Sporting Lisbon
New York Challenge Tournament

          Sunday 25th July 2010


Sporting Lisbon   2   Tottenham Hotspur    2      (Half-time score : 1-1)

New York Challenge Tournament
Venue : -  Home Depot stadium, Harrison NJ
Sunday 25th July 2010
Kick Off :  1.00 p.m. local time
Crowd :   ,
Referee :  -  Stephen Depiero
Weather :  -   Sunny, very hot
Teams : - 
Sporting Lisbon :

  1  Patricio

78  Abel (44  Coelho  77)
  Matias  (30  Martins  90)
  Valdes     (77  Simon  87)
  2  Torsieglieri     

18  Grimi  (  5  Evaldo  77)
  Coelho (20  Djalo  77)
33  Salamao
24  Veloso  (  8  Maniche  64)

31  Liedson (c)       (  6  Mendes  77)
26  Santos   (10  Pongolle  [  9  Saliero  84])

Unused subs: 
16  Ferreira

Tottenham Hotspur :

23  Cudicini  (35  Button 46)

  2  Hutton
22  Corluka 
28  Walker
  3  Bale 

16  Naughton  (25  Rose 64)
  6  Huddlestone
  8  Jenas
21  Kranjcar  (31  Townsend   67)

11  Taarabt  (34  Obika   60  )

10  Keane  (c) 

Unused subs: 
- Jansson
  4  Kaboul
40  A. Smith
41  C. Butcher
  9  Pavlyuchenko
33  Mason

Colours : -  (kits courtesy of
Sporting Lisbon

green and white hooped shirts with green trim;
black shorts;
green and white socks

white shirts with navy trim;
white shorts with navy trim;
white socks with navy turnover

Tottenham Hotspur
Scorers : -  
Sporting Lisbon

Matias  24
Valdes  47

Tottenham Hotspur

Keane 22
Obika 76
Cards : -  
Sporting Lisbon

Liedson (foul) 38
Torsieglieri (foul) 84
Joao Pereira (foul) 86


Tottenham Hotspur 




Match Report : -  
Tottenham's second game in the New York Challenge at the Red Bull arena proved to be the trophy decider with Sporting Lisbon having won their first game too.  So, both sides went into the game, perhaps more interested than they might have been.  With Sporting having a Europa League qualifier on Thursday, their competitive first game is closer than Tottenham's, so for Spurs, it was still a bit of a fitness exercise, but with the promise of silverware should they overcome the Portuguese side.

Spurs started the game looking sharp under the blazing New York sun.  Kranjcar's third minute through ball gave Alan Hutton a chance to get forward and he should have scored, but failed to even hit the target when he shot from just inside the box under pressure from a Sporting defender.  A couple of minutes later, Robbie Keane was played through the middle, but as he ran towards goal, he hit a very weak shot from 25 yards out, straight at the keeper.

It was almost a costly mistake when Corluka, who had been banging on about not messing up the Champions League qualifier, gave the ball away trying to be too clever in his own half and had the ball taken off him, leading to Cudicini saving a one-on-one shot, then Kyle Naughton blocking the next shot, with Cudicini then having to stop the next effort with the aid of a post and when the ball came out again, the bar stopped a shot going in.  It was a let off with the Sporting forwards failing to take advantage of their opportunity.  Two minutes later, the Spurs keeper was called upon to rush from his goal to clear from an on-running striker, who was through past a static Spurs defence had it not been for the Italian.

Halfway through the half, Spurs suddenly launched an attack when Kranjcar hit a crisp pass through the middle of the Lisbon back line to an off-side looking Robbie Keane (and on previous evidence it would not have been surprising if he had been flagged), but he ran through and had time to get to 12 yards out before the hooped shirts caught up with him.  He hit a low shot across the keeper and into the net to put Tottenham 1-0 up.

The lead only lasted just over a minute, with the ball going forward and being played to the right, where Salamao crossed with the outside of his left foot, straight onto the head of Matias, who had moved into the area unmarked to plant the ball firmly past Cudicini9 before he could move.  It highlighted the lack of communication in the defence, with Corluka not having the speed and Walker not having the experience to link up together just yet.

Spurs almost his back straight away, with Taarabt playing Keane through once more, but the Irishman was easily held off by Torsignieri and then Kranjcar set Walker on a run down the right to the touch-line and he pulled the ball across the six yard box, but his cross was cut out by Patricio with Keane waiting just behind him should he have missed it.

Sporting failed to live up to their name when Liedson got a yellow card for a challenge saw his studs go across Corluka's shin.  Spurs had the last chance of the first half after a period of scrappy play, when Keane was through once more, with a low cross put in from the right that was just a yard too far ahead of Gareth Bale coming through the middle.

The only substitution of the half time period was David Button coming on to replace Cudicini, who had played all of the games so far, but, unfortunately, his first task was to pick the ball out of the net.  The ball was played across the face of the penalty area in the second minute of the half and Valdes went past Hutton and then shot low from the left side across Button and his effort went just inside the post to put the Portuguese 2-1 ahead.

However, Button made a low stop to a shot from outside the area a couple of minutes after the goal and then grabbed a rising effort at head level, showing good handling.  Spurs were also testing the Sporting goalie with Taarabt side-footing a pull back from Bale, although he might have put his foot through the ball to make it a tougher task for Patricio.  Adel repaid the compliment by putting Bale through and he looked like he was going to score until tackled and pulled up by the linesman's flag in the 58th minute. 

That was Taarabt's last action, as Jonathan Obika came on to replace him, as the youngster played up front with Keane dropping in behind him, but it was at the back where Tottenham had to be alert and Kyle Walker made a fine challenge on Liedson as he went into the area and looked to get his shot away.  The changes start to come more regularly now and Danny Rose replaced Naughton, who had done well, allowing Bale to move into midfield, while the sub took over at left back again.

Spurs were making more chances now.  Hutton flicked the ball past one man on the right and as he got near the edge of the box, played it into Kranjcar, whose first time volley went just wide.  Redknapp took Niko off after this and on came Andros Townsend to use his pace against a Lisbon side tiring in the 100 plus degree heat.  Almost immediately, a pass across the pitch on halfway was intercepted by Keane, who played a ball along the left hand channel for Obika.  The forward had to take the ball a little further to his left, but as he got to the 18 yard line, he let go a low left foot shot that Patricio got to, but could not keep out.  While it was a well hit shot, you felt the keeper could have done better, but at 2-2, it was still Sporting who would lift the trophy as they had scored more goals than Spurs.

A rash of substitutions for the Portuguese club saw Pedro Mendes as one of four subs who came on just after the goal ad it was Tottenham who were going for it at the end.  So much so, that Sporting picked up two more yellow cards as they tried to win a dodgy penalty (although Rose might have made contact with the player rather than the ball) and to stop Spurs attacks. When Spurs did get through, Obika sharply turned and shot picking up a deflection that took the ball wide.  With a minute left, a through ball was aimed towards Keane, but it was too heavy, meaning Patricio had to race out of his area to kick clear.  His clearance only went as far as Ton Huddlestone, who was just inside the centre circle and his shot back over the keeper missed by an agonisingly narrow margin.

With that chance gone, there was just time for one more Sporting substitution and then it was all over.  Spurs had won one and tied one (as they say over here) and a similar record but by the gap of a 2-0 rather than a 2-1 victory in their first game, Sporting Lisbon took the silverware in what had been an interesting and entertaining match.

It was clear that Spurs are getting sharper and although it may be hot in August when they kick off the Premier League season, it won't be this hot and they will have their World Cup players back to make them a more formidable outfit, so this was a useful exercise both on and off the pitch.

bud wiser


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