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Berbatov on song for Spurs

Published: Thursday 15 March 2007, 0.51CET
Tottenham Hotspur FC 3-2 SC Braga (agg: 6-4) The brilliant Dimitar Berbatov led the Londoners into the last eight with two goals against Portugal's Braga.

Match statistics

TottenhamBraga

Goals scored3
 
2
Attempts on target3
 
2
Attempts off target3
 
3
Corners8
 
5
Offsides5
 
1
Fouls committed18
 
26
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Thursday 15 March 2007, 0.51CET

Berbatov on song for Spurs

Tottenham Hotspur FC 3-2 SC Braga (agg: 6-4) The brilliant Dimitar Berbatov led the Londoners into the last eight with two goals against Portugal's Braga.

Tottenham Hotspur FC can look forward to their first UEFA Cup quarter-final appearance since 1985 after a second-leg victory over SC Braga inspired by the brilliance of Dimitar Berbatov. The €16m striker scored two first-half goals and created the third for Steed Malbranque as Tottenham recovered from the shock of conceding an early goal to secure a 3-2 triumph on the night and 6-4 aggregate success.

Own goal
Although leading from the first leg, the English Premiership club attacked with real verve from the start, displaying the confidence you would expect of a team with five wins from their last six matches. It was against the run of play that Braga broke the deadlock after 24 minutes, Tottenham midfielder Tom Huddlestone flicking Andrade's free-kick over his own goalkeeper, Radek Cerny. Tottenham's unflustered response was to carry on attacking. Robbie Keane flashed a shot just past the far post, then, on 28 minutes, made amends for that miss by setting up Berbatov for the equaliser.

Thunderous volley
The Ireland forward's cute pass cut out four Braga defenders and Berbatov applied a finish to match, rolling the ball assuredly inside the far post. Fine saves from Paulo Santos then thwarted both Berbatov and Malbranque but he was merely delaying the inevitable, Tottenham's second goal arriving three minutes before the interval. Huddlestone lobbed a set-piece on to the chest of Berbatov and from the edge of the box, the in-form Bulgarian international thundered a volley into the roof of the net.

Hint at comeback
Braga sought a way back into the tie after the restart and gave themselves hope of a comeback on 61 minutes when Andrade struck a fierce free-kick through the defensive wall and past Cerny. The game was up for the Portuguese side in the 76th minute, however, when Malbranque laid the ball off to Berbatov and the No9's lovely flick let in the midfielder to complete the scoring.

Last updated: 15/03/07 11.57CET

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Lineups

tottenham

Tottenham

braga

Braga

12
ČernýRadek Černý (GK)
1
Paulo SantosPaulo Santos (GK)
7
StalteriPaul Stalteri
20
Luís FilipeLuís Filipe
Yellow Card86
20
DawsonMichael Dawson
3
Paulo JorgePaulo Jorge (C)
2
ChimbondaPascal Chimbonda
28
Alberto RodríguezAlberto Rodríguez
Substitution40
3
Lee Young-PyoLee Young-Pyo
13
Carlos FernandesCarlos Fernandes
25
LennonAaron Lennon
Substitution81
17
FrechautFrechaut
22
HuddlestoneTom Huddlestone
Goal24
23
Andrés MadridAndrés Madrid
4
ZokoraDidier Zokora
16
AndradeAndrade
Yellow Card54
Goal61
15
MalbranqueSteed Malbranque
Goal76
Yellow Card89
10
João PintoJoão Pinto
Yellow Card70
Substitution74
10
KeaneRobbie Keane (C)
Substitution66
77
Zé CarlosZé Carlos
Substitution74
9
BerbatovDimitar Berbatov
Yellow Card27
Goal28
Goal42
15
WenderWender

Substitutes

17
AlnwickBen Alnwick (GK)
12
Dani MalloDani Mallo (GK)
6
TainioTeemu Tainio
5
NemNem
Substitution40
11
MidoMido
11
CésinhaCésinha
Substitution74
14
GhalyHossam Ghaly
Substitution81
14
CastanheiraCastanheira
18
DefoeJermain Defoe
Substitution66
19
MacielMaciel
Substitution74
19
TaarabtAdel Taarabt
21
Ricardo ChavesRicardo Chaves
38
LeeCharlie Lee
87
Bruno GamaBruno Gama

Coach

Martin Jol (NED) Jorge Paulo Costa Almeida (POR)

Referee

Laurent Duhamel (FRA)

Assistant referees

Vincent Texier (FRA), Stéphane Duhamel (FRA)

Fourth official

Philippe Kalt (FRA)

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