Tottenham 4-1 Sunderland (16.01.2016) Live Commentary

There has been no time for the supporters to get bored during the game as it was full of action and thrilling moments. The home side had superiority over this game. The home side attempted to hold onto the ball for as long as possible. The away team’s main weapon were fast counter-attacks.
That is the end of the match.
Yann M’Vila (Sunderland) takes a short corner kick.
3 additional min. will be played.
Billy Jones (Sunderland) collects a pass and finds himself in a good position to strike from the edge of the box, but his attempt is blocked. Sunderland force a corner. They send men into the box.
The referee signals that it is time for a substitution and Heung-Min Son (Tottenham) will replace Harry Kane.
A horde of the players are waiting inside the penalty area for a cross from the corner, but Harry Kane (Tottenham) takes it with a short pass.
An unsuccessful cross into the box by Danny Rose (Tottenham). The opponent’s defence clears the ball away to safety. The ball is out-of-play. Tottenham have been awarded a corner kick.
Christian Eriksen (Tottenham) steps up to take the corner, but the ball sails only among the defenders.
Christian Eriksen (Tottenham) takes the resulting corner which is averted. Tottenham have a corner.
Danny Rose (Tottenham) sends a lofted cross into the penalty area. Unfortunately for him, the opponent’s defence deals with his cross comfortably and intercepts it. Now Tottenham with a corner.
Close! Jack Rodwell (Sunderland) picks it up in space and from inside the penalty area sends a shot that sails inches wide of the right post.
Thomas Carroll (Tottenham) joins the action as a substitute, replacing Moussa Dembele.
Harry Kane (Tottenham) gives no chance to the keeper and converts the penalty with a sharp low drive into the left side of the net.
Harry Kane (Tottenham) will take the responsibility and he is already preparing the ball.
Jan Kirchhoff (Sunderland) makes a foul. At least that’s what referee Michael Dean signals. Tottenham are given a penalty!
Danny Rose (Tottenham) found some space to play in a lofted pass, but it didn’t meet his expactations as none of his teammates managed to connect with it.
Substitution. Duncan Watmore (Sunderland) receives a signal from the referee and is now allowed to enter the pitch as Jeremain Lens walks off.
Today’s match ends for Erik Lamela who will be replaced by Joshua Onomah (Tottenham).
Harry Kane (Tottenham) takes the ball, nicely zig-zags through the defence, but his shot to the middle of the goal was perfectly denied by Jordan Pickford (Sunderland).
Patrick van Aanholt (Sunderland) sends a cross into the box. However, the opponent’s defence eliminates the danger by clearing the ball out.
GOAL 3:1! Christian Eriksen (Tottenham) unleashes a shot from distance, which is deflected past Jordan Pickford (Sunderland). He had no chance of stopping it as the ball rapidly changed its direction.
Erik Lamela (Tottenham) makes his forward run a little too early and is caught in an offside position after his teammate tries to play a pass to him.
The Tottenham players are exchanging some short passes.
Moussa Dembele (Tottenham) finishes his beautiful individual effort with a superb strike from inside the box. The ball flies into bottom right corner and Jordan Pickford can’t manage to do anything with it. The score is 2:1.
Jordan Pickford stretches to the right side of the goal and makes a brilliant save! Danny Rose (Tottenham) met a rebound outside the box and attempted to beat the keeper, directing his shot to the right post.
Erik Lamela (Tottenham) takes the corner but only sends it into the huddle of the defenders as one of them makes a good clearance.
Harry Kane (Tottenham) wasted a huge opportunity! The fans already began to celebrate as he produced a shot from the edge of the box after a brilliant solo effort. The ball went towards the bottom left corner, but Jordan Pickford made an astonishing save! The ball is out-of-play, and the assistant referee points at the corner flag. Tottenham will take it.
Samuel Allardyce has decided to introduce fresh legs, with Jan Kirchhoff (Sunderland) replacing Danny Graham.
Yann M’Vila (Sunderland) crosses the ball into the box from the free kick, but the defence clears the danger.
Eric Dier (Tottenham) makes a rough challenge and Michael Dean blows his whistle for a foul. Another situation results in a direct free kick for Sunderland.
Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham) got the ball on the edge of the box and smashes a first-time shot, but his effort flies high over the crossbar.
Dele Alli (Tottenham) rises above the defence inside the box, but his header flies narrowly wide of the left post.
Adam Johnson (Sunderland) makes it easy for the referee to show him a yellow card.
Here comes a substitution. Jack Rodwell (Sunderland) is brought on as a substitute for Lee Cattermole.
Jermain Defoe (Sunderland) makes a yard for himself inside the box after an accurate pass and takes a shot that goes just wide of the left post.
The free kick is delivered by Christian Eriksen (Tottenham) but it is not one of his best and easily cleared.
Danny Graham (Sunderland) pulls the jersey of one of the opposition players, and Michael Dean blows his whistle for a foul. Tottenham earn a free kick which could lead to a goal-scoring opportunity.
Dele Alli (Tottenham) finds himself in a promising position after receiving a precise pass. He pulls the trigger but hits only one of the opponents who got in the trajectory of his effort.
The resulting corner, taken by Erik Lamela (Tottenham), comes to nothing.
Christian Eriksen (Tottenham) whips the ball into the penalty area, but one of the defenders is alert and spanks it away. Tottenham have been awarded a corner kick. The main referee and one of the assistants point at the corner flag.
Lee Cattermole (Sunderland) is rightly booked by the referee because it could not have been anything other than a yellow card.
The half-time break is over and the second half is about to start.
So far we have been witnesses to an entertaining encounter between these two teams. Let’s hope there will not be a decline in attractiveness in the second half. The hosting team dominated the first half in most aspects of the game, but the visitors will surely attempt to turn the situation in their favour. Players of the home team present themselves with possession football, while the away team tries to find the weakness in the opposition’s defence especially with rapid counter-attacks.
The referee blows his whistle to end the first half, so the players are now heading to their dressing rooms.
Christian Eriksen (Tottenham) launches an inaccurate corner kick into the penalty area.
The resulting corner from Erik Lamela (Tottenham) only finds one of the defenders, who heads it out of danger. The main referee points to the corner flag, Tottenham will take a corner.
Great solo effort by Christian Eriksen (Tottenham) as he tricks his way through two defenders before firing a drive from just outside of the box which is directed towards the right side of the goal. The goalkeeper is ready and produces a stunning save. Tottenham force a corner. Their opponent will face another attacking threat.
There will be a minimum of 2 min. of added time.
Jermain Defoe (Sunderland) stands over the free kick and it is him who takes it, but his low effort is straight at Hugo Lloris (Tottenham).
The player from Tottenham commits a rough challenge. Michael Dean blows for a foul and keeps the game under his control. Sunderland have a free kick from a promising distance.
After a goalmouth scramble Christian Eriksen (Tottenham) wins the ball and unleashes a powerful and precise effort into the back of the net, beating the helpless goalkeeper. A wonderful football moment.
Harry Kane (Tottenham) is the one to unleash a good effort, aiming towards the bottom right corner. His shot, however, is denied by the goalkeeper. What a save!
Goal! Adam Johnson provides Patrick van Aanholt (Sunderland) with a nice pass inside the box. It allows him to finish with a precise effort into the bottom left corner. 0:1.
Kieran Trippier (Tottenham) produces a cross into the box. The opposition’s defence clears the ball to safety.
Erik Lamela (Tottenham) receives a brilliant pass and wastes a big opportunity as his shot from inside the penalty area flies narrowly wide of the right post.
Jeremain Lens (Sunderland) takes the corner with a short pass.
Jeremain Lens (Sunderland) sends a cross into the box that is cleared.
Jermain Defoe (Sunderland) looks to break free, but an opposing player clears.
Harry Kane (Tottenham) works the corner short.
Christian Eriksen (Tottenham) aims a lovely cross into the penalty area. Nevertheless, the opponent’s defence is alert and averts the danger with a brilliant clearance. The main referee and his assistant both point at the corner flag. Tottenham will have an opportunity to endanger the opposition’s goal.
Christian Eriksen (Tottenham) should know this behaviour is beyond the rules. He was too careless with his challenge and made Michael Dean blow the whistle.
Erik Lamela (Tottenham) overhits a cross from the corner, and none of his teammates can get his head on it.
Harry Kane (Tottenham) wriggles into space and fires the ball from the edge of the area, but one of the defenders is there to block the effort. The ball is out-of-play and Tottenham manage to earn a corner.
A lofted cross from Kieran Trippier (Tottenham) was unsuccessful as the opponent’s defence quickly gets the ball out of the penalty area.
Jeremain Lens (Sunderland) attempts to surprise the keeper with a shot from distance, but it lacks more accuracy and it goes high over the crossbar.
Danny Rose (Tottenham) creates some space for himself to pick up a pass on the edge of the box and unleashes a decent strike which goes by a whisker over the crossbar. The ball goes out-of-play and Sunderland will have a goal kick.
Danny Rose (Tottenham) attempts to find his teammate with a pass from outside the box, but the opposition’s defence is quick to react and thwarts the attack.
Jeremain Lens (Sunderland) is unable to feed an accurate cross into the box.
John O’Shea (Sunderland) is on the ball and tries to beat his opponnent. He does it, but his run is stopped by referee Michael Dean who sees an offensive foul.
Moussa Dembele (Tottenham) makes a bad challenge and the referee blows his whistle for a foul.
Christian Eriksen (Tottenham) delivers a poor cross from a free kick as one of the defenders comfortably clears it away.
Michael Dean interrupts the game. It was a tactical foul from John O’Shea (Sunderland). Tottenham are awarded a free kick from a dangerous position.
Danny Graham (Sunderland) is forced to stop his attacking move after the linesman signals for offside.
Harry Kane (Tottenham) receives a well-taken pass inside the penalty area and shoots. His effort sails far wide of the left post.
Christian Eriksen (Tottenham) sends the ball into the box from the side of the pitch, but his cross is blocked.
Erik Lamela (Tottenham) with a through ball which couldn’t reach Kieran Trippier (Tottenham) as one of the defending players reacts brilliantly to intercept the effort. If the pass had been produced a little bit earlier, Kieran Trippier (Tottenham) could have got into a promising position.
Dele Alli (Tottenham) misses a rebound from close range. His effort floats narrowly over the crossbar! The ball is out of the pitch and it’s a goal kick for Sunderland.
Christian Eriksen (Tottenham) takes the corner kick and sends a lovely ball into the penalty area, but the opposition’s defence is ready and knocks the ball to safety.
Danny Rose (Tottenham) sends a cross into the box, but the opposition’s defence quickly intercepts the ball. The main referee and one of his assistants signal for a corner kick. It will be taken by Tottenham.
Jeremain Lens (Sunderland) steps up to take the corner. He launches the ball into the penalty area, but it only finds the head of an opposing player who averts the danger.
Jermain Defoe (Sunderland) slaloms his way past challenges, but an opposing player does well to get the ball away. The ball goes out-of-play. Sunderland are awarded a corner kick.
Erik Lamela (Tottenham) sends an inaccurate cross from the corner kick as he overhits his effort. The ball goes out-of-play.
Harry Kane (Tottenham) connected with a pass around the edge of the box, aimed and struck. His attempt went in the direction of the bottom right corner, but Jordan Pickford was alert and didn’t let the score change. The ball is out-of-play. A goal-scoring opportunity from a corner for Tottenham.
Tottenham control the tempo of the game as they are exchanging some accurate short passes.
Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham) creates himself some space inside the goal-mouth and connects with the resulting free kick. His header would have probably ended in the middle of the goal, but Jordan Pickford pulls off a superb reflex save and thwarts his effort.
Christian Eriksen (Tottenham) takes a direct free kick.
Kieran Trippier (Tottenham) races towards goal but the defender gets back well to make a challenge.
The first half has just begun.
The players are out at last! Tottenham will take the kick-off.
Michael Dean will supervise the game today.
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