither side really got going in a low-quality contest at the Gewiss Stadium.

Martinez guided Ashley Young's cross away from Marco Sportiello just before the hour mark to open the scoring for Inter, who had Alexis Sanchez back in their line-up and brought on Romelu Lukaku in the second half.

Arturo Vidal squandered a glorious chance to double the visitors' tally and that proved a costly miss as Miranchuk found a late equaliser, leaving Inter sixth in the table and a point below their opponents.

Cristiano Ronaldo was nursing an ankle problem and could not continue as Juventus were denied victory by a last-gasp Felipe Caicedo goal in a 1-1 draw at Lazio, Andrea Pirlo said.

Portugal star Ronaldo opened the scoring after 15 minutes at Stadio Olimpico to net in his first four league games of a season for just the third time, having also done so in the 2009-10 and 2014-15 seasons.

With 27 goals to his name in 2020, no player in the top-five European leagues has more in the calendar year, but his withdrawal with 14 minutes of Sunday's clash ultimately proved a pivotal moment.

Explaining why Ronaldo, who did appear to hobble as he sat on the bench, was taken off, Juve coach Pirlo told DAZN: "Ronaldo is a key player not only for us but for all the teams where he played, he had an ankle problem and he was forced to leave.

"Those who entered the pitch did well, [but] we had problems to hold the ball and manage certain types of plays."

Ronaldo had three shots on target from five attempts and also crashed an effort against the post for a Juve side who continue to trail early leaders Milan, three points adrift of Stefano Pioli's team ahead of the Rossoneri's clash with Verona later on Sunday.

The Bianconeri are unbeaten through seven games for the eighth time in the past 10 seasons, but Pirlo warned his side that titles are decided on moments such as late levellers.

"We played a great game, they never had a shot on target," he added.

"Championships are won if we take care of every detail, we mismanaged the ball in the final 10 seconds and they scored the equaliser."

Lazio were hindered by the absence of star striker Ciro Immobile who alongside Lucas Leiva and Thomas Strakhosha was absent after they reportedly returned inconclusive tests for coronavirus.

Caicedo entered the fray to replace the largely ineffective Vedat Muriqi after 54 minutes and his stoppage-time leveller was the fifth time since the start of last season he has scored after the 90th minute – the most in Serie A.

"I have an exceptional rapport with Ciro, he wished us all the best and we missed him today, but he is always present even when he’s not physically here," Caicedo said.

"With this determination and refusal to give in, we can go far. We can continue to do what we did last season, with the attitude we showed last week against Torino and again here."

Head coach Simone Inzaghi, whose Lazio side have gained 33 points from a losing position since the start of last season which is more than any other team in the top five European leagues, paid tribute to the goal hero.

"Caicedo is a great player, a wonderful person who after five or six months was already adored by everyone," Inzaghi said.

"I asked the club, and they immediately agreed, to keep him, as he was the ideal player to complete the front line."

Harry Kane scored his 150th Premier League goal to snatch a 1-0 victory for Tottenham at West Brom on Sunday.

Despite starting with Kane, Son Heung-min and Gareth Bale in attack, Jose Mourinho's side delivered a largely flat attacking performance against the Baggies.

Indeed, they needed a good Hugo Lloris save and the intervention of the left-hand post in the second half to prevent Slaven Bilic's men taking the lead in the second half.

However, Kane secured a fourth win in a row away from home in the top flight when he headed Matt Doherty's delivery beyond Sam Johnstone.

The best of the early chances fell to Son, who had lots of time and space in the penalty area but eventually saw a shot blocked over by Semi Ajayi.

West Brom twice came close to a breakthrough, Karlan Grant nodding a good Darnell Furlong cross wide and Eric Dier heading well off the line with Grant lurking.

It took until the hour mark for Spurs to register a shot on target, Sergio Reguilon stinging the palms of goalkeeper Sam Johnstone with a speculative strike from outside the box.

Giovani Lo Celso, on for the injured Tanguy Ndombele, had a great chance to make a swift impact but hooked his shot wide from barely 10 yards out.

Conor Gallagher clipped the post from the edge of the box and Lloris reacted superbly to tip away a Grant header following a corner, as West Brom's best chances went begging.

Johnstone thought he had secured a share of the spoils, saving well low to his right to keep out a strike from Carlos Vinicius, but his indecision as Doherty swung in a high ball allowed Kane to head in the winner.

Felipe Caicedo was Lazio's hero as his last-gasp strike cancelled out Cristiano Ronaldo's goal in a 1-1 draw against Juventus at Stadio Olimpico on Sunday.

Lazio lacked bite in the absence of star striker Ciro Immobile, one of three players along with Lucas Leiva and Thomas Strakhosha absent after reportedly returning inconclusive coronavirus tests.

Ronaldo, who returned after his own isolation due to COVID-19 with a double against Spezia last week, scored a sixth Serie A goal of the campaign after 15 minutes and that looked by being enough to settle what had been a largely comfortable outing for the visitors.

But substitute Caicedo scored in the fifth minute of injury time to secure a point for Lazio in a result that leaves Juve three points off Serie A leaders Milan, who have a game in hand.

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