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Liverpool   0 - 2   Tottenham

Spurs playmaker Rafael van der Vaart (left) scores with a 20-yard shot to put his side ahead at Liverpool
Van der Vaart sends in a dipping strike to give Spurs the lead

By Mandeep Sanghera

Tottenham beat Liverpool to leapfrog their rivals into fifth place and move a point ahead of the Merseysiders in the race for a Europa League place.

Rafael van der Vaart chested down the ball and sent a dipping 20-yard strike into the Reds net to put Spurs ahead.

Andy Carroll headed a gilt-edged chance high and was punished when Luka Modric scored a penalty for the visitors after John Flanagan's foul on Steven Pienaar.

It was a controversial decision but Spurs were good value for their win.

In the first game for Liverpool since manager Kenny Dalglish had his temporary deal turned into a three-year contract, the Reds struggled and stuttered to a first home league defeat under the Scot.

Tottenham, by contrast, put in a controlled and composed performance, which they completed with the type of end product that has been missing in recent months and has cost them repeating their top four finish of last season.

Dalglish unconcerned by defeat

And, if Spurs manager Harry Redknapp had stated his reluctance to play in next season's Europa League because of the impact it has on a top-flight campaign, it was not matched by his players at Anfield.

Instead, it was the lacklustre home players who seemed more determined to avoid Europe's less prestigious competition.

The two teams had gone into the game travelling in opposite directions in their rollercoaster seasons, with Liverpool on an upward curve of 10 wins from 14 games and Spurs plummeting with one win from 13 outings.

But it was the visitors who quickly got into their stride and made a mockery of the statistics as they seized control of the game before they took the lead after nine minutes.

A Modric corner was only headed out to Van der Vaart and, after controlling the clearance with his chest just outside the area, the Dutchman sweetly struck the ball before it could bounce as he sent a dipping shot into the far corner.

It was a goal reminiscent of Van der Vaart's form in the first half of the season before, like Spurs, his form dipped.

In their run of one win in the last 13, playmaker Van der Vaart and strikers Peter Crouch, Jermain Defoe and Roman Pavlyuchenko have scored only 11 goals between them and Spurs 14 in all.

But Van der Vaart's goal at Anfield was reward for his side's fluency and fortitude, while the Reds struggled to impose themselves.

Spurs controlled game - Redknapp

The frustration of the home side was emphasised when striker Luis Suarez flicked a kick at Spurs defender Michael Dawson and escaped with a yellow card from referee Howard Webb.

The Merseysiders belatedly and briefly raised themselves late on in the opening half when Carroll was presented with the type of chance you would expect him to put away.

Martin Skrtel clipped a cross to the far post for the powerhouse Reds forward, who mistimed his close range header horribly high.

Van der Vaart was forced off injured early in the second half before Spurs added to their lead shortly afterwards when Webb awarded a questionable penalty to the visitors for right-back Flanagan's foul on Pienaar.

Liverpool will argue whether it was a foul as well as whether it was in the area but Modric stepped up to send keeper Pepe Reina the wrong way from the spot as he confidently extended Tottenham's lead.

A laboured Liverpool rarely looked like adding to their 13 goals in their previous three games as Spurs eased to their first league win at Anfield since August 1993.


Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish was unhappy with referee Howard Webb:
"I'm not here to sponsor the FA.

"It is unhelpful to everyone that we cannot express our true thoughts and it is even more disappointing that the officials get away scot-free without having to come in and explain their decisions.

"I think it is safer for me to leave it at that.

"We cannot legislate for refereeing mistakes but we could have been a greater help to ourselves if we had started the game better."

He added: "I don't think Pepe Reina was over-busy either but we never played as well as we can play.

"That is a disappointment for the players because it would have been a fitting way to finish the season at Anfield - maybe it was too much of a fairytale.

"We feel we have short-changed the fans by not getting the result."

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp:
"We played well. We kept the ball and played some good football. There were some good performances. The back four were excellent.

"To come here and win is a rarity for Tottenham. But we have done it today and I thought we deserved it. It was a good performance.

"We're trying to get in that fifth spot like Liverpool. We've both got big games next week and we will see what happens then.

"Of course [the Europa League can be a hindrance] but you still want to finish as high as you can. You want to be in it."

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Sunday, 15 May 2011

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Liverpool 0-2 Tottenham FT
(HT 0-1)
    • Van der Vaart 9
    • Modric (pen) 56

    Liverpool

    Substitutes

    Tottenham

    Substitutes

    Ref: H WebbAtt: 44,893
    LIVERPOOL
    TOTTENHAM

    Possession

    • Liverpool 50%
    • Tottenham 50%

    Attempts on target

    • Liverpool 2
    • Tottenham 4

    Attempts off target

    • Liverpool 8
    • Tottenham 4

    Corners

    • Liverpool 11
    • Tottenham 5

    Fouls

    • Liverpool 13
    • Tottenham 7
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+5:14 The referee brings the game to a close.
    • 90:00+5:05 The ball is swung over by Jonjo Shelvey, clearance by Ledley King.
    • 90:00+4:55 A cross is delivered by Jamie Carragher, clearance by Michael Dawson.
    • 90:00+3:55 Free kick awarded for a foul by Martin Skrtel on Peter Crouch. Luka Modric restarts play with the free kick.
    • 90:00+3:25 The ball is delivered by Dirk Kuyt.
    • 90:00+2:46 Dirk Kuyt takes a shot. Save made by Carlo Cudicini.
    • 90:00+1:48 Effort on goal by Dirk Kuyt from outside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
    • 89:42 Substitution Niko Kranjcar is brought on as a substitute for Steven Pienaar.
    • 89:17 Steven Pienaar produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
    • 87:39 Substitution Andrew Carroll leaves the field to be replaced by Joe Cole.
    • 87:23 Dirk Kuyt sends in a cross, save made by Carlo Cudicini.
    • 86:42 Andrew Carroll takes a shot. Save by Carlo Cudicini.
    • 86:01 Centre by Luka Modric.
    • 84:09 The ball is swung over by Jonjo Shelvey, Andrew Carroll produces a header from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal.
    • 82:32 Steven Pienaar gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dirk Kuyt. Free kick crossed right-footed by Jonjo Shelvey.
    • 81:51 Substitution Sebastien Bassong is brought on as a substitute for Danny Rose.
    • 79:05 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jermain Defoe by Jamie Carragher. Michael Dawson restarts play with the free kick.
    • 75:32 Dirk Kuyt produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
    • 74:52 Corner taken by Jonjo Shelvey from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Peter Crouch.
    • 74:17 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jonjo Shelvey from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Ledley King.
    • 74:17 Substitution (Liverpool) makes a substitution, with David Ngog coming on for Rodriguez Maxi.
    • 73:56 The ball is crossed by Jonjo Shelvey, clearance by Younes Kaboul.
    • 73:41 The ball is crossed by Jamie Carragher, Peter Crouch manages to make a clearance.
    • 73:11 Jonjo Shelvey takes the outswinging corner, clearance made by Raniere Sandro.
    • 72:06 Luka Modric takes a shot. Save made by Jose Reina.
    • 71:37 Luka Modric takes a short corner.
    • 71:23 The ball is crossed by Danny Rose, clearance made by Martin Skrtel.
    • 69:30 Luka Modric restarts play with the free kick.
    • 69:30 Booking The referee books John Flanagan for unsporting behaviour.
    • 69:10 John Flanagan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Danny Rose.
    • 67:16 Foul by Jonjo Shelvey on Raniere Sandro, free kick awarded. Younes Kaboul takes the direct free kick.
    • 66:55 The ball is swung over by John Flanagan, Younes Kaboul manages to make a clearance.
    • 65:53 The ball is sent over by Jonjo Shelvey.
    • 65:06 Jonjo Shelvey has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide right of the goal.
    • 64:05 Peter Crouch has an effort at goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • 63:16 Direct free kick taken by Luka Modric.
    • 63:16 Substitution Jay Spearing leaves the field to be replaced by Jonjo Shelvey.
    • 63:16 John Flanagan concedes a free kick for a foul on Luka Modric.
    • 62:19 Luis Suarez takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the bar.
    • 61:59 A cross is delivered by Glen Johnson, Steven Pienaar manages to make a clearance.
    • 61:27 Inswinging corner taken by Luis Suarez, clearance by Michael Dawson.
    • 59:19 Luis Suarez fouled by Ledley King, the ref awards a free kick. Luis Suarez takes the direct free kick.
    • 57:58 The ball is delivered by John Flanagan.
    • 57:25 Rodriguez Maxi sends in a cross, Danny Rose manages to make a clearance.
    • 57:16 The ball is sent over by Dirk Kuyt, Michael Dawson manages to make a clearance.
    • 56:57 Centre by Rodriguez Maxi, clearance made by Danny Rose.
    • 55:31 Steven Pienaar provided the assist for the goal.
    • 55:31 GOAL - Luka ModricLiverpool 0 - 2 Tottenham Penalty taken right-footed by Luka Modric and scored. Liverpool 0-2 Tottenham.
    • 54:07 Unfair challenge on Steven Pienaar by John Flanagan results in a Penalty.
    • 51:56 Free kick taken by Michael Dawson.
    • 51:56 Substitution Jermain Defoe joins the action as a substitute, replacing Rafael Van der Vaart.
    • 51:56 Unfair challenge on Peter Crouch by Martin Skrtel results in a free kick.
    • 49:13 Rafael Van der Vaart takes a shot. Save by Jose Reina.
    • 46:55 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Luis Suarez, save by Carlo Cudicini.
    • 46:10 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dirk Kuyt by Steven Pienaar. Jamie Carragher takes the direct free kick.
    • 45:54 Leiva Lucas gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steven Pienaar. Luka Modric takes the free kick.
    • 45:10 The ball is crossed by Steven Pienaar.
    • 45:01 The referee gets the second half underway.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+2:16 The whistle is blown to end the first half.
    • 45:00+0:34 Luis Suarez produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.
    • 45:00+0:34 Booking Caution for Raniere Sandro.
    • 45:00+0:22 Andrew Carroll fouled by Raniere Sandro, the ref awards a free kick.
    • 44:22 The official flags Dirk Kuyt offside. Indirect free kick taken by Carlo Cudicini.
    • 43:21 The ball is crossed by Andrew Carroll.
    • 42:50 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Luis Suarez played to the near post.
    • 42:35 Luis Suarez produces a cross, clearance by Michael Dawson.
    • 42:17 Luis Suarez takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Peter Crouch.
    • 40:32 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Luis Suarez, clearance made by Luka Modric.
    • 39:08 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Luka Modric, Michael Dawson has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide left of the target.
    • 38:49 Rafael Van der Vaart sends in a cross, Jay Spearing makes a clearance.
    • 38:06 Andrew Carroll has a header from close range and clears the crossbar.
    • 37:40 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Luis Suarez, clearance made by Ledley King.
    • 34:41 Jay Spearing has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
    • 33:05 Free kick awarded for a foul by Dirk Kuyt on Danny Rose. Direct free kick taken by Carlo Cudicini.
    • 28:46 Michael Dawson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luis Suarez. Direct free kick taken by Leiva Lucas.
    • 27:57 The ball is crossed by Younes Kaboul, clearance by Andrew Carroll.
    • 26:48 Jamie Carragher challenges Peter Crouch unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Michael Dawson.
    • 25:41 The ball is crossed by Dirk Kuyt, Michael Dawson manages to make a clearance. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Luis Suarez from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Peter Crouch.
    • 25:08 A cross is delivered by Andrew Carroll, clearance by Younes Kaboul.
    • 23:29 Foul by Steven Pienaar on Glen Johnson, free kick awarded. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Luis Suarez, Michael Dawson manages to make a clearance.
    • 22:46 Corner taken right-footed by Luis Suarez from the right by-line, Michael Dawson makes a clearance.
    • 22:30 The referee penalises Rafael Van der Vaart for handball. Jamie Carragher restarts play with the free kick.
    • 19:55 Direct free kick taken by Michael Dawson.
    • 19:55 Booking Luis Suarez is given a yellow card.
    • 19:13 Free kick awarded for a foul by Luis Suarez on Michael Dawson.
    • 17:15 Aaron Lennon produces a cross, save made by Jose Reina.
    • 16:49 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Luka Modric from the right by-line to the near post, John Flanagan manages to make a clearance.
    • 16:36 Peter Crouch takes a shot. Martin Skrtel gets a block in.
    • 16:05 Dirk Kuyt gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Danny Rose. Carlo Cudicini takes the direct free kick.
    • 15:53 A cross is delivered by Glen Johnson, save by Carlo Cudicini.
    • 9:10 The referee blows for offside. Carlo Cudicini restarts play with the free kick.
    • 8:07 GOAL - Rafael Van der VaartLiverpool 0 - 1 Tottenham A goal is scored by Rafael Van der Vaart from outside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Liverpool 0-1 Tottenham.
    • 7:50 Corner taken right-footed by Luka Modric, Martin Skrtel makes a clearance.
    • 6:05 Rafael Van der Vaart has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the goal.
    • 3:55 Leiva Lucas concedes a free kick for a foul on Danny Rose. Free kick taken by Luka Modric.
    • 2:36 A cross is delivered by Rafael Van der Vaart, save made by Jose Reina.
    • 2:17 Corner taken by Rafael Van der Vaart from the right by-line to the near post, John Flanagan manages to make a clearance.
    • 1:47 Danny Rose sends in a cross, clearance by Glen Johnson.
    • 0:34 Unfair challenge on Rodriguez Maxi by Raniere Sandro results in a free kick. Leiva Lucas takes the direct free kick.
    • 0:00 The referee starts the match.

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    15 May 2011 23:59 UK


    Barclays Premier League table snapshot

    As it stood on 15 May 2011 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Man Utd 37 39 77
    2 Chelsea 37 37 71
    3 Arsenal 37 29 67
    4 Man City 36 22 65
    5 Tottenham 37 8 59
    6 Liverpool 37 16 58
    7 Everton 37 5 51
    8 Fulham 37 6 48
    9 Stoke 36 2 46
    10 Bolton 37 -2 46
    11 West Brom 37 -15 46
    12 Newcastle 37 -1 45
    13 Aston Villa 37 -12 45
    14 Sunderland 37 -14 44
    15 Blackburn 37 -14 40
    16 Wolves 37 -19 40
    17 Birmingham 37 -20 39
    18 Blackpool 37 -21 39
    19 Wigan 37 -22 39
    20 West Ham 37 -24 33

    see also
    Dalglish unconcerned by defeat
    15 May 11 |  Liverpool
    Spurs controlled game - Redknapp
    15 May 11 |  Tottenham
    Sunday football as it happened
    15 May 11 |  Football
    Sunday's football photos
    15 May 11 |  Football


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