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Berbatov return haunts Leverkusen

Published: Friday 24 November 2006, 0.55CET
Bayer 04 Leverkusen 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur FC
Dimitar Berbatov made a match-winning return to his old club as Tottenham advanced to the Round of 32.

Match statistics

LeverkusenTottenham

Goals scored0
1
Attempts on target5
 
9
Attempts off target3
 
1
Corners1
 
3
Offsides2
 
8
Fouls committed14
 
10
Yellow cards0
 
0
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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Published: Friday 24 November 2006, 0.55CET

Berbatov return haunts Leverkusen

Bayer 04 Leverkusen 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur FC
Dimitar Berbatov made a match-winning return to his old club as Tottenham advanced to the Round of 32.

Dimitar Berbatov made a match-winning return to former club Bayer 04 Leverkusen, scoring the only goal as Tottenham Hotspur FC secured their passage to the UEFA Cup Round of 32.

No room for sentiment
Berbatov spent five and a half years at Leverkusen – scoring 69 Bundesliga goals in 154 appearances - prior to joining Tottenham last summer but there was no room for sentiment as the €16m Bulgarian striker swooped on 36 minutes, turning in the rebound after goalkeeper Jörg Butt had stopped Aaron Lennon's shot. Although Berbatov did not celebrate, his Tottenham team have plenty to smile about after this third straight victory in Group B. Leverkusen, on the other hand, have much to do having taken just one point from a possible six so far.

Berbatov threat
It was a deserved success for Martin Jol's side who created plenty of opportunities on a wet night at the BayArena. Berbatov threatened twice before finding the net – heading wide from a corner and then drilling an effort at former colleague Butt. The 25-year-old had chances to add a second too, notably when he missed the ball completely after Steed Malbranque's cross had set up a straightforward-looking finish in the second half.

Schneider denied
Michael Skibbe's men stepped up a gear after the break, with Paul Freier and Andriy Voronin both forcing goalkeeper Paul Robinson into action. The closest Leverkusen got to an equaliser was in the 65th minute when Bernd Schneider rattled a post, while Voronin drew a smart stop from Robinson shortly afterwards. Yet for all Leverkusen's endeavour, the visitors continued to menace. Robbie Keane was denied by Butt after 64 minutes after one jinking run while Keane again and substitute Mido both spurned opportunities as Leverkusen tired in the closing stages.

Last updated: 24/11/06 10.31CET

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Lineups

leverkusen

Leverkusen

tottenham

Tottenham

1
ButtJörg Butt (GK)
1
RobinsonPaul Robinson (GK)
4
JuanJuan
2
ChimbondaPascal Chimbonda
6
RolfesSimon Rolfes
4
ZokoraDidier Zokora
7
BarnettaTranquillo Barnetta
Substitution16
6
TainioTeemu Tainio
9
BarbarezSergej Barbarez
9
BerbatovDimitar Berbatov
Goal35
Substitution77
11
KiesslingStefan Kiessling
Substitution46
10
KeaneRobbie Keane
12
VoroninAndriy Voronin
15
MalbranqueSteed Malbranque
Substitution68
23
MadouniAhmed Madouni
20
DawsonMichael Dawson
25
SchneiderBernd Schneider
25
LennonAaron Lennon
27
CastroGonzalo Castro
26
KingLedley King (C)
28
RamelowCarsten Ramelow (C)
Substitution80
32
Assou-EkottoBenoît Assou-Ekotto

Substitutes

34
DomaschkeEric Domaschke (GK)
12
ČernýRadek Černý (GK)
10
FreierPaul Freier
Substitution46
11
MidoMido
Substitution77
16
SchweglerPirmin Schwegler
Substitution16
22
HuddlestoneTom Huddlestone
Substitution68
32
de WitPierre de Wit
Substitution80
3
Lee Young-PyoLee Young-Pyo
2
StenmanFredrik Stenman
14
GhalyHossam Ghaly
5
HagguiKarim Haggui
18
DefoeJermain Defoe
13
AthirsonAthirson
27
DavenportCallum Davenport

Coach

Michael Skibbe (GER) Martin Jol (NED)

Referee

Martin Hansson (SWE)

Assistant referees

Henrik Andren (SWE), Joakim Flink (SWE)

Fourth official

Hakan Jonasson (SWE)

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