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By Jonathan Stevenson
2150: On a nerve-shredding day for Tottenham fans, it's time to say adieu. Young Boys striker Henri and his mates gave Spurs one hell of a Bienvenu to the Champions League, but this tie is still very much alive. If you missed something, I'm sure
Mandeep Sanghera's match report
will fill you in. But remember not to be complacent next week - after all, Young Boys got this far by
winning 1-0 away at Turkish side Fenerbahce
and that is not easy. See you at the weekend.
2145: So, Tottenham v Young Boys, the return, takes place at White Hart Lane at 1945 BST on Wednesday 25 August. Let's hope it follows tonight's lead.
Tottenham captain Michael Dawson: "The first half hour wasn't good enough, but we stuck together and sorted it out and half time. We can't make excuses, we were slow out of the blocks and we're disappointed. When you concede so early it's difficult and we didn't react well. Harry Redknapp wasn't happy at half-time, but we go back to White Hart Lane full of confidence we can still go through."
From RedLegBill on 606:
"Wait, so even after witnessing this match, people are still going 'Tottenham will go through now.' Did you learn nothing about not underestimating the opposition?!"
BBC Radio 5 live's Mark Bright: "I can't see anything other than a Spurs win next week because they cannot play that badly again. They have got some injuries already, but they've got good enough replacements to deal with it."
90 mins: Full-time Young Boys 3-2 Tottenham That brings to an end a remarkable game of football. It seemed for a while as though Tottenham's Champions League hopes lay in tatters, but goals from Sebastien Bassong and Roman Pavluychenko have given them a lifeline.
90 mins: Change for Young Boys - Mario Raimondi comes on for David Degen, who has enjoyed a very fine evening. We're due two minutes of added time inside the Stade de Suisse.
89 mins: Nothing's happening. Well, that's not true - what's happened is that both teams are going to take what they've got.
87 mins: Spurs look quite content to knock it around now with a few minutes left - they will definitely fancy their chances of going through at White Hart Lane now. They haven't played well tonight, but they are more than still in it.
From hugrrr on 606:
"Pav, you're absolutely terrible for 82 minutes, then bang that in. What on earth are we meant to think of you for goodness sake?"
Spurs goal: What a game of football. Moments after nearly going 4-1 down, Spurs get arguably the most important goal of the tie so far. Roman Pavluychenko plays a sweet one-two with Robbie Keane on the right and gets into the area. The angle is tight and he's 15 yards out, but the Russian hits a right-foot rocket that sizzles into the top corner at Marco Wolfli's near post, giving the keeping no chance. Stunning riposte.
83 mins: GOAL Young Boys 3-2 Tottenham
81 mins: It's just unbelievable, this. It's like Spurs want to lose. Wilson Palacios plays the ball along his own 18-yard box and only a quick-to-react Heurelho Gomes prevents Henri Bienvenu from nipping in to score a fourth. Bienvenu gets to the loose ball first, though, and when the cross comes in from the Young Boys left, Christian Schneuwly can again only volley over from the penalty spot. Should've hit the target with that one, too.
80 mins: It's gone all lively again as Roman Pavlyuchenko's header forces Marco Wolfli to tip over, before Sebastien Bassong nods the corner over the top.
79 mins: It'd be fair to say Michael Dawson has not had his finest evening in a Spurs shirt. Xavier Hochstrasser does him for pace once more down the Swiss side's left and his cross falls invitingly for Christian Schneuwly, but on the half-volley he can only drill inches over from 14 yards.
78 mins: Roman Pavlyuchenko goes down under a challenge on the edge of the Young Boys penalty area and once again referee Frank De Bleeckere waves the Russian's protests away. Moments later a flick-on causes Young Boys some trouble, but they eventually clear the danger.
75 mins: I just don't get Roman Pavlyuchenko. Gareth Bale sprints forward from left-back and curls over a stunning cross into the area, but it's just a bit too far ahead of the Russian and he's not exactly busting a gut to get on the end of it either. God only knows why.
74 mins: If it stays like this, Spurs are going to have to produce a pretty spectacular performance against Young Boys at the Lane next Wednesday. The livewire Henri Bienvenu just got a caution for pulling back Niko Kranjcar - ooh, the headline writers are gonna have some fun with the Cameroonian on Wednesday.
71 mins: Sebastien Bassong lets fly with a left-foot shot from fully 30 yards but, though well-struck, it drifts harmlessly wide of Marco Wolfli's goal.
68 mins: Sebastien Bassong is booked and Young Boys are having a bit more of the game at the moment. In fact it should be 4-1 - a free-kick from the right is headed over at the far post by Henri Bienvenu, who should probably do better.
66 mins: Jermain Defoe limps off with a suspected hamstring problem, replaced by Robbie Keane. Spurs' night isn't getting any better.
64 mins: Robbie Keane and Aaron Lennon are warming up for Spurs, but it's Young Boys who make the next change as Moreno Costanzo is taken off and Christian Schneuwly comes on in his place. His older brother Marco is left on the Young Boys bench.
From Karan, via text: "Forest? Spurs? Wales? I've got you all in my pocket - Derby County and Saudi Arabia. Whipping boys all round." Winner?
60 mins: Scrap that - David Degen bombs into the Spurs box and only a last-ditch intervention from Sebastien Bassong prevents more potential calamity for the visitors. Degen has been top drawer tonight, wonder if Liverpool bought the wrong one...
58 mins: Gareth Bale concedes a free-kick for a shove on David Degen, but Spurs deal with it well. Young Boys don't look that bothered about attacking in the second half, I've a feeling they might be trying to settle for a stunning 3-1 victory.
56 mins: Gareth Bale could have a big say on this one and his devilish cross from out on the Spurs left is met by a sliding Roman Pavlyuchenko inside the Young Boys box, but the striker can only direct it over the bar.
55 mins: Roman Pavlyuchenko collects a pass inside the Young Boys area and tries to turn, going down under a challenge from a defender, but there's nothing doing. Moments later, outside the box, Ammar Jemal seems to stop Pavlyuchenko from getting into the area, but the ref again waves play on, much to the Russian's disgust.
50 mins: Tom Huddlestone has raised Spurs' level since he came on and a lovely turn just inside the Young Boys box down the left ends with a cross that fizzes just past Jermain Defoe. Moments later, Wilson Palacios narrowly fails to collect a Niko Kranjcar pass as he races forward. Better from Spurs.
47 mins: Spurs have started the second half better, just as they ended the first period. Vedran Corluka swings over a dangerous cross from the right, but Marco Wolfli gathers well inside his six-yard box.
2047: We're back under way in Bern and Tottenham have made their second change at the break, this time Luka Modric being taken off and Niko Kranjcar coming on in his place.
From Moffat9 on 606:
"Sorry, but Harry has to take the rap for this scoreline. Not even the top European teams play 4-4-2 away from home in the Champs League, no matter who they are playing. To select Defoe, Pav, Modric and Dos Santos was suicide and unless he changes things around, they will lose more goals in the second half. Best bet now is to go 4-5-1 and try to sneak another goal on the counter. Losing 3-2 would be recoverable, 5-1 will not be."
2044: My Spurs fan mate Pearlo: "In a room of shell-shocked Spurs fans. Harry's face says it all. David Ginola's hairdryer wouldn't be enough for the hairdryer treatment Harry will be dishing out right now."
Rachel Tyrrell, Lincoln, via text: "Remember in your prayers tonight those of us who suffer as supporters of both Spurs and England." Rachel, I will raise you Forest and England. Easy.
BBC Radio 5 live's Mark Bright: "I just cannot believe what I've seen from Spurs in this first half - but despite playing as badly as I've seen them, they're still in this tie."
2032: Half-time Young Boys 3-1 Tottenham What an astonishing 45 minutes of football that was. At one stage, Spurs' Champions League hopes looked dead and buried, but now, they are right in a thrilling tie in Switzerland.
45 mins: Chance. Gareth Bale curls over another fine cross from the Spurs left and Jermain Defoe gets up a fraction too early, heading wide on his way back down to earth. Talking of being back down to earth...
45 mins: Into injury time in Bern and we're due only one extra minute.
44 mins: All of a sudden, Spurs start knocking it around with confidence. Isn't football a funny old game? They won't want the half to end.
Spurs goal: It's the game that just keeps on giving. Gareth Bale whips over an outswinging corner from the Tottenham left and Sebastien Bassong, who has been having a nightmare, leaps like a salmon to thump a header past Marco Wolfli's poor attempt at a dive and into the roof of the net. Back in it.
42 mins: GOAL Young Boys 3-1 Tottenham
BBC Radio 5 live's Mark Bright: "I'm looking at Luka Modric and he's starting to limp in the middle of the park, he's looking at the bench, could be a problem with his groin maybe."
From The Year Of The Liverbird on 606:
"Got to feel really quite sorry for Spurs. All that effort to get fourth and for what? A bit of extra TV money and a guaranteed spot in the Europa League."
36 mins: Spurs make the substitution, with Benoit Assou-Ekotto making way for Tom Huddlestone. Gareth Bale will play at left-back and Luka Modric is now out on the left-hand side of midfield.
34 mins: Henri Bienvenu rolls Sebastien Bassong on the edge of the Spurs box and the defender is pulling at his arm - free-kick to the Swiss, which Ammar Jemal drills inches over a crossbar.
33 mins: The home fans are absolutely bouncing inside the Stade de Suisse in Bern right now and well they might be - this is about as close to dreamland as they've been for a good while. Spurs are preparing Tom Huddlestone and their fans are seething. Expensive trip, too.
31 mins: This is not a technical error: Spurs are 3-0 down.
Young Boys goal: I cannot believe what I am seeing, this is just schoolboy stuff from Spurs and Harry Redknapp is fuming. Moreno Costanzo plays a slide-rule pass forward into the path of Xavier Hochstrasser and Sebastien Bassong is caught out so easily it's not even true. Hochstrasser thumps goalwards, Heurelho Gomes goes down a bit early and suddenly the Swiss lead 3-0. Jeez.
28 mins: GOAL Young Boys 3-0 Tottenham
26 mins: When the
draw was made for these play-offs,
it's fair to say most Spurs fans were quite confident. "Should be an easy win for Spurs, I can't see Young Boys as being too much of a test," said one. "Thank the sweet precious lord of football goodness for that draw. Young Boys should be more than beatable," boasted another. To be fair, there were also a few saying 'don't be complacent', but it looks like they have been. Another cross from the left causes problems to the Spurs defence, but Moreno Costanzo doesn't gamble and the chance goes begging.
23 mins: According to our friends at
Everton were the last English side to concede two goals in a CL qualifying match, when they lost 2-1 in Spain in the second leg against Villarreal on 24 August 2005. Everton were eliminated against the Spaniards, 4-2 on aggregate.
18 mins: Half a chance for Spurs there as Roman Pavlyuchenko plays a decent cross into the box from the left and Jermain Defoe - under pressure from Christoph Spycher - cannot quite get enough on it to divert the ball goalwards.
16 mins: Remember when I was reeling in the World Cup? Well I'm reeling again now. Spurs have been rubbish so far, it doesn't look like them at all.
Young Boys: Oh Spurs. Roman Pavlyuchenko gives the ball away just inside the Young Boys half and from then on the hosts break to devastating effect. Thierry Doubai nicks it forward to Henri Bienvenu and he absolutely burns past Michael Dawson, doing him for pace with ease and getting into the area before slotting calmly past Heurelho Gomes. This is extraordinary.
13 mins: GOAL Young Boys 2-0 Tottenham
From Jeremy, Switzerland, via text: "Maybe people will finally stop being so dismissive of YB now!"
10 mins: Spurs are getting themselves back in the game, they can ill afford to concede another tonight. Though to renege on something I said earlier, if Spurs do lose over two legs, they will go into the group stage of the Europa League. "Bit worried we've become Tottenham again..." says my Spurs fan mate Pearlo.
7 mins: Spurs have calmed things down a bit and a lovely touch from Roman Pavlyuchenko sends Gio dos Santos away on the inside right channel, but after opening up his body to shoot left-footed he scuffs it, and Marco Wolfli makes a sprawling save. Phew - dull this is not.
Young Boys goal: Dear Lord above, what a start. Spurs just have not got going and they fall behind. Thierry Doubai smashes in a shot from 25 yards that strikes team-mate Ammar Jemal on the back and it falls nicely for Senad Lulic to coolly side-foot past Heurelho Gomes from eight yards.
5 mins: GOAL Young Boys 1-0 Tottenham
4 mins: First card of the game, for Benoit Assou-Ekotto for a foul on David Degen. Spurs are struggling a bit here. Really struggling.
2 mins: If Spurs didn't know they were in a game before, they certainly do now. David Degen works the ball across the area from the Young Boys left and from the edge of the box, Senad Lulic drills a shot against Heurelho Gomes' right-hand post with the keeper nowhere near it. Big let-off.
1946: In Switzerland's capital city of Bern, Young Boys and Tottenham are under way in the first leg of their Champions League play-off. Here we go.
Tottenham keeper Heurelho Gomes: "I played in the Champions League for four years at PSV and I know how good it is. It's amazing to play in it with Spurs now, it's the most important club competition in the world."
1942: My Spurs fan mate Pearlo: "I feel sick. Never let it be said Harry Redknapp is stubborn. A year ago us playing this game was unthinkable for even optimistic Spurs fans. Playing it with Pavlyuchenko, Bale and Gio in the starting XI, even more so."
1941: The teams, led out by their captains Marco Wolfli and Michael Dawson, emerge from the tunnel at the Stade de Suisse in Bern and there is a lovely little hug between the gaffers, Vladimir Petkovic and Harry Redknapp.
From Rorb on 606:
"I'm just curious as to how Spurs will perform. The result should be no question over the two legs, but the interest lies in how they adapt to the Champ's League style. Ideally, very well."
1937: If you don't know much about Vladimir Petkovic's Young Boys, you should probably read
my colleague Phil Dawkes' piece on Scott Sutter,
the Enfield-born left-back who will be playing for the Swiss tonight. He left England in 2002 for Grasshoppers Zurich before moving to Bern last year. "Every player has their own path," said the 24-year-old. "I consider myself quite a technically good player and the training I received here has helped me."
1934: Not incidentally,
there are four other Champs Lge qualifiers taking place
today - actually make that three, because in the early kick-off Zenit St Petersburg won 1-0 at home against Auxerre thanks to Aleksandr Kerzhakov's header. Elsewhere, Dynamo Kiev play Ajax, Rosenborg meet FC Copenhagen and Sparta Prague entertain MSK Zilina.
Spurs boss Harry Redknapp: "We're looking forward to it, definitely. We've got one or two knocks and made a few changes. The artificial pitch is different to what we're used to, but if we pass the ball properly we've got a good chance here tonight."
1930: Stevo's predo: Young Boys 1-2 Tottenham
1927: Spurs are favourites, and how. Let me introduce you to
the Euro Club index,
courtesy of our friends at
According to the the Hypercube/Infostrada Sports Euro Club Index, Spurs have an 83% chance of progressing to the Champions League group stage and a 52% chance of winning tonight's game, while Young Boys have a 25% of triumphing this evening.
From theraywilson on Twitter:
"Usually a Liverpool fan; tonight I'm behind Spurs 100%. Great to see another British team playing in Europe. Come on, lads!"
1921: YOUNG BOYS v TOTTENHAM TEAM NEWS Courtesy of
"Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp makes four changes to the side which drew 0-0 with Manchester City on Saturday as striker Roman Pavlyuchenko, winger Giovani dos Santos, centre-back Sebastien Bassong and midfielder Wilson Palacios come in for Peter Crouch, Aaron Lennon, Ledley King and Tom Huddlestone. Young Boys beat Fenerbahce 1-0 on 4 August for an aggregate 3-2 win to get this far and Xavier Hochstrasser replacing Emiliano Dudar is the only change from that side."
From Chris, Scotland, via text: "I think Spurs may endure a set-back tonight before winning the tie at home. It's tough grinding out results away from home without the pedigree."
1917: By the way, save the gags for another day. Well, the distasteful ones anyway. Not wanted here.
1916: Let me introduce you to
who will be writing our match report tonight: "The last and only time Tottenham played in European football's top competition was back in the 1961/1962 season. On that occasion, they reached the semi-finals of the European Cup and lost out 4-3 on aggregate to Benfica. Now, only a play-off against Swiss side Young Boys to get into the group stages of the Champions League stands between them and a long-awaited place among Europe's elite. Spurs are favourites, but boss Harry Redknapp will be hoping his team's nerves will not be jangling in such a significant game on the artificial surface at Stade de Suisse. Young Boys were runners-up in the Swiss league last season and, despite a stuttering start to their domestic campaign this time, they did cause an upset when they beat Fenerbahce 3-2 on aggregate to get this far."
1914: Want to know how the Tottenham crew are feeling right now? Here's the first instalment of chat from my mate Pearlo, a massive Spurs fan: "I can express the thoughts of all Spurs fans when I tell you this is destiny. No complacency and no hiding. Win this and we can ruffle feathers in the Champions League. No exaggeration to say our season and future depends entirely on these two games."
1911: Quite honestly, I couldn't care less who you support, I just want you to get involved. If you know Twitter
I'm always around @Stevo_football,
you can send texts over to 81111 (UK) and +44 7786200666 (worldwide) and there's also
the 606 playground
to think of.
1907: YOUNG BOYS v TOTTENHAM LINE-UPS: Young Boys: Wolfli, Sutter, Spycher, Affolter, Jemal, Lulic, Tape Doubai, Degen, Hochstrasser, Costanzo, Bienvenu. Subs: Burki, Marco Schneuwly, De Pierro, Christian Schneuwly, Raimondi, Regazzoni, Mayuka. Tottenham: Gomes, Corluka, Dawson, Bassong, Assou-Ekotto, Giovani, Palacios, Modric, Bale, Pavlyuchenko, Defoe. Subs: Cudicini, Kaboul, Huddlestone, Lennon, Keane, Crouch, Kranjcar. Referee: Frank De Bleeckere (Belgium)
1906: It's too early to be the defining moment of Tottenham's season, but what happens in Switzerland this evening could quite easily set the tone for the rest of their campaign. Lose over two legs to Young Boys and they are out already - win, and the riches and prestige of the Champions League are theirs. What I'm trying to say is this: tonight is important.
1903:The great Eminem
there, opening our coverage of Young Boys v Tottenham in the Champions League. It's the play-off first leg and it is taking place at the 32,000-capacity Stade de Suisse in Bern. Unfortunately Eminem can't be with us all night, so you're stuck with me,
After that news, the only way is up...
1900: You better lose yourself in the music, the moment You own it, you better never let it go You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow This opportunity comes once in a lifetime yo
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