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West Ham United v Tottenham Hotspur Live Commentary, 31/08/2022

FT
1 - 1
WHU
TOT
T. Souček (55)
T. Kehrer (34 og)
London Stadium

Commentary

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West Ham's climb away from the bottom end of the table continues, with David Moyes' men now 14th with four points. On another day, they could've well won this game, which will give the manager encouragement after their slow start. Spurs miss the chance to go top, but wouldn't have anyway thanks to wins for Arsenal and Manchester City, and so Conte's side remain third, one of four sides still unbeaten and fighting firmly to be a contender at the top of the tree.
Soucek smashed home West Ham's equaliser, and was a threat from midfield throughout the game. He had three total shots in the box, amassing an xG of 0.61, and had six touches in Spurs' area. He won seven of his nine duels, including two in the air, and won all four tackles he attempted, as well as making two interceptions and clearances apiece. Hammer.
There goes the whistle, bringing an action-packed game to an end. That second half was frenetic at times, with West Ham's much-deserved equaliser leading to a flurry of chances at both ends! As the game neared its end, the discipline started to slip with bookings aplenty for both sides, and even then West Ham had a glorious chance to win it right at the death. All in all, a fair result to a fantastic game, with both sides showing the depth of attacking quality they possess.
90' + 5' FULL-TIME: WEST HAM 1-1 TOTTENHAM.
90' + 4' CHANCE!!! How have they not scored there!! A long throw into the Spurs box sees Paqueta tee up Emerson to cross. It's cleared, but Ogbonna's attempted follow-up shot is deflected back in towards Bowen, whose ball across the face of goal is too far in front of Antonio! A touch there, and West Ham win the game, but they couldn't make the chance count!
I. Perišić
Yellow Card
Tottenham Hotspur
90' + 3' Antonio comes back to help out his side's defence, but upon winning the ball, is hacked down by Perisic, who is booked.
90' + 2' With that fracas sorted out, the fourth official holds up his board, showing four minutes of added time for either side to find a winner with.
Emerson
Yellow Card
West Ham United
90' + 1' Emerson's secondary foul on Richarlison played its part too, and the left-back is also booked.
Richarlison
Yellow Card
Tottenham Hotspur
90' + 1' Richarlison's reaction started the handbags, and he is also booked by the referee.
Lucas Paquetá
Yellow Card
West Ham United
90' + 1' Paqueta is shown a yellow for his needless foul on Emerson, and the debutant gets a booking, rather than a goal, to mark his first game with.
90' A fracas erupts on halfway after Paqueta leaves one on Emerson, and then Richarlison is subsequently fouled as the melee begins!
89' CHANCE!! Coufal and Bowen race down the right and link up, with the latter crossing low into the box. Emerson and Paqueta can both get to it, but a mix-up sees them both dummy to the other and the chance goes begging!
88' Coufal's corner finds the head of Zouma, but there's not enough power or direction on the effort and Lloris is able to gather the ball eventually.
B. Davies
Yellow Card
Tottenham Hotspur
86' Davies goes right through the back of Bowen as he looks to turn on the far touchline, and it's a clear yellow card for the Wales defender as the clock ticks down.
Emerson
Pablo Fornals
West Ham United
85' Fornals is the next in claret and blue to come off, and Emerson Palmieri, no stranger to a London derby from his time at Chelsea, replaces him.
84' Zouma has been down having treatment following that shot from Kane, and goes off momentarily to be assessed further.
82' SAVED!!! Emerson's cross to the back post is headed away, but Kane waits on the edge of the box and hits a sweet volley which dips low, but Fabianski gets down to his right and holds it!
81' Perisic skilfully beats his man before drilling a low cross in front of goal, but no one in a white shirt is there to put it in the net!
79' It's been massively even in this half as the game rumbles on, with both sides having four shots on target from 12 attempts. Spurs have still had the lion's share of the ball, but West Ham have put in 16 crosses to their 14, and are only one behind in terms of corners taken (three to Spurs' four).
77' BLOCKED!!! Richarlison sprints down the right before putting Kane beyond Ogbonna and through. He shoots from a tight angle, but Kehrer is across to block it behind for a corner!
Richarlison
D. Kulusevski
Tottenham Hotspur
76' With the game on a knife-edge, Kulusevski comes off in Spurs' first change, and is replaced by Richarlison, who enters an atmosphere far too tense to ever dream of doing keepy-ups in.
76' OVER!!! A superb move from West Ham sees Rice switch the ball wide to Coufal. He takes on Perisic before crossing, and Bowen's flick gives Fornals space to shoot, but he blasts a half-volley over the bar!
74' WIDE!!! West Ham can't clear the corner far enough, and Kehrer's header is met by an audacious overhead kick from Sanchez, which flies wide from close range!
73' OVER!!! Perisic's volleyed throughball finds Son in space down the left, and he cuts inside Kehrer before firing a decent effort just over the bar! It took a deflection though, so it's a Spurs corner!
A. Ogbonna
A. Cresswell
West Ham United
72' That injury does force Cresswell off, and he is replaced by Angelo Ogbonna, who will presumably fill in at centre-back with Kehrer moved to the left.
71' Cresswell is now the man hobbling about and goes down on halfway, and could be the next to make way for West Ham.
69' Paqueta steals in to nick the ball away from Sanchez, but the Spurs defender is able to win a cheap free-kick from Antonio's subsequent challenge.
Lucas Paquetá
S. Benrahma
West Ham United
67' And here he is! Benrahma comes off after impressing down the left, and on comes Lucas Paqueta for his West Ham debut!
67' WIDE!!! Panic stations for Spurs as Lloris gets a rushed backpass with two Hammers bearing down on him. One is Bowen, who cuts out the pass, and Coufal's eventual cross bounces his way, but he can only volley it across goal and wide!
66' Kane looks to have forced a corner by outmuscling Kehrer, but it's too much for the referee, who blows for a free-kick against the Tottenham striker.
65' The home fans rise and cheer to the sight of Lucas Paqueta warming up on the touchline, suggesting that West Ham's record signing may be making his debut very shortly.
63' Spurs surge down the left as Davies beats Cresswell and cuts the ball back from the byline, but a hooked block from Zouma sees the ball go behind and land on top of the net!
61' It's been fairly even since the equaliser, with the midfield locked up in a battle to see who blinks first. Spurs have the majority of possession with 61.3 per cent, but West Ham's similar duel-winning rate of 63.3 per cent means neither side is really able to gain any impetus at the moment.
59' Only Carlton Cole (14) and Manuel Lanzini (13) have scored more Premier League goals for West Ham in Premier League London derbies than Antonio (12) – six against Tottenham, including netting once in each of his last three against them at the London Stadium. He turned provider for the equaliser, but in this sort of mood, could well add to his tally before the game is up!
57' BLOCKED!!! Bowen cuts in from the right and lays the ball off to Rice, whose curling first-time shot takes a huge deflection off Dier and goes behind!
M. Antonio
Assist
West Ham United
55' The strength, skill and awareness from Antonio there was absolutely sensational, and he laid the ball on a place for Soucek to power home!
T. Souček
Goal
West Ham United
55' GOOOOAAALLLLL!!!! There's the equaliser!!! Exceptional work from Antonio, who receives the ball from a throw-in and holds off Dier, before flicking the ball onto the advancing Soucek, who takes a touch before smashing it beyond Lloris and into the net!!! We're locked up at 1-1, and what a goal to bring it level!
54' Hojbjerg goes down again, but blames his difficult on his boots, and quickly changes them on the sideline with play halted!
53' Kane has been involved in seven goals in his last six Premier League games against West Ham, scoring four and assisting three. Overall, he’s netted 11 goals against them in the competition, with only Wayne Rooney (14) and Michael Owen (13) scoring more against the Hammers.
51' Kane does well to get beyond Zouma as the two contest Sanchez's long ball forward, but his cut-back to Kulusevski is cut out and cleared by Kehrer.
50' WIDE!!! Kulusevski deflects a pass back to Cresswell and races beyond the left-back with the ball. He crosses for Son, who arrives left and strokes the ball to the wrong side of Fabianski's left post!
49' Bissouma contests a bouncing ball with Soucek and wins it, but catches the Czech in the process and is penalised.
48' Hojbjerg pulls up, clearly having not shaken off that injury picked up late in the first half, and there's every suggestion the Dane will be coming off presently.
46' Fornals kicks off for West Ham, and the second half is underway!
The players are back on the pitch at London Stadium, and can the hosts turn this game around?
Rice has been everywhere so far for West Ham, and almost scored a wonder strike with a first-time volley from the edge of the box! He's had more touches and passes in both halves than any other Hammers player, as well as winning possession seven times, and all of his duels.
An entertaining first half comes to an end, with Kehrer's unfortunate own goal providing Spurs with a slender lead. The hosts have arguably had the better share of chances, testing Lloris frequently and striking the woodwork through Antonio. Spurs have been dangerous on the counter though, with one such break resulting in the opening goal. West Ham can definitely get back into this though, so we're set for a cracker of a second half!
45' + 6' HALF-TIME: WEST HAM 0-1 TOTTENHAM.
45' + 5' Hojbjerg is still down following that challenge, of which every replay is looking worse and worse. Rice will be lucky to a void a card here.
45' + 4' BLOCKED!! Spurs fly forward on the break through Hojbjerg, until he's crunched in a tackle by Rice. Kulusevski continues the attack, and cuts inside to shoot, but his shot from 15 yards is blocked by Cresswell!
45' + 4' Sanchez is caught up-field as Benrahma races away with the ball, but Bissouma is back in cover to block the shot!
45' + 2' Bowen's down after catching a knee to the back of his thigh from Davies, and the Hammers winger looks to be in significant discomfort.
45' + 1' We're into four minutes of added time to close out the first half.
45' A curling cross from Benrahma almost finds the head of Bowen, but Lloris races out to punch it away and Sanchez clears!
43' West Ham were one of only two sides to score in all 19 of their home games last season, along with Liverpool, but haven’t scored in their opening two home games this season. They have never failed to score in their opening three home league games in a season before, last failing in three consecutive home Premier League games in general in December 2008 at Upton Park.
41' OVER!!! Coufal whips in a wicked cross from the right, and Soucek arrives late to get his head to it, but the ball is always rising as he sends his effort over the bar!
40' A beautiful piece of control and awareness from Kane sees him knock a long clearance beyond the defence and into Son's path. Son heads it on with the aim of shooting, but Fabianski is out to gather the loose ball before he can do so.
38' Kehrer's debut at the London Stadium saw him concede a crucial penalty as Brighton beat the Hammers 2-0, and he's just scored an own goal to mark his second appearance here! Not the best start in front of the home faithful for the German international.
36' BLOCKED!!! Back come West Ham as Rice finds Benrahma on the left. He cuts inside and shoots, but a block off Dier takes the sting out of the shot and Lloris collects!
T. Kehrer
Own Goal
West Ham United
34' GOOOAAALLL!!! Spurs get the breakthrough in the cruellest of ways for West Ham!! A promising Hammers attack is broken up and Spurs steam forward. Kulusevski dribbles all the way into the box before finding Kane on the overlap, and his square ball across the face of goal is put into his own net by Kehrer! It's a cruel way to go 1-0 down, but Spurs won't care as they lead at the London Stadium!
32' A good ball forward from Hojbjerg picks out Kane. He waits for support to arrive, before looking to find Hojbjerg with a return pass into the box, but the ball ends up rolling into the hands of Fabianski.
32' West Ham United have lost their last two home Premier League games, last losing three in a row in their final four at the London Stadium under Manuel Pellegrini in late 2019. The Hammers have never lost their opening three home league games in a season.
30' Son looks to turn Kehrer on halfway, but is hauled down by the West Ham defender and wins Spurs a free-kick.
28' A good throughball from Kane frees up Kulusevski in the box, but his cut-back to Son is a poor one and West Ham re-gain possession.
27' West Ham have lost just one of their last seven Premier League matches played on a Wednesday, going down 2-0 at Arsenal last December. They had lost six of their previous eight such Wednesday matches before this.
25' SAVED!!! A long-range cross-field pass releases Kulusevski down the right, and he links up with Hojbjerg. The Dane shoots first-time from 25 yards, side-footing a low effort straight into Fabianski's gloves!
D. Sánchez
Yellow Card
Tottenham Hotspur
23' Sanchez caught Fornals late as he released the reverse pass to spark that move, and the Colombian is booked by the referee after play stops.
22' OFF THE POST!!! Forward come West Ham again as Antonio takes on Dier. He curls a shot beyond Lloris, but the ball smashes off the post and goes behind! What an effort!
Y. Bissouma
Yellow Card
Tottenham Hotspur
21' Bissouma trips Bowen off the ball before he can receive it, and upon a foul being blown against him, boots the ball away. The Spurs midfielder is rightly shown a yellow card for dissent as a result. Needless.
20' West Ham have won their last two Premier League home games against Tottenham, last winning more consecutively between February 1997 and August 1999 (four).
18' SAVED!!! After Tottenham can only half-clear a West Ham corner, Rice arrives at the edge of the box and unleashes a flying left-footed volley that Lloris has to react quickly to save! What a goal that would've been from the England midfielder!
17' Tottenham have won 25 of their 52 Premier League games against West Ham, only beating Everton (28) and Manchester City (27) more often in the competition.
15' NO PENALTY!!! The referee finally heads over to the VAR screen, and after being shown a couple of different angles, decides the ball hit Cresswell's head first and rules out the penalty!
14' The referee wants a second look before a spot-kick is taken, and upon the VAR review, things aren't looking too convincing for Cresswell to argue his case. No decision yet though, and we and the fans will be kept waiting!
12' PENALTY GIVEN!!! Perisic floats a cross to the back post, where Kane meets it. His downward header hits the outstretched arm of Cresswell, and the referee has no hesitation in pointing to the spot!
10' Tottenham have won 99 London derbies in the Premier League and could be the third side to reach 100 victories, after Chelsea and Arsenal. Meanwhile, West Ham have lost more such matches, 112, than any other side.
8' Bowen's corner is punched clear by a diving Lloris, but he collides with Zouma during his jump and the West Ham defender is still down.
7' SAVED!!! Rice and Soucek win the ball high up the pitch and find Benrahma. He in turn tees up Fornals, who cuts inside and curls a shot to the back post, but it's tipped behind for a corner by Lloris!
6' WIDE!!! A quick move up the pitch from West Ham sees Benrahma put Bowen into space down the right. Davies follows him all the way, and the Hammers winger eventually pulls a shot wide of the far post!
5' Perisic cuts inside Coufal and crosses towards the near post, but it's shanked clear and out for a throw by Zouma.
3' SAVED!!! Emerson races up the right flank in open space, but with only Son in the box, attempts a shot from 20 yards. It's an awkward one for Fabianski to judge the flight of, and the West Ham keeper parries it away!
2' Son looks to latch onto Kulusevski's pass into the West Ham box, but he brings Kehrer down in the process and concedes the free-kick.
1' After a short delay and a change of referee, Kane gets this match underway at the London Stadium!
The two sides are out on the pitch, and kick-off is just minutes away here!
Harry Kane’s brace sealed a 2-0 win over Nottingham Forest last time out for Spurs, who make just one change from that victory at the City Ground. Summer signing Yves Bissouma is in the XI to make his full debut, at the expense of Rodrigo Bentancur, who drops out of the side altogether.
David Moyes makes three changes from West Ham’s win over Villa, with Said Benrahma, Vladimir Coufal and Michail Antonio coming in for Ben Johnson, Emerson and Gianluca Scamacca respectively. Emerson is the only player of those three to feature on the bench, where he is joined by West Ham’s new record signing, Lucas Paqueta.
TOTTENHAM SUBS: Fraser Forster, Matt Doherty, Oliver Skipp, Richarlison, Ryan Sessegnon, Djed Spence, Japhet Tanganga, Pape Sarr, Clement Lenglet.
TOTTENHAM (3-4-3): Hugo Lloris; Davinson Sanchez, Eric Dier, Ben Davies; Emerson Royal, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Yves Bissouma, Ivan Perisic; Dejan Kulusevski, Harry Kane, Son Heung-Min.
WEST HAM SUBS: Alphonse Areola, Darren Randolph, Manuel Lanzini, Lucas Paqueta, Flynn Downes, Maxwel Cornet, Angelo Ogbonna, Conor Coventry, Emerson Palmieri.
WEST HAM (4-2-3-1): Lukasz Fabianski; Vladimir Coufal, Kurt Zouma, Thilo Kehrer, Aaron Cresswell; Tomas Soucek, Declan Rice; Jarrod Bowen, Pablo Fornals, Said Benrahma; Michail Antonio.
Conte’s Tottenham have enjoyed a superb start, winning three of their four games so far and lying third in the league. Should other results go their way, they could end the game on top of the table if they win at the London Stadium.
The Hammers finally climbed off the bottom of their table after picking up their first points of the season last time out, and they’ll be hoping to build on that 1-0 win over Aston Villa against a Spurs side yet to lose a game.
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