Sydney FC v Tottenham Hotspur 30.05.15 – Player Ratings

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71,000 Australian soccer supporters made their way to ANZ Stadium this evening to watch one of England’s top teams visit our land down under. A friendly match through and through with open play, audacious skills and a patient referee. Both teams named strong starting line ups but there were 39 players used with the substitution limit relaxed for the fixture.

Spurs enjoyed plenty of possession and chances although Sydney held up very well against a much bigger side. FC had solid chances through Brosque, Ibini and Blackwood and were able to hold the ball for periods of time. Spurs played relaxed which did not stop them from loading pressure onto the Sydney wide backs Ryall and Gersbach.

Though there were many chances for both sides, the deadlock was broken by the Premier League’s second highest scorer Harry Kane on 43′ when he shot hard and low across the goal of Ivan Necevski.


Squads

Sydney FC

 

Tottenham Hotspur


Player Ratings

Sydney FC

Necevski6.9
Grant6.7
Ryall6.8
Petkovic6.3
Gersbach6.5
Tavares6.7
Antonis7.2
Naumoff6.3
Brosque6.4
Ibini6.5
Smeltz5.8
SUBSTITUTES
Blackwood6.4
Hoole6.5
Triantis6.2
Stambolziev6.2
Jurman6.4
Gligor6.0
Calver6.1
O'NeillN/A
BouzanisN/A

Tottenham Hotspur

Lloris6.5
Yedlin7.2
Stambouli6.9
Vertonghen6.6
Bentaleb6.8
Dembele6.3
Mason6.3
Townsend6.5
Eriksen6.9
Lamela7.0
Kane7.9
SUBSTITUTES
Vorm6.5
Dier6.3
Chadli6.4
Walker-Peters6.3
Winks6.4
Ward6.6
Carroll6.9
OnomahN/A

 


Noteworthy

Necevski’s Final Game

Ivan Necevski has been restricted to the bench behind Vedran Janjetovic for almost 2 years. Graham Arnold gave him a nice send off before he hangs up his gloves by naming him the starter and captain for the match.

The Crowd

71,000 is an amazing turn out and one that will surely leave its mark on some of the world’s best footballers. With Australia’s reputation on the global footballing stage rising, events such as this will have done that mission a tonne of good. Sydney FC chants were matched by the Australian Spurs supporters who were finding their voice. Harry Kane and Ivan Necevski both received standing ovations and several of the Spurs players made special mention about how they were impressed with the support.

Channel 7 Coverage

Awful. A great opportunity to show off soccer to the everyday fan on free-to-air goes wasted with poor coverage and commentary. It felt as though Brenton Speed and Craig Moore, the in game commentators, had done no preparation. The hoopla around Harry Kane and Lamela’s rabona attempt was amateur and unprofessional. A frustrating coverage.

 

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