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Dier leads Tottenham past 10-man Cardiff 1-0 in EPL

October 6, 2018
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Tottenham's Eric Dier scores his side's opening goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Cardiff City at Wembley stadium in London, Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

LONDON (AP) — England midfielder Eric Dier struck his first club goal in 18 months as Tottenham made it three victories in as many Premier League matches by defeating 10-man Cardiff 1-0 on Saturday.

Tottenham, beaten by visiting Barcelona 4-2 in the Champions League at Wembley in midweek, scored against Cardiff in the eighth minute.

Davinson Sanchez won a header following a cross by England full back Kieran Trippier and, as the ball became stuck under the feet of Cardiff’s Joe Bennett, Dier showed a striker’s instinct to thrash the ball into the net.

Struggling Cardiff midfielder Joe Ralls was sent off after 58 minutes following a trip on Lucas Moura, who was a constant danger up front for Tottenham.

Sean Morrison hit the post as the visitors went close to an equalizer, despite their numerical disadvantage, but could not make the breakthrough as it remained winless after eight games this season.

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