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Resounding Spurs win at Rovers in vain

Published: Thursday 15 December 2011, 20.58CET
Shamrock Rovers FC 0-4 Tottenham Hotspur FC
The visitors could only finish third in Group A despite a comprehensive victory in Dublin after ten-man FC Rubin Kazan earned a draw at PAOK FC.
by Mark Pettit
from Tallaght Stadium

Match statistics

Shamrock RoversTottenham

Goals scored0
4
Attempts on target3
 
11
Attempts off target5
 
7
Corners2
 
10
Offsides3
 
0
Fouls committed13
 
9
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Thursday 15 December 2011, 20.58CET

Resounding Spurs win at Rovers in vain

Shamrock Rovers FC 0-4 Tottenham Hotspur FC
The visitors could only finish third in Group A despite a comprehensive victory in Dublin after ten-man FC Rubin Kazan earned a draw at PAOK FC.

Tottenham Hotspur FC bowed out of the UEFA Europa League despite a resounding 4-0 success at Shamrock Rovers FC in their final Group A encounter.

Spurs required a handsome victory and for PAOK FC to defeat FC Rubin Kazan to progress, and first-half goals from Steven Pienaar, Andros Townsend and Jermain Defoe, coupled with an opener for the Greek side offered them hope. Harry Kane added a fourth but a second-half equaliser in Salonika confirmed Tottenham's elimination alongside their hosts, who ended point-less.

Tottenham created little in the opening half hour with Defoe their liveliest player, having one shot blocked and another saved by Richard Brush in the early stages, while Danny Rose struck the bar with a cross-cum-shot. Three Spurs goals in six minutes in the reverse fixture suggested that Harry Redknapp's side had the necessary firepower when chances were forthcoming and they were equally ruthless here after Pienaar struck on 29 minutes.

The midfielder turned on the edge of the area and his powerful low drive took a wicked deflection to beat Brush and open the floodgates again. The second goal after 38 minutes underlined Tottenham's quality with Defoe's lay-off wonderfully dispatched first time into the top corner by Townsend, and the London side were really in the running on the stroke of half-time when Defoe buried a third from close range.

The hosts needed a rallying call from manager Michael O'Neill in his last game at the helm and his interval words had the desired effect as Billy Dennehy drew a near-post save from Carlo Cudicini. Spurs responded with Sandro striking the upright and goalbound efforts from Pienaar and Townsend being blocked by last-ditch tackles.

Substitute Kane and Sandro called Brush into action again, Niko Kranjčar fizzed an attempt just wide and Iago Falqué hit a post before Kane's added-time fourth, but Tottenham's race was run thanks to events in Greece.

Last updated: 25/09/14 6.37CET

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Lineups

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Shamrock Rovers

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Tottenham

1
BrushRichard Brush (GK)
23
CudiciniCarlo Cudicini (GK)
2
SullivanPat Sullivan
4
KaboulYounès Kaboul (C)
3
StevensEnda Stevens
17
Dos SantosGiovani dos Santos
5
MurrayDan Murray (C)
Yellow Card24
18
DefoeJermain Defoe
Goal45
Substitution76
6
RiceStephen Rice
Substitution46
21
KranjčarNiko Kranjčar
Yellow Card27
10
SheppardKarl Sheppard
Substitution74
25
RoseDanny Rose
17
OmanKen Oman
29
LivermoreJake Livermore
18
TurnerChris Turner
30
SandroSandro
20
DennehyBilly Dennehy
31
TownsendAndros Townsend
Goal38
21
FinnRonan Finn
Substitution57
32
Assou-EkottoBenoît Assou-Ekotto
Substitution84
26
PatersonJames Paterson
40
PienaarSteven Pienaar
Goal29
Yellow Card60

Substitutes

16
ThompsonRyan Thompson (GK)
1
GomesHeurelho Gomes (GK)
7
McCabeGary McCabe
27
FalquéIago Falqué
Substitution84
8
O'DonnellStephen O'Donnell
Substitution46
37
H. KaneHarry Kane
Substitution76
Goal90+1
9
TwiggGary Twigg
Substitution57
46
CarrollThomas Carroll
11
KilduffCiaran Kilduff
Substitution74
19
O'NeillGary O'Neill
27
RickettsRohan Ricketts

Coach

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

Referee

Stephan Studer (SUI)

Assistant referees

Manuel Navarro (SUI), Sandro Pozzi (SUI)

Fourth official

Ludovic Gremaud (SUI)

Additional assistant referees

Alain Bieri (SUI), Nikolaj Hänni (SUI)

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  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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