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Bent earns his spurs against Dinamo

Published: Friday 7 November 2008, 0.35CET
Tottenham Hotspur FC 4-0 NK Dinamo Zagreb
Darren Bent claimed the match ball after a hat-trick at White Hart Lane but he was grateful to team-mate Tom Huddlestone for a stirring supporting role.
Bent earns his spurs against Dinamo
Tom Huddlestone and Darren Bent celebrate at the final whistle ©Getty Images

Match statistics

TottenhamDinamo Zagreb

Goals scored4
 
0
Attempts on target10
 
1
Attempts off target3
 
4
Corners7
 
0
Offsides3
 
1
Fouls committed16
 
13
Yellow cards0
2
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Friday 7 November 2008, 0.35CET

Bent earns his spurs against Dinamo

Tottenham Hotspur FC 4-0 NK Dinamo Zagreb
Darren Bent claimed the match ball after a hat-trick at White Hart Lane but he was grateful to team-mate Tom Huddlestone for a stirring supporting role.

Darren Bent registered a hat-trick against NK Dinamo Zagreb as Tottenham Hotspur FC's revival under Harry Redknapp continued with a comprehensive Group D victory at White Hart Lane.

Supporting role
Tom Huddlestone had a hand in all of Bent's goals and added a stunning effort himself, meeting a corner with a glorious first-time volley. The north London side have now earned three wins and a spectacular draw against neighbours Arsenal FC in the four games since Redknapp replaced Juande Ramos as manager, and are firmly in contention for a place in the knockout stages.

Deflected first
Tottenham should have been ahead long before Bent opened his account, with visiting defender Igor Bišcan's attempted clearance from Alan Hutton's cross striking the post and Huddlestone and Luka Modrić both going close. Former Dinamo star Modrić then set up Bent's first of the night on the half-hour mark, with the striker taking a touch before driving home via the unfortunate Bišcan's knee.

Worthy efforts
Three minutes later, Bent struck again. The ball came to Huddlestone after Dinamo failed to clear, and he selflessly teed up his team-mate to slide the ball under Ivan Kelava in the away side's goal. Bent passed up a first chance to complete a hat-trick as he put David Bentley's cross wide, and Bentley and Modrić also came up with worthy efforts.

Special strike
However, it was Huddlestone who made it 3-0, volleying low past Kelava direct from Bentley's corner. Bent looked to have been denied his treble after a 67th-minute effort was ruled out for offside, but Huddlestone ensured that the striker's night ended on a high, delivering the ball that split the Dinamo defence in the 70th minute and allowing the 24-year-old to claim the match ball.

Last updated: 07/11/08 1.31CET

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Lineups

tottenham

Tottenham

dinamo zagreb

Dinamo Zagreb

1
GomesHeurelho Gomes (GK)
12
KelavaIvan Kelava (GK)
2
HuttonAlan Hutton
3
IbáñezLuis Ibáñez
3
BaleGareth Bale
4
M. HrgovićMirko Hrgović
Yellow Card72
4
ZokoraDidier Zokora
6
LovrenDejan Lovren
Yellow Card44
5
BentleyDavid Bentley
Substitution79
9
BalabanBoško Balaban
Substitution60
6
HuddlestoneTom Huddlestone
Goal59
10
SammirSammir
Substitution43
7
LennonAaron Lennon
14
MikićMihael Mikić
10
BentDarren Bent
Goal30
Goal33
Goal70
17
MandžukićMario Mandžukić
14
ModrićLuka Modrić
Substitution75
21
VrdoljakIvica Vrdoljak
20
DawsonMichael Dawson
22
BišćanIgor Bišćan (C)
39
WoodgateJonathan Woodgate (C)
Substitution85
26
DrpićDino Drpić
Substitution46

Substitutes

21
César SánchezCésar Sánchez (GK)
33
LončarićFilip Lončarić (GK)
11
GilbertoGilberto
7
EttoEtto
Substitution46
16
GunterChris Gunter
Substitution85
8
TomićAnte Tomić
18
CampbellFraizer Campbell
Substitution75
11
TadićJosip Tadić
32
Assou-EkottoBenoît Assou-Ekotto
15
CarlosCarlos
51
BostockJohn Bostock
Substitution79
16
BadeljMilan Badelj
Substitution60
63
DerviteDorian Dervite
77
MoralesPedro Morales
Substitution43

Coach

Harry Redknapp (ENG) Branko Ivankovic (CRO)

Referee

Fredy Fautrel (FRA)

Assistant referees

Eric Castellani (FRA), Cyril Gringore (FRA)

Fourth official

Alexandre Castro (FRA)

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