Last Updated: 24/07/13 1:09pm
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Fulltime here in Hong Kong, and Sunderland gain a deserved victory after a storming second half and stormy first. They will face either Manchester City or South China in the final.
Wes Brown off for Valentin Roberge, and the defender is also named the Man of the Match. Much deserved and a fine return to form.
That is a world class save from Brad Friedel to deny Connor Wickham with his first touch. A fabulous one-handed diving stop to claw the ball away.
Another chance for Jozy Altidore, and another one spurned, Friedel making a fine save. From the corner, Ba shoots and Friedel again pushes it away.
So have Sunderland warded off the danger of penalties in this semi-final? Spurs have 13 minutes to find an equaliser.
2-1!!! From the resulting corner Sunderland take the lead through a Wes Brown header. He is left completely unmarked at the back post and heads home with ease.
Fine save from Mannone. He parries away a strong shot from Jermain Defoe. The Spurs striker finding space i nthe box as he is prone to do.
Lovely effort from Adebayor. Played in by Dempsey, the Togolese striker dinked the ball towards goal, but Mannone tips over.
After a mistake by Kyle Walker Jozy Altidore is presented with a chance. The American turns in the area but sends the ball just wide with his left foot.
There is some concern over Vertonghen here, may well be a serious injury. That would be a nightmare for Spurs.
Cabral finds Sessegnon a fraction offside, but Sunderland have started the second half very brightly indeed.
Quick feet from both Johnson and Giaccherini wins Sudnerland a corner after a quick counter. Lovely play from both.
Oh dear Jozy Altidore. The ball finds the striker three yards from goal and he has a fresh air kick as the ball bounces to Friedel. A shocker.
Defoe immediately tries to collect a loose ball and move through on goal, but is crowded out by Brown and O'Shea.
Welcome back to the Hong Kong Stadium. We are going to have Jermain Defoe on the field as both teams look to ring the changes. More news on the subs as we get it.
And that's half-time in a shortened first half. A tight start but both sides have registered as things improved despite the weather. Join me for more in ten minutes.
A backpass to Gomes almost goes horribly wrong as the keeper slips, but is able to recover and control the ball.
Sunderland have a free kick, from which Gardner shoots low. Gomes claws the ball away but looked less from convincing with the soaked ball.
A few handbags in midfield as Walker and Cabral clash. It was a very poor challenge from Walker, in fairness. Naughty.
It's poor from Tom Huddlestone who gives the ball away in midfield. Cabral is sent through on goal, and he finishes tidily just inside Gomes' far post. Back level, and deserved.
Chance for Sunderland. Altidore is given an opportunity from Johnson's cross, but Gomes was out quickly to thwart the threat of danger.
Wes Brown dives into a tackle on Adebayor, a challenge that wasn't particularly 'friendly'. Great to see Brown back after injury.
Probably slightly deserved lead, but the game has been reasonably tight. Mannone left with no chance after the deflection, and Spurs have first blood.
The ball is pulled back by Lennon to Sigurddsson, and the Icelandic midfielder strikes the ball home via a heavy deflection.
Stephane Sessegnon is a player that seems to be enjoying the tricky conditions, regularly embarking on jinking runs. Altidore, however, has barely touched the ball.
Water is splashing up every time the ball is passed now. It's becoming something of a lottery but the players seem committed to continue, which is good news.
Shots from both Dempsey and Huddlestone are blocked by defenders as Spurs begin to gain the upper hand here.
A fine burst from Kyle Walker, but Jack Colback does fantastically well to cut out the ball and win the throw in.
Dempsey fires a weak free kick against the wall. Really poor effort that, and neither keeper has been properly tested as yet.
Spurs are awarded a free kick for shirt-pulling on Adebayor. Right on the edge of the box. Chance here
The game has taken a turn for the worse since the rain restarted. Both sides are finding it difficult to avoid slipping both with and without the ball.
Spurs are slightly guilty of playing the ball too long at times here, and AVB gets up to give out orders for the first time.
Adebayor is put through on goal, but the offside flag stops the striker in his tracks. Incorrect call, as it happens.
Giaccherini on a jinking run and he sets up Cabral. The midfielder's shot is blocked before Johsnon fires straight at Gomes.
Sunderland have started the brighter here, and Spurs are just trying to gain a foothold with some sustained possession.
Chance for Sessegnon, whose shot is blocked by Caulker. Caulker needed to recover after his missed header allowed the Benin international through.
Adebayor pressures Brown into putting the ball out of play. Both sides looking to avoid playing the ball back to the goalkeeper in the wet.
The first instance of the conditions affecting the run of the ball almost allows Adam Johnson in on goal
I owe you an apology. Neilk Swarbrick was the referee inspecting the pitch but we will have an all Hong Kong set of officials.
Matthew Stebbings, via Twitter: "di canio is getting carried away claiming his players are 'the best in Europe'. They came too cheaply to command that title."
It's actually stopped raining, which is excellent news. Told that the pitch has a specialist drainage system that will allow the pitch to hopefully retain its quality.
Paulo Di Canio has claimed that in Jozy altidore he has signed one of the best strikers in Europe. The American scored goals in the Eredivisie last season, but that has to be a wildly optimistic claim.
The answer to Steve's question is presumably because Manchester City face South China later on, and organisers do not want the kick off time in that match to be significantly altered.
So, we have just over 20 minutes until kick off. If you have seen the pictures from the Hong Kong stadium, you would agree that that is the best we could have hoped for realsitically.
Neil Swarbrick is our referee this morning, by the way. He has managed this delay pretty well in fairness, consulting both clubs and the tournament organisers.
BREAKING NEWS - The game will kick off at 11.30am UK time, and will consist of two halves of 40 minutes.
The teams are in the tunnel, but their seems a reasonable reluctance to move any further. You have to feel sorry for the fans in the two uncovered areas of the stadium.
Breaking news - and it concerns Gareth Bale. His injury is apparently the buttock rather than the groin. Good to know.
Matthew Stanger has been in touch on Twitter to ask whether this will answer the question of whether the players can do it on a wet night in Hong Kong. Very droll.
One option is to delay the start (and therefore do the same to the Manchester City v South China match later), and another couldbe to play both semi-finals tomorrow.
The referee will speak to both managers to see whether there is a 'desire to start the match', I'm told.
The referee and his assistants are shaking their head solemnly. I suspect we are due for a delay here.
Seb Larsson is being interviewed before kick off, and he is expecting a tough game. Larsson reveals that he expects the Sunderland squad to gel quickly despite the numerous new faces.
One slight issue possibly here. The rain is falling so heavily that the officials are out inspecting the pitch. I'll keep you posted, but we may have some thumb-twiddling to do.
A reminder - get in touch with me on Twitter @danielstorey85. I promise I'm worth a follow, but more importantly the best submissions will appear as part of the commentary both pre kick-off and at half time.
This game has come too early for Spurs' new signings Nacer Chadli and Paulinho. Players such as Scott Parker, Danny Rose, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Emmanuel Adebayor will be out to convince AVB that they should be firmly part of his first team plans.
Another point of interest for this morning's game will be to examine the fitness of Sunderland's players. Paulo Di Canio was critical of the fitness of the squad upon his takeover, and with a preseason training programme now fully instigated it will be interesting to see if the Italian's effect shows.
All the talk is clearly of Bale, of that there is no doubt. Injury or not, the reports from Spain are growing that Real Madrid are close to landing their man. Personally, if talks of £85m are true, I'd sell at that price.
This may be a friendly, but it's going to be very interesting to see quite how Sunderland line up with new signings Altidore, Giaccherini, Cabral and Mannone all starting.
Because this is a knockout tournament, I am obliged to inform you that if the game finishes as a draw we go straight to penalties.
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The second piece of news is that there is currently something of a typhoon in Hong Kong which has made things rather wet. Conditions potentially could play a part.
Two pieces of news for you to kick things off. Firstly, Gareth Bale is not in the Spurs squad. It may set the tongues wagging of conspiracy theorists, but the Welshman has sustained a slight groin injury.
Sunderland: Mannone, Brown, Cabral, O'Shea, Gardner, Larsson, Colback, Johnson, Giaccherini, Sessegnon, Altidore
Spurs: Gomes; Walker, Caulker, Dawson, Rose; Huddlestone, Lennon, Parker; Dempsey, Sigurdsson, Adebayor