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Jermain Defoe takes a shot. Blocked by Carlos Cuellar.
Tom Huddlestone decides to take a short corner.
Unfair challenge on Jan Vertonghen by Mikael Mandron results in a free kick. Tom Huddlestone takes the free kick.
The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Hugo Lloris.
Gareth Bale fires in a goal from outside the penalty box to the top left corner of the goal. Tottenham 1-0 Sunderland.Assist by Aaron Lennon.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Tom Huddlestone, Header from deep inside the area by Emmanuel Adebayor goes harmlessly over the crossbar. Adam Mitchell on for Danny Graham.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Tom Huddlestone, clearance by Mikael Mandron.
Tom Huddlestone takes a shot. Blocked by Jack Colback.
Jack Colback fouled by Aaron Lennon, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Jack Colback from left channel, Jan Vertonghen makes a clearance.
Emmanuel Adebayor is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Sebastian Larsson.
Gylfi Sigurdsson takes a shot. Sebastian Larsson gets a block in. Tom Huddlestone takes a shot. Save made by Simon Mignolet.
Gylfi Sigurdsson joins the action as a substitute, replacing Benoit Assou-Ekotto.
Gareth Bale takes a shot. Save by Simon Mignolet.
Carlos Cuellar challenges Emmanuel Adebayor unfairly and gives away a free kick. Tom Huddlestone crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, Carlos Cuellar makes a clearance.
Foul by Mikael Mandron on Gareth Bale, free kick awarded. The referee shows Mikael Mandron a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Free kick crossed by Gareth Bale.
(Tottenham) makes a substitution, with Jermain Defoe coming on for Clint Dempsey. Billy Knott is brought on as a substitute for James McClean. Connor Wickham goes off and Mikael Mandron comes on.
Kyle Walker takes a shot. Simon Mignolet makes a save.
Gareth Bale takes a shot. Simon Mignolet makes a save.
Emmanuel Adebayor takes a shot. Blocked by Carlos Cuellar.
Benoit Assou-Ekotto sends in a cross, clearance made by John O'Shea.
Corner from right by-line taken by Tom Huddlestone.
Corner taken right-footed by Tom Huddlestone from the right by-line, clearance by John O'Shea.
Corner taken right-footed by Tom Huddlestone from the right by-line, Michael Dawson takes a shot. Jack Colback makes a clearance.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Danny Graham. Indirect free kick taken by Jan Vertonghen.
Corner taken right-footed by Tom Huddlestone, Michael Dawson takes a shot. Save by Simon Mignolet.
Mousa Dembele on for Scott Parker.
Scott Parker takes a shot. Jack Colback gets a block in. Aaron Lennon takes a shot. Blocked by Connor Wickham.
Corner taken by Tom Huddlestone from the right by-line.
Adam Johnson has an effort at goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Gareth Bale takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Jack Colback.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Connor Wickham by Benoit Assou-Ekotto. Adam Johnson crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, clearance by Tom Huddlestone.
Aaron Lennon fouled by Jack Colback, the ref awards a free kick. The ball is swung over by Gareth Bale, Tom Huddlestone produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Tom Huddlestone played to the near post, clearance made by John O'Shea.
The referee shows David Vaughan a yellow card. David Vaughan challenges Aaron Lennon unfairly and gives away a free kick. Red card for David Vaughan. Gareth Bale has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.
Clint Dempsey takes a shot. Blocked by Carlos Cuellar. David Vaughan challenges Scott Parker unfairly and gives away a free kick. Gareth Bale produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, save by Simon Mignolet.
Danny Graham takes a shot. Save by Hugo Lloris.
Danny Graham produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.
Shot from just outside the area by Aaron Lennon misses to the right of the target.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Adam Johnson by Benoit Assou-Ekotto. Free kick crossed by Adam Johnson, save by Hugo Lloris.
Clint Dempsey takes a shot. Save by Simon Mignolet.
Tom Huddlestone concedes a free kick for a foul on Alfred N'Diaye. Free kick taken by Simon Mignolet.
The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Simon Mignolet.
Free kick awarded for a foul by James McClean on Tom Huddlestone. Booking for James McClean for unsporting behaviour. Shot on goal comes in from Gareth Bale from the free kick, save made by Simon Mignolet.
Connor Wickham takes a shot. Blocked by Jan Vertonghen.
Danny Graham is ruled offside. Jan Vertonghen takes the indirect free kick.
Gareth Bale takes a shot. Jack Colback gets a block in.
Connor Wickham takes a shot. Blocked by Scott Parker.
The referee blows for offside. Simon Mignolet restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by Benoit Assou-Ekotto on Adam Johnson, free kick awarded. Sebastian Larsson restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken left-footed by Adam Johnson to the near post, save made by Hugo Lloris.
Connor Wickham takes a shot. Save by Hugo Lloris.
The official flags Emmanuel Adebayor offside. Indirect free kick taken by Simon Mignolet.
Gareth Bale takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by Sebastian Larsson.
Tom Huddlestone takes a shot. Save by Simon Mignolet.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Dawson by Danny Graham. Scott Parker restarts play with the free kick.
The referee shows Gareth Bale a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
Unfair challenge on Clint Dempsey by Sebastian Larsson results in a free kick. Clint Dempsey takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Scott Parker on David Vaughan. David Vaughan restarts play with the free kick.
Connor Wickham challenges Tom Huddlestone unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Tom Huddlestone.
Danny Graham concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Dawson. Michael Dawson takes the free kick.
Aaron Lennon takes a short corner, Gareth Bale crosses the ball, Carlos Cuellar manages to make a clearance.
Tom Huddlestone takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by John O'Shea.
Inswinging corner taken by Gareth Bale from the right by-line played to the near post, Carlos Cuellar manages to make a clearance.
Emmanuel Adebayor takes a shot. Save made by Simon Mignolet.
Benoit Assou-Ekotto fouled by James McClean, the ref awards a free kick. Benoit Assou-Ekotto takes the free kick.
Dawson desperate to grab Euro berth
Michael Dawson is desperately hoping Tottenham will not suffer yet more Champions League heartbreak.
The only way that Tottenham will qualify for the Champions League in this weekend's final round of matches is if they beat Sunderland at White Hart Lane and the Gunners drop points at lowly Newcastle.
Spurs narrowly missed out on the Champions League two years ago and last year Dawson led the team to fourth place, only to be denied a place at Europe's top table thanks to Chelsea's victory in Munich.
Dawson was also part of the Tottenham team that just failed to qualify for the competition seven years ago thanks to a dodgy lasagne.
If Spurs beat Sunderland they will end with 72 points - a club record in the Premier League era. That will be of little consolation to their captain, though, after the final day turmoil he has suffered at the club since he joined in 2005.
"If we win and get 72 it will be a great season, but it will only be a fantastic season if we get that Champions League spot," Dawson said. "That's what we set out to achieve at the start of the season.
"If we can get that number of points then great but we want to be in the Champions League with the way we missed out on it last year."
Defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto has recovered from a knee injury and is available but long-term absentees Sandro (knee), Younes Kaboul (thigh) and William Gallas (calf) are unavailable.
Sunderland defender John O'Shea will look back on an eventful season grateful to have emerged from it both in good health and with honour intact.
The 32-year-old will run out at Tottenham knowing the Black Cats will be playing their football in the Barclays Premier League once again next season no matter what the result at White Hart Lane, something which was in doubt right up until Wigan's defeat at Arsenal on Tuesday evening.
He will do so have played a key role for club and country during a campaign which has seen him captain Sunderland and the Republic of Ireland and help steer them through decidedly choppy waters.
Martin O'Neill was shown the exit door at the Stadium of Light in March and Giovanni Trapattoni's reign came under serious threat after a 6-1 home World Cup qualifier defeat by Germany in October but, through all the turmoil, O'Shea stood tall and continued to do what he has done with such distinction throughout his career.
He said: "Thankfully the fitness has been very good this year, that's been the main thing.
"You are maintaining everything off the pitch in terms of the work you do in the gym and the core work - especially when you are getting into your 30s rather than your 20s, it's definitely needed more.
"But also you know you are preparing yourself right and you can cope with it.
"Thankfully, I have never had the major injuries that can hold you back towards the latter end of your career. I feel very fresh."
In the meantime, the Black Cats will attempt to finish their season on a high after limping over the finishing line without kicking a ball.
Boss Paolo Di Canio had hoped they would seal their top-flight status by beating Stoke or Southampton in consecutive home games but both ended 1-1 meaning victory for Wigan at the Emirates Stadium would have set up a tense final day.
But while the pressure of the relegation fight may have gone, there will be no let-up from the manager.
The 44-year-old Italian said: "We still have one game to go and we have to make sure that we are going to perform well because I don't want to finish fourth from the bottom if it's possible.
"With even a draw, potentially we can be sixth from the bottom. But we have to make sure that we are going to put everything into this game and not finish fourth from the bottom."
Di Canio will need to plug the hole left by loan signing Danny Rose.
The England Under-21 international left-back is ineligible to play against his parent club, to which he returned after last weekend's 1-1 draw with Southampton, and midfielder Jack Colback seems the most likely man to fill in.
Striker Stephane Sessegnon completes his three-match ban while midfielder Craig Gardner sits out the second game of his enforced lay-off, although forward Connor Wickham is available after returning as a substitute against the Saints following a month on the sidelines with a calf injury.
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