Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Tottenham v Everton LIVE

This post will not contain a full play-by-play, but will cover the three Americans I'm presuming will all start (today's Postcard From Europe, a follow-up historical stats report dedicated exclusively to the goalies, has been delayed for this result). It should also retain the full usual measure of snark.

I'll be back in an hour for kickoff...

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Spurs - Friedel; Walker, Kaboul, Dawson, Assou-Ekotto, Livermore, Lennon, Modric, Bale, Van der Vaart, Adebayor

Everton - Howard; Baines, Distin, Heitenga, Neville, Bilyaletdinov, Fellaini, Cahill, Donovan, Anichebe, Saha


1' - Donovan starts on the right, and obviously Friedel v Howard is on. Right away, Saha shoots just wide after the Spurs defense fumbles a Donovan entry pass.

12' - A Donovan giveaway at midfield sends Spurs running, but Adebayor eventually fires over from a sharp angle.

15' - Donovan corner cleared back to him and his subsequent cross flies straight into the hands of Friedel.

22' - Donovan's second corner kick is well-hit, but cleared by Dawson. When Spurs eventually break out, Donovan slows down Lennon and then intercepts possession seconds later.

25' - Howard is off his line, forcing Adebayor to veer and lose control of a Bale feed to the slot. Goal kick Everton.

31' - Just after Modric has a fair penalty shout ignored, Adebayor flashes a header wide.

33' - Donovan has a rip, but puts it over.

34' - Howard is a hopeful statue as Van der Vaart's angled looper falls just over the bar.

35' - Lennon skins Baines, then creeps into the area to slip a deflected roller behind the wrong-footed Howard. 1-0 Spurs.

39' - A decent Donovan feed for Anichebe is cleared out for a throw in no nonsense fashion. In case you're wondering: No, Donovan did not face Friedel during his previous loan. This is the first time they've faced each other in a club match. Also, I wish my pizza would arrive.

42' - Donovan is fouled by Kaboul near the corner flag. Baines comes over to take the free kick away; after a spot of pinball, it's eventually put over by Bilyaletidinov.

45+2' - Donovan is shown a silly card for "coming in late" on Assou-Ekouto, who flops like a fish with minimal contact.

HALFTIME

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My pizza's here. Talk amongst yourselves.

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46' - Game on again. For those who subscribe to such things, Spurs are currently level on points with second place Manchester United in the "live table".

50' - Howard makes a fine save on Bale's deflected counterattack drive.

55' - Donovan pressure forces a turnover acorss midfield and Everton go on to win a corner kick. Donovan's server is cleared, but he regains. His second cross is again for Marouane Fellaini (a ka The Sweathog) and it is again cleared out of the mix.

58' - Fellaini nods over from a Donovan cross, who had stripped Bale.

64' - An Assou-Ekotto strike from about 30-35 meters takes a deflection to beat Howard. 2-0 Spurs.

68' - Another Donovan corner, this from the left, is nodded over. Anichebe comes off, with Donovan shifting to the forward line next to Saha.

82' - Somehow, SOMEHOW, Kaboul is not penalized for tripping Everton sub Drenthe in the area. Still, Drenthe should probably be penalized for not crossing to an open Donovan on the far post.

85' - Mr. Sensitive (a ka the ref) puts The Sweathog in his book. I wonder how long it'll take before some blog-wandering Englishman doesn't get the reference and imagines I'm being insulting to Fellaini.

90' - Saha shoots a deflected Drenthe cross well over from 15 when he should have scored.

90+2' - A chipped Donovan cross finds Cahill, who turns with a weak shot easily snatched by Friedel.

FULL TIME

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The moral of the story? Tim Cahill in a two-man central midfield does not cut it in this match-up. Modric and Van der Vaart own a game put away by Lennon, Friedel extends his American record with the 178th shutout of his European career (a Postcard teaser) and Spurs are truly now level on points with second place ManU.

Have a pleasant trip home from work/school and a relaxing night, folks.




- Greg Seltzer

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