Monday, 29 November 2010

Tottenham v Liverpool Match Report

Tottenham proved to be the better side Sunday night as a last minute goal from Aaron Lennon saw them triumph against Liverpool.

Liverpool were left without the likes of Daniel Agger and Joe Cole, who was expect to start but picked up an ankle injury during warm-ups.

They were also without Captain Steven Gerrard, who is currently out with a hamstring injury.

Tottenham also had their fair share of problems, with several of their own out on injury including Rafael Van der Vaart, who started for the Spurs, but was forced off in the 9th minute due to hamstring problems. Jermain Defoe came on as sub.

Liverpool were showing that their injuries had not taken the best of them, after Martin Skrtel made it 0-1 in the 42nd minute after a Tottenham free kick went wrong.

The first half ended after two more close calls for the Reds from Maxi Rodriguez and Fernando Torres.

Early in the second half, a penalty was awarded to Tottenham after Liverpool striker David Ngog blocked a free kick with his arms. Defoe took the penalty but hit it too wide and missed the shot.

65th minute, a shot Modric for Tottenham nearly scored.

However, a block attempt came from Skrtel, who slid and incidentally hit the ball into the net, making it an own goal.

Ngog took a rough push in the 73rd minute, causing him to be substituted and replaced surprisingly by left-back Fabio Aurelio.

With 15 minutes left, Liverpool were anxious to pull ahead. Unfortunately this meant messy attempts from the likes of Raul Meireles and Aurelio.

In the last five minutes, Jamie Carragher, in the midst of a challenge with Spurs’ Peter Crouch, hit his shoulder causing dislocating it.

The winner came two minutes into extra time with the winning goal from Lennon, who latched onto a Gareth Bale pass.

Liverpool defender Paul Konchesky did not even seem to put up a fight as Lennon controlled the ball and put it past the Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina.

The Liverpool loss sees them one place down to 10th place in the league table.

Tottenham are sitting in 5th place, trailing six points behind leaders Manchester United.

The injuries picked up by Rafael Van der Vaart and Jamie Carragher will be a blow to both teams, as both players could be out for up to a month.

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