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  • Date:30 Mar 2013
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Liberty Stadium
  • Attendance:20,604
  • Michu (70)
  • Vertonghen (6) Bale (20)
    Bale (20)
Goal!

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96mins

Gareth Bale takes a shot. Save made by Michel Vorm.

95mins

Scott Parker gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Garry Monk. Indirect free kick taken by Ben Davies. Scott Parker receives a caution.

94mins

A cross is delivered by Gareth Bale.

92mins

Sung-Yeung Ki gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Scott Parker. Free kick taken by Michael Dawson.

90mins

Centre by Wayne Routledge, clearance made by Gareth Bale.

89mins

The ball is crossed by Dwight Tiendalli, save by Brad Friedel.

88mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Lewis Holtby on Nathan Dyer. Booking for Lewis Holtby. Sung-Yeung Ki restarts play with the free kick.

86mins

Jermain Defoe takes a shot. Save made by Michel Vorm.

84mins

Gareth Bale produces a cross, Ashley Williams makes a clearance.

84mins

Lewis Holtby sends in a cross.

83mins

Unfair challenge on Aaron Lennon by Ben Davies results in a free kick. Ben Davies receives a caution. Free kick crossed left-footed by Lewis Holtby from right wing, clearance made by Garry Monk.

82mins

Inswinging corner taken by Sung-Yeung Ki, clearance by Scott Parker.

82mins

The ball is sent over by Dwight Tiendalli, Kyle Walker makes a clearance.

81mins

The ball is swung over by Wayne Routledge.

81mins

The ball is crossed by Dwight Tiendalli, Michael Dawson makes a clearance.

80mins

Itay Shechter is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Brad Friedel takes the indirect free kick.

79mins

Itay Shechter is brought on as a substitute for Pablo Hernandez.

78mins

Shot from close in by Miguel Michu misses to the left of the goal.

77mins

Unfair challenge on Miguel Michu by Jan Vertonghen results in a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Sung-Yeung Ki.

76mins

Gylfi Sigurdsson leaves the field to be replaced by Lewis Holtby.

75mins

The ball is sent over by Ben Davies, Jan Vertonghen makes a clearance. Corner taken by Sung-Yeung Ki from the left by-line played to the near post, Gareth Bale makes a clearance.

75mins

Centre by Dwight Tiendalli.

74mins

Wayne Routledge crosses the ball, Michael Dawson makes a clearance.

73mins

Gareth Bale has an effort at goal from deep inside the area striking the post.

71mins

Outswinging corner taken by Sung-Yeung Ki, Miguel Michu finds the net with a headed goal from close range. Swansea 1-2 Tottenham.Assist by Sung-Yeung Ki.

70mins

The ball is crossed by Wayne Routledge, clearance by Jan Vertonghen.

70mins

The ball is sent over by Wayne Routledge, clearance by Kyle Walker.

68mins

Kyle Walker goes into the book.

66mins

Chico leaves the field to be replaced by Garry Monk.

62mins

Miguel Michu challenges Scott Parker unfairly and gives away a free kick. Caution for Miguel Michu. Direct free kick taken by Brad Friedel.

61mins

Emmanuel Adebayor leaves the field to be replaced by Jermain Defoe. Corner taken left-footed by Gareth Bale, Miguel Michu makes a clearance.

59mins

Dwight Tiendalli is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Brad Friedel.

57mins

Jonathan de Guzman goes off and Sung-Yeung Ki comes on.

57mins

Dwight Tiendalli produces a cross.

54mins

Nathan Dyer has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.

53mins

Dwight Tiendalli sends in a cross, Header from close in by Miguel Michu misses to the right of the goal.

50mins

Gylfi Sigurdsson takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Save by Michel Vorm. Gareth Bale takes a shot. Save by Michel Vorm.

49mins

Centre by Kyle Naughton, Ben Davies manages to make a clearance. Corner taken by Gareth Bale from the right by-line, Michel Vorm makes a save.

49mins

The ball is delivered by Gareth Bale, Chico makes a clearance.

48mins

Miguel Michu takes a shot. Brad Friedel makes a save. The assistant referee flags for offside against Wayne Routledge. Brad Friedel takes the indirect free kick.

47mins

Kyle Naughton gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nathan Dyer. Free kick taken by Wayne Routledge.

47mins

Dwight Tiendalli sends in a cross, save made by Brad Friedel.

43mins

Jonathan de Guzman produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.

42mins

Scott Parker gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nathan Dyer. Direct free kick taken by Miguel Michu.

40mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dwight Tiendalli by Emmanuel Adebayor. The referee cautions Emmanuel Adebayor for unsporting behaviour. Chico takes the free kick.

36mins

Dwight Tiendalli crosses the ball, clearance made by Jan Vertonghen.

35mins

The ball is delivered by Dwight Tiendalli, Nathan Dyer takes a shot.

35mins

The ball is sent over by Jonathan de Guzman.

33mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Leon Britton by Gylfi Sigurdsson. Chico restarts play with the free kick.

32mins

The ball is swung over by Dwight Tiendalli, clearance by Jan Vertonghen.

30mins

Gareth Bale produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.

28mins

Foul by Emmanuel Adebayor on Miguel Michu, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by Chico.

27mins

Ben Davies produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.

26mins

The ball is crossed by Nathan Dyer, clearance made by Scott Parker.

26mins

Ben Davies sends in a cross, Kyle Naughton manages to make a clearance.

25mins

Dwight Tiendalli takes a shot. Save made by Brad Friedel. Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Jonathan de Guzman, Gareth Bale makes a clearance.

24mins

Leon Britton fouled by Mousa Dembele, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Chico.

23mins

Effort from deep inside the area by Nathan Dyer misses to the left of the goal.

20mins

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Jonathan de Guzman, Miguel Michu has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide left of the goal.

20mins

Centre by Dwight Tiendalli, Scott Parker manages to make a clearance.

15mins

Wayne Routledge is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Brad Friedel.

12mins

Emmanuel Adebayor takes a shot. Save by Michel Vorm.

7mins

Jan Vertonghen grabs a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Swansea 0-1 Tottenham.Assist by Gareth Bale.

6mins

Unfair challenge on Scott Parker by Miguel Michu results in a free kick. Jan Vertonghen restarts play with the free kick.

2mins

Unfair challenge on Emmanuel Adebayor by Chico results in a free kick. Kyle Naughton takes the direct free kick.

Match Preview

Dyer refreshed after break Nathan Dyer hopes the international break can help a refreshed Swansea finish their superb season in strong fashion - starting with Saturday's meeting with Tottenham. The Swans sit in ninth position in the Premier League table but suffered back-to-back defeats prior to the brief intermission for World Cup qualifying fixtures. Those defeats to West Brom and Arsenal saw a dip in form on the back of a memorable week when the south Wales club secured the Capital One Cup and reached the 40-point mark in the league with a hard-fought victory over Newcastle. While the likes of Ashley Williams, Ben Davies, Ki Sung-yueng and Jonathan de Guzman featured for their countries, the majority of Michael Laudrup's squad got the chance to recharge their batteries ahead of the final run-in. Spurs, on the other hand, had a dozen first-team players away. Dyer feels he has benefited from the gap between fixtures, and is raring to go as Swansea try to claim a top-half finish. "It is always nice to have a break," he said. "We had a very busy period in January and it is good to have some time away and come back refreshed and ready to go again. "As well as we have done so far this season we have to keep pushing and see how high we can finish. Hopefully we can bounce back this weekend. "It would be easy to relax but we will keep going and set our sights higher and set the standard for next season." Dyer believes Swansea can prosper against Andre Villas-Boas' side if they focus on their own possession game, which has seen them lose only two home games against the Premier League's top five since securing promotion. He said: "We have to play our own game, we have shown previously against the big teams that at our best we can match them. It's not about stopping them, it's about playing our own game." Chico Flores is set to return to the Swansea squad after seven weeks on the sidelines. The Spaniard has not played since rupturing ankle ligaments against QPR at the start of February, but is close to making a comeback alongside Ashley Williams in defence. Kemy Agustien (thigh) is unlikely to be involved while Neil Taylor is continuing to make good progress on his return from a broken and dislocated ankle. Meanwhile, Michael Dawson has challenged Tottenham to end their dismal losing streak and go on another unbeaten run to secure their place in next year's Champions League. A 12-match unbeaten sequence towards the end of 2012 meant Spurs were odds-on to qualify for the Europe's top club competition, but defeats against Liverpool and Fulham mean Spurs are now in danger of blowing their chances for a second successive year. A defeat at Swansea, coupled with victory for Arsenal over Reading, will put the Gunners just one point behind their rivals with a game in hand. Another loss will also give Villas-Boas the unwanted tag of being the first Spurs boss since David Pleat in 2004 to preside over a four-match losing run. The Portuguese was upbeat about his team's top-four prospects, though, and his captain echoed those sentiments today. "Everyone was disappointed with the result against Fulham but that's behind us now and we have to push on again," Dawson told Spurs TV Online. "We showed exactly what we're capable of when we went on that unbeaten run and we've got to look to do something similar between now and the end of the season. We know it will be tough, but the determination is there." Dawson will be fit for the trip to Wales after overcoming a hamstring injury which cruelly ruled him out of making his first international appearance in two years last week. Gareth Bale is fit despite suffering from illness on international duty and winger Aaron Lennon (hamstring and groin) is likely to start. Defender Younes Kaboul is likely to be match fit in 10-15 days, but fellow knee injury victim Sandro is out for the rest of the season.

Formation:451Manager: Michael Laudrup

Swansea

Formation: 451Manager: Andre Villas-Boas

Tottenham

  • Michel Vorm
  • Dwight Tiendalli
  • Chico
  • Ashley Williams
  • Ben Davies
  • Leon Britton
  • Jonathan de Guzman
  • Wayne Routledge
  • Nathan Dyer
  • Pablo Hernandez
  • Miguel Michu
  • SUBS
  • Gerhard Tremmel
  • Kyle Bartley
  • Garry Monk
  • Sung-Yeung Ki
  • Roland Lamah
  • Luke Moore
  • Itay Shechter

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Match Report

Swansea 1-2 Tottenham: Match Report - view commentary, squad, and statistics of the game as it happened.


Bale shines in Spurs success

The latest instalment of the Gareth Bale show helped Tottenham climb to third in the Premier League table with a 2-1 victory at Swansea.

The Welshman teed up Jan Vertonghen for Spurs' opener in the seventh minute before brilliantly rifling home his 27th of the season for club and country to double the lead.

Michu got his 20th of the campaign after the break to set up a frantic final 20 minutes but Andre Villas-Boas' side held out to get their Champions League push firmly back on track after back-to-back defeats against Liverpool and Fulham.

Swansea have now lost their last three since reaching the 40-point mark with victory over Newcastle but Michael Laudrup's men will feel they deserved a point after a rousing fightback.

There have been an endless stream of plaudits directed at Bale during his remarkable run of current form and observers were once again attempting to come up with appropriate superlatives as he gave Tottenham an advantage they were not to surrender.

The Wales international, who scored here for his country in midweek, produced a sublime lofted pass to catch Dwight Tiendalli out of position and play in Vertonghen.

The Belgian brilliantly brought the ball down and slotted beyond the advancing Michel Vorm to give the visitors the lead.

Swansea should have been two goals down just six minutes later. Moussa Dembele put Emmanuel Adebayor through for the Togo striker to comfortably outpace Ashley Williams, only to fire tamely at Vorm.

But the lead was doubled in the 21st minute courtesy of a supreme finish from Bale.

Vertonghen found the forward on the edge of the Swansea box, where he took one touch before dispatching an unstoppable strike past a statuesque Vorm.

Swansea were stunned and began to exert their first real spell of pressure, with Nathan Dyer and Tiendalli getting away shots on goal.

Dyer missed a gilt-edged chance after 35 minutes. The winger was picked out by Tiendalli but smashed his header against the bar from just four yards.

Michu also headed wide from another excellent Tiendalli centre as Swansea targeted full-back Kyle Naughton but Spurs reached half-time with their two-goal advantage intact.

Swansea enjoyed further pressure after the interval and Brad Friedel, playing due to Hugo Lloris' knee injury, had to be alert to deny Michu after Wayne Routledge had fed him from a quick free-kick.

Their attacking ambitions left the hosts stretched at the back and former Swan Gylfi Sigurdsson drew a sharp stop from Vorm with a wicked dipping strike.

Michu then wasted another excellent opportunity as he headed wide from the sort of chance he has made a habit of taking during his first season in English football.

The Spaniard's frustration boiled over as he was booked after clattering Scott Parker as they contested a header.

But he gave the Swans hope as he found the net for the first time since the Capital One Cup final after 70 minutes.

Substitute Ki Sung-yueng delivered a superb corner and Michu made no mistake as he directed a header in off the far post.

Bale raced up the other end, taunting and teasing the Swansea defence, before rolling a shot against the outside of the post but it was brief respite for Spurs.

Michu and Vertonghen were involved in an unseemly scuffle but when the action resumed Dyer blasted over and Bale brilliantly denied his former Southampton team-mate with a superb block.

Temperatures were raised on both benches after Spurs fitness coach Jose Mario Rocha tried to prevent Swansea taking a quick throw.

Words were exchanged between Rocha, Steffan Freund and Swansea's Alan Curtis and Oscar Garcia as play continued, although the situation was eventually diffused as Spurs held out for a valuable victory.

Form Guide

    LWLWLL
  • Swansea
  • VS
  • Tottenham
  • WWWWLL

Last Meetings

  • Tottenham
  • 1 - 0
  • Swansea
  • 16/12/2012
  • Tottenham
  • 3 - 1
  • Swansea
  • 01/04/2012
  • Swansea
  • 1 - 1
  • Tottenham
  • 31/12/2011
  • Tottenham
  • 1 - 0
  • Swansea
  • 12/02/1983
  • Swansea
  • 2 - 0
  • Tottenham
  • 02/10/1982
  • Tottenham
  • 2 - 1
  • Swansea
  • 05/05/1982

Top Scorers

Swansea

  • MP Michu 15
  • W Routledge 5
  • J de Guzman 5
  • N Dyer 3
  • P Hernandez 3
  • L Moore 2
  • A Rangel 2
  • B Davies 1

Tottenham

  • G Bale 16
  • J Defoe 10
  • CD Dempsey 5
  • A Lennon 4
  • J Vertonghen 3
  • E Adebayor 2
  • S Caulker 2
  • W Gallas 1
  • M Dawson 1
  • B Assou-Ekotto 1
  • M Dembele 1
  • GT Sigurdsson 1
  • RG Sandro 1

Goals

Swansea

    • Total goals 78
    • Goals per game 40
  • 4 (For) Period 0-10 mins
  • 4 (For) 4 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 2 (For) 1 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 2 (For) 6 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 3 (For) 9 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 6 (For) 2 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 6 (For) 5 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 5 (For) 5 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 8 (For) 6 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Tottenham

    • Total goals 89
    • Goals per game 51
  • 5 (For) 1 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 4 (For) 1 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 1 (For) 5 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 4 (For) 3 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 4 (For) 2 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 10 (For) 8 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 6 (For) 5 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 14 (For) 2 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 3 (For) 10 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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