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    Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 Liverpool Match Report


    Danny Rose's second-half equalizer earned Tottenham a share of the spoils in an enthralling encounter against a Liverpool side that had looked on course for a second successive victory in North London.

    The Reds had threatened to put the match beyond the reach of the home side after a dominant first-half display in which James Milner had given them a 42nd lead from the penalty spot.

    Mauricio Pochettino's team needed to survive a first-half penalty appeal for shirt-pulling, as well as a disallowed goal by Sadio Mane that was correctly ruled offside, before mounting a fightback in the final 30 minutes.



    Rose's second-half strike earned Spurs a point that keeps alive their unbeaten start to the season as both teams head into the international break with plenty of positives to take away from the encounter.

    The Reds went into the game without Daniel Sturridge, who was omitted from their starting XI for the third time in four matches, while Tottenham recalled Dele Alli after he had been dropped from the side last weekend.

    It was the away team who began the match the brighter and they could have taken the lead after only four minutes when Coutinho was denied from close-range when his strike was saved by the outstretched legs of Michel Vorm.



    Vorm was instrumental in keeping his side in the contest in the early stages and he needed to be quick off his line on two occasions when the onrushing Mane had threatened to get in-behind the Spurs back-four with his searing pace.

    Philippe Coutinho also had an effort for the visitors that was deflected over the bar, while referee Robert Madley decided to give Jan Vertonghen a warning, instead of awarding a penalty, after he had bundled Joel Matip to the ground from the resulting corner.

    Spurs were not afforded the same degree of leniency three minutes before half-time, however, when Roberto Firmino was tripped inside the penalty area by Erik Lamela and James Milner neatly tucked away the resulting spot-kick.



    The only first-half chance of any substance that Spurs could muster fell to Alli after 12 minutes but the 20-year-old miscued from the edge of the penalty area when he was well-placed to have hit the target.

    Liverpool began the second-half in the same positive fashion as they ended the opening 45 minutes and Matip could have extended his side's lead when he headed Milner's corner on top of the crossbar from close-range.

    It looked like the elusive second goal had finally arrived when Mane side-footed into the net from five yards but it was chalked off by referee Madley after Coutinho, who had provided the assist, was adjudged to have been marginally offside in the build-up.



    Spurs were fortunate to still be in the contest at this stage but they did finally find their form in the second-half to ensure that Liverpool, who were unbeaten in the head-to-head for nearly four years, were unable to inflict any further misery on their opponents.

    Christian Eriksson should have equalized just after the hour mark when picked out by Eric Dier but he side-footed over the bar, while Lamela's free-kick a minute later needed to be tipped over by an acrobatic Simon Mignolet.

    The Belgian made an even better save from the resulting corner when he scrambled to his near-post to push away Alderweireld's header but it wasn't long before he was finally picking the ball out of his net.

    Dier, once again, was causing problems on the Spurs right and his cross, which was flicked on by Lamela, found its way to Danny Rose to slot the ball past an onrushing Mignolet with a clinical left-footed finish.



    Liverpool nearly won the match at the death when Georginio Wijnaldum was picked out by Firmino but his strike from just inside the penalty area was charged down by Alderweireld, who flung himself at the ball to block the effort.

    Jurgen Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino will be encouraged by the way their respective teams performed throughout a hard-fought match but neither side did enough to deserve all three points despite having spells of dominance in the game.

    Liverpool return to action after the international break against Premier League champions Leicester City on September 10, in their first game of the season at Anfield, while Tottenham travel to Stoke City on the same day.
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