Tottenham 2-1 Sunderland (17.01.2015) Live Commentary

90+5′
The fans can’t complain about what they have seen on the pitch as both sides have shown us a highly attractive football. The home side had superiority over this game. The home side’s tactic was what is called kick and rush football and the tactic of the away team was counter-attacking.
90+5′
 
There will be no more action today because the referee signals for the end of the match.
90+4′
Gooal! No wait, it’s been ruled out for offside. Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham) disagrees, but the assistant referee is sure about his call.
90+3′
 
The resulting corner from Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) only finds one of the defenders, who heads it out of danger.
90+3′
Danny Graham (Sunderland) fashions a shot from the edge of the box after receiving an accurate pass. Hugo Lloris (Tottenham) makes a stunning save and denies the effort which is headed for the left side of the goal. The ball goes out for a corner. Sunderland can continue in their attacking effort.
90+2′
 
Gustavo Poyet has decided to make a change. Will Buckley (Sunderland) replaces Billy Jones (Sunderland).
90+1′
Tottenham control the tempo of the game as they are exchanging some accurate short passes.
90′
 
4 min. of stoppage-time to be played.
88′
 
Christian Eriksen (Tottenham) receives a precise pass and tries his luck with a low shot from mid-range. The ball glances off the left-hand post and behind the back of the surprised goalkeeper.
88′
 
Today’s match ends for Nacer Chadli (Tottenham) who will be replaced by Paulinho (Tottenham).
87′
 
Billy Jones (Sunderland) takes his opponent down and receives a yellow card from the referee.
87′
Danny Graham (Sunderland) attempts to find one of his teammates with a sweet pass into the box, but one of the defending players reacts well and intercepts the effort.
86′
A great teamplay by Sunderland as they control the ball with a lot of short passes. Patience is the key if they want to find a gap in the defence to score.
85′
Nacer Chadli (Tottenham) has an effort from distance but it is blocked.
84′
Patrick van Aanholt (Sunderland) looks to break free, but an opposing player clears.
84′
 
The attendance for today’s match is 35973.
83′
Nacer Chadli (Tottenham) should know this behaviour is beyond the rules. He was too careless with his challenge and made Chris Foy blow the whistle.
82′
Hugo Lloris (Tottenham) pulls off a superb save! He has to leap to block the shot Danny Graham (Sunderland) fired on target after a rebound. His effort from inside of the box is directed straight towards the middle of the goal, but is denied by the goalkeeper.
81′
What a wonderful moment! Adam Johnson (Sunderland) receives a perfect pass in the middle of the pitch, lines up the ball and unloads a powerful strike in the direction of the left post. His effort doesn’t surprise Hugo Lloris (Tottenham) who makes a nice save.
80′
Danny Rose (Tottenham) displays a brilliant individual play, gets inside the box and pulls the trigger. His promising effort is blocked by one of the defenders.
79′
Andros Townsend (Tottenham) receives a pass and decides to smash the ball from long range. His poor effort sails far wide of the right post. The ball goes out-of-play and Sunderland will have a goal kick.
79′
A fine lofted pass into the box, sent by Andros Townsend (Tottenham), is intercepted by the opposition’s defence.
77′
Sunderland seem to be finding their feet as they enjoy some possession. They are waiting for the right moment to create new attacking opportunities.
75′
 
Moussa Dembele (Tottenham) goes off the pitch and Andros Townsend (Tottenham) comes on.
75′
 
Gustavo Poyet decides to make a substitution. Jermain Defoe is going off the pitch and Danny Graham (Sunderland) is coming on.
75′
 
8:4 – this is the current statistic of shots on target.
73′
Costel Pantilimon (Sunderland) earns an applause from the crowd! He dives superbly to deny a first-time long-range effort, aimed low towards the middle of the goal. Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham) is the one who tested his reflexes. Nice piece of goalkeeping skill.
72′
Harry Kane (Tottenham) is offside and the linesman raises his flag.
72′
Tottenham enjoy period of possession as they are exchanging some passes and waiting for an opportunity to strike.
70′
Nacer Chadli (Tottenham) fails to beat the offside trap and the linesman puts his flag up.
69′
The Tottenham players are exchanging some short passes.
68′
Costel Pantilimon (Sunderland) pulls off a superb save! He has to leap to block the shot Nacer Chadli (Tottenham) fired on target after a rebound. His effort from inside of the box is directed straight towards the bottom left corner, but is denied by the goalkeeper.
67′
The defence is alert as they clear a dangerous cross from Christian Eriksen (Tottenham).
66′
Moussa Dembele (Tottenham) creates a yard of space for himself and tries an effort from distance, but it is blocked.
65′
 
The referee signals a substitution. Connor Wickham (Sunderland) is brought on as a substitute for Steven Fletcher (Sunderland).
64′
 
Hugo Lloris (Tottenham) leaps up to collect the ball from the corner which was sent by Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland).
64′
A cross is whipped into the box by Patrick van Aanholt (Sunderland) and Steven Fletcher (Sunderland) controls it well. He lines up the ball, but one of the defending players produces a timely intervention. The main referee points to the corner flag, Sunderland will take a corner.
63′
Moussa Dembele (Tottenham) whips the ball into the penalty area, but one of the defenders is alert and spanks it away.
63′
The referee blows his whistle for a foul. Benjamin Stambouli (Tottenham) used an excessive force of play but escaped any punishment.
62′
Harry Kane (Tottenham) knew what to do with the ball, but was just a bit unlucky. After receiving a pass, he sent the ball goalwards from some 20 metres out, but it missed the left post by a whisker.
62′
Danny Rose (Tottenham) sends a cross into the box that is cleared.
61′
 
Substitution. Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham) receives a signal from the referee and is now allowed to enter the pitch as Roberto Soldado (Tottenham) walks off.
61′
Kyle Walker (Tottenham) sends a beautiful cross into the penalty area. The opposition’s defence manages to clear the ball to safety.
60′
Harry Kane (Tottenham) is picked up by his teammate with a brilliant short pass, but it takes him too long to control the ball inside the box, and he has been robbed of it by one of the defending players.
59′
 
Christian Eriksen (Tottenham) takes the corner, but one of the defenders reacts well and rises highest to head the ball away.
59′
Harry Kane (Tottenham) receives a good pass just outside the box, unleashes a strike from a promising position, but the shot is thwarted by the defender. The main referee and one of his assistants signal for a corner kick. It will be taken by Tottenham.
58′
 
Jack Rodwell (Sunderland) is cautioned by the referee for a foul that he committed a little earlier.
57′
 
Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) overhits a cross from the corner, and none of his teammates can get his head on it.
57′
This one will not go through. Jermain Defoe (Sunderland) lines up a shot from the edge of the box and goes for goal, but the effort is well blocked by a defender. Sunderland have been awarded a corner kick.
57′
Christian Eriksen (Tottenham) shoots after receiving a good pass. His effort from the edge of the box goes just wide of the left post.
55′
Kyle Walker (Tottenham) attempts to find a head of one of his teammates with a promising cross into the box. The defence manages to outjump the attacking players and to avert the threat.
54′
 
The corner, sent by Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland), lacks accuracy as the ball is hit with too much power.
54′
Steven Fletcher (Sunderland) dinks a cross into the box as he attempts to find one of his teammates, but the defence manages to make a clearance. The referee blows his whistle, Sunderland are awarded a corner kick.
53′
Harry Kane (Tottenham) brings his opponent down with a tackle, and Chris Foy blows a whistle for a foul.
52′
 
Christian Eriksen (Tottenham) takes the corner, but the goalkeeper jumps and gathers the ball.
52′
Christian Eriksen (Tottenham) didn’t find any of his teammates inside the box as his pass was blocked. Tottenham force a corner. Their opponent will face another attacking threat.
51′
Chris Foy interrupts the game. It was a tactical foul from Jack Rodwell (Sunderland).
49′
Danny Rose (Tottenham) dispossess an opponent of the ball with but is penalised for a foul. The referee blows his whistle and stops the game.
48′
Benjamin Stambouli (Tottenham) sends a cross into the box. However, the opponent’s defence eliminates the danger by clearing the ball out.
47′
Good movement by Christian Eriksen (Tottenham), but he can’t find any of his teammates with a poor cross.
46′
Danny Rose (Tottenham) fails to pick a body out in the box with a over-hit cross to the back post.
46′
 
Half-time break is over and the second half is starting right now. Enjoy yourself!
45+3′
The fans on the stadium don’t have to regret buying the tickets as they have witnessed a great game so far, and nothing suggests it’s going to change in the second half. The hosts mostly control the match and make it pretty difficult for the opponent to keep pace. The home side attempts to create scoring opportunities mainly with long balls. The away players intend to beat the opposition’s defence using mostly counter-attacks.
45+3′
 
The first half of today’s match has just finished.
45+3′
What a chance that is! Harry Kane (Tottenham) wastes a huge opportunity as he receives a beautiful pass on the edge of the box and fires towards the net, but unfortunately for him, he hits the left post!
45+1′
Harry Kane (Tottenham) receives a pass and tries his luck with a shot from 20 metres out. The effort, which is aimed towards the middle of the goal, is denied by Costel Pantilimon (Sunderland) who pulls off a comfortable save.
45+1′
 
Christian Eriksen (Tottenham) takes the corner which is cleared by the opposition’s defence.
45′
 
2 additional min. will be played.
45′
Danny Rose (Tottenham) whips a promising cross into the box, but the opposition’s defence intercepts the ball. The ball is out-of-play. A goal-scoring opportunity from a corner for Tottenham.
44′
Jermain Defoe (Sunderland) finds himself in a promising position after receiving an excellent pass into the box, but one of the defenders produces timely intervention to avert the threat.
44′
Kyle Walker (Tottenham) flights in the cross, but the defender is alert and clears to safety.
43′
The Sunderland players are exchanging some short passes to open the opposition’s defence to hit them swiftly on the break.
41′
A pass by Christian Eriksen (Tottenham) ends up in no man’s land, and the attacking effort comes to an end.
39′
Nacer Chadli (Tottenham) serves in a nice cross, but the defence clear the danger.
39′
Danny Rose (Tottenham) holds his head in his hands after wasting a promising chance. He finds himself some space to pounce on the rebound and from the edge of the box, he fires the ball well wide of the left post. The ball is out of the pitch and it’s a goal kick for Sunderland.
38′
The flag is raised and Jermain Defoe (Sunderland) is offside again, not for the first time today.
37′
Chris Foy blows his whistle and signals a foul after Danny Rose (Tottenham) brought his opponent down.
37′
Harry Kane (Tottenham) produces a solo run, but he fails to create a chance as the opposition player cuts him out.
36′
 
This corner is not going into the box. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham) decides to take it with a short pass.
35′
Christian Eriksen (Tottenham) crosses into the box from near the side line, but he doesn’t hit it as he wanted, and it’s averted by the well-organized defence. It will be a corner kick for Tottenham.
35′
 
Christian Eriksen (Tottenham) takes the corner, but the opposition’s defence is ready to clear the ball to safety.
35′
Nacer Chadli (Tottenham) tries his luck from the edge of the box after a brilliant solo effort, but it is well blocked by the defender. The ball is out-of-play. Tottenham will have a chance to score from a corner.
33′
Nacer Chadli (Tottenham) sends a lofted cross into the box which is headed clear.
31′
 
Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) curls the ball over the defensive wall via free kick and it flies into the top left corner of the net. What a brilliant technique!
30′
 
Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham) has to be very careful for the rest of the match after receiving a yellow card from the referee for making a bad tackle on his opponent. Sunderland win a free kick.
29′
Billy Jones (Sunderland) attempts to find Steven Fletcher (Sunderland), but puts far too much on the pass and the chance is gone.
27′
 
Christian Eriksen (Tottenham) takes the corner which is cleared.
27′
Christian Eriksen (Tottenham) produces a long-range cannon of a shot after a nice pass. The ball goes in the direction of the top left corner, but it is stopped by a great save from Costel Pantilimon (Sunderland), and the score doesn’t change. The assistant referee makes a right call and Tottenham will have a corner.
26′
An unsuccessful cross into the box by Christian Eriksen (Tottenham). The opponent’s defence clears the ball away to safety.
25′
Roberto Soldado (Tottenham) picks up a long through ball, but Costel Pantilimon deserves praise for a brilliant reaction and interception.
24′
The flag is raised by the referee’s assistant. Jermain Defoe (Sunderland) is repeatedly caught offside. He is lurking on the edge of the offside line to beat the defence and get into scoring position.
22′
Harry Kane (Tottenham) sends a killer pass from the edge of the box, but one of the defenders reacts at the last minute and thwarts his effort.
21′
Jermain Defoe (Sunderland) is flagged for offside. It’s not his first one today.
20′
Neat passing move from Sunderland in order to create new attacking opportunities.
18′
Christian Eriksen (Tottenham) produces a nice first-time shot from a promising distance. Costel Pantilimon (Sunderland) pulls off a quality save to stop the ball from hitting the net.
17′
Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) attempts to find one of his teammates, but puts far too much on the pass and the chance is gone.
15′
Flag up against Jermain Defoe (Sunderland). He had space to move into behind the defence, but he went too soon.
15′
Kyle Walker (Tottenham) sends a lofted cross into the penalty area. Unfortunately for him, the opponent’s defence deals with his cross comfortably and intercepts it.
14′
Moussa Dembele (Tottenham) is penalised for holding. Chris Foy signals for a set piece.
13′
A short through ball almost allows Nacer Chadli (Tottenham) to get in a good shooting position, but he loses it to one of the defenders.
11′
Adam Johnson (Sunderland) whips in the resulting set piece which has been cleared.
11′
Moussa Dembele (Tottenham) pulled an opponent’s jersey and the game is stopped. A yellow card is not given. Sunderland are given an advantage. They have a free kick.
10′
The Sunderland players keep the ball and are exchanging a combination of passes. They are waiting for gaps in defence to open up.
9′
Harry Kane (Tottenham) acted too fiercely in his attempt to get the ball from his opponent and Chris Foy calls for a foul.
8′
Chris Foy blows the whistle for a foul. Benjamin Stambouli (Tottenham) hacks down one of his opponents.
7′
Christian Eriksen (Tottenham) latches on to a cross on the edge of the box and fires on goal. His effort was blocked away by one of the defenders.
7′
Tottenham are bossing possession at the moment by exchanging some precise passes from player to player.
6′
 
The resulting corner from Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) is averted by the opposition’s defence.
5′
 
The defence clears the ball to safety after a dangerous cross from the corner, taken by Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland). The ball goes out-of-play. Sunderland are awarded a corner kick.
5′
A beautiful low pass from aside is received by Jermain Defoe (Sunderland) waiting for his chance. However, the defence is alert and spanks the ball away. Sunderland will take a corner kick.
3′
 
OWN GOAL! John O’Shea (Sunderland) scores an unlucky own goal after he deflected a shot which went into his own net! 1:0.
3′
Christian Eriksen (Tottenham) produces a quality pass into the box, the opposition’s defence intercepts the ball and spanks it away.
3′
Jermain Defoe (Sunderland) does well to dispossess the attacking effort with a slide tackle, but the referee blows his whistle for a foul.
2′
Some great controlled play and passing in the middle of the pitch from Tottenham.
1′
Christian Eriksen (Tottenham) produces a lovely ball into the penalty area but the defender manages to intercept and comfortably averts the danger.
1′
 
The first half has started.
The players are out at last! Sunderland will take the kick-off.
Chris Foy will supervise the game today.
 
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