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Brentford v Tottenham Hotspur Live Commentary, 12/26/22

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2 - 2
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TOT
V. Janelt (15)
I. Toney (54)
H. Kane (65)
P. Højbjerg (71)
Gtech Community Stadium

Commentary

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Tottenham return to action at home on Sunday against Aston Villa. Brentford play West Ham United on the road on Friday.
Tottenham come from two goals down to earn a share of the spoils in their Premier League clash against Brentford. Goals from Vitaly Janelt and Ivan Toney had put the Bees in command on home soil, but Spurs displayed their resilience once again to rally. Harry Kane put his World Cup disappointment behind him to head home with a brilliant header before Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg found the net with a neat finish. Spurs piled on the pressure as Kane struck the bar, while David Raya denied Son. However, Brentford held out for the draw.
90' + 7' FULL-TIME: BRENTFORD 2-2 TOTTENHAM
90' + 6' SAVE! Son collects on the edge of the box and shoots on his left foot, forcing Raya to push his strike away from goal.
B. Davies
C. Lenglet
Tottenham Hotspur
90' + 5' Davies replaces Lenglet for the closing stages.
90' + 3' Lenglet takes a knock and is going to be forced off for the closing stages.
90' + 2' Brentford are coming under pressure from both flanks as the Spurs knock crosses into the box. Frank's men are trying to hold out here.
90' There will be five minutes of added time.
90' Doherty almost finds Sanchez on the charge, but his pass is just deflected away from the defender in the inside-right channel.
87' Hojbjerg pressures through the middle and eventually opts to fire at goal and his effort is deflected over the top.
85' OVER! Roerslev guides a cross from Dasilva towards Toney at the back post. He stretches to connect with his effort, but the pressure from Forster forces him to fire over the bar.
84' OFF THE BAR! Kane glances a header towards goal from Lenglet's cross, only for his effort to smash off the bar and bounce away from Doherty on the rebound.
83' SAVE! Sanchez connects with a sweet volley from 25 yards from Kulusevski's offload, but Raya watches it safely into his grasp.
Y. Wissa
B. Mbeumo
Brentford
82' Mbeumo makes way in the final third as Wissa enters the action.
J. Dasilva
C. Nørgaard
Brentford
82' Norgaard is withdrawn for the home side and is replaced by Dasilva.
79' CHANCE! Doherty tries to stretch at the back post to nod Perisic's cross towards goal, but he can only glance his effort wide.
78' Perisic appeals for a penalty against Pinnock as he tries to clear a miscued acrobatic effort from Kane, but the referee only signals for offside.
B. Mbeumo
Yellow Card
Brentford
76' Mbeumo bursts through on goal and looks to round Forster. He goes down looking for a penalty, but is guilty of simulation. The referee books the forward.
75' Doherty looks for a penalty as Zanka sticks out a leg in the box. The referee waves play on and Zanka is furious as he shoves the Tottenham man. Both players get spoken to by the official.
73' Kane tries to loop a header over Raya from Son's low cross from the left flank, only to send his effort over the top.
P. Højbjerg
Goal
Tottenham Hotspur
71' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!! HOJBJERG LEVELS!!!!!!!!! 2-2!!!! Tottenham produce another comeback special as Hojbjerg produces a fine finish from Kulusevski's cross. Doherty sends Kulusevski into space in the inside-right channel and he picks out the Dane with a neat cutback. Hojbjerg takes a touch before finding the top-left corner with a precise strike.
70' Momentum is starting to turn for the visitors. They're asking all the questions now.
68' Son looks to drive through the middle of the Brentford defence, but he gets closed down before he can threaten.
S. Ghoddos
M. Jensen
Brentford
67' Ghoddos replaces Jensen in the middle of the park for the Bees.
D. Sánchez
J. Tanganga
Tottenham Hotspur
67' Sanchez enters the action to replace Tanganga at the back for the visitors.
C. Lenglet
Assist
Tottenham Hotspur
65' Lenglet is allowed to push forward from the back and floats a perfect cross for Kane to head home.
H. Kane
Goal
Tottenham Hotspur
65' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!! KANE SCORES A BRILLIANT HEADER!!!! 2-1!!!!! Tottenham are back in the game as Kane rises and plants a fine header away from Raya into the top-left corner. Lenglet raids forward and floats a perfect cross into the box for Kane to attack with a sublime header. Kane is back in the goals.
I. Toney
Yellow Card
Brentford
63' Toney sticks out a boot and catches Lenglet with a late challenge.
61' Kulusevski takes a heavy touch after a mistake by Pinnock and it allows Mee to make a vital challenge to stop him bursting through on goal.
Y. Bissouma
Yellow Card
Tottenham Hotspur
60' Bissouma hauls Toney to the ground and is booked by the referee.
M. Jensen
Yellow Card
Brentford
59' Jensen brings down Son on the charge and goes into the book.
57' Toney gets behind Tanganga down the left flank and offloads to Mbeumo. Toney wants the return, but his team-mate loses out on the edge of the box.
56' Toney is the first English player to register 30 goal involvements (23 goals, 7 assists) in his first 50 Premier League appearances since Jamie Vardy (also 30).
C. Nørgaard
Assist
Brentford
54' Norgaard times his run and heads the ball on from Mbeumo's corner for Toney to convert.
I. Toney
Goal
Brentford
54' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!! TONEY PUNISHES THE DIER MISTAKE!!!!!! 2-0 BRENTFORD!!!!!! Toney is alive to a flick from Norgaard and stabs the ball home from six yards. Mbeumo floats a perfect cross towards the near post for Norgaard to rise unchallenged. He flicks his header towards goal where Toney reacts to win the second ball and score. A terrible passage of play from Spurs.
53' Dier tries to launch an immediate clearance from the ball in the air, but he slices it behind for a corner. Not a good moment for the centre-back.
51' Kane goes down in the box under pressure from Mee, who appears to drag him down to the ground. There is a VAR check, but there is no penalty for Spurs.
49' Son offloads to Perisic in space on the left flank. He has time to send a cross into the middle, driving his delivery low. Mee has to act to clear behind ahead of Kane.
47' Son looks for the run of Kane in the final third, but plays his pass straight through to Raya.
46' We're back under way at Brentford Community Stadium.
The Bees have deployed their gameplan to perfection and have defended the edge of their own box superbly. There will be space for Toney and Mbeumo along with Wissa and Dasilva off the bench in the second half as they look for another top-four scalp.
Brentford hold a 1-0 lead over Tottenham at the break in their Premier League clash at Brentford Community Stadium. Vitaly Janely was on the spot to fire in from close range after Matias Jensen's shot was saved by Fraser Forster. The Bees have been more active in the final third as Spurs have been restricted to efforts from distance. Antonio Conte's men are trail for the fifth Premier League game in a row and are in dire need of another comeback special.
45' + 4' HALF-TIME: BRENTFORD 1-0 TOTTENHAM
45' + 4' Mbeumo does well at the back for the home side to clear Perisic's dangerous cross away from Doherty at the back post.
45' + 2' Space opens up for Hojbjerg in the final third, but he sees his effort on the half-volley closed down.
45' + 1' Kane is not quite on his mettle again as he sends a poor offload for Perisic straight into traffic in the Brentford box.
45' There will be four minutes of added time.
45' Kane challenges to win the ball in the box from Perisic's cross, but he cannot find Son with his header down into the middle.
43' OFFSIDE! Toney produces a brilliant finish after being played through on goal and rounding Forster, but the offside flag is raised against the forward. Bissouma breathes a sigh of relief having lost possession far too easily.
41' There are a few strong challenges starting to be put in by both sets of players, although the referee has not produced a card yet.
39' Kane has been very quiet in the contest so far and is receiving a few jeers from the home fans. It hasn't been an easy re-introduction to the Premier League for the England skipper.
37' BLOCK! Hojbjerg gets the ball out of his feet in the final third and it allows Lenglet to shoot at goal on the run. A wall of red and white shirts converge to block his effort.
34' SAVE! Zanka latches on to a knockdown from Mee in the Tottenham box and swivels to fire at goal. Forster has to stick out a leg to divert his strike wide of the target.
32' Spurs are edging their way back into the game, but the home side have been resilient at the back and are always a threat on the counter.
30' SAVE! Dier works the ball to Son on the edge of the box, who turns and shoots towards goal on his left foot. Raya has to get down quickly and makes a solid stop.
28' Mbeumo draws a foul from Hojbjerg down the left flank and knocks the resulting free-kick into the box forcing Dier to head over his own bar.
26' SAVE! Kulusevski breaks down the right flank and cuts inside past Mee with ease. He curls a left-footed strike towards goal, only to see his effort saved by Raya.
25' SHOT! Son turns on the edge of the Brentford box and lines up a strike. He curls his effort towards goal, but his effort is tame and Raya gathers comfortably.
23' Henry clips the free-kick towards Janelt, who is left in space down the left flank. He tries force a low cross into the middle, but sees his delivery cleared by the visitors.
22' Henry and Kulusevski collide down the left flank and there is a coming together between the two players. Henry is not happy as the Tottenham man left a late boot in there.
20' Brentford have all the momentum in the contest and Spurs are once again playing catch-up in the Premier League.
18' SAVE! Forster has to turn the ball over the top from Pinnock's header under pressure from Zanka on the goalline. The Bees are well on top here.
17' Tottenham are trailing for the fifth game in a row in the Premier League.
V. Janelt
Goal
Brentford
15' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!! JANELT SCORES FROM CLOSE RANGE!!!! 1-0 BRENTFORD!!!!!! Janelt scores on the rebound after Jensen sees his effort saved. The move starts as Toney flicks the ball down to Mbeumo, who lifts a cross to the inside-right channel. Jensen takes on the strike first-time, but sees his deflected and saved by Forster. Janelt is alive to the rebound and taps home from six yards. The Bees have the lead.
12' BLOCK! Kane angles a strike towards the top-right corner, but his effort clips the top of the ball and travels behind for a corner
11' Son charges at the Brentford defence and skips past two challenges. Mee slides in with a strong tackle and wipes out the forward, presenting Tottenham with a free-kick in a very dangerous position on the edge of the box.
10' Doherty has space and time to deliver a cross from the right-inside channel, but he fails to pick out a team-mate.
9' Tottenham look to settle into the game with a period of possession in the Brentford half.
7' Janelt looks for the quick ball over the top for Henry, but Forster is alert and comes off his line to gather ahead of the wing-back.
5' Brentford continue to send the ball into the Tottenham box through a long throw from Jensen. Kane has to get back to head clear for the visitors.
3' Spurs are able to clear their lines from the resulting corner to ease the early pressure from the home side.
2' Janelt plays Mbeumo into space down the left flank and he looks for a cross towards Toney that is deflected behind by Doherty for a corner.
1' We're under way in this Premier League clash.
Brentford are winless in their last 13 meetings with Tottenham in all competitions (D4 L9), since a 2-0 home win in the second tier in March 1948.
Both Kane and Son start for Spurs in the final third after their exploits at the World Cup. Cristian Romero is not part of the squad having played in Argentina's triumph, but there is a place on the bench for skipper Hugo Lloris following France's defeat in the final last week.
Brentford have made only one change to their side that beat Manchester City in their last outing. Frank Onyeka misses out and is replaced in the middle of the park by Norgaard. Toney continues to lead the line despite being charged by the FA for breach of their betting regulations.
TOTTENHAM SUBS: Hugo Lloris, Oliver Skipp, Davinson Sanchez, Bryan Gil, Emerson, Ryan Sessegnon, Pape Sarr, Ben Davies, Harvey White.
TOTTENHAM (3-4-3): Fraser Forster; Japhet Tanganga, Clement Lenglet, Eric Dier; Matt Doherty, Yves Bissouma, Pierre-Emile Højbjerg, Ivan Perisic; Dejan Kulusevski, Son Heung-min, Harry Kane.
BRENTFORD SUBS: Charlie Goode, Sergi Canos, Josh Dasilva, Yoane Wissa, Saman Ghoddos, Pontus Jansson, Keane Lewis-Potter, Mikkel Damsgaard, Matthew Cox.
BRENTFORD (3-5-2): David Raya; Zanka, Ethan Pinnock, Ben Mee; Mads Roerslev, Matias Jensen, Christian Norgaard, Vitaly Janelt, Rico Henry; Ivan Toney, Bryan Mbeumo.
Tottenham can move back above Newcastle into third place in the table with a victory today. Spurs signed off before the break with a thrilling 4-3 victory over Leeds United in their last outing to keep them on track for a top-four finish. Harry Kane will return to action for the first time since his costly penalty against France in the quarter-finals of the World Cup. Antonio Conte will be hopeful that he takes his frustrations out on the rest of the Premier League, starting with Brentford.
The Premier League returns after a six-week break for the World Cup. Brentford produced a huge result in their last outing before the break by beating Manchester City 2-1 on the road courtesy of a late strike from Ivan Toney. The Bees can move up to seventh in the Premier League with a victory over Spurs this afternoon. Thomas Frank gave Brentford fans a Christmas present by signing a contract extension to 2027 and a win today would be even sweeter against their London rivals.
Hello and welcome to the live commentary of the Premier League clash between Brentford and Tottenham at Brentford Community Stadium.