All square at white Hart lane

Tottenham Hotspur players celebrating the second-half equaliser from defender Danny Rose against Liverpool last night. The 1-1 draw ensured that Spurs continued their unbeaten start to the season.
Tottenham Hotspur players celebrating the second-half equaliser from defender Danny Rose against Liverpool last night. The 1-1 draw ensured that Spurs continued their unbeaten start to the season.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

But Spurs fortunate to get away with 1-1 draw after struggling to deal with Reds' firepower

LONDON • Greeting the sight of a corner to Tottenham Hotspur towards the end of yesterday's tussle, Mauricio Pochettino gestured intensely, trying to summon something more from somewhere.

"Vamos! Vamos!" he barked into the tense White Hart Lane air. It was that kind of game. Both teams needed a little bit more than they were able to produce to achieve a win.

Tottenham were fortunate they found enough to claim a point from a game in which they mostly toiled, while Liverpool had more than enough chances to have garnered all three points before Danny Rose escaped the general congestion to equalise.

And so it was all square at 1-1 in last night's English Premier League game - Rose cancelling out James Milner's penalty at White Hart Lane.

Erik Lamela nodded Eric Dier's cross into the path of Rose in the 72nd minute and the England left-back controlled the ball and slammed it past Simon Mignolet to extend Spurs' unbeaten start to the season.

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But it was Liverpool who scored first, Milner beating Michel Vorm from the spot in the 43rd minute after Lamela had tripped Roberto Firmino in the box, as Spurs struggled to deal with Liverpool's firepower.

"A draw's probably the fair result," Rose told Sky Sports.

"In the first half, Vorm was our man of the match but I thought we played much better in the second."

Tottenham missed the presence of suspended Mousa Dembele as Liverpool, who had been toothless in a 0-2 loss at Burnley last weekend, ran riot during the first 45 minutes.

The hosts suffered a setback in the 28th minute when Kyle Walker was replaced by new signing Vincent Janssen, although it was Liverpool's Sadio Mane, a £34 million (S$60 million) signing from Southampton, who dazzled in the first half.

Stand-in goalkeeper Vorm was twice called out of his area to tackle the outstanding Mane and made an excellent save to deny Philippe Coutinho from close range as the visitors created chance after chance during the first half and Spurs' resistance ended when Lamela clipped Firmino.

"Philippe had a brilliant chance," Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren told Sky Sports.

"I think if we went 2-0 up it's a different result. We always want to win so we're not satisfied. We're just missing a few goals more."

Tottenham started slowly last term and looked set for their first defeat of the season when Mane tapped in at the back post from an Adam Lallana cross, only for the effort to be ruled out for offside.

Simon Mignolet produced two excellent saves to thwart Lamela and Toby Alderweireld as Spurs sought an equaliser before Rose's decisive intervention, although Harry Kane was again off the pace and his goalless start to the season continued.

"I'm very pleased," said Pochettino of his team's overall performance.

"It was a very competitive game. Both teams played with passion, which is very important. It was a fantastic game for the neutral. It's not easy when you play a team that are perfect on the counter-attack and you need to take risks. The draw is a fair result."

His counterpart Jurgen Klopp also felt that there were positives for his team.

"When you take a point at Tottenham, for 99 per cent of teams it would be a good thing," he told the BBC.

"We played a very good away game against a very strong side. But we showed we can be good. We played football and defended really good."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on August 28, 2016, with the headline 'All square at white Hart lane'. Print Edition | Subscribe