Thursday August 21, 2014 Play-off round Finished Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium

AEL Limassol 1 - 2 Tottenham Hotspur

  • Sardinero 14’
  • Soldado 74’
  • Kane 80’

  1. Europa League - Lamela inspires Tottenham to victory in Cyprus

    Europa League - Lamela inspires Tottenham to victory in Cyprus

    Erik Lamela came off the bench in Cyprus to set up both goals as Tottenham beat AEL Limassol 2-1 in the Europa League. More

  • Live Commentary

    • AEL Limassol
    • Tottenham Hotspur
    • 90+3' It ends Limassol 1-2 Tottenham, and Erik Lamela is the difference between the sides as Tottenham look to make the Europa League group stages for the fourth successive year. The second leg is at White Hart Lane next Thursday.
    • 90+1' The Limassol fans are still making a very good noise despite this Spurs' fightback.
    • 90' We are into three minutes of additional time.
    • 89' Miguel Carlitos tries an effort that is well saved by Lloris.
    • 88' Benteleb urges Lamela to show for the ball, and there is some great interplay between the pair and Davies.
    • 87' Fegrouch, falling backwards, just manages to block an effort from Lamela.
    • 86' Kane sets up Chadli, who pulls the ball back unselfishly to Lamela but his sidefoot shot is just wide.
    • 85' Davies concedes a foul, and Bebe floats over the free-kick from the right.
    • 84' Just to say though, that Lamela has been excellent since coming on. He has also looked good in pre-season in America, so don't write off the Argentine winger as a flop just yet!
    • 83' Apologies for the interruptions - we lost the feed from Cyprus, and off course that is when the two Tottenham goals went in.
    • 80' AEL final change as Miguel Carlitos comes on for Sardinero.
    • 79' GOAL: Limassol 1-2 Tottenham. Lamela again is the inspiration as he sets up Kane to net.
    • 73' GOAL: Limassol 1-1 Tottenham. And it is Soldado, who has been very poor tonight but does the business in front of goal.
    • 73' And another change for Limassol as Tagbajumi is on up front for Gikiewicz.
    • 72' Erik Lamela is coming on for the disappointing Townsend.
    • 71' Chadli's cross is headed down by Soldado to Kane, but the youngster's low shot is touched onto underside of bar by Fegrouch and Limassol clear.
    • 67' Eleftheriou on for Diego Barcelos for the home side.
    • 66' Dembele is on for Holtby.
    • 63' We have just lost our feed from Larnaca. Before it went, Townsend was again easily dispossessed when running at the Limassol defence.
    • 58' Nacer Chadli replaces the unfit and off-form Paulinho.
    • 57' Townsend runs at the Cypriots but Guidileye brilliantly shields the ball and wins it back.
    • 56' Holtby blocks Bebe's cross. Soldado then hacks at a Limassol defender and gets a yellow card.
    • 55' The Limassol are making some noise as their side win a corner. Barcelos' short corner does not come off and Soldado was unable to break.
    • 54' Sardinero intercepts a pass from Kane and Limassol break again. The Premier League side have been really off the pace in Cyprus tonight.
    • 53' Paulinho tries a pass to Townsend, but that was so sloppy from the Brazilian midfielder.
    • 51' Townsend's effort is tipped over by Fegrouch. A corner from Holtby is overhit and Barcelos tackles Kane and wins a throw in for Limassol.
    • 50' Bentaleb gets the ball in midfield but there is no movement up front from Kane and Soldado.
    • 49' Barcelos finds Carlitos on the overlap but the Limassol wing-back shoots into Lloris' side-netting.
    • 48' Townsend's cross is charged down but Bebe is unable to find Gikiewicz on the counter-attack.
    • 47' Barcelos gets into the box then Gikiewicz's effort clips off Dier and goes for a corner. Cadu heads over the corner.
    • 46' Floodlights are on in Larnaca, and Tottenham are out early from Pochettino's first European team talk. Limassol in yellow kick off the second half.
    • 45' That is half-time - it is Limassol 1-0 Tottenham and there must be some relief that the Premier League side are only one down to the counter-attacking Cypriots.
    • 44' Vertonghen almost caught out by Carlitos after another mistake by Davies..
    • 43' Barcelos tries an effort which is blocked then Spurs break 4 on 4, but Nikolaou stops Townsend's progress with a tackle that looked more like a foul.
    • 41' Soldado finds Kane, but the Walthamstow youngster's cute chip doesn't quite come off.
    • 40' Davies' cross is over Soldado but finds Townsend, then Barcelos heads clear and Bebe completes the clearance. Davies is a good outlet on the left, but Townend on the right seems off the pace.
    • 39' The Spurs contingent on the right are very quiet. Townsend runs at the Limassol defence again, and again loses the ball.
    • 38' Cadu cynically goes through the back of Soldado on the halfway line, and concedes a free-kick.
    • 37' Dier tries to find Kane but the pass is overhit and the 21-year-old striker is dispossessed.
    • 36' Holtby criticises the referee again after Kane is clipped when running towards goal, and gets a yellow card, I think.
    • 35' That really could have been a second if not for the intervention of Lloris. 2-0 down would have been a disaster for Tottenham.
    • 34' Sardinero again shows pace as he bombs past Davies, but Lloris is quickly out to block, then Dier clears.
    • 33' Townsend tries a flat low cross that drops to Kane, but Fegrouch is again able to save the shot.
    • 32' Bebe shows great control to bring down a pass over his shoulder. That was some stuff from the Brazilian.
    • 31' Tottenham's Soldado wins a free-kick after backing into Sielis on the halfway line. Good footballing nous, there.
    • 30' Kane tries an effort low from 30 yards, but Fegrouch is able to gather at the second attempt.
    • 28' Bebe tries to find Gikiewicz around the edge of the box but Lloris is quickly out. Limassol are well on top here.
    • 27' A lovely curling cross from Townsend on the right, but Kane is unable to get any purchase on the header at the far post.
    • 26' Bebe closes down Naughton and wins the ball, then Gikiewicz is able to get clear of Naughton but heads over from close range.
    • 25' Bebe's corner is cleared, and Limassol captain Nikolaou goes all the way back to his goalkeeper.
    • 24' Bebe hits the wall with the free-kick and the ball squirrels away for a corner.
    • 23' Townsend concedes a foul on Guidileye on the edge of the area. A chance for the home side from 25 yards.
    • 22' Holtby concedes a foul in midfield but Limassol are unable to make anything of the chance as Vertonghen clears.
    • 21' Sielis does well to head clear from Bentaleb. Good defending from the Cypriots.
    • 20' Kane finds Soldado, who in turn feeds Townsend, but the England winger sees his shot charged down from the right channel.
    • 19' Bebe plays a beautifully-weighted pass to Edmar, but the Brazilian strays offside.
    • 18' Davies makes a tackle on the goalscorer Sardinero when Limassol were 3 on 3. The referee de Sousa waves play on though.
    • 17' Kane finds Davies, who cannot beat the first man at the second attempt and Barcelos breaks.
    • 16' Bentaleb finds Paulinho, then Townsend gets the ball but he is unable to get a shot on goal.
    • 15' Kane is unable to get a foot on the ball as Tottenham look to respond immediately.
    • 14' GOAL: Limassol 1-0 Tottenham. Sardinero runs straight through the Tottenham defence and tidily finishes past Lloris. Davies looks furiously at Paulinho and wonders how the Limassol player won the ball in midfield.
    • 13' Holtby fails to find a man with a floated ball down the left and Limassol win the throw.
    • 12' Kane's side-footed effort dips rapidly but is just over Fegrouch's crossbar.
    • 11' Cadu brings down Soldado and Spurs win a free-kick within shooting range.
    • 10' Sardinero catches Davies ball watching, but Gikiewicz is unable to trouble Lloris with the chance.
    • 9' Barcelos wins a throw down the right after a move between Townsend and Soldado breaks down.
    • 8' The noise is quite something here in Larnaca, especially as this is not Limassol's home ground.
    • 6' Vertonghen is quick to clear a free-kick, and cushions the ball back to Lloris.
    • 5' In 11 previous home games in European competitions, AEL Limassol have lost only twice. Kane finds Soldado, then Paulinho tries a shot after a one-two with Bentaleb, but it is again well wide.
    • '4 Bentaleb frees Davies down the left, who in turn sets up Kane. His shot is saved by Fegrouch, and Soldado mishits the rebound wide. A great chance for the Spaniard.
    • '3 Kane awkwardly controls Townsend's cross, but Fegrouch is out to save, Limassol are playing a very pressing game here.
    • '2 The sun is setting in Larnaca, but it is still hot. Edmar nicks the ball off Townsend, then Holtby concedes a foul and has words with the Portuguese referee.
    • '1 Spurs kick off in Larnaca, Andros Townsend with the ball. And there is an early touch for Ben Davies on his Spurs debut. Spurs kicking off left to right with their fans behind them this first half.
    • 16:45 Looks like a 4-5-1. Karim Fegrouch in goal, Carlitos, Valentinos Sielis, Diego Barcelos and Cadu at the back. Luciano Bebe, Diallo Guidileye, Marios Nicolaou, Adrian Sardinero and Edmar in midfield, with Lukasz Gikiewicz up front.
    • 16:40 But fear expertise of the Cypriot League, plus a bit of Googling, will explain all....
    • 16:40 AEL Limassol team-sheet, crammed into 140 characters...
    • 16:35 For those Tottenham fans fearing the worst against the Cypriot League runners-up, here's some reassurance from history...Spurs’ previous two away Europa League qualifying games have ended in 5-0 wins.
    • 16:30 Kyle Walker and Vlad Chiriches miss out with pelvis and back injuries respectively.
    • 16:25 Jan Vertonghen and Paulinho start, and Mousa Dembele, Nacer Chadli are on the bench, after their delayed returns from the World Cup.
    • 16:15 Tottenham have a decent enough bench too. Aaron Lennon, Younes Kaboul, Emmanuel Adebayor, Christian Eriksen and Etienne Capoue have not travelled, and reserve goalkeeper Michel Vorm has not been included in the squad for this round after an extended World Cup with the Netherlands.
    • 16:10 Team news for Tottenham is that Hugo Lloris starts and skippers the side, and Eric Dier, Kyle Naughton and Nabil Bentaleb also retain their places from the XI that started the 1-0 Premier League win at West Ham on Saturday.
    • 16:05 Hello and welcome to live coverage of the Europa League play-off first leg between AEL Limassol and Tottenham from Anorthosis Famagusta’s Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium in Larnaca, Cyprus. This is Nick Royle (@nickaroyle) bringing you all the action.
  • Summary

    • 73' GOAL: Limassol 1-1 Tottenham. And it is Soldado, who has been very poor tonight but does the business in front of goal.
    • 56' Holtby blocks Bebe's cross. Soldado then hacks at a Limassol defender and gets a yellow card.
    • 36' Holtby criticises the referee again after Kane is clipped when running towards goal, and gets a yellow card, I think.
    • 14' GOAL: Limassol 1-0 Tottenham. Sardinero runs straight through the Tottenham defence and tidily finishes past Lloris. Davies looks furiously at Paulinho and wonders how the Limassol player won the ball in midfield.

Team Line-up & Ratings

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