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Tottenham Hotspur vs Liverpool - As it happened...
Zee Media Bureau/Jayanta Oinam

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FULL-TIME SCORE:

Tottenham 0 - 5 Liverpool

FULL-TIME STATS:

Goal Attempts - Tottenham (9), Liverpool (20);
Shots on the Goal - Tottenham (0), Liverpool (6);
Free Kicks - Tottenham (20), Liverpool (16);
Corner Kicks -Tottenham (2), Liverpool (9);
Offsides - Tottenham (0), Liverpool (4);
Fouls - Tottenham (17), Liverpool (15);
Yellow Cards - Tottenham (3), Liverpool (0)
Red Cards - Tottenham (1), Liverpool (0)

FINAL WHISTLE– After five consecutive defeats, the Reds swamp Spurs 5-0. Now, they are in the title contention again, two points off Arsenal. And what a day, again, for Suarez. Scores twice, sets up one and keeps the Liverpool engine running, in the absence of Gerrard with meaningful and tireless runs

90’ – Last minute change for Liverpool. Former Chelsea man Victor Moses comes in for Coutinho

88’ – GOAL !!! And the misery continues for the hosts. Sterling slots another home, from a beautiful Suarez minus. It’s 0-5

86’ – The stunning fact of the match, other than the goal count – ZERO shots on the target for AVB’s title challengers. In fact, they have so far scored 15 goals this season… two lesser than Suarez total, as of now

83’ – GOAL!!!! Suarez show on. Never tired and finally getting the result… a beautiful goal…a looping long ranger. Match over for Spurs, it seems

81’ – Liverpool continue to apply pressure on Tottenham defense. Sterling couldn’t quite control the ball, missed an excellent opportunity to increase the goal count

79’ – Over enthusiasm gets the better of Liverpool attack. Missed co-ordination in the final third in these closing minutes of the match

77’ - A body block from Holtby, already booked. Moss educates the German. In between, Luis Alberto comes in for Lucas Leiva for the visitors

75’ – GOAL!! First Liverpool goal for Flanagam. The youngster produces a cool finish, taking a volley and sending into the top inside corner. Sorry state of affairs for the hosts and AVB, trailing by three goals to nil

74’ – Coutinho fails to curl the ball. Beautiful set up from Suarez, after an emphatic run

71’ – Corners in quick succession for Liverpool. Scoreline still reads 0-2 in Reds favour

70’ – Cards galore in London. Holtby receives his share. A yellow for a previous tackle.

64' - Howler!!! Paulinho gets a straight RED. Suarez requires medical attention after that nasty tackle from the Brazilian.

Did Suarez play-act? But it was a dangerous play from Paulinho...

Play resumes, though

61’ – Andros Townsend arrives, on for Dembele. The young England international will need to keep his recent form if the hosts are to resurrect their claim today

58’ – Tottenham win a corner. But wasted as Holtby’s delivery sees no follow up action from his team-mates

57’ – It’s raining in London. But there is no let up in the frantic pace in which both the sides are exchanging trickery

54’ – Lucky for Dembele to escape without a booking. Liverpool get a free-kick as a result of his foul.

50’ – A close save for Tottenham. Skrtel’s effort missed the target by a whisker. Could have been bye bye Spurs in White Hart lane

48’ – Despite a strong start from the hosts, Liverpool won a corner. Coutinho, as usual takes the corner but the chance is wasted as the delivery fails to find any Reds

46’ – Second half starts

HALF-TIME STATS:

Goal Attempts - Tottenham (5), Liverpool (12);
Shots on the Goal - Tottenham (0), Liverpool (6);
Free Kicks - Tottenham (8), Liverpool (9);
Corner Kicks -Tottenham (1), Liverpool (5);
Offsides - Tottenham (0), Liverpool (1);
Fouls - Tottenham (10), Liverpool (6);
Yellow Cards - Tottenham (2), Liverpool (0)

It’s half time in London. In the absence of Steven Gerrard, Suarez leads the Reds against a resurgent Tottenham side in their own back-yard

HALF-TIME SCORE:

Tottenham 0 - 2 Liverpool

45’ – 2 minutes added

43’ – Goal disallowed! Foul by Saldado against Liverpool goalie.

41’ - A swift counter for the hosts. But Liverpool are on a high. Awareness! Beautiful defending by the central defender.

39’ - GOAL!!! A pure hammering. Henderson scores. Its 0-2

37’ – Holtby gets an eye on the goal, from a Saldado delivery. But wasted it. Hits wide of the post

34’ – Encouraging play from Spurs. Chadli delivers a cross. But fails to find any of his mates

32’ – For once, Suarez missed a half chance. Lloris comes out AGAIN…almost allowed the South American to score his second tonight

29’ – Bad news for Spurs… Sandro limped off, Good news for German prodigy Holtby. He is on for the Brazilian

27’ – Tottenham skipper becomes the first person to book, trying to stop a solo Suarez run in the centre… for the Reds, the free kick was followed it with a hit in the bar then a rising shot … now, Liverpool have 7 attempts to the goal as against 2 from the hosts

25’ – Visiting Reds are slowly taking the initiative from the hosts, after that wonderful goal

23’ – Nice little move from Lennon, and then an one two with Saldado… but Liverpool defense got the better of the move

20’ – Flurry of attack from Liverpool. A high line defensive from ABV’s team

19' - ... GOAL!!! Suarez!!! His 16th of the season... cometh the hour, cometh the man

18' - Flag kick for Liverpool in quick succession. Leiva in charge of the delivery - and then...

15’ – First corner for the match, Coutinho delivers a floating ball but the Spurs defense averts the danger

15’ – Sturdy show from Sterling (only 19) in his own half… taking responsibility for the team…

12’ - A decisive punch from Loris, to clear a dangerous ball resulting from a Reds free kick in the final third…

10’ - Lloris tries a long ball, but went too afar… starts from Mignolet again, his opposite number

7' - A wasteful delivery from the Walker... after Spurs were given a free-kick after a Skrtel foul

5' - Small, little moves from Spurs in this initial first 5 minutes in White Hart Lane... including a rising, over the ball attempt from Paulinho

2' - 1st free-kick of the match to Liverpool, play safe by the the Reds... rolled back in their own half

1' - Ref. Jonathan Moss starts the match in London

Starting Line up from White Hart Lane:

Tottenham: Lloris; Walker, Capoue, Dawson, Naughton; Paulinho, Sandro; Lennon, Dembele, Chadli; Soldado.

Liverpool: Mignolet; Johnson, Skrtel, Sakho, Flanagan; Lucas Leiva, Allen; Henderson, Coutinho, Sterling; Suarez

Tottenham Subs: Defoe, Friedel, Fryers, Holtby, Lamela, Sigurdsson, Townsend

Liverpool Subs: Agger, Alberto, Aspas, Jones, Kelly, Mosses, Toure

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Welcome to our live coverage of the all important fixture between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at White Hart Lane, London.

This fixture, in the previous season, the host beat the Reds thanks to a superior display by now Real Madrid regular, Gareth Bale. The score line was 2-1 with Bale involving in all three – first, setting up the opener for Aaron Lennon and putting himself in the scoreboard 10 minutes later in the 16th minute of the game. Then, the unthinkable happened – scored an own goal in the later part of the game to give the visitors some consolation.

Bale is no more in White Hart Lane, but today’s game will be more explosive… considering the stakes on it.

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London: Biggest of the big news ahead of Liverpool’s visit to White Hart Lane is the injury of mercurial Steven Gerrard, a name that has adorned every football lover’s lips for over a decade.

The Reds skipper, with over 450 appearances for the Merseyside outfit, has been the epitome of loyalty when the players, how gifted and talented they are, change their jerseys as if changing their towels. The 33-year-old midfielder has scored more than a century of goals, and marshaled many a triumphs for the Reds. However, for at least a month, he will be in the sidelines after picking a hamstring injury during Liverpool’s 4-1 home win over relegation strugglers, West Ham United the previous Saturday.

Other big news is off course the goal scoring exploit of the now-reformed Luis Suarez. The Uruguayan forward has scored, so far, 15 goals – of which six in the last two outings and an incredible 12 in the past seven matches. In fact, 15 is the exact number, Tottenham Hotspur have managed to score this term so far, as a team.

However, today’s fixture at White Hart Lane will not be an easy one for Brendan Rogers’s side. Spurs have able to defend their fortress, every time the Reds visit there, in their last six meetings. And the Reds, without the services of Gerrard, who was still leading the assists tally with six, there will surely be some limitations in their creativity. That’s where Andre Villas Boas would like to dictate.

Both the teams, riding on a recent spurt of fortunes will fight for all three available points. If the visiting Reds win, they will jump into second in the table, on 33 points with Chelsea but on better goal difference. For the Spurs, a win is a must to keep a realistic tab on their title campaign, in fact for a top four spot. Unlike previous seasons, the fight in the top of the table is really tight, to say the least. The top eight, which is without champions Manchester United, are divided by only 11 points.

First Published: Monday, December 16, 2013, 00:53


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