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It was the home side that had the first chance of the game, Romelu Lukaku looking to set up Shane Long who was unable to control the ball as he tried to take it around Hugo Lloris, eventually conceding a goal kick.
Gareth Bale produced a number of chances for the visitors, one of his best opportunities coming from a free kick from the edge of the penalty area before he forced a save from Ben Foster on the stroke of half time.
Lukaku produced one of the hosts' best chances of the half just before the interval, but close marking resulted in him firing his shot high.
There was an injury blow for Tottenham towards the end of the first 45 minutes, as Jermain Defoe had to go off with an ankle injury following a collision with Claudio Yacob, Lewis Holtby coming on in his place and leaving Spurs without a recognised striker.