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Summary

  1. Injured Kane & Dier out for Spurs

Live Reporting

By Saj Chowdhury

All times stated are UK

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FULL-TIME

Middlesbrough 1-2 Tottenham

Spurs hold on. They weren't under too much pressure in the final moments, but looked a little flaky under the aerial threat of Boro.

Mauricio Pochettino
Reuters

Time is running out

Middlesbrough 1-2 Tottenham

Boro have tons of possession around the Spurs area. Just play the ball in, just play the ball in...ahh... the ball goes out of play.

STOPPAGE TIME

Middlesbrough 1-2 Tottenham

There's five minutes of stoppage time. Five.

Can Boro mount one last effort? Or two?

SUBSTITUTION and PUSHING

Middlesbrough 1-2 Tottenham

Ben Gibson pushes Spurs' Vincent Janssen as he leaves the field. The forward was applauding the away fans as he walked off but Gibson appeared to be ruffled by his lack of urgency in coming off the field of play.

Ref Graham Scott had a word but nothing more.

Bending

Middlesbrough 1-2 Tottenham

Spurs sub Erik Lamela has a sight on goal but his low bending shot fails to bend enough past the reach of Victor Valdes.

Middlesbrough 1-2 Tottenham

Boro have a corner. It's that man Adama Traore again, whose shot is deflected out.

However, on this occasion the set-piece comes to nothing. Spurs look shaky at the back though, just like Boro's were in the first half.

All Rhodes lead to...

Middlesbrough 1-2 Tottenham

Jordan Rhodes times his leap just right to meet Stewart Downing's centre from the left, but the ex-Blackburn man heads straight at Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris.

Jittery on the away bench.

GREAT BLOCK!

Middlesbrough 1-2 Tottenham

Son Heung-min... shapes up to shoot... will this be the hat-trick? No. Calum Chambers blocks his fierce strike.

Traore teasing Tottenham

Middlesbrough 1-2 Tottenham

Adama Traore is tearing past the Spurs defence again, but again his final ball doesn't match is efforts.

Surely they won't equalise?

SUBSTITUTION

Middlesbrough 1-2 Tottenham

Moussa Sissoko takes a knock to the head and is replaced by Erik Lamela.

GOAL - Middlesbrough 1-2 Tottenham

Ben Gibson

Eh?

Yup, bit of a Tortoise and Hare this.

Spurs have taken the foot off the pedal and been punished.

Stewart Downing's free kick is met by the head of Ben Gibson who nods the ball downwards and past the reach of Hugo Lloris.

Ben Gibson celebrates
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YELLOW CARD

Middlesbrough 0-2 Tottenham

Yellow for Kyle Walker. Was it for putting the hand on the ball when he fell to the ground?

Crowd lifted

Middlesbrough 0-2 Tottenham

Sub Adama Traore runs through the Spurs midfield who look to be treading water. Fantastic - the run, rather than the 'treading water'.

But his pass for Jordan Rhodes is a wee bit too strong.

Lifts the crowd.

SUBSTITUTIONS

Middlesbrough 0-2 Tottenham

The Boro fans start singing.

Anyway, Adama Traore comes on for Gaston Ramirez and Alvaro Negredo is pulled for Jordan Rhodes.

They need to make an impact pretty sharpish.

Middlesbrough 0-2 Tottenham

...which comes to nothing.

'It's just like watching Braz..'

Middlesbrough 0-2 Tottenham

Great one-touch footy from the men in Spurs uniform. But Christian Eriksen's effort is blocked.

Anyway, Spurs have a corner which the hard-working Vincent Janssen won. 

Cheap

Middlesbrough 0-2 Tottenham

Note to Middlesbrough: Stop giving the ball away so cheaply. It's 'last day of the New Year Sales' cheap.

I fear for them against a team like Leicester.

Middlesbrough 0-2 Tottenham

Vincent Janssen, who still hasn't got going for his new side despite scoring in midweek against Gillingham, races into the area and sees the ball nicked off him by Ben Gibson just as he is about to shoot.

At least he's trying.

KICK-OFF

Middlesbrough 0-2 Tottenham

Here we go again.

Boro come out... very early

Middlesbrough 0-2 Tottenham

The home side are on the pitch about two minutes before their opponents. It's the sort of thing that happens when a team's been battered in the first half.

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Time to throw in the towel?

Middlesbrough 0-2 Tottenham

Garth Crooks

Former Spurs striker on Final Score

If this was a boxing match they'd stop it. Spurs are ripping Middlesbrough apart, and Son's second goal was sensational. He's such a mobile player and he can score goals - he's playing brilliantly.

HALF-TIME

Middlesbrough 0-2 Tottenham

Boro boss Aitor Karanka darted down that Boro tunnel. What's up that sleeve of yours Aitor?

CLOSE!

Middlesbrough 0-2 Tottenham

It should have been 3-0.

You know how Dele Alli misses easy chances now and again? On this occasion the England attacking midfielder scoops over from eight yards after Christian Eriksen dispossesses a dawdling Calum Chambers in the area.

Clayton and Valdes 'scrap'

Middlesbrough 0-2 Tottenham

It wasn't really. But former Barcelona (and Manchester United) keeper Victor Valdes charges up to his defender Adam Clayton and "has a word".

Friction and not what Boro boss Aitor Karanka wants to see. Or maybe he does.

GOOD SAVE and PENALTY APPEAL

Middlesbrough 0-2 Tottenham

He's here, he's there, he's everywhere.

Son Heung-min sets up Christian Eriksen whose shot is deflected out to the back post. Moussa Sissoko hammers a follow-up that is saved at point-blank range by Victor Valdes.

A few seconds later, Dele Alli falls over under the challenge Cristhian Stuani - no pen says Oxforshire's Graham Scott. He's the ref.

Will Boro be punished again?

Middlesbrough 0-2 Tottenham

Spurs seem happy to give Boro possession, the difference being that the home side haven't done much with it when they have it whereas Spurs...

I sense another couple, at least, for the men in light gold.

Steph Houghton and Saskia Bartusiak
Reuters

He has as well...

Middlesbrough 0-2 Tottenham

GOAL - Middlesbrough 0-2 Tottenham

Son Heung-min

Beat that Houdini. Obviously, he can't because he's not around anymore...

Anyway, what a goal. Seriously, you need to watch this on Match of the Day later.

Son Heung-min finds himself cornered on the byeline on the right-side of the area.

He manages to wriggle out of his position move to the edge of the box, turn and then bend a shot into Victor Valdes' far corner.

Remarkable really.

Son Heung-min scores his second of the match
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Is there a mistake in Tottenham?

Middlesbrough 0-1 Tottenham

Anyway, Boro are pushing a bit higher and trying to pressure the Spurs defence into making an error. They just need to catch a break. Will Spurs give them one?

Fun with the Son

Middlesbrough 0-1 Tottenham

Those who remember Croatian midfielder Robert Prosinecki will recall he had this one-dummy trick which kept baffling opponents. It was both annoying and admirable to watch.

Son is doing the same to Boro up to now. 

Son on a run

Middlesbrough 0-1 Tottenham

Goalscorer Son Heung-min dances past a couple of half-hearted Boro challenges and comes unstuck with just Ben Gibson to beat. 

The home side look shocking at the back. Sorry Boro fans. 

Middlesbrough 0-1 Tottenham

Danny Mills

Ex-Man City defender on Final Score

I think Middlesbrough goalkeeper Victor Valdes was caught a little bit by surprise with that from Son Heung-Min.

'Should the keeper have stopped that?'

Middlesbrough 0-1 Tottenham

Garth Crooks

Former Spurs striker on Final Score

Eriksen won the ball deep and played the ball into Son. His turn into the box saw him beat a player before unleashing his shot. Should the keeper have stopped that?

GOAL - Middlesbrough 0-1 Tottenham

Son Heung-min

It was coming, to be fair.

Son Heung-min plays a one-two with Harry Kane's understudy Vincent Janssen, feigns to shoot twice (debutant Calum Chambers fell for it) and fires in low past Victor Valdes.

That's the South Korean's third of the season.

Moments earlier, Dele Alli stung the palms of the Spanish keeper with a 25 yarder.

Son Heung-min celebrates
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Middlesbrough 0-0 Tottenham

That was a strange one.

George Friend delivers a peach of a cross from the left and striker Alvaro Negredo strangely directs his header in the direction from where the cross came from.

Anyway, Boro hit back. It's windy.

Tottenham start well

Middlesbrough 0-0 Tottenham

Christian Eriksen, who twice found the net against Gillingham in midweek, smacks an effort against the legs of Cristhian Stuani. 

Moments later £30m signing Moussa Sissoko strikes a fierce effort from 20 yards that clears the bar by a foot.

Great start for the visitors.

'Great business by Tottenham'

Middlesbrough v Tottenham (15:00 BST)

Garth Crooks

Former Spurs striker on Final Score

It's been great business by Tottenham in recent weeks, signing up their younger players on improved deals. But as much as they are a successful business the fans want to celebrate some honours.

KICK-OFF

Middlesbrough 0-0 Tottenham

We are under way.

Aitor Karanka manager of Middlesbrough and Mauricio Pochettino
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'All eyes on Janssen'

Middlesbrough v Tottenham (15:00 BST)

Guy Mowbray

MOTD commentator at the RIverside

Vincent Janssen
Reuters

With the fixtures and underwhelming results that they've had, Middlesbrough's return to the Premier League has felt somewhat low key so far.

This game ramps things up a little and, even at this early stage of the season, could point to how the campaign will pan out for Boro. A third defeat in a row would be alarming.

Tottenham talk is dominated by the loss of Harry Kane for the foreseeable future, but I think they'll still get results without him.

Vincent Janssen will get a run of games now, and after needing eight to score his first Eredivisie goal for AZ last season, he then averaged one every match.