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Tottenham Hotspur v Huddersfield Town Live Commentary, 13/04/2019

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V. Wanyama (24)
Lucas Moura (27)
Lucas Moura (87)
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Commentary

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Both sides resume Premier League action next Saturday, as Spurs stay in Manchester to prepare to face City on a domestic level only three days after a second-leg showdown with the North London side 1-0 up in the tie. Huddersfield meanwhile host Watford in another match where pride is on the line for the wounded Terriers.
Siewert’s Huddersfield were unable to keep up with a rampant Spurs side who were able to shake off pre-match concerns regarding their injury list with a dominant win to maintain their top-four challenge and provide the perfect warm-up to Manchester City in a few days’ time. Lucas leaves with the match ball after netting himself a deserved hat-trick, while Eriksen registers his 60th Premier League assist to cap off another excellent display as Pochettino’s men move up to third on 67 points, one more than Chelsea. The Terriers however remain rooted to the bottom with 14 points.
90' + 4' FULL-TIME: TOTTENHAM 4-0 HUDDERSFIELD
90' + 4' Lucas is the fourth Brazilian to net a Premier League hat-trick after Roberto Firmino, Afonos Alves and Robinho
D. Williams
J. Bacuna
Huddersfield Town
90' + 4' Amidst the celebratons for Spurs' fourth, Bacuna comes off for Williams in what is surely the last act of the game.
Son Heung-Min
Assist
Tottenham Hotspur
90' + 3' Son continues his rich vein of form by even contributing from the bench, with his brief cameo capped off by an assist which led to Lucas' hat-trick.
Lucas Moura
Goal
Tottenham Hotspur
90' + 3' GOOOAAALLLL!! LUCAS SEALS HIS HAT-TRICK!! Spurs break yet again with Son leading the charge, and the substitute finds his team-mate with a pinpoint throughball that the Brazil winger gets on the end of and unleashes a powerful shot that flies past Hamer and into the top-corner of the net! It’s a rout for Spurs, who are now 4-0 up!
90' There will be three minutes of added time to be played.
88' No player has provided more Premier League assists this season than Eriksen (12), who is now level with Eden Hazard.
C. Eriksen
Assist
Tottenham Hotspur
87' Quick thinking and precise passing were combined with great effect by Eriksen, who continues to display why he is regarded as one of the league’s premier playmakers with excellent awareness to find Lucas as the winger was on the run.
Lucas Moura
Goal
Tottenham Hotspur
87' GOOOAAAALLLL!!! LUCAS GRABS A BRACE! Huddersfield lose the ball in the Spurs half and Eriksen is able to swing in a cute ball towards the onrushing Lucas who takes one touch before firing a low one past Hamer to make it 3-0! Spurs are cruising in their new home!
Son Heung-Min
Fernando Llorente
Tottenham Hotspur
87' As expected, Llorente comes off to be replaced by Son as we enter the final few minutes of the game.
85' Llorente stays down on the pitch, and it’s unclear as to whether he will be able to carry on to play out the rest of the match.
D. Rose
J. Vertonghen
Tottenham Hotspur
85' Vertonghen comes off for Rose as Pochettino looks to freshen up his key players.
A. Mooy
J. Gorenc Stankovič
Huddersfield Town
82' Stankovic comes on for Mooy as Siewert looks to try and nick an unlikely goal.
81' OFF THE POST FROM ERIKSEN! As quick as a flash, Spurs break following a Huddersfield corner, with Walker-Peters feeding the onrushing Eriksen who unleashes a low drive that clips the woodwork and bounces clear! The playmaker's follow-up is blocked, and the visitors finally get rid of the danger!
80' LLORIS DENIES BACUNA! The Huddersfield midfielder curls in an excellent free-kick that is matched by the France goalkeeper’s great positioning as the ball is tipped on to the post!
78' Nervy play from the Spurs defence, who continue to pass around the back despite Huddersfield relentlessly pressing them from the front. They eventually get the ball out of their own half, but the improving Terriers regain possession and eventually win a free-kick after substitute Skipp fouls Bacuna.
J. Vertonghen
Yellow Card
Tottenham Hotspur
76' Vertonghen becomes the second Spurs player to be cautioned following a foul on Stankovic.
75' MASSIVE CHANCE BY HUDDERSFIELD! Excellent movement by Mounier who gets on the end of Hogg’s delightful lobbed pass after ghosting past Foyth only to not hit the target with only Lloris to beat!
O. Skipp
M. Sissoko
Tottenham Hotspur
74' Skipp comes on for the excellent Sissoko as Pochettino makes his first change of the game.
73' GREAT EFFORT BY DAVIES! The left-back does very well to get on the end of Walker-Peters’ searching cross, but his first-time effort fails to hit the target before the ball goes out for another Spurs corner. The set-piece comes to nothing, as the home side prepare to bring a substitute on.
70' GRANT ALMOST GETS A SHOCK GOAL! The Huddersfield forward receives a pass from deep from Bacuna and almost manages to squeeze a shot towards goal despite pressure from the Spurs’ back three, only for his effort to hit Sanchez before Lloris is able to collect!
S. Mounié
E. Durm
Huddersfield Town
69' Siewert makes his and the match’s first change, bringing on Mounie for Durm and changing the defence into a back four in the process.
J. Bacuna
Yellow Card
Huddersfield Town
66' Another easy booking from Mason who cards Bacuna for blatantly pulling Sissoko back while the latter was embarking on another forward run.
65' LLORENTE AGAIN MISSES! He can’t get the angle right following Davies’ excellent cross and his header fails to threaten Hamer despite ghosting clear of the Terriers’ frozen backline!
64' LUCAS GOES CLOSE! The Brazil winger goes on a mazy run, bamboozling the Huddersfield defence who are backing off and allowing him to cut in and drive a low strike towards goal that Hamer has to go down low to collect.
63' No booking from Mason despite Sanchez and Grant pushing each other with both keen for play to continue.
J. Foyth
Yellow Card
Tottenham Hotspur
60' Foyth clips Hogg just as the latter was embarking on a run down the wing, and after the advantage had been played, Mason adds the defender’s name to the book as the second player carded in this match.
58' Eriksen finds Walker-Peters with a decent throughball, but the full-back is flagged for offside just when he had only Hamer to beat.
57' Llorente has had a hand in 15 goals in 18 starts for Spurs in all competitions (11 goals, 4 assists).
56' Good news for both sides as Kachunga and Wanyama get ready to come back on.
54' Referee Mason stops play following a clash between Kachunga and Wanyama, with the former appearing to inadvertently tread on the latter’s ankle before awkwardly tumbling down on the pitch.
53' More excellent play by Spurs as Eriksen and Llorente combine exquisitely to release Davies whose shot drags well wide of Hamer’s goal.
51' Lucas wins a corner off Lowe, and Eriksen plays it short before firing a low ball in the box that is an awkward one for the Terriers to deal with.
50' Hogg reacts furiously to being called for fouling Wanyama in a decent position for a Spurs free-kick. Eriksen’s first effort is blocked before he gets on the end of the loose ball only for his shot to be cleared away at the second time of asking.
47' LLORENTE SHOULD’VE MADE 3-0! Brilliant ball by Foyth as the defender finds Llorente in the box before the forward takes one more majestic touch and hits the bar with his second following a placed effort past Hamer! Excellent start to the second half by a dominant Spurs side in their new stadium!
46' No changes to either side at the interval, as Pochettino now lines up his charges in a 3-4-1-2 with Wanyama pushed forward to partner Sissoko in the middle Eriksen now occupying the ‘number 10’ role behind Lucas and Llorente up-front. As for Siewert, he also switches formation to a 5-4-1 with defence clearly at the forefront of his mind.
46' Huddersfield get play restarted as the second half gets underway!
With one eye on the Champions League and City in midweek, Pochettino will want to see this match out with no further injury worries so do not be surprised to see the likes of Eriksen and Vertonghen come off early in the second half. As for Siewert’s Terriers, they will do well not to concede more goals, but have threatened in brief spells despite not hitting a shot on target so far.
A very impressive display from Pochettino’s much-changed Spurs side, more so given the injuries to several key players at the worst possible time for them. Wanyama and Lucas' strikes have given the home side enough breathing space to play the ball around a demoralised Huddersfield side, who for the most part have been playing like a side that cannot wait for the season to end.
45' + 1' HALF-TIME: TOTTENHAM 2-0 HUDDERSFIELD
45' There will be one minute of added time to be played.
C. Löwe
Yellow Card
Huddersfield Town
45' Referee Mason has no choice but to dish out the first yellow card to Lowe, who takes down Walker-Peters from behind with a poor tackle after losing the ball out on the wing.
42' Wanyama netted his first goal in 18 Premier League appearances since scoring against Liverpool back in February 2018.
40' Sissoko attempts a powerful drive near the edge of the box, but the ball sails well wide of the target. Goal kick to Huddersfield.
39' LLORENTE NEARLY MAKES IT 3-0! Eriksen’s delivery is a good one as his free-kick reaches the forward’s head, but his effort narrowly misses Hamer’s right-hand post!
36' Llorente takes down Lucas' ambitious backheel across the Huddersfield box with another great drag-down before evading the sliding Schindler. However, his shot is blocked and Hadergjonaj eventually wins a free-kick off Eriksen in his own area.
33' Spurs have scored with their first shot on target of the match. Huddersfield are yet to land one so far.
31' Sissoko is able to break through and into the Huddersfield penalty area, but fouls Stankovic en route and the Terriers win the free-kick much to their relief.
30' CHANCE FOR HUDDERSFIELD! They win the first corner of the game after some good defending by Davies, but Bacuna’s delivery is met by the onrushing Stankovic who should hit the target from six yards out only to completely miscue it!
28' There were just 144 seconds between Tottenham's first and second goals against Huddersfield Town.
M. Sissoko
Assist
Tottenham Hotspur
27' Sissoko caps off a good midfield display so far with an assist after having all of the acres one could be afforded in an opponent's half.
Lucas Moura
Goal
Tottenham Hotspur
27' GOOOOAAAALLLL!! 2-0 TO SPURS IN QUICK SUCCESSION!! Huddersfield are caught napping once again as they lose the ball in the home area, leaving Sissoko with the freedom of the visitors’ half to calmly play in Lucas who is able to fire in a low strike past Hamer to double his side’s lead!
V. Wanyama
Goal
Tottenham Hotspur
24' GOOOOAAAALLLL!! SPURS BREAK THE DEADLOCK! Relief spreads around the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium as Wanyama calmly scores his first of the season by continuing his run towards the box and getting on the end of Davies’ pass after Llorente is unable to control it. He then rounded Hamer and side-footed into the back of an empty net! 1-0 to Spurs, and a vital goal in their quest for solidifying their top-four place!
Fernando Llorente
Assist
Tottenham Hotspur
24' It looked like Davies’ pass was intended for Llorente, but the forward was unable to get a good touch out of it. A good thing for Spurs that Wanyama was able to continue his forward venture and score the opener.
22' Llorente takes down Lucas’ quick pass with a great touch, but his backheel towards Eriksen is swiftly intercepted and Huddersfield clear yet again.
20' Hadergjonaj cuts out Foyth's long ball across the pitch for a Spurs throw-in. The home side are still trying to pick holes in a stern Terriers defence, passing the ball around with patience.
18' Kachunga is called for a foul on Davies near the touchline, ending Huddersfield’s brief spell in the ascendancy.
17' Hadergjonaj gets a cross in that fails to reach a shirt in red-and-black in the box, but Durm is able to get to the loose ball and plays in Kachunga, who immediately concedes possession. However, Huddersfield continue to venture forward and eventually win a throw-in. Encouraging from the Terriers.
15' Davies tries to get on the end of Eriksen’s chipped pass following a quick one-two, but the delivery is too heavy and Hamer comes out to collect.
13' Llorente just couldn’t quite adjust to the height of Walker-Peters’ header following Davies’ good cross, narrowly missing contact before the ball tamely goes out of play for a goal kick.
12' Lowe elects to go for it himself despite Kachunga and Grant ahead of him, but his weak shot is blocked en route to Lloris’ arms.
10' WANYAMA GOES CLOSE! The onrushing Kenya midfielder receives Llorente’s pass from close to the edge of the Huddersfield box and takes a touch before firing a shot that just goes wide of Hamer’s right post!
8' Llorente’s ball goes further than he would’ve wanted, but Walker-Peters is still able to keep the ball in play. However, Durm is alert to the danger and clears the Spurs’ full-back’s pass away.
6' A couple of crosses in the box, the latest one from Vertonghen after venturing forward from left-back, has threatened the Terriers’ defence in these early moments. Hamer shakily deals with the Belgium defender’s delivery, dropping the ball before catching it at the second attempt.
4' Sissoko pirouettes around Bacuna in midfield and goes on a great run towards the Huddersfield area. The midfielder plays a one-two before floating in a cross that the away backline are able to comfortably deal with.
3' Unfortunately for the Denmark playmaker, his set-piece hits the wall and Huddersfield clear.
2' Lucas manages to win an early free-kick off Hogg after threatening to run into the Terriers’ penalty area, and Eriksen and company stand over the ball in expectation.
1' The hosts are decked in their home colours of white shirts and navy blue shorts, while the visitors are out in red-and-black stripes.
1' Referee Lee Mason blows his whistle, and Tottenham get us underway at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium!
The players are out and kick-off is drawing near.
Spurs have won all four of their Premier League games this season without Kane.
Meanwhile, Siewert only makes three changes from the side that lost 4-1 to Leicester City last weekend, as Pritchard doesn’t get the chance to start against his former team with Kachunga taking his place behind Grant up front. Despite scoring their solitary goal against the Foxes on Saturday, Mooy is also benched in favour of Bacuna, while Hadergjonaj gets the nod at right-back ahead of Smith.
Only Lloris, Vertonghen, Sissoko and Eriksen remain from the side that beat City in midweek, as Pochettino not only has the second leg at the Etihad Stadium in mind but also has to contend with the news that Harry Kane’s season is effectively over after suffering an ankle injury in that match. Llorente steps in, as does Lucas who comes in for Dele Alli after the latter also sustained a knock on Tuesday. The formation change to 3-1-4-2 allows Wanyama to anchor the midfield ahead of Harry Winks, while Foyth and Sanchez come into the backline, benching Alderweireld and Rose in the process. Finally, goalscorer Son is rested, allowing Walker-Peters to occupy one of the wide midfield spots with Davies out on the other wing.
SUBSTITUTES: Steve Mounie, Alex Pritchard, Aaron Mooy, Tommy Smith, Joel Coleman, Zanka, Danny Williams.
HUDDERSFIELD XI (4-4-1-1): Ben Hamer; Florent Hadergjonaj, Christopher Schindler (c), Terence Kongolo, Erik Durm; Juninho Bacuna, Jonathan Hogg, Jon Gorenc Stankovic, Chris Lowe; Elias Kachunga; Karlan Grant.
SUBSTITUTES: George Marsh, Danny Rose, Paulo Gazzaniga, Toby Alderweireld, Oliver Skipp, Son Heung-min, Kieran Trippier.
TOTTENHAM XI (3-1-4-2): Hugo Lloris (c); Juan Foyth, Davinson Sanchez, Jan Vertonghen; Victor Wanyama; Kyle Walker-Peters, Moussa Sissoko, Christian Eriksen, Ben Davies; Lucas Moura, Fernando Llorente.
And without further ado, let’s take a look at how both sides line up, starting with the hosts.
However, Huddersfield may be the ideal opponents for Spurs as the hosts continue to adjust to their new surroundings after the opening of the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Jan Siewert’s Terriers, who are already confirmed to be heading back down to the Championship, have lost 10 of their last 11 league matches and have failed to score in seven of their last eight away fixtures, and will have nothing but pride to play for against an opponent intent on finishing the season off strongly.
Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham should be buoyed after snatching a late winner against Manchester City in Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final, first-leg thanks to Son Heung-min. However, they must now switch their attention to domestic matters after a run of four defeats in their last six league games has put their place in the top-four under threat at such a crucial stage of the season.
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