Sunday May 12, 2013 Day 37 Finished Britannia Stadium

Stoke City 1 - 2 Tottenham Hotspur

  • N'Zonzi 3’
  • Dempsey 20’
  • Adebayor 83’

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  1. Premier League - Adebayor scores crucial late winner for Spurs

    Premier League - Adebayor scores crucial late winner for Spurs

    Emmanuel Adebayor scored a late winner for Tottenham as they came from a goal down to beat Stoke City 2-1 away. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Stoke City
    • Tottenham Hotspur
    • - Don't forget UK users can watch highlights of this game from 00:01 on Monday morning.
    • 90+5' FULL TIME. Adebayor's late winner ensures the battle for fourth place will go down to the last game of the season. What drama awaits us.
    • 90+5' CHANCE! Bale races onto a cute through-ball and threatens to finish the game off, but Wilkinson makes a fine challenge to block his effort.
    • 90+4' CHANCE! Cameron Jerome with a great cross to the back post but Cameron can only head the ball into the turf and wide.
    • 90+3' Stoke trying to pick out a man in the box but they can't get a cross in.
    • 90+2' Spurs are playing the ball around with composure now, just seeing the game out.
    • 90' We will have four added minutes.
    • 89' A quick reminder: Spurs go two above Arsenal with this win, having played a game more.
    • 88' Well, you can't say Spurs haven't deserved this. They responded tremendously to that early setback and have dominated ever since.
    • 87' Adebayor was crucial in the 2-2 draw at Chelsea and has timed his run of form perfectly - even if he has been terrible for much of the season.
    • 85' Stat from Infostrada: "Emmanuel Adebayor scores in back-to-back PL games for the first time since scoring in the last 3 PL games of last season in May 2012."
    • 83' GOAL! Stoke 1-2 Tottenham! Adebayor scores to deal a huge blow to Arsenal! The striker taps home at the back post from Dempsey's cross after Spurs get lucky with a deflection in the box.
    • 82' Dembele tries to get a shot away from 20 yards but drags it wide.
    • 81' CHANCE FOR STOKE! A free-kick is curled deep to the back post where Huth heads over the bar! He should have hit the target from there.
    • 80' A brief bit of pressure for Stoke as they fling a cross into the box. Nothing comes of it though.
    • 79' Shawcross and Adebayor go head-to-head before Bale gets involved and pushes the Stoke defender away.
    • 77' Stat from Infostrada: "Tottenham have scored in the 2nd half of their last 5 PL matches."
    • 76' The first booking shown to a Tottenham player goes to Huddlestone for bringing Nzonzi to ground.
    • 75' CHANCE FOR SPURS! Bale jinks onto his right boot in the box and lashes a shot just wide from near the penalty spot!
    • 75' Stoke make a change of their own as Geoff Cameron comes on for Shotton.
    • 75' Jermain Defoe comes on for Lennon.
    • 74' Huddlestone shows his imaginative streak once again by trying to find a team-mate with a flicked pass but it doesn't quite come off.
    • 73' Lennon chips in a cross from the left wing but it is knocked behind for a corner. Huddlestone delivers and Stoke head clear.
    • 72' CHANCE FOR SPURS! Dempsey takes aim from range after a backheel from Dembele but the American's shot is touched over the bar by Begovic.
    • 70' A rare chance for Stoke. A throw from Shotton is cleared and Wilkinson latches onto the loose ball before smashing it over the bar.
    • 69' CHANCE! Vertonghen gets free at the back post to meet a deep free-kick but he gets under the ball and heads over.
    • 68' Spurs make a change as Mousa Dembele comes on for Parker in midfield.
    • 67' Shotton goes into the book for a blatant trip on Bale. He knew exactly when he was doing.
    • 66' Bale takes the free-kick but his effort cannons against the wall and behind for a corner.
    • 65' Nzonzi slips when trying to challenge Lennon and gives away a free-kick in a central area.
    • 64' Huddlestone goes on a driving run into the box and when the ball is taken away from his feet and to the left, Bale pops up to send in another dangerous cross.
    • 62' Wilkinson clears from another Vertonghen cross before Bale's dangerous free-kick almost finds Dempsey lurking at the back post.
    • 61' Tottenham have now had 10 chances to Stoke's one.
    • 60' Parker plays in Lennon with a nice pass in behind the defence but the winger can't quite get on the end of the pass.
    • 59' Spurs attack from the left this time and the impressive Vertonghen has his cross cleared by Wilkinson from the middle of the box.
    • 58' Huddlestone pops a pass into the middle of the box but can't locate a Spurs player and Begovic clasps the ball to his chest.
    • 57' A change for Stoke as Etherington comes off against his former side, Andy Wilkinson coming on.
    • 56' Tottenham really should go on to win this now, thanks to that Adam red card, but you feel Stoke will play for the draw.
    • 54' Tottenham manoeuvre the ball around the face of goal to find Bale, who unleashes an effort that is blocked by a Stoke shirt.
    • 53' Stat from Infostrada: "Charlie Adam picks up his 2nd career PL red card. The other red was also against Tottenham in Liverpool’s 4-0 away defeat in September 2011."
    • 51' Lovely ball from Huddlestone as he scoops the ball over the top of the defence but Dempsey drifts offside as he tries to pull it down at the back post.
    • 50' Bale with the delivery and Dempsey ghosts onto the ball to send it inches over the bar with a rather clumsy finish.
    • 49' Adam's first booking was for a messy challenge on Vertonghen but it might not have been a booking. The second was idiotic.
    • 48' Adam's first booking was for a messy challenge on Vertonghen but it might not have been a booking. The second was idiotic.
    • 47' RED CARD! Adam slides in on Vertonghen with a late, silly challenge to earn a second booking. Crazy.
    • 46' KICK OFF!
    • 45+2' This time Lloris does better when claiming an Adam cross from the right and that's that for the first half. Goals from Nzonzi and Dempsey have us level.
    • 45+1' In comes the corner and Lloris flaps at the ball rather unconvincingly. In fact he was nowhere near it.
    • 45' Superb little Cruyff turn from Adam to lose Dempsey and he wins a corner.
    • 44' CHANCE FOR SPURS! Parker plays in Bale in the right channel and he shifts the ball onto his left before drilling in a low effort that Begovic saves.
    • 43' Dawson prevents Walters from making the necessary connection from a cross from the left but Adam steams in at the back post to try and connect and clatters Vertonghen. A booking.
    • 42' Stoke try a clever set-piece routine but it doesn't quite come off properly.
    • 41' Begovic has picked up a booking from somewhere. Not entirely sure what that was for in all honesty.
    • 40' CHANCE FOR SPURS! Bale whips the ball in to the near post and Michael Dawson gets ahead of his man to flick a header at goal. Begovic punches clear.
    • 39' As we wait for the free-kick to come in, Shawcross gets a talking to.
    • 38' Handbags. Walker and Walters get into an argument by the touchline after a little scuffle. Not a lot in it.
    • 36' Adebayor howls for a penalty when his shot is blocked by the sliding Huth but it looked more torso than arm at first glance.
    • 35' Adam delivers a delicious cross from the right than appears to be dropping in nicely for Crouch, but the striker just fails to get to the ball as Lloris gathers.
    • 34' Stoke bizarrely allow the ball to run free in midfield and Bale nips in to take it away. Huth, however, brings him to ground so clumsily to earn a yellow card.
    • 33' SPURS GET LUCKY! Steven Caulker is far too hesitant when dealing with a bouncing ball in the box but with Walters all over the back of him he is relieved to see Spurs get the ball clear.
    • 32' Spurs have taken command of this game now: Stoke don't look like doing anything at all unless they win a set-piece from somewhere.
    • 31' Spurs try to release Bale after the corner is initially cleared but the Welsh winger is caught offside.
    • 30' Walker makes inroads into the box from the right and wins a corner.
    • 28' Spurs looks the more assured in possession now. They are pushing up high and pinning Stoke back, waiting for weaknesses to become apparent.
    • 27' Bale wins a corner when his cross is deflected behind but the Welshman's delivery doesn't come off from the set-piece.
    • 26' Stat from Infostrada: "Clint Dempsey scores his 7th PL goal of the season. Only Bale (20) and Defoe (11) have scored more for Tottenham this season."
    • 25' Walker goes on a surging run down the right wing but is halted by a firm challenge.
    • 23' From the free-kick - all of 35 yards out - Bale tries a Ronaldo-esque effort but can't match pace with dip as the ball soars over.
    • 22' Poor from Huth. Dempsey does him with a neat piece of skill as he lifts the ball over the defender, but the Stoke man knocks him to ground with his forearm as retribution.
    • 21' Walters drills a long ball to the back post where Adam is arriving, and the Scottish midfielder clatters into Lloris as the ball runs free. Lloris gathers though.
    • 20' GOAL! Stoke 1-1 Tottenham! Dempsey with a superb improvised finish! Parker chips a pass through and Begovic comes off his line to claim, but the defender slides in and puts the ball into the path of Dempsey, who lofts it home first time with a great finish.
    • 19' Tom Huddlestone delivers the ball but it's too deep. No danger for Begovic.
    • 18' Emmanuel Adebayor holds onto the ball under considerable pressure and wins Spurs a free-kick.
    • 17' Walters is again the target in the box for Stoke but again the forward can't quite get on the end of the delivery.
    • 16' OFFSIDE! Dempsey has the ball in the back of the net but the flag is raised. The American touched in an effort from Scott Parker.
    • 14' Jon Walters tries to get on the end of another ball into the box but the Ireland international can't get a sight of goal.
    • 13' Spurs have looked a little desperate since conceding that early goal. Bale is trying to do a bit too much as he tries to get Spurs back in the game on his own.
    • 11' Bale is in the hunt again but when he latches onto a square pass from Dempsey he lifts his shot high over the bar.
    • 10' Shotton hurls it into the box but Stoke can't get on the end of it and trouble Lloris.
    • 9' Jan Vertonghen puts in a typically robust challenge but it gives Stoke a throw, with Ryan Shotton lining up a long one.
    • 8' A reminder: If Spurs lose today then Arsenal will guarantee fourth place with a win at home to Wigan on Tuesday night.
    • 7' SPURS GO CLOSE! Bale cuts onto his left foot and sends a curling effort at goal from 25 yards but Asmir Begovic touches it over the bar.
    • 5' Stat from Infostrada: "Steven N’zonzi scores his first PL goal for Stoke on his 34th PL appearance for the club."
    • 4' Well, the one thing you don't go is give Stoke easy free-kicks in the final third. Clint Dempsey, what were you doing?
    • 3' GOAL! Stoke 1-0 Tottenham! Steven Nzonzi heads home! Charlie Adam drops the ball in to the near post and Nzonzi is arriving to plant his header past Hugo Lloris, who gets his hand to the ball but can't keep it out.
    • 2' Clint Dempsey concedes a foul with a silly kick by the touchline. Stoke to swing this in to their big men.
    • 1' KICK OFF!
    • 13:20 Gareth Bale starts for Tottenham, he has already broken Tottenham’s PL record for most away goals in a season. He needs a hat-trick to equal Kevin Phillips overall PL record of 16 away PL goals scored for Sunderland in 1999-00. (Infostrada)
    • 13:15 Stoke make one change from the side that drew 1-1 at Sunderland. Matthew Etherington comes in for Cameron Jerome. Michael Owen is on the bench for his final home game with the club.
    • 13:10 Two changes for Tottenham from the side that drew 2-2 with Chelsea in midweek. Steven Caulker and Clint Dempsey start ahead of Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Lewis Holtby. Mousa Dembele is fit enough for a place on the bench.
    • 13:05 TEAM NEWS: Stoke City: Begovic, Shotton, Shawcross, Huth, Wilson; Adam, Whitehead, Nzonzi, Etherington, Walters, Crouch. Subs: Sorensen, Cameron, Jones, Owen, Kightly, Wilkinson, Jerome /// Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Caulker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Lennon, Huddlestone, Parker, Dempsey, Adebayor, Bale. Subs: Friedel, Naughton, Carroll, Dembele, Holtby, Sigurdsson, Defoe
    • 13:00 Hello and welcome to our live coverage from the Britannia as Stoke City host Tottenham Hotspur.
  • Summary

    • 90+5' FULL TIME. Adebayor's late winner ensures the battle for fourth place will go down to the last game of the season. What drama awaits us.
    • 90+5' CHANCE! Bale races onto a cute through-ball and threatens to finish the game off, but Wilkinson makes a fine challenge to block his effort.
    • 90+4' CHANCE! Cameron Jerome with a great cross to the back post but Cameron can only head the ball into the turf and wide.
    • 83' GOAL! Stoke 1-2 Tottenham! Adebayor scores to deal a huge blow to Arsenal! The striker taps home at the back post from Dempsey's cross after Spurs get lucky with a deflection in the box.
    • 81' CHANCE FOR STOKE! A free-kick is curled deep to the back post where Huth heads over the bar! He should have hit the target from there.
    • 76' The first booking shown to a Tottenham player goes to Huddlestone for bringing Nzonzi to ground.
    • 75' CHANCE FOR SPURS! Bale jinks onto his right boot in the box and lashes a shot just wide from near the penalty spot!
    • 75' Stoke make a change of their own as Geoff Cameron comes on for Shotton.
    • 75' Jermain Defoe comes on for Lennon.
    • 72' CHANCE FOR SPURS! Dempsey takes aim from range after a backheel from Dembele but the American's shot is touched over the bar by Begovic.
    • 69' CHANCE! Vertonghen gets free at the back post to meet a deep free-kick but he gets under the ball and heads over.
    • 68' Spurs make a change as Mousa Dembele comes on for Parker in midfield.
    • 67' Shotton goes into the book for a blatant trip on Bale. He knew exactly when he was doing.
    • 47' RED CARD! Adam slides in on Vertonghen with a late, silly challenge to earn a second booking. Crazy.
    • 46' KICK OFF!
    • 45+2' This time Lloris does better when claiming an Adam cross from the right and that's that for the first half. Goals from Nzonzi and Dempsey have us level.
    • 44' CHANCE FOR SPURS! Parker plays in Bale in the right channel and he shifts the ball onto his left before drilling in a low effort that Begovic saves.
    • 43' Dawson prevents Walters from making the necessary connection from a cross from the left but Adam steams in at the back post to try and connect and clatters Vertonghen. A booking.
    • 41' Begovic has picked up a booking from somewhere. Not entirely sure what that was for in all honesty.
    • 40' CHANCE FOR SPURS! Bale whips the ball in to the near post and Michael Dawson gets ahead of his man to flick a header at goal. Begovic punches clear.
    • 34' Stoke bizarrely allow the ball to run free in midfield and Bale nips in to take it away. Huth, however, brings him to ground so clumsily to earn a yellow card.
    • 33' SPURS GET LUCKY! Steven Caulker is far too hesitant when dealing with a bouncing ball in the box but with Walters all over the back of him he is relieved to see Spurs get the ball clear.
    • 20' GOAL! Stoke 1-1 Tottenham! Dempsey with a superb improvised finish! Parker chips a pass through and Begovic comes off his line to claim, but the defender slides in and puts the ball into the path of Dempsey, who lofts it home first time with a great finish.
    • 16' OFFSIDE! Dempsey has the ball in the back of the net but the flag is raised. The American touched in an effort from Scott Parker.
    • 7' SPURS GO CLOSE! Bale cuts onto his left foot and sends a curling effort at goal from 25 yards but Asmir Begovic touches it over the bar.
    • 3' GOAL! Stoke 1-0 Tottenham! Steven Nzonzi heads home! Charlie Adam drops the ball in to the near post and Nzonzi is arriving to plant his header past Hugo Lloris, who gets his hand to the ball but can't keep it out.
    • 1' KICK OFF!
    • 13:05 TEAM NEWS: Stoke City: Begovic, Shotton, Shawcross, Huth, Wilson; Adam, Whitehead, Nzonzi, Etherington, Walters, Crouch. Subs: Sorensen, Cameron, Jones, Owen, Kightly, Wilkinson, Jerome /// Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Caulker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Lennon, Huddlestone, Parker, Dempsey, Adebayor, Bale. Subs: Friedel, Naughton, Carroll, Dembele, Holtby, Sigurdsson, Defoe
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