What happened in football today: October 29, 2020

Arsenal and Leicester win but Tottenham’s streak ends

Tottenham suffered a shock 1-0 loss to Belgian side Royal Antwerp after Jose Mourinho made nine changes to the side that beat Burnley last weekend.

Lior Refaelov’s winner handed Tottenham their first away defeat this season and ended a 10-match unbeaten streak.

Elsewhere, a first-half Jamie Vardy penalty inspired Leicester to a 2-1 win over AEK Athens, making the 33-year-old the club’s oldest European goalscorer.

Arsenal have also won two out of two in Europe this season, as goals from Eddie Nketiah, Joe Willock and Nicolas Pepe helped them to a 3-0 victory over Dundalk FC.

Encouraging results for Scottish teams in the Europa League

Celtic gave up a two-goal advantage against Lille, with the game ending 2-2.

A quick brace from Mohamed Elyounoussi gave Celtic the lead, but goals from Zeki Celik and Jonathan Ikone prevented Celtic from retaining all three points.

Meanwhile, Alfredo Morelos came off the bench to secure the winner in Rangers’ 1-0 win over Lech Poznan.

The Coupe de France postponed following the outbreak of COVID-19

The French Football Federation (FFF) has suspended all men’s and women’s Coupe de France competitions until December 1, after an increase in COVID-19 cases.

The top three tiers of men’s football, the women’s football top division and international matches are set to continue.

On Wednesday, French President Emmanuel Macron announced a second nationwide lockdown until at least the end of November.

Unlike in April, however, when the 2019-20 Ligue 1 season ended due to the pandemic, elite sport can continue behind closed doors.

Newcastle offers subscription refunds

Newcastle United have agreed to reimburse ticket holders for games behind closed doors this season.

Refunds will be made in three installments – the first in mid-December and the next two at the start of 2021 and at the end of the season. Refunds next year are dependent on fans returning to St James’ Park.

The stance comes three days after owner Mike Ashley said the Premier League’s pay-per-view system was “not acceptable” and offered a review to lower the price from £14.95 per game.

The Newcastle United Supporters Trust (NUST) called the decision ‘a step in the right direction’, but also said it could have been resolved ‘much sooner, much easier and could have reassured supporters much sooner’ .

Lundstram rejects contract offer

Sheffield United midfielder John Lundstram has turned down a contract renewal offer at the club.

During his press conference on Thursday, manager Chris Wilder said: “We have offered him a very good contract which is up there with the best players at the club. He doesn’t want to sign it.

“I am very frustrated about this. Cards on the table, I think John should have signed it.

Lundstram, who has started all six Premier League games for Sheffield this season and remains available for selection, is in the final year of his current contract. Wilder has confirmed the club will be looking to move the player in January.

Tite shares Klopp’s concern over Fabinho’s fitness

Brazil coach Tite has responded to Jurgen Klopp’s comments about Liverpool midfielder Fabinho’s fitness.

Speaking to Jovem Pan, Tite said: “Klopp and I have the same thought and the same scale of values. Sportsmen’s health is paramount. It’s human.”

Klopp had suggested that Tite wouldn’t notice Fabinho’s absence due to the player’s limited selection for the Brazil national team – the midfielder has 12 caps.

Fabinho suffered a hamstring injury in Liverpool’s 2-0 win over FC Midtjylland on Tuesday, and the 27-year-old will most likely miss his club’s game against West Ham on Sunday.

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(Photo: Plumb Images/Leicester City FC via Getty Images, Jan Kruger/Getty Images, Mike Hewitt/Getty Images, FRANCK FIFE/AFP)

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