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Even Lamela’s ‘Rabona’ was not enough for Tottenham

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Erik Lamela scored a wonder goal to open the scoring for Tottenham Hotspur, but got himself sent off as Arsenal came from behind to walk away with all three points.

Arsenal’s Alexandre Lacazette scores their second goal from the penalty spot during their Premier League game against Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates Stadium in London on Sunday. Picture: Julian Finney, Reuters

LONDON – Arsenal recovered from the shock of conceding an Erik Lamela wonder goal to claim a deserved 2-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur in their Premier League north London derby on Sunday.

Martin Odegaard’s deflected effort on the stroke of halftime deservedly levelled things up for Arsenal and Alexandre Lacazette’s 64th-minute penalty sealed their first win in six attempts against their bitter rivals.

It was a mixed afternoon for Lamela who produced an audacious ‘Rabona’ shot to put Spurs in front against the run of play after 33 minutes at The Emirates – one of the most remarkable goals ever seen in the long-running rivalry.

But the Argentine, who had come on to replace the injured Son Heung-min early on, went from hero to zero when he was sent off in the 76th for catching Kieran Tierney with his forearm.

While Lamela’s goal was unforgettable it could not disguise a largely disappointing display by the visitors who squandered a great chance to boost their hopes of a top-four finish.

After Lamela’s sending off Tottenham’s 10 men finally applied some pressure and had a Harry Kane effort ruled out late on for offside before he hit the post with a free kick.

Spurs are still without a league win at Arsenal since 2010 and the defeat left them in seventh spot, six points behind fourth-placed Chelsea. Arsenal stayed in 10th spot with 41 points, four behind Tottenham.

Reuters