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Bremen bounce back to check Tottenham

Published: Tuesday 14 September 2010, 22.30CET
SV Werder Bremen 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur FC
The visitors surged into a two-goal lead on their group stage debut but efforts either side of the break cancelled out their advantage.
by Ian Holyman
from Weserstadion

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Match statistics

BremenTottenham

Goals scored2
 
2
Attempts on target6
 
3
Attempts off target10
 
4
Corners8
 
5
Offsides2
 
3
Fouls committed11
 
15
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 03/10/2013 16:21 CET

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Tuesday 14 September 2010, 22.30CET

Bremen bounce back to check Tottenham

SV Werder Bremen 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur FC
The visitors surged into a two-goal lead on their group stage debut but efforts either side of the break cancelled out their advantage.

SV Werder Bremen clawed back a two-goal deficit to earn a share of the spoils in an exhilarating 2-2 draw with Tottenham Hotspur FC in Tuesday's Group A curtain-raiser.

In a match that snugly fitted the cliche of a game of two halves, Tottenham initially made their first outing at this level look routine as a Petri Pasanen own goal on 13 minutes and a Peter Crouch header five minutes later gave them a healthy advantage. Bremen, though, regrouped and goals from Hugo Almeida and Marko Marin in an irresistible four-minute spell either side of half-time earned the hosts a point ahead of their Matchday 2 trip to holders FC Internazionale Milano. Tottenham will next host FC Twente.

It may have been the visitors making their group stage debuts, but it was Bremen who appeared riddled with stage fright on their return to the competition after a one-season absence. Bremen had barely mustered a meaningful attack when Pasanen turned Gareth Bale's enticing cross into his own net under pressure from Crouch, and there was an air of inevitability when Bale flighted another inviting centre towards the England forward. It is doubtful that Bremen's own towering presence, the injured Per Mertesacker, could have done anything to foil Crouch as he rose majestically before heading back across Tim Wiese and into the far corner.

Bremen have often proved hit-and-miss, and they were enduring one of the latter evenings with only a brilliant Wiese parry from a Bale drive between them and a three-goal deficit. With his team rocking, Thomas Schaaf introduced Aaron Hunt and Bremen's vaunted front line suddenly clicked into gear – Almeida nodding Wesley's cross beyond Carlo Cudicini to revive hopes before forcing the Italian goalkeeper to parry his snap shot.

Bremen were galvanized, though, and suddenly the confidence that had been so conspicuously lacking was coursing through the side. Seconds after the restart Hunt's stinging effort grazed Cudicini's hands before Marin showed why Bremen are confident the departure of Mesut Özil will not be too keenly felt – the diminutive German international's deft twist away from a phalanx of defenders merely the prelude to a low attempt that zipped between Cudicini and a post.

Almeida then bustled through and fired narrowly over, and Hunt cleverly crafted space for a shot that flew just too high, but Bremen often give opponents chances – Tottenham, though, failed to take theirs. Crouch and Robbie Keane both lunged in vain to connect with Bale's driven cross, and the former clipped a shot over Wiese but agonisingly wide of the target from Wilson Palacios's beautifully disguised pass.

Last updated: 08/12/13 5.37CET

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Lineups

bremen

Bremen

tottenham

Tottenham

1
WieseTim Wiese (GK)
23
CudiciniCarlo Cudicini (GK)
3
PasanenPetri Pasanen
Goal12
3
BaleGareth Bale
5
WesleyWesley
Substitution67
4
KaboulYounès Kaboul
7
ArnautovicMarko Arnautovic
6
HuddlestoneTom Huddlestone
Yellow Card52
8
FritzClemens Fritz
7
LennonAaron Lennon
Substitution76
10
MarinMarko Marin
Goal47
8
JenasJermaine Jenas
Yellow Card66
15
PrödlSebastian Prödl
11
Van der VaartRafael van der Vaart
Substitution49
16
SilvestreMikaël Silvestre
15
CrouchPeter Crouch
Goal18
22
FringsTorsten Frings (C)
22
ČorlukaVedran Ćorluka
23
Hugo AlmeidaHugo Almeida
Goal43
Substitution79
26
KingLedley King (C)
44
BargfredePhilipp Bargfrede
Substitution37
32
Assou-EkottoBenoît Assou-Ekotto

Substitutes

21
MielitzSebastian Mielitz (GK)
37
PletikosaStipe Pletikosa (GK)
2
BoenischSebastian Boenisch
9
PavlyuchenkoRoman Pavlyuchenko
6
BorowskiTim Borowski
Substitution67
Yellow Card90+1
10
KeaneRobbie Keane
Substitution49
14
HuntAaron Hunt
Substitution37
12
W. PalaciosWilson Palacios
Substitution76
17
HusejinovićSaid Husejinović
13
GallasWilliam Gallas
19
WagnerSandro Wagner
Substitution79
19
BassongSébastien Bassong
20
JensenDaniel Jensen
21
KranjčarNiko Kranjčar

Coach

Thomas Schaaf (GER) Harry Redknapp (ENG)

Referee

Massimo Busacca (SUI)

Assistant referees

Matthias Arnet (SUI), Francesco Buragina (SUI)

Fourth official

Daniel Wermelinger (SUI)

Additional assistant referees

Sascha Kever (SUI), Carlo Bertolini (SUI)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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