Liverpool, fast out of the blocks, caused Spurs difficulties with their pace and the trickery of Luis Suarez – the Uruguayan putting Liverpool ahead in the 21st minute. However Spurs started to keep possession and play themselves into the match. The equalizer just before half-time came via a Bale cross for Jan Vertonghen to head home.
Spurs took the lead when the Belgian claimed his second with a neat volley into the net, coming from behind to lead 2-1 in the 53rd minute, perhaps not unexpected, considering, as stated, their recent form and resolve. Spurs were now in control and if anything looked as if the might add to their lead.
However, the dynamic of the match changed in the 66th minute with the first of several mistakes. Fans may ask quite what Kyle Walker was thinking with his lazy attempted back pass from near the halfway line. The aimless ball put Hugo Lloris under pressure, having to run out in attempt to beat Stewart Downing to the ball. Perhaps if the Frenchman had tried to head the ball rather than clear with his foot he might have made it. As it was Downing put the Reds level.
Both teams had chances but in the 80th minute Spurs cleared the ball poorly from a corner. Jermain Defoe clumsily knocked the ball back into the penalty area straight to Suarez ,who was brought down by Benoit Assou-Ekotto, the penalty duly put away by Steven Gerrard.
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