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  • Date:14 Aug 2010
  • Kick-off:12:45
  • Venue:White Hart Lane
Goal!

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93:58 +3.58

The ball is sent over by Gareth Barry, Ledley King manages to make a clearance.

92:38 +2.38

David Silva fouled by Benoit Assou-Ekotto, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Vincent Kompany.

90:26 +0.26

Gareth Bale takes a shot. Save made by Joe Hart.

89:41

The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Vincent Kompany.

88:46

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Benoit Assou-Ekotto by Emmanuel Adebayor. Heurelho Gomes takes the free kick.

87:31

Luka Modric takes a shot. Vincent Kompany gets a block in. Roman Pavlyuchenko decides to take a short corner. Roman Pavlyuchenko produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the goal.

85:26

The ball is delivered by Gareth Bale, Roman Pavlyuchenko takes a shot. Blocked by Kolo Toure.

84:52

Vedran Corluka produces a cross, Gareth Barry makes a clearance.

84:05

Adam Johnson sends in a cross, clearance made by Ledley King.

83:25

Centre by Roman Pavlyuchenko, Gareth Bale has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.

81:47

Dos Santos Giovani gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Pablo Zabaleta. Carlos Tevez goes off and Emmanuel Adebayor comes on. The free kick is swung in left-footed by David Silva, clearance made by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.

79:50

Carlos Tevez takes a shot. Ledley King gets a block in. Free kick awarded for a foul by Gareth Barry on Dos Santos Giovani. Dos Santos Giovani takes the free kick.

79:17

Free kick awarded for a foul by Tom Huddlestone on Nigel De Jong. Nigel De Jong restarts play with the free kick.

76:20

Dos Santos Giovani comes on in place of Aaron Lennon.

75:59

Aaron Lennon takes a shot. Save made by Joe Hart.

73:43

The ball is sent over by Gareth Bale, save by Joe Hart. Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Gareth Bale from the left by-line, clearance made by Gnegneri Toure Yaya.

72:38

Shot from just outside the box by Adam Johnson goes over the bar.

72:11

Tom Huddlestone concedes a free kick for a foul on David Silva. Direct free kick taken by Gnegneri Toure Yaya.

71:46

Roman Pavlyuchenko takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart.

70:53

Carlos Tevez takes a shot. Ledley King gets a block in. David Silva decides to take a short corner.

69:48

Gareth Bale produces a cross.

68:22

The ball is swung over by Pablo Zabaleta, Ledley King makes a clearance. Corner taken by Adam Johnson from the right by-line to the near post, save by Heurelho Gomes.

66:46

Adam Johnson replaces Shaun Wright-Phillips. Roman Pavlyuchenko comes on in place of Jermain Defoe. Robbie Keane is brought on as a substitute for Peter Crouch.

63:22

Shaun Wright-Phillips challenges Benoit Assou-Ekotto unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Heurelho Gomes.

61:53

The ball is delivered by Aaron Lennon, Peter Crouch has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.

61:23

Micah Richards takes a shot. Save by Heurelho Gomes.

61:02

Nigel De Jong takes a shot. Ledley King gets a block in.

59:47

Unfair challenge on Aaron Lennon by Pablo Zabaleta results in a free kick. Pablo Zabaleta booked. Direct free kick taken by Luka Modric.

56:15

Gareth Bale sends in a cross, Kolo Toure makes a clearance.

55:32

Corner taken by Gareth Bale.

53:43

David Silva takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Vedran Corluka.

50:49

Carlos Tevez takes a shot. Ledley King gets a block in.

48:44

Foul by Shaun Wright-Phillips on Benoit Assou-Ekotto, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Heurelho Gomes.

46:55

The ball is swung over by Aaron Lennon, free kick awarded for a foul by Peter Crouch on Shaun Wright-Phillips. Joe Hart takes the direct free kick.

45:55 +0.55

Free kick awarded for a foul by Aaron Lennon on Aleksandar Kolarov. Aleksandar Kolarov restarts play with the free kick.

45:01

Pablo Zabaleta on for Aleksandar Kolarov.

44:10

Aaron Lennon delivers the ball, Kolo Toure manages to make a clearance.

43:33

Vincent Kompany gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jermain Defoe. Gareth Bale takes the direct free kick.

42:13

Aleksandar Kolarov takes a shot from long distance which goes wide right of the target.

41:06

The ball is delivered by Shaun Wright-Phillips, clearance made by Ledley King.

40:06

Tom Huddlestone gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Aleksandar Kolarov. Gnegneri Toure Yaya takes the direct free kick.

38:28

The ball is delivered by Gareth Bale, save by Joe Hart.

37:33

Gnegneri Toure Yaya takes a shot. Heurelho Gomes makes a save.

36:30

Luka Modric takes a short corner, A cross is delivered by Gareth Bale.

33:38

The official flags Shaun Wright-Phillips offside. Free kick taken by Michael Dawson.

32:08

Carlos Tevez concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Dawson. Ledley King takes the direct free kick.

31:53

Jermain Defoe takes a shot. Joe Hart makes a brilliant save.

31:27

Gnegneri Toure Yaya produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the target.

31:13

Gareth Bale has an effort at goal. Blocked by Vincent Kompany.

30:27

Effort from inside the penalty area by Gareth Bale hits the post. Aaron Lennon takes a shot. Vincent Kompany gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken by Gareth Bale.

30:19

Gareth Bale crosses the ball, clearance made by Aleksandar Kolarov.

29:56

Nigel De Jong challenges Luka Modric unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Luka Modric.

28:07

Carlos Tevez challenges Ledley King unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ledley King restarts play with the free kick.

27:40

The ball is swung over by Gareth Bale, Jermain Defoe takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart.

27:03

The ball is swung over by David Silva, save by Heurelho Gomes.

24:40

Tom Huddlestone challenges Shaun Wright-Phillips unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Aleksandar Kolarov from left channel, clearance made by Gareth Bale.

22:55

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jermain Defoe by Vincent Kompany. Vincent Kompany receives a yellow card. Gareth Bale produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, save made by Joe Hart.

22:27

Aleksandar Kolarov concedes a free kick for a foul on Aaron Lennon. Michael Dawson takes the direct free kick.

22:07

David Silva takes a shot. Blocked by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.

19:41

Jermain Defoe gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Aleksandar Kolarov. Vincent Kompany restarts play with the free kick.

18:50

Michael Dawson concedes a free kick for a foul on Carlos Tevez. Aleksandar Kolarov takes the direct free kick.

16:42

Outswinging corner taken by Gareth Bale, Gnegneri Toure Yaya makes a clearance. Benoit Assou-Ekotto takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart. Gareth Bale takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Vincent Kompany.

16:10

Gareth Bale takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by David Silva.

15:30

Tom Huddlestone takes a shot. Vincent Kompany gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Gareth Bale, save made by Joe Hart. Shot from 25 yards from Tom Huddlestone. Save made by Joe Hart.

14:18

Luka Modric takes a shot. Kolo Toure gets a block in.

13:27

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luka Modric by David Silva. Direct free kick taken by Michael Dawson.

12:00

Unfair challenge on David Silva by Tom Huddlestone results in a free kick. Free kick taken by David Silva.

11:03

Micah Richards challenges Jermain Defoe unfairly and gives away a free kick. Gareth Bale crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing, Gnegneri Toure Yaya makes a clearance.

10:48

Jermain Defoe takes a shot. Brilliant save by Joe Hart.

10:00

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Peter Crouch by Kolo Toure. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Gareth Bale from left channel, Aleksandar Kolarov manages to make a clearance.

9:26

A cross is delivered by Aleksandar Kolarov.

7:53

Free kick awarded for a foul by Nigel De Jong on Luka Modric. The ball is sent over by Gareth Bale, Peter Crouch takes a shot. Joe Hart makes a save.

7:00

A cross is delivered by Aaron Lennon, blocked by Aleksandar Kolarov. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Gareth Bale, Kolo Toure makes a clearance.

6:03

Shot by Shaun Wright-Phillips from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.

5:16

Gareth Bale crosses the ball, comfortable save by Joe Hart.

3:40

Carlos Tevez produces a cross, Michael Dawson makes a clearance.

3:13

Unfair challenge on Gnegneri Toure Yaya by Tom Huddlestone results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Gnegneri Toure Yaya.

2:55

Jermain Defoe gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nigel De Jong. Gnegneri Toure Yaya takes the direct free kick.

1:06

The ball is swung over by Benoit Assou-Ekotto, clearance by Gareth Barry.

0:48

Nigel De Jong gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gareth Bale. Tom Huddlestone takes the direct free kick.

0:18

Peter Crouch takes a shot. Vincent Kompany gets a block in.

The game kicks-off.

The referee blows for half time.

The match restarts for the second half.

The referee blows for the end of the match.

Match Preview

Trio missing for Spurs Tottenham will be without David Bentley (ankle), Jamie O'Hara (back) and Jonathan Woodgate (groin) for their opening Barclays Premier League game against Manchester City. Danny Rose (thigh strain) is doubtful but manager Harry Redknapp is hopeful that Ledley King will be fit to start, providing his suspect knee suffered no reaction to today's training session. King will not play in the Champions League on Tuesday night against Young Boys because of the Swiss champions' astroturf pitch. Bentley is set to resume training on Monday after suffering his ankle injury in Tottenham's first pre-season friendly at Bournemouth. Harry Redknapp will send his players into battle with the message that Tottenham have never had a better chance to win title. Spurs beat big-spenders City to fourth place - and Champions League qualification - last season and Redknapp is determined to build on that achievement. Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal are the only teams to have won the title since Blackburn lifted the trophy in 1995. Redknapp needs to strengthen his squad further if Spurs are to break that dominance, and he fears City will block attempts to sign Craig Bellamy. But Redknapp said: "It is about time somebody else won the championship. It is not impossible and that is what I will tell the players. "Yes (it is a realistic aim). There is no point me looking anywhere else. The sky is the limit. "We finished fourth last year and Tottenham will never get a better chance. If we stand still the others will pass us. "We did great last year finishing fourth. This year will be even tougher. "I still feel we need one or two top quality players to tip the balance for us. "It will hard to make up the extra three spots because Liverpool will be strong, Everton will be right there and certainly Manchester City." Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini must decide between Joe Hart and Shay Given for the goalkeeping slot. Both men have indicated they would be uncomfortable in the position of back-up and Hart's newly-acquired England status is at risk if he ends up as City's number two. Mancini may do without the services of new signings David Silva and Jerome Boateng but still has a wealth of talent to choose from, including Yaya Toure and Aleksander Kolarov, who are set for their debuts. With Mario Balotelli on his way to Manchester to sign from Inter Milan and Mancini remaining confident about his chances of getting James Milner - despite Stephen Ireland reportedly demanding #2million in compensation to go the other way - the City manager almost has the squad he wants. His main issue surrounds the lack of time he has been able to spend with his players, which could condemn them to a slow start unless he gets his team selections absolutely spot-on. "We have built a good team," he claimed. "But probably we need another two or three weeks because we have not had a chance to work together. "Probably I pick the players who do well in pre-season, because this is a difficult game and we must do a good job."

Formation:442Manager: Harry Redknapp

Tottenham

Formation: 4141Manager: Roberto Mancini

Man City

  • Heurelho Gomes
  • Vedran Corluka
  • Michael Dawson
  • Ledley King
  • Benoit Assou-Ekotto
  • Aaron Lennon
  • Luka Modric
  • Tom Huddlestone
  • Gareth Bale
  • Peter Crouch
  • Jermain Defoe
  • SUBS
  • Carlo Cudicini
  • Younes Kaboul
  • Roman Pavlyuchenko
  • Robbie Keane
  • Wilson Palacios
  • Dos Santos Giovani
  • Sebastien Bassong

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Match Report

City indebted to Hart Big-spending Manchester City's top-four credentials were no clearer after a Jekyll-and-Hyde performance in a goalless draw in their Barclays Premier League opener at Tottenham. City somehow survived a first-half Spurs onslaught as Joe Hart fully justified his new status as City and England number one with a succession of world-class saves to deny Jermain Defoe, Tom Huddlestone and Benoit Assou-Ekotto, while Gareth Bale also hit the post. City's multi-million-pound summer signings went AWOL in the opening 45 minutes but finally turned up after the break, with Shaun Wright-Phillips having their best chance, although Bale missed a golden chance to snatch victory for Spurs. Hart got the nod of Shay Given in the City goal, while the visitors also handed competitive debuts to Yaya Toure, David Silva and Aleksandar Kolarov. Mario Balotelli, who only completed his move from Inter Milan on Friday, was not in the squad, with Carlos Tevez captaining the side and starting up front on his own. In stark contrast to City's summer spending spree, Spurs' only new recruit - Sandro - had yet to arrive from Internacional. But Harry Redknapp's men had been good enough to deny their opponents a top-four spot in May, winning at the City of Manchester Stadium to qualify for the Champions League for the first time. Anything less than that for City this term would not be tolerated by their mega-rich owners. A fast and frenetic opening saw a half-chance on the volley for Wright-Phillips and a Peter Crouch header kept out by Hart. Crouch was proving a handful, setting up the first clear-cut opportunity in the 11th minute with a header back across goal from Aaron Lennon's cross. Defoe swivelled to fire goalward at point-blank range but Hart somehow kept the ball out and Ledley King was thwarted on the rebound. Hart sprang sideways to repel Huddlestone's hooked 25-yard volley moments before producing an even better save to keep out Assou-Ekotto's viciously-deflected piledriver. Vincent Kompany earned the first yellow card for bringing down Defoe 25 yards from goal and a Michael Dawson slip in the box almost let in Tevez but King snuffed out the danger. Hart rescued City again seconds later when Kompany was beaten to the ball by Defoe. The City keeper was finally beaten on the half-hour but the post came to his rescue to keep out Bale's 12-yard drive and Kompany managed to block Lennon's follow-up. City broke and Yaya Toure drilled wide from 20 yards before a wonderful crossfield ball from Assou-Ekotto sent Defoe clean through. Hart's legs did enough to keep the ball out and Kolarov just beat Defoe to the rebound. A peach of a cross from Bale evaded everyone before Yaya Toure's deflected drive forced the first real save from Heurelho Gomes. Kompany escaped a second yellow card moments before the break despite a cynical foul on Defoe. Spurs paraded the majority of their 1961 double-winning side at half-time, during which City withdrew the injured Kolarov for Pablo Zabaleta. The visitors should have taken the lead inside a minute, Yaya Toure brilliantly picking out the diagonal run of Wright-Phillips. But the winger's first touch let him down and Assou-Ekotto recovered to nick the ball to safety. Yaya Toure was making inroads and Silva and Tevez both saw shots blocked from another fine ball as light rain began to fall in north London. Zabaleta was booked for felling Lennon on the right touchline but otherwise City were defending with much greater comfort. They were also more of a threat, Yaya Toure picking out Micah Richards, whose weak header was caught by Gomes. City almost came unstuck just past the hour mark but an unmarked Crouch horribly mistimed his header from Lennon's cross. Both sides made 68th minute changes, Adam Johnson coming on for Wright-Phillips for City, while Spurs replaced their strikeforce as Robbie Keane and Roman Pavlyuchenko both entered the fray. Johnson made an instant impact, feeding Tevez, whose shot was deflected narrowly wide by the charging King. Spurs broke from the resulting corner and Pavlyuchenko twice sent shots too close to Hart. Lennon then cut inside and fired straight at Hart moments before being replaced for the final 13 minutes by Giovani Dos Santos. The forward just failed to get on the end of Luka Modric's clipped ball. Tevez saw another shot blocked - this time by the head of King - the striker's last act before being replaced by Emmanuel Adebayor for the final seven minutes. Bale missed a glorious chance to snatch all three points for Spurs when he sliced horribly wide on his weaker right foot after Pavlyuchenko's cross had broken to him off Nigel de Jong. The winger made amends with a glorious ball for the Russian, who was thwarted by a brilliant Kompany tackle. Pavlyuchenko was well wide from distance in the closing moments as the game ended goalless.

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