Tottenham Hotspur vs. FC Basel: Final score 2-2, kind of a match report but oh god do you even care?

Paul Gilham

Seriously, you're all just thinking about one thing right now.

I was getting ready to write a match report about a game where Tottenham Hotspur started poorly, got a garbage goal, then performed well in the second half to earn a draw and turn something negative into something positive in a 2-2 draw against FC Basel. Then, Gareth Bale turned his ankle and I don't really care about the result of the match anymore. I can't imagine you do either.

Oh, and Aaron Lennon came off injured and was replaced by Gylfi Sigurdsson. We'll do a quick recap anyway.

Spurs were pretty well on top during the first 30 minutes of the match, but the defense absolutely crumbled on FC Basel's first goal. Just about every player who spends considerable time in the defensive half of the pitch was at least partially at fault, with Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Kyle Naughton perhaps the worst offenders. Marco Streller hit an initial effort against the post and Valentin Stocker diverted the rebound into the back of the net.

Four minutes later, the derp bug bit the defense again. Streller jumped for a header on a corner and caused Jan Vertonghen to lose sight of the ball. It bounced off him and fell to Fabian Frei, who made it 2-0.

Emmanuel Adebayor got a bit of a lucky break just before halftime, poking in a goal after a massive scramble. He completely botched his first effort on a cross by Gareth Bale, but the ball eventually bounced back into his path and he managed to poke a ball into the roof of the net.

The second goal, from Gylfi Sigurdsson, was a stunner. He struck from 25 yards out, curling a shot around Yann Sommer that appeared like it might have been aided by a slight deflection.

And then, the injury. Ugh.

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