Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne scored in the second half as Manchester City beat Sheffield United 2-0 in the Premier League in a swift reaction to a damaging loss.
Demarai Gray missed a penalty in the first half before scoring a winner in the second period as Leicester beat relegation-threatened West Ham 2-1 in what proved to be Manuel Pellegrini's final match in charge of the London team.
China, which will host the tournament for the second time after 2004, had been one of four nations to initially bid to host the 24-team competition with South Korea, Indonesia, and Thailand also submitting bids before pulling out.
Several announcements were made over Tottenham's public address system saying "racist behaviour from spectators is interfering with the game" while referee Anthony Taylor stopped the game to talk to the players.
Manchester United will take on Club Brugge in the last 32 of the Europa League while struggling Arsenal will face Greek side Olympiakos following Monday's draw in Nyon.
Fans of Magnus Carlsen question that chess number 1 should go for a new career at the Fantasy Premier League after his team rose to No. 1 in the world with Mohamed Salah scoring twice against Watford.
Arsenal ended its worst winless run in 42 years by coming from behind at halftime to beat West Ham 3-1 in the English Premier League.
Atletico stayed in sixth place with 26 points from 16 matches, five points behind leaders Barcelona and Real Madrid, which both have two games in hand on Atletico entering the weekend — including one against each other on December 18.
Liverpool surged eight points clear at the top of the Premier League as Divock Origi was the scourge of Everton once more in a thrilling 5-2 Merseyside derby win for the European champions at Anfield.
The use of VAR, match officials who use technology to review certain decisions made by the referee, has been surrounded by controversy over the last few months.
Group A pits Italy, Turkey, Wales and Switzerland with matches to be played in Rome and Baku.
The trio joins other big names such as world champions France, Spain, Italy, and England, with European champions Portugal one win away from qualification.
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