Thursday August 18, 2011 Play-off round Finished Tynecastle Stadium

Heart of Midlothian 0 - 5 Tottenham Hotspur

  • van der Vaart 5’
  • Defoe 13’
  • Livermore 28’
  • Bale 63’
  • Lennon 78’

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    Tottenham thrash Hearts

    Tottenham Hotspur ran riot at Tynecastle to thrash Hearts 5-0 and all but secure a place in the Europa League group stages. More

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    Time:90'
    • Heart of Midlothian
    • Tottenham Hotspur
    • FT There goes the final whistle! It's finished Hearts 0-5 Tottenham Hotspur.
    • 90+2' The return leg will take place next Thursday (August 25) but this tie is effectively over.
    • 90+1' Spurs break via a cutting Huddlestone pass but Hearts do well to hold up the attack and force the visitors backwards.
    • 90' There will be three minutes added time.
    • 89' Stevenson is allowed to shoot from distance and former Chelsea trainee sends a low shot zipping just wide of Gomes' post. That's probably the closest Hearts have come!
    • 88' Stevenson vents his frustration at the linesman. The final whistle can't come soon enough for the home side.
    • 87' Assou-Ekotto does well to dig his way out of trouble near the edge of the Spurs box and force a foul from Stevenson.
    • 86' And Grainger also sees yellow after kicking the ball away.
    • 85' Templeton is booked for a late challenge.
    • 83' Townsend goes for goal with his unfavoured right foot but that's comfortably wide of the upright.
    • 82' More than 2,000 Hearts fans have planned to make the trip down to London for the return leg... but a few might be looking for their money back after this result.
    • 81' HEARTS SUB: Mrowiec is replaced by David Obua.
    • 80' SPURS SUB: Defoe makes way for Roman Pavlyuchenko.
    • 79' That's five different scorers on the board for Spurs.
    • 78' GOAL! It's 5-0! Spurs break with lightning-fast pace, with Townsend setting Defoe free on the left with a first-class through-ball with the outside of his boot before Defoe sends in a low cross which Lennon, surging through the middle, slots home.
    • 77' Hamill's corner is half-cleared and Livermore does well to mop-up on the edge of the box.
    • 76' Tottenham's players are a bit unhappy at a few heavy challenges that are flying in. Kaboul is the latest victim but the ref keeps his cards in his pocket.
    • 75' Kranjcar plays a deep ball towards Dawson in the box but the referee’s blown up for an infringement.
    • 74' HEARTS SUB: Sutton is replaced by Rudi Skacel.
    • 73' A heavy deflection takes the sting out of Stevenson's shot and Gomes comfortably saves.
    • 72' Townsend gets his first taste of the action but send his half-volley high and wide.
    • 71' Left winger Townsend made his Spurs debut with a man of the match performance in the FA Cup third round victory over Charlton last season. The 20-year-old then impressed in a loan spell with Championship side Millwall.
    • 70' SPURS SUB: Andros Townsend comes on for Bale.
    • 68' Tottenham are preparing another sub. It looks like Bale's coming off.
    • 67' This is a fantastic showing from Spurs considering it's their first game of the season.
    • 66' For all their early second half possession, Hearts have been unable to carve out a clear-cut chance.
    • 65' That was another great goal from Spurs, with Huddlestone's inch-perfect pass met by Bale's well-timed run.
    • 64' HEARTS SUB: Driver is replaced by Stephen Elliott.
    • 63' GOAL! Bale latches onto a fantastic lofted through-ball from Huddlestone before rounding Kello and passing the ball into the back of the net.
    • 61' There's a moment of concern for Walker but, after a brief spell of treatment, the Spurs youngster is back to his feet.
    • 60' SPURS SUB: Van der Vaart, superb in the first half, is replaced by Tom Huddlestone.
    • 59' Templeton surges through the Spurs defence but Walker, having initially been passed, recovers superbly to charge back and stop the attack.
    • 58' Grainger trots across to take a Hearts corner on the right-hand side, but Gomes rises well to catch the delivery.
    • 57' Hamill tries to get a cross in but Assou-Ekotto blocks for a throw-in.
    • 56' Harry Redknapp looks like he's going to make a change.
    • 55' Spurs open their Premier League campaign away at defending champions Man Utd on Monday.
    • 54' Gomes rushes from goal in an attempt to smother a loose ball but Assou-Ekotto takes no chances and clear for a Hearts throw.
    • 53' Grainger sends a long throw into the box but Walker is there to head clear.
    • 52' Grainger fires his free-kick into the Spurs wall, before Hamill sends the follow-up shot wide.
    • 51' Kaboul is shown the first yellow card of the match for a lunge on Black.
    • 50' Hamill whips in a free-kick which has Gomes at full-stretch to push wide for a corner. Hold on, the referee's blown for a foul on the Spurs keeper.
    • 49' This is better from Hearts! The hosts go close but Stevenson is unable to direct a cross-cum-shot on target.
    • 48' Another moment of panic in the Spurs box sees Dawson hook clear again for a third corner.
    • 48' Tottenham half-clear the corner but its soon whipped back in and Dawson has to clear the ball over his own bar after a mini scramble.
    • 47' Hearts earn an early corner. Can the hosts make a quick-fire impact on this second half?
    • 47' Neither side made any changes at the break.
    • 46' Hearts get the second half underway...
    • 45' The referee blows up for half-time as soon as the clock ticks over to 45 minutes. It's been men against boys, no doubt about that. Hearts 0-3 Tottenham Hotspur
    • 44' Both sides look happy to play out the final couple of minutes, with neither pushing forward to attack when in possession.
    • 43' Paulo Sergio has MacDonald, Jonsson, Elliott, Obua, McGowan, Novikovas, Skacel to choose from on the Hearts bench.
    • 42' Friedel, Huddlestone, Pavlyuchenko, Bassong, Corluka, Townsend, Cudicini are on the bench for Spurs. Will Harry Redknapp look to give them a run-out in the second half?
    • 41' Defoe goes for glory but sees his weak shot easily saved by Kello when Van der Vaart and Kranjcar were both free.
    • 40' Tottenham have taken their foot off the gas as we head towards half-time.
    • 39' Stevenson spots a gap in the Spurs defence and pushes forward but drags his shot wide from 20 yards.
    • 38' Bale's corner is flicked on and falls to Kaboul beyond the back post but the defender fires well over.
    • 37' Hamill slides in with a well-timed challenge to thwart Bale but hand Spurs a corner.
    • 36' Bale has his ankle caught while defending in his own penalty area but is soon back to his feet.
    • 35' Webster's header back to keeper Kello is a little heavy but the Hearts stopper manages to scramble back and smother the ball before it goes out for a corner.
    • 34' The visitors soon regain possession and look happy to ping the ball around, looking for what looks to be an inevitable fourth goal.
    • 33' Dawson climbs on the back of Stevenson to give Hearts a free-kick midway inside the Spurs half.
    • 32' Hearts fail to pick up Van der Vaart once again and the 28-year-old whips in a cross from the right which Defoe volleys against the bar - but the linesman's flag is up.
    • 31' Hearts boss Sergio cuts a despondent figure in his technical area.
    • 30' That was a big moment for young Livermore, chalking up his first Spurs goal.
    • 29' Spurs look like they're going to score with every attack, with their crisp, one-touch passing cutting through the Hearts defence like butter.
    • 28' GOAL! 3-0. Game over. Another superb goal. Livermore finds Defoe on the edge of the box before surging forward to pick up the return ball and dispatch past Kello.
    • 27' Driver slides in to bring down Assou-Ekotto and give Tottenham a free-kick in the middle of the park.
    • 26' Kaboul rises to meet the corner but Zaliukas gets there first.
    • 25' Bale gets a stroke of luck when his loose ball deflects out for a Spurs corner.
    • 24' To keep tabs on how all the British teams are faring tonight, head to our Europa League page.
    • 23' This is better from Hearts. The hosts have ramped up the pressure and Stevenson whips in a superb cross from the left but Sutton can't get a head to it.
    • 22' Hearts play it short before whipping in a cross but that won't cause Spurs any problems whatsoever.
    • 21' Templeton tempts Walker into a challenge to win a Hearts corner.
    • 20' The home fans aren't happy after the referee got in the way of a Hearts pass. Nothing's going their way!
    • 19' Van der Vaart lays off for Bale on the left corner of the box and the Welshman unleashes a fierce shot that's just over!
    • 18' Livermore, making only his second start for Spurs, makes a crunching tackle to win back possession.
    • 17' Tottenham are completely bossing the game. Is their any way back for Hearts from here?
    • 16' Bale breaks down the left to latch on to a lovely lofted through ball and fires a wicked cross across the face of goal but there's no white shirt to meet it.
    • 15' Bale bursts forward with that lightning-fast pace of his and thinks he's won a corner but the referee disagrees.
    • 14' That really was a superb goal from Spurs.
    • 13' GOAL! Tottenham double their advantage! Lennon and Van der Vaart exchange passes before finding Defoe on the edge of the box and the England international makes no mistake in firing home.
    • 12' Former Motherwell man Sutton scored his first goals for Hearts in their 3-0 victory over Aberdeen at the weekend.
    • 11' Sutton goes for goal from distance but that's well wide.
    • 10' Livermore fouls Sutton to give Hearts a free-kick just inside their own half.
    • 9' Van der Vaart is running the show, dropping deep to link up with the midfield before pressing forward to find Defoe.
    • 8' Hearts attack for the first time, winning a throw, but Grainger's long delivery is cleared at the first attempt by Spurs.
    • 7' Tottenham have started with at an incredible tempo and Hearts, who haven’t got going at all, just can’t live with the Premier League side.
    • 6' Hearts have had an indifferent start to their SPL season, drawing one, losing two and winning one, and tonight’s going to be a real challenge!
    • 5' GOAL! Tottenham lead after just five minutes – the visitors have a crucial away goal! Defoe and Van der Vaart exchange passes on the edge of the box, before the former Real Madrid man gets a stroke of luck to stumble through the Hearts defence and calmly slot home.
    • 4' Kranjcar links up with Van der Vaart, but the Dutchman’s shot is comfortably wide of Kello’s right-hand post.
    • 3' Tottenham are, of course, kicking off their season tonight after their Premier League opener against Everton was postponed due to the London riots.
    • 2' The 17,420 capacity Tynecastle Stadium is packed to the rafters – the place is rocking! Both teams are wearing their traditional colours, claret for Hearts and white for Spurs.
    • 1' And we're off! Tottenham Hotspur get the game underway...
    • 19:40 This is the first ever meeting between these sides and what a prize at stake - a place in the Europa League will be the reward for the winner over two legs. The teams are emerging from the tunnel. Here we go!
    • 19:35 Italian Paolo Tagliavento is tonight's referee. Right, there's 10 minutes until the off - what's your prediction for the game? Let us know below.
    • 19:30 With the transfer window approaching its end, the transfer rumour mill is in full swing at White Hart Lane. And it looks like the North London side may land Real Madrid's Lassana Diarra. Tottenham continue Diarra talks
    • 19:25 Dave Mackay was part of Tottenham's double winning side of 1961 but before that the Scotsman made 135 appearances for Hearts. Eurosport's SPL specialist Des Kane looks at the link between the two clubs in his preview blog. VE Day possible for Hearts against Spurs
    • 19:20 It looks like Hearts will line-up in a 4-1-4-1 formation, with Mrowiec as the holding midfielder. Spurs have gone for 4-4-1-1, with Defoe as the lone striker and Van der Vaart playing behind the England international. The visitors' injury crisis means Redknapp has two keepers - Friedel and Cudicini - on the bench.
    • 19:15 HEARTS: Kello; Hamill, Zaliukas, Webster, Grainger; Mrowiec; Templeton, Black, Stevenson, Driver; Sutton /// TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR: Gomes; Walker, Dawson, Kaboul, Assou-Ekotto; Lennon, Livermore, Kranjcar, Bale; Van der Vaart; Defoe
    • 19:10 Hearts boss Paulo Sergio: "Every professional in football wants to live big moments and I'm no different. We recognise Spurs are favourites - there's no doubt about that - but we want to compete with the best. It's a different game. It's going to be in our history - I hope in a positive way."
    • 19:05 Here's what Harry Redknapp had to say earlier regarding Luka Modric's future at the club: "We've got two options with Luka. Either we keep a fantastic player or we sell him, get the money and bring in four players and have a better team. I want him to stay but if he's going I want the opportunity to get other players in."
    • 19:00 Hearts have a near full-strength to chose from, with Andy Webster among those back in contention after recovering from a groin problem. David Obua is available following a hamstring injury and Ian Black is free to play despite being in the middle of a domestic suspension.
    • 18:55 Spurs boss Harry Redknapp faces a midfield injury crisis, missing a host of players. Luka Modric (groin), Tom Huddlestone (ankle), Jermaine Jenas (achilles), Wilson Palacios (fitness) and Sandro (knee) are all absent. Jake Livermore is likely to start, while Brad Friedel could make his debut in goal.
    • 18:50 We're waiting on the team news from Scotland but will bring you the line-ups as soon as we have them. In the mean time, Stoke City have gone 1-0 up in their qualifier against Thun. FC Thun v Stoke: LIVE
    • 18:45 Welcome to LIVE text commentary of the Europa League qualifier between Hearts and Tottenham Hotspur at the Tynecastle Stadium. Kick-off 19:45.
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