Wednesday September 29, 2010 Group Stage: Group A Finished White Hart Lane

Tottenham Hotspur 4 - 1 FC Twente

  • van der Vaart 46’
  • Pavlyuchenko 50’ (pen.), 64’ (pen.)
  • Bale 85’
  • Chadli 56’

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  1. Crazy Spurs crush Twente

    Crazy Spurs crush Twente

    Rafael van der Vaart scored and was then sent off as Tottenham beat FC Twente 4-1 at White Hart Lane in the Champions League. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Tottenham Hotspur
    • FC Twente
    • 90' That's it. Spurs have beaten Twente 4-1.
    • 90' Into injury time at a bouncing White Hart Lane. Twente still going for it but Spurs closing this game out well.
    • 89' Keane on, Pavlyuchenko on (Spurs)
    • 87' Crazy game, and the score-line flatters Spurs.
    • 86' Pavlyuchenko pops the ball into the path of Bale, who takes a touch and passes it beyond Mihailov.
    • 85' GOAL! TOTTENHAM 4-1 TWENTE. It's Gareth Bale!
    • 84' Twente keeping up the pressure, but Tottenham dealing with everything that is thrown at them at the moment. Twente lacking quality in the final third.
    • 82' Lennon on, Modric off (Spurs)
    • 79' Rosales (Twente) is booked for a foul on Assou-Ekotto.
    • 76' Bale concedes another corner as Twente still look for a route back into the game.
    • 74' Modric gets into the box and, just as he's about to prod the ball home with his right foot, Douglas make s brilliant and crucial tackle.
    • 71' Twente are seeing more of the ball now, but are not testing Gomes often enough to hurt Tottenham.
    • 69' De Jong on, Lanzaat off (Twente)
    • 67' Twente are enraged that Spurs have been able to make that substitution as they see it as blatent time-wasting. They're going mad, it's fair to say.
    • 66' Jenas on, Crouch off (Spurs)
    • 65' It's 3-1 to Spurs and they've rode their luck to get there, no doubt about it.
    • 64' GOAL! Pavlyuchenko has chipped it in, can you believe it?
    • 63' PENALTY TO SPURS! Hand ball is given and Spurs have another penalty! Unbelievable!
    • 63' Spurs are in big trouble here. Their best player is off the field and Twente are in resurgent mood.
    • 62' Van der Vaart (Spurs) is sent off for an over-zealous challenge on Rosales. Second yellow and he's off.
    • 61' and another one...
    • 60' Defended well by Bale but Twente keeping the pressure up with a corner...
    • 59' Bassong concedes a free kick in a dangerous area on the right for Twente...
    • 57' That was poor by Spurs, who have been far from their best tonight. Certainly defensively.
    • 56' A scramble in the Spurs box sees the ball eventually fall at the feet of Nacer Chadli, who pokes it beyond Gomes. Game on.
    • 55' GOAL! Twente have a goal back through Chadli!
    • 54' Nicky Kulper (Twente) is booked for dissent.
    • 53' Claims of handball against Crouch are turned down by the referee and Spurs break with the lanky Englishman, but he scuffs his shot at the other end.
    • 52' Good response by Twente, who are led in their attack by Ruiz. They have a corner...
    • 50' The Russian puts the ball to the left of the goal and sends Mihailov the wrong way. Confidently taken and Spurs are 2-0 up after less than 5 minutes of the second half.
    • 49' GOAL! Pavlyuchenko scores!
    • 49' Pavlyuchenko to take...
    • 48' PENALTY TO SPURS! Bale is fouled by Rosales. Definite penalty.
    • 47' That goal was so early that I'm expecting a number of Spurs fans to have missed it in the stadium. Lovely strike by the best player on the pitch though.
    • 46' A minute into the second half, Hutton sweeps a cross to Crouch at the far post, who knocks down for van der Vaart, who controls on his knee and volleys in from 8 yards out. Great technique and Spurs have a deserved lead.
    • 46' GOAL! Van der Vaart has put Spurs ahead!
    • 46' The second half is underway.
    • 45' The second half is about to get underway. Remember you can follow me, Michael Da Silva, on Twitter at twitter.com/mjdasilva and Eurosport at twitter.com/eurosport
    • 45' That's half time. What a frantic half.
    • 45' And Rosales is down after the ball smashed him in the back of the head.
    • 44' Rosales has fouled Bale and Spurs have a free kick on the left...
    • 43' But van der Vaart gets another chance from the long ball down field, which the Dutchman volleys on he run, but Mihailov again saves it. Van der Vaart can't believe he's missed.
    • 42' Twente have drawn confidence from that and Ruiz is orchestrating some pressure on the Spurs goal before half time.
    • 41' Van der Vaart (Spurs) is booked for a foul.
    • 40' The goalkeeper was off his line as he saved it and there was plenty of unsporting behaviour on the part of Twente before the kick was taken, with players refusing to get out of the box, delaying the kick. But was it a penalty in the first place? Possibly not.
    • 39' Van der Vaart has missed!
    • 39' Mihailov (Twente) is booked for unsportinng behaviour!
    • 38' Crouch is dragged down in the box and Twente are protesting. Van der Vaart to take...
    • 38' PENALTY TO SPURS!
    • 37' Spurs enjoying 60% of the possession so far...
    • 35' Great effort by Van der Vaart, who spins and volleys from the edge of the box after Crouch's knock-down from Bale's cross. Those three the star performers for Spurs so far.
    • 33' Careless play by Pavlyuchenko, who overhits his ball to Hutton on the right.
    • 32' Ruiz fires a tame effort from 25 yards, which Gomes saves, but Ruiz is finding space in dangerous areas for the Dutch side.
    • 30' Janko sneaks ahead of Bassong and half-volleys an effort just wide of Gomes' goal.
    • 29' Bale causing havoc down the Twente right and, again, almost finds Crouch with the low cross.
    • 28' Took Twente a while to get Chadli on, but they are back to 11 men again.
    • 27' Chadli on, Bajrami off
    • 25' Doesn't look good at all. That's the end of Bajrami's night - appears to be a hamstring pull.
    • 24' Bajrami has pulled up for Twente. Doesn't look good...
    • 23' Spurs enjoying the better of the chances despite those early scares.
    • 22' Van der Vaart has won a free kick in a dangerous area on the right for Spurs and Crouch very nearly headed in van der Vaart's tempting ball in.
    • 20' Bale keeps swinging in dangerous crosses from the left, but Twente are failing to close him down. Crouch will get the end of one of them sooner or later.
    • 18' Spurs settling into their rhythm now. Twente losing their way slightly.
    • 17' Tom Huddlestone is a very lucky boy. Janssen fouled Huddlestone and the Spurs man swung an elbow at him, catching him in the face. That was a clear red card, but I think the referee missed it.
    • 15' Modric lays the ball to van der Vaart, who shoots right-footed from the edge of the box but Mihailov makes a strong one-handed save.
    • 13' Bale's teasing cross is almost reached by Crouch but he can't position his body into a shooting position. Very close there.
    • 12' Great save from Gomes! Spurs were all over the place there as Huddlestone lost the ball and left Bajrami with just Gomes to beat, but Gomes makes an excellent one-handed save.
    • 11' Pavlyuchenko comes close from the edge of the box after Huddlestone's knock down. Just wide.
    • 9' Gareth Bale has skided into the advertising boards and looks in real pain. Game going on though.
    • 8' Twente playing some neat stuff when they get the ball, but Bale attacks down the left but his cross is cut out. Van der Vaart is FURIOUS that Bale didn't role the ball across to him in space.
    • 6' Good play by Tottenham. Huddlestone spreads a pass out to the left and Bale side-foots a cross into Crouch, who can't quite get there ahead of the keeper, Mihailov.
    • 5' Ledley King finds himself on the right wing, yes the right wing, and looks lost. Eventually he loses the ball.
    • 4' Douglas gets behind the Spurs defence and Jansen's ball over the top is only just beyond Douglas' head. Crouch lost him and that's an early warning sign to Spurs.
    • 3' Twente are preventing Spurs from getting into their stride, and are pressuring the home side from getting into their stride.
    • 2' He's been told to roam, and roam he will.
    • 2' Van der Vaart, who doesn't seem to know if he's a right midfielder or left, comes over to the left and wins a free kick.
    • 1' We are underway at a very very damp White Hart Lane.
    • 19.40 The players are on the pitch and we are just a couple of minutes from kick off...
    • 19.30 SPURS: Gomes, Hutton, Bassong, King, Assou-Ekotto, Van der Vaart, Huddlestone, Modric, Bale, Pavlyuchenko, Crouch. Subs: Cudicini, Lennon, Jenas, Keane, Palacios, Kranjcar, Corluka. FC TWENTE: Mihailov, Rosales, Franco, Wisgerhof, Kuiper, Brama, Janssen, Ruiz, Landzaat, Bajrami, Janko. Subs: Boschker, Bengtsson, de Jong, Parker, Chadli, Vujicevic, Schimpelsberger.
    • 19.15 Both sides got off to creditable 2-2 draws on Matchday 1, with Twente holding Inter Milan in Enschede and Tottenham drawing in Werder Bremen - although they had been 2-0 up.
    • 19.15 Twente have never beaten English opposition, in nine previous attempts.
    • 19.15 So, White Hart Lane gets its first taste of the Champions League group stage. The last time Tottenham staged a European Cup game was a semi-final against eventual winners Benfica.
  • Summary

    • 86' Pavlyuchenko pops the ball into the path of Bale, who takes a touch and passes it beyond Mihailov.
    • 85' GOAL! TOTTENHAM 4-1 TWENTE. It's Gareth Bale!
    • 74' Modric gets into the box and, just as he's about to prod the ball home with his right foot, Douglas make s brilliant and crucial tackle.
    • 64' GOAL! Pavlyuchenko has chipped it in, can you believe it?
    • 63' PENALTY TO SPURS! Hand ball is given and Spurs have another penalty! Unbelievable!
    • 62' Van der Vaart (Spurs) is sent off for an over-zealous challenge on Rosales. Second yellow and he's off.
    • 56' A scramble in the Spurs box sees the ball eventually fall at the feet of Nacer Chadli, who pokes it beyond Gomes. Game on.
    • 55' GOAL! Twente have a goal back through Chadli!
    • 50' The Russian puts the ball to the left of the goal and sends Mihailov the wrong way. Confidently taken and Spurs are 2-0 up after less than 5 minutes of the second half.
    • 49' GOAL! Pavlyuchenko scores!
    • 46' A minute into the second half, Hutton sweeps a cross to Crouch at the far post, who knocks down for van der Vaart, who controls on his knee and volleys in from 8 yards out. Great technique and Spurs have a deserved lead.
    • 46' GOAL! Van der Vaart has put Spurs ahead!
    • 43' But van der Vaart gets another chance from the long ball down field, which the Dutchman volleys on he run, but Mihailov again saves it. Van der Vaart can't believe he's missed.
    • 40' The goalkeeper was off his line as he saved it and there was plenty of unsporting behaviour on the part of Twente before the kick was taken, with players refusing to get out of the box, delaying the kick. But was it a penalty in the first place? Possibly not.
    • 22' Van der Vaart has won a free kick in a dangerous area on the right for Spurs and Crouch very nearly headed in van der Vaart's tempting ball in.
    • 17' Tom Huddlestone is a very lucky boy. Janssen fouled Huddlestone and the Spurs man swung an elbow at him, catching him in the face. That was a clear red card, but I think the referee missed it.
    • 15' Modric lays the ball to van der Vaart, who shoots right-footed from the edge of the box but Mihailov makes a strong one-handed save.
    • 13' Bale's teasing cross is almost reached by Crouch but he can't position his body into a shooting position. Very close there.
    • 12' Great save from Gomes! Spurs were all over the place there as Huddlestone lost the ball and left Bajrami with just Gomes to beat, but Gomes makes an excellent one-handed save.
    • 8' Twente playing some neat stuff when they get the ball, but Bale attacks down the left but his cross is cut out. Van der Vaart is FURIOUS that Bale didn't role the ball across to him in space.
    • 19.30 SPURS: Gomes, Hutton, Bassong, King, Assou-Ekotto, Van der Vaart, Huddlestone, Modric, Bale, Pavlyuchenko, Crouch. Subs: Cudicini, Lennon, Jenas, Keane, Palacios, Kranjcar, Corluka. FC TWENTE: Mihailov, Rosales, Franco, Wisgerhof, Kuiper, Brama, Janssen, Ruiz, Landzaat, Bajrami, Janko. Subs: Boschker, Bengtsson, de Jong, Parker, Chadli, Vujicevic, Schimpelsberger.

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