South China   2   Tottenham Hotspur    0      (Half-time score : 0-0)

Panasonic Invitation Cup
Venue : -  Hong Kong national stadium
Sunday 2nd August 2009
Kick Off :  10.30 a.m. (UK time); 5.35 p.m. (local time)
Crowd :   ,
Referee :  Ng Chiu Kok
Weather :  -  Warm, humid.
Teams : - 
South China :

Zhang Chunhai

Poon Yiu Cheuk
Chan Siu Ki  
Lee Wai Lun
Lee Wai Lim

Li Haiqiang (c)   (p)
Kwok Kin Pong
Man Pei Tak
Ambassa Guy Gerard

Ramon Rodrigi de Freitas
Luiz Carlos

Unused subs: 
Ho Kwok Chuen
Lee Chi Ho
Bai He
Wong Chin Hung
Chan Chi Hong
Chan Wai Ho
Leung Chun Pong
Leung Hinson
Chao Peng Fei
Jose Castillo
Tales Schutz

Tottenham Hotspur :

Cudicini (Gomes 46)

Hutton (Keane 46)

Jenas (c)  (Defoe 46)

Pavlyuchenko (Modric 82)
Obika (Lennon 69)

Unused subs: 

Colours : -  (kits courtesy of
South China



Tottenham Hotspur
Scorers : -  
South China


Tottenham Hotspur


Cards : -  
South China

Carlos (foul) 45
Gerard (foul) 90 


Tottenham Hotspur 

O'Hara (foul) 64 


Match Report : -  
At the end of the Asia tour, Spurs lost out 0-2 to a South China side, who were in more of a mood and shape to win the game than the mix and match Tottenham side that was put out.

In 30 degree heat and a humidity that they had experienced in Beijing, this was a game that Spurs would probably rather have done without, but they did enough to win it in truth, with only a good goalkeeping performance and a dodgy referee standing between them and victory.

The early pace was set by the hosts and a free-kick from captain Li Haiqiang flew over the bar from a long way out and Jake Livermore had to be aware when Chan Siu Ki broke through the middle, but luckily, the Spurs defender managed to tidy up with the Chinese striker failing to control the pass.  Jake was also in the right place to stop Ki's shot with a good block.

With 12 minutes gone, Spurs at last put together a forward move.  A passage of passing involving John Bostock, Roman Pavlyuchenko and Jon Obika created space for Pav to shoot and the keeper Zhang Chunhui did well to position himself to take the effort cleanly.  Four minutes later, Naughton almost played Hutton through, but an intervention from Poon Yiu Cheuk broke things up, but another move saw Bostock and Rose link well on the left wing to let the winger put a ball into the goalmouth, but Jon Obika couldn't quite reach it.

Spurs were moving the ball well and opened the left side of the South China defence, with Pavlyuchenko putting Hutton away for a shot just over the bar, but he was adjudged to be offside anyway.  Rose was enjoying his role on the other flank, as he beat his man to send over a cross for Obika, which was just too high for the striker.  In the spell of pressure, the closest Tottenham came to a goal was a 30th minute effort from Bostock, when he cut in from the left to fire a right foot shot that the keeper tipped over the top in an exaggerated fashion.  Bostock had shown a neat skill in rolling his foot over the ball to fool his opponent.

Alan Hutton was being given free rein to get up in attacking positions and when Obika laid the ball back into his path in the 35th minute, it looked as though he might hit the target, but a good tackle from Kin Pong denied him.  Almost straight after, Pav took a pass, turned his marker Carlos and struck a fine shot from 25 yards out, only to see Zhang Chunhui plunge to stop the ball to his right and push it away from goal.

After the early threat, it had been all Spurs, but there was a series of free-kicks to deal with, mainly comfortably cleared away by the defence.  So the final attacks of the half came form Tottenham, as Rose was almost played through by Jenas, but couldn't control the pass, then O'Hara, Rose and Jenas all passed around the South China defenders to Roman Pavlyuchenko, who moved the ball onto his right foot and hit a shot that the goalie stopped at his near post with a good save.

With some substitutions at the break, Spurs re-shaped for the second period and as Defoe and Keane came on, Jermain joined Pav up front, so it was Obika who dropped back into midfield alongside Robbie.

Six minutes into the half, a Spurs throw from Naughton was won in the air by the opposition and Chan Siu Ki took the ball as it dropped, about thirty yards out and to the left of the penalty area, teed it up and hit a Bentley style shot that flew over Gomes into the top of the net.  It was a spectacular hit and one which could have ended up anywhere, but as usual with shots of this nature against Spurs, it ended up in the goal.

Tottenham showed a good response with Pavlyuchenko's header to O'Hara's corner hitting defender Lee Wai Lun's knee and going over the crossbar.  It seemed as though luck was not on our side.  Chimbonda put Defoe in just on the left side of the box, but his drive was too high and when O'Hara dinked a delightful ball over the South China back line for Robbie Keane, the effort with the outside of his right foot cleared the keeper, but hit the angle of bar and post and bounced clear.

Pavlyuchenko once more tested Zhang Chunhui from outside the box, but worse was to come for Tottenham, as Chao Peng ran at Livermore in the box and pushed the bal past the defender before running straight into him in the 69th minute.  The referee saw this as a foul and awarded the spot-kick, which was dinked over the diving Gomes by captain Li Haiqiang.

Things could have been more embarrassing for Tottenham with fifteen minutes to go, when Heurelho Gomes saved a curling shot from Chao Peng Fei, when he might have used two team-mates who were up with him.  Luckily, Jake Livermore got a block in on the follow-up to keep it 0-2. 

Towards the end, it was all Spurs.  Saves which might be routine in the Premier League were made to look out of this world by Zhang Chunhui.  With 80 minutes on the clock, Keane got the ball over the defence for Pavlyuchenko to hit a fierce drive and the keeper flung himself up in the air to beat away the shot and then flopped on a low shot from Lennon, who was played through by Keane, as it looked like it might creep inside the post.

Keano took a shot that Gerard got in the way of, O'Hara fires a free-kick on the edge of the box too high and Defoe fired a late effort wide, as Spurs sought to get something from the game.

As if losing wasn't bad enough ,the South China side were wearing an Arsenal like red and white kit.  As long as that is the only game we lose this season to a side wearing it, that will be fine by me.





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