Tuesday September 14, 2010 Group Stage: Group A Finished Weserstadion

Werder Bremen 2 - 2 Tottenham Hotspur

  • Almeida 43’
  • Marin 47’
  • Pasanen 12’ (o.g.)
  • Crouch 18’

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  1. Spurs blow two-goal lead

    Spurs blow two-goal lead

    Tottenham saw a two-goal lead slip away in their first-ever Champions League proper tie in a 2-2 draw with Werder Bremen at the Weserstadion More

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    Time:90'
    • Werder Bremen
    • Tottenham Hotspur
    • 90+3' The full-time whistle goes at the Weserstadion, and Tottenham have claimed a 2-2 draw against Werder Bremen! It could have been so much more with Spurs having taken a two-goal lead, but Bremen staged a fine recovery. Thanks for joining us!
    • 90+2' Keane wins a free kick for Spurs on halfway, and it looks to be a point for Spurs with full-time just seconds away.
    • 90+1' Borowski is booked for tripping Assou-Ekotto, and Spurs will now have a free kick, 25 yards out!
    • 90' There will be three minutes added at the end of this second half, and both sides are prepared to attack in the closing stages.
    • 89' Redknapp gives Bale a good talking to as he urges the midfielder to take on Fritz, no doubt!
    • 88' What a chance for Crouch! The offside flag stays down as Crouch is through on goal, but his dinked effort runs wide of the far post - so close for Spurs!
    • 87' Bremen search for a winner as Marin remains at the forefront of everything, and the German side are determined to find it.
    • 86' Bale keeps the ball in play superbly down the left, but Keane cannot capitalise on the opening.
    • 85' Another Bremen attack peters out poorly, and Spurs can break through Jenas and Keane...
    • 84' Arnautovic blasts the free kick straight at Keane in the Spurs wall, and that will be a corner for the hosts...
    • 83' Marin shows his quick feet once more as he buys a free kick out on the left with Jenas penalised for a crude trip.
    • 82' The travelling fans are in full voice as Spurs defend deep inside their own half.
    • 81' Palacios makes a sturdy challenge to deny Marin another run on goal, and that is a fine tackle.
    • 80' Hunt breaks down the right for Bremen, but he can't get a cross in as Spurs defend stoutly.
    • 79' Sandro Wagner is introduced at the expense of Almeida, and the lumbering forward receives a huge ovation!
    • 78' Borowski drives a low shot narrowly wide of the far post, and that was a good effort from the midfielder.
    • 77' Bale does brilliantly to beat Fritz and cut the ball back to Palacios, but his through ball to Keane goes awry.
    • 76' Marin and Hunt combine in the Spurs half, before the visitors break through Bale down the left...
    • 75' Palacios will come on now as Lennon makes way for the midfielder. Is that Redknapp attempting to settle for a draw? Make your own conclusions from that...
    • 74' Wilson Palacios is ready to come on for Spurs, and the midfielder was a surprise omission for many this evening.
    • 73' What a chance! Frings plays a neat pass through to Hunt, who jinks inside Kaboul, but fires his shot over the crossbar - he should have scored!
    • 72' As is so often the case with a non-English referee, Crouch is penalised for merely jumping for a header, and that is pretty frustrating for the striker!
    • 71' Oooh, narrowly offside! Keane makes a very bright run beyond Pasanen, but Huddlestone cannot quite pick him out with a low through ball as the offside flag is raised.
    • 70' With 20 minutes remaining, this match is very finely poised, with the score at 2-2, and both sides very keen to attack at every opportunity!
    • 69' Fritz and Borowski combine on halfway as Bremen keep the ball comfortably with Spurs pressing.
    • 68' Tim Borowski comes on to provide some fresh legs in midfield, with Wesley the man to make way.
    • 67' What a run from Marin! The midfielder charges forward once more, before bending his shot wide of the near post - good effort!
    • 66' Jenas is booked for a clumsy challenge on Wesley, and that was nothing more than a mistimed tackle on halfway.
    • 65' King hammers a long ball upfield towards Keane, but the forward cannot challenge.
    • 64' Silvestre wins a good header to deny Crouch, then Wesley takes the ball forward from halfway.
    • 63' Marin continues to look dangerous as he jinks his way forward and has a shot from range, but this time it does not trouble Cudicini.
    • 62' King sweeps up well under pressure from Wesley, and Bale will attack once more...
    • 61' Bale has been superb all game, but his delivery is poor as the corner is wasted and Bremen can clear.
    • 60' Bale drifts over a deep delivery which evades everyone in the box, but Lennon does well to win a corner.
    • 59' Schaaf looks much happier on the Bremen bench as he watches his side keep possession in their half.
    • 58' Bale has the beating of Fritz every time, and the Welshman takes on his man once more with a pacey run to win a throw in.
    • 57' Bale's free kick is poor as Bremen can clear, then Crouch is caught offside from a Keane through ball.
    • 56' Frings brings down Lennon as Spurs are gifted another free kick in the Bremen half: what can Bale do with this effort?
    • 55' Huddlestone intercepts as Marin powers forward once more, and Bale wins a free kick on halfway.
    • 54' What a chance for the hosts! Almeida streaks through on goal, only to slice his shot over the bar after beating both King and Kaboul - he should have scored!
    • 53' Spurs look pretty stunned as Bremen continue to pile on the pressure in driving rain!
    • 52' Huddlestone is booked for a clumsy challenge on Marin, and the midfielder is caught out there.
    • 51' The mood has really changed now as Bremen attack through Marin with the home fans in full voice.
    • 50' Kaboul wins a towering header at the back post as Bale whips over a corner, but the opening peters out.
    • 49' Redknapp is forced into a substitution as Rafael van der Vaart trudges off, and the Dutchman must be injured as Robbie Keane comes on.
    • 48' GOAL!!!!! MARIN EQUALISES FOR THE HOSTS! It's a very poor start to the second half from Spurs as Kaboul and King back off Marin and allow the dangerous 21-year-old a long-range shot, and he drives it into the far corner of Cudicini's net to make it 2-2!
    • 47' Bremen begin the second half with a bright spell of possession, and Spurs are pushed on to the back foot.
    • 46' The second half is underway at the Weserstadion, and Robbie Keane was warming up very vigorously throughout the break.
    • 45+1' The half-time whistle goes, and Spurs hold a 2-1 lead courtesy of an own goal from Petri Pasanen and a Peter Crouch header, but Hugo Almeida's goal two minutes from the break has kept this match alive! It was a near flawless display from Harry Redknapp's side.
    • 45' There will be just one minute added at the end of this first half, and it is the hosts piling on the pressure...
    • 44' That is a real blow for Spurs just before half time, and now the German side are buoyed as they attack through Marin.
    • 43' GOAL!!!!! ALMEIDA PULLS ONE BACK! Wesley whips over a pinpoint delivery from out wide on the left, and Almeida beats Kaboul to the ball and heads past Cudicini into the far corner of the net!
    • 43' Pasanen lumps a long ball up towards Wesley, but King wins his header yet again, and Spurs can clear.
    • 42' Almeida goes down clutching his back after an aerial challenge with Kaboul, but there was nothing in that really.
    • 41' Van der Vaart has a wild shot from range, and the ball flies over the bar without troubling Wiese.
    • 40' Kaboul makes a very fine block inside the box as Arnautovic hurtles into the box, and Spurs are defending brilliantly.
    • 39' What a challenge from Jenas! The midfielder charges back to slide in and deny Almeida, who was looking dangerous inside the Spurs box.
    • 38' Bale heads wide as he ghosts into the box, but Spurs continue to pile on the pressure...
    • 37' Lennon skips past Silvestre, but the Frenchman does brilliantly to recover and concede a corner.
    • 36' Bargfrede is replaced by Aaron Hunt, and Bremen are forced into a quick change due to their dreadful start!
    • 35' Kaboul whips over a fine delivery from the right this time, and Bale slams a shot on target, only for Wiese to parry the ball wide!
    • 34' Bale wins a corner with another bright run down the left wing, and Fritz concedes the set piece with an element of relief...
    • 33' Silvestre wins the ball for Bremen as Lennon loses his footing, and it is all Spurs for the moment.
    • 32' Fritz is getting skinned every single time by Bale, who has looked superb all game. Spurs keep the ball now.
    • 31' What a run from Bale again! The winger gets down the left and, instead of squaring the ball back to Crouch, forces Wiese into a sharp save down low at his near post!
    • 30' Bremen enjoy a good spell of pressure, and the German side are keeping the ball well without creating much.
    • 29' Cudicini does very well to clear upfield following a pretty risky back pass from King, and that was sharp play from the keeper.
    • 28' Almeida slips a neat through ball into the path of Wesley, but King intervenes with a firm challenge.
    • 27' Penalty?! No! Marin drives a fierce shot from the edge of the Tottenham penalty area, only for Tom Huddlestone to inadvertently block it with his arm - it was unintentional, but you sometimes see those given!
    • 26' Bremen are beginning to come into the game a bit more now as the rain begins to fall at the Weserstadion.
    • 25' King wins a brilliant header at the near post to prevent Arnautovic's cross from running through to Almeida.
    • 24' Crouch is winning everything in the air as both Pasanen and Prodl find it impossible to compete with the striker.
    • 23' Thomas Schaaf looks shell shocked on the touchline as his side struggle to get hold of the ball.
    • 22' Jenas charges down the left, but the midfielder cannot get a cross in on this occasion with Fritz standing firm.
    • 21' Kaboul does superbly to shepherd the ball out of play with Wesley bearing down on goal, and that is fine defending.
    • 20' Almeida has barely touched the ball in attack for the hosts, and Kaboul and King look very comfortable indeed.
    • 19' Bremen look stunned as they stroke the ball around at the back, and Harry Redknapp is motionless on the touchline, but must be ecstatic!
    • 18' GOAL!!!!! CROUCH MAKES IT TWO - WHAT A START! Spurs are all over Bremen, and it is van der Vaart who whips over a devilish delivery, with Crouch meeting it firmly in the box to power his header beyond Wiese - Spurs are absolutely flying!
    • 17' Kaboul finds Bale out on the left with a long diagonal ball, but Fritz sweeps up cleanly.
    • 16' Crouch is causing the Bremen defence all sorts of problems with his aerial presence, and the German side don't know how to deal with the lanky striker.
    • 15' Harry Redknapp was right in voicing his concern about the pitch, and it is already cutting up pretty badly.
    • 14' Cudicini gathers a misplaced long ball from Frings comfortably, and Spurs continue to look steady at the back.
    • 13' The visiting fans are in full voice as their side press forward through van der Vaart - what a start from the Premier League side!
    • 12' GOAL!!!!! SPURS TAKE THE LEAD! Bale gets down the left wing with a pacey run, before cutting the ball back from the byline, and Petri Pasanen turns the ball past his own keeper Tim Wiese with Crouch lurking, and Spurs have the lead!
    • 12' Van der Vaart picks out Crouch with a precise diagonal ball, but the forward cannot quite find the onrushing Lennon with his header back into the box.
    • 11' Huddlestone gets forward with another powerful run, only for Frings to make a sturdy challenge to break up the play.
    • 11' Wesley beats Corluka with a smart run before having a pot shot from range, but Cudicini knows where his near post is and shepherds the ball behind safely.
    • 10' What a run from Bale! The winger gets down the left to the byline, but cannot quite keep his cross in play with Jenas in the centre.
    • 9' Marin shows good trickery out on the left before dinking up a cross, but Cudicini clutches the high ball.
    • 8' Kaboul makes another strong challenge to deny Bargfrede as he streaks down the left, and he has started very brightly.
    • 7' Lennon hurtles down the right after a poor slip on the ball by Wesley, but the winger's cross does not find Crouch.
    • 6' Cudicini lumps a long ball upfield as Crouch wins his header, but van der Vaart cannot latch on to the loose ball.
    • 5' Marko Marin is touted as being the dangerman for Bremen, and he produces a sharp run before driving a low shot wide.
    • 4' Oh dear! Bale gets underneath his attempt and the set piece is wasted as the Welshman blasts it over the bar.
    • 3' Kaboul dispossesses Arnautovic, and that was a fine tackle as Bale goes up the other end and wins a dangerous free kick for the visitors!
    • 2' Spurs enjoy a neat spell of possession from the outset as Huddlestone volleys high and wide after a slick move in the Bremen half.
    • 1' We're underway at the Weserstadion, and Peter Crouch is the lone striker with a five-man midfield behind him.
    • 19:40 Right, Ledley King leads out Spurs on this historic night for the North London club, and it is a packed Weserstadion which greets them as they emerge from the tunnel and enjoy the traditional Champions League anthem. We're all set!
    • 19:35 Mikael Silvestre spent nine years in the Premier League with both Manchester Utd and Arsenal and has already played Tottenham 17 times (11 wins, only three defeats). He won the 2008 Champions League with United.
    • 19:30 Bob Smaith: "We have to get at least a draw this evening if we want to progress. Think we should just about pull it off. As a proud Englishman it would be great to beat the Germans in Germany as well." He predicts a 2-0 win with goals from Bale and Van der Vaart.
    • 19:25 Jnw93 is an Arsenal fan, but he is throwing his support at their North London rivals tonight! Catherineferris is delighted to see Rafael van der Vaart start for Spurs, while Oliver is backing Bremen to prevail! What do you think? Post your views, predictions and general shouts below...
    • 19:20 Tottenham have never competed in Champions League since its foundation in 1992-93, but lest we forget that Spurs were the first British team to win a European club competition when they won the Cup Winners' Cup in 1963.
    • 19:15 THE TEAMS ARE IN! Rafael van der Vaart is expected to line up as an advanced playmaker in a five-man midfield. Captain Ledley King returns in Dawson's place after being rested at the weekend, while Harry Redknapp's comments about 4-4-2 leaving his side exposed in European away games see Peter Crouch employed in that lone striking role. The referee for this evening's encounter is Massimo Proenca of Portugal.
    • 19:10 Werder Bremen: Wiese, Fritz, Pasanen, Prodl, Silvestre, Frings, Bargfrede, Marin, Wesley, Arnautovic, Hugo Almeida. Subs: Mielitz, Boenisch, Borowski, Hunt, Huseinovic, Wagner, Jensen
    • 19:05 Tottenham: Cudicini, Corluka, Kaboul, King, Assou-Ekotto, Huddlestone, Lennon, Jenas, Bale, Van der Vaart, Crouch. Subs: Pletikosa, Pavlyuchenko, Keane, Palacios, Gallas, Bassong, Kranjcar
    • 19:00 Tottenham midfielder Sandro turned up early to catch his flight to Germany for the Champions League clash with Werder Bremen - only to be told he was not even in the squad. The bungling Brazilian, an £8 million summer signing from Internacional, is still learning English so relies on Portuguese and Spanish-speaking team-mates to help him out! Read more here
    • 18:55 Do you want to know why we all love the Champions League? Our own Armchair Pundit knows the reasons, and he explains why in his latest blog. Read all about it!
    • 18:50 Werder have lost three of their four competitive games against English teams, but the last time they played against one, they defeated Chelsea 1-0 in the 2006-07 Champions League group stage.
    • 18:45 Tottenham take on Werder Bremen in their first-ever Champions League proper tie in Group A at the Weserstadion.
  • Summary

    • 88' What a chance for Crouch! The offside flag stays down as Crouch is through on goal, but his dinked effort runs wide of the far post - so close for Spurs!
    • 73' What a chance! Frings plays a neat pass through to Hunt, who jinks inside Kaboul, but fires his shot over the crossbar - he should have scored!
    • 67' What a run from Marin! The midfielder charges forward once more, before bending his shot wide of the near post - good effort!
    • 54' What a chance for the hosts! Almeida streaks through on goal, only to slice his shot over the bar after beating both King and Kaboul - he should have scored!
    • 48' GOAL!!!!! MARIN EQUALISES FOR THE HOSTS! It's a very poor start to the second half from Spurs as Kaboul and King back off Marin and allow the dangerous 21-year-old a long-range shot, and he drives it into the far corner of Cudicini's net to make it 2-2!
    • 43' GOAL!!!!! ALMEIDA PULLS ONE BACK! Wesley whips over a pinpoint delivery from out wide on the left, and Almeida beats Kaboul to the ball and heads past Cudicini into the far corner of the net!
    • 35' Kaboul whips over a fine delivery from the right this time, and Bale slams a shot on target, only for Wiese to parry the ball wide!
    • 31' What a run from Bale again! The winger gets down the left and, instead of squaring the ball back to Crouch, forces Wiese into a sharp save down low at his near post!
    • 27' Penalty?! No! Marin drives a fierce shot from the edge of the Tottenham penalty area, only for Tom Huddlestone to inadvertently block it with his arm - it was unintentional, but you sometimes see those given!
    • 18' GOAL!!!!! CROUCH MAKES IT TWO - WHAT A START! Spurs are all over Bremen, and it is van der Vaart who whips over a devilish delivery, with Crouch meeting it firmly in the box to power his header beyond Wiese - Spurs are absolutely flying!
    • 12' GOAL!!!!! SPURS TAKE THE LEAD! Bale gets down the left wing with a pacey run, before cutting the ball back from the byline, and Petri Pasanen turns the ball past his own keeper Tim Wiese with Crouch lurking, and Spurs have the lead!
    • 19:10 Werder Bremen: Wiese, Fritz, Pasanen, Prodl, Silvestre, Frings, Bargfrede, Marin, Wesley, Arnautovic, Hugo Almeida. Subs: Mielitz, Boenisch, Borowski, Hunt, Huseinovic, Wagner, Jensen
    • 19:05 Tottenham: Cudicini, Corluka, Kaboul, King, Assou-Ekotto, Huddlestone, Lennon, Jenas, Bale, Van der Vaart, Crouch. Subs: Pletikosa, Pavlyuchenko, Keane, Palacios, Gallas, Bassong, Kranjcar

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