Malaysia All-Stars   1  (1)                                                                       Tottenham Hotspur  2 (2)
Wednesday 27th May 2015                                                                                                                 Kick off 13:45  (UK time)
Shah Alam Stadium
Rose (o.g)  31m 25s
Kane 18m 30s
Kane 42m 28s


Lamela (treading on Christie)  76


Crowd :   approx. 30,000 Weather :  Hot, humid
Referee :  Amirul Izwan Yaacob Assistant Referees :  Mohd Yusri Mohammad; Azman Ismail
Fourth Official :  Nagor Amir Nor Mohamed -
Spurs kicked off
Game time : -  90+6 minutes.
Malaysia All-Stars : kit Tottenham Hotspur : kit
20  Kharul Fahmi Che MAT (   1  Zamir SELAMAT 71)

  5  Ronny HARUN (  6 Yong Kuong YONG 65)
15  Thiago JUNINHO (18 Mohd Afif Bin AMIRUDDIN 78)
  Robert CORNTHWAITE  ()
16  Zubir AZMI (  3 Azmi MUSLIM 76)

  4  Nasir BASHARUDIN (12 Hazwan BAKRI 71)

17  Joseph Kalang TIE (11 Syamim YAHYA 58)
13  Indra Putra MAHAYUDDIN (cpt) (  8  Christie JAYASELAN 58)

10  Paulo RANGEL
19  Guilherme de PAULA

Unused subs: 
14  Muslim AHMAD
  Norshahrul Idlan TALAHA

    1  Hugo LLORIS (cpt) (13  Michel VORM 46)

12  DeAndre YEDLIN
15  Eric DIER
  5  Jan VERTONGHEN (11  Erik LAMELA  46     )
  3  Danny ROSE  (45 Kyle WALKER-PETERS 46)

28  Tom CARROLL (22 Nacer CHADLI 58)
25  Benjamin STAMBOULI

17  Andros TOWNSEND (43 Grant WARD 46)
44  Harry WINKS
23  Christian ERIKSEN (42 Nabil BENTALEB 46)

18  Harry KANE    (47 Josh ONOMAH 58)

Unused subs: 
49  Luke McGEE

19  Mousa DEMBELE

Manager :  Dolleh Salleh Manager :  Mauricio Pochettino
Sponsor :   - Shirt sponsor :  AIA
Kit Supplier :  Nike Kit Supplier :   Under Armour
Match report

Harry Kane was the difference between Spurs and the Malaysian All-Stars in this end of season tour match in Kuala Lumpar, as Tottenham ran out 2-1 winners in front of a reduced attendance because of a boycott from home fans.

An early header from a corner saw Lloris beaten to the ball, but it flew over, while Joseph was showing a trick or two on the right wing. Having had a trial at Hartlepool, the winger was probably more comfortable in these conditions than a chilly Tuesday night in the North-East of England.

Kane curled a shot around a defender to make the keeper save, although not too difficult for him, but when Harry Winks got robbed of possession after being played into trouble and Guiherme hit a low shot from the right across Lloris, but wide of the far post.  Townsend hit a 20 yard shot low to the keeper's left, forcing him to push it wide and then Kane shot from the left to hit a right foot shot that Mat did well to keep out as it bounced just in front of him.

The game was a bit end to end, with the home side enjoying the conditions more than Spurs, being humid and hot.

Eriksen was sent away on the left by Rose and the Dane tricked his way past Ronny, pulling the ball back for Carroll. His shot across goal was handled by Thiago and then hit the post, rebounding to Harry Kane, six yards out to take a touch and place in into the net past players on the goal-line to give Spurs the lead in the 19th minute.

Paulo Rangel had the ball in the net, when he drove a shot past Lloris, but he was flagged offside. After some early forays into the Spurs box, Malaysia had less penetration and Spurs dictated the pace of the game at a slower pace. When they got around the Malaysia penalty area, there was an injection of pace, almost supplying a chance for Townsend, but Winks hit the return pass a little too heavily. A neat little passage of passing between Townsend, Carroll and Winks almost opened the home defence up through the middle, but Harun cleared the ball as Winks looked to get on the end of the move.

Andros did well to break away on the right and pull it back to Kane, who had to take a couple of touches in the box to make space for a shot, but he went wide and the effort touched off a defender for a corner. When Malaysia were awarded a free-kick 15 yards inside the Spurs half, the ball was played to the far post and as Thiago went for it, the ball went in from Danny Rose's head to beat Lloris with a downward header with 32 minutes gone.

It didn't really inspire the home team to press on, but Rangel hit a 25 yard shot from out on their left that Lloris had to make a last minute dive to beat out. Rangel had a left foot shot that he didn't connect properly with and the ball dribbled through to Hugo. At the opposite end of the pitch, Kane hit a 25 yard free-kick straight at the keeper, but the Malaysia team switched it to the Spurs end and Ali Ashfaq broke on the left to hit a cross shot across the face of the goal, when he should have finished better.

As it was, a minute later, Tottenham were back in front and it was that man Kane again. Winks played the ball in to Tom Carroll in a central position 25 yards out and he laid the ball off to Townsend and got the ball back before sliding the ball to his right in front of the Tottenham forward, who drilled it low under Mat from ten yards out on the right hand side. It was a clinical finish two minutes from half-time from a man in confident form.

Shortly after the goal, captain Mayahuddin took a free-kick from 30 yards out and the shot looked innocuous, but Lloris had to make a last minute decision to push the ball over with both hands to make sure it didn't creep below the bar. Rangel had a chance to lay the ball into the path of a team-mate but chose to shoot and it was blocked.

At the start of the second half Rangel climbed highest to a cross, but could only put his header over the top. The game went through a passage where neither side could hold onto the ball, but when Lamela went across the face of the 18 yard box and played it right to substitute Grant Ward, the young midfielder curled a shot just wide of Mat's left hand post. Yedlin played in a low cross that he keeper just dived in front of Kane to gather at the second attempt. Harry took a cross-field shot down well in the box, shrugged off a defender and ended up putting his shot into the side-netting as he tried to beat the keeper at his near post.

Lamela played a one-two with Winks and the Argentine almost squeezed a shot on target, with the ball tight under his feet. Yedlin then played a one-two with sub Josh Onomah and just couldn't reach the pacy return, then it was Onomah who had a shot that he had created by moving the ball out of his feet and hitting it a yard wide of the Malaysian goal. Onomah was involved again, when Lamela played the ball to him and he put Chadli in, but the Belgian hesitated and then when he was ready to shoot, he had the ball taken off him.

Tottenham's dominance of possession and territorial occupation made it difficult for the Malaysian All-Stars to make any headway into the Spurs last third. Spurs also started to press hard to give Malaysia no time on the ball and it brought a booking for Lamela when he tackled Yahya and then brought a foot down on his thigh. Yahya rolled around so much that he almost got kicked in the head by Lamela, who was just standing still.

Bentlaeb tried an effort from 30 yards that slowly went past Selmat's left hand post, while Vorm's quiet afternoon was disturbed by Rangel's 25 yard free-kick that brought the keeper into action with a dive to his left to push the ball wide. The substitute keeper for the home team had to produce a better stop when Kyle Walker-Peters crossed for Chadli to head towards the top corner of the goal and Selmat dived upwards to slap the ball around the post with a fine save.

In added time, Spurs were passing the ball around with ease, as Malaysia dropped back into their defensive third, but when it opened up for Winks to run onto Lamela's square pass, the youngster hit a first time shot that rose a couple of feet over the crossbar. Hazwan Bakri ran past a couple of white shirts before trying to take the leather off the ball, but he never set himself for the shot and ended up having a swinger at it and it went weakly wide.

In the end, Tottenham eased through the game, but the Malaysia league XI did provide some worrying moments in the first half.  There were promising showings from Yedlin, Carroll, Walker-Peters and Winks, although the latter was not helped by some of the passing to him.  There was some fairly rustic tackling from the home side, but the game was played in a reasonably good nature, apart from Lamela's booking and one occasion when Rangel threw the ball at Walker-Peters.

So, on to Sydney and the end of a long, long season for Tottenham.  Although some of the players still have a number of games to complete during the close season for national teams and there is a worry that some (notably Kane) may not be fit for the start of the season.

Marco van Hip


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