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Sheffield United v Tottenham Hotspur: Premier League – as it happened

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Match report: Sheffield United 3-1 Tottenham Hotspur

Andy Hunter travelled to Bramall Lane for the Guardian to see a decidedly average Tottenham side comprehensively beaten by their hosts.

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What now for Jose? The Tottenham manager is getting pelters on social media and it’s not difficult to see why after an abominable display from his turgid side. It’s difficult to avoid the conclusion that, despite all his successes, the game has passed him by and he increasingly resembles a beaten docket.

Rory Smith
(@RorySmith)

Tottenham Hostpur, Champions League finalists last year, level on points with Burnley, who currently have about four fit senior players, all of whom are goalkeepers. It’s not been a stirring start from Mourinho, has it?

July 2, 2020

Danny Kelly
(@dannykellywords)

ITV tonight. New series; Levytate.

A sinister hobgoblin uses his super powers to turn Champions League finalists into bottom-half cannon-fodder in record time. pic.twitter.com/RHlX7aFD97

July 2, 2020

Manchester City v Liverpool: The newly crowned champions will be getting a guard of honour from Manchester City ahead of their game which kicks off in a little under 15 minutes. You can follow that one with Paul Doyle.

Full time: Sheffield United 3-1 Tottenham Hotspur

Peep! Peep! Peeeeeeep! It’s all over at Bramall Lane, where Sheffield United have secured their first win in four games since the restart. Having rediscovered their mojo, they’ve run out comprehensive winners over a Spurs side that was fairly abject. They go seventh in the table five points behind Wolves, into a Europa League place. Tottenham, looking clueless under Jose Mourinho, are ninth, two points behind the victors.

McBurnie and Mousset celebrate after their 3-1 victory.

McBurnie and Mousset celebrate after their 3-1 victory. Photograph: Michael Regan/Reuters

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90+3 min: Lys Mousset has been a real handful since coming on and he wins another free-kick for his team on the halfway line as Sheffield United run down the clock.

90+2 min: Sheffield United substitution: Oli McBurnie off after an outstanding performance capped by a goal. Kieron Freeman on.

GOAL! Sheffield United 3-1 Tottenham Hotspur (Kane 90)

Harry Kane fires home from six yards out at the far post, taking advantage of a Sander Berge error as Son squares it for him.

Kane gets one back for Spurs.

Kane gets one back for Spurs. Photograph: Michael Regan/Reuters

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89 min: Sheffield United deserve this win. Their players have been working their red socks off and are first to every 50-50 ball. Tottenham’s, by contrast, look as if they couldn’t be bothered and would rather be anywhere else.

88 min: Lucas Moura drills the ball low and hard into the Sheffield United penalty area. Ollie Norwood gets a touch to take it out of Erik Lamela’s reach.

86 min: Jan Vertonghen wins a corner for Spurs. Sander Berge heads clear at the near post.

85 min: Tottenham win a free-kick just to the left of the Sheffield United penalty area. Son’s delivery is cleared.

GOAL! Sheffield United 3-0 Tottenham Hotspur (McBurnie 83)

Game, set and match, Sheffield United. Oli McBurnie scores their third, getting in front of Davinson Sanchez to volley home a cross from the right with a deft finish.

McBurnie celebrates after scoring Sheffield’s third.

McBurnie celebrates after scoring Sheffield’s third. Photograph: 2020 Pool

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81 min: Tottenham Hotspur are creating little or nothing as they attempt to peg back their two-goal deficit. Jose Mourinho will almost certainly blame this defeat on officialdom in general, specifically the goal his side had disallowed in the first half, but he ought to be very concerned about just how bereft of ideas they’ve looked in this second half.

78 min: Tottenham double-substitution I forgot to mention some minutes ago: Dele Alli and Tanguy Ndombele on for Moussa Sissoko and Serge Aurier. More recent Tottenham substitution that reminded me I’d forgotten to mention that double-substitution: Jan Vertonghen on for Ben Davies.

76 min: Harry Kane gets the ball in the Sheffield United net after pouncing on a ball threaded through a thicket of legs on the edge of the Sheffield United penalty area. Offside.

Kane floats it over Henderson, but it’s disallowed for offside.

Kane floats it over Henderson, but it’s disallowed for offside. Photograph: Michael Regan/Getty Images

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Max Rushden
(@maxrushden)

that is woeful defending. No-one tracking their man. I guess better not to qualify for the Europa League and have a clear run next year.

July 2, 2020

Miguel Delaney
(@MiguelDelaney)

That defending. Spurs backline may as well have been training cones.

July 2, 2020

70 min: That’s two goals United have scored in the Manchester City style now, Sander Berge and Lys Mousset both scoring from pull-backs from the byline. Tottenham’s marking there was non-existent – Mousset was completely unmarked three yards from goal as he converted the delivery from Enda Stevens after a good rampaging run by Ben Osborn.

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GOAL! Sheffield United 2-0 Tottenham Hotspur (Mousset 69)

Sheffield United double their lead, the completely unmarked Lys Mousset tapping in from a couple of yards as he prods home a pull-back from the byline.

Mousset scores Sheffield’s second goal.

Mousset scores Sheffield’s second goal. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Reuters

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67 min: The second half has been extremely tedious, a state of affairs that will suit Sheffield United just fine. They’re defending very well against what is currently passing for the Spurs threat.

65 min: “OH F**K OFF, MAN!” roars Eric Dier in frustration after being penalised for a foul on Lys Mousset. That’s £1 in the swear jar, Eric. Up with that kind of potty-mouthed effing and jeffing we will not put.

64 min: Ben Osborn is penalised for a high boot near the face of Moussa Sissoko near the halfway line.

63 min: Sheffield United substitution: David McGoldrick off after another good shift, Lys Mousset on.

61 min: Having been under intense pressure in the final minutes before half-time, Sheffield United look very comfortable here. They almost double their lead when David McGoldrick volleys into the side-netting with his left foot. A poor effort, although he had picked up a knock moments previously and was in visible distress.

59 min: Erik Lamela goes a-rampaging towards the Sheffield United penalty area but runs down a blind alley and loses the ball when he’d have seen, if he’d looked up, Harry Kane was available and screaming for a pass.

57 min: Serge Aurier screams in pain as he goes to ground clutching his shin after a challenge by Ben Osborn. Free-kick for Tottenham, wide on the right. Lo Celso’s delivery into the Sheffield United penalty area is atrocious and the hosts clear.

56 min: Tottenham substitution: Erik Lamela on for Steven Bergwijn.

55 min: Good hold-up play from McBurnie, who controls a long clearance from Henderson. He manages to get a cross into the penalty area, but Tottenham clear.

53 min: Good work from McBurnie, who pressurises Sissoko into giving away a corner needlessly. His industriousness proves ultimately fruitless as nothing comes of the set piece.

51 min: Now Gio Lo Celso is penalised for a shove on Oli McBurnie a few yards outside the Sheffield United penalty area. It’s one from the training ground involving a flick round the corner from Chris Basham, who overcooks his pass. Hugo Lloris cleans up at the back.

50 min: Steven Bergwijn is penalised for a push on George Baldock as the duo contest a high ball on the edge of the Sheffield United penalty area.

48 min: Another driving run towards and into the Tottenham penalty area from Lucas Moura. He wins his team a corner and might have won them a penalty if Jack RObinson hadn’t done well to stay on his feet and resist what must have been an overwhelming urge to dive in. Nothing comes from the set piece.

Robinson and Moura tangle.

Robinson and Moura tangle. Photograph: Oli Scarff/NMC/EPA

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48 min: A slow start to the second half, with Spurs dominating possession but doing little or nothing with it.

Second half: Sheffield United 1-0 Tottenham Hotspur

46 min: Sheffield United resume play, protecting a one-goal lead. They were under serious pressure towards the end of the first half so if you’re a Spurs fan, I wouldn’t feel too disheartened just yet. Aggrieved, yes. Disheartened, no. There are no changes in personnel on either side.

Jamie Redknapp speaks: “This is one of the worst decisions I’ve ever seen,” says the Sky Sports pundit of Tottenham’s disallowed goal. “I can honestly say, since VAR has been introduced … look, I get the letter of the law but we have to use common sense.

“A player has been fouled and when you fall over you have to put your arms out to protect yourself. Moura gets fouled by three Spurs players and the ball get ricocheted on to his arm and falls for Harry Kane, who finishes well. It’s common sense! That is a horrendous decision! This is ruining football – things like this happening. I’m not even convinced it hit his arm and he should at least have got a free-kick.”

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A Football Weekly podcast host tweets and appears to make a good point

Max Rushden
(@maxrushden)

That disallowed goal is isn’t VAR’s fault. It’s the law. It’s @TheIFAB. I’d get rid of VAR, but the decision is correct.

Of course, anyone who’s ever seen a football match knows you shouldn’t be penalised for being fouled, falling over & the ball brushing your hand. 👍❤️

July 2, 2020

Half-time: Sheffield United 1-0 Tottenham Hotspur

The sides go in for the break with Sheffield United leading courtesy of Sander Berge’s low drive. Tottenham thought they had equalised a minute later, only for Jose Mourinho to be left fuming after Harry Kane’s strike was ruled out by the curtain-twitchers at Stockley Park, who spotted an accidental – but illegal – handball moments after Lucas Moura had been fouled in the build-up.

Mourinho storms back to the dressing room.

Mourinho storms back to the dressing room. Photograph: Michael Regan/Getty Images

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45+1 min: With the Blades under more pressure from Tottenham, Ben Osborn plays the ball out of defence, picking out David McGoldrick on the left touchline.

45 min: John Egan throws his body in front of a Gio Lo Celso drive from the edge of the penalty area as Sheffield United cling on to their lead under serious pressure.

44 min: Good defending from Chris Basham, who tracks a Son run into the Sheffield United penalty area and forces him away from goal as he tries to run on to a pass in behind from Lo Celso.

42 min: Jose Mourinho and his coaching staff have been giving the fourth official, Peter Bankes, both barrels since Tottenham’s goal was disallowed and have been told to sit down and shut their yaps. Jose’s face is a picture. It really is.

39 min: Oliver Norwood takes one for the team, tripping Lucas Moura a few yards outside the Sheffield United penalty area, right of centre and about 35 yards from goal. Son’s free-kick loops high and wide after taking a deflection off the wall. From the ensuing corner, Norwood catches Son with an elbow into his neck as the pair contest a bouncing ball out by the touchline and is incredibly lucky to avoid a second yellow in quick succession. What the hell was he thinking?

37 min: So, back to that Spurs non-goal. Lucas Moura advances up the field towards the edge of the penalty area with the ball at his feet. He ran into a crowd of players and was fouled, whereupon he went to ground and the ball bounced off his arm and into the path of Harry Kane, standing in acres of space to his right. Kane hit a low shot past Henderson, who almost certainly should have done better but was probably expecting a ferocious drive towards the corner of his goal. Anyway, it’s been ruled out now, much to Jose’s displeasure.

35 min: Oli McBurnie heads the ball over the bar after getting on the end of a cross from Ben Osborn. There wasn’t much pace on the delivery, which made it a difficult chance.

VAR! Tottenham’s goal is ruled out!

It’s as you were, with Sheffield United leading by what is now the only goal of the game, after Tottenham’s goal is ruled out because the ball hit Lucas Moura’s arm accidentally as the Brazilian hit the deck after being fouled. Jose Mourinho is FURIOUS!!!

Moura handles the ball in the area which leads the Tottenham Hotspur goal being disallowed by VAR.

Moura handles the ball in the area which leads the Tottenham Hotspur goal being disallowed by VAR. Photograph: 2020 Pool

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GOAL! Sheffield United 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur (Kane 32)

You’re always most vulnerable when you’ve just scored, they say … and they might well be right. Harry Kane scores a soft one past Dean Henderson, the ball having bounced his way after Lucas Moura lost control of it on the edge of the penalty area.

Kane shoots to score but the goal is overturned by VAR.

Kane shoots to score but the goal is overturned by VAR. Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images

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GOAL! Sheffield United 1-0 Tottenham Hotspur (Berge 31)

Sheffield United takes the lead, with Sander Berge shooting low and diagonally into the bottom left-hand corner from inside the penalty area after getting on the end of a pull-back from the byline. He scuffed his shot but his aim was true.

Berge scores the opener for Sheffield.

Berge scores the opener for Sheffield. Photograph: Jason Cairnduff/Reuters

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30 min: Oli McBurnie protests his team-mate’s innocence to referee Chris Kavanagh after David McGoldrick is penalised for a foul on Lucas Moura. Free-kick for Spurs, about 35 yards from goal in a central position. Harry Kane stands over it and shoots for goal but blasts his effort high and wide.

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28 min: TOttenham are looking more likely to score at the moment, but are lacking a little cutting edge. Moussa Sissoko tries his luck with a shot from distance that doesn’t trouble Henderson.

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