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Ref Watch: VAR 'blameless' on Moura but why no free-kick?

Sky Sports - fre, 03/07/2020 - 13:37
Was VAR to blame for Tottenham's disallowed equaliser in their defeat at Sheffield United? And why was no free-kick awarded? Dermot Gallagher is here with the answers...

Premier League LIVE!

Sky Sports - fre, 03/07/2020 - 08:21

Sheffield United v Tottenham Hotspur: Premier League – as it happened

Guardian - tor, 02/07/2020 - 21:15

Sander Berge, Lys Mousset and Oli McBurnie got the goals as Sheffield United rediscovered their mojo against hapless Spurs

8.15pm BST

Andy Hunter travelled to Bramall Lane for the Guardian to see a decidedly average Tottenham side comprehensively beaten by their hosts.

Related: Sheffield United sweep Tottenham aside to revive hopes of Europe

8.04pm BST

What now for Jose? The Tottenham manager is getting pelters on social media and it’s not difficult to see why after an abominable display from his turgid side. It’s difficult to avoid the conclusion that, despite all his successes, the game has passed him by and he increasingly resembles a beaten docket.

Tottenham Hostpur, Champions League finalists last year, level on points with Burnley, who currently have about four fit senior players, all of whom are goalkeepers. It's not been a stirring start from Mourinho, has it?

8.00pm BST

ITV tonight. New series; Levytate.

A sinister hobgoblin uses his super powers to turn Champions League finalists into bottom-half cannon-fodder in record time. pic.twitter.com/RHlX7aFD97

7.59pm BST

Manchester City v Liverpool: The newly crowned champions will be getting a guard of honour from Manchester City ahead of their game which kicks off in a little under 15 minutes. You can follow that one with Paul Doyle.

Related: Manchester City v Liverpool: Premier League – live!

7.55pm BST

Peep! Peep! Peeeeeeep! It’s all over at Bramall Lane, where Sheffield United have secured their first win in four games since the restart. Having rediscovered their mojo, they’ve run out comprehensive winners over a Spurs side that was fairly abject. They go seventh in the table five points behind Wolves, into a Europa League place. Tottenham, looking clueless under Jose Mourinho, are ninth, two points behind the victors.

7.52pm BST

90+3 min: Lys Mousset has been a real handful since coming on and he wins another free-kick for his team on the halfway line as Sheffield United run down the clock.

7.50pm BST

90+2 min: Sheffield United substitution: Oli McBurnie off after an outstanding performance capped by a goal. Kieron Freeman on.

7.49pm BST

Harry Kane fires home from six yards out at the far post, taking advantage of a Sander Berge error as Son squares it for him.

7.47pm BST

89 min: Sheffield United deserve this win. Their players have been working their red socks off and are first to every 50-50 ball. Tottenham’s, by contrast, look as if they couldn’t be bothered and would rather be anywhere else.

7.46pm BST

88 min: Lucas Moura drills the ball low and hard into the Sheffield United penalty area. Ollie Norwood gets a touch to take it out of Erik Lamela’s reach.

7.45pm BST

86 min: Jan Vertonghen wins a corner for Spurs. Sander Berge heads clear at the near post.

7.44pm BST

85 min: Tottenham win a free-kick just to the left of the Sheffield United penalty area. Son’s delivery is cleared.

7.43pm BST

Game, set and match, Sheffield United. Oli McBurnie scores their third, getting in front of Davinson Sanchez to volley home a cross from the right with a deft finish.

7.42pm BST

81 min: Tottenham Hotspur are creating little or nothing as they attempt to peg back their two-goal deficit. Jose Mourinho will almost certainly blame this defeat on officialdom in general, specifically the goal his side had disallowed in the first half, but he ought to be very concerned about just how bereft of ideas they’ve looked in this second half.

7.39pm BST

78 min: Tottenham double-substitution I forgot to mention some minutes ago: Dele Alli and Tanguy Ndombele on for Moussa Sissoko and Serge Aurier. More recent Tottenham substitution that reminded me I’d forgotten to mention that double-substitution: Jan Vertonghen on for Ben Davies.

7.35pm BST

76 min: Harry Kane gets the ball in the Sheffield United net after pouncing on a ball threaded through a thicket of legs on the edge of the Sheffield United penalty area. Offside.

7.33pm BST

that is woeful defending. No-one tracking their man. I guess better not to qualify for the Europa League and have a clear run next year.

7.33pm BST

That defending. Spurs backline may as well have been training cones.

7.31pm BST

70 min: That’s two goals United have scored in the Manchester City style now, Sander Berge and Lys Mousset both scoring from pull-backs from the byline. Tottenham’s marking there was non-existent - Mousset was completely unmarked three yards from goal as he converted the delivery from Enda Stevens after a good rampaging run by Ben Osborn.

7.28pm BST

Sheffield United double their lead, the completely unmarked Lys Mousset tapping in from a couple of yards as he prods home a pull-back from the byline.

7.26pm BST

67 min: The second half has been extremely tedious, a state of affairs that will suit Sheffield United just fine. They’re defending very well against what is currently passing for the Spurs threat.

7.24pm BST

65 min: “OH F**K OFF, MAN!” roars Eric Dier in frustration after being penalised for a foul on Lys Mousset. That’s £1 in the swear jar, Eric. Up with that kind of potty-mouthed effing and jeffing we will not put.

7.23pm BST

64 min: Ben Osborn is penalised for a high boot near the face of Moussa Sissoko near the halfway line.

7.21pm BST

63 min: Sheffield United substitution: David McGoldrick off after another good shift, Lys Mousset on.

7.20pm BST

61 min: Having been under intense pressure in the final minutes before half-time, Sheffield United look very comfortable here. They almost double their lead when David McGoldrick volleys into the side-netting with his left foot. A poor effort, although he had picked up a knock moments previously and was in visible distress.

7.18pm BST

59 min: Erik Lamela goes a-rampaging towards the Sheffield United penalty area but runs down a blind alley and loses the ball when he’d have seen, if he’d looked up, Harry Kane was available and screaming for a pass.

7.16pm BST

57 min: Serge Aurier screams in pain as he goes to ground clutching his shin after a challenge by Ben Osborn. Free-kick for Tottenham, wide on the right. Lo Celso’s delivery into the Sheffield United penalty area is atrocious and the hosts clear.

7.15pm BST

56 min: Tottenham substitution: Erik Lamela on for Steven Bergwijn.

7.14pm BST

55 min: Good hold-up play from McBurnie, who controls a long clearance from Henderson. He manages to get a cross into the penalty area, but Tottenham clear.

7.11pm BST

53 min: Good work from McBurnie, who pressurises Sissoko into giving away a corner needlessly. His industriousness proves ultimately fruitless as nothing comes of the set piece.

7.10pm BST

51 min: Now Gio Lo Celso is penalised for a shove on Oli McBurnie a few yards outside the Sheffield United penalty area. It’s one from the training ground involving a flick round the corner from Chris Basham, who overcooks his pass. Hugo Lloris cleans up at the back.

7.09pm BST

50 min: Steven Bergwijn is penalised for a push on George Baldock as the duo contest a high ball on the edge of the Sheffield United penalty area.

7.08pm BST

48 min: Another driving run towards and into the Tottenham penalty area from Lucas Moura. He wins his team a corner and might have won them a penalty if Jack RObinson hadn’t done well to stay on his feet and resist what must have been an overwhelming urge to dive in. Nothing comes from the set piece.

7.06pm BST

48 min: A slow start to the second half, with Spurs dominating possession but doing little or nothing with it.

7.04pm BST

46 min: Sheffield United resume play, protecting a one-goal lead. They were under serious pressure towards the end of the first half so if you’re a Spurs fan, I wouldn’t feel too disheartened just yet. Aggrieved, yes. Disheartened, no. There are no changes in personnel on either side.

6.58pm BST

Jamie Redknapp speaks: “This is one of the worst decisions I’ve ever seen,” says the Sky Sports pundit of Tottenham’s disallowed goal. “I can honestly say, since VAR has been introduced ... look, I get the letter of the law but we have to use common sense.

“A player has been fouled and when you fall over you have to put your arms out to protect yourself. Moura gets fouled by three Spurs players and the ball get ricocheted on to his arm and falls for Harry Kane, who finishes well. It’s common sense! That is a horrendous decision! This is ruining football – things like this happening. I’m not even convinced it hit his arm and he should at least have got a free-kick.”

6.53pm BST

A Football Weekly podcast host tweets and appears to make a good point

That disallowed goal is isn't VAR's fault. It's the law. It's @TheIFAB. I'd get rid of VAR, but the decision is correct.

Of course, anyone who's ever seen a football match knows you shouldn't be penalised for being fouled, falling over & the ball brushing your hand. ❤️

6.49pm BST

The sides go in for the break with Sheffield United leading courtesy of Sander Berge’s low drive. Tottenham thought they had equalised a minute later, only for Jose Mourinho to be left fuming after Harry Kane’s strike was ruled out by the curtain-twitchers at Stockley Park, who spotted an accidental – but illegal – handball moments after Lucas Moura had been fouled in the build-up.

6.47pm BST

45+1 min: With the Blades under more pressure from Tottenham, Ben Osborn plays the ball out of defence, picking out David McGoldrick on the left touchline.

6.45pm BST

45 min: John Egan throws his body in front of a Gio Lo Celso drive from the edge of the penalty area as Sheffield United cling on to their lead under serious pressure.

6.44pm BST

44 min: Good defending from Chris Basham, who tracks a Son run into the Sheffield United penalty area and forces him away from goal as he tries to run on to a pass in behind from Lo Celso.

6.43pm BST

42 min: Jose Mourinho and his coaching staff have been giving the fourth official, Peter Bankes, both barrels since Tottenham’s goal was disallowed and have been told to sit down and shut their yaps. Jose’s face is a picture. It really is.

6.42pm BST

39 min: Oliver Norwood takes one for the team, tripping Lucas Moura a few yards outside the Sheffield United penalty area, right of centre and about 35 yards from goal. Son’s free-kick loops high and wide after taking a deflection off the wall. From the ensuing corner, Norwood catches Son with an elbow into his neck as the pair contest a bouncing ball out by the touchline and is incredibly lucky to avoid a second yellow in quick succession. What the hell was he thinking?

6.38pm BST

37 min: So, back to that Spurs non-goal. Lucas Moura advances up the field towards the edge of the penalty area with the ball at his feet. He ran into a crowd of players and was fouled, whereupon he went to ground and the ball bounced off his arm and into the path of Harry Kane, standing in acres of space to his right. Kane hit a low shot past Henderson, who almost certainly should have done better but was probably expecting a ferocious drive towards the corner of his goal. Anyway, it’s been ruled out now, much to Jose’s displeasure.

6.36pm BST

35 min: Oli McBurnie heads the ball over the bar after getting on the end of a cross from Ben Osborn. There wasn’t much pace on the delivery, which made it a difficult chance.

6.35pm BST

It’s as you were, with Sheffield United leading by what is now the only goal of the game, after Tottenham’s goal is ruled out because the ball hit Lucas Moura’s arm accidentally as the Brazilian hit the deck after being fouled. Jose Mourinho is FURIOUS!!!

6.33pm BST

You’re always most vulnerable when you’ve just scored, they say ... and they might well be right. Harry Kane scores a soft one past Dean Henderson, the ball having bounced his way after Lucas Moura lost control of it on the edge of the penalty area.

6.32pm BST

Sheffield United takes the lead, with Sander Berge shooting low and diagonally into the bottom left-hand corner from inside the penalty area after getting on the end of a pull-back from the byline. He scuffed his shot but his aim was true.

6.30pm BST

30 min: Oli McBurnie protests his team-mate’s innocence to referee Chris Kavanagh after David McGoldrick is penalised for a foul on Lucas Moura. Free-kick for Spurs, about 35 yards from goal in a central position. Harry Kane stands over it and shoots for goal but blasts his effort high and wide.

6.29pm BST

28 min: TOttenham are looking more likely to score at the moment, but are lacking a little cutting edge. Moussa Sissoko tries his luck with a shot from distance that doesn’t trouble Henderson.

6.28pm BST

27 min: Son tries to pick out a decidedly unmarked Harry Kane in the Sheffield United penalty area with a cross curled in from the left. He slightly overhits his delivery and the ball sails into Dean Henderson’s arms.

6.26pm BST

24 min: Jose Mourinho had plenty to say to Moussa Sissoko during the drinks break, during which pointed a lot while instructing his midfielder. Play resumes, with everyone suitably rehydrated after an exhausting 20 minutes of gadding about at a quite pedestrian pace in stifling ... em, 14 degree heat.

6.24pm BST

23 min: Harry Kane gets a sight of goal after running on to a pass from Bergwijn after good work by Son. He slices his shot from a tight-ish angle and the ball sails well wide. It’s time for drinks.

6.22pm BST

22 min: McBurnie wins another knockdown from a Henderson goal-kick, attempting to pick out McGoldrick, who wins a throw-in. Fasten your seatbelt, dear reader. It really is that exciting.

6.21pm BST

20 min: Lo Celso plays the ball high in behind Sheffield United’s defence for Son to chase down the inside-left channel. John Egan is on hand to hack the ball clear.

6.19pm BST

19 min: Sheffield United striker Oli McBurnie has picked up a knock of some sort and is limping gingerly but has yet to receive treatment.

6.18pm BST

18 min: Serge Aurier plays a give and go with Steven Bergwijn and his cross into the penalty area from the right is much better this time. Basham gets a touch, the ball hits Heung-min Son and bounces up nicely for Henderson.

6.17pm BST

16 min: Lucas Moura advances towards the right side of the Sheffield United penalty area and plays a perfect pass into the path of Serge Aurier on the overlap. His cross is diabolically bad and sails high and wide of Henderson’s goal.

6.15pm BST

14 min: McBurnie threads a little pass into the Tottenham penalty area for Chris Basham, of all people, to sprint on to. There’s too much weight on the pass and the central defender can’t reach it before Hugo Lloris.

6.13pm BST

12 min: McBurnie wins the ball in midfield after another long kick-out from Henderson, his goalkeeper. George Baldock is flagged for offside in the ensuing Sheffield United attack.

6.11pm BST

12 min: A fairly poor Enda Stevens cross into the Tottenham penalty area is cut out and cleared by Gio Lo Celso.

6.11pm BST

10 min: Another long ball up the field from Henderson, his third or fourth of the night so far. Baldock and McGoldrick get surrounded and penned in on the right touchline and are forced to play the ball backwards towards John Egan, who lumps it forward again.

6.08pm BST

7 min: Sheffield United win a throw-in just inside the Tottenham half and McGoldrick plays the ball wide to Baldock on the right. Spurs win possession back and advance quickly up the field. It’s pretty even so far.

6.06pm BST

6 min: Steven Bergwijn advances down the inside left and plays the ball wide to Son. He cuts inside and wins a corner with his attempted cross. Son takes the set piece and his delivery is sublime. Dier gets a touch at the near post and the ball flashes across the face of goal. Moussa Sissoko is unable to keep it in play and hooks it out for a goal kick.

6.04pm BST

4 min: A long throw from Ben Osborn into the Tottenham penalty area is cleared by Eric Dier. Good early pressure here from Sheffield United, which comes to naught when Sander Berge overhits a cross from the right and puts the ball out of play.

6.03pm BST

3 min: Tottenham’s defenders pass the ball from side to side under a press from David McGoldrick and Oli McBurnie. The ball makes it’s way upfield to Dean Henderson, who leathers it back down the pitch. Baldock crosses for McGoldrick, who is unable to flick it into the path of McBurnie.

6.02pm BST

1 min: George Baldock takes the first shot in anger after an aggressive start from the hosts. His low drive looks to be fizzing towards the bottom right-hand corner, but Hugo Lloris gets down to save without much fuss.

6.01pm BST

1 min: Harry Kane gets the ball rolling, like his team-mates a vision in sort of aqua-marine ensemble of shirt, shorts and socks. The players of Sheffield United wear their usual home kit of red and white striped shirts, black shorts and red socks.

5.58pm BST

Not long now: With the subs from both teams already dotted around various seats in the lower stand, Tottenham march out on to the pitch down the steps of one of one of the stands to the right the tunnel, from which their hosts emerge. The last of the pre-mch formalities are under way and kick off is just a few minutes away.

5.46pm BST

5.45pm BST

Chris Wilder speaks: “No excuse, we’re missing some big players and we just have to get on with it,”says Sheffield United’s manager in a pre-match interview with Sky Sports. “I just have the trust the team we’re putting out there to work hard and get a result. We only have seven on the bench tonight and we have to try to dig a result out from somewhere. This is a big challenge for us - we’re in the division for occasions and experiences like this, playing against top sides. I expect a fully committed front foot performance and I’m positive I’ll get that.”

5.28pm BST

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5.17pm BST

Sheffield United: Henderson, Basham, Egan, Robinson, Baldock, Berge, Norwood, Osborn, Stevens, McBurnie, McGoldrick

Subs: Sharp, Jagielka, Kieron Freeman, Mousset, Moore, Rodwell, Zivkovic

5.11pm BST

Team news: Sheffield United make two changes to the team that lined up against Arsenal on Sunday, with Sander Berge and Ben Osborn coming into midfield for Johns Fleck and Lundstram. Congratulations to Osborn, who makes his full Premier League debut for the Blades.

Tottenham make one change in personnel from their last start, with Steven Bergwiijn replacing Dele Alli, who drops to the bench. We’ll have the full line-ups shortly.

4.54pm BST

In the build-up to today’s game, the Tottenham manager has been singing the praises of his Argentinian midfielder Giovani Lo Celso, while simultaneously managing to toot his own horn too.

4.54pm BST

The Sheffield United manager has been discussing the financial implications of the coronavirus pandemic and how it might affect his budget for next season. The Blades are expected to be between £20m and £30m out of pocket on the back of it because of it, with no sign of crowd restrictions at football matches being lifted any time soon.

4.54pm BST

Related: José Mourinho backs Tanguy Ndombele to step out of the shadows at Spurs

4.54pm BST

4.53pm BST

John Lundstram is a major doubt after being forced out of Sheffield United’s FA Cup defeat at the hands of Arsenal with a shoulder injury. Jack O’Connell is edging closer to a return following a knee injury, but with his replacement in defence, Jack Robinson, impressing in recent weeks, Chris WIlder says he feels under no pressure to rush O’Connell back.

11.44am BST

Reeling from three consecutive defeats in the wake of their “opening day” draw against Aston Villa, Sheffield United must try to get their season back on track with a win against Tottenham Hotspur, who are eighth in the table and just one point ahead of their hosts.

Following their draw with Manchester United and subsequent win over West Ham since the resumption of the season, Tottenham need a win to take them to within four points of Wolves and Manchester United and keep their faint hopes of Champions League qualification alive.

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Sheffield United sweep Tottenham aside to revive hopes of Europe

Guardian - tor, 02/07/2020 - 21:10

José Mourinho rightly condemned the damage being done to “the beautiful game” by VAR but he has more to fear than the killjoys of Stockley Park on the evidence of Tottenham’s defeat at Sheffield United. Mentally, defensively and creatively, Spurs were second best and are in danger of finishing outside the top six for the first time since 2009.

Mourinho attacked the VAR decision that disallowed an equaliser for Harry Kane at Bramall Lane, naturally, but he did not camouflage its impact on his brittle players. Spurs lost their composure and fight after Michael Oliver’s decision and were sliced apart by Chris Wilder’s wing‑backs as United leap-frogged the visitors in the pursuit of European qualification. All three of United’s goals came from the flanks and on all three occasions the Spurs defence was found wanting badly. Oli McBurnie, who sealed victory, embodied the heart and commitment that his opponents lacked.

Related: Arteta still sure Aubameyang will stay and says Arsenal must not sell assets

Related: Manchester City v Liverpool: Premier League – live!

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Spurs' ruled-out goal: 'Worst decision ever'

Sky Sports - tor, 02/07/2020 - 19:00
Sky Sports' Jamie Redknapp has condemned the VAR decision to rule out an equalising goal for Tottenham at Sheffield United as "one of the worst decisions I have ever seen".

Blades back on form as Spurs fume at VAR

Sky Sports - tor, 02/07/2020 - 17:18
Sander Berge, Lys Mousset and Oli McBurnie fired Sheffield United to a 3-1 win over Tottenham, as Spurs were left fuming after a VAR call denied Harry Kane an equaliser.

Charlie's Premier League predictions

Sky Sports - tor, 02/07/2020 - 16:48
Charlie Nicholas returns with his Premier League predictions for the full round of fixtures this coming weekend.

Tottenham transfer rumours

Sky Sports - tor, 02/07/2020 - 09:26
The latest transfer news and gossip on the players linked with Tottenham - and those who could leave the club.

Mourinho: I wouldn't swap Lo Celso for Fernandes

Sky Sports - tor, 02/07/2020 - 08:00
Tottenham head coach Jose Mourinho says he would not swap Giovani Lo Celso for Bruno Fernandes after Spurs missed out on the Portuguese midfielder last summer when they signed Lo Celso.

José Mourinho backs Tanguy Ndombele to step out of the shadows at Spurs

Guardian - ons, 01/07/2020 - 23:30
  • Club-record signing fourth in midfield pecking order
  • ‘No drama over having great players on the bench’

José Mourinho said Tanguy Ndombele can fire an upturn in his fortunes at Tottenham in much the same way Luka Modric did at Real Madrid and complained about why it is always a drama when he does not select a big-name player.

Related: Bukayo Saka signs new Arsenal contract to end doubts over future

Related: Jürgen Klopp calls on Liverpool to follow example of the All Blacks

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The remaking of Moussa Sissoko

Sky Sports - ons, 01/07/2020 - 21:30
Few would have believed the turnaround Moussa Sissoko has managed in two years at Tottenham. Apart from the man himself.

Monaco interested in signing Aurier

Sky Sports - ons, 01/07/2020 - 20:30
Monaco are interested in signing Tottenham defender Serge Aurier this summer.

Live on Sky: Sheff Utd vs Tottenham

Sky Sports - ons, 01/07/2020 - 16:50
Team news, stats and prediction ahead of Sheffield United vs Tottenham in the Premier League on Thursday (kick-off 6pm).

Mourinho hopeful over Dier extension

Sky Sports - ons, 01/07/2020 - 16:26
Jose Mourinho says he wants Eric Dier to stay at Tottenham, and believes both the player and chairman Daniel Levy are keen for him to sign a new deal.

Wilder: Mourinho's a modern-day great

Sky Sports - tir, 30/06/2020 - 13:40
Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder insists Jose Mourinho remains one of the greatest managers of the modern era as his side prepare to host Tottenham on Thursday.

PL: One positive coronavirus case in latest testing

Sky Sports - man, 29/06/2020 - 20:38
The Premier League has confirmed it has received one positive test for coronavirus after the 11th round of mass testing.

Trippier opens up on Tottenham exit

Sky Sports - man, 29/06/2020 - 17:03
Kieran Trippier says he has mixed emotions about his last year at Tottenham - and probably knew his time was up months before the Champions League final.

Pochettino's son signs new Spurs deal

Sky Sports - man, 29/06/2020 - 16:05
Maurizio Pochettino - son of former Tottenham boss Mauricio - has signed a new contract with the club.

How much longer will Harry Kane tolerate a career without trophies? | Barry Glendenning

Guardian - man, 29/06/2020 - 09:00

Striker’s dedication to Spurs is beyond question but he cannot be blamed for casting envious glances at others’ celebrations

A penny for the thoughts of Harry Kane as he witnessed scenes of jubilation unfold outside Anfield, perhaps pondering the notion that, seven seasons into his career as a senior professional with Tottenham, the team he represents has yet to win even one of domestic football’s far less coveted baubles.

The often-ridiculed phrase “This Means More” was coined by Liverpool long before it applied to an inevitable increase in local Covid-19 cases caused by socially irresponsible public celebrations. The unbridled delight of fans who have seen their team win the Champions League, Premier League and Club World Cup in little over a year is unlikely to have been lost on a player who, for all the individual plaudits he has earned, remains resolutely a footballing bridesmaid rather than bride in terms of major honours won. Playing for Tottenham obviously matters a great deal to Kane, but at 26 he has reached a point in his career where lining up for a team more likely to win silverware would surely mean more.

Related: José Mourinho hails 'fundamental' Harry Kane as Moyes hits out at VAR

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