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Tottenham blow away Man Utd to maintain title hopes, Liverpool thrash Stoke

Erik Lamela scores the third goal for Tottenham

Tottenham destroyed a lacklustre United with a three-goal salvo in six second-half minutes to keep alive their Premier League title quest.

Starting the match 10 points adrift of leaders Leicester, Tottenham shaved the gap to seven with goals from Dele Alli, Toby Alderweireld and Erik Lamela earning them a first home league win over United since 2001.

After a flat first half in which Lamela missed an open goal, Spurs broke the deadlock after 70 minutes when Alli fired home Christian Eriksen’s low cross.

Alderweireld rose to head in Lamela’s free kick four minutes later and Lamela swept in a third for a rampant home side who remain the only possible threat to Leicester City’s march towards the title.

Fifth-placed United managed only one shot on target as their hopes of a Champions League spot suffered a severe blow.

Liverpool romped to an easy victory over Stoke City on Sunday despite manager Juergen Klopp resting a number of players ahead of Thursday’s second leg of the Europa League quarter-final against his former club Borussia Dortmund.

Klopp made seven changes from the side that had drawn 1-1 in Germany, giving first Premier League starts to youngsters Kevin Stewart and Sheyi Ojo.

Ojo set up the second goal for Daniel Sturridge with a fine cross and when he was substituted at halftime, replacement Divock Origi scored twice. Earlier Alberto Moreno had put the home side in front before Bojan Krkic equalised.

The victory sent Liverpool above Stoke into eighth position, one point ahead of them but nine short of the Champions League places.

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