Tuesday December 7, 2010 Group Stage: Group A Finished De Grolsch Veste

FC Twente 3 - 3 Tottenham Hotspur

  • Landzaat 22’ (pen.)
  • Rosales 56’
  • Chadli 64’
  • Wisgerhof 12’ (o.g.)
  • Defoe 47’, 59’

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  1. Spurs top group after draw

    Spurs top group after draw

    Tottenham Hotspur sealed their place at the top of Champions League Group A with a curious 3-3 draw at FC Twente's De Grolsch Veste Stadium. More

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    Time:90'
    • FC Twente
    • Tottenham Hotspur
    • 90+4' The final whistle goes on a truly unique match, but the upshot is that Tottenham go into the last 16 of the Champions League as group winners!
    • 90+3' De Jong was not impeded in any way there, ot hurt, but he remains down ont he ground. Spurs break, and now the referee decides to stop play! Farcical from the official!
    • 90+2' Chadli curls in a cracking cross for De Jong to leap for at the far post but he goes down... no penalty given!
    • 90+1' Three minutes of time will be added on at the end of this match.
    • 90' Tiendalli has a pop from distance and fires a strike wide of the near post.
    • 87' That injury to Kranjcar may have just knocked the momentum out of the closing stages of this match.
    • 86' Tottenham substitution: Peter Crouch replaces Kranjcar.
    • 84' Kranjcar has taken a knock, and he looks like he won't be playing any further part. A real blow for the Croatian.
    • 83' Lennon does brilliantly to beat his man and skip down the right wing, but the ball to Defoe is not the best.
    • 82' Impressive quick feet from Bale keeps the ball in play after he is tackled at the byline, but the eventual cross is caught by Boschker. This is end-to-end now.
    • 81' Big appeals for a handball in the Spurs area by Gallas, but the referee is not interested. The crowd are really getting behind the home side now.
    • 80' Great play from Vujicevic, who shrugs off the tackles and spreads the play for Twente.
    • 78' Bale fires across a daisy-cutter for Defoe to steer past Boschker, but Douglas almost does the job for him! The rebound runs away from Defoe, and Twente survive!
    • 76' Gomes slices the ball out wide into the stand after Corluka's back pass bobbled in front of him!
    • 74' Both managers have rolled the dice. Let's see who comes out on top. This game deserves to have a winner, one way or the other.
    • 73' Tottenham substitution: Robbie Keane replaces Pavlyuchenko.
    • 73' Twente substitution: Dario Vujicevic replaces Janko.
    • 72' The ball is kicked out of play so Janko can receive treatment.
    • 71' After that brillliance, another moment of uncertainty from Gomes as he just manages to scramble the ball behind at the near post. The second corner goes behind for a goal kick.
    • 70' Chadli cuts inside from the left, picks out Landzaat with a pinpoint square pass and he tees up Brama... Gomes tips the strike round the post at full stretch! Corner to Twente...
    • 69' Bale has Assou-Ekotto in support on the overlap but instead goes for the cross, but it's claimed by Boschker.
    • 68' A good bout of midfield battling here as both team's try to pass through one another. No one wants to be on the losing side tonight now, that's for sure.
    • 66' The home fans are really making themselves heard now. Surely we haven't seen the final goal of this game?
    • 65' Nacer Chadli's fifth goal of the seaosn means he has scored home and away against Spurs this season.
    • 64' GOAL!! Chadli curls it over the wall and past Gomes into the side netting! It's a cracking free-kick, and Twente have pulled themselves level for a third time!
    • 62' Twente have a free-kick in a good position for a Janssen strike, although Chadli will fancy his chances from here too.
    • 61' Can Twente come back a third time? Michel Preud'homme is yet to make a change, but must be thinking of doing so now.
    • 60' Jermain Defoe is on a hat-trick on his first ever start in the Champions League proper!
    • 59' GOAL!! Palacios steals the ball off the stumbling Janssen and he heads straight for goal! The Honduran's strike is parried by Boschker but Defoe is perfectly-placed to tap in the rebound!
    • 57' That's the Venezuelan's first goal for Twente since September.
    • 56' GOAL!! Rosales, Chadli and Janssen all combine to play across the final third from right to left. Janssen's cross comes in and it's perfect for Rosales to rise and head past Gomes right into the top corner! Great goal!
    • 55' Pavlyuchenko weaves his way in from the right and spreads the play across.
    • 53' Janko is suffering after a tackle from Kranjcar, which was perfectly executed and didn't really harm the forward. Janko, unsurprisingly, is OK to continue.
    • 52' There has been a second goal in Bremen! Find out who scored it here.
    • 51' Rosales goes up against Corluka down the wing, but he overruns and takes the ball out of play.
    • 50' Rosales is in some trouble after colliding with Bale. The stretcher is out but he walks off the pitch and it looks like he will play on.
    • 49' Twente are unperturbed by going behind for a second time, and they pile men forward right from the restart. Janko wins a free-kick, but they can't work a chance.
    • 48' That's Defoe's first goal for Spurs since the 4-0 win over Young Boys which seals the club's place in this competition back in August!
    • 47' GOAL!! Spurs are ahead again! Bale's cross is deflected across the box. Douglas dithers in clearing the ball and Lennon pounces to nick the ball from him and find Defoe, who finishes past Boschker!
    • 46' Twente kick off to get the second half underway!
    • 45+2' That's the last kick of a very odd first half!
    • 45+1' Just the one minute of time to be added on at the end of the first half. Bale charges down the left again and picks out Defoe... the striker jumps and flicks the ball over the bar with his heel!
    • 45' Kranjcar pings the ball otu wide for Lennon, who exchanges passes with Corluka before pulling a ball back from the byline that is diverted away from Pavlyuchenko at the last moment.
    • 44' Bale bursts forward and Spurs have men with him. It's a decent cross but Boschker palms it clear.
    • 43' Brama chips a flaoted ball into the box for Janko but it's flicked right to Gomes.
    • 42' There has been a goal in Bremen! Who has got it?
    • 42' Palacios wins a free-kick off Brama in midfield. Spurs will be happy to slow the tempo in the run-up to half-time.
    • 41' Gomes punches the set piece clear. Gallas misses his header for the second ball and it falls for Janko. The big striker has Wisgerhof in plenty of space but instead he turns and fires high and wide!
    • 40' Do Jong has struggled to get into this match so far, and his cross is blocked for a throw by Assou-Ekotto. The ball is hurled long towards Janko and Gallas gets ahead of him to concede the corner.
    • 39' The set piece is played short, but Twente soon have the ball back. Janko gets the crowd gasping with a deft backheel in the centre of the park.
    • 38' Bale gets his first opportunity to hare down the left wing. Rosales blocks him off and Spurs have a free-kick deep on the left.
    • 37' Chadli turns Corluka this way and that but the Croatian stays focused and blocks the attempted cross.
    • 36' Lennon gets his first touch. The ball is worked through to Kranjcar via Pavlyuchenko, and the Croatian's strike from distance swerves wide of the far post.
    • 35' Janko has a pop from 20 yards out, but it's a regulation stop for Gomes low to his left.
    • 34' Tottenham substitution: Aaron Lennon finally replaces Jenas.
    • 33' Lennon is still not on the field as play has restarted! A lovely one-touch move involving Janko and Chadli slices right through the Spurs back line and Janssen almost latches on to the final ball!
    • 32' Right - Tottenham will substitute Aaron Lennon for Jenas, but not before the referee has booked him for time-wasting! That yellow card means Jeans will miss the first leg of the second round. Quite absurd.
    • 31' Jenas has taken a knock. He goes to walk off with the physio but is now sat down on the pitch. The calf problem which has kept him out of recent games may have recurred here.
    • 30' Gallas blocks a strike from Chadli on the edge of the box.
    • 29' Twente clear the second corner and they can break. The ball is floated into the area and again Gomes leaps forward wildly and drops the ball! The former PSV keeper grabs it on the floor before anyone in a red shirt can capitalise.
    • 28' Boschker tips the corner over the bar after it looped off Pavlyuchenko.
    • 27' Pavlyuchenko twirls balletically about 20 yards from goal and unleashes a decent strike that calls Boschket into action! Corner to Spurs...
    • 26' Just as Twente were rocked by the first goal, they are boosted by the second. Chadli and Tiendalli combine well down the left, and SPurs have to head a decent cross clear.
    • 25' Rosales motors down the rigth wing again and sends in a cross, but this time Gomes catches with authority.
    • 24' Gomes spills a routine cross and Tottenham have to scramble the ball clear! What an extraordinary first quarter of the game we have had! Surely it can't keep on like this?
    • 23' That is Denny Landzaat's eighth goal of the season.
    • 22' GOAL!! Landzaat goes right down the middle this time. Gomes gets a touch but can't keep it out, and Twente are level!
    • 21' GOAL!! Landzaat fires it right into the far bottom corner out of Gomes's reach! But wait... the referee has ordered it to be retaken! There were a couple of red shirts encroaching when Landzaat struck the ball. Take two...
    • 20' PENALTY!! Rosales chests and volleys from the edge of the box and the ball strikes Assou-Ekotto on the arm! It's a very soft penalty, it would have hit Assou-Ekotto's face, but a spot-kick it is. Landzaat will take...
    • 19' Twente have been rocked by that goal, and Spurs continue to come forward but without truly threatening. Benoit Assou-Ekotto's cross from deep is way over Defoe's head.
    • 18' Defoe's ball across the box is intercepted and sent back to Boschker. Hearts are in mouths as the keeper prepares to receive the ball, and he takes a cautious touch before clearing this time!
    • 17' Pavlyuchenko takes a knock after an innoccuous challenge from Brama and remains down. He struggles back to his feet after Twente have kicked the ball out of play.
    • 16' Jermaine Jenas does well the bring the ball up the pitch, before the rest of the Spurs midfield keep things tidy.
    • 15' Spurs, with that goal cushion, are now beginning to play some more football, and are hogging the possession after the Twente restart.
    • 14' Just as well nothing is at stake for Twente - their place in the Europa League is already assured - otherwise that could have been so much worse for Boschker.
    • 13' Well, you can't help but feel sorry for Boschker. The veteran keeper is a Twente legend, having made over 500 appearances in his 20 years at the club.
    • 12' GOAL!! What a calamity! Peter Wisgerhof plays a casual pass back to goalkeeper Sander Boschker - making his Champions League debut at the age of 40 - and the ball bobbles over his boot as he goes to clear up the field!
    • 11' Niko Kranjcar plays the ball across to Bale, but Twente hound the Welshman and clear.
    • 10' Nice build-up play from Twente. Roberto Rosales swings in a wicked in-swinger from the right and it sneaks through Bassong and Luuk de JOng... Gomes reacts quickly to save and hold!
    • 9' The Dutchman gets his strike over the wall, but it was always going over the bar too.
    • 8' A nice, open start to this game, with Twente on top. Nacer Chadli and Denny Landzaat looking useful. Wilson Palacios gives away a needless free-kick in a perfect area for a Theo Janssen free-kick...
    • 7' Roman Pavlyuchenko finds Gareth Bale with a neat touch. Bale romas forward down the right and wins a corner, which Spurs don't make good use of.
    • 6' This time the delivery is not as good and Tottenham clear. Jermain Defoe initiates the counter-attack, and Spurs have plenty bombing forward, but Twente regroup to snuff out the move.
    • 5' Gomes struggles with the set piece and Bassong puts behind for another corner on the opposite side.
    • 4' Janko has his back to goal and lays the ball back for Wout Brama to strike... solid strike from 20 yards out, and Gomes has to save for the corner!
    • 4' Gallas is penalised for an aerial foul on Marc Janko in the Twente half. That's some achievement against the six-foot-four Austrian forward.
    • 3' DISCIPLINARY: Douglas, Thilo Leugers (both Twente) and Jermaine Jenas (Tottenham Hotspur) will all miss their next European match if they are booked this evening.
    • 2' William Gallas and Heurelho Gomes tease the Twente defence as they keep possession early on, before Sebastien Bassong hoofs the ball long for a Twente throw-in.
    • 1' Tottenham kick off and we're underway!
    • 19:44 All Spurs have to do is match Inter's result at Werder Bremen this evening to top Group A. You can follow that match here!
    • 19:42 The players are coming out on to the pitch now, accompanied by the home crowd singing "You'll Never Walk Alone". Can Tottenham cap off a campaign that has defied all expectation by finishing top of their group on their Champions League debut? We're about to find out...
    • 19:40 Spurs winger Gareth Bale has been one of the emerging stars of world football this season, thanks in part to his exploits in this competition, not least his hat-trick against Inter at the San Siro: "A year ago, I did not think I would be doing stuff like that. It did take a while for me to hold down a first-team spot at Tottenham. I had a lot of injuries and was out for eight months with my foot injury and six months with my knee injury. But I don't think I ever thought my future lay elsewhere."
    • 19:35 There is no escape from the chilly weather covering Britain at the moment for Spurs - it's a chilly minus two degrees in Enschede this evening. Expect gloves, tights and snoods aplenty. Brrrr!
    • 19:30 Tonight's referee is Carlos Velasco Carballo of Spain. The Madrid official has shown on average seven bookings per game in La Liga this season.
    • 19:25 Despite failing to convert two penalties, Spurs are still the competition's joint-top scorers. They, along with north London rivals Arsenal, have scored 15 goals in their first five group games. Spurs have conceded two more than the Gunners (eight), which makes them officially the most exciting team in the competition!
    • 19:20 The three penalties Twente conceded at White Hart Lane alone mean they have given away more spot-kicks in the competition than any other side. Spurs have been awarded four in total, although they have only scored two of those. Van der Vaart and Bale have both had efforts saved.
    • 19:15 In the Netherlands, Twente are nicknamed the Tukkers - a slang for people from the Enschede region. Twente have committed 96 fouls, more than any other team in the Champions League. Forward Marc Janko is responsible for 22 of those, the most of any player in the competition. Janko is Twente's top scorer in the Eredivisie, netting eight goals in 14 appearances so far. Luuk de Jong and the injured Brian Ruiz have both scored seven league goals this term.
    • 19:10 Twente, joint-top of the Eredivisie with PSV Eindhoven, beat De Graafschap 2-0 at the weekend. Theo Janssen scored both goals with direct free-kicks. The defending Dutch champions are managed by Michel Preud'homme. During his career as a goalkeeper, the Belgian won two league titles and lost 1982 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup final to Barcelona with Standard Liege.
    • 19:05 HEAD-TO-HEAD: These two sides have only met once before - Tottenham's first group game at White Hart Lane back in September. Rafael van der Vaart, Gareth Bale and two Roman Pavlyuchenko penalties sealed a madcap win for Spurs, who also had Van der Vaart sent off after he had another spot-kick saved. Match report: Crazy Spurs crush Twente
    • 19:00 Young left-back Nicky Kuiper is enduring a second lengthy absence due to a knee injury while last season's top scorer Bryan Ruiz will not play until next year because of his own knee problem. Winger Emir Bajrami is also out, nursing an ankle injury.
    • 18:55 A fit-again Jermaine Jenas returns with playmaker Luka Modric missing through illness. Spurs will miss the enterprise of Rafael van der Vaart (hamstring), while Younes Kaboul (thigh), Tom Huddlestone, Ledley King, Jonathan Woodgate and Jamie O'Hara remain out while Sandro is ineligible. Michael Dawson is on the bench again as he is eased back into first-team action, while right-back Vedran Corluka makes his first appearance since September. Niko Kranjcar is also handed a rare start.
    • 18:50 TWENTE: Boschker; Rosales, Wisgerhof, Douglas, Tiendalli; Brama, Landzaat, Jannsen; De Jong, Janko, Chadli. Subs: Mihaylov, Bengtsson, Parker, Buysse, Vujicevic, Leugers, John /// TOTTENHAM: Gomes; Corluka, Gallas, Bassong, Assou-Ekotto; Kranjcar, Jenas, Palacios, Bale; Pavlyuchenko, Defoe. Subs: Cudicini, Hutton, Lennon, Keane, Crouch, Giovani, Dawson.
    • 18:45 Tottenham and Inter have both qualified and are now vying to come top of Group A. Tottenham have the better head-to-head record so Inter need to take more points from their game with Werder than Spurs gain from Twente. Twente are certain to place third and move into the Europa League and Werder are eliminated. Group A details
    • - Welcome to our LIVE coverage of FC Twente v Tottenham Hotspur - kick-off is at 7.45pm UK time, we'll have all the build-up and latest team news from 6.45pm onwards.
  • Summary

    • 90+2' Chadli curls in a cracking cross for De Jong to leap for at the far post but he goes down... no penalty given!
    • 70' Chadli cuts inside from the left, picks out Landzaat with a pinpoint square pass and he tees up Brama... Gomes tips the strike round the post at full stretch! Corner to Twente...
    • 64' GOAL!! Chadli curls it over the wall and past Gomes into the side netting! It's a cracking free-kick, and Twente have pulled themselves level for a third time!
    • 59' GOAL!! Palacios steals the ball off the stumbling Janssen and he heads straight for goal! The Honduran's strike is parried by Boschker but Defoe is perfectly-placed to tap in the rebound!
    • 56' GOAL!! Rosales, Chadli and Janssen all combine to play across the final third from right to left. Janssen's cross comes in and it's perfect for Rosales to rise and head past Gomes right into the top corner! Great goal!
    • 47' GOAL!! Spurs are ahead again! Bale's cross is deflected across the box. Douglas dithers in clearing the ball and Lennon pounces to nick the ball from him and find Defoe, who finishes past Boschker!
    • 45+1' Just the one minute of time to be added on at the end of the first half. Bale charges down the left again and picks out Defoe... the striker jumps and flicks the ball over the bar with his heel!
    • 33' Lennon is still not on the field as play has restarted! A lovely one-touch move involving Janko and Chadli slices right through the Spurs back line and Janssen almost latches on to the final ball!
    • 27' Pavlyuchenko twirls balletically about 20 yards from goal and unleashes a decent strike that calls Boschket into action! Corner to Spurs...
    • 22' GOAL!! Landzaat goes right down the middle this time. Gomes gets a touch but can't keep it out, and Twente are level!
    • 21' GOAL!! Landzaat fires it right into the far bottom corner out of Gomes's reach! But wait... the referee has ordered it to be retaken! There were a couple of red shirts encroaching when Landzaat struck the ball. Take two...
    • 20' PENALTY!! Rosales chests and volleys from the edge of the box and the ball strikes Assou-Ekotto on the arm! It's a very soft penalty, it would have hit Assou-Ekotto's face, but a spot-kick it is. Landzaat will take...
    • 12' GOAL!! What a calamity! Peter Wisgerhof plays a casual pass back to goalkeeper Sander Boschker - making his Champions League debut at the age of 40 - and the ball bobbles over his boot as he goes to clear up the field!
    • 10' Nice build-up play from Twente. Roberto Rosales swings in a wicked in-swinger from the right and it sneaks through Bassong and Luuk de JOng... Gomes reacts quickly to save and hold!
    • 4' Janko has his back to goal and lays the ball back for Wout Brama to strike... solid strike from 20 yards out, and Gomes has to save for the corner!
    • 18:50 TWENTE: Boschker; Rosales, Wisgerhof, Douglas, Tiendalli; Brama, Landzaat, Jannsen; De Jong, Janko, Chadli. Subs: Mihaylov, Bengtsson, Parker, Buysse, Vujicevic, Leugers, John /// TOTTENHAM: Gomes; Corluka, Gallas, Bassong, Assou-Ekotto; Kranjcar, Jenas, Palacios, Bale; Pavlyuchenko, Defoe. Subs: Cudicini, Hutton, Lennon, Keane, Crouch, Giovani, Dawson.

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