Thursday September 29, 2011 Group Stage: Group A Finished White Hart Lane

Tottenham Hotspur 3 - 1 Shamrock Rovers

  • Pavlyuchenko 60’
  • Defoe 62’
  • Dos Santos 65’
  • Rice 50’

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  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Tottenham Hotspur
    • Shamrock Rovers
    • 90+3' The full-time whistle goes at White Hart Lane, and Tottenham have won this match 3-1 after scoring three goals in six minutes to break Shamrock Rovers' hearts after the Irish side scored the opener to send their fans into delirium! Thanks for joining us.
    • 90+2' Shamrock appeal for a penalty as McCabe goes down inside the Spurs box, but the referee is unimpressed...
    • 90+1' Shamrock have done themselves proud this evening, and they launch a final attack into the Spurs half.
    • 90' There will be three minutes of added time at the end of this second half with Shamrock in possession.
    • 89' Walker gets to the byline down the right, before Dos Santos drives a rather tame shot on target. It doesn't trouble the keeper.
    • 88' Stevens does brilliantly to track Dos Santos all the way and shepherd the ball out of play, and that's superb defending.
    • 87' Three goals in six minutes just after the hour mark have given Spurs this victory, but Shamrock have been superb!
    • 86' Giovani has looked very bright this evening, and he makes another very fine run down the right, only to see his cross drift out of play.
    • 85' Shamrock keep possession in their own half before Sives lumps a long ball upfield to no one in particular, and they look exhausted.
    • 84' Dos Santos picks out Carroll, who chests the ball down to Pavlyuchenko, but his effort blazes wide!
    • 83' Pavlyuchenko fires a rasping drive from range which has Brush srambling across his goal, but it drifts wide.
    • 81' Brush builds from the back along with the Shamrock defenders as Spurs sit off a touch and allow them to play.
    • 79' Harry Kane comes on to replace Danny Rose, and Redknapp makes his full allocation of subs, along with O'Neill.
    • 77' Harry Kane is warming up vigorously now on the touchline as Rose has a fierce strike saved by Brush.
    • 75' Chants of "We're going to win 4-3!" go up from the travelling supporters, and they are giving their all!
    • 73' Redknapp looks very content with his side's efforts now as he pats Defoe on the back.
    • 72' Rohan Ricketts comes on against his former club to replace Finn, while Iago Silva Falque replaces Defoe in attack for Spurs.
    • 70' McCormack still has belief, and he drills a long-range effort which draws a fine save from Cudicini to his right.
    • 68' Shamrock cannot get near the ball right now as Spurs stroke the ball around confidently at the back, ensuring that the visitors chase shadows.
    • 66' GOAL!!!! DOS SANTOS MAKES IT THREE! Defoe produces an inspired run as he jinks inside incisively from the left, beating three challenges and laying the ball off to Dos Santos, who fires a clinical finish beyond Brush!
    • 65' Spurs are back on the front foot, and Shamrock are pegged firmly back inside their own half.
    • 63' What heartbreak for the visitors, who concede two goals in 78 seconds as Tottenham suddenly find themselves in front!
    • 62' GOAL!!!!! DEFOE ADDS A SECOND! What a header from the forward, who stoops low to convert from Rose's pinpoint cross, and Spurs are suddenly in front! What a recovery from the hosts.
    • 60' GOAL!!!! PAVLYUCHENKO SCORES!! The Russian levels with a powerful header inside the Shamrock Rovers box to convert from Dos Santos's exquisite cross from the left, and Spurs are level!
    • 58' Shamrock are pegged firmly back inside their own half, and the visitors are clinging on for their lives.
    • 56' Shamrock keep the ball down the left, and Spurs are getting extremely frustrated now.
    • 55' Bassong recovers very well to deny Twigg a run at goal, and the defender clears upfield.
    • 54' Walker brings the ball forward for Spurs, before Shamrock clear desperately with the hosts unable to force a way through.
    • 53' Rose hammers a direct free kick on target, only for Brush to parry the ball away, and immediately Spurs are back on the front foot.
    • 51' The travelling supporters are in delirium as their side lead 1-0, and Shamrock Rovers are in dreamland!
    • 50' GOAL!!!!!! SHAMROCK LEAD 1-0!!!! The visitors go absolutely berserk as McCabe's initial effort is parried away by Cudicini before Sullivan's follow up is turned in by Stephen Rice! Would you believe it?!
    • 49' Enda Stevens comes on to replace James Paterson, and Shamrock make their second change.
    • 47' Shamrock have also made a change with Conor McCormack coming on to replace Stephen O'Donnell in midfield.
    • 46' The second half is underway at White Hart Lane, and Redknapp has replaced Lennon with Andros Townsend, who gets 45 minutes to show his worth.
    • 45+1' The half-time whistle goes at White Hart Lane, and a huge roar goes up from the travelling supporters as Shamrock Rovers have yet to concede with the game goalless! Tottenham leave the field frustrated, and this match is very finely poised. What did you make of that breathless half? Get in touch and let me know!
    • 45' There will be just one minute added at the end of this first half with Spurs stroking the ball around confidently.
    • 44' Dos Santos does brilliantly to combine with Rose down the left and he drills a low delivery into the six-yard box, but no one anticipates it!
    • 43' Pavlyuchenko appeals for a penalty as the ball strikes Sives on the elbow just inside the Shamrock box, but the referee is unmoved.
    • 42' Cudicini hurls the ball out from the back with Livermore taking it forward from halfway, and Spurs are piling on the pressure now.
    • 41' Spurs build from the back once more, and Shamrock are forced to defend very deep, sitting off their opponents.
    • 40' Pavlyuchenko is at the centre of everything right now, and he drives a fierce shot narrowly wide of the near post with Brush diving desperately.
    • 39' Rose whips over the corner from the left, and Pavlyuchenko heads down on target with Stephen Rice clearing off the line with a timely intervention!
    • 37' Pavlyuchenko wins a corner for his side with a strong run down the left, and Sullivan turns it behind.
    • 35' Dos Santos hauls down James Paterson on halfway, and the Mexican concedes a free kick for Shamrock to alleviate the pressure.
    • 34' ROSE HITS THE BAR! Dos Santos finds Rose on the edge of the Shamrock box, and his looping effort lobs Brush and cannons off the crossbar!
    • 33' Rose beats Sullivan, but the Shamrock defender does superbly to dive full length and turn the ball away for a corner.
    • 31' Rose takes the ball down the left once more and creates room for himself with neat footwork, but his cross is too deep.
    • 29' Brush bunts a long ball upfield as Dos Santos and Pavlyuchenko chase the ball down and harry the keeper.
    • 27' Rose continues to be a real bright spark for Spurs, and he twists and turns to create space in the Shamrock half, only to be challenged by Sives.
    • 25' Paterson makes room for himself as he beats Carroll with good footwork, but his through ball to Twigg goes awry.
    • 23' McCabe unleashes a fierce volley from range which flashes wide of the target, and Tottenham afford him far too much space and time.
    • 22' Dos Santos whips a delightful delivery into the box, and Sullivan heads clear under pressure from Pavlyuchenko.
    • 21' Tottenham continue to pass the ball around at the back with Shamrock pushed deeper and deeper, and the hosts look to make their pressure count.
    • 19' What a save from Brush! Pavlyuchenko combines with Carroll, and the Russian powers through on goal, only to have his effort smothered excellently by Brush!
    • 17' Shamrock are battling exceptionally hard, and Spurs are being afforded no time on the ball.
    • 15' Paterson commits a foul on Lennon resulting in a free kick for Spurs, and the hosts have a chance to break upfield.
    • 13' O'Donnell and Finn combine in midfield, and Shamrock are slowly beginning to settle into this match.
    • 12' Dos Santos charges down the right at pace, and his cross into the box is a good one with Sives forced to clear the danger.
    • 11' Thomas Carroll bunts a long ball into the Shamrock box, and Dan Murray does well to clear the danger with a powerful header.
    • 10' Stephen Rice is given a stern talking to as Walker flies down the right flank and wins a free kick.
    • 9' Rose drills a low cross into the box from out on the left, but Shamrock clear the danger through Sullivan.
    • 8' Spurs stroke the ball around at the back patiently before Rose wins a free kick down the left.
    • 7' Richard Brush flies off his line to gather the high ball in commanding fashion, and that's good keeping.
    • 6' Dos Santos is causing havoc early on as he drives a low shot towards the near post and it is deflected behind for a corner.
    • 5' Rose combines with Livermore down the left, and Spurs build in the final third with Shamrock forced very deep.
    • 4' Bassong commits a foul on Stephen Rice, and that results in a free kick for Shamrock which is lumped into the box by Paterson.
    • 3' Sullivan hurls two huge throws into the Spurs box, but Walker and Bassong combine to clear.
    • 2' Spurs, all in white, give Shamrock no time on the ball early on as the visitors are not allowed to settle.
    • 1' The first half is underway as Tottenham roar out of the blocks with Dos Santos driving a low shot narrowly wide.
    • - The players are out and the atmosphere is raucous with the travelling supporters making most of the noise!
    • - Harry Redknapp has said: "We have some lads coming back who need games like Aaron, Danny Rose has been out and he's fit and available, I'm also hoping Steven Pienaar will be fit to play a part. We've a stronger, more experienced team tomorrow and a chance to play some of the lads who didn't play at the weekend."
    • - Meanwhile, Michael O'Neill has said: "Tottenham will be a tough challenge. You look at their players and, while people might say it will not be their strongest side, those players come in wanting to force their way into the strongest team so they are very hungry to play. I think we will face a top class side regardless of what the personnel is and we'll have to deal with it."
    • - THE TEAMS ARE IN! Tottenham: Cudicini, Walker, Corluka, Bassong, Rose, Lennon, Carroll, Livermore, Giovani, Defoe, Pavlyuchenko. Subs: Gomes, Bale, Kaboul, Modric, Falque, Townsend, Kane /// Shamrock Rovers: Brush, Sullivan, Sives, Murray, Rice, O'Donnell, Paterson, Dennehy, Finn, McCabe, Twigg. Subs: Thompson, Stevens, Sheppard, Kilduff, Turner, McCormack, Ricketts
    • - TEAM NEWS: Harry Redknapp will rest the vast majority of his first team but still intends to field a side containing "seven or eight" internationals. Aaron Lennon will play after overcoming a groin problem, Danny Rose is back to full fitness following an ankle injury lay-off and Redknapp also hopes Roman Pavlyuchenko (hamstring) and Steven Pienaar (groin) will play some part. Giovani dos Santos, Andros Townsend, Jake Livermore and Tom Carroll are likely to figure.
    • - Shamrock Rovers will field a familiar face in former Tottenham midfielder Rohan Ricketts. Defender Craig Sives (groin) missed the 5-2 win over Bray Wanderers at the weekend but is expected to return in time for the game at White Hart Lane, while fellow defender Ken Oman (knee) could also face Spurs.
    • - Tottenham Hotspur host Shamrock Rovers in their Europa League clash at White Hart Lane in what is a historic night for Michael O'Neill's side.
  • Summary

    • 90+2' Shamrock appeal for a penalty as McCabe goes down inside the Spurs box, but the referee is unimpressed...
    • 66' GOAL!!!! DOS SANTOS MAKES IT THREE! Defoe produces an inspired run as he jinks inside incisively from the left, beating three challenges and laying the ball off to Dos Santos, who fires a clinical finish beyond Brush!
    • 62' GOAL!!!!! DEFOE ADDS A SECOND! What a header from the forward, who stoops low to convert from Rose's pinpoint cross, and Spurs are suddenly in front! What a recovery from the hosts.
    • 60' GOAL!!!! PAVLYUCHENKO SCORES!! The Russian levels with a powerful header inside the Shamrock Rovers box to convert from Dos Santos's exquisite cross from the left, and Spurs are level!
    • 50' GOAL!!!!!! SHAMROCK LEAD 1-0!!!! The visitors go absolutely berserk as McCabe's initial effort is parried away by Cudicini before Sullivan's follow up is turned in by Stephen Rice! Would you believe it?!
    • 39' Rose whips over the corner from the left, and Pavlyuchenko heads down on target with Stephen Rice clearing off the line with a timely intervention!
    • 34' ROSE HITS THE BAR! Dos Santos finds Rose on the edge of the Shamrock box, and his looping effort lobs Brush and cannons off the crossbar!
    • 19' What a save from Brush! Pavlyuchenko combines with Carroll, and the Russian powers through on goal, only to have his effort smothered excellently by Brush!
    • - THE TEAMS ARE IN! Tottenham: Cudicini, Walker, Corluka, Bassong, Rose, Lennon, Carroll, Livermore, Giovani, Defoe, Pavlyuchenko. Subs: Gomes, Bale, Kaboul, Modric, Falque, Townsend, Kane /// Shamrock Rovers: Brush, Sullivan, Sives, Murray, Rice, O'Donnell, Paterson, Dennehy, Finn, McCabe, Twigg. Subs: Thompson, Stevens, Sheppard, Kilduff, Turner, McCormack, Ricketts

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