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Tottenham beat Twente with second-half surge

Published: Wednesday 29 September 2010, 22.30CET
Tottenham Hotspur FC 4-1 FC Twente
Rafael van der Vaart scored and was sent off, while Roman Pavlyuchenko converted two penalties in the Group A win.
by Simon Hart
from White Hart Lane

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Match statistics

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Goals scored4
 
1
Attempts on target9
 
7
Attempts off target4
 
10
Corners3
 
7
Offsides0
4
Fouls committed13
 
26
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red cards1
 
0

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

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Published: Wednesday 29 September 2010, 22.30CET

Tottenham beat Twente with second-half surge

Tottenham Hotspur FC 4-1 FC Twente
Rafael van der Vaart scored and was sent off, while Roman Pavlyuchenko converted two penalties in the Group A win.

Tottenham Hotspur FC survived a red card for Rafael van der Vaart to beat UEFA Champions League Group A rivals FC Twente 4-1 with the help of two second-half Roman Pavlyuchenko penalties.

Spurs fans had waited 48 years to see Europe's elite competition again and they got no shortage of drama on its return to White Hart Lane. After Van der Vaart's first-half penalty was saved,  the second period produced a rush of goals. Van der Vaart and Pavlyuchenko, from the spot, both scored within five minutes of the restart before substitute Nacer Chadli pulled a goal back. Even with ten men, Pavlyuchenko's second spot-kick eased any Spurs nerves, leaving Gareth Bale to add a fourth late on.

Harry Redknapp's decision to go with two strikers – Pavkyuchenko partnering Peter Crouch – offered a statement of his intent but Twente were equally positive. Their sizeable away following were singing loudly in the rain and they almost had an early goal to cheer when Bryan Ruiz broke away from Sébastien Bassong and ran clear. However, the Costa Rican international failed to get enough weight on his attempted lob and Heurelho Gomes, on his first appearance since August, saved one-handed.

At the other end Van der Vaart tested Nikolay Mihaylov with a low, angled drive. Chances came and went until, four minutes before the break, Mihaylov foiled Van der Vaart again, this time from the spot after Peter Wisgerhof pulled down Crouch. Mihaylov guessed the direction of Van der Vaart's kick, turning the ball on to the post, and soon after tipped over the Dutchman's volley.

Two minutes into the second half, Van der Vaart finally got the better of Mihaylov. Huddlestone aimed a diagonal ball to Crouch, who nodded on for him to control on his chest before lashing a left-foot volley into the corner. Three minutes later Pavlyuchenko made it two by succeeding where Van der Vaart had failed, sending Mihaylov the wrong way after Roberto Rosales had tripped Gareth Bale.

With an unbeaten record to preserve this season, Twente responded with Chadli prodding in from close range following Theo Janssen's ball into the box. Spurs' lead looked even less secure in the 61st minute when Van der Vaart received a second yellow card for clattering into Rosales. However, Twente's hopes of capitalising were undone by the award of a third penalty for handball, when Pavlyuchenko's shot struck Nicky Kuiper and the Russian duly chipped in. Douglas denied Luka Modrić with a superb tackle but his wayward header then set up Bale to slide in Spurs' fourth.

Last updated: 08/12/13 5.31CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/season=2011/matches/round=2000118/match=2002833/postmatch/report/index.html#spurs+with+second+half+surge

Quotes

  • Harry Redknapp

    Read more"You can't ask for more than that. If people can't enjoy that, they can't enjoy anything"

  • Michel Preud'homme

    Read more"The difference today was that they, unlike us, were able to take the chances they got"

Lineups

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Tottenham

twente

Twente

1
GomesHeurelho Gomes (GK)
13
MihaylovNikolay Mihaylov (GK)
Yellow Card40
2
HuttonAlan Hutton
3
KuiperNicky Kuiper
Yellow Card54
3
BaleGareth Bale
Goal85
4
WisgerhofPeter Wisgerhof (C)
6
HuddlestoneTom Huddlestone
6
BramaWout Brama
9
PavlyuchenkoRoman Pavlyuchenko
Goal50
Goal64
Substitution89
7
LandzaatDenny Landzaat
Substitution69
11
Van der VaartRafael van der Vaart
Penalty41
Yellow Card43
Goal47
Red Card61
8
JanssenTheo Janssen
14
ModrićLuka Modrić
Substitution82
10
RuizBryan Ruiz
15
CrouchPeter Crouch
Substitution66
11
BajramiEmir Bajrami
Substitution28
19
BassongSébastien Bassong
15
RosalesRoberto Rosales
Yellow Card80
26
KingLedley King (C)
19
DouglasDouglas
32
Assou-EkottoBenoît Assou-Ekotto
21
JankoMarc Janko

Substitutes

23
CudiciniCarlo Cudicini (GK)
1
BoschkerSander Boschker (GK)
7
LennonAaron Lennon
Substitution82
5
BengtssonRasmus Bengtsson
8
JenasJermaine Jenas
Substitution66
9
L. de JongLuuk de Jong
Substitution69
10
KeaneRobbie Keane
Substitution89
14
ParkerBernard Parker
12
W. PalaciosWilson Palacios
22
ChadliNacer Chadli
Substitution28
Goal56
21
KranjčarNiko Kranjčar
27
VujičevićDario Vujičević
22
ČorlukaVedran Ćorluka
36
SchimpelsbergerMichael Schimpelsberger

Coach

Harry Redknapp (ENG) Michel Preud'homme (BEL)

Referee

Terje Hauge (NOR)

Assistant referees

Kim Thomas Haglund (NOR), Frank Andås (NOR)

Fourth official

Roy Helge Olsen (NOR)

Additional assistant referees

Espen Berntsen (NOR), Tom Harald Hagen (NOR)

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