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September 22, 2013
• Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff (Caerdydd)
Referee: M. Clattenburg
• Attendance: 27815
Thank you very much for joining me, Tom Webber, for this afternoon's match. It was a brilliant finish to the match, and I hope you have just as great of and end to your evening.
FULL TIME - Cardiff 0-1 Spurs: Paulinho's brilliant late winner ends the Bluebirds' unbeaten home record this season and gives Andre Villas-Boas' men all three points. Their fourth win from five games sees them join arch-rivals Arsenal at the top of the league.
90' + 6'
The final whistle goes! Spurs have won it in dramatic fashion!
90' + 5'
Spurs manage to counter and win a corner. Surely they will keep it down there until the final whistle.
90' + 4'
Yellow CardRoberto Soldado
90' + 3'
90' + 3'
GOOOOAAAL!! EXQUISITE FINISH!! Lamela pulls of his marker and runs to the byeline before squaring the ball into the six-yard box. Paulinho is in there and he finds the back of the net by flicking the ball behind Theophile with his trailing leg. Top-drawer finish.
90' + 2'
Naughton almost finds the far corner with what was most certainly a cross from the left. No one got a touch on it and Marshall scrambled to his right to make sure it did not sneak in.
90' + 1'
WHAT A SAVE!! Paulinho drifts into acres of space inside the box and Holtby picks him out with a lovely pass. Marshall races off his line to close the Brazilian and he is quick enough to get a block on his shot and parry it aside.
Walker goes for goal from distance but he slices his effort wide of the goal. We are going to have four minutes added on here! Can one of these teams find a winner?
Vital clearance from Kim! The midfielder gets back and manages to head Lamela's cross out of the six yard box. Kane was lurking at the back post and that could well have been the winner.
SO CLOSE!! Kane pulls out to the left and receives the ball on the corner of the box. He moves inside of Theophile but his attempt to guide a shot into the far corner sails wide of the post.
...He fails to beat the first man and Cardiff can get the ball away. Only a few moments left now, and I cannot foresee too much time being added on.
Handball from Taylor gives Tottenham a free kick out on the right in the Cardiff half. Eriksen is going to pump this into the box...
Tottenham have enjoyed 62 per cent possession so far today but as things stand it is Cardiff who are looking the more likely to steal a late goal. Are we set for a dramatic finish?
WHAT A CHANCE!! Odemwingie beats Vertonghen inside the area and then pulls the ball back to Gunnarsson on the penalty spot. Again he takes it first time and yet again he sends his effort over the top! That was a chance to grab the winner.
Caulker gets on the ball at the back and charges up field. He lofts a ball over the top in the hopes that Cowie will run onto it, but he puts far too much power on it.
That is a brilliant interception by Gunnarsson! The Icelandic midfielder gets a foot in as Townsed races into the area following some lovely link-up play from the visitors.
Odemwingie is caught offside yet again. He really needs to show a little bit more patience with his movement as he is wasting some good opportunities for the hosts.
That is two poor passes from Lamela! He has time and space on the left side of the area but he rolls his first one into a red shirt, before sending his second to no one!
Spurs have kept a clean sheet in their last three matches against Cardiff in all competitions. Could another one be on the cards this afternoon? The Bluebirds have certainly upped the pressure again.
Yellow CardMichael Dawson
Dawson picks up a booking after he clatters into Kim on the half way line. The midfielder had stolen the ball away from Paulinho and his quick feet drew the foul. He has been very impressive this afternoon.
Odemiwingie's introduction seems to have galvanised the hosts, but he is unable to add a finish after beating Vertonghen in the box. His attempt to bend the ball inside the far stick ends up going wide.
Good play from the Bluebirds as they work a shooting opportunity despite a host of Spurs bodies in the box. Odemwingie clips the ball to Gunnarsson who volleys first time but misses the target.
WELL OVER!! Eriksen bides his time before setting up Naughton to shoot at goal. The left-back tries to bend a shot in the far corner but he completely misses the target.
Not overly adventurous from Mackay as he replaces Campbell with the Nigerian striker. Perhaps he hopes some fresh legs can cause the Spurs defence some trouble.
The answer is no! The ball is fired straight into the wall and the secondary attempt is no better. It looks as though Odemwingie is going to come on for the hosts here.
Yellow CardBen Turner
Poor challenge from Turner! Townsend runs down the right at full speed and the centre-back puts in a late tackle which brings the winger to ground. Can Spurs make somthing of this?
Theophile is really struggling up against Sigurdsson now. Once more he is beaten towards the byeline but the Iceland international puts in a cross that is far too deep.
Across the face of goal! The short free kick is almost wasted by Gunnarsson manages to bulldoze a pass out to Whittingham. He has acres of space on the far side of the area and he plays the ball across the face of goal. However, none of his team-mates gamble to get on the end of it and it rolls out on the far side.
Campbell is becoming increasingly isolated in attack for the Bluebirds this half. He does well there, though, holding up the play before knocking it past Naughton and drawing a foul.
That would have been special! Spurs again work the ball across the pitch and Sigurdsson ends up beating Theophile to the byeline. He cuts it back to Paulinho at the near post and the Brazilian flicks the ball with the outside of his foot, but Marshall has his angles covered and keeps it out.
Great save from Marshall! The keeper does brilliantly to keep out Soldado's volley at the back post, but it would not have counted anyway as the flag was raised for offside.
Walker waltzes into the area from the right and throws a couple of stepovers at Taylor. He left-back is not fooled to his counterpart attempts to lay possession off to a team-mate, however his pass is far too short and the attack breaks down.
Gunnarsson pops up wide on the right and he receives the ball from Campbell in space. He gets his head up but Walker quickly closes him down and manages to steal the ball away.
OFF THE BAR!! Townsend runs across the top of the box before laying the ball off to Sigurdsson. He curls an effort towards the far corner that leaves Marshall rooted to the spot. Fortunately for him it comes back off his bar and the keeper does well to keep out Soldado's follow-up.
Soldado's movement inside the box has been impressive all afternoon and he gets away from Caulker to pick up the ball in space. He fires the ball across the face of goal and no one gets on the end of it. Was that a cross or a shot? I'm not sure even he knows.
In the Manchester derby, City now lead United by 4-0. How about they share some of the goals with this game for us!
Cardiff have already put a few crosses into the area this half but as of yet they have been unable to worry Lloris. The Frenchman comes off the line to claim their latest on without a challenge.
Yellow CardAndros Townsend
Instantly the Bluebirds get in behind the visitors with Kim's exquisite flick over the top of the defence being latched onto by Bellamy. He races into the area and tries to square for Whittingham, but Lloris manages to intercept the cross.
We are back under way at the Cardiff City Stadium.
Welcome back! The two teams are making their way out onto the pitch now so the second half will begin imminently.
HALF TIME - Cardiff 0-0 Spurs: The Bluebirds again fail to score in the first half, while despite peppering Marshall's goal with shots, the visitors have yet to beat him. It is all to play for in the second half so be sure to join me for it in 15 minutes!
45' + 3'
You are never scoring that, Turner! Whittingham's free kick is headed away by Dawson, but only as far as Turner who goes for an ambitious overhead kick. His technique is poor and he puts it well wide of the target.
45' + 2'
The tempo of the game has really died down now, but Kim wins a free kick for Cardiff in a dangerous area as he turns Dawson and is pulled back by the defender.
45' + 1'
We are in the first of three added minutes.
GOOOOAAL... not allowed! The resultant corner is sent to the back post and it flies over the top of Lloris. Turner nods it in but he is adjudged to have fouled Dawson as he climbed to head the ball. His hands where in the defender's back.
Awful control from Lloris! The keeper tries to stop the ball from going out of play but he knees, and then thighs, it out for a corner.
Cardiff are pressing a lot higher and a lot quicker in the closing stages of this half. Tottenham are finding it more difficult to get Eriksen on the ball, and he has been dictating things for much of the game so far. Positive signs for the Bluebirds.
That is great vision from Kim as he sprays a pass from the right touch line, all the way over to Taylor on the far side. It is bending away from the full-back the whole time though and he is unable to stop it from going out for a throw in. Could have been beautiful that!
That is poor from Dembele! He picks up the ball after it is cleared away from a corner and looks to force his way to the byeline. He is hassled all the way, though, and ends up running it off the field.
That is a good challenge from Whittingham as he tracks the run of Townsend inside from the right and times his slide tackle perfectly to take the ball. Cardiff starting to cope with Spurs' play a bit better now.
Good effort! Spurs work the ball from left to right and eventually Townsend finds space to have a go at goal from the corner of the box. He strikes it well enough but he aims it straight at Marshall, who holds onto it.
Bellamy clips a lovely ball over the top for Kim but Dawson gets across to make a crucial interception, though his foot was quite high. The Korean is still down at the other end so the Cardiff players force Spurs to kick it out of play.
That is where Medel is more useful, hounding Paulinho in midfield and forcing him back into his own half. The Chilean then puts in a great tackle and wins possession in the opposing half for his team. Campbell is unable to create anything with it from the left, though.
Well over the bar! Medel picks up a loose ball in the centre circle and bares down on goal. He smashes it towards the target but is unable to keep it down.
Cardiff look reluctant to shoot here! Some great interplay between Gunnarsson and Kim gives the latter the opportunity to go for goal, but instead he lays it off to Bellamy. Spurs manage to get bodies back and the momentum of the attack fizzles out.
For those of you that have not seen it, you have to find a picture of Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan's matchday attire. He has taken to wearing the club's shirt, but could not possibly wear it without his shirt and tie on underneath. So many layers can look untidy, but Mr. Tan sorts that by tucking it all into his trousers!
ANOTHER SAVE FROM MARSHALL! Spurs do brilliantly to hold onto possession and push Cardiff deeper and deeper. Sigurdsson unleashes their 10th attempt of the game and it is a powerful one, but the keeper gets his body in the way.
Cardiff cannot keep hold of the ball here. Villas-Boas men are absolutely dominating possession and are putting Marshall through his paces. Still, they have yet to find the back of the net.
ERIKSEN! Just wide! The Dane has had a cracking start to this game and he pulls another save from Marshall as he follows up from Soldado's strike, which was blocked by former Spurs man Caulker. The keeper got just enough on that to send it outside the frame of his goal, but he could not hold onto it.
That was an opportunity for Cardiff! Campbell gets on the ball inside the area and lays it off to Bellamy. The pass makes it difficult for the Welshman to pull the trigger so he then rolls it to Kim. Also unable to shoot, the midfielder feeds Theophile on the right but his cross is awful.
A great run from Sigurdsson as he darts in and out down the left but loses momentum and sends his cross into the first red shirt in the area. Spurs are looking dangerous here.
In the Premier League game running simultaneously to this one, Sergio Aguero has just put Manchester City 1-0 up against Manchester United.
GREAT EFFORT! Eriksen is not closed down within shooting distance of goal, and he takes the opportunity to do just that. He looses an effort which skids towards the bottom corner, but Marshall manages to get a hand to it.
The last meeting between these two sides came in the 2007 FA Cup. Jermaine Defoe was among the scorers that day and despite scoring two goals in the win over Tromso in midweek, he only makes the bench today.
Such pace! Walker steams through the heart of the defence at high speed but Turner manages to get across and make a crucial interception inside the area. It was crucial that he timed that tackle right.
Another cross into the box causes problems for the hosts. This time it is Naughton who delivers the ball from the left and Sigurdsson is in there to get his head on it. He is falling backwards as he connects with it so is unable to generate enough power to guide it past Marshall.
GREAT SAVE!! Again Spurs probe down their right and Townsend and Walker combine to get the ball into the middle for Soldado. The Spaniard peeled off his marker and shot first time at Marshall's near post, but the keeper gets down and somehow turns the shot behind.
That is good play from Spurs' midfield duo. Dembele hunts down Campbell and dispossesses the striker before Paulinho dribbles past a couple of red shirts in the centre of the park. Eventually the Brazilian is brought down and he wins a free kick for his side.
Yellow CardKyle Walker
GREAT STOP FROM LLORIS!! An awful pass back from Naughton sells the keeper short and Campbell races onto the end of it. He feigns to shoot an attempts to round Lloris, but the keeper manages to get a hand to the ball right on the edge of his area to kill the attack.
Walker and Townsend combing well on the right to hold onto the ball and the latter whips a cross into the area. Sigurdsson looks to get onto the end of it at the back post but he can only knock it backwards. Naughton picks up the loose ball and plumps for goal, but he fires well over the top.
Cardiff pushing down their right during the early stages. Campbell latches onto a long throw and takes the ball into the corner. He hits the ball out of play, seemingly off of Naughton, but the referee's assistant points for a goal kick.
We are under way at the Cardiff City Stadium!
The teams are making their way out onto the pitch so kick off is just a few short moments away!
It has been 51 years since Cardiff last hosted Tottenham in the top flight. That game ended in a 1-1 draw but today, the Bluebirds will be hopeful of maintaining their unbeaten record at the Cardiff City Stadium this campaign.
Andreas Cornelius is unavailable for the hosts due to injury, while Villas-Boas has Etienne Capoue, Aaron Lennon, Nacer Chadli and Danny Rose all sidelined.
Tottenham bench: Friedel, Chiriches, Fryers, Sandro, Holtby, Kane, Lamela.
Tottenham (4-2-3-1): Lloris; Naughton, Dawson, Vertonghen, Walker; Dembele, Paulinho; Townsend, Eriksen, Sigurdsson; Soldado.
Cardiff bench: Lewis, Hudson, Mason, Mutch, Cowie, Odemwingie, Maynard.
Cardiff (4-5-1): Marshall; Theophile Catherine; Turner, Caulker, Taylor; Bellamy, Medel, Gunnarsson, Bo-Kyung, Whittingham; Campbell.
Malky Mackay's men have already beaten Manchester City at the Cardiff City Stadium this season. David Marshall and Craig Bellamy are both available for the hosts this afternoon. Full line-ups coming up.
Hello and welcome to this afternoon's LIVE commentary on the Premier League clash between Cardiff City and Tottenham Hotspur. The Welsh outfit are undefeated on their own turf so far this campaign, so Andre Villas-Boas' side could be in for a tough afternoon. My name is Tom Webber and I will be watching this one alongside you.
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