Tottenham 3-0 Norwich (26.12.2015) Live Commentary

The fans on the stadium don’t have to regret buying the tickets as they have witnessed a great game today. The home side had superiority over this game. It was obvious that the hosts tried to outplay their opposition with some passing football, while the visitors focused on counter-attacking play.
That is the end of the match.
The Tottenham players are exchanging short passes in an attempt to create a shooting opportunity.
There will be a minimum of 3 min. of added time.
The game is interrupted as Erik Lamela (Tottenham) is flagged for offside.
Nathan Redmond (Norwich) receives a pass and decides to smash the ball from long range. His poor effort sails high over the bar.
Heung-Min Son (Tottenham) almost finds himself in a very promising position, but he is flagged offside by the linesman.
Attempted cross from Martin Olsson (Norwich) is cleared.
The game has come to an end for Moussa Dembele (Tottenham). He has contributed as much as he could today. He will be replaced by the fresh legs of Nacer Chadli (Tottenham).
Dieumerci Mbokani (Norwich) finds himself some space inside the box, collects a rebound and produces a goal-bound effort. Hugo Lloris (Tottenham) pulls off a fantastic reflex save to stop the ball which went to the middle of the target.
Harry Kane (Tottenham) plays a one-two with Erik Lamela (Tottenham), but the move breaks down. Tottenham have been awarded a corner kick.
Moussa Dembele (Tottenham) seems to be alright and is okay to carry on.
The game is interrupted now, Moussa Dembele (Tottenham) picks up a knock and the physio has to come.
Goal – 3:0! Thomas Carroll (Tottenham) tries his luck from the edge of the box and scores with an accurate shot which goes inside the right post. Ben Davies (Tottenham) provided an assist for a goal.
Here comes a substitution. Dieumerci Mbokani (Norwich) is brought on as a substitute for Robbie Brady (Norwich).
Dele Alli (Tottenham) will be replaced by Heung-Min Son (Tottenham).
Eric Dier (Tottenham) found some space to play in a lofted pass, but it didn’t meet his expactations as none of his teammates managed to connect with it.
This foul is worthy of a card! And it is a yellow shown by referee Mike Jones to the guilty Jonathan Howson (Norwich).
Neat passing move from Tottenham in order to create new attacking opportunities.
Mike Jones shows a yellow card to Eric Dier (Tottenham) who can’t be surprised because his tackle was really hard.
A substitution has been made. Youssouf Mulumbu (Norwich) goes off and Jonathan Howson (Norwich) comes on.
Alex Neil has decided to make a change. Graham Dorrans (Norwich) replaces Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe (Norwich).
The substitution is prepared. Thomas Carroll (Tottenham) joins the action as a substitute, replacing Christian Eriksen (Tottenham).
Robbie Brady (Norwich) missed a promising opportunity! He rises for a cross and unleashes a poor header from near the penalty spot. The ball flies well wide of the right post!
Nathan Redmond (Norwich) crosses into the box from near the side line, but he doesn’t hit it as he wanted, and it’s averted by the well-organized defence.
Martin Olsson (Norwich) produces a cross into the box. The opposition’s defence clears the ball to safety.
Erik Lamela (Tottenham) whips a promising cross into the box, but the opposition’s defence intercepts the ball.
Tottenham didn’t take advantage of the corner to score. The opposition’s defence is alert and averts the threat.
Erik Lamela (Tottenham) latches on to a precise defence-splitting pass and fires a nice strike from a promising distance. Declan Rudd (Norwich) has a clear vision and thwarts his effort, aimed towards the top right corner, with a comfortable save. The referee points to the corner flag. Tottenham are given a corner.
Harry Kane (Tottenham) came with a sweet piledriver. He controlled a pass, glanced at the goal and fired from the edge of the box. It could have been a difficult one for the keeper, but he only hit one of the defenders off whom the ball bounced away.
The resulting set piece from Norwich is comfortably intercepted by one of the defending players.
Norwich keep the ball well and push forward with purpose, but here comes an interception from the opposition. The ball goes out-of-play. Norwich are awarded a corner kick.
Mike Jones blows the whistle for a foul. Erik Lamela (Tottenham) hacks down one of his opponents.
Norwich enjoy period of possession as they are exchanging some passes and waiting for an opportunity to strike.
Erik Lamela (Tottenham) was waiting for the ball on the penalty spot and produced a powerful volley directed low to the middle of the target, but the goalkeeper made an amazing save and denied him.
Erik Lamela (Tottenham) darts into the penalty area to latch on to a pass, and he unleashes a low shot in the direction of the left post. Declan Rudd (Norwich) is alert and denies his effort with a nice save.
Erik Lamela (Tottenham) swings in the corner, but it’s comfortably cleared away.
Dele Alli (Tottenham) tries to send a pass but it’s blocked. The main referee and his assistant both point at the corner flag. Tottenham will have an opportunity to endanger the opposition’s goal.
He should have done it better. Cameron Jerome (Norwich) is afforded space to connect with a Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe (Norwich) cross, but his header from the centre of the box flies well wide of the left post.
Kyle Walker (Tottenham) swings in a cross, but the ball is cleared to safety by one of the defending players.
Christian Eriksen (Tottenham) fails to send a pass into the box. His effort is cut out. The main referee and his assistant both signal a throw-in for Tottenham.
A player from Norwich commits an attacking foul. The referee blows his whistle.
Youssouf Mulumbu (Norwich) commits a foul with a sliding tackle but escaped any punishment. No yellow card.
Mike Jones blows his whistle and the second half starts.
It was a good decision to watch today’s encounter. There has already been more to be seen on the pitch prior to the half-time break than there is in most of the average games during the full 90 minutes. The home fans will be really pleased with what they’ve seen from their players so far. Pass and move, the home side display some possession football so far. The visitors display patience as they are waiting for the right moment to hit them on the break.
There will be nothing more to see in the first half. The whistle blowing of Mike Jones has ended it.
Alexander Tettey (Norwich) is awarded a yellow card for his tackle. He doesn’t seem to agree with the decision, but Mike Jones won’t hear any protests.
The assistant referee raises his flag, and one of the players from Norwich got caught in the offside position.
We will have 1 min. of added time.
Cameron Jerome (Norwich) finds himself beyond the last defender, but the game is stopped by the referee after the linesman signals for offside.
Harry Kane (Tottenham) latches on to a precise pass deep inside the box, which was sent by Dele Alli (Tottenham), and he beats the goalkeeper with a low accurate shot into the bottom left corner. He makes it 2:0.
Kyle Walker (Tottenham) plays in a hopeful cross, but it doesn’t find its way to any of the attacking players.
The Tottenham players keep the ball and are exchanging a combination of passes. They are waiting for gaps in defence to open up.
Dele Alli (Tottenham) looks to break free, but an opposing player clears.
What a chance that is! Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham) squanders a huge opportunity as he latches on to a perfect cross from the side, and produces a bullet header from around the penalty spot which goes well wide of the right post!
The ball goes behind for a corner. Tottenham will have an opportunity to endanger the opposition’s goal.
Dele Alli (Tottenham) is trying to head the rebound into the net from close range, but the goalkeeper pulls off a good save to deny his effort.
Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham) rises highest from the corner to head at goal, but his effort which is aimed to the middle is comfortably denied by the goalkeeper.
It will be a corner kick for Tottenham.
The defence clears the ball to safety after a dangerous cross from the corner, taken by Christian Eriksen (Tottenham).
The ball is cleared after Dele Alli (Tottenham) attempted to dribble past an opposing player.
Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham) wastes a great chance from the resulting corner. He times his header excellently when he leaps high to meet a precise cross, but can’t aim better than to the middle of the goal, straight into the arms of the goalkeeper.
The ball is out-of-play. A goal-scoring opportunity from a corner for Tottenham.
Dele Alli (Tottenham) is trying to pass the ball into the penalty area but it’s blocked.
Cameron Jerome (Norwich) races towards goal but the defender gets back well to make a challenge.
Harry Kane (Tottenham) sends Declan Rudd (Norwich) the wrong way and puts the penalty into the middle.
Harry Kane (Tottenham) is heading towards the penalty spot to take it.
Mike Jones blows the whistle, Declan Rudd (Norwich) is penalised for a foul. Tottenham are awarded a penalty. What an opportunity to score from!
Harry Kane (Tottenham) is furious with himself as he misses a golden opportunity from inside the six-yard box. He sends a rebounded ball a few inches wide of the left post.
Kyle Walker (Tottenham) picks up a lofted cross inside the box and releases a quick shot to the middle of the goal. His promising effort is denied by Declan Rudd (Norwich), who pulls off a stunning save!
Christian Eriksen (Tottenham) steps up to take the corner. He launches the ball into the penalty area, but it only finds the head of an opposing player who averts the danger.
Erik Lamela (Tottenham) is trying to send the ball in front of the goal, but the opposition’s defence averts the threat. The ball goes out for a corner. Tottenham can continue in their attacking effort.
Some great controlled play and passing in the middle of the pitch from Tottenham.
Cameron Jerome (Norwich) gets his head on the corner, but he can’t find the target as his header flies high over the crossbar.
Robbie Brady (Norwich) takes the corner.
Cameron Jerome (Norwich) wins the ball after the corner kick, and takes a shot from the edge of the box which is blocked by one of the defending players.
Norwich work the corner short. The ball is passed to a nearby teammate.
Cameron Jerome (Norwich) produces a solo run, but he fails to create a chance as the opposition player cuts him out. Norwich forced their opponent to concede a corner.
Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe (Norwich) produces a lovely ball into the penalty area but the defender manages to intercept and comfortably averts the danger.
Robbie Brady (Norwich) didn’t find any of his teammates inside the box as his pass was blocked.
Tottenham seem to be finding their feet as they enjoy some possession. They are waiting for the right moment to create new attacking opportunities.
Tottenham take a short corner instead of sending the ball into the penalty area.
Tottenham are on the ball. They increase their possession, but one of the opposition players stopped their effort. The referee blows his whistle, Tottenham are awarded a corner kick.
Tottenham has a chance to score from a corner kick, but it’s averted by a defender, who manages to clear the ball away.
Erik Lamela (Tottenham) sends a cross into the box. However, the opponent’s defence eliminates the danger by clearing the ball out. The ball is out-of-play, and the assistant referee points at the corner flag. Tottenham will take it.
Cameron Jerome (Norwich) gives away foul for his fierce tackle against the opponent.
Norwich take the corner, but their hopes of scoring a goal die with nice clearance from the defence.
Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe (Norwich) latches on to a precise defence-splitting pass and fires a nice strike from a promising distance. Hugo Lloris (Tottenham) has a clear vision and thwarts his effort, aimed towards the right post, with a comfortable save. The assistant referee makes a right call and Norwich will have a corner.
One of the players from Tottenham times his run too early, and the referee blows his whistle for offside.
The first half has started.
The players are out and the match is about to start. Tottenham will have the kick-off.
Today’s referee will be Mike Jones.
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