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Spurs spring the trap door for Spartak

Published: Thursday 18 December 2008, 22.30CET
Tottenham Hotspur FC 2-2 FC Spartak Moskva
The Russian side's hopes of a last-32 place were dashed after goals from Luka Modrić and Tom Huddlestone cancelled out their 2-0 lead in London.
Spurs spring the trap door for Spartak
Tom Huddlestone celebrates his equaliser against Spartak ©Getty Images

Match statistics

TottenhamSpartak Moskva

Goals scored2
 
2
Attempts on target10
 
7
Attempts off target6
 
0
Corners9
 
1
Offsides0
1
Fouls committed11
 
10
Yellow cards0
 
0
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 18 December 2008, 22.30CET

Spurs spring the trap door for Spartak

Tottenham Hotspur FC 2-2 FC Spartak Moskva
The Russian side's hopes of a last-32 place were dashed after goals from Luka Modrić and Tom Huddlestone cancelled out their 2-0 lead in London.

Tottenham Hotspur FC flirted with disaster at White Hart Lane, but recovered from going 2-0 down against FC Spartak Moskva to ease into the UEFA Cup Round of 32.

Near miss
Goals from Luka Modrić and Tom Huddlestone helped Tottenham make amends in the second half after Artem Dzyuba struck twice before the interval to revive the Russian side's hopes of progressing. Had Spartak kept a clean sheet, Tottenham would have been out of the competition on goals scored away from home, with NEC Nijmegen winning 2-0 against Udinese Calcio in the evening's other Group D game.

Defensive blunder
Michael Laudrup's Spartak rocked the hosts in the first half, with huge centre-forward Dzyuba causing endless problems. His backheel allowed Vladislav Ryzhkov to fire at Heurelho Gomes from the edge of the area, and then took advantage after Gilberto misjudged a pass from Gareth Bale, stealing in to put the ball between the goalkeeper's legs and score.

Dzyuba denied
Dzyuba's second goal ten minutes later, in the 33rd minute, was also one Tottenham would rather forget as he tapped the ball past Didier Zokora, skipped beyond the Tottenham defence, rounded Gomes and put the ball into an empty net. Things could easily have been worse for the English side, with Gomes then parrying a deflected Dzyuba effort to deny the striker a first-half hat-trick.

Second-half rally
Tottenham emerged chastened after the break, with Stipe Pletikosa forced to make a save from Fraizer Campbell's header, but Dzyuba was to have another chance to score – firing straight at Gomes after Zokora's clearance went directly to him – before Modrić beat fellow Croatian international Pletikosa from substitute Aaron Lennon's pull-back. Huddlestone headed the leveller on 74 minutes, with Bale delivering a fine cross after David Bentley had sent the Welshman free down the left.

Last updated: 19/12/08 0.42CET

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Lineups

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Tottenham

spartak moskva

Spartak Moskva

1
GomesHeurelho Gomes (GK)
22
PletikosaStipe Pletikosa (GK)
3
BaleGareth Bale
31
ParshivlyukSergei Parshivlyuk
4
ZokoraDidier Zokora
4
FathiMalik Fathi
5
BentleyDavid Bentley
7
JiránekMartin Jiránek (C)
6
HuddlestoneTom Huddlestone
Goal74
14
Clemente RodríguezClemente Rodríguez
11
GilbertoGilberto
Substitution46
49
ShishkinRoman Shishkin
Substitution85
14
ModrićLuka Modrić
Goal67
27
CovalciucSerghei Covalciuc
16
GunterChris Gunter
90
RyzhkovVladislav Ryzhkov
Substitution60
18
CampbellFraizer Campbell
38
MaloyanArtur Maloyan
Substitution73
20
DawsonMichael Dawson (C)
30
SaenkoIvan Saenko
24
O'HaraJamie O'Hara
40
DzyubaArtem Dzyuba
Goal23
Goal33

Substitutes

21
César SánchezCésar Sánchez (GK)
35
DzhanaevSoslan Dzhanaev (GK)
7
LennonAaron Lennon
Substitution46
3
StranzlMartin Stranzl
32
Assou-EkottoBenoît Assou-Ekotto
43
ZotovAleksandr Zotov
Substitution73
51
BostockJohn Bostock
57
GrigoryevMaksim Grigoryev
Substitution60
52
ParrettDean Parrett
32
BazhenovNikita Bazhenov
Substitution85
63
DerviteDorian Dervite
8
PavlenkoAleksandr Pavlenko
80
ObikaJonathan Obika
18
PrudnikovAleksandr Prudnikov

Coach

Harry Redknapp (ENG) Michael Laudrup (DEN)

Referee

Pedro Proença (POR)

Assistant referees

Jose Cardinal (POR), Tiago Trigo (POR)

Fourth official

Vasco Santos (POR)

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