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Tottenham 2 Everton 2: Premier League match report

Tottenham 2 Everton 2: Sigurdsson rescues stuttering Spurs from disastrous defeat as top-four race hots up

PUBLISHED:

14:59 GMT, 7 April 2013

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UPDATED:

15:15 GMT, 7 April 2013

A late equaliser from Gylfi Sigurdsson rescued Tottenham from a crucial defeat but the pressure to reach the top four regardless continues to grow.

Emmanuel Adebayor had given the home side a first-minute lead from close range before through Phil Jagielka's equaliser and Kevin Mirallas' excellent finish rivals Everton had taken a second-half lead.

With the crowd getting anxious and time running out, Sigurdsson popped up with the all-important equaliser though Tottenham may still view it as two points dropped.

Early opener: Emmanuel Adebayor scored in the opening minute

Early opener: Emmanuel Adebayor scored in the opening minute

Match facts

Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Caulker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Parker, Dembele (Huddlestone, 45), Sigurdsson, Holtby, Dempsey, Adebayor

Subs not used: Friedel, Naughton, Assou-Ekotto, Livermore, Ceballas, Carroll

Goals: Adebayor 1, Sigurdsson 87

Everton: Howard, Coleman, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Mirallas, Osman, Gibson, Heitinga, Barkley (Jelavic, 52), Anichebe

Subs not used: Mucha, Stones, Duffy, Oviedo, Hitzlsperger, Naismith

Goals: Jagielka 15, Mirallas 53

Ref: Andre Marriner

Att: 36,192

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More to follow…

The equaliser: Phil Jagielka equalised for Everton in the 15th minute

The equaliser: Phil Jagielka equalised for Everton in the 15th minute

Three points: Thanks to Kevin Mirallas, Everton were only minutes from an important victory

Three points: Thanks to Kevin Mirallas, Everton were only minutes from an important victory

Battle: Spurs' Michael Dawson and Everton's Victor Anichebe were competing throughout

Battle: Spurs' Michael Dawson and Everton's Victor Anichebe were competing throughout

Famous guests: Paul Gascoigne and Gary Mabbutt were present at White Hart Lane

Famous guests: Paul Gascoigne and Gary Mabbutt were present at White Hart Lane

Classy: Moussa Dembele has been one of Tottenham's best players this season

Classy: Moussa Dembele has been one of Tottenham's best players this season

Pivotal: Sigurdsson's equaliser could yet be the difference in the Champions League race

Pivotal: Sigurdsson's equaliser could yet be the difference in the Champions League race

Remaining Premier League fixtures

TOTTENHAM

Apr 21 Man City (H), 1.30pm
Apr 27 Wigan (A), 3pm
May 4 Southampton (H), 3pm
May 12 Stoke (A), 3pm
May 19 Sunderland (H), 4pm
TBC Chelsea (A)

EVERTON

Apr 13 QPR (H), 3pm
Apr 16 Arsenal (A), 7.45pm
Apr 20 Sunderland (A), 3pm
Apr 27 Fulham (H), 3pm
May 4 Liverpool (A), 3pm
May 12 West Ham (H), 3pm
May 19 Chelsea (A), 4pm

Moussa Dembele: Hip injury is worse than before

Hip injury is worse than before, admits Dembele as Spurs star fights his way back to fill fitness

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UPDATED:

17:04 GMT, 28 November 2012

Tottenham's Moussa Dembele has reveled the pain in his hip has never been so intense as he works his way back to full fitness.

The 25-year-old has quickly become a favourite at White Hart Lane since joining in the summer, despite making only a handful of appearances at the club before injury jeopardised his season.

'I've had this hip problem before but this time it has been worse than it ever was in the past,' he told the Evening Standard.

Road to recovery: Dembele has not started a game for Spurs since the beginning of October

Road to recovery: Dembele has not started a game for Spurs since the beginning of October

'Normally I can rest for three or four days and it is okay but this time the pain was more intense and I needed a longer spell out. I've worked with a personal physio in Belgium and it requires a lot of exercises. When I first got the problem again, I was worried that I would have to have an operation but the medical staff at Tottenham were very good.

'We searched for the best doctors that there were to treat hip injuries and I was supported very well. I'm happy the club gave me the time and space I needed to be pain-free again.

'When I thought I would need an operation, it was a difficult time for me and I wasn't happy but, unfortunately, there isn't anything you can do about it. Luckily, I've now been given the all-clear to play by the doctors.'

Rest: The midfielder claims the pain in his hip is 'more intense' than before

Rest: The midfielder claims the pain in his hip is 'more intense' than before

The midfielder suffered a recurrence of the injury while on international duty early last month and he has not started a game for Spurs since the 2-0 victory over Aston Villa at the beginning of October.

'It's good to be back on the pitch again, even just for short spells, after having more than a month out,' said Dembele.

'The injury is okay now and it's about coming back slowly. I didn't feel as though I could have played a full game against Lazio or West Ham but it's a lot better.

'I need to talk to the manager to see when it's right for me to play 90 minutes but I hope I can do my bit now and help the team. I always want them to do well so I wasn't happy to see the poor results.

'They have played some good games and they haven't always been lucky but I hope I can give a bit extra and help them a bit more. I am a creative player and I can bring something more to the team.'

Gareth Bale left at home for Spurs game with Maribor

Daddy Bale stays at home as Tottenham face crucial test in Slovenia

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UPDATED:

23:57 GMT, 24 October 2012

Gareth Bale has been granted a week’s paternity leave after discussions with Spurs’ boss Andre Villas-Boas, but has insisted upon making an emotional return to Southampton this weekend.

The Wales international was left at home with his new-born daughter as the rest of the club’s first-team squad flew out to Slovenia.

The winger pulled out of the match against Chelsea after his partner went into labour last Saturday but will link up once more with his colleagues after deciding that the opportunity to face his former club at St Mary’s was too good to pass up.

Back home: Andre Villas Boas allowed Gareth Bale to remain in England with his newborn baby

Back home: Andre Villas Boas allowed Gareth Bale to remain in England with his newborn baby

PROBABLE LINE-UP

TOTTENHAM (4-2-3-1): Lloris; Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Naughton; Huddlestone, Sandro; Lennon, Dempsey, Sigurdsson; Defoe.

Kick-off: 6pm, Ljudski vrt Stadium.

TV: LIVE on ITV4 from 5.30pm.

Referee: Sergei Karasev (Russia).

It is the first time he will have been back to face the Saints after leaving the club to join the north Londoners in a 10m deal five years ago.

Villas-Boas had left the situation open-ended, but it appears that Bale himself has taken the decision to play.

'We have been discussing it since he left us before the game against Chelsea,' said Villas-Boas, 'I’ve had a conversation with him.

'On such an occasion it is important to give the player a choice of a return so he comes back mentally strong and ready to focus.

'It’s important to have input from the player as well. So, we will have no doubts about his state when he returns for the Southampton game.' Bale is not alone in remaining behind. Moussa Dembele, Emmanuel Adebayor and Brad Friedel were all absentees.

Ready to go: Jermain Defoe and Aaron Lennon train ahead of game

Ready to go: Jermain Defoe and Aaron Lennon train ahead of game

Villas-Boas looks set to name a strong side once more ahead of two matches against the Slovenians that he feels will decide whether the club progresses from the group.

Kyle Walker will continue at right-back, despite the closure of his twitter account. The defender received abuse after the Chelsea match and decided that enough was enough.

'The social media is something we respect – as long as it does not collide with the club’s interests,' added Villas-Boas, 'I’m not sure the reasons Kyle took for closing the account, whether they are connected to the happenings after the Chelsea game. But certainly he feels better about it.'

Two draws from the opening matches have left Spurs chasing Lazio who appear certain to qualify should they beat Panathinaikos.

'It was always going to be decisive,' added Spurs’ head coach, 'It looks as though it will be between our two sides. If you look at our players, we should win, but it doesn’t always work like that.

'Manchester United struggled against Braga. Maribor won a big derby match at the weekend and will be very motivated against us.'

Rafael van der Vaart wanted by Hamburg while Spurs suffer setback in Willian chase

Hamburg vow to re-sign Van der Vaart while Spurs suffer setback in Willian chase

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UPDATED:

15:15 GMT, 29 August 2012

Hamburg have vowed to do everything possible to re-sign Rafael van der Vaart from Tottenham before the transfer window closes.

Van der Vaart has been strongly linked with a return to his former club but the Bundesliga side's chairman, Carl-Edgar Jarchow, has admitted time is running out to convince Spurs to sell.

'There is not a lot of time – it is really up to Tottenham Hotspur,' he told Deutsche Presse-Agentur. 'If we have a chance to sign him, we will do everything we can to make that happen.'

Old pals: Rafael van der Vaart (left) is wanted back at former club Hamburg

Old pals: Rafael van der Vaart (left) is wanted back at former club Hamburg

That opportunity could present itself if Tottenham complete the signing of some of their own targets during what looks set to be another frantic final 48 hours of a summer transfer window at White Hart Lane.

Moussa Dembele is on the brink of sealing a move from Fulham after Spurs triggered a 15million release clause.

New manager Andre Villas-Boas has also renewed the interest he showed while Chelsea boss in Shakhtar Donetsk forward Willian, who could fill the void left by the departure of Luka Modric.

Shakhtar chief executive Sergei Palkin has claimed he had rejected a bid of just under 12million for the Brazilian and that Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy had also made an inquiry about two other players.

No go: Shakhtar Donetsk have turned down Spurs' latest bid for Willian (top)

No go: Shakhtar Donetsk have turned down Spurs' latest bid for Willian (top)

'Mr Levy, the chairman of Tottenham Hotspur FC, personally flew to Donetsk to negotiate over Willian,' Palkin told his club's official website. 'But his latest offer was 15 million euros, which we, of course, did not accept.

'Levy, by the way, hinted that besides Willian, Villas-Boas was interested in Douglas Costa and Fernandinho, but he mentioned that just casually, without any specifics.'

Spurs have been heavily linked for some time with France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris and there are reports they could be on the brink of agreeing a deal with Lyon in the region of 13m.

Van der Vaart is said to be valued at around 14million by Daniel Levy, almost more than double the Tottenham chairman paid Real Madrid for the 29-year-old two years ago.

The Holland star joined Real from Hamburg, where he became a cult hero during his three-year spell at the club, while his wife, Sylvie, still works in Germany.

Spurs have also been linked with Internacional striker Leandro Damiao and Rennes midfielder Yann M'Vila but the chances of them moving to White Hart Lane appear to have receded.

Time is also running out for Villas-Boas to offload players, with doubt having reportedly been cast on the futures of several names including Michael Dawson, Jermaine Jenas, Aaron Lennon, David Bentley, Heurelho Gomes, Giovani dos Santos and Jermain Defoe.

Tom Huddlestone appeared to have completed a loan move to Stoke, although that has been complicated by a medical that prompted concern over the player's long-standing ankle problems.

Luka Modric signs for Real Madrid from Tottenham

At last! Spurs midfielder Modric finally completes 27m move to Madrid

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UPDATED:

22:50 GMT, 26 August 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Luka Modric will be unveiled as a Real Madrid player after they hammered out a €34million (26.9m) move for the midfielder on Sunday night.

The fee is a blow for Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy, who was holding out for a figure in the region of 35m-plus.

Spurs are desperate to bolster their squad after a slow start to the season and the money will help fund moves for two Brazilians they are chasing — Willian of Shakhtar Donetsk and Leandro Damiao of Internacional.

Done deal: Luka Modric has signed for Real Madrid from Tottenham

Done deal: Luka Modric has signed for Real Madrid from Tottenham

Manager Andre Villas-Boas is keen to sign at least three before the transfer window shuts on Friday. Fulham’s Moussa Dembele is much admired at White Hart Lane and Spurs scouts also watched France striker Loic Remy come on as a second-half substitute on Sunday as Marseille beat Montpellier 1-0.

The north London club continue to pursue young defenders too, with Liam Moore, 19, of Leicester watched in their 2-1 defeat at Blackburn. Moore also interests Manchester United and Everton.

Wanted: Shakhtar Donetsk's Willian (top) is a target for Tottenham

Wanted: Shakhtar Donetsk's Willian (top) is a target for Tottenham

Tottenham remain keen on Ezekiel Fryers, 19, the former United defender who has signed for Standard Liege but could be pursued in January. A Spurs deal for Fryers fell through, with United looking for 6m in compensation from any English club that signed him.

QPR plan to resume negotiations over a deal for Tottenham defender Michael Dawson today but he is reluctant to leave White Hart Lane. Stoke will also revisit a loan for Tom Huddlestone.

On his way Michael Dawson could yet leave Spurs for Queens Park Rangers

On his way Michael Dawson could yet leave Spurs for Queens Park Rangers

Another midfield target of Spurs, Rennes’ Yann M’Vila, is also on a list of Arsenal targets but the Gunners may prefer a 15m move for his France teammate Yohan Cabaye of Newcastle.

Manager Arsene Wenger, who initially targeted Newcastle’s Cheick Tiote and also wants another defender, said: ‘I anticipate that we will do something. Defensive midfielder It depends on the quality of the players available.’

Real Madrid keen on Fulham"s Moussa Dembele

He's the Real deal! Madrid show interest in Fulham's Dembele

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UPDATED:

12:50 GMT, 1 August 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Real Madrid are understood to be the latest big club to show an interest in signing Fulham attacking midfielder Moussa Dembele.

The Belgium international is entering the final year of his contract at Craven Cottage and has caught the eye of a number Europe's top clubs ever since he first moved to England in 2010.

Both Tottenham and Manchester United have previously shown interest in Dembele, but Fulham boss Martin Jol is keen to hold onto one of his star players.

Real interest: Moussa Dembele has attracted interest from Real Madrid, according to his agent

Real interest: Moussa Dembele has attracted interest from Real Madrid, according to his agent

But Dembele's agent, Jan de Visser told De Telegraaf that the Spanish champions have registered their interest in the player.

De Visser said: 'Real Madrid have contacted us and asked about Moussa Dembele’s availability.

'They are not the first big club to make enquiries about Moussa this summer, though.'

Tottenham enquire about Chelsea target Willian

Villas-Boas ready to hijack Chelsea's bid for long-term target Willian

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UPDATED:

23:29 GMT, 24 July 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Tottenham have made an enquiry for long-time Chelsea target Willian of Shakhtar Donetsk.

The 23-year-old Brazilian revealed last week that he was upset when his club rejected an offer from Chelsea but remained hopeful of a move.

London calling: Chelsea and Spurs are interested in Willian

London calling: Chelsea and Spurs are interested in Willian

Shakhtar want 19million for the attacking midfielder and Tottenham, who lost out to Chelsea over Internacional midfielder Oscar, are considering a bid.

Andre Villas-Boas also had scouts watch Brazil's Leandro Damiao and Hulk last Friday.

Villas-Boas, who was also linked with a loan move for Roma striker Marco Borriello, 30, is keen on Fulham's Moussa Dembele but resigned to losing Manchester City's Emmanuel Adebayor as talks over his wages hit an impasse.

Reading ramp up interest in Pavel Pogrebnyak

Reading ramp up interest in Fulham target Pogrebnyak

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UPDATED:

06:51 GMT, 19 June 2012

Reading are prepared to outbid Fulham in the race to land Pavel Pogrebnyak.

The Russia international will become a
free agent at the end of the month when his short-term contract at
Craven Cottage expires.

Wanted man: Pavel Pogrebnyak is keen to remain in the Premier League

Wanted man: Pavel Pogrebnyak is keen to remain in the Premier League

Pogrebnyak scored six goals in 12 starts for Fulham after joining from Stuttgart in the January transfer window.

And manager Martin Jol has tabled a new three-year-deal worth 20,000-per-week as he looks to secure the forward’s long-term future.

But Barclays Premier League new-boys Reading, who are funded by new Russian-born owner Anton Zingarevich, are willing to offer the 28-year-old 30,000-per-week.

It is understood Pogrebnyak, who is still smarting from Russia early Euro 2012 exit, is still to decide where he will play next season but wants to stay in England.

Meanwhile, Fulham are still working on new contracts from Clint Dempsey and Moussa Dembele.

Instant hit: Pogrebnyak impressed during his spell with Fulham last season

Instant hit: Pogrebnyak impressed during his spell with Fulham last season

Moussa Dembele set to reject new Fulham deal

Dembele set to reject new Fulham deal as United, Arsenal and Spurs lurk

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UPDATED:

22:54 GMT, 18 May 2012

Moussa Dembele, 24, is set to reject Fulham’s new contract offer, paving the way for a summer exit. The midfielder has a year left but Martin Jol’s attempt to convince him to sign a new deal seem to have failed.

Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham all admire the Belgian.

Newcastle have to pay 3.5m to sign Bolton midfielder Mark Davies.

Will he stay or will he go Moussa Dembele looks set to reject a new contract at Craven Cottage

Will he stay or will he go Moussa Dembele looks set to reject a new contract at Craven Cottage

Fulham 2 Sunderland 1: Cottagers win final game of season

Fulham 2 Sunderland 1: Cottagers still flying high after winning final home game – and they could finish above Liverpool

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UPDATED:

15:03 GMT, 6 May 2012

Moussa Dembele scored the winner as Fulham claimed a victory against Sunderland that keeps alive their hopes of a seventh placed finish in the Premier League.

Clint Dempsey put the hosts ahead after 12 minutes, firing home a superb 25-yard free-kick into the top corner.

Sunderland levelled through Phil Bardsley's excellent 34th-minute strike but Fulham responded immediately as Dembele put the hosts back ahead with a 20-yard strike that took a slight deflection off Michael Turner as it flew home.

More to follow…

Delight: Moussa Dembele is congratulated after scoring

Delight: Moussa Dembele is congratulated after scoring

MATCH FACTS

Fulham: Schwarzer, Kelly, Hangeland, Hughes, John Arne Riise, Duff, Murphy, Diarra, Dempsey, Dembele, Pogrebnyak.
Subs: Stockdale, Baird, Kasami, Senderos, Frei, Kacaniklic, Trotta.

Sunderland: Mignolet, Bardsley, Turner, O'Shea, Kilgallon, McClean, Colback, Cattermole, Gardner, Sessegnon, Ji.
Subs: Westwood, Bridge, Campbell, Meyler, Bramble, Elmohamady, Bendtner.

Referee: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire)

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