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Monday, July 30, 2012

Liverpool, Spurs draw in friendly


BALTIMORE — Liverpool and Tottenham played to a scoreless draw in sweltering heat on Saturday in a friendly before 42,723 fans at the home stadium of the NFL's Baltimore Ravens.

Tottenham goalkeeper Brad Friedel preserved his side's clean sheet with a leaping catch of a shot by Martin Skrtel in the 54th minute.

Brad Jones played the first half in goal for Liverpool and Peter Gulacsi took over after halftime.

"We played extremely well under these conditions," said Andre Villas-Boas, who replaced Harry Redknapp as Spurs' manager after last season. "It was very, very hot. I understand for American sports this may not be something new, but for us to come from different conditions, it is very hard for the body to adapt to play at this level and intensity."

The Ravens play on artificial turf, but the pitch consisted entirely of natural grass laid in place on top of the carpet. Workers installed more than 500 rolls of grass to cover the field for the match between the English Premier League sides.

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