Thursday October 25, 2012 Group Phase: Group J Finished Ljudski vrt

NK Maribor 1 - 1 Tottenham Hotspur

  • Beric 42’
  • Sigurdsson 59’

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  1. Europa League - Sigurdsson saves Spurs blushes in Slovenia

    Europa League - Sigurdsson saves Spurs blushes in Slovenia

    Gylfi Sigurdsson's close-range finish gave a below-par Tottenham a 1-1 draw at Maribor in their Europa League group match. More

  • Live Commentary

    • NK Maribor
    • Tottenham Hotspur
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    • - PS - last-minute equaliser for Panathinaikos! So that suits Spurs and Maribor, who do not fall too far behind Lazio.
    • 90+2 The final whistle is celebrated like a win by the home fans, whose side stay second in the group. But they must visit Spurs next, who are just a point behind. Group J standings
    • 90' Two minutes added time.
    • 89' MARIBOR SUB: Skipper Tavares comes off after some handshakes with his team-mates. Komazec comes on in his place.
    • 88' Dempsey with a sweeping ball to Iago, who shoots but well over. Should have used Defoe wide left.
    • 87' JUST WIDE FROM VERTONGHEN! A fantastic low drive from 35 yards out that bounces away from Handanovic and looks for the world like it's sneaking in, but it ends up inches wide!
    • 86' Almost a fantastic move by Maribor as their front four combine but for Tavares deciding to go it alone instead of find Ibraimi, Vertonghen hacking clear.
    • 85' Defoe holds it up on the right before crossing but Arghus heads clear. Maribor try to break but Caulker reads the break and clears.
    • 84' SPURS SUB: Sandro comes off for Livermore. Sandro had been Spurs' best player overall.
    • 83' Defoe to Walker who unleashes a terrible shot that lands somewhere near Austria.
    • 82' Tavares gets in round the right as Spurs think it's going for a throw but, while he hits the byline, his low ball trickles to Lloris.
    • 81' Caulker snuffs out a Beric-led counter this time, winning a throw in the process.
    • 80' Lennon and Defoe nearly combine on the right but Arghus clears.
    • 79' The ball is back with Lloris as a tiring Maribor increasingly go long.
    • 78' Dempsey with a daisy-cutter from range but easy for the keeper.
    • 76' Another great run from Falque, and again his testy low cross is deflected and then parried by the keeper - but unlike the goal, no-one is on hand to tap in.
    • 75' JUST WIDE FROM BERIC! He mis-kicked the finish after a fantastic low cross by Milec, bending and deceiving everyone, but Beric puts wide. Ah, flag up - would not have counted.
    • 74' SPURS SUB: Dempsey replaces Sigurdsson. Clear who wants to win this now.
    • 73' MARIBOR SUB: Mezga off for the more defensive Filipovic.
    • 72' Naughton on a mazy run into the box and he makes a meal of contact from the defender and is booked. Milec did trip him, should have been a penalty but he overcooked the fall.
    • 71' The corner is cleared and the ball hangs nicely for Walker some way out but his rasping volley is blocked. The flag goes up.
    • 70' Sandro somehow gets a cross away after being tackled, outnumbered and left on the deck. Corner.
    • 69' Lennon now on the right, back to Walker who looks inside to Sigurdsson, whose shot is blocked. Iago retrieves it well, setting up Defoe but his shot is deflected into the arms of Handanovic.
    • 68' Beric releases Ibraimi after an error from Iago, but unlike Townsend in the first half he can chase back to clear.
    • 67' Walker almost releases Defoe but Maribor clear - now Mezga releases Beric on the left, his cross is cleared by Huddlestone, Mertelj shoots but easy for Lloris.
    • 66' Maribor may not have big names but they are very good at playing their way out of trouble, not unusual for a Balkan side.
    • 64' IBRAIMI INTO THE SIDE NETTING! Excellent counter again from the hosts as Cvijanovic deftly threads it wide to the Macedonian, who blasts a rasping finish just wide.
    • 63' The momentum has switched towards Spurs now as Walker with a surging run and cross almost picks out Defoe but for the heel of Sigurdsson getting in the way.
    • 61' Iago swings the corner far post and it almost sneaks in under the bar but Handanovic claims.
    • 60' Defoe chases a lost cause and in doing so wins a corner off Arghus. Lennon's ball had been overhit.
    • 59' Probably a fairer scoreline in neutral terms, but Maribor have done well until now. Will Spurs get a winner or will the Slovenes hit them on the break again?
    • 58' GOAL SPURS! Sigurdsson scrambles it over the line after a vicious cross-shot from Falque is deflected then parried by the keeper, blasted towards goal by Defoe, blocked on the line by Mejac and bundled in by the Icelandic. 1-1!
    • 57' Ibraimi is just caught offside. This is a clear policy from Spurs.
    • 56' Spurs may have had around 60% possession but Maribor have had two shots on target to their one.
    • 55' Huddlestone swings in the corner but cleared by Arghus.
    • 54' Corner to Spurs as a Iago cross is deflected behind. Sigurdsson thinks he should have passed.
    • 53' Mezga with a nice ball wide to Ibraimi, who lays it off for Cvijanovic, who blasts over. Nice counter again.
    • 52' Maribor clear their lines from that corner but Walker picks it up. Tavares seems to foul him but the ref waves play-on.
    • 51' Lennon wins a corner off Mezga on the Spurs right. Good covering from the midfielder.
    • 50' Cvijanovic with an agricultural clearance to touch. The home fans are having a ball now, win lose or draw they've been done proud by their team.
    • 49' A super counter from Maribor sees Mezga lead the charge with another run down the left, he releases the pass earlier this time to put Tavares through but his low shot is straight at Lloris! Should have done better!
    • 49' Dangerous delivery from Huddlestone but Defoe is just offside as Caulker flicks the header across the box.
    • 48' Ibraimi on a mazy run down the right, getting away from Naughton but unable to get the cross in. Then Mezga cynically pulls down Walker as he raced away down the right and that is a booking.
    • 47' An early Spurs free-kick from the right is cleared easily.
    • 46' The second half is underway.
    • 46' TOTTENHAM SUB: Falque comes on for Townsend, who started brightly but faded somewhat.
    • 45+1 Half time and Maribor lead 1-0. Spurs have controlled the game but let their guard down and the hosts punished them in style.
    • 45' One minute added on this half.
    • 44' Townsend is hacked down on the edge of the box but the ref decides it is a goal kick. Odd.
    • 43' Can Spurs come back? They need to as they will be in a very poor position if they lose this - second bottom of the group, most likely.
    • 42' GOAL MARIBOR! Beric with a tap-in after an incredible dribble from Mezga! A wonderful run from him, although Huddlestone let him past too easily. All came from a slack pass from Townsend but you can't blame him for that.
    • 41' Townsend, Sigurdsson and Defoe have half-chances in the box but Maribor have bodies back and clear their lines.
    • 40' Sigurdsson on the move as he offloads to Defoe, but it's behind the England striker and Lennon gives chase to keep it in.
    • 39' Ibraimi almost combines with Beric but Spurs manage to clear their lines. The sting was taken out of this game a long time ago, both sides seem to be going through the motions somewhat.
    • 37' The home fans get excited as Tavares races forward and cuts inside from left back but his right-foot shot is well wide.
    • 36' Huddlestone with a high ball for a late arriving Sandro, whose flick-on lands a bit behind Defoe, who thrashes the half-volley high and wide.
    • 34' Spurs still coming at Maribor as Townsend flies down the left but Milec slides in to clear. And now it drops for SANDRO WHO SMACKS IT ON GOAL but inches wide! Super shot from range.
    • 33' A promising Spurs break stalls when Lennon's through-ball for an overlapping Walker is intercepted.
    • 32' Lazio have scored in their match at Pana, so they will stay top as it stands. Spurs have drawn their previous two matches so really need a win.
    • 31' Walker and Huddlestone over it, the latter whipping it in for Vertongen to fly in and head on target - but Handanovic (the cousing of Inter's more famed keeper) claims.
    • 30' Vertonghen is tripped by Ibraimi but the ref initially waves advantage, which does not materialise and it's a free-kick. He went down easily too, it's catching.
    • 29' Treatment for Mezga but he's ordered off the pitch as Spurs take the corner.
    • 28' Defoe catches Mezga napping on the ball, Lennon is throgh but his cross is headed behind for a corner. Mezga is claiming injury but he was dithering.
    • 27' Sigurdsson plays Walker in through the middle but he's not used to those kinds of runs and appears to stall on the edge of the box.
    • 26' Walker with a fantastic cross that was begging for Adebayor to fly in with a header. Too high for ickle Defoe in the end. Great pass from Lennon initially.
    • 25' Defoe gets a touch, holding the ball up for Walker, who shoots from range but sends it well wide.
    • 24' Lennon has been quiet today, as has Defoe. The former tries to switch play to Townsend but Milec intercepts. Still with Spurs until Tavares leads a counter but is held up by Lennon.
    • 23' Cool defending from Naughton to guide it back to Lloris under pressure from Beric. Lloris clears.
    • 22' Tavares on the run, a bit of panic in the Spurs defence from the long ball, it misses him and Beric and Ibraimi too, and it's back with Lloris.
    • 21' Huddlestone swings it in but that's poor, out for a goal kick and Vertonghen was fouling Handanovic.
    • 20' Foul on Sigurdsson on the Spurs left, allowing for a Huddlestone free-kick into the box. The big men come up...
    • 19' Igraimi is good but he's not quick enough to get on to that raking ball across the pitch. Not sure why he's playing as a right winger when he's a left-footed central playmaker.
    • 18' Bit of nonsense as the home fans boo as Walker plays it back to Lloris for the restart, but Lloris pumps it back to the opposition keeper anyway.
    • 17' The replay shows Townsend's hand touched his chin but Milec was faking there. He knew he'd been beaten and was playing for a foul, but the ref was wise to it.
    • 16' Townsend with a strong run, leaving Milec in a heap but no foul. Looked like the Maribor man went down easily. The run comes to nothing and eventually play stops.
    • 15' Tavares on the ball just outside the Spurs box but Caulker gets across him to clear for a throw.
    • 14' Naughton overhits a cross aimed for the far post. Spurs looking a touch tame after a bright start.
    • 12' Walker gives it away and Tavares is in, he finds Mezga but his cross is beyond Beric. Mezga is a Croat but just received Slovenian citizenship so could well turn out for them soon.
    • 11' Promising spell for the hosts now as they work it well down the left but Vertongen and Townsend combine to clear to touch. Maribor looking lively.
    • 10' Townsend gets some space on the left, taking on Milec but sending his cross on to the head of Arghus, who clears.
    • 9' Good defending by Caulker to hold off Beric as he almost got one-on-one with Lloris.
    • 7' Sandro tries to wriggle free in the box but closed down by the home defence.
    • 6' Beric is a yard offside but rolls the ball into the net anyway. Spurs had backed off Cvijanovic, which was no bad thing in the end as he continued running and delayed his pass too much.
    • 5' Agim Ibraimi, by the way, has become a hero in Macedonia after his goal saw them beat Serbia 1-0 in their World Cup qualifier. He's the danger man for Maribor, and speaks about eight languages too.
    • 4' Spurs as you'd expect are dominating the ball early on but a loose pass lets Ibraimi in but his cut-back is blocked by Vertonghen as Mezga was set to pull the trigger.
    • 3' First effort of the night sees Sigurdsson slice a shot wide after a terrible defensive header from Milec after Naughton overhit a cross.
    • 2' Townsend appears to be playing on the left, where he is caught dithering by Milec. Sigurdsson adopting a more central role behind Defoe.
    • 1' The match kicks off only a few seconds behind schedule.
    • 17:55 They still haven't taken to the pitch. Dawson, by the way, has a migraine hence his absence. Big night for Andros Townsend.
    • 17:50 The teams are in the tunnel. Spurs are in white, Maribor blue, looks like a late-ish kick-off, a minute or two.
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    • 17:35 Apologies if you're getting these comments in delayed fashion - we've have some technical problems with updates on our website.
    • 17:30 MATCH ODDS: Maribor 9/2, Tottenham Hotspur 8/11, Draw 20/7
    • 17:25 Andre Villas-Boas: "Is (Adebayor) happy? I think so. He was massively happy last year at Tottenham. Right now things are going excellently for Jermain Defoe, so it’s difficult for Ade who did so well last season. But a player of his dimension is always threatening to come in, so I’d say he’s pretty happy."
    • 17:20 Darko Milanic (Maribor): "Before us is an important and difficult match. With great support from the stands we are capable of a positive result. [Hibernian, Rangers and Birmingham] we have played against before, but Tottenham are a higher quality team - they are faster and more skilful. We will attack but at the same time must be careful."
    • 17:15 Jovan Vidovic is suspended for Maribor after he was sent off against Lazio. Arghus returns from his ban and replaces defender Nejc Potokar, who is injured.
    • 17:10 The big news for Spurs then is that there is no sight of Emmanuel Adebayor, who reportedly wants to leave the club after losing his place to Jermain Defoe. He was left behind by Andre Villas-Boas, who denied there were any problems and said his absence was due to back pain, while new dad Gareth Bale is also out. It's a strong Spurs XI anyway, with Lloris in goal and Naughton playing left-back as Vertonghen moves central in place of Gallas. Dembele, Parker, Assou-Ekotto and Kaboul all out.
    • 17:05 TEAMS - Maribor: J. Handanovic, Mejac, Rajcevic, Arghus, Milen, Mezga, Ibraimi, Cvinajovic, Mertelj, Tavarez, Beric; Subs: Pridigar, Viler, Filipovic, Dolek, Lesjak, Komazec, Ploj /// Spurs: Lloris, Walker, Caulker, Vertonghen, Naughton, Huddlestone, Sigurdsson, Sandro, Lennon, Townsend, Defoe; Subs: Cudicini, Gallas, Smith, Dempsey, Falque, Livermore, Parrett
    • 17:00 Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of Tottenham's away trip to Maribor of Slovenia in their Europa League Group Stage match. Kicking off at 6pm UK time!
  • Summary

    • 6' Beric is a yard offside but rolls the ball into the net anyway. Spurs had backed off Cvijanovic, which was no bad thing in the end as he continued running and delayed his pass too much.

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