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Roman Pavlyuchenko challenges Phillip Bardsley unfairly and gives away a free kick. Craig Gordon takes the direct free kick.
Jordan Henderson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jermaine Jenas. Free kick taken by Michael Dawson.
Ahmed Elmohamady takes a shot. Save by Heurelho Gomes.
Jermain Defoe leaves the field to be replaced by Wilson Palacios.
Jermaine Jenas is booked. Jermaine Jenas challenges Asamoah Gyan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Shot on goal comes in from Boudewijn Zenden from the free kick.
Boudewijn Zenden replaces Nedum Onuoha.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Raniere Sandro on Phillip Bardsley. Jordan Henderson delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, Vedran Corluka makes a clearance.
Roman Pavlyuchenko is booked.
Kieran Richardson takes a shot.
Aaron Lennon replaces Steven Pienaar.
(Sunderland) makes a substitution, with Ahmed Elmohamady coming on for Steed Malbranque.
Heurelho Gomes goes into the referee's book for time wasting. The referee blows for offside. Heurelho Gomes takes the indirect free kick.
Kieran Richardson produces a left-footed shot from long distance which goes wide right of the goal.
Roman Pavlyuchenko takes a shot. Save by Craig Gordon.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Asamoah Gyan on Heurelho Gomes. Heurelho Gomes takes the free kick.
Sulley Muntari takes a shot from 35 yards and went wide of the left-hand upright.
Roman Pavlyuchenko concedes a free kick for a foul on John Mensah. Titus Bramble restarts play with the free kick.
Kieran Richardson is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Foul by Kieran Richardson on Niko Kranjcar, free kick awarded. Vedran Corluka takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Asamoah Gyan by William Gallas. Asamoah Gyan fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
The ball is swung over by Roman Pavlyuchenko, save made by Craig Gordon.
The ball is swung over by Roman Pavlyuchenko.
Shot from just outside the area by Steven Pienaar goes over the bar.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Sulley Muntari, save by Heurelho Gomes.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steed Malbranque by Steven Pienaar. The ball is sent over by Sulley Muntari, Stephane Sessegnon takes a shot. William Gallas gets a block in.
Goal scored by Niko Kranjcar from the edge of the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Sunderland 1-2 Tottenham.
Raniere Sandro delivers the ball, John Mensah makes a clearance.
Vedran Corluka fouled by Steed Malbranque, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Vedran Corluka.
Stephane Sessegnon takes a shot. Heurelho Gomes makes a save.
Shot from just outside the penalty area by Jordan Henderson misses to the left of the target.
Steed Malbranque takes a shot. Save by Heurelho Gomes.
Steven Pienaar produces a cross, William Gallas takes a shot. Save by Craig Gordon.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Steven Pienaar from the right by-line.
Unfair challenge on Jordan Henderson by Roman Pavlyuchenko results in a free kick. Jordan Henderson takes the free kick.
Effort on goal by Sulley Muntari from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target.
Inswinging corner taken by Jordan Henderson.
Caution for Michael Dawson. Foul by Michael Dawson on Nedum Onuoha, free kick awarded. Strike on goal comes in from Kieran Richardson from the free kick.
Michael Dawson fires in a goal from inside the area low into the middle of the goal. Sunderland 1-1 Tottenham.Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Steven Pienaar from the right by-line, assist by Steven Pienaar.
Niko Kranjcar takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Phillip Bardsley.
Benoit Assou-Ekotto crosses the ball, clearance made by John Mensah.
Steed Malbranque concedes a free kick for a foul on Raniere Sandro. Vedran Corluka takes the free kick.
Jordan Henderson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Niko Kranjcar. Benoit Assou-Ekotto takes the direct free kick.
Effort on goal by Roman Pavlyuchenko from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
Sulley Muntari is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Free kick awarded for a foul by Sulley Muntari on Roman Pavlyuchenko. Niko Kranjcar produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jermaine Jenas by Kieran Richardson. Jermaine Jenas has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Kieran Richardson on Niko Kranjcar. Benoit Assou-Ekotto crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel, clearance by Titus Bramble.
Shot by Phillip Bardsley from just outside the area goes over the net.
Kieran Richardson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Raniere Sandro. William Gallas takes the free kick.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Jermain Defoe. Free kick taken by Craig Gordon.
Effort on goal by Niko Kranjcar from inside the box misses to the right of the target.
Stephane Sessegnon is adjudged to have handled the ball. Direct free kick taken by Steven Pienaar.
Kieran Richardson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jermaine Jenas. Free kick taken by Jermaine Jenas.
Unfair challenge on Steed Malbranque by Steven Pienaar results in a free kick. Jordan Henderson delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, Steven Pienaar manages to make a clearance.
Steven Pienaar fouled by Steed Malbranque, the ref awards a free kick. Vedran Corluka takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stephane Sessegnon by Raniere Sandro. Free kick taken by Stephane Sessegnon.
Raniere Sandro produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that goes over the bar.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Raniere Sandro on Kieran Richardson. Jordan Henderson takes the direct free kick.
John Mensah concedes a free kick for a foul on Roman Pavlyuchenko. Michael Dawson takes the free kick.
Asamoah Gyan grabs a goal from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Sunderland 1-0 Tottenham.Kieran Richardson provided the assist for the goal.
Raniere Sandro challenges Steed Malbranque unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jordan Henderson sends in a cross, Steed Malbranque takes a shot. Stephane Sessegnon gets a block in.
The referee blows for offside against Asamoah Gyan. Heurelho Gomes takes the free kick.
The referee gives a free kick against Roman Pavlyuchenko for handball. Sulley Muntari takes the free kick.
Nedum Onuoha produces a cross, clearance by Vedran Corluka.
Effort on goal by Jermaine Jenas from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Phillip Bardsley on Jermain Defoe. Direct free kick taken by Jermaine Jenas.
Bruce to wait on Henderson
Sunderland boss Steve Bruce will make a late decision on midfielder Jordan Henderson before naming his team to face Tottenham on Saturday evening.
The 20-year-old, who withdrew from England Under-21 duty in midweek with a groin problem, was training on Friday for the first time and is rated at 50-50.
Keeper Craig Gordon should be fit after returning early from the Scotland camp with a knee problem.
Michael Turner and Fraizer Campbell (both knee) have returned to light training, but are still some way from being available, but skipper Lee Cattermole (back), David Meyler and Danny Welbeck (both knee) remain on the casualty list.
Bruce has reassured his players they can realise their international dreams on Wearside.
At the end of a week during which former striker Darren Bent revealed he had been told by England boss Fabio Capello that he had enhanced his chances of winning further caps by moving to Aston Villa, Bruce insisted playing for the Black Cats should not be any bar to success on the bigger stage.
He said: "The big problem we have here is not playing for Sunderland - it's the geography. How many times has Mr Capello been to Sunderland? Or Newcastle, for that matter?
"I can understand that because the fella covers a lot of games, to be fair to him.
"But he will probably look at his schedule and say, 'Well, if I go to London or Manchester or the north-west, I can be at a game in the morning, a game in the afternoon and probably a game at night'.
"If he comes here, then he can't, so I think it is a geography thing.
"I don't think it should be any bar. The problem we have got is Mr Capello hasn't been here for 20 months.
"That causes a bit of a problem because he probably only sees us away from home - and to be fair, for a year or so, we weren't very good."
Tottenham will be without Gareth Bale (back), Rafael van der Vaart (calf) and Luka Modric (appendix).
Peter Crouch did not report for England duty thanks to a back injury he picked up against Bolton and is also a doubt.
Jonathan Woodgate came through a reserve match in midweek and is available but fellow defenders Ledley King (groin) and Younes Kaboul (knee) are unavailable.
Kranjcar repeats feat to leave Spurs sitting pretty
Niko Kranjcar produced another spectacular strike to fire Tottenham back into the Barclays Premier League's top four with a 2-1 victory at Sunderland.
The Croatia international, whose stunning goal saw off Bolton last weekend, blasted home a 57th-minute volley to claim all three points as Spurs came from behind to win on Wearside.
A crowd of 40,986 saw the Black Cats take an 11th-minute lead when record signing Asamoah Gyan claimed his 10th goal of the season.
But the visitors levelled a minute before the break through Michael Dawson's header as they recovered from a poor start, and Kranjcar completed the job as they turned in a much better second-half display.
The win, which improved Tottenham's run to just one defeat in 15 league outings, lifted them above Chelsea, who do not play until Monday evening.
It also denied Sunderland the chance to reclaim sixth spot from Liverpool, who had drawn with Wigan earlier in the day.
The defeat was a third in succession for Steve Bruce's men, which they have not suffered previously in the league during his reign.
Tottenham arrived on Wearside with one eye on Tuesday's Champions League trip to AC Milan, and started as if they had as Sunderland took control.
The home side did not need long to get their noses in front, as Gyan turned expertly on Kieran Richardson's driven cross and smashed a right-footed shot past Heurelho Gomes.
That was just the platform the home side needed after successive league defeats by Chelsea and Stoke, and they looked capable of adding to their tally as Sulley Muntari protected the back four to allow Richardson, Stephane Sessegnon, Steed Malbranque and Jordan Henderson to provide the support to lone striker Gyan.
Benin international Sessegnon warmed Gomes' hands with a 14th-minute strike from long distance, and with Spurs misfiring alarmingly, there seemed little prospect of Sunderland surrendering their advantage.
Without the injured Rafael van der Vaart, Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon, the latter who was named only among the substitutes, the visitors lacked real penetration.
And with the exception of the lively Kranjcar, Tottenham resorted to lumping a series of high balls in the general direction of Roman Pavlyuchenko, to little effect.
Kranjcar fired into the sidenetting from a 22nd-minute half-chance, and manager Harry Redknapp was rapidly losing patience on the sideline.
Spurs belatedly established a momentum late in the half and might have been level had the again impressive John Mensah not got to Benoit Assou-Ekotto's cross marginally in front of Jermain Defoe.
But they did equalise from the resulting corner when Dawson met Steven Pienaar's cross with a firm downward header, and with central defensive partner William Gallas partially blocking his view, goalkeeper Craig Gordon let the ball go between his legs.
The second half began with a flurry of activity as both sides created chances.
Full-back Phil Bardsley managed to clear Gallas' close-range effort off the line, and Gomes had to save from Malbranque and Sessegnon in quick succession at the other end.
But the third goal duly arrived, and when it did, it gave Spurs the lead for the first time.
Mensah got up well to head out Sandro's right-wing cross, but the Ghana international could only clear the ball as far as Kranjcar, who thumped a sweet volley into the bottom left corner.
Sandro got in a last-ditch block to deny Sessegnon a 59th-minute equaliser after Muntari had picked him out with a deep free-kick, but Pienaar fired just over from distance at the other end seconds later.
Muntari whistled a long-range effort just wide with 20 minutes remaining and Pavlyuchenko wasted good work by Jermaine Jenas by shooting weakly at Gordon two minutes later.
Richardson clipped the top of the crossbar with a deflected 79th-minute shot as the home side threw everything they had at Spurs.
Substitute Boudewijn Zenden drilled a late free-kick into the defensive wall as their cause became increasingly desperate, and Redknapp moved to shore up his midfield three minutes from time when he withdrew striker Defoe and sent on Wilson Palacios.
In the event, the Londoners saw out the game in relative comfort to send them on their way to Italy with a hard-fought win behind them.
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