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  • July 28, 2012
  • • 1:00 PM
  • • M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland

Live Commentary

  • 90'
    And that's that, both teams settle for 0-0 draw. Either way, fans in Baltimore got to see plenty of goalscoring opportunities. This is Alex Labidou (@sportslab) signing off.
  • 89'
    And it looks like both teams are willing to settle for a draw as LFC kicks the ball among themselves to finish out the game.
  • 86'
    It's all Tottenham at the minute, they're seeing a lot of the ball but they just can't get it into useful positions which could leave them vulnerable on the break.
  • 85'
    Finally, Carroll gets involved as a cross towards his direction is blocked right next to his head by Vertonghen. Corner for LFC
  • 82'
    Vertonghen has come on and so far, he's been effective on defensive.
  • 81'
    Considering how much attacking both teams have had, it would be a shame for it to end in a draw.
  • 77'
    From the looks of things, its easy to see why Rodgers wants to sell Carroll. Once he came in, LFC's ball movement has slowed down.
  • 73'
    Gerrard created a good chance in the box as he launches the ball towards Henderson. Henderson tried to cross to Carroll but Tottenham's defense was ready.
  • 71'
    Andy Carroll replaces Eccleston, who was just subbed in 30 mins ago. Strange move.
  • 69'
    Tom Carroll comes on for Lennon.
  • 67'
    Gallas has taken a knock and is trying to jog off his injury on the sideline.
  • 66'
    Liverpool's offense has really woken up since the additions of Henderson and Gerrard.
  • 63'
    Sigurdsson is coming off for Bentley.
  • 62'
    Carroll is also warming up.
  • 61'
    Borini is coming on for Cole.
  • 60'
    The fans raise their flags as they see Gerrard making his way to the pitch.
  • 58'
    Sama is about to come in for Srktel, Wilson for Carragher. Lucas is coming on for Spearing. And fans should be happy about this one, Gerrard coming on for Shelvey.
  • 56'
    Henderson looks more comfortable in Rodgers possession style of play.
  • 54'
    Great save by Friedel on Martin Skrtel's point blank shot in the box.
  • 53'
    Townsend has some fancy footwork and he beats one defender to get forward.
  • 49'
    Henderson is also on for LFC and it looks like his playmaking ability is already put to use as the forwards have gotten better chances in the second half.
  • 46'
    LFC starts off the second half swinging as Eccleston gets a shot off of.
  • 45'
    Two subs for Spurs: Townsend in for Bale, Walker in for Naughton.
  • 45'
    Tottenham kicks off the second half.
  • 45'
    That ends the first half. An exciting game overall. Can anyone pull ahead. This is Alex Labidou (@sportslab), feel free to ask me questions during the half.
  • 44'
    Another great chance set up by Bale again. Bale launched an inch perfect cross to Sigurdsson who's shot finds Jones' hands.
  • 42'
    Tough miss by Lennon and Kane. Bale initiated a great sequence of play, dribbling past two defenders and crossing in the ball to Kane but the young striker's head missed the cross by an inch. Then the ball landed on Lennon's feet but his shot hit the right post.
  • 39'
    The game is lacking a bit of continuity after starting so strongly. The ball keeps on bouncing from end to end as both teams are playing counter right now.
  • 36'
    Sigurdsson isn't your typical midfield playmaker. He bodies a defender that tries to guard him, aiming to keep the attack moving.
  • 33'
    Questionable call by the refs. Lennon is dragged as he gets into the box but there's no call. He raises his hands to show his disappointment.
  • 32'
    Tottenham is building on its possession.
  • 28'
    Tottenham has had the best chances but they haven't got into rhythm going forward. There's no fluidity in the passing game just yet, it looks a bit rigid and forced.
  • 28'
    Morgan gets another shot on goal blocked by Friedel.
  • 27'
    Adam continues to play very physical today, elbowing Livermore in the face as the Spurs midfielder tried to stop him.
  • 23'
    Give credit to Bale, still playing through a slight injury in a preseason match. He runs past a few LFC defenders and crosses into the box but Lennon can't reach.
  • 21'
    Bale is back on the field.
  • 20'
    The Welsh winger is being examined off the field.
  • 19'
    Bale has gotten up on his power but is limping slowly off the field.
  • 18'
    Looks like Bale might be taken off as he has an issue with his hamstring.
  • 17'
    Bale is clipped down by Adam on a tackle, it a clumsy mistake by the midfielder. Bale remains down on the field. Considering his injury problems over the past few years, this could be serious.
  • 16'
    Tottenham is showing some fight back now as Harry Kane gets an attempt inside the box. He put a lot of power on the shot but it wasn't precise enough.
  • 13'
    After a slow start, Liverpool is starting to gain a lot of momentum offensively. Shelvey receives a nice pass from midfield and advances taking a shot just outside of goal. Friedel saves but it was still an impressive effort.
  • 11'
    Some nifty footwork by Cole sees him going into the box and making an attempt. Unfortunately, he didn't put enough power into the shot and Friedel easily saves.
  • 7'
    Both teams are a bit more settled now in possession and are knocking the ball around nicely with the Reds seeing a shade more of the ball but are yet to do anything with it.
  • 5'
    Downing changes things up for LFC crossing into the box but Morgan misses the deadly setup in front of the box.
  • 4'
    So far Tottenham has been more in sync and aggressive out of the two sides. Liverpool's Adam hasn't looked so good so far.
  • 1'
    Game has started at an aggressive pace as both sides are looking to hassle its opponents.
  • KICK OFF!!! Liverpool starts it off.
  • Players are lining up for kickoff.
  • It is estimated that over 40,000 fans are in attendance and it looks like its primarily Reds fans.
  • Refs and players walks on to the field.
  • Tottenham fans in Baltimore should be amped as its two most well-known players are in starting XI today: Gareth Bale and Brad Friedel.
  • Tottenham: Friedel, Assour-Ekotto, Kaboul, Gallas, Naughton, Livermore, Sigurdsson, Bale, Lennon, Kane.
  • Liverpool icon Steven Gerrard is on the bench along with Andy Carroll, surprising considering the transfer rumors around him.
  • Liverpool: Jones, Enrique, Skrtel, Carragher, Flanagan, Spearing, Downing, Cole, Adam, Shelvey, Morgan
  • Here are the starting lineups for both teams.
  • Hey readers, welcome to our LIVE commentary of today's "friendly" between Liverpool FC and Tottenham Hotspur. This is Alex Labidou (@sportslab) providing my insights throughout the match. Both teams have Champions League aspirations this season and will be looking to prove a point at Baltimore's M & T Stadium.