Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Equaliser Follows New Deal for Jake; Youngster Finds Net at Wembley

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Equaliser Follows New Deal for Jake; Youngster Finds Net at Wembley

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Tottenham Hotspur 1 Barcelona 1

TOTTENHAM youngster Jake Livermore celebrated his new contract with the club by scoring a late equaliser in the Wembley Cup friendly against Barcelona's second string, writes MIKE MCGRATH.

Livermore's new deal, until 2011, was announced earlier yesterday and he found the net shortly after coming on as a substitute in the 80th minute last night, cancelling out Bojan Krkic's opener.

Spurs boss Harry Redknapp auditioned four possibilities to plug the hole in the centre of his defence during the clash.

With Spurs short on numbers, Vedran Corluka, Tom Huddlestone, former Sunderland defender Pascal Chimbonda and youngster Dorian Dervite filled in at centre-back but could not prevent Bojan getting on the scoresheet.

The Spanish and European title holders selected a severely weakened team, with only Yaya Toure remaining from the side that defeated Manchester United two months ago in the Champions League final.

Eric Abidal, who was suspended for that clash, started and so did Bojan but Spurs' makeshift defence were spared an evening trying to keep out Thierry Henry, Lionel Messi or Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who has agreed personal terms ahead of a move from Inter Milan.

With former Newcastle and Middlesbrough centre-back Jonathan Woodgate and team-mates Michael Dawson and Ledley King all sidelined, Huddlestone had to drop back from midfield to centre-backwith Corluka shifting inside from the right from the start.

Redknapp went with Jermain Defoe in attack on his own and Spurs struggled to make chances, allowing Barcelona to settle into the game.

They took the lead in the 32nd minute when Toure went on a mazy run past Wilson Palacios and Corluka. Huddlestone tackled him cleanly but the ball ran for Bojan, who lashed home at the near post.

It could have got worse when former Chelsea forward Eidur Gudjohnsen chipped through for Pedro Rodriguez to tuck home, but he was harshly ruled offside. …

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