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Hugo Lloris, you spoilsport. Spurs fans will understandably demur, but what an awful shame that Edwards run didn’t end in success. It would have been a solo goal for the ages!

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Sporting: Adan, Inacio, Coates, Matheus Reis, Porro, Morita, Ugarte, Nuno Santos, Trincao, Edwards, Goncalves.
Subs: Alexandropoulos, Israel, Rochinha, Issahaku, Paulinho, Andre Paulo, Arthur Gomes, Ricardo Esgaio, Marsa, Nazinho.


Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Romero, Dier, Davies, Emerson, Hojbjerg, Bentancur, Perisic, Richarlison, Son, Kane.
Subs: Doherty, Skipp, Sanchez, Gil Salvatierra, Sessegnon, Forster, Kulusevski, Spence, Tanganga, Bissouma, White, Lenglet.


Referee: Srdjan Jovanovic (Serbia).

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Sporting are one of Portugal’s domineering big three, but unlike their all-conquering rivals Benfica and Porto, they haven’t made much of an impression in the European Cup. Their most successful tilt at Uefa’s premier prize came in 1983, when they were knocked out at the quarter-final stage by Real Sociedad. Other than that, there’s very little worth noting. Beaten in the first round by Bob Shankly’s Dundee in 1962. Thrashed 5-0 at home last autumn by Manchester City. These are slim pickings. At least they’ve got memories of the 1964 Cup Winners’ Cup to keep them warm at night.


Last year’s thrashing by the hand of City came in the Round of 16. It was only the second time Sporting had made it through the groups, the first being 2008-09, whereupon they were spanked 12-1 on aggregate by Bayern Munich. The moral of this story? It’s either be careful what you wish for, or that Sporting are currently on the up. Let’s go for the latter, as they beat Borussia Dortmund 3-1 and Besiktas 4-0 at home last season, to finish second in their group, even if they did go down 5-1 when Ajax came to town. More pertinently, they trounced Europa League champions Eintracht Frankfurt 3-0 away last week, and currently top Group D, one goal ahead of tonight’s visitors Spurs, who eventually saw off Marseille last week with two late Richarlison headers.


Spurs are nevertheless expected to prevail this evening. “Tottenham are the clear favourites in the group,” says Sporting coach Ruben Amorim. “We will have to be wary because they will punish us for the slightest mistake.” By contrast, Antonio Conte is “relaxed” and in the mood to take advantage of the weekend off. “The postponement of the game against City has allowed me to change the idea of the team I had in mind,” he explains, perhaps ominously for tonight’s hosts. Will his team take charge of Group D with a win tonight? Or will it be Sporting who build on their impressive showing last week? Kick off is at 5.45pm BST. It’s on!

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Key occasions

85 minutes: Ugarte latches onto a unfastened Hojbjerg move and drives on the Spurs protection. Hojbjerg, having made the error, and along with his teammates out of place, takes the reserving by bowling Ugarte to the ground. Porro swings the free kick in from the fitting, and it is a doddle for Lloris.

83 min: Porro drives down the fitting, dummies a few instances, and finally wins a nook off Perisic. Porro takes himself. The nook is half cleared, then Santos’ speculative long-range strike is blocked.

81 min: Emerson goes within the ebook now, for tugging away on the shirt of Santos.

80 minutes: Edwards scurries down the center of the park and slips a move extensive proper for Porro, who solely simply will get a cross away earlier than the ball rolls out for a purpose kick. Easy for Lloris in the long run, however Spurs had been a bit of out of formation there. An earlier cross might have brought about issues.

78 min: Emerson goes over within the Sporting space within the environment of Ugarte. He claims a penalty, nevertheless it seems he was offside anyway. Not certain there was an excessive amount of contact, both. The offside flag might have saved him a yellow for simulation.

76 min: Before the free kick could be taken, Paulinho comes on for Trincao. Then the set piece is half cleared, however solely to Kulusevski out on the left. Kulusevski curls in the direction of the close to publish, the place Richarlison sends a diving header extensive of the publish.

75 minutes: Kulusevski barrels his method down the fitting and reaches the byline. Just earlier than he enters the field, Reis comes throughout and unambiguously scythes him down. Booking, and a free kick simply to the fitting of the Sporting field close to the byline.

74 min: Spurs commit fairly just a few gamers ahead in assault. Emerson swings a cross in from the fitting. Nowhere close to any of his teammates. Easy pickings for Adan.

73 min: Both groups make a change. Alexandropoulos comes on for Morita, whereas Kulusevski replaces Son.

71 min: Perisic drops a shoulder to make floor down the left and fires a beautiful low cross by means of the six-yard field. Kane is inches away from assembly it on the far keep on with a telescopic leg. Both groups are going for the winner; here is to an entertaining remaining 20 or so.

70 minutes: Davies dawdles and permits Edwards to barge him out of the highway on the expense of a nook. It’s swung in from the fitting and half cleared. Morita swivels and lotions a volley in the direction of the purpose. The ball cannot make it by means of a thicket of gamers and twangs clear, however what venom! That would have taken the online off.

69 min: Edwards skedaddles down the left and fizzes a low ball into the Spurs six-yard field. There’s no one in inexperienced and white ready to supply residence. Spurs half clear. Trincao, his again to purpose, juggles and bicycle kicks, however not with any actual conviction. Lloris claims.

67 min: Goncalves scampers after a protracted move down the left. He switches toes, cuts infield, and appears for the underside proper. From 25 yards, he was exhibiting an terrible lot of ambition. Easy for Lloris.

65 minutes: Sporting have settled a bit of, and seem to have contained Tottenham’s quick post-restart verve.

63 min: London Buses dept. You wait over an hour for the primary yellow, then inside 120 seconds, Morita follows Bentancur into the ebook for a equally professionally-minded test on Son.

61 min: Bentancur cops the primary yellow card of the match for a reasonably cynical and agricultural clip on the in-flight Goncalves’ heel.

60 minutes: Sporting have not executed an terrible lot for the reason that restart. Antonio Conte is aware of the right way to ship a half-time team-talk all proper.

58 min: Richarlison sashays in from the fitting and goes for the low roller in the direction of the underside left. The ball flies harmlessly extensive of the publish, and the keeper had it coated anyway.

56 min: Somewhat little bit of time and house for Edwards to the left of the D. Not that a lot, although, and his shot is rapidly blocked by Dier. That first-half run, although! “Systems, transitions, positional self-discipline, automatisms … simply whenever you assume high degree soccer is beginning to have all of the predictability of a Netflix algorithm, a participant like Edwards does one thing like that,” coos Oliver Dungey. “If it is actually true that Edwards by no means made it to the Spurs first workforce squad as a result of his time-keeping was ‘erratic’, would every other Spurs followers wish to chip in to purchase him a watch?”

55 minutes: To be honest to Kane, selecting out Son within the center would not have been the simplest activity. Son was free on the spot, however there have been two Sporting defenders within the highway. You can forgive Kane for backing himself to attain as an alternative.

54 min: Kane strides into the Sporting field from the left wing. With Son in house within the center, he opts to shoot throughout Adan and in the direction of the highest proper as an alternative. It’s a high-quality effort, however one parried by Adan. The ball pings again off Reis and into the keeper’s arms.

52 min: Another free kick for Spurs in Sporting territory. Son slips it down the inside-right channel for Kane, who cannot fairly work sufficient house to get a correct shot away. An spectacular begin to the second half from Spurs.

51 min: That’s three large probabilities which have fallen to Emerson. Had simply one among them fallen to Kane, Son or Richarlison, you’d fancy Spurs to have bagged not less than a pair.

49 min: Emerson once more! Spurs win a free kick contained in the Sporting half. Kane takes, and, initially shaping to belt it the opposite method, sends a disguised diagonal ball in the direction of Emerson, bursting clear into the Sporting field on the fitting. Emerson’s shot, in the direction of the underside proper, is kneed away unconventionally by Adan. Nothing comes from the ensuing nook.

Tottenham Hotspur’s Brazilian defender Emerson Royal reacts. Photograph: Patrícia de Melo Moreira/AFP/Getty Images

48 min: Kane crosses lengthy from the left. Emerson rises on the far publish. He’s overwhelmed the difficult Santos all finally ends up, and sends a header down and again up in the direction of the highest proper. Adan claws away, simply in time.

47 min: An understated begin to the second half.

Sporting obtained the second half underway. No adjustments.

Anyone fancy reliving the Maradona purpose that Marcus Edwards very almost recreated? That time Terry Butcher, like Eric Dier as we speak, got here again for a second serving to of ache? Of course you do.

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HALF TIME: Sporting 0-0 Tottenham Hotspur

Hugo Lloris, you spoilsport. Spurs followers will understandably demur, however what an terrible disgrace that Edwards run did not finish in success. It would have been a solo purpose for the ages!

45 min +1: Edwards picks up the ball to the fitting of the middle circle, his again to the purpose. He spins away from three males, beating Dier twice and leaving him sliding round on the turf, and units off on a Maradonaesque dribble upfield. It’s a sensational run! He waltzes previous Perisic, the ball glued to his toe. He then one-twos with Trincao, earlier than reaching the sting of the six-yard field, swanning previous Romero, and poking in the direction of the underside proper. Lloris blocks along with his toes, the ball fortunately squirting extensive for a nook. That would have been one hell of a purpose! Many similarities to El Diego’s well-known run towards England in 1986. Yep, that good.

45 minutes: There will probably be two added minutes. Not solely certain what for, however there it’s.

44 min: Yep, a scrappy finish to this primary half.

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