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The referee brings the game to a close.
Unfair challenge on Andreas Weimann by Aaron Lennon results in a free kick.
Fabian Delph gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andros Townsend.
Andreas Weimann takes a shot. Blocked by Michael Dawson.
Antonio Luna crosses the ball.
Christian Benteke gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mousa Dembele.
The referee shows Kyle Walker a yellow card for time wasting.
Clearance by Raniere Sandro.
Jermain Defoe replaces Roberto Soldado.
Aleksandar Tonev takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Hugo Lloris makes a block.
The ball is delivered by Aleksandar Tonev.
Kyle Walker restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Michael Dawson by Christian Benteke results in a free kick.
The ball is delivered by Andros Townsend.
Header at goal by Joe Paulo Paulinho to the left of the net.
(Aston Villa) makes a substitution, with Aleksandar Tonev coming on for Gabriel Agbonlahor.
Clearance made by Michael Dawson.
Shot by Andreas Weimann went wide left of the goal.
Andros Townsend takes a shot and cleared the bar.
Fabian Delph challenges Kyle Walker unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Raniere Sandro on Christian Benteke.
(Spurs) makes a substitution, with Mousa Dembele coming on for Lewis Holtby.
(Aston Villa) makes a substitution, with Yacouba Sylla coming on for Karim El Ahmadi.
Andros Townsend has an effort at goal and missed to the left of the target.
Chance falls to Joe Paulo Paulinho who heads at goal. Bradley Guzan catches the ball.
Centre by Lewis Holtby.
Nathan Baker makes a clearance.
Roberto Soldado scores a right footed goal. Aston Villa 0-2 Spurs.Joe Paulo Paulinho provided the assist for the goal.
Christian Benteke gets a header at goal. Hugo Lloris safely holds on.
Bradley Guzan restarts play with the free kick.
Aaron Lennon replaces Gylfi Sigurdsson.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Ashley Westwood.
The ball is delivered by Andreas Weimann.
Centre by Gabriel Agbonlahor.
Clearance made by Vlad Chiriches.
Andreas Weimann delivers the ball.
Christian Benteke comes on in place of Libor Kozak.
Corner taken by Gylfi Sigurdsson from the right by-line.
Centre by Andros Townsend.
Michael Dawson takes the free kick.
Gabriel Agbonlahor is cautioned.
Gabriel Agbonlahor challenges Kyle Walker unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Clearance by Michael Dawson.
Nathan Baker manages to make a clearance.
Andros Townsend produces a cross.
Karim El Ahmadi has an effort at goal and missed to the left of the target.
Michael Dawson concedes a free kick for a foul on Andreas Weimann.
Foul by Jan Vertonghen on Libor Kozak, free kick awarded.
Libor Kozak concedes a free kick for a foul on Vlad Chiriches.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Gylfi Sigurdsson.
Joe Paulo Paulinho takes a shot. Bradley Guzan parries the ball away.
Clearance made by Ron Vlaar.
Andros Townsend delivers the ball.
The game restarts for the second half.
Andros Townsend takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Bradley Guzan parries the effort to safety.
The half-time whistle blows.
Gylfi Sigurdsson delivers the ball.
Fabian Delph challenges Joe Paulo Paulinho unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Lewis Holtby gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Fabian Delph.
Karim El Ahmadi takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by Joe Paulo Paulinho.
Roberto Soldado manages to make a clearance.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Ashley Westwood.
Shot by Andreas Weimann went wide right of the post.
Michael Dawson manages to make a clearance.
Antonio Luna sends in a cross.
Corner taken by Ashley Westwood from the right by-line.
Michael Dawson makes a clearance.
Clearance by Ron Vlaar.
Strike on goal comes in from Leandro Bacuna from the free kick and goes left of the post.
Joe Paulo Paulinho goes into the referee's book.
Foul by Joe Paulo Paulinho on Fabian Delph, free kick awarded.
Fabian Delph takes a shot and missed to the left of the goal.
Clearance by Leandro Bacuna.
Antonio Luna makes a clearance.
Andros Townsend takes a shot. Blocked by Nathan Baker.
Andreas Weimann takes a shot and went wide right of the net.
Andros Townsend scores with a left foot finish. Aston Villa 0-1 Spurs.Assist by Roberto Soldado.
Unfair challenge on Gylfi Sigurdsson by Karim El Ahmadi results in a free kick.
Andreas Weimann takes a shot and missed to the left of the goal.
Lewis Holtby crosses the ball in from the free kick.
Foul by Fabian Delph on Raniere Sandro, free kick awarded.
The ball is sent over by Gabriel Agbonlahor.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Fabian Delph by Lewis Holtby.
Kyle Walker makes a clearance.
Free kick taken by Antonio Luna.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Fabian Delph by Joe Paulo Paulinho.
Karim El Ahmadi is adjudged to have handled the ball.
Shot by Raniere Sandro. Bradley Guzan safely holds on.
Foul by Karim El Ahmadi on Jan Vertonghen, free kick awarded.
Free kick taken by Ron Vlaar.
Free kick taken by Kyle Walker.
Unfair challenge on Lewis Holtby by Ashley Westwood results in a free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Vlad Chiriches on Gabriel Agbonlahor.
Corner taken by Gylfi Sigurdsson.
A cross is delivered by Jan Vertonghen.
Nathan Baker concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Dawson.
Ashley Westwood restarts play with the free kick.
Ron Vlaar manages to make a clearance.
The official flags Roberto Soldado offside.
The match gets underway.
Lambert sees value of World Cup
Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert hopes the incentive of playing at next summer's World Cup will give his players extra motivation to do well in the claret and blue shirt.
Some of Villa's key men can expect to be on the plane to Brazil with their respective nations next year, with the likes of Belgian striker Christian Benteke, Holland defender Ron Vlaar and American goalkeeper Brad Guzan all staples for their national teams.
Villa also have a crop of emerging talent who have outside chances of sneaking in the back door and making it to the finals after Roy Hodgson's men secured qualification this week, including in-form Englishmen such as Gabriel Agbonlahor and Fabian Delph.
Lambert knows it will be hard for outsiders to force their way into established squads in time for the tournament but admits the prospect of a World Cup does give players a spring in their step.
"It's good for the lads who have qualified, first and foremost," he said.
"It's good for any player to get to a World Cup. The lads that are in contention will hopefully stay fit and healthy and will go.
"For their countries it's great and a great honour to go to the World Cup, especially in Brazil which I think will be a great tournament.
"If the lads stay fit and healthy and give me a ticket for the games, I'm quite happy...and my flights - that's the least they can do!"
Benteke, Guzan and Vlaar are Villa's three most established players expecting to go to Brazil and while the onus is on them to justify their place, Lambert himself has no doubt about their qualities.
"They've got nothing to prove to me," he said.
"They're experienced lads. In their own minds they might think 'this is a big year' but it was always going to be a big year for any player fighting to get into a World Cup squad. It's a massive year.
"Even lads that haven't been that involved in the qualifying group, somebody will pop up from somewhere and sneak in. That's what happens in football."
Lambert is assessing Benteke ahead of Villa's Barclays Premier League clash at home to Tottenham on Sunday after the striker's recent hip injury.
Andre Villas-Boas has backed Christian Benteke to help Aston Villa challenge for a place in Europe this season.
Tottenham will come up against the striker who was strongly linked with a move to White Hart Lane this summer.
Benteke scored 23 goals in a blockbuster first season for the Midlands side, but he handed in a transfer request amid interest from Spurs and a number of top European clubs.
Luckily for Villa, Benteke decided to stay and he has since gone on to score five goals in six matches this term.
Villas-Boas took little notice of Benteke during a brief encounter when Porto played Genk three years ago, but the Tottenham manager now regards the striker as one of the best in the Barclays Premier League.
"He is showing all his potential at the moment," Villas-Boas said.
"We have seen how he acts as a direct striker for Villa and he is scoring goals. Villa with him in the team are a different proposition.
"They see an increase in confidence up front of a great striker, who has great career ahead. The goals he's scored have shown that."
Ever the master of detail and preparation, Villas-Boas says he has "information" that Benteke has recovered from his hip problem and will play in Sunday's game.
Villa coped well without their star striker against Manchester City, but they looked blunt at Hull, where they drew 0-0.
After a rollercoaster of a season last year, Villa have made a decent start this term, winning three of their opening seven matches.
Villas-Boas believes Sunday's opponents have the potential to finish inside the top five.
"Paul Lambert deserves credit for the amount of youngsters he is bringing through," the Portuguese added.
"I see them stepping up and charging for European places in the end."
Jan Vertonghen has spent the last two weeks training alongside Benteke with Belgium, but their friendship will be put on hold for 90 minutes on Sunday.
The defender was part of the Tottenham team that put four past Villa in the Capital One Cup last month. However, with Benteke back, he expects to be in for a busier afternoon this time around.
"He is so important for Villa," said Vertonghen, who somehow avoided a red card for pulling Nicklas Helenius' shorts down in the 4-0 win.
"He is an unbelievable player so it will be a different Villa to the one we played in the Capital One Cup."
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