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Tottenham survive scare from Shamrock

Published: Thursday 29 September 2011, 23.09CET
Tottenham Hotspur FC 3-1 Shamrock Rovers FC
Harry Redknapp's side showed their mettle as three goals in six second-half minutes overhauled Stephen Rice's opener for the semi-professional visitors.
by Trevor Huggins
from White Hart Lane

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Match statistics

TottenhamShamrock Rovers

Goals scored3
 
1
Attempts on target11
 
3
Attempts off target7
 
4
Corners9
 
0
Offsides1
 
4
Fouls committed9
 
11
Yellow cards0
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 17/05/2012 12:39 CET

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Published: Thursday 29 September 2011, 23.09CET

Tottenham survive scare from Shamrock

Tottenham Hotspur FC 3-1 Shamrock Rovers FC
Harry Redknapp's side showed their mettle as three goals in six second-half minutes overhauled Stephen Rice's opener for the semi-professional visitors.

Three goals in the space of six minutes steered Tottenham Hotspur FC to a 3-1 comeback victory over Shamrock Rovers FC
 in a pulsating Group A tie.

Kept in check by a semi-professional side playing their first competitive game in England in more than half a century, Tottenham trailed to Stephen Rice's shock 51st-minute opener. But Roman Pavlyuchenko levelled on the hour and Jermain Defoe put the hosts ahead 60 seconds later before Giovani Dos Santos made sure of Spurs' first win of the campaign.

It could have been a very different first half were it not for an inspired performance by Rovers keeper Richard Brush and a helping hand from the woodwork. Brush made two superb close-range saves in succession to turn a Defoe shot onto the crossbar, after the England striker was put through on the break by Giovani, and then deny Pavlyuchenko.

The frame of the goal rescued the Irish outfit again when Giovani fed Daniel Rose and the midfielder's first-time chip hit the bar; Sébastien Bassong's follow-up was blocked. Pavlyuchenko then had a header cleared off the line by Stephen O'Donnell and saw a low drive whistle just past the post as Spurs turned up the pressure before the break.

Rice broke the deadlock against the run of play when he turned in Patrick Sullivan's barrelling low drive from the edge of the area. But Spurs, who had not scored in three previous home games in Europe, finally found their scoring boots. Pavlyuchenko rose to meet Giovani's cross from the left with a powerful header and Defoe promptly scored a copycat goal from Andros Townsend's ball into the area. Defoe then turned goalmaker, setting up Giovani to lash the ball into the roof of the net.

Last updated: 27/11/12 14.25CET

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Lineups

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Tottenham

shamrock rovers

Shamrock Rovers

23
CudiciniCarlo Cudicini (GK)
1
BrushRichard Brush (GK)
7
LennonAaron Lennon
Substitution46
2
SullivanPat Sullivan
9
PavlyuchenkoRoman Pavlyuchenko
Goal60
4
SivesCraig Sives
17
Dos SantosGiovani dos Santos
Goal66
5
MurrayDan Murray (C)
18
DefoeJermain Defoe
Goal62
Substitution74
6
RiceStephen Rice
Goal50
19
BassongSébastien Bassong (C)
7
McCabeGary McCabe
Yellow Card18
22
ČorlukaVedran Ćorluka
8
O'DonnellStephen O'Donnell
Substitution46
25
RoseDanny Rose
Substitution80
9
TwiggGary Twigg
28
WalkerKyle Walker
20
DennehyBilly Dennehy
29
LivermoreJake Livermore
21
FinnRonan Finn
Yellow Card61
Substitution72
46
CarrollThomas Carroll
26
PatersonJames Paterson
Substitution46

Substitutes

1
GomesHeurelho Gomes (GK)
16
ThompsonRyan Thompson (GK)
3
BaleGareth Bale
3
StevensEnda Stevens
Substitution46
4
KaboulYounès Kaboul
10
SheppardKarl Sheppard
14
ModrićLuka Modrić
11
KilduffCiaran Kilduff
27
FalquéIago Falqué
Substitution74
18
TurnerChris Turner
31
TownsendAndros Townsend
Substitution46
22
McCormackConor McCormack
Substitution46
37
H. KaneHarry Kane
Substitution80
27
RickettsRohan Ricketts
Substitution72

Coach

Harry Redknapp (ENG) Michael O'Neill (NIR)

Referee

Gediminas Mažeika (LTU)

Assistant referees

Vytautas Šimkus (LTU), Saulius Dirda (LTU)

Fourth official

Audrius Kancleris (LTU)

Additional assistant referees

Nerijus Dunauskas (LTU), Sergejus Slyva (LTU)

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  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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