FA CUP LIVE: Tottenham 1 Bolton 1 – match abandoned in first half
08:13 GMT, 18 March 2012
Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the FA Cup as Tottenham host Bolton at White Hart Lane in a quarter-final that concludes Saturday's action. Harry Redknapp's team have lost their last three games but will be hot favourites against a Trotters side fighting for survival in the Premier League. Email me your thoughts on the action at [email protected] or contact me on Twitter @Ripinho.
Tottenham 1-1 Bolton (Abandoned)
Click here to follow the goals as they go in
Tottenham: Cudicini, Walker, Nelsen,
Gallas, Assou-Ekotto, Van der Vaart, Parker, Modric, Bale, Defoe, Saha.
Subs: Friedel, Kaboul, Giovani, Kranjcar, Rose, Livermore, Sandro.
Goals: Walker 11.
Bolton: Bogdan, Alonso, Boyata,
Knight, Ricketts, Pratley, Muamba, Reo-Coker, Petrov, Miyaichi, Klasnic.
Subs: Jaaskelainen, Eagles, Sanli, Kevin Davies, Ngog, Ream, Vela.
Goals: Bale (og) 6.
Referee: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire)
19.00: Adebayor is just one of many well
known stars within the game summarising all our feelings at this time.
will have to leave it there folks in terms of live coverage, but let's hope we can bring you news on a Fabrice Muamba recovery as soon as possible. Evening to you.
18.54: Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebyaor:
'My thoughts are with Fabrice Muamba's family. We all are praying for him and hope for a speedy recovery.'
18.49: It is understood Bolton striker Kevin Davies and manager Owen Coyle are on their war to the hospital.
18.47: This really puts everything into perspective folks. Who can think of football at a time like this
18.45: Howard Webb spoke to both teams after taking them off the pitch, and it is understood that the players spoke of their desire for the game not to continue.
18.43: The only footage we did see relating to the incident was of Bolton and Tottenham players turning away from the incident in visible distress.
Rafael van der Vaart could be seen praying to the heavens.
18.40: The fans have started leaving the ground now, almost every one of them looks shocked and distressed. Many hugs and tears.
18.36: The 23-year-old is on his way to hospital and is still receiving treatment. All thoughts naturally with the player at this time – there was no way this game could continue.
18.34: Respectful applause from the crowd as the 'Fabrice Muamba' chants go out again – not many of them are leaving.
18.32: Over the Tottenham PA system, it has just been announced the game has been abandoned.
18.31: Not good news. According to ESPN, as Muamba was taken down the tunnel he wasn't breathing.
18.28: It seems there were attempts for 10 minutes to resuscitate the player on the pitch – still no official confirmation yet.
18.25: I'll update you on any developments regarding Muamba's health and the game as soon as I get it by the way.
18.22: Referee Howard Webb has taken the players off the pitch, the game has not been officially called off, but it has certainly stopped for the moment.
White Hart Lane is about as silent as it has ever been with a crowd inside it – they know this is a serious situation.
Shock: Benoit Assou-Ekotto cannot look as medics attend to Muamba
18.21: Huge applause from the crowd as Muamba is carried off on a stretcher – the player is still receiving emergency treatment.
18.19: There was no footage shown of him in an incident by the way, but many people on Twitter are speculating he went down with nobody around him.
44min: In fact this is a very serious situation. Fans all around the ground are chanting Fabrice Muamba's name – let's hope he is okay.
42min: This doesn't look good for Muamba, who has gone down in such agony on the pitch that medics from both teams are on to treat him.
39min: Decent effort from Pratley, who attempts to catch Cudicini cold with a dipping drive 25 yards out, but it just clears the crossbar.
37min: Apart from that corner it's all gone very quiet for Spurs who can't seem to regain their early rhythm. Bolton meanwhile are growing in confidence.
34min: More sloppy play but this time from Bolton. Bogdan comes and misses his punch from a corner, but Nelsen can only head back across goal before Bolton clear.
The Tottenham defender should score in truth.
32min: Oh what a chance! William Gallas gives the ball away and after Marcos Alonso threads a lovely reverse pass for Ivan Klasnic, the Croatian fires wide of Carlo Cudicin's near-post. He should hit the target from there – let alone score.
31min: Bolton have come back into this game and are now starting to test Spurs – especially on the flanks. Assou-Ekotto looking suspect at left-back.
28min: Petrov again picks the ball up, but this time he is in a more dangerous position to the left side of the area.
His shot across goal though is comfortably wide.
26min: Better from Bolton. Fabrice Muamba runs confidently down the middle before feeding Martin Petrov on the left.
His cross is a decent one but Ryan Nelsen heads behind for a corner which this time Spurs clear.
24min: Great opportunity for Spurs. Benoit Assou-Ekotto's cross from the left is perfect for Bale, but the winger shoulders his effort just over the bar – yes he did mean to head it.
21min: Spurs remain the more threatening, with even Scott Parker going on a mazy run before Nigel Reo-Coker times a slide tackle well to concede a corner. Bolton survive after the short-set-piece eventually finds Defoe offside.
18min: Bale's throw finds Defoe in the box, but the striker can't bring the ball under control as Bogdan comfortably takes.
Back in the game: Kyle Walker's powerful header grabbed an equaliser for Tottenham
17min: In fact Bolton cannot even get their passing straight. Owen Coyle's side look all lost at sea just minutes after making a confident enough start – quite bizarre really.
14min: Spurs were starting to settle before that strike and they are on top now. Bolton have started to sit back and are inviting pressure.
11min: GOAL! TOTTENHAM 1-1 Bolton
Spurs's villains from the first goal turn heroes. Bale runs to the byline before delivering a far post cross which Kyle Walker powers home a header from. That was the sort of nodded effort you expect to see from your traditional No. 9.
9min: Spurs respond with Jermain Defoe, but his near post shot is tipped behind at the near post by Adam Bogdan.
6min: GOAL! Tottenham 0-1 BOLTON
The hosts concede a sloppy corner following Kyle Walker's poor control, and Darren Pratley's near-post header from it hits Gareth Bale before going into his own goal.
Spurs's shocking set-piece defending continues…
3min: Quite start as both sides try and find their feet – Bolton not looking like they are going to just sit back here.
Tussle: Bolton's Nigel Reo-Coker (left) and Tottenham's Luka Modric battle for possession
Kick-off: Bolton get us going kicking towards the Paxton Road end.
17.28: Out come the teams at a rain hit north London. Not many traveling fans today – around 650 in total from an initial away allocation of 5000.
17.25: Not that Bolton are full strength by the way. A bug has hit the camp which saw Mark Davies sent home this morning.
17.22: Both these sides have an extra motivation to reach Wembley.
They both have suffered heart-breaking semi-final defeats they want to avenge there recently, albeit in different circumstances.
Tottenham crashed to a shock 2-0 defeat against Portsmouth in 2010, while Bolton won't want reminding again of their 5-0 hammering at the hands of Stoke last season.
Ready to pounce: Louis Saha comes into the Tottenham attack
17.19: Going into this game I had Spurs as big favourites but now I am not so sure.
William Gallas and Ryan Nelsen raises huge question marks for me at the back due to their lack of playing time not just together but this season.
Up front, Jermain Defoe and Louis Saha just screams of two players being isolated this evening – good chance for Bolton this.
17.16: William Gallas makes his first appearance for 10 weeks as Tottenham look to book a place in the semi-finals of the FA Cup with a win over Bolton at White Hart Lane.
Louis Saha comes in for hamstring injury victim Emmanuel Adebayor while there are also starts for Jermain Defoe, Ryan Nelsen and Carlo Cudicini in what is almost a full-strength Spurs side.
Bolton defender Marcos Alonso starts after three months out with a broken foot and Ivan Klasnic replaces David Ngog up front after scoring the winner against QPR last weekend.
17.13: Full line-ups from White Hart Lane:
Tottenham v Bolton
Tottenham: Cudicini, Walker, Nelsen, Gallas, Assou-Ekotto, Van der Vaart, Parker, Modric, Bale, Defoe, Saha. Subs: Friedel, Kaboul, Giovani, Kranjcar, Rose, Livermore, Sandro.
Bolton: Bogdan, Alonso, Boyata, Knight, Ricketts, Pratley, Muamba, Reo-Coker, Petrov, Miyaichi, Klasnic. Subs: Jaaskelainen, Eagles, Sanli, Kevin Davies, Ngog, Ream, Vela.
Referee: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire)
17.10: Consolation, a season saver or a complete nuisance is how Tottenham and Bolton fans may see their team's FA Cup run relative to their season.
But this quarter-final could really help one of these sides out, with Spurs in free-fall and the Trotters struggling in the Premier League. Even if it extends that congested fixture list further, the prize of a trip to Wembley must be a much needed morale booster. Line-ups on the way.
Off-colour: Gareth Bale and Tottenham have hit a slump in recent weeks