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March 30, 2013
• Liberty Stadium, Swansea
Referee: A. Taylor
• Attendance: 20604
J. Vertonghen 8'
G. Bale 21'
Match over! The referee whistles for full time with the result a 2-1 victory for Tottenham over Swansea at the Liberty Stadium.
Andre Villas-Boas' Spurs grab their first Premier League win since March 3, taking home a crucial three points in the fight for England's final Champions League spot.
Jan Vertonghen and Gareth Bale were each on target in the first half for the boys from North London, whilst Michu gave Swansea hope with a header that caromed home off the upright with twenty minutes to go.
The Swans pressed hard for an equaliser, but were ultimately unsuccessful as the Spurs' early lead prevailed despite Swansea's major advantage in possession (63%) and shots (15 to 10).
Well, that's all for me folks. I hope you enjoyed out live coverage of Swansea-Tottenham on Goal.com, and be sure to come back soon for more Premier League action. Thanks for joining me, as I've enjoyed being your host. I'm Ian Capasso, signing off.
90' + 5'
Yellow Card Scott Parker
90' + 5'
Swans continuing to struggle to gain possession, and are nearly made to pay with Bale making a wonderful run all the way in on goal only to be denied by Vorm.
90' + 3'
Tottenham holding the ball down in the Swansea end, looking to take as much time off the clock as possible as the home side struggle to win the ball back near the corner flag.
Five minutes of stoppages will be played as a bizarre incident goes on down on the touchline with the two sides' staffs engaging in a blazing row.
Swansea keeping the faith alive as the clock nears full time, attacking with purpose. Bale makes a crucial block on Dyer as he strikes at close range, bravely diving in to potentially save the three points for his side.
Holtby is the latest receiver of a yellow card, dragging down Dyer in a central position as he ran at the Tottenham defence.
Yellow Card Lewis Holtby
STAT: Defoe is still yet to score for his club in 2013, but netted for country against San Marino over the international break in World Cup qualifying.
Defoe finds space in the box to go for goal as Spurs launch an attack in search of an insurance goal, but Vorm gets down well to smother the low effort from the Englishman.
Yellow Card Ben Davies
Davies is booked for a challenge on Lennon in a personal battle that has not featured as heavily in this match as many thought it would.
Tiendalli with an enticing cross into the area from the right; Tottenham manage to scramble to get the ball away amidst some panic in defence.
Israeli Itay Shechter enters the fray for Swansea, grabbing some minutes on the pitch after going unused against Arsenal last time out in the Premier League.
Michu gets on the end of Ashley Williams' looping header to go for goal on the slide, but misses the target on a tough angle.
Vertonghen and Michu get in a wrestling match in midfield with each looking to draw a foul, the referee judging the Swansea man to have been wronged.
Lewis Holtby comes on for Sigurdsson as Villas-Boas looks to insert a pair of fresh legs.
Swansea continue to press hard in search of an equaliser, but must stay wary of Tottenham's prowess on the counter as we move into the final quarter-hour.
Bale embarks on a blazing run from his own half all the way into the Swans' penalty area and just misses putting the match to bed, shaving a coat of paint off the base of the post with a left-footed strike.
Assist Ki Sung-Yueng
Goal! Swansea are back in it as Michu heads in off the post from a corner!
The Swans striker has allowed a number of chances to go begging this afternoon as he has failed to hit the target, but makes no mistake this time from Ki's corner in rising highest to use the woodwork to his advantage.
Kyle Walker booked for Tottenham as the match becomes increasingly physical with a bit of fatigue setting in.
Yellow Card Kyle Walker
Garry Monk has entered the match for Chico in central defence, concluding the Spaniard's first outing since February 9.
Swansea holding on to possession and looking to work in the space provided to them, but the crowd at the Liberty is getting more restless as time drags on.
Yellow Card Michu
The Tottenham corner is cleared and the Swans come flying forward on the counter, but are stopped as Michu is shown the yellow card in a clash of heads with Scott Parker
Adebayor makes way for Defoe prior to the corner. A rather disappointing performance from the 29-year-old, as he missed a great chance early on and never seemed to be playing with full confidence or determination.
Tottenham out on the front foot now as Aaron Lennon gets to the byline to win a corner as his cross is blocked away.
Villas-Boas prepping Jermaine Defoe on the sidelines as the Englishman appears set to come on for Adebayor at the next stoppage.
Ki nearly finds Ben Davies down the left in his first action of the match, but goes just too long for the teenager.
Jonathan De Guzmán
Swansea make the first change of the day as Ki Sung-Yueng comes on for De Guzman.
The end-to-end action continues as Spurs break forward but are shut down by a timely intervention from Chico, whilst Pablo Hernandez' ball for Michu is over-cooked and runs to Friedel.
Close from Swansea! Tiendalli puts in another perfect cross from the right flank for Michu, but the Spanish hitman can't find the target with a well-struck header.
Wonderful save by Vorm! Sigurdsson curls in dangerously from the left side of the box, but the Dutch keeper soars to palm the goal-bound strike out from under the bar.
Bale swings in a corner for Spurs as they come forward for the first time in the second half, but Vorm comes off his line to claim.
Chance! Dyer is dragged down on the edge of the box to win a free-kick, which is quickly taken as Spurs were asleep to play Michu through, but Friedel makes a heroic 1-on-1 save to maintain his clean sheet!
The second half is under way at the Liberty as Swansea kick off. No changes have been made by either manager at half.
However, the Swans have hit the target just once, whilst the visitors have done so three times and converted twice in the process.
The Swans lead in terms of possession with 60% on the days to Spurs' 40% and also have more total shots with nine to Tottenham's five.
As we take a break from the action with the sides in the dressing rooms, let's have a quick recap of opening 45 minutes.
Jan Vertonghen opened the scoring for the away side on 7 minutes, toe-poking past Vorm after making a scintillating run forward from defense and latching on to a sumptuous ball over the defence from Gareth Bale.
Vertonghen soon turned provider, however, finding Bale on the edge of the area on 21 minutes for the Welsh wonder to beat Vorm spectacularly with an outside-of-the-boot strike.
Swansea ramped up the offensive pressure in an effort to get themselves back in it as the crowd at the Liberty voiced their displeasure, but couldn't break through despite Nathan Dyer's free header from six yards out, which agonisingly cracked off the woodwork to keep the Swans scoreless.
45' + 2'
Swansea putting on late pressure a we near half-time, but Friedel rushes off his line to claim Tiendalli's cross before Michu can reach it with his head.
45' + 2'
And that's half as the referee brings the first period to a close with Tottenham ahead 2-0 on Swansea.
45' + 1'
Two minutes of injury time here as the first half nears its end.
A Swansea attack is shut down by Vertonghen and Spurs come flying forward on the counter, but the home side rush back to cut off all avenues for Bale and co.
The Icelandic midfielder certainly lost admirers at the Liberty with his £8.8 million summer move to Spurs, undoubtedly still fresh in the minds of Swans' supporters.
A shower of boos rain down from the stands as Gylfi Sigurdsson picks up the ball and burst into the Swansea half.
Yellow Card Emmanuel Adebayor
Adebayor sees yellow for the first booking of the match.
The home fans show their discontent as Friedel takes his time with a goal-kick, as the atmosphere begins to pick up at the Liberty.
The Swans continue to push higher up the pitch as they look to get back into the match, with the two centre-backs hovering immediately around the centre circle.
A great chance goes begging for Swansea! Dyer gets a head to Tiendalli's cross inside the 6 yard box, but unbelievably hits the crossbar and contrives to miss on the rebound!
Swansea starting to see more of the ball as they settle into the pace of the match, but are still struggling to deal with Spurs' pressing.
STAT: Spurs two strikes today bring them up to 31 away goals on the Premier League campaign.
Tiendalli and Dyer combine down the right hand side to release the Dutchman, but his cross is cleared by Vertonghen and Swansea must start over from the back.
Chance! Fantastic footwork from Bale as he dazzles 4 Swansea defenders to go for goal from 18 yards, but the ball ends up just wide of the far post.
Lots of pressing from Tottenham high up the pitch making life difficult for the Swans, who are struggling for time on the ball and contending with an isolated group of midfielder.
Ben Davis cuts in from the left flank to release a shot from distance with his weaker right foot, but can't find the target and goes high and wide.
Chance! Tiendalli gets free on the right side of the area and stings Friedel's palms with a well-hit drive.
Belief looking sky high for Villas-Boas' men today as they continue to play some slick football.
Assist Jan Vertonghen
Goal Gareth Bale
GOAL! Spurs increase their lead to 2-0 courtesy of Gareth Bale.
A poor clearance from the Swans allowed Vertonghen to pounce and return Bale's earlier favor by finding the Welshman on the edge of the box, from where he deftly finished with the outside of his boot into the top left corner.
Chance! Michu rises to meet the corner with his head, but flashes his effort just past the far post!
A massive bust of excitement from the home fans as Dembele is realeased down the right after a slick 1-2, but his cross is lacking and is easily cleared for a corner.
STAT: Jan Vertonghen's goal brings him level with Aaron Lennon on four Premier League goals this campaign, good for a share of fourth in the Tottenham squad after Bale, Defoe, and Dempsey.
Spurs knocking the ball around in the offensive third as they look to find an opening in the defence, but Ashley WIlliams makes a crucial interception to clear upfield.
De Guzman looks to find Routledge in a dangerous position on the edge of the box, but the flag goes up to end the Swansea move.
Once again, the incisive ball was provided by Bale.
Great chance for Adebayor! The Tottenham striker gets in behind the defence to go clear on goal, but fires straight at Vorm from close range as the chance goes begging.
STAT: Tottenham haven’t beaten Swansea away since 1946, failing to record a victory on their last six visits and losing four of those encounters.
The away fans again in full voice as Swansea look to slow the match down with a spell of possession.
Assist Gareth Bale
Goal Jan Vertonghen
Goal! Jan Vertonghen breaks the deadlock for Spurs!
A wonderful goal by the central defender, who made great forward run to latch on to Bale's ball over the top and toe-poke past the stranded Vorm to put his side on top.
Dyer burst forward on the counter attack for the Swans and looks to play Michu into the area, but the Tottenham defence holds firm and the ball is away.
Some early possession for Spurs as the away fans make their presence known at full volume, but Adebayor is unable to find space for a shot and the ball changes hands.
We're under way at Liberty Stadium!
Big news for Spurs pre-match as Hugo Lloris is ruled out, leaving Brad Friedel to start in goal. Adebayor gets the nod up front, looking for his first Premier League goal since New Year's Day.
Tottenham: Friedel; Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Naughton; Parker, Dembele; Lennon, Bale, Sigurdsson; Adebayor Subs: Archer, Assou-Ekotto, Caulker, Livermore, Holtby, Huddlestone, Defoe
Now let's take it over to the visitors.
Wayne Routledge makes his return to the starting lineup for the Swans after coming off the bench against Arsenal, whilst Chico returns from injury to relaim his place in the first XI.
Swansea: Vorm; Tiendalli, Chico, Williams, Davies; Britton, de Guzman; Routledge, Dyer, Hernandez; Michu Subs: Tremmel, Bartley, Monk, Ki, Lamah, Moore, Shechter
The team sheets are in and lineups are available. Let's take a look at the home side first.
I'm Ian Capasso and I'll be your host for today's action as the visitors look to take another step towards securing Champions League football for next season whilst the hosts hope to keep their slim chances of Europa League qualification alive.
Hello to all and welcome to Goal.com's live coverage of today's Premier League matchup between Swansea and Tottenham at the Liberty Stadium.
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