Saturday December 31, 2011 Day 19 Finished The Liberty Stadium

Swansea City 1 - 1 Tottenham Hotspur

  • Sinclair 84’
  • van der Vaart 44’

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  1. Swansea halt Spurs charge

    Swansea halt Spurs charge

    Brad Friedel's error handed Swansea a late equaliser as Spurs were held 1-1 and failed to take full advantage of Manchester United's slip-up More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Swansea City
    • Tottenham Hotspur
    • - Don't forget you can watch highlights of this match, along with every Premier League game, from 00:01 on Monday morning (UK only).
    • 90' FULL TIME. Brad Freidel's error hands Swansea a late equaliser as Tottenham fail to take full advantage of Manchester United's slip-up against Blackburn. It ends Swansea 1-1 Spurs at the Liberty Stadium.
    • 90' We are into injury time, of which there will be three minutes...
    • 90' Bale's effort flicks off the top of the wall and drops into Vorm's arms.
    • 89' Spurs may not be done here. Modric has been fouled on the edge of the area and Spurs will surely go for goal here, with Bale standing over it.
    • 87' Livermore is booked for a clear tug on Taylor.
    • 85' Freidel looked like he was expecting Gallas to clear, but Swansea have made him pay for his hesitance. The Liberty is bouncing!
    • 84' GOAL! Swansea have equalised! A low cross from the right is deflected and Friedel allows it to roll past him and Sinclair is on hand to tap into the empty net.
    • 83' Chance at the other end! Bale crosses deep for Adebayor, who heads the ball to Modric, whose shot is brilliantly blocked by Williams. The ball comes to Adebayor, but Vorm denies the Togo striker.
    • 81' Modric clears off the line after Sinclair's shot seemed destined for the bottom corner. Tottenham are hanging on here.
    • 79' Great chance for Swansea! Dyer plays in Dobbie, who pokes the ball to the far post but Walker clears again. Desperate stuff from Spurs.
    • 78' Swansea win corner and Dobbie whips it in, but Walker is on hand to head clear from inside his own six-yard box.
    • 76' Sandro bursts forward during a rare foray into the Swansea half, but is halted by Monk.
    • 75' Swansea come close again! Sinclair cuts inside Walker from the left before shooting from the edge of the box, but Danny Graham gets his head on the shot and almost diverts it past Friedel, who would have been helpless.
    • 73' Spurs sub: Livermore on, Parker off. Parker seems to be struggling with an injury and has been withdrawn.
    • 72' We are well inside the final 20 minutes - will Spurs hang on for a vital win or can Swansea stun them with a goal? Tweet me your thoughts on the game here.
    • 70' Spurs sub: Defoe on, Van der Vaart off
    • 68' Swansea sub: Graham on, Moore off.
    • 67' Another big chance for Swansea as Rangel stabs Dobbie's corner inches wide of the far post.
    • 66' Great chance for Swansea courtesy of Moore. The striker shuffles into space before dragging his shot across Freidel's goal.
    • 65' Spurs clear the corner and launch a counterattack through Kaboul, who checks his run and finds van der Vaart. The Dutchman picks out Adebayor with a beautiful sweeping pass, but Adebayor miscontrols the ball and the chance goes begging.
    • 64' But Swansea are not finished - Sinclair wins a corner.
    • 63' It's all a bit tight on the edge of the Spurs box again as Dobbie tries his luck, but is blocked twice by Sandro, who is having another cracking game deep in the Spurs midfield.
    • 61' Swansea sub: Agustien on, Gower off
    • 59' Parker and Adebayor exchange passes before the former finds Bale, who pokes his shot wide despite having Adebayor in space to his left.
    • 57' Swansea keeping the ball well in the last few minutes but are doing little to damage Spurs, who look comfortable.
    • 55' Spurs have certainly gone up a gear in this second half and Swansea are struggling to live with it.
    • 54' A big chance is wasted by Spurs as Adebayor delays his through ball to van der Vaart. When the Togo star eventually plays it van der Vaart is forced to shoot first-time from 25 yards - and his curling effort is saved by Vorm.
    • 52' Good attack again from Spurs as Adebayor comes deep to find van der Vaart, who spreads the ball out to Walker. But Walker overhits his throughball to Adebayor, who had sprinted 50 yards to get into a shooting position.
    • 51' Swansea starting to flex their muscles too as Rangel, a half-time replacement for Richards, crosses for Moore, who heads just wide.
    • 49' Spurs have started the second half like they mean business.
    • 48' Bale stretches his legs down the left wing before delivering a cross for Adebayor, whose first time shot goes just wide of the near post.
    • 47' Spurs almost double their lead seconds into the second half! Kaboul bursts into the box and latches onto Adebayor's flick, but Vorm makes a good save with his feet.
    • 46' SECOND HALF STARTS.
    • 45' HALF TIME. Van der Vaart's goal is the last significant action of the half, a half which Spurs have shaded and lead 1-0.
    • 44' GOAL! Van der Vaart scores for Spurs! Assou Ekotto teased Richards before delivering a low cross that was deflected into the path of van der Vaart, who swivels to turn the ball in via a deflection off Ashley Williams from a couple of yards out.
    • 42' Swansea break through Dobbie but his throughball is superbly cut out by Kaboul, who gets up to cut out a low cross from the right moments later.
    • 41' Gareth Bale appears to be upended but is adjudged to have dived, and sees yellow for simulation. Much to the delight of the Welsh supporters.
    • 40' It's all very tight on the edge of the Spurs box - Swansea could do with attacking the flanks.
    • 38' Swansea enjoying more of the ball in the last few minutes. This time Moore spts the run of Dyer into the box and tries to pick him out with a through ball, but Spurs clear.
    • 36' Van der Vaart clips another dangerous ball into the box - this time from the right - but Vorm is able to pluck the ball away from Adebayor's head.
    • 35' Good work by Sinclair, who gets back to halt a Spurs attack being led by Walker down the right.
    • 33' Van der Vaart takes the corner himself but Swansea clear only as far as Assou-Ekotto, who fizzes a ferocious low drive wide from 30 yards.
    • 32' Dyer recovers the ball but sells Vorm short with a back pass, but the Dutch keeper does just enough to clear. The ball only goes as far as Van der Vaart, who forces another Spurs corner.
    • 31' Sustained spell of possession ends with Modric misplacing a through ball to Bale.
    • 29' Gower beats Assou-Ekotto and crosses from the right towards Moore, but Gallas covers at the expense of a corner, which Bale clears at the near post.
    • 28' Van der Vaart whips in the corner from the left and finds the head of Kaboul, but Williams is on hand to hack the ball away.
    • 27' Good play by Adebayor, who tries to squeeze gbetween two Swansea defenders and wins a corner.
    • 26' The rain is getting heavier and heavier in Swansea, but the mood of the home fans has not been dampened. They are getting right behind their side, who have looked solid so far.
    • 25' We're over halfway through the first half and Spurs are finding it tough against an organised and dangerous Swansea side. Who will come out on top? Tweet me your thoughts on the game here and I'll feed them into the live commentary.
    • 24' Great effort by Sinclair! Luke Moore spots Sinclair in space 25 yards from goal just left of centre, and the former Chelsea man curls a beautiful effort at goal that drops just wide of Freidel's right post.
    • 22' Spurs beginning to look more dangerous going forward. Parker gets the ball back from Adebayor, and squeezes a cross in from the right but Vorm comes out to claim.
    • 21' Luke Moore does well to beat Gallas to the ball and then finds Dobbie. But Dobbie's snap-shot is charged down by Sandro on the edge of the box. The Brazilian has been superb so far.
    • 20' Van der Vaart threads the ball through to Adebayor, who pokes just wide. But it matters little as the Togo striker is offside.
    • 18' Dobbie exploits some space in front of the Spurs defence, but Sandro gets back brilliantly to steal the ball from his feet before he is able to shoot.
    • 17' Richards sees another decision go against him, having tripped Bale again. This is a battle that already look onimous for the Swansea right-back.
    • 16' Van de Vaart whips the resulting free-kick into the box but it just sails over the head of Gallas, who is offside.
    • 15' Bale is flattened on the touchline by Ashley Richards, who is promptly shown the yellow card.
    • 13' Tottenham beginning to see more of the ball after that fast Swansea start.
    • 12' Spurs enjoy their first period of possession of the match. Good interchange between Modric, Bale and van der Vaart sees Modric get the ball back on the edge of the box, but the Croatian is hurried into shooting wide.
    • 10' Ten minutes in and Swansea have had 69% possession.
    • 9' Good play by Swansea again as Dobbie finds half a yard of space 20 yards out, but his low shot is tame and Friedel as no problems gathering.
    • 8' Swansea force a second, then third corner but Spurs escape after Scott Sinclair - all alone in space 12 yards out - miscues his first-time shot.
    • 6' A mistake from Kyle Walker allows Dobbie to burst into space down the left, but Gallas gets across to concede the corner.
    • 5' Spurs, playing in their all black away strip, are second best in the early stages. Swansea calling the shots here.
    • 3' Brad Friedel is forced into a superb diving save to his right to keep out a ferocious drive from Nathan Dyer from 25 yards.
    • 2' There's a tremendous atmosphere at the Liberty Stadium this afternoon and Swansea are responding by dominating the early stages. Spurs doing all the chasing so far.
    • 1' KICK OFF!
    • 14.59 Can Swansea hold off Spurs today, or will Harry Redknapp's side continue their superb run? Tweet me your thoughts on today's game here
    • 14.55 Harry Redknapp names an unchanged starting line-up but striker Jermain Defoe and defender Michael Dawson return from hamstring and Achilles injuries to take a place on the Tottenham bench.
    • 14.50 Swansea make six changes following their draw with QPR. Garry Monk comes in for on-loan centre-back Steven Caulker as he cannot play against his parent club and fit-again full-back Neil Taylor replaces the injured Angel Rangel. Brendan Rodgers also drops top scorer Danny Graham.
    • 14.45 SWANSEA: Vorm, Richards, Williams, Monk, Taylor, Dyer, Dobbie, Allen, Gower, Sinclair, Moore. Subs: Tremmel, Britton, Graham, Routledge, Lita, Rangel, Agustien /// TOTTENHAM: Friedel, Walker, Assou-Ekotto, Kaboul, Gallas, Modric, Parker, Sandro, Bale, Van der Vaart, Adebayor. Subs: Cudicini, Defoe, Dawson, Kranjcar, Rose, Livermore, Pienaar.
    • 14.40 Spurs boss Harry Redknapp: "We've done brilliantly and this is another game we have to win, but it won't be easy. I watched them play United the other week and that was a tight game. Swansea are not an easy side to beat, they are difficult at home."
    • 14.35 Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers: "Gareth Bale is perfect. His size, his pace, his power and his touch on the ball mean he is a wonderful, wonderful talent and a good lad by all accounts. If he was on the market any of the top teams in the world would take him."
    • 14.30 Gareth Bale, who has already created as many Premier League goalscoring chances in 2011-12 as he did in 2010-11 (48), will be hoping to make an impression on his return to his homeland.
    • 14.25 Infact, Only Manchester United (23) have claimed more away points than Tottenham (19) this season.
    • 14.20 Swansea go into this game having won only one of their last eight league games, while Spurs have scored at least two goals in seven of their last eight Premier League away games.
    • 14.15 Hello everyone. Welcome to live coverage of this afternoon's Premier League clash between Swansea City and Tottenham Hotspur at the Liberty Stadium.
  • Summary

    • 84' GOAL! Swansea have equalised! A low cross from the right is deflected and Friedel allows it to roll past him and Sinclair is on hand to tap into the empty net.
    • 83' Chance at the other end! Bale crosses deep for Adebayor, who heads the ball to Modric, whose shot is brilliantly blocked by Williams. The ball comes to Adebayor, but Vorm denies the Togo striker.
    • 81' Modric clears off the line after Sinclair's shot seemed destined for the bottom corner. Tottenham are hanging on here.
    • 79' Great chance for Swansea! Dyer plays in Dobbie, who pokes the ball to the far post but Walker clears again. Desperate stuff from Spurs.
    • 67' Another big chance for Swansea as Rangel stabs Dobbie's corner inches wide of the far post.
    • 66' Great chance for Swansea courtesy of Moore. The striker shuffles into space before dragging his shot across Freidel's goal.
    • 54' A big chance is wasted by Spurs as Adebayor delays his through ball to van der Vaart. When the Togo star eventually plays it van der Vaart is forced to shoot first-time from 25 yards - and his curling effort is saved by Vorm.
    • 47' Spurs almost double their lead seconds into the second half! Kaboul bursts into the box and latches onto Adebayor's flick, but Vorm makes a good save with his feet.
    • 44' GOAL! Van der Vaart scores for Spurs! Assou Ekotto teased Richards before delivering a low cross that was deflected into the path of van der Vaart, who swivels to turn the ball in via a deflection off Ashley Williams from a couple of yards out.
    • 24' Great effort by Sinclair! Luke Moore spots Sinclair in space 25 yards from goal just left of centre, and the former Chelsea man curls a beautiful effort at goal that drops just wide of Freidel's right post.
    • 3' Brad Friedel is forced into a superb diving save to his right to keep out a ferocious drive from Nathan Dyer from 25 yards.
    • 14.45 SWANSEA: Vorm, Richards, Williams, Monk, Taylor, Dyer, Dobbie, Allen, Gower, Sinclair, Moore. Subs: Tremmel, Britton, Graham, Routledge, Lita, Rangel, Agustien /// TOTTENHAM: Friedel, Walker, Assou-Ekotto, Kaboul, Gallas, Modric, Parker, Sandro, Bale, Van der Vaart, Adebayor. Subs: Cudicini, Defoe, Dawson, Kranjcar, Rose, Livermore, Pienaar.

Team Line-up & Ratings

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    • Player Y! Users Expert My Rating
      Goalkeeper
      6.5 7
      Defenders
      Yellow Card Substitution Out45′ 4.2 5
      3.3 6
      5.8 7
      4.1 7
      Midfielders
      Substitution Out62′ 3.7 6
      5.1 6
      4.7 7
      Strikers
      5 7
      Goal 5.7 7
      Substitution Out69′ 6 8
      Subs
      Substitution In69′ 6.9 7
      Substitution In45′ 7.1 6
      Substitution In62′ 5.4 5
    • Player Y! Users Expert My Rating
      Goalkeeper
      7.1 5
      Defenders
      7.8 9
      7.1 6
      7.6 7
      7.5 6
      Midfielders
      7.5 7
      Substitution Out72′ 7.6 6
      7.6 6
      Strikers
      Goal Substitution Out71′ 7.7 7
      Yellow Card 8 7
      7.7 7
      Subs
      Substitution In71′ 6.6 5
      Substitution In72′ Yellow Card 6.7 4

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