Saturday July 28, 2012 July Finished

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Tottenham Hotspur
    • Liverpool
    • 21:05 So Liverpool head to Belarus after a winless North American tour, but at least with Gerrard back. Tottenham's next game is against New York Red Bulls on Tuesday. And you can follow both LIVE right here on eurosport.yahoo.co.uk. See you next time.
    • 90' And that's full-time. Final score, TOTTENHAM 0-0 LIVERPOOL
    • 89' Sterling surges down the right. Borini is in a great position on the box.... Awful delivery from Sterling.
    • 87' Townsend with a cracking run for Tottenham.. Sama can't deal with it but Wilson does. Tom Carroll now has the ball back... nice low cross, but Gulacsi easily smothers it.
    • 86' Gerrard is booked for a foul on Smith.
    • 85' Gerrard's corner is cleared away by Huddlestone.
    • 84' Sterling does well to evade the offside trap on the right - Bassong at fault - and plays in a great cross for Borini, but Dawson gets ahead of his man to head it away for a corner.
    • 82' Kane takes the free-kick from 25 yards out, but it sails over the bar.
    • 81' TOTTENHAM SUB: Adam Smith replaces Jenas.
    • 80' Kane wins the ball from Andy Carroll and earns Tottenham a free-kick in a dangerous area.
    • 77' Carroll's finally had a touch. Andy Carroll that is.
    • 76' Bassong goes into the book for a quite unnecessary foul on young Sterling. He bascially grabbed hold of the Liverpool player's neck and hauled him to the ground. At best that's agricultural. At worst it's downright dangerous.
    • 75' TOTTENHAM SUB: Jan Vertongen replaces Gallas.
    • 74' Henderson breaks clear on the right. Great cross for BORINI AT THE FAR POST... but the connection with his left foot is all wrong and his volleyed shot turns out more like a cross.
    • 72' LIVERPOOL SUB: Andy Carroll on for Eccleston.
    • 71' More Carrolls than Christmas here in Baltimore...
    • 71' And it looks like the more famous Caroll is ready to come on. Andy, of course.
    • 70' TOTTENHAM SUB: Tom Carroll comes on for Lennon.
    • 67' Ball breaks for Gallas. He tries to chip Gulacsi... no chance...
    • 63' TOTTENHAM SUBS: Michael Dawson, Tom Huddlestone, Sebastien Bassong and David Bentley on for Kaboul, Livermore, Sigurdsson and Naughton.
    • 61' So captain Gerrard is on, and new boy Borini is on for his debut.
    • 61' LIVERPOOL SUBS: Steven Gerrard, Danny Wilson, Lucas, Fabio Borini, Jack Robinson and Stephan Sama come on for Cole, Enrique, Carragher, Skrtel, Spearing and Shelvey.
    • 60' Shelvey can make something of this... Great work by the youngster as he surges into the box and pulls the ball across for Sterling... but Gallas cuts it out.
    • 59' Still no word on Gareth Bale from the changing room; the Wales winger taken off at half-time, you'll remember, having had that ankle knock from Charlie Adam earlier in the game. Good precautionary move to take him off.
    • 58' Good crossfield ball towards Lennon in a brilliant position on the right edge of the box... Carragher gets across brilliantly to put it out for a throw.
    • 55' Shelvey fires a Liverpool free-kick into the box... but it's headed away by Kaboul.
    • 52' Skrtel picks up the ball inside his own half. Runs with it, keeps running, keeps running. Nobody's going to him. SKRTEL WITH A SHOOTING CHANCE.... Well, it did test Friedel at least. Good opportunism from the Slovak.
    • 50' 42,723 in the stadium here. Usually a few more than that when the Baltimore Ravens are in action though.
    • 49' Things have finally calmed down after that initial flurry that could have easily given Liverpool the lead.
    • 47' Henderson with a shot.... Saved by Friedel. ECCLESTON WITH THE FOLLOW-UP... It's straight at Friedel. That would have been some introduction...
    • 47' Cracking start to the second half for Liverpool as Cole has a shot blocked by Friedel. he'd been played through well there by Eccleston.
    • 46' LIVERPOOL SUB: Jordan Henderson, Nathan Eccleston, Raheem Sterling, Andre Wisdom and Peter Gulacsi are on for Morgan, Adam, Downing, Flanagan and Brad Jones.
    • 46' TOTTENHAM SUB: Andros Townsend and Kyle Walker are on for Bale and Assou-Ekotto.
    • 46' And we're underway for the second half
    • 45' Tottenham would probably have wanted the half to continue given the momentum. Actually, thinking about the heat, no they probably wouldn't. Off to the nice, air-conditioned changing rooms and they'll be back in 15 minutes, as will we.
    • 45' The half-time whistle goes. TOTTENHAM 0-0 LIVERPOOL.
    • 44' Bale with another cross from the left... SIGURDSSON WITH THE HEADER... but Jones stops it easily. The header had the direction, but lacked the power. Tottenham definitely with the upper hand at the moment.
    • 42' Shelvey's robbed of possession, Bale crosses in from the left... Kane flicks it on LENNON MUST SCORE... NO!!! HE HITS THE POST FROM A LITTLE OVER A YARD OUT. Rubbish miss! It would have been easier to score.
    • 39' Lennon in a good position, he has Kane and Bale in the box to aim for... but he's overhit it.
    • 38' The ball's barely been out of the midfield in the last few minutes. The 35-degree heat is unsurprisingly taking its toll.
    • 35' Decent ball over the top for Lennon. HE DRILLS A SUPERB CROSS INTO THE BOX... but there's nobody on hand to receive it. Kane was closest, about 20 yards away. You can see the frustration in Lennon's face.
    • 33' That was nearly dangerous for Tottenham. Jay Spearing's through-ball was easily cut out just inside the Tottenham half, but Adam Morgan had dropped off the shoulder of Gallas and would easily have been through on goal if the pass had found him.
    • 32' A strange half so far. Tottenham have looked the better passers and movers, but it's Liverpool who have come closest to scoring - and by some margin too.
    • 31' Another Liverpool corner as Kyle Naughton puts Cole's low cross behind. It comes to nothing.
    • 30' Adam Morgan looks a pretty useful striker for Liverpool. Don't forget, he did get the equaliser against FC Toronto a week ago. Liverpool don't have a bad record blooding in teenage strikers either, as the likes of Fowler, Owen and Ngog will testify. Okay, maybe not Ngog.
    • 28' Corner comes to nothing as William Gallas nods the ball clear at the far post.
    • 27' Carragher with a long ball up from the back... Morgan is onside and is through on goal... ADAM MORGAN WITH A LOW SHOT... Turned away well by Friedel for a corner. Best save of the night.
    • 26' Adam hits the deck and wins a free-kick after a supposed foul by Jake Livermore. There was nothing in that, a 50/50 ball certainly. They just clipped each others' knees.
    • 25' Tottenham now string a few decent passes together in midfield. Good posession football here from AVB's side. They need to do this to take the increasingly potent sting out of Liverpool's attack.
    • 24' From the resultant throw, Liverpool work an opening... Morgan hits it first time inside the box... Blocked... DOWNING with a very weak follow-up. Good opportunity goes begging. Perhaps Morgan should have taken a second touch. It looked like he had the time to.
    • 22' Crossfield ball from Shelvey finds Downing. He sends a cross over with his toe, but Younes Kaboul deals with it easily at th near post.
    • 21' Bale's back on, and thousands of Tottenham fans breathe a collective sigh of relief.
    • 20' So Tottenham down to 10 men for the moment while Bale receives more treatment.
    • 19' Bale's had a few injury problems recently, hence his ommitance from Great Britain's olympic squad. He's on his feet now, but still talking to the physio.... in fact, he's being brought to the sideline.
    • 17' Adam gets a talking-to from the referee after catching Bale's ankle with his studs. Didn't look like it was malicious, but Bale looks to be in some pain.
    • 16' OOH! Kane almost put Tottenham ahead there. He received the ball unexpectedly from Gylfi Sigurdsson, trapped it well inside the area while tightly marked by Skrtel, and fired a shot around a foot wide of Jones' far post.
    • 15' Benoit Assou-Ekotto wins a free-kick on the left side. Jon Flanagan gave him a quick tug.
    • 13' Big goal kick from Brad Jones is knocked down to Jonjo Shelvey... SHELVEY WITH A POWERFUL DRIVE... and he pulls the first real save of the match out of Friedel, who stops the ball squirming loose too. Good effort.
    • 10' Adam takes the throw himself. Joe Cole is the recpient... Lovely bit of footwork before laying it off to Downing... DOWNING WITH THE SHOT... but it's low, weak and no trouble for Friedel. Still, it's the first shot on target of the game for Liverpool.
    • 9' Useful run from Charlie Adam on the left side. He wins a throw-in from a dangerous spot.
    • 6' Tottenham head straight down to the Liverpool end from Friedel's goal kick, but nothing comes of Lennon's cross to the back post. Martin Skrtel is on hand to clear it.
    • 4' Stewart Downing, starting wide right, switches onto his favoured foot and whips in an in-swinging cross.... It fails to find Adam Morgan, but didn't miss the far corner by much. Problem with in-swingers like that is that they're always curling away from the striker.
    • 1' Corner comes to nothing and Jamie Carragher hoofs the ball away and out of danger.
    • 1' And immediatley Liverpool are on the back foot. A sloppy back pass and Bale has an early shot. Deflected for a corner.
    • 1' And we're off, just the 13 minutes behind schedule.
    • 19:10 First the national anthem. The US national anthem, that is. Brad Friedel looking particularly solemn during it.
    • 19:05 And out they come... Tottenham in all-white and Liverpool in their new black and grey change strip.
    • 19:00 Well we were scheduled to have kicked-off by now, but still the teams aren' yet on the pitch.
    • 18:55 Unsurprisingly, there's no Luka Modric in the Tottenham side, the Croatia dynamo appearing to now be heading Real Madrid's wish list if reports of a £33million bid by the Spanish giants is to be believed.
    • 18:50 Liverpool field a stronger line-up to the one that started in the defeat against Roma on Wednesday night, with youngsters Peter Gulacsi, Raheem Sterling and Nathan Eccleston replaced by Brad Jones, Stewart Downing and Adam Morgan. Charlie Adam starts too while strikers Andy Carroll and Fabio Borini are on the bench, as is the returning Steven Gerrard.
    • 18:45 LIVERPOOL TEAM: Jones; Enrique; Carragher; Skrtel; Flanagan; Spearing; Shelvey; Adam; Cole; Downing; Morgan. SUBS Gulacsi; Gerrard; Carroll; Borini; Lucas; Henderson; Wisdom; Eccleston; Sterling; Wilson; Sama; Robinson.
    • 18:40 A pretty strong line-up from Tottenham then with Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon supplying the width and youngster Harry Kane on his own upfront.
    • 18:35 TOTTENHAM TEAM: Friedel; Naughton; Gallas; Kaboul; Assou-Ekotto; Jenas; Livermore; Lennon; Sigurdsson; Bale; Kane. SUBS: Vertongen; Carroll; Huddlestone; Dawson; Bassong; Townsend; Walker; Archer; Bentley; Smith.
    • 18:30 Hello and welcome to LIVE coverage of Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool from the M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. A pre-season friendly of heavyweight proportions here as two of England's big sides meet for the first time since appointing new managers.
  • Summary

    • 74' Henderson breaks clear on the right. Great cross for BORINI AT THE FAR POST... but the connection with his left foot is all wrong and his volleyed shot turns out more like a cross.
    • 42' Shelvey's robbed of possession, Bale crosses in from the left... Kane flicks it on LENNON MUST SCORE... NO!!! HE HITS THE POST FROM A LITTLE OVER A YARD OUT. Rubbish miss! It would have been easier to score.
    • 16' OOH! Kane almost put Tottenham ahead there. He received the ball unexpectedly from Gylfi Sigurdsson, trapped it well inside the area while tightly marked by Skrtel, and fired a shot around a foot wide of Jones' far post.

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