Sunderland 1 - 2 Tottenham Hotspur

Match info: Premier League at Stadium of Light

Date: 29/12/2012 KO: 12:45 Ref: M Atkinson Att: 41,168

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers


John O'Shea 40



Carlos Cuellar 48 (og)
Aaron Lennon 51

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  • FT: Sunderland 1 Tottenham 2.

  • Last chance for Sunderland surely as Colback's delivery finds Cuellar, who can't find the target with an ambitious half-volley and Spurs will have clinched victory.

  • Wickham's early strike yields another corner for Sunderland, but Lloris, under pressure from Fletcher, earns his side a free-kick after making a splendid clearance anyway.

  • Five added minutes still to be played.

  • Bale is replaced with Sigurdsson arriving late on.

  • Sessegnon claims a corner during his battle at the byline with Sandro, but a goal-kick is awarded and precious time is wasted in Tottenham's favour.

  • Bramble meets Bale's loose touch but Spurs regain the ball in the middle of the pitch, where Walker's poor cross is collected by Mignolet.

  • Bright stuff from Sunderland as Johnson whips a dangerous ball into the six-yard box where Naughton's crucial interception denies Fletcher a tap-in.

  • Bale's delivery from the left is top drawer, but neither Adebayor nor Dempsey can make contact and it rolls out. Bale is eventually picked up again though, where his sterling strike is well held by Mignolet.

  • Caulker comes across to cover as Johnson closed in on a shooting position, and next up it's Sandro who makes the tackle to deny Campbell's bullet of an effort.

  • Lennon is taken off with Parker making his fourth appearance from the bench this season.

  • Mignolet is called into action once more as Dempsey's wonderful flick finds Adebayor in space, whose shot produces another superb stop by Mignolet. He has been inspired this second half.

  • Controversial scenes involving Bale once more. He heads past Gardner, with minimal contact made in the penalty area and the winger goes down, with the result a yellow card.

  • Larsson heads off and Wickham takes his place for Sunderland.

  • Yellow card on Dembele for that previous challenge on Gardner.

  • Adebayor heads away calmly on the goal line to force a Sunderland corner, and as Larsson delivers, it's Bale who this time makes the interception.

  • Colback and Fletcher lead the counter attack for Sunderland, but they are forced back and the momentunm ends. Gardner does well to get a cross in, and takes a foul from Dembele in the process near the byline.

  • Spurs don't look like losing this one now, but you can still back Sunderland to salvage a draw at 5/1, while Gareth Bale is tempting at 10/1 to score next.

  • Dempsey immediately finds Adebayor, but as the striker calls for a corner, a goal-kick is given, where Mignolet plays straight into Walker as Spurs resume control of the ball.

  • Defoe makes way for Spurs with Dempsey coming on in his place.


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