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Result: Wycombe 1-0 Preston: Ryan Tafazolli heads home in crucial win

Result: Wycombe 1-0 Preston: Ryan Tafazolli heads home in crucial win
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North End have now won just once in their last seven matches.

Wycombe secured a vital three points in their bid for Championship survival with a 1-0 win over Preston.

In blustery conditions, Ryan Tafazolli's header proved the difference for a Chairboys side who controlled proceedings to earn their sixth victory of the season, while Preston's poor run now stands at one win in seven.

Both sides made two changes from their last outings, with Wycombe eyeing a second win against Preston in the space of three months after their 4-1 FA Cup victory earlier this year.

The opening exchanges belonged to the hosts and Tafazolli showed a glimpse of what was to come as he rose to meet two Joe Jacobson corners. After planting the first effort wide, his second was on target and needed a hand from Daniel Iversen to touch it over the bar.

Both Anis Mehmeti and Uche Ikpeazu then came close for Wycombe, Ikpeazu latching onto a looping Curtis Thompson header only to see his shot kept out by Iversen.

From the resulting corner, it was third time lucky for Tafazolli as he once again climbed highest to send a firm header across goal and into the net to break the deadlock just before the half-hour mark.

The goal saw Wycombe grow in confidence and Garath McCleary's shot from outside the area was pushed wide by Iversen as they looked to stretch their lead.

At the other end, Preston struggled to carve out any clear-cut chances of their own, with their biggest opportunity coming after David Stockdale flapped at a Preston corner before the ball was cleared.

After a first half in which his side mustered just one shot on target, Preston manager Alex Neil opted for a triple substitution at half-time.

And with the wind behind them in the second half, the changes saw Preston show more attacking intent and Ched Evans curled a shot narrowly over just before the hour mark.

Wycombe continued to create chances of their own and when Dominic Gape found some space down the right, his ball across goal had to be dealt with by Sepp Van Den Berg to avoid a tap-in for Ikpeazu.

Preston were beginning to find their rhythm and came close to an equaliser as two substitutes combined, Brad Potts dragging a shot into the side-netting following a neat one-two with Anthony Gordon.

The closing stages were frenetic and end-to-end, with Wycombe substitute Nnamdi Ofoborh dispossessing Preston captain Alan Browne only to shoot straight at Iversen from the edge of the area.

There was time for another Preston chance but Potts could only blast wide from a Evans header, and the Chairboys held on for a victory which keeps their dreams of a great escape alive.

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GOLF
· The men's golf reaches its conclusion, with plenty of players still in medal contention. Home favourite Hideki Matsuyama is one shot off Xander Schauffele's lead, while Great Britain's Paul Casey is another shot further back and Tommy Fleetwood is also in the mix (11.30pm-8am)

CYCLING - BMX
· Great Britain have already made history in the BMX events in Tokyo, something Charlotte Worthington and Declan Brooks will be looking to add to in the women's (2.10am) and men's (3.10am) freestyle finals

SWIMMING
· The final day of swimming action begins with the men's 50m freestyle final. Ben Proud could add to a medal-laden Games in the pool for Team GB so far, although he is up against USA's Caeleb Dressel, who is going for his fourth gold in Tokyo (2.30am)
· From sprint to endurance, Great Britain's second medal hope of the day comes through Daniel Jervis in the men's 1500m freestyle final (2.44am)
· Team GB will again be among the heavy favourites for gold in the last swimming event of the Games - the men's 4x100m medley relay final - having won the mixed event in a world record time on Saturday (3.36am)

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SAILING
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ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
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ATHLETICS
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