Tag: Andros Townsend

Football: Italy 1-1 England

Andros Townsend’s spectacular strike gave an experimental England line-up a creditable draw against Italy in Turin.

Southampton striker Graziano Pelle’s first-half header looked to have put Italy on course for victory in this friendly as England struggled to get to grips with the changes made by manager Roy Hodgson after Friday’s Euro 2016 qualifier win against Lithuania.

England, however, were lifted by the introduction of several substitutes and Townsend capped a second-half display that merited a draw. The Tottenham winger’s rising 20-yard drive 11 minutes from time gave Italy’s veteran keeper Gianluigi Buffon no chance.

Hodgson’s side then ended the game on top and only a fine save from Buffon stopped England captain Wayne Rooney – who had earlier hit the bar – from adding to his total of 47 goals for his country and closing even further on Sir Bobby Charlton’s all-time record of 49.

The experiment of using Phil Jones in midfield failed dismally and he reverted to defence when Chris Smalling went off ill just before half-time. Similarly, it was a wasted night for Arsenal’s Theo Walcott, misused in a forward role rather than on the wing.

There were pluses too, however, with an excellent cameo from Everton’s Ross Barkley and a composed performance from Michael Carrick when he replaced Smalling.

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Premiership: Spurs 3-2 Swansea

Tottenham got their top-four tilt back on track by overcoming Swansea 3-2 on a night when Bafetimbi Gomis’ collapse had those inside White Hart Lane fearing the worst.

As play was about to restart following Nacer Chadli’s wonderful, early opener, paramedics and medical staff raced onto the field to tend to the French striker after he went down.

Hush fell on the ground where Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba suffered a cardiac arrest three years ago, but good news emanated from the Swansea dressing room that Gomis was fine and had not been hospitalised after feinting.

Garry Monk’s side will have unlikely been aware of the positive news when Ki Sung-Yueng drew parity in a match which Spurs would go onto win, with second-half strikes from Ryan Mason and Andros Townsend securing the result after Gylfi Sigurdsson’s late strike.

Having exited the Europa League and lost the Capital One Cup to Chelsea in the past week, this felt like a huge win for Mauricio Pochettino’s side,

Defeat to Swansea would have seriously harmed their hopes of Champions League qualification, so Chadli’s fine, cushioned volley got Spurs off to the best possible start.

That strike was quickly forgotten, though, when Gomis collapsed – an incident which saw him leave the field on a stretcher, but was thankfully not as serious as first feared.

It was a worrying moment Swansea recovered well from, with Ki striking home from an acute angle soon after Sigurdsson sent a free-kick off the post.

However, there was not to be a third straight Premier League win for Swansea, with academy graduates Mason and Townsend striking for Spurs in what was for the most part a comfortable second half.

Sigurdsson’s late goal led to a nervy ending during which Hugo Lloris produced a wonderful save to ensure Spurs held on for victory – a fitting way to remember great Dave Mackay after he passed away on Monday.

Spurs greats led a minute of applause before kick-off and the current squad wore black armbands in remembrance of one of the finest players to ever don the lillywhite shirt.

None of the current side are a patch on Mackay but they got a win for him, opening the scoring inside seven minutes.

Danny Rose found space on the left to send over a cross to Chadli, who showed wonderful skill and vision to hit an unorthodox cushioned volley past Lukasz Fabianski.

It was a fine opener but it was quickly forgotten as the emotion from everyone inside White Hart Lane became one of concern as Gomis collapsed.

The striker had four minutes of treatment before leaving the field on a stretcher – by this point conscious and wearing an oxygen mask.

All corners of the ground applauded Gomis as he left to be replaced by Nelson Oliveira, with good news later filtering through that he would be fine.

The first few minutes after the restart were understandably tense, with the volume only lifting when Townsend saw a low shot saved.

By this point Swansea appeared to have refocused and Sigurdsson hit a wonderful, curled free-kick off the post.

It was a let-off Spurs failed to heed as Swansea worked the ball back in the box and Ki stole in to prod home from an acute angle after a Jan Vertonghen mis-kick.

The 19th-minute leveller led to a more open, end-to-end encounter, with Mason hitting at Fabianski before former Spurs full-back Kyle Naughton fizzed a low strike wide at the other end.

Swansea’s former Arsenal goalkeeper was proving a capable last line of defence for the visitors, getting a slight touch to take a clipped Christian Eriksen cross away from danger.

A powerful Nabil Bentaleb drive was the next effort to test Fabianski, who was not to be beaten before half-time was called.

Jonjo Shelvey saw an effort tipped over when play resumed before Ashley Williams’ tackle on Eriksen only put the ball into Mason’s path, with the midfielder lashing home with his right foot.

The 23-year-old’s first Premier League goal swayed the match in Spurs’ favour, with Eriksen slicing an effort before Townsend broke at speed and cut onto his right foot, firing home when many expected him to square for Kane.

Kyle Walker came close with an effort which deflected just wide as Spurs pushed for a fourth, with Eric Dier hauling back Oliveira on a rare Swansea attack.

Substitute Roberto Soldado glanced a header inches wide, with the Spaniard inches away from directing home a Ben Davies cross – a missed opportunity which allowed Sigurdsson to reduce the deficit, volleying home a Jefferson Montero cross.

The visitors pushed for an equaliser but, try as they might, there was not to be one, with Lloris tipping a Federico Fernandez header wide in stoppage time.

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League Cup: Spurs 1-0 Sheff Utd

Andros Townsend’s penalty ensured Tottenham will go into the second leg of the Capital One Cup semi-final with an advantage over Sheffield United.

Spurs had been frustrated by the League One side before Jay McEveley’s needless handball in the 74th minute gave them a spot-kick, which Townsend converted.

Townsend and Emmanuel Adebayor missed the target for Spurs when well placed and Eric Dier also had a header saved.

The Blades did not hit the target and need a two-goal win in the second leg.

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Premiership: Spurs 5-3 Chelsea

Five-star Tottenham stun Chelsea as Harry Kane leads the way

Tottenham enjoyed an unforgettable start to 2015 as Chelsea were disposed of in remarkable fashion, with Jose Mourinho’s side shipping five goals as the Premier League title race burst wide open.

Spurs have rarely had the bragging rights in this fixture — just three times in 45 Premier League encounters, in fact — but this was a night those inside White Hart Lane will not forget in a hurry.

Harry Kane’s brace was complemented by efforts from Danny Rose, Andros Townsend and Nacer Chadli as league leaders Chelsea were embarrassed 5-3 in an enthralling New Year’s Day battle.

This was the first time the Blues had conceded even four goals in one match under Jose Mourinho and a defeat so heavy that Manchester City joined them on goal difference at the top of the table. It was a result few could have predicted, especially when Diego Costa tapped home from close range after 18 minutes.

Spurs rallied wonderfully, though, and went in at half-time boasting a 3-1 lead as Kane levelled with a fine effort from 25 yards, before Rose netted and Townsend struck from the spot.

Kane won that penalty and added a classy second goal shortly after half-time – his sixth in as many matches – with Chadli adding a fifth after Eden Hazard had pulled one back for the visitors.

John Terry’s late goal led to a nervy ending but Spurs would not be prevented from a famous end to a winless run of 10 matches in league and cup against Chelsea, which stretched back to April 2010.

This was a third match in seven days for both sides, whose managers plumped for three alterations apiece in north London.

Ryan Mason was one of those to have featured throughout the festive period, although lasted less than 11 minutes of this match.

The 23-year-old went to deck with what appeared a hamstring complaint after stretching for the ball, leading to Mousa Dembele’s early introduction, swelling the number of Belgians on the field to five.

Chadli forced compatriot Thibaut Courtois into action with an overhead kick, shortly before another of the contingent acted as the catalyst to an 18th-minute opener.

Hazard showed wonderful skill to wriggle free and strike across Hugo Lloris’ goal – an effort which came back off the post, only for Oscar to strike a cross-shot which Costa directed home from close range.

Angry claims of offside were rejected by referee Phil Dowd and the tension inside White Hart Lane had gone up a notch.

Federico Fazio did well to stop pantomime villain Costa, whose squared ball to Oscar was met by a block which appeared to hit Jan Vertonghen’s hand.

There was to be no penalty, though, and Kane capitalised on the half-hour mark.

Showing impressive strength, skill and confidence, Kane cut in from the left and brushed aside Oscar to fire a low, 25-yard strike past Courtois.

It was a fine goal and started a remarkable Spurs comeback.

Christian Eriksen darted forwards to put through Chadli and the winger’s strike managed to beat Courtois but came back off the far post, where Rose bravely tucked home the rebound while being flattened by Gary Cahill.

It was a goal which appeared to rattle Chelsea and the home side pulled further ahead from the spot. The normally reliable Cahill clumsily fouled Kane, allowing Townsend to fire home the resulting penalty with the final kick of the first half.

Hazard attempted to pull one back when play resumed, only for the deficit to increase seven minutes into the second half.

Chadli was continuing to prove a nuisance down the left and squared the ball to Kane, who brilliantly spun Nemanja Matic and struck past Courtois.

This was shaping up to be a famous win for Spurs but, never ones to do things the easy way, they let the visitors pull one back.

Hazard robbed possession off the dawdling Fazio and dashed forwards, collecting a one-two off Cesc Fabregas before beating Lloris.

Chelsea had the bit between the teeth now and Mourinho was incandescent when officials rejected penalty appeals when Hazard went down under pressure from Fazio.

Lloris produced a wonderful save to deny Cesar Azpilicueta soon after but things were only to get worse for the Blues, with Chadli the latest to get on the scoresheet by cutting inside before firing home Spurs’ fifth.

Ramires and Hazard had efforts to score for Chelsea before Terry eventually did and, while Fabregas hit the post in stoppage time, they were not to add any more.

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Europa League: Astera Tripolis 1-2 Spurs

Townsend and Kane goals earn Spurs win.

Tottenham are just one win away from qualifying for the knockout rounds of the Europa League after a nervous 2-1 win over Asteras Tripolis in Greece.

Harry Kane continued his excellent recent form with the crucial second goal at the Theodoros Kolokotronis Stadium.

A subdued first half came to life when Andros Townsend was fouled in the penalty area by Khalifa Sankare and the England winger lashed in from the spot.

It was 2-0 just five minutes later that Townsend played provider by looping in a cross from the left and Kane nodded in from six yards out to increase his tally to 10 goals for the season.

Tripolis pulled one back late on when Federico Faziowas sent-off for hauling down the appropriately named Jeronimo Barrales in the area, allowing the Argentine to score from the spot.

But the home side will be ruing spurning several to earn at least a draw that their attacking play merited. Spurs held on, however, and are now just one win away from the knockout rounds in Group C.
A home win over Partizan Belgrade on November 27 will secure Tottenham’s progress in their penultimate match of the section.

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Euro 2016 Qualifying: Engalnd 5-0 San Marino

England completed a routine 5-0 win over San Marino in Euro 2016 qualifying at Wembley.

Roy Hodgson’s side led at half-time courtesy of goals from Phil Jagielka and Wayne Rooney, the latter from the penalty spot, before Danny Welbeck, substitute Andros Townsend and an Alex Della Valle own goal gave the scoreline a truer reflection.

England remain on top of Group E on goal difference ahead of Lithuania, who overcame Estonia 1-0 at home in Vilnius on Thursday evening.

The national side’s next match is a trip to face Estonia on Sunday night, but there appears little in this section for England to fear as they look to validate their qualification for the finals in France.

England should really have had six goals against the world’s lowest ranked country, but substitute Adam Lallana had a goal disallowed for offside when he was clearly onside.

After a 2-0 win over Switzerland in their opening match, England have six points from their first two games.

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