Tottenham draws 1-1 with Liverpool in Premier League
ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 27, 2016 10:23 PM
Liverpool's Roberto Firmino, left, competes for the ball with Tottenham's Erik Lamela, second left, and Tottenham's Danny Rose, third left, during the English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at White Hart Lane in London, Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)LONDON (AP) — Danny Rose's second-half equalizer earned Tottenham a 1-1 draw against Liverpool on Saturday in a match between two outsiders for the English Premier League title.
Liverpool had the better of a frenetic, entertaining game at White Hart Lane and took the lead through James Milner's 43rd-minute penalty after Roberto Firmino was tripped by Erik Lamela.
Rose preserved Spurs' unbeaten start to the season by scoring from one of his team's rare sights on goal, shooting inside the near post after Lamela flicked on Eric Dier's right-wing cross.
Tottenham has five points from three games, one more point than a Liverpool side that has played all of its matches away from home while the club completes the rebuilding of the Main Stand at Anfield.
Spurs' winless run against Liverpool extended to eight league games — dating back to 2012 — and they couldn't handle the pace and energy of the visitors' sprightly forward line.
Sadio Mane was a constant menace, bringing three last-ditch tackles on him from Tottenham goalkeeper Michel Vorm in the 'sweeper-keeper' role and having a goal disallowed near the hour mark for a narrow offside.
Firmino — a midfielder playing up front — also found pockets of space and from one situation he got in front of Lamela, who clipped the Brazilian's heel and gave away a penalty.
Milner sent Vorm the wrong way from the spot.
By that time, Tottenham right back Kyle Walker had been substituted because he was feeling unwell, forcing a reshuffle with Dier going from center midfield into defense, and Liverpool deserved its halftime lead.
Liverpool started the second half better, too, with Premier League debutant Joel Matip glancing a header against the crossbar from a corner, only for Spurs to equalize against the run of play.