Premier League - Spurs held by Sporting Lisbon

Eurosport - Sun, 25 Jul 20:06:00 2010

Tottenham Hotspur came from behind to earn a 2-2 draw against Sporting in an exciting end to their pre-season North American tour.

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Harry Redknapp's side opened the scoring on 23 minutes with Robbie Keane finishing classily following an incisive through-ball from Niko Kranjcar.

However the lead was to only last for a minute, with Diogo Salomao hitting a Ricardo Quaresma-esque outside-of-the-foot cross towards the penalty spot where Matias Fernandez angled a header inside the far top corner.

Gareth Bale worked the left effectively as Spurs, fielding a strong-looking side despite still missing 11 men who featured in the World Cup, countered Sporting's clever triangular passing with effective moves down both flanks.

However Jaime Valdes gave the Portuguese side a 2-1 lead soon after half-time, wriggling his way into the box before letting fly with his left foot to give substitute keeper David Button no chance.

Button had replaced Carlo Cudicini at half-time and looked quite solid. The Italian also played well, with a brilliant block then claw off the line in the opening minutes a highlight of the first half.

Tottenham were unable to claim the win they needed to triumph in the Barclays New York Challenge tournament, but did earn a draw when Keane played in lively teenage sub Jonathan Obika and his shot squirmed under Rui Patricio at the near post.

The result saw Sporting win the tournament. Spurs will be happy with their performance in sweltering conditions - and that Bale and Vedran Corluka were not seriously hurt in 50-50 challenges. As well as Obika, starter Kyle Walker particularly impressed.

Former Liverpool player Florent Sinama Pongolle limped off for the opposition.

Jonathan Symcox / Eurosport

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