Half-Time Report: Sunderland, Tottenham Hotspur level at the break

It is 1-1 at half time at the Stadium of Light where Sunderland are taking on Tottenham Hotspur.

It is 1-1 in the Premier League match between Sunderland and Tottenham Hotspur at half time.

Spurs had the first attack of the contest when Kyle Naughton's attempted pass to Nacer Chadli was blocked and Aaron Lennon's cross was cleared.

Paulinho tried his luck from distance, but his long-range effort went wide of the post.

Steven Fletcher had the first real chance on goal, chasing a long ball over the top before dragging a shot wide.

Jack Colback of Sunderland battles with Mousa Dembele of Tottenham during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Tottenham Hotspur at the Stadium of Light on December 7, 2013© Getty Images

Spurs raced up the other end and Lewis Holtby fired at goal, but Vito Mannone produced a decent save in the corner.

The chances were flowing now, even if accuracy was missing. This time, Jack Colback received the ball at an acute angle but then proceeded to smash his shot over the bar.

It was the away side's turn again minutes later. Lennon found Paulinho, who brought the ball down before seeing Mannone save his shot.

Perhaps the best of the lot fell to Chadli. The midfielder rose highest from a corner, only to head straight into the arms of Mannone.

The deadlock was broken 10 minutes before the break. Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris came and missed a cross, allowing Adam Johnson to drill the ball into an empty net.

However, Spurs were not behind for long. A free kick was headed back across goal by Chadli and Paulinho poked the ball past Mannone.

Jermain Defoe of Tottenham in action during a pre season friendly match between Tottenham Hotspur and Espanyol at White Hart Lane on August 10, 2013
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