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Tom Huddlestone set to complete Stoke loan switch

Another one out the door at Spurs with Huddlestone set to complete Stoke loan switch

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08:44 GMT, 22 August 2012

On his way: Huddlestone

On his way: Huddlestone

The mass exodus from Tottenham looks set to continue with midfielder Tom Huddlestone on the verge of joining Stoke on a season-long loan deal.

Potters winger Jermaine Pennant broke the news on his Twitter account, posting: 'I walked in training and got a shock saw my friend Tom Huddleston….(sic) On loan till end of season good signing'.

Pennant then responded to fans' questions minutes later, tweeting: 'Yes it's true he's going to have a medical later if it's all good we have got him till the end of the season.'

The departure of England international Huddlestone, 25, means that new Spurs boss Andre-Villas Boas has let seven first-team players leave the club already this summer.

Sebastian Bassong, Vedran Corluka, Steven Pienaar, Niko Kranjcar, Ryan Nelsen and Louis Saha have laready left, while two more are set to depart with Michael Dawson nearing a switch to QPR and the club locked in talks with Real Madrid over the sale of Luka Modric.

Fantasy football 2012

It's not all been one-way traffic at White Hart Lane this summer though. The club on Tuesday sealed the 5million signature of Emannuel Adebayor from Manchester City, while they have made a bids for Brazilian forward Willian and France international midfielder Yann M'Vila.

As well as Adebayor, defender Jan Vertonghen and attacking midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson have arrive for 10m and 8m respectively.

A large turnover of players was always expected when Villas-Boas took over as manager, but perhaps not quite as quickly as has been the case.

Croatia v Spain and Italy v Ireland – EURO 2012 LIVE

EURO 2012 LIVE: Croatia v Spain and Italy v Ireland – all the action as it happens

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18:55 GMT, 18 June 2012

Follow Sportsmail's coverage of Euro 2012 as Croatia, Spain and Italy look to progress to the knock-out stages from Group C. The Spanish are reigning world and European champions and are favourites to progress, but Slaven Bilic's Croatia will have their own ideas.

Meanwhile, Italy face the already eliminated Republic of Ireland, but will Giovanni Trapattoni's boys give the Emerald army something to smile about before they depart All the action kicks off at 7.45pm. Email [email protected] or Tweet.

European Championships Group C

Italy: Buffon, Abate, Barzagli, Chiellini, Balzaretti, Pirlo, Marchisio, Thiago Motta, De Rossi, Di Natale, Cassano. Subs: Sirigu, Maggio, Ogbonna Obienza, Balotelli, Giaccherni, Borini, Montolivo, Bonucci, Giovinco, Diamanti, Nocerino, De Sanctis.

Rep of Ireland: Given, O'Shea, Dunne, St. Ledger, Ward, McGeady, Whelan, Andrews, Duff, Keane, Doyle. Subs: Westwood, Kelly, McShane, Walters, Gibson, Hunt, O'Dea, Long, Cox, Green, McClean, Forde.

Referee: Cuneyt Cakir (Turkey)

Croatia: Pletikosa, Vida, Corluka, Schildenfeld, Strinic, Vukojevic, Rakitic, Srna, Modric, Pranjic, Mandzukic. Subs: Kelava, Simunic, Buljat, Jelavic, Badelj, Vrsaljko, Dujmovic, Kalinic, Kranjcar, Perisic, Eduardo, Subasic.

Spain: Casillas, Arbeloa, Pique, Sergio Ramos, Jordi Alba, Xavi, Busquets, Alonso, Silva, Torres, Iniesta. Subs: Valdes, Albiol, Javi Martinez, Juanfran, Pedro, Fabregas, Negredo, Mata, Llorente, Santi Cazorla, Jesus Navas, Reina.

Referee: Wolfgang Stark (Germany)

10min: Nowt much in the way of goalmouth action thus far. In either game. Daniele De Rossi's volley from 20 yards out which hobbled wide is the best opportunity we've seen.

7min: In what is surely a two-fingered salute to Roy Keane, the Irish fans are on their feet, singing and dancing their Lucky Charm-encrusted hearts out. Keano wants the fans to focus on the players' actions, not support them regardless of performance. That's certainly not being considered tonight!

5min: Croatia are playing the better football in the match with Spain thus far. It's all happening in midfield thus far. But then that's what was expected.

3min: 180 seconds gone and the Irish haven't conceded yet. It's going well!

KICK OFF: Here we go…

7.41: The Municipal Stadium in Poznan is nowhere near full. But the Irish are by far the better supported of the two teams. Hang on, the Italians are taking this game for granted, are they Was all that biscuit talk (see 6.45pm) just a diversion

7.36: Here we go, then. The players from all four teams are lined up in the tunnels. Now question is, which anthems do I listen to Actually, I'm quite partial to Il Canto degli Italiani.

7.29: So, how do you see it tonight Will it go to form with Spain and Italy easing through. or does this fantastic tournament have a huge twist in store tonight You can email or send me a Tweet via the above avenues.

Final flourish: Ireland are hoping to end the tournament on a high after two defeats

Final flourish: Ireland are hoping to end the tournament on a high after two defeats

7.15: No doubt Spain have goals in them (note: I'm hoping for to deliver more insightful comments like this as the night goes on) but can Croatia match them up front Remember, a high-scoring draw, well, 2-2 or above will send the Italians tumbling out.

7.05: The teams are in, eyes right…

6.58: What Keane actually said: 'It's just nonsense to say how great the supporters are. The supporters want to see the players do a lot better and not give daft goals away like that.

'Let's change that attitude towards Irish supporters. Let's not kid ourselves, they want to see their team winning, Let's not just go along for the sing-song now and again.'

What Trapattoni actually said: 'He (Keane) has been a great player and had great success. I don't know if he achieved the same results as coach or manager.

'I can ask him why I think for intelligent man, I can't understand it.'

6.54: What next for Ireland They arrived full of hope after 10 years in the international tournament wilderness, hopes were high for Giovanni Trapattoni's side, but it has descended into a bit of a farce.

While Robbie Keane et al have been played off the pitch by Croatia and Spain there has developed a rather unsightly side show involving Trapattoni and former captain Roy Keane.

'Drop all 11 players', said Keane of the side beaten by Spain. 'Shaddapa you face' – or words to those effect – have come back from the Italian.

But still, win or lose, they're on the booze, the good old Irish, hey… hey! (*Grabs Ireland in headlock and rubs head with knuckles).

Irish eyes are smiling: Can Trapattoni's men go out on a high after the chastening defeats to Croatia and Spain

Irish eyes are smiling: Can Trapattoni's men go out on a high after the chastening defeats to Croatia and Spain

6.45pm: This is not a biscuit, it fact it is not any kind of dunkable, baked, flour-based edible snack, this is knockout football at its best. Confused

Welcome to Sportsmail's coverage of the final round of European Championship Group C matches with drama afoot as the redoubtable Italians facing an early exit if Spain and Croatia share a high-scoring draw.

A scenario described by Gigi Buffon – and the Italian public – as a 'biscotto'. (That's Italian for biscuit, if you were wondering) The venerable stopper has dismissed talk of a stitch-up and told the Azzurri they have to take their medicine should they fail to progress.

'Why do we keep talking about biscotto… as if it was always some else's fault, as if it's never our responsibility, as if others did not have the right to be offended by such talk, as if the fact that (Spain and Croatia) find themselves in this position is not a question of merit but either luck or happenstance.'

You don't see the word 'happenstance' often enough in my book, or the phrase 'good day', but that's a whole other subject.

Oh and the Irish are already out. But, as the song goes: 'You'll never beat the Irish.' Which is factually incorrect as yes you will beat the Irish, beat them easily in fact as they're actually not very good.

Getting ready: Spain are favourites to progress

Getting ready: Spain are favourites to progress

Ireland v Croatia live

EURO 2012 LIVE: Ireland v Croatia – follow the action from Poznan as it happens

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19:06 GMT, 10 June 2012

Follow Sportsmail's coverage of Euro 2012 as Republic of Ireland play in their first major tournament for 10 years when they face Croatia in Poznan. With two extremely tough opponents in Spain and Italy to come, Giovanni Trapattoni's side will be aiming to open their campaign with three points. Send me your thoughts on the drama at [email protected] or via Twitter @Ripinho.

Republic of Ireland 1-1 Croatia (7.45pm)

Click here for the live goals as they go in

Rep of Ireland: Given, O'Shea, St. Ledger, Dunne, Ward, McGeady, Whelan, Andrews, Duff, Doyle, Keane.
Subs: Westwood, Kelly, McShane, Walters, Gibson, Hunt, O'Dea, Long, Cox, Green, McClean, Forde.

Goals: Mandzukic 3.

Croatia: Pletikosa, Srna, Corluka, Schildenfeld, Strinic, Vukojevic, Rakitic, Modric, Perisic, Mandzukic, Jelavic.
Subs: Kelava, Simunic, Buljat, Pranjic, Badelj, Vrsaljko, Dujmovic, Kalinic, Kranjcar, Vida, Eduardo, Subasic.

Referee: Bjorn Kuipers (Holland)

19min: GOAL! REPUBLIC OF IRELAND 1-1 Croatia

16min: Richard Dunne has been caught out a couple of times so far and he is again penalised after tripping Nikica Jelavic. I will be extremely surprised if he isn't booked by the end of this game.

13min: As the TV camera eyes on to Slaven Bilic, you've got to admire the Croatia boss's attempts at starting a new fashion.

Sadly though I don't think a beanie hat with a suit is going to catch on. Croatia still in control.

12min: Keith Andrews strikes it, but after hitting the wall he volleys the rebound wide.

11min: Free-kick in a great position for Ireland as Kevin Doyle is fouled 19 yards out by Gordon Schildenfeld.

10min: From OptaJoe:

3 – Croatia's opener is the first Euro finals goal inside the opening three mins since Michael Owen's vs Portugal in Euro 2004. Swift.

7min: Half-chance for Damien Duff but from 20 yards out he can only drag wide of the post.

6min: The Irish are stunned by that but that is exactly the sort of start Bilic was aiming for when he named two strikers.

3min: GOAL! Republic of Ireland 0-1 CROATIA

Disastrous start. From their first corner the Croats score after Darijo Srna's byline cross is nodded on target by Mario Mandzukic and Shay Given is left wrong-footed as he scrambled across his line to try and keep out the weak header in vain.

Kick-off: Croatia get us underway.

19.44: Extraordinary cheer from the Irish fans as they cheer the start and sing along to their national anthem. If that doesn't motivate Trapattoni's side then nothing will.

19.41: Out come the players as the rain falls inside the ground.

From InfostradaLive:

Ireland are the only squad going into the tournament with no player that plays in their own domestic league. The only other time that Ireland competed in an ECh (1988) this was also the case.

19.38: It's a very soggy Poznan by the way. As you can see from the pictures that hasn't dampened the mood for the Irish fans who are living up to their reputation as being one of the best group of supporters at a major tournament.

19.33: From InfostradaLive:

Trapattoni (73-085) is oldest coach in ECh history. He was born on 17 March 1939 on Ireland’s national holiday St. Patrick’s Day.

19.28: Croatia also had to come through the play-off route after also finishing runners up in their group.

Greece surprisingly topped Group F by two points and it meant Slaven Bilic's side had to face Turkey in a play-off.

A stunning 3-0 win away effectively got the job done before a 0-0 draw at home secured their place this summer.

19.25: Sportsmail's Colin Young:

Ireland fans doing the Poznan in Poznan after a day/night/day on the beer in Poznan.

19.22: Let's remind ourselves how Ireland got here. They pushed Russia all the way to finish runners-up in Group B by two points, but came up trumps in the play-offs when they drew Estonia.

There was no complacency from Trapattoni's side though as they progressed 5-1 on aggregate to reach their first major tournament since the 2002 World Cup.

Honestly it's good to have them back…I've missed them.

True colours: An Irish fan cheers on his side before kick off in Poznan

True colours: An Irish fan cheers on his side before kick off in Poznan

19.19: Ireland to win, Keane to score.

Rebecca Turner, Twitter.

Would that prediction surprise you if it came true I certainly agree with Robbie Keane to score – the former Tottenham striker is still lethal at international level.

19.16: So are set-pieces the way forward for the Irish They are certainly hard to beat – only recently they kept a record eight successive clean sheets. I think they could make themselves quite a nuisance in this group.

19.13: From OptaJoe:

10 – No team scored more goals from set-pieces in qualifying than the Republic of Ireland. Drilled.

19.10: Full line-ups from Poznan:

Rep of Ireland v Croatia
Rep of Ireland: Given, O'Shea, St. Ledger, Dunne, Ward, McGeady, Whelan, Andrews, Duff, Doyle, Keane. Subs: Westwood, Kelly, McShane, Walters, Gibson, Hunt, O'Dea, Long, Cox, Green, McClean, Forde.

Croatia: Pletikosa, Srna, Corluka, Schildenfeld, Strinic, Vukojevic, Rakitic, Modric, Perisic, Mandzukic, Jelavic. Subs: Kelava, Simunic, Buljat, Pranjic, Badelj, Vrsaljko, Dujmovic, Kalinic, Kranjcar, Vida, Eduardo, Subasic.

Referee: Bjorn Kuipers (Holland)

Mixing in: Republic of Ireland and Croatia fans get in the mood before their sides' clash in Poznan

Mixing in: Republic of Ireland and Croatia fans get in the mood before their sides' clash in Poznan

Mixing in: Republic of Ireland and Croatia fans get in the mood before their sides' clash in Poznan

19.05: Giovanni Trapattoni sticks with the starting XI he announced yesterday for the Republic of Ireland's European Championship opener against Croatia tonight.

As expected, Shay Given and John O'Shea are both fit enough to line up in what is the Republic's first Euro finals match since 1988 as manager Trapattoni named the same team as Monday's final warm-up game in Hungary.

Croatia unsurprisingly selected Barclays Premier League stars Luka Modric, Nikica Jelavic and Vedran Corluka for the Group C clash in Poznan.

19.00: The Republic of Ireland haven't even kicked a ball yet but already their chances of progressing from the group stage have increased.

Spain's draw with Italy hands them and Croatia a great chance to move two points clear at the top of Group C with a win this evening and the team news from the clash in Poznan is on the way.

Green army: Robbie Keane (left) is expected to lead the Republic of Ireland's attack

Green army: Robbie Keane (left) is expected to lead the Republic of Ireland's attack

Niko Kranjcar could leave Tottenham for big money contract

Kranjcar tempted by big money deals as he edges towards Spurs exit

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16:05 GMT, 23 May 2012

Tottenham midfielder Niko Kranjcar admits he could be tempted by a big-money move to Russia or Ukraine.

A series of injuries and the excellent form of Gareth Bale meant Kranjcar started just nine Barclays Premier League games last season.

The Croatian, who joined Spurs in 2009, has been linked with a move to Ukrainian side Dynamo Kiev and he concedes that could be an attractive option, providing he receives a handsome wage.

Russian roubles Niko Kranjcar would consider a move to eastern Europe for a big contract

Russian roubles Niko Kranjcar would consider a move to eastern Europe for a big contract

'In Russia and Ukraine playing football you can earn huge money,' Kranjcar told Croatian website Index.

'Whether we admit it or not, money is important.'

Russia has become a popular destination for players looking for a big payday recently, with teams like Anzhi Makhachkala willing to offer eye-watering wages, reportedly up to 15million a year.

Clubs like Zenit St Petersburg, Rubin Kazan and CSKA Moscow have shown Russian teams are no pushovers in European competition in recent years and Kranjcar is a big fan of how eastern European teams have developed.

'Football in the east has progressed,' the 27-year-old said.

'The teams are always high up in the Champions League or are in the Europa League final. It's not like it was 10 years ago.'

Tottenham's activity in the transfer market is likely to have a big impact on their success next season.

Move: Luka Modric could be another Croatian on his way

Move: Luka Modric could be another Croatian on his way

Luka Modric and Gareth Bale have been linked with moves away from White Hart Lane, but Daniel Levy insists they will stay.

The Spurs chairman is also keen to tie up a permanent deal for Emmanuel Adebayor and add at least two more signings, with Marseille forward Loic Remy and Ajax defender Jan Vertonghen thought to be high on the club's list of targets.

The north London club are also set for a clear-out of fringe players, chief among them Mexican misfit Giovani Dos Santos.

Spurs had big hopes for Dos Santos when he arrived from Barcelona, but the forward has not started a league game since August 2008 and now faces yet more uncertainty over his future after a proposed move to Spanish side Villarreal fell through following their relegation from the Primera Division.

'We were very advanced in terms of agreeing for Giovani to play for Villarreal, but that has all collapsed now because they have been relegated,' Dos Santos' lawyer and representative Vicente Montes was quoted as saying on the website of Mexican Radio station Grupo Formula.

'Villarreal being relegated has affected everything – the transfer, the wages. It would have been different had they stayed in the Primera Division.'

Tottenham will sell Niko Kranjcar and Vedran Corluka

Spurs planning on ditching Croat double Kranjcar and Corluka

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21:46 GMT, 22 May 2012

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21:46 GMT, 22 May 2012

Tottenham will off-load Niko Kranjcar and Vedran Corluka this summer. Dynamo Kiev opened discussions over a double move for the Croatia players, which could be worth up to 10million.

Out: Niko Kranjcar (right) will be leaving, along with Vedran Corluka

Out: Niko Kranjcar (right) will be leaving, along with Vedran Corluka

Sunderland 0 Tottenham 0: Spurs return to third place

Sunderland 0 Tottenham 0: Redknapp's men return to third despite dour draw

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13:52 GMT, 7 April 2012

Harry Redknapp watched Tottenham clamber – at least temporarily – up to third in the Barclays Premier League table despite a largely frustrating afternoon at the Stadium of Light.

Although a point was enough to nudge Spurs ahead of north London rivals Arsenal, Redknapp's hunger for a win was obvious in his late introductions of Aaron Lennon and Jermain Defoe.

Emmanuel Adebayor, Gareth Bale and Rafael Van der Vaart all came close for the visitors who started well but faded as Martin O'Neill's resolute Sunderland held firm.

Up in the air: On-loan Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendt6ner flick the ball inside the box but his effort is thwarted by the Tottenham defence

Up in the air: On-loan Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendt6ner flick the ball inside the box but his effort is thwarted by the Tottenham defence

MATCH FACTS

Sunderland: Mignolet, Bardsley (Richardson), Turner, Kilgallon, Colback, Larsson, Gardner, Cattermole (Vaughan 76), McClean, Sessegnon, Bendtner.
Subs: Westwood, Bridge, Richardson, Ji, Meyler, Kyrgiakos.
Booked: Larsson

Tottenham: Friedel, Walker, Gallas, Kaboul, Assou-Ekotto, Van der Vaart (Defoe 83), Sandro (Lennon 65), Parker, Modric, Bale, Adebayor (Saha 78).
Subs: Cudicini, Kranjcar, Livermore, Nelsen.
Booked: Sandro, Assou-Ekotto

Referee: Chris Foy (Merseyside)

In a game of few clear-cut chances,
the best for Sunderland fell to Stephane Sessegnon and Nicklas Bendtner,
but there was precious little to threaten either of the two
goalkeepers.

Given the attacking riches on show
that came as some surprise, and goals certainly seemed to be in the
offing in the early stages which the visitors largely dominated.

Benoit Assou-Ekotto saw his fierce
low drive deflected wide, then Adebayor nudged a Van der Vaart cross
goalwards but it was deflected wide by Phil Bardsley.

Sunderland had little to show for
their efforts until a 33rd-minute mistake by Sandro threatened to gift
Sessegnon a run on goal, but the midfielder responded with a fine saving
challenge.

As Spurs' early pressure gradually
subsided, the hosts had a loud penalty appeal for a handball against
Scott Parker turned down by referee Chris Foy.

No way through: Bendtner does well to trap his body in front of Luka Modric's shot

No way through: Bendtner does well to trap his body in front of Luka Modric's shot

Bendtner almost turned in a Bardsley
drive but was well smothered by Brad Friedel, and moments later Craig
Gardner's header from a Bardsley cross was easily held by the keeper.

William Gallas stumbled attempting to
clear a James McClean cross in the 39th minute and with the Black Cats
continuing to press, McClean headed over from a Sebastian Larsson cross.

Van der Vaart struck a goal-bound
effort in the last minute which was blocked by Matthew Kilgannon as the
two sides ended a sporadically entertaining first half on level terms.

Middle men: Spurs skipper Scott Parker weaves inside of Sunderland's Craig Gardner

Middle men: Spurs skipper Scott Parker weaves inside of Sunderland's Craig Gardner

O'Neill's men almost made a dramatic
start to the second half, McClean finding Sessegnon in the box and the
striker's low shot striking the legs of Gallas.

The impressive Jack Colback, playing
in an unfamiliar full-back role, denied Adebayor a close-range chance in
the 52nd minute when he blocked a ball into the box by Modric.

Adebayor was caught narrowly offside
as he attempted to scissor-kick home a lofted ball from Van der Vaart,
then Bale headed onto the roof of the net from a cross by Assou-Ekotto.

Having a go: Rafel van der Vaart attempts a shot on goal from distance

Having a go: Rafel van der Vaart attempts a shot on goal from distance

Sunderland fashioned a fine chance on
the hour when Larsson's low cross from the right looked set to give
McClean the simplest of tap-ins before Walker made a crucial
interception.

Fall guy: Sunderland winger James McClean takes a tumble after a challenge from Tottenham full-back Kyle Walker

Fall guy: Sunderland winger James McClean takes a tumble after a challenge from Tottenham full-back Kyle Walker

Van der Vaart cut a furious figure in
the Sunderland box in the 73rd minute when his shot was blocked by
Michael Turner, with the Dutchman almost alone in claiming a handball.

Heads up: Gareth Bale is caught up in an aerial duel with Phil Bardsley

Heads up: Gareth Bale is caught up in an aerial duel with Phil Bardsley

Walker's foul on McClean gave
Sunderland a dangerous free-kick on the left in the 85th minute, but
Larsson's set-piece was powerfully headed away by Younes Kaboul.

Missed opportunity: Michael Turner nods his effort just wide to the relief of Spurs pair Younes Kaboul and Sandro

Missed opportunity: Michael Turner nods his effort just wide to the relief of Spurs pair Younes Kaboul and Sandro

Bale's last-minute charge goalwards
was blocked abruptly by a superb challenge by Gardner, following which
the Welshman hobbled gingerly to the sidelines.

Jump to it: Walker vies for the ball with Sunderland's Stephane Sessegnon

Jump to it: Walker vies for the ball with Sunderland's Stephane Sessegnon

Slide away: Sandro manages to stop Sessegnon in his tracks

Slide away: Sandro manages to stop Sessegnon in his tracks

Honours even: Spurs boss Harry Redknapp shares the spoils with Sunderland counterpart Martin O'Neill

Honours even: Spurs boss Harry Redknapp shares the spoils with Sunderland counterpart Martin O'Neill

Chelsea 0 Tottenham 0: Advantage Redknapp in race for Europe

Chelsea 0 Tottenham 0: Advantage Redknapp in the race for Europe

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22:11 GMT, 24 March 2012

In the end it was agonisingly close
for Tottenham. Emmanuel Adebayor was racing through on goal, Petr Cech
beaten, with 10 minutes to go. It seemed a done deal.

Tottenham's first win in the League
at Stamford Bridge since 1990 looked imminent, though that statistic
would have been considerably less significant than the eight-point gap
they might have put on Chelsea in the race for a Champions League spot.

And Adebayor must score: The Togo striker rounds Petr Cech

And Adebayor must score: The Togo striker rounds Petr Cech

MATCH FACTS

Chelsea: Cech, Bosingwa (Luiz 60), Cahill, Terry, Cole, Essien (Torres 75), Lampard, Ramires, Mata, Sturridge (Kalou 88), Drogba. Subs not used: Turnbull, Mikel, Malouda, Meireles.

Booked: Essien.

Tottenham: Friedel, Walker, Kaboul, Gallas, Assou-Ekotto, Modric, Sandro (Livermore 76), Parker, Bale, Van der Vaart (Saha 76), Adebayor. Subs not used: Cudicini, Defoe, Kranjcar, Rose, Nelsen.

Booked: Assou-Ekotto, Sandro.

Referee: Martin Atkinson.

Attendance: 41,850.

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'It was like watching an action
replay, waiting for him to get there and hopefully put the ball in,'
said Harry Redknapp, lamenting the chance later.

For, from somewhere, Gary Cahill appeared, racing back towards goal.

True, Adebayor slightly over-ran the
ball and by the time he shot, the angle was not ideal. Still, the
Chelsea defender's lunge and block was a fine piece of last-ditch
defending.

There was more.

From Luka Modric's corner, Gareth Bale rose unmarked to thunder a header against the bar.

Then, in the third minute of injury time, Bale's free-kick swerved and skidded in front of Louis Saha.

The faintest touch would have turned it in. As it was, even without a deflection, Cech had to dive to his left to turn it away.

Top defending: Gary Cahill thwarts Adebayor

Top defending: Gary Cahill thwarts Adebayor with a well-timed slide

And though Chelsea could point to a
Juan Mata free-kick that hit the post on 73 minutes, those final 10
minutes, when Tottenham dominated the game, were a fair reflection of
the momentum of these clubs' respective seasons.

Tottenham can take heart. They had stemmed the bleeding represented by three defeats and a draw before this game.

They remain fourth, five points clear of Chelsea in fifth and, for now, the last Champions League spot is in their possession.

Jump to it: The Spurs wall attempts to block Didier Drogba's free-kick

Jump to it: The Spurs wall attempts to block Didier Drogba's free-kick

'It was an important point for us,'
said Redknapp. 'And the longer it went on, I thought we were getting at
them and I could see us winning it. I think they were probably more
happy to hear the whistle than us.'

For Chelsea, the future is more uncertain.

Cup glories still, potentially,
await but the League campaign is withering away. It threatens to be
their worst in 10 years, the last time they failed to make the Champions
League, which was before the Roman Abramovich era.

Spot the ball: Petr Cech watches as Emmanuel Adebayor's header sails over the bar

Spot the ball: Petr Cech watches as Emmanuel Adebayor's header sails over the bar

'It's going to be difficult (to
qualify for the Champions League) but from the day I was appointed we
always knew it was going to be a difficult task,' said Roberto Di
Matteo.

'But there are still eight games to play. Of course, fourth spot is very important for our club.'

Danger: Cech and Ashley Cole comine to keep out Rafael van der Vaart's effort

Danger: Cech and Ashley Cole comine to keep out Rafael van der Vaart's effort

Di Matteo's task is to prove that the
energy and fight the club showed of late, most notably against Napoli,
were something more than impetus provided by a change.

For on Saturday they looked laborious. 'In the first half we were a little bit too slow with possession,' said Di Matteo.

Safety first: Cech tips over

Safety first: Cech tips over

The Spurs fans were briefly
celebrating in the 57th minute when they saw Walker ripple the
sidenetting after Gareth Bale jinked past two challenges and found the
full-back with a delightful reverse pass.

Adebayor then fell over shaping to
hit Bale's cross first time before Di Matteo made his first move,
sending on David Luiz at right-back for Jose Bosingwa.

Battle: Ashley Cole and Gareth Bale fight for possession

Battle: Ashley Cole and Gareth Bale fight for possession

'We didn't move the ball quick enough to get into dangerous positions.'

In the second half, they were worse.

In a tedious opening half-hour, neither team looked especially impressive.

It was 28 minutes before anything of
note, when William Gallas blocked Frank Lampard in the box, causing him
to fall. Referee Martin Atkinson generously ignored it.

Have a nice trip: Frank Lampard is sent to the ground by William Gallas's challenge

Have a nice trip: Frank Lampard is sent to the ground by William Gallas's challenge

A spectacular if fruitless 80-yard
run by Adebayor, which ended in him wasting a cross for Kyle Walker, was
the highlight until Tottenham went close to taking the lead on the
stroke half time.

Bale played in Modric, who
accelerated past Michael Essien and crossed for Rafael van der Vaart,
whose shot at Cech was parried away.

Doubling up: Ramires skips between Luka Modric and Scott Parker

Doubling up: Ramires skips between Luka Modric and Scott Parker

Van der Vaart was quickest to react,
shooting again, only for Ashley Cole to clear off the line. Adebayor
stretched to head the rebound but he directed the chance over.

Chelsea's chances were few and far
between. Benoit Assou-Ekotto's challenge in the area on Ramires on 63
minutes looked clumsy and Di Matteo was off his bench demanding a
penalty.

Blinded by the light: Harry Redknapp's side are now winless in five games

Blinded by the light: Harry Redknapp's side are now winless in five games

'There will be a lot of twists and turns, you know,' said Redknapp. 'Even Arsenal still have some tough games. It's all to play for.'

None of which you could dispute.

Tottenham 1 Bolton 1: Fabrice Muamba collapse sees FA Cup match abandoned

FA CUP LIVE: Tottenham 1 Bolton 1 – match abandoned in first half

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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)

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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.

We
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

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

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

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

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

Off-colour: Gareth Bale and Tottenham have hit a slump in recent weeks

Everton v Tottenham live

PREMIER LEAGUE LIVE: Everton v Tottenham – all the action from Goodison Park as it happens

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18:01 GMT, 10 March 2012

Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the Barclays Premier League as Everton host Tottenham at Goodison Park to conclude Saturday's action. The Toffees sit mid-table but will be prepared to take advantage of a Spurs side that has lost confidence following successive defeats that have dented their chances of securing an automatic Champions League spot. Email me your thoughts on the action at [email protected] or contact me on Twitter @Ripinho.

Everton 1-0 Tottenham (5.30pm)

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Everton: Howard, Neville, Heitinga,
Distin, Baines, Coleman, Osman, Fellaini, Drenthe, Cahill, Jelavic.
Subs: Mucha, Hibbert, Jagielka, Stracqualursi, Gueye, Rodwell, Anichebe.

Goals: Jelavic 22.

Tottenham: Friedel, Walker, Kaboul,
King, Assou-Ekotto, Bale, Sandro, Parker, Modric, Defoe, Adebayor.
Subs:
Cudicini, Van der Vaart, Saha, Kranjcar, Rose, Livermore, Nelsen.

Referee: Mark Halsey (Lancashire)

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28min: Bale fires wide from distance for Spurs, and that sums them up really.

25min: And now you would have to say Everton are dictating play. They have seen what Spurs have to offer (not much) and look much more confident on the ball now.

22min: GOAL! EVERTON 1-0 Tottenham

Excellent play. Leon Osman makes Younes Kaboul look silly as he turns him on the edge of the box before his lay-off for Nikica Jelavic is superbly side-footed into the corner, despite the finger-tips of Friedel.

It's the Croatian's first goal for the club.

21min: And that has woken everyone up. Marouane Fellaini rifles a shot from an acute angle that Brad Friedel does well to save with his foot.

20min: That's perked up the home fans…and something had to. Leighton Baines turns neatly on the ball to shrug off attention from Benoit Assou-Ekotto, but his shot is blocked before Spurs clear.

18min: Great skill from Defoe. He turns John Heitinga to make a run into the box, but the Dutchman recovers well to make a crucial sliding tackle to block his shot out of play.

16min: We haven't had a shot since Coleman's effort as Spurs continue to shade the time on the ball. Slow burner I think they call these games.

13min: Better from Spurs. Parker hits a superb pass with the outside of his boot for Bale to run on to.

But playing on the right has harmed his ability to cross and the attack quickly fizzes out.

11min: Spurs seeing plenty of the ball but hardly any of it has been in Everton's half. Apart from that absolutely nothing has happened.

From a Spurs perspective they do look very lost for ideas on the ball.

8min: So an even start and I wouldn't expect anything less. Both sides look comfortable on the ball but neither are keen to go and force the attacking issue just yet.

5min: Decent response from Everton. Royston Drenthe's pacey cross is cleared, but only as far as Seamus Coleman who dummies a defender before firing wide from the edge of the box.

3min: Gareth Bale, who has lined up on the right, charges down the right but his cross is blocked behind by Sylvain Distin.

Kick-off: Everton get us going with the Gwladys Stand behind them.

17.27: Out come the players on a clear evening in Liverpool.

It's not clear in the stands though, Goodison Park packed and as loud as ever.

17.24: Everton meanwhile haven't lost since defeat at Spurs two months ago.

The Toffees are looking for three points that will take them into the top-half and just two points off rivals and seventh-placed Liverpool.

17.21: Tottenham of course are trying to avoid losing a third straight Premier League game today.

The last time that happened, Juande Ramos was sacked as manager at White Hart Lane.

Can't see Harry departing after this one but their season is definitely in danger of collapsing.

No start: Tottenham's Louis Saha (left) was denied the opportunity to start at the club he left in January

No start: Tottenham's Louis Saha (left) was denied the opportunity to start at the club he left in January

17.19: Interesting words from Spurs boss Harry Redknapp regarding the 'gentleman's agreement' on not playing Louis Saha against his former side.

Redknapp told ESPN: 'You're not allowed to do that. David [Moyes] spoke to me after we made the transfer and asked if we could leave him out when he returned but that's against the rules.

'Jermain Defoe has earned his start today anyway as he has been scoring goals recently.'

17.16: Full line-ups from Goodison Park:

Everton v Tottenham
Everton: Howard, Neville, Heitinga, Distin, Baines, Coleman, Osman, Fellaini, Drenthe, Cahill, Jelavic. Subs: Mucha, Hibbert, Jagielka, Stracqualursi, Gueye, Rodwell, Anichebe.

Tottenham: Friedel, Walker, Kaboul, King, Assou-Ekotto, Bale, Sandro, Parker, Modric, Defoe, Adebayor. Subs: Cudicini, Van der Vaart, Saha, Kranjcar, Rose, Livermore, Nelsen.

Referee: Mark Halsey (Lancashire)

17.13: Tottenham striker Louis Saha is named on the bench for today's Barclays Premier League clash against former club Everton in line with the gentlemen's agreement made between Toffees boss David Moyes and opposite number Harry Redknapp.

Gareth Bale, Scott Parker and Jermain Defoe return to Spurs' starting line-up with Aaron Lennon ruled out after he suffered a hamstring injury against Stevenage on Wednesday.

Moyes makes three changes, with Nikica Jelavic, Seamus Coleman and Leon Osman all starting for the Blues after coming on as substitutes in last weekend's 1-1 draw with QPR.

17.10: Goal line controversy, red cards, late goals, and cracking strikes – it's all happened in the Premier League today.

And the drama isn't complete. Everton v Tottenham isn't your average game as these two usually compete in a hard fought battle.

With a Champions League place up for grabs there is plenty riding on it too. Team news on the way.

One to watch: Tottenham's Gareth Bale has often struggled against Everton

One to watch: Tottenham's Gareth Bale has often struggled against Everton

FA CUP LIVE: Tottenham v Stevenage – all the action from White Hart Lane as it happens

FA CUP LIVE: Tottenham v Stevenage – all the action from White Hart Lane as it happens

Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the FA Cup as Tottenham host Stevenage in a fifth-round replay at White Hart Lane with a quarter-final place up for grabs. The League One side held their own to secure a 0-0 draw in the initial tie at the Lamex Stadium and will be motivated in their attempt to produce one of the competition's biggest shocks in recent years.

TOTTENHAM 1 STEVENAGE 1

Tottenham: Cudicini, Nelsen, Dawson (Walker, 8), Kaboul, Rose, Lennon (Adebayor, 38), Parker, Kranjcar, Bale, Van der Vaart, Defoe.

Scorer: Defoe, 26

Subs: Friedel, Gallas, Modric, Giovani, Livermore.

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Game on: Defoe scores the leveller at White Hart Lane

23 mins: Bale and Van der Vaart, who both missed the defeat by United, have been very quiet in the opening phase of this game, as we see Luka Modric and Emmanuel Adebayor warming up. I wouldn't be surprised to see at least one of them introduced at the break providing it stays like this.

20 mins: 20 minutes gone at the Lane, and the home fans are still waiting for Tottenham's first chance. 'Come on you, Spurs,' they sing, but it 'aint helping at the moment. Stevenage are looking comfortable.

17 mins: The Spurs fans are becoming restless. Stevenage are popping the ball about with some real menace. Bostwick's low effort from 20 or so yards sails wide, but it's the away side looking the more threatening.

14 mins: Tottenham are finally put together a few passes, but Kranjcar kicks the ball out of play after failing to find Walker on the right. It's indicative of Tottenham's sluggish start.

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Turn the corner: After back-to-back defeats, Jermain Defoe will hope to fire Spurs into the quarter-finals