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AaB undone by Tottenham turnaround

Published: Friday 30 November 2007, 0.04CET
Tottenham Hotspur FC 3-2 Aalborg BK
AaB led by two goals at half-time but a couple of substitions precipitated a Tottenham revival in London.
AaB undone by Tottenham turnaround
Substitute Darren Bent (centre) delights in his winner ©Getty Images

Match statistics

TottenhamAalborg

Goals scored3
 
2
Attempts on target7
 
2
Attempts off target7
 
8
Corners5
 
6
Offsides6
 
8
Fouls committed7
 
11
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Friday 30 November 2007, 0.04CET

AaB undone by Tottenham turnaround

Tottenham Hotspur FC 3-2 Aalborg BK
AaB led by two goals at half-time but a couple of substitions precipitated a Tottenham revival in London.

Two half-time substitutions by Tottenham Hotspur FC manager Juande Ramos were the key as a 2-0 lead for Aalborg BK was turned into a home victory in the space of 21 minutes.

Comeback
Thomas Enevoldsen and Kasper Risgård had seemingly put the Danish visitors on course for victory. But on came Tom Huddlestone to immediately set up Dimitar Berbatov and after Steed Malbranque equalised, the other interval arrival, Darren Bent, put Tottenham ahead and on top of UEFA Cup Group G.

Dream start
AaB had made a dream start. Enevoldsen cut in from the left and his superb shot eluded the grip of Spurs goalkeeper Paul Robinson to the delight of the scorer's grandmother, who was celebrating her birthday by watching from the stands. Erik Hamrén's men were having the better of the play, though a Jermaine Jenas run took him past three AaB defenders before Michael Jakobsen's saving tackle. However, late in the first half Andreas Johansson moved forward and laid the ball off for Rade Prica, whose cross was perfectly placed for Risgård to strike at the second attempt.

Substitutions
Tottenham were looking at a second home defeat in the group to add to the reverse against Getafe CF that preceded Ramos replacing manager Martin Jol. But ex-Sevilla FC coach Ramos is a UEFA Cup specialist and he brought Huddlestone on at half-time for his first appearance under the Spaniard. The midfielder took 40 seconds to provide a fine pass for Berbatov to slip into the net.

Turnaround complete
Within five minutes Tottenham were level. Berbatov, Bent and Robbie Keane played the ball left for Malbranque to finish with panache. Risgård came close soon after, but the turnaround was complete when goalkeeper Karim Zaza could only parry Gareth Bale's free-kick and Aaron Lennon's cross-shot was cleverly flicked in by Bent.

Last updated: 30/11/07 10.59CET

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Lineups

tottenham

Tottenham

aab

AaB

1
RobinsonPaul Robinson (GK)
1
ZazaKarim Zaza (GK)
3
Lee Young-PyoLee Young-Pyo
Substitution46
16
OlesenAllan Olesen
2
ChimbondaPascal Chimbonda
4
CaliffDaniel Benjamin Califf (C)
20
DawsonMichael Dawson
2
JakobsenMichael Jakobsen
16
BaleGareth Bale
3
Martin PedersenMartin Pedersen
25
LennonAaron Lennon
21
RisgårdKasper Risgård
Goal37
8
JenasJermaine Jenas
Substitution46
9
AugustinussenThomas Augustinussen
Yellow Card80
4
ZokoraDidier Zokora
15
NomvetheSiyabonga Nomvethe
Substitution76
15
MalbranqueSteed Malbranque
Goal51
8
JohanssonAndreas Johansson
10
KeaneRobbie Keane (C)
23
EnevoldsenThomas Enevoldsen
Goal2
Substitution76
9
BerbatovDimitar Berbatov
Goal46
Substitution74
10
PricaRade Prica

Substitutes

12
ČernýRadek Černý (GK)
29
Martin JensenMartin Jensen (GK)
6
TainioTeemu Tainio
5
J. JacobsenJón Jacobsen
7
StalteriPaul Stalteri
6
OlfersSteve Olfers
17
BoatengKevin-Prince Boateng
Substitution74
Yellow Card82
7
LindströmMattias Lindström
Substitution76
19
TaarabtAdel Taarabt
11
MotaJosé Roberto Mota
22
HuddlestoneTom Huddlestone
Substitution46
14
CurthJeppe Curth
Substitution76
23
BentDarren Bent
Substitution46
Goal66
17
VilakaziBenedict Bongani Vilakazi

Coach

Juande Ramos (ESP) Erik Hamrén (SWE)

Referee

Pedro Proença (POR)

Assistant referees

Tiago Trigo (POR), Alfredo Braga (POR)

Fourth official

Rui Silva (POR)

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