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Full-time: Sunderland 0-1 Tottenham

  • Ryan Mason beats Costel Pantilimon with late winner before being substituted due to a knee injury
  • Sunderland strike the woodwork twice through Jermain Defoe and Jack Rodwell
  • Tottenham win their first match of the season as the Black Cats slump to the bottom of the Premier League
  • Heung Min-Son handed his Tottenham debut after receiving a work permit and international clearance earlier this week
  • Fabio Borini back for Sunderland after completing a permanent switch from Liverpool
  • Tottenham announce departure of Emmanuel Adebayor after the striker's contract is mutually terminated
Ryan Mason
Ryan Mason netted the winner for Tottenham before being withdrawn with a knee injury. AFP

It certainly proved a long time coming, but Tottenham's campaign is finally up and running as that late Mason effort secures their first win of the season. It was far from a vintage display and still no goals for Kane, but Pochettino will be delighted to see his side claim their maiden three points after a frustrating run of three consecutive draws.

Sunderland sink below Stoke to the foot of the table but will perhaps feel hard done by after seeing Defoe and Rodwell hit the post and crossbar respectively as well as being denied a penalty for that first-half tug from Alderweireld. There were a number of positives for Advocaat to take from that 90 minutes, you feel, but no wins from five fixtures and 11 goals conceded will provide cause for concern.

That is it from us for now, enjoy the rest of your weekend and stay with IBTimes UK for all the latest sports news. Leicester play Aston Villa next and West Ham welcome Newcastle tomorrow night, but we will be back in midweek to provide live coverage of the opening round of Champions League fixtures featuring Manchester City v Juventus and PSV Eindhoven v Manchester United as well as Chelsea v Maccabi Tel Aviv and Dinamo Zagreb v Arsenal.

Until then, good afternoon.


Sunderland 0-1 Tottenham

Another throw from Van Aanholt is flicked on by O'Shea but Tottenham can clear. Kane collects possession and then looks to play in Chadli instead of simply seeing out the remaining seconds but Pantilimon rushes out to avert the danger.

One last throw of the dice from Sunderland fails as a long-throw is dealt with. Lens then rises above Walker to win a header at the back post but the ball goes wide.

A wild shot from Chadli flies well over Pantilimon's crossbar. The Belgian then creates another opening and beats Kaboul all ends up following a pass from Lamela but again his effort is too high to trouble the goalkeeper.

Five minutes of added time to be played. Enough for Sunderland to find a morale-boosting equaliser?

Sunderland win a free-kick in a dangerous area over on the left flank but the delivery is far too close to Lloris and he can claim. Criminally wasteful at such a critical stage of this game.

Two clear-cut chances for Tottenham to wrap up the three points go begging as Kane shoots straight at Pantilimon in space at the back post and Lamela glances Townsend's cross wide.

Mason is requiring a lot of attention to his knee here and he will not be able to continue. Tom Carroll comes on.

So close to an equaliser from Sunderland as Kaboul bursts down the left and provides a low pass for Rodwell. The substitute bends a first-time shot against the woodwork with Lloris beaten. Very unlucky.

Mason looks to have hurt himself while scoring that goal and he is off the pitch receiving treatment as Sunderland attempt to press home their temporary one-man advantage.

With just eight minutes left to play, Tottenham have broken the deadlock. A lovely passing move involving Mason, Lamela and Kane ends with the English midfielder being sent through and he dinks the ball over the onrushing Pantilimon.

A first win of the season now looks likely for Pochettino's side.

Goal: Sunderland 0-1 Tottenham (Ryan Mason)

A third and final change made by Advocaat as Rodwell jogs on in place of Toivonen.

The ball is moving swiftly from end-to-end as we approach the final 10 minutes but both defences holding out at the moment. A delicious cross from Mason towards Kane is headed behind at the back post.

It's a mark of the physical battle that the young striker has been forced to endure against the likes of Kaboul and O'Shea that his shirt is completely ripped and he requires a replacement to be brought on.

A pass from Cattermole to Watmore goes astray and Kaboul stands tall to block Chadli's powerful attempt.

It's a double substitution from Sunderland as Cattermole comes on for Gomez and Borini is replaced by popular academy graduate Duncan Watmore, who has scored twice in all competitions already this season as well as making his debut for the England U21s.

Borini is complaining to both the referee and Davies himself over that coming together but when he sees it again he will realise it was quite clearly accidental.

Sunderland are preparing a couple of changes.

Another wasted corner from Tottenham as the towering Pantilimon strides out to claim. Borini is in the wars once more as he takes an accidental whack to the head from the boot of Davies.

A second substitution from Pochettino as Erik Lamela is summoned to replace Alli.

A good defensive header from Jones at the back post leads to a Tottenham corner. The initial delivery is cleared, but the ball is sent back in towards Kane who cannot get a shot away on the half-volley. That was a chance for the 22-year-old.

Another opening for the hosts as Jones' deflected shot loops up and spins into the path of Toivonen but he and Borini hesitate before the former commits a clear foul on Lloris while trying to fire home.

Lens is then sent through by a deft flick from Defoe but he cannot beat the imposing figure of Vertonghen, who refused to dive into a risky tackle as the last defender.

A real let-off for Sunderland as Alli ghosts through and puts an excellent pass across the face of the six-yard box but there is no-one there to make any sort of contact.

Son's Tottenham debut is over as Pochettino introduces Andros Townsend for his first appearance of the season.

A first opportunity of the second 45 falls for the Black Cats as Defoe does very well to fend off the attention of numerous Tottenham players before finding Lens via a fortunate deflection off Walker. He cannot quite get the necessary bend on his shot, however, and Lloris saves.

At the other end, Mason then looks to release Alli with an enticing through ball but Pantilimon gets down bravely to smother. He catches a boot in the chest for his troubles, too.

Sunderland would perhaps be wise not to let that passion from the stands spill over onto the pitch as Rubin Kazan loanee Yann M'Vila, who certainly does not boast the cleanest disciplinary record, is warned for a strong reaction to another questionable refereeing decision.

A couple of solid interventions from Kaboul to shackle Kane before Mason launches into a tackle that leaves Borini in a crumpled heap. Pawson saw nothing wrong with it initially, but replays show he did follow through with studs on to the top of the Italian's foot.

Inevitable cries of 'you're not fit to referee' from the passionate home crowd. Borini looks fine to continue.

Pawson, who took charge of this fixture last year, is certainly not endearing himself to the Wearside natives today as he penalises Lens for his persistence in trying to dispossess Walker.

Son is fouled and the subsequent free-kick leads to real uncertainty in the Sunderland defence as John O'Shea shields the ball from Chadli but Pantilimon declines to come and collect.

The second half is now underway. No changes from Advocaat or Pochettino at the break.

A satisfying half from Advocaat's perspective, although his side should be in front courtesy of that golden Defoe chance and probably should have been awarded a penalty due to that blatant tug from Alderweireld. Tottenham have had spells of possession, but still look somewhat toothless.


Sunderland 0-0 Tottenham

Eric Dier, fresh from signing a new five-year deal at Tottenham last week, provides an important reminder of his defensive nous by producing a strong block to deny Lens after he had left Alderweireld behind.

Sunderland win a couple of late corners but the visitors survive as Pawson blows the half-time whistle.

Lens is looking to force the issue for Sunderland and lashes a shot at a defender after a quick one-two with Jones.

Tottenham counter through Chadli, who finds the run of Walker at the back post. Under pressure from Pantilimon, he pulls the ball back but Son's shot is blocked from close range.

Two minutes of added time signalled at the end of the first half.

One or two feisty challenges going in now as Lens goes in hard on Davies and Jones is booked for holding back Chadli.

A moment of controversy as Defoe turns Alderweireld in the box and clearly has his arm tugged by the Belgian defender. The striker is still able to get a shot away, but it is straight at Lloris.

That could so easily have been a penalty.

An understandably eager Son cuts inside from the left before curling a shot high and wide.

Gomez falls heavily following a foul by Son but looks OK to continue. Tottenham are searching for a way through Sunderland's rearguard without too much luck at present.

Borini finds Defoe in the penalty area and instead of shooting, the latter tries to pick out the run of Toivonen. Davies and Walker are there to chase back, however, and the ball deflects into the grateful arms of Lloris.

Just under 15 minutes until half-time. Sunderland have certainly looked the more likely to break the deadlock here and Defoe will be wondering how he did not score.

Good defending from Kaboul to prevent Kane getting a clear shot on goal following a scooped pass from Nacer Chadli.

A break in play now as Davies receives treatment for a facial injury. Rose is on the bench for Tottenham this afternoon.

Tottenham are on the backfoot now as Kane's acrobatic effort, presumably inspired by that wonderful Christian Benteke goal for Liverpool at Old Trafford yesterday, is blocked.

By far the best chance of the game as Defoe evades his markers brilliantly and is sent through on goal by Lens. With just Pantilimon to beat, he scuffs a low shot against the base of the post. Desperately unlucky and Sunderland should be ahead.

Jones feeds Lens on the right and the Dutch winger cuts inside Davies before sending a shot into the side netting with his weaker left foot.

Lloris, who has a reputation as a 'sweeper keeper', is having to come a long way off his line to make clearances here.

Borini joins Vertonghen in the book for a needless trip on Alli.

A clever drop of the shoulder from Son but his 30-yard drive is well blocked by Kaboul.

Toby Alderweireld then produces a difficult backpass for Lloris, but the goalkeeper does well to clear under pressure from Defoe.

Vertonghen is the first player to enter the referee's notebook as he is rightly cautioned for a late sliding challenge on Lens.

Kaboul, filling in on the left wing for some unknown reason, wins a corner for Sunderland but Tottenham clear their lines effectively.

Something of a warning there for Sunderland as Alli and Ryan Mason exchange passes before the latter finds Kane. Cutting in from the left-hand side, he fizzes an effort at goal that goes over the crossbar.

Pressure from Tottenham as Billy Jones is perhaps slightly fortunate to get away with an obvious tug on the shirt of Jan Vertonghen at a corner.

At the other end, Defoe leads a Sunderland counter-attack and receives possession back from Gomez before hitting a low, dipping shot that is saved by Lloris.

A few grumbles from Kane following a mistimed challenge courtesy of Borini. Despite his lack of recent goals, Tottenham's failure to sign Saido Berahino means they can scarcely afford an injury to their first-choice frontman.

Cutting inside from the right, Lens, who joined Sunderland in an £8m deal from Dynamo Kiev in July, floats in a cross towards the run of Borini at the near post but Hugo Lloris is able to collect.

It's been a relatively quiet opening in the north east, with Alli and Son looking to support Harry Kane who has yet to score in the league this season but netted twice for England in Euro 2016 qualifiers against San Marino and Switzerland last week.

Sunderland are beginning to control possession now, utilising Defoe through the middle with Borini starting out on the left flank and Jermain Lens on the opposite side.

Another player coming up against his former club today is Younes Kaboul. The physical French centre-back became surplus to requirements at Tottenham following Pochettino's arrival despite his status as club captain.

Like Defoe, Kaboul had two spells at White Hart Lane sandwiched between a stint at Portsmouth.

Right-back DeAndre Yedlin moved from Spurs to Sunderland on deadline day but is not eligible to play in this one.

A wonderful nutmeg from Alli to embarrass Gomez near the corner flag, but his tame cross is easily claimed by Costel Pantilimon. Jermain Defoe looking to launch an attack against the club for whom he made almost 300 top-flight appearances across two different spells between 2004-08 and 2009-14. He also returned to north London for a short loan spell from Toronto FC last year.

An early decision for Pawson to make as a poor touch from Borini allows Kyle Walker to surge into the Sunderland penalty area. He is stopped in his tracks by Patrick van Aanholt and appeals for a spotkick, but nothing is given.

Referee Craig Pawson gets us underway at the Stadium of Light. Tottenham have not lost to Sunderland since 2010 and both sides could really use a victory today.

Sunderland have not been able to call upon the injured trio of Steven Fletcher, Adam Matthews or Adam Johnson today.

No Emmanuel Adebayor today or indeed ever again for the visitors either after it was confirmed this morning that the out-of-favour forward has now reached an agreement with Tottenham over the mutual termination of his contract.

He could not have played any part in proceedings regardless, given that he was left out of Pochettino's confirmed squads for both the Premier League and the group stages of the Europa League.

In addition to missing Dembele, Tottenham are also still without the services of Christian Eriksen as the highly-rated playmaker continues his recovery from an ankle injury. He is nearing a return to full fitness, however, and could play some part against Crystal Palace next weekend or indeed in the Europa League tie against FK Qarabag on Thursday.

Still no sign of Clinton Njie, either. The Cameroon striker joined Spurs from Lyon on a five-year deal in August, yet still does not appear fit enough even to take a place on the bench.

As for Tottenham, Mauricio Pochettino includes Heung-Min Son for his Premier League debut. The South Korean international, who scored a hat-trick in a recent World Cup 2016 qualifier against Laos, received his work permit and necessary international clearance last week. He comes in for Moussa Dembele, who was stretchered off with a foot injury during the goalless draw with Everton on 29 August.

Two more changes see the impressive Dele Alli make his first top-flight start after three impressive substitute cameos that included a goal in the 1-1 draw at Leicester. Ben Davies is also in at left-back ahead of Danny Rose, who is named on the bench alongside Nabil Bentaleb and 19-year-old midfielder Harry Winks.

Dick Advocaat hands former loanee Fabio Borini a second Black Cats debut up front following his return to the North East from Liverpool during the final days of the recent summer transfer window, while Jordi Gomez makes his first start of the season in midfield.

Ola Toivonen, a recent signing on loan from Rennes, also comes into the XI after replacing Lee Cattermole at half-time of the 2-2 draw at Aston Villa before the international break.

Cattermole has been dropped to the substitutes' bench today, along with Jack Rodwell and Danny Graham.

Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Mason, Chadli, Alli, Son, Kane

Subs: Vorm, Rose, Trippier, Carroll, Lamela, Townsend, Winks

Sunderland: Pantilimon, Jones, Van Aanholt, Borini, Gomez, Kaboul, O'Shea, Lens, Defoe, Toivonen, M'Vila

Subs: Cattermole, Larsson, Rodwell, Graham, Coates, Mannone, Watmore

Good afternoon and welcome to IBTimes UK's latest live coverage of another busy weekend of Premier League football.

Following a busy Saturday on which defending champions Chelsea continued their worst start to a season since 1988 with a dismal 3-1 defeat to a Steven Naismith-inspired Everton, Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud helped to ease the pressure on Arsene Wenger with a goal apiece in a 2-0 victory over Stoke and Anthony Martial and Kelechi Iheanacho became the toast of Manchester, today is the turn of Tottenham as they search for a first win of the season away to a Sunderland side short on confidence and also yet to claim three points this term.

Team news is breaking as we speak, so stay tuned for confirmed line-ups and live updates throughout the afternoon from the Stadium of Light.