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Cool Berbatov aids Tottenham progress

Published: Thursday 6 December 2007, 23.30CET
RSC Anderlecht 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur FC
A Dimitar Berbatov penalty helped the English side earn the point they needed to ensure a last-32 place.
Cool Berbatov aids Tottenham progress
Dimitar Berbatov scored the penalty that earned Tottenham a point ©Getty Images

Match statistics

AnderlechtTottenham

Goals scored1
 
1
Attempts on target6
 
7
Attempts off target2
 
2
Corners2
 
4
Offsides2
 
4
Fouls committed15
 
13
Yellow cards4
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 11/02/2014 17:11 CET

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P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Thursday 6 December 2007, 23.30CET

Cool Berbatov aids Tottenham progress

RSC Anderlecht 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur FC
A Dimitar Berbatov penalty helped the English side earn the point they needed to ensure a last-32 place.

Juande Ramos remains on course for an unprecedented three successive UEFA Cup triumphs after Tottenham Hotspur FC went to Belgium and picked up the point they needed to assure qualification from Group G.

Tottenham through
Ramos, who has tasted success with Sevilla FC in the past two seasons, saw his side come back from behind against RSC Anderlecht when Dimitar Berbatov scored a penalty in the 71st minute after they had fallen behind to a Bart Goor effort just three minutes earlier. While the English side are now assured of a last-32 place the Belgian champions must now win their final game, against Getafe CF in a fortnight, to guarantee progress.

Final repeat
The match was the first meeting of the sides since Tottenham had prevailed in the 1984 final. It began at a high tempo with both teams showing attacking intent despite the driving rain in Brussels. Chances were at a premium, though, with only two attempts on target in the opening half hour – a low Jermaine Jenas effort for Tottenham followed by a shot from just outside the penalty area at the other end from Nicolas Frutos.

Goor opener
Anderlecht ended the half the stronger with Paul Robinson forced into the first serious save two minutes before the interval to keep out Marcin Wasilewski's drive. And after chances at either end early in the second period for Robbie Keane and Frutos, the home side broke the deadlock as Goor took advantage of an error by Michael Dawson to poke the ball in.

Berbatov calm
Within three minutes Tottenham restored parity, however. Jenas was felled by Jelle Van Damme and substitute Berbatov was calmness personified as he sent Daniel Zítka the wrong way from the penalty spot. Anderlecht might still have stolen the points when Robinson reacted smartly to keep out Cyril Théréau, but Tottenham held on to move into the next stage.

Last updated: 07/12/07 10.43CET

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