Crouch leaped above Petri Pasanen to head Tottenham's second goal
By Pranav Soneji
Tottenham marked their first Champions League appearance with an entertaining draw against Werder Bremen.
The visitors took the lead when Petri Pasanen turned a Gareth Bale cross into his own net before Peter Crouch doubled the lead with a header on 18 minutes.
But the hosts pulled a goal back two minutes before half-time when Hugo Almeida nodded past Carlo Cudicini.
And Marko Marin levelled a minute after the interval with a 20-yard shot while Crouch went close at the end.
The match ended in complete contrast to how it began as Bremen surged forward in search of the winner but Tottenham, who had dominated the first half, held on for a deserved draw.
The result means all four teams in Group A are level following Inter Milan's 2-2 draw with Dutch side FC Twente.
Marin (centre) was a constant threat in the second half
Despite Harry Redknapp stating his reluctance to play a 4-4-2 formation prior to the match, the Tottenham boss did that just that, albeit with deadline-day signing Rafael van der Vaart playing in a withdrawn role behind lone striker Crouch.
Defenders Ledley King and Benoit Assou-Ekotto returned to the starting XI while Jermaine Jenas made only his second appearance of the season, partnering Tom Huddlestone in midfield.
The assurance of the central midfield duo allowed Aaron Lennon and Bale numerous opportunities to exploit Bremen's timid full-backs.
And it was left-winger Bale who set up Tottenham's opener, evading the offside trap as Assou-Ekotto's enterprising ball caught Clemens Fritz flat-footed.
Bale outsprinted the right-back and squared a perfect ball for the onrushing Crouch, only to see Finland international defender Pasanen slide the ball past goalkeeper Tim Wiese inside the six-yard box.
And Crouch sent the travelling Spurs contingent into ecstasy when he doubled the lead six minutes later, soaring over the hapless Pasanen to power Van der Vaart's left-wing cross past Wiese.
The German international keeper made a superb save to repel another Spurs chance, palming away a powerful 18-yard left-footed strike by Bale.
With little invention or creativity, Bremen's chances were speculative at best, although referee Massimo Busacca waved away appeals for handball when Marin's strike rebounded off Huddlestone's arm, with the Swiss official claiming the midfielder was protecting his face rather than seeking an advantage for Tottenham.
However, the hosts capitalised on a solitary moment of indecision in Spurs' defence when Almeida bisected King and Assou-Ekotto to head Wesley's curling left-wing cross past Cudicini in the 43rd minute.
Although undeserved, it gave the hosts the perfect fillip before the half-time interval.
And within a minute of the restart Marin levelled the scores, unleashing a powerful 20-yard left-footed strike past Cudicini as Vedran Corluka gave the 21-year-old too much space.
The Bosnian-born forward, a virtual passenger in the first half, controlled the tempo of the second half, using his exceptional dribbling skills to cause havoc in the Spurs box.
Marin, who twice featured for Germany in the World Cup this summer, slammed another robust strike just wide of Cudicini's right-hand post.
However, the industrious Bale carved out a rare second-half opportunity for Spurs eight minutes from time, cutting a superb left-footed cross into the box, only to see a Bremen deflection divert the ball away from Crouch's path.
And the England striker spurned a glorious opportunity to seal the match three minutes from time courtesy of a superb pass from substitute Wilson Palacios, his chip over the onrushing Wiese just evading the far post.
90:00+1:03 Shot comes in from Tom Huddlestone from the free kick.
90:00+1:03 Booking Tim Borowski is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.
90:00+0:58 Unfair challenge on Benoit Assou-Ekotto by Tim Borowski results in a free kick.
90:00 The referee brings the game to a close.
89:53 The assistant referee flags for offside against Robbie Keane. Clemens Fritz takes the indirect free kick.
87:54 Aaron Hunt takes a shot. Save made by Carlo Cudicini.
87:04 The offside flag is raised against Gareth Bale. Direct free kick taken by Tim Wiese.
85:35 A cross is delivered by Benoit Assou-Ekotto, clearance by Clemens Fritz.
83:15 Foul by Vedran Corluka on Marko Marin, free kick awarded. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Marko Arnautovic.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Aaron Hunt from the left by-line, clearance by Younes Kaboul. Effort from long distance
by Torsten Frings goes wide right of the goal. Corner taken by Aaron Hunt from the left by-line, Robbie Keane manages to make
82:29 Tim Borowski takes a shot. Younes Kaboul gets a block in.
80:17 A cross is delivered by Jermaine Jenas.
78:20 Substitution Sandro Wagner replaces Miguel Hugo Almeida.
77:57 Marko Marin produces a cross, clearance by Benoit Assou-Ekotto. Shot from just outside the penalty box by Tim Borowski misses
to the left of the target.
74:34 Direct free kick taken by Ledley King.
74:34 Substitution Aaron Lennon leaves the field to be replaced by Wilson Palacios.
74:34 Unfair challenge on Ledley King by Tim Borowski results in a free kick.
72:49 Shot from deep inside the area by Aaron Hunt clears the crossbar.
72:30 The ball is sent over by Torsten Frings, clearance made by Robbie Keane.
72:05 Peter Crouch concedes a free kick for a foul on Sebastien Prodl. Tim Borowski restarts play with the free kick.
71:20 Sebastien Prodl has an effort at goal from a long way out that misses to the right of the goal.
70:57 The offside flag is raised against Robbie Keane. Petri Pasanen takes the indirect free kick.
70:17 Effort from outside the box by Marko Arnautovic goes wide right of the target.
69:45 Miguel Hugo Almeida is ruled offside. Younes Kaboul takes the free kick.
67:48 The ball is delivered by Aaron Hunt.
66:23 Substitution Tim Borowski is brought on as a substitute for Beltrame Wesley.
66:23 Marko Marin produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
65:14 Torsten Frings restarts play with the free kick.
65:14 Booking Booking for Jermaine Jenas for unsporting behaviour.
65:11 Foul by Jermaine Jenas on Beltrame Wesley, free kick awarded.
60:49 The ball is swung over by Aaron Lennon, Sebastien Prodl gets a block in. Gareth Bale takes the inswinging corner, Foul by
Peter Crouch on Petri Pasanen, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Tim Wiese.
60:41 Gareth Bale crosses the ball.
58:45 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Peter Crouch by Mikael Silvestre. Direct free kick taken by Vedran Corluka.
58:31 Unfair challenge on Carlo Cudicini by Marko Marin results in a free kick. Carlo Cudicini takes the direct free kick.
57:46 The ball is delivered by Aaron Hunt, Ledley King manages to make a clearance.
57:03 Peter Crouch is caught offside. Clemens Fritz restarts play with the free kick.
56:11 Clemens Fritz challenges Gareth Bale unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Gareth Bale.
55:40 Peter Crouch concedes a free kick for a foul on Mikael Silvestre. Mikael Silvestre restarts play with the free kick.
54:53 Miguel Hugo Almeida produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the bar.
54:06 Gareth Bale produces a cross, save made by Tim Wiese.
53:54 The ball is crossed by Gareth Bale, Beltrame Wesley manages to make a clearance.
51:48 Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Marko Arnautovic. Beltrame Wesley takes the inswinging corner, Mikael
Silvestre produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.
51:48 Booking Tom Huddlestone is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.
51:43 Tom Huddlestone challenges Marko Marin unfairly and gives away a free kick.
51:20 Aaron Hunt takes a shot. Comfortable save by Carlo Cudicini.
50:11 Foul by Ledley King on Marko Arnautovic, free kick awarded. Tim Wiese takes the free kick.
49:49 Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Gareth Bale.
49:40 Gareth Bale crosses the ball, Clemens Fritz gets a block in.
Correction - 48:28 Substitution Rafael Van der Vaart goes off and Robbie Keane comes on.
48:28 Substitution Robbie Keane is brought on as a substitute for Rafael Van der Vaart.
46:58 GOAL - Marko Marin:Werder Bremen 2 - 2 Tottenham Marko Marin grabs a goal from just outside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Werder Bremen 2-2 Tottenham.
46:13 Aaron Hunt takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Vedran Corluka.
45:57 Aaron Hunt has an effort at goal from 20 yards. Save by Carlo Cudicini.
45:01 The match restarts for the second half.
45:00+1:00 A cross is delivered by Torsten Frings, Benoit Assou-Ekotto gets a block in. Torsten Frings takes the outswinging corner,
Tom Huddlestone manages to make a clearance.
45:00 The half-time whistle blows.
43:45 Rafael Van der Vaart challenges Aaron Hunt unfairly and gives away a free kick. Torsten Frings crosses the ball from the free
kick right-footed from right channel, Peter Crouch manages to make a clearance. Miguel Hugo Almeida takes a shot. Save made
by Carlo Cudicini.
42:42 Assist on the goal came from Beltrame Wesley.
42:42 GOAL - Miguel Hugo Almeida:Werder Bremen 1 - 2 Tottenham Miguel Hugo Almeida scores a headed goal from close range. Werder Bremen 1-2 Tottenham.
42:37 The ball is swung over by Beltrame Wesley,
40:56 Foul by Younes Kaboul on Miguel Hugo Almeida, free kick awarded.
40:29 Effort from just outside the box by Rafael Van der Vaart goes over the bar.
39:15 Miguel Hugo Almeida is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Carlo Cudicini.
37:58 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Rafael Van der Vaart, clearance by Petri Pasanen. Corner taken by Rafael
Van der Vaart, save made by Tim Wiese.
37:34 Aaron Lennon sends in a cross, blocked by Mikael Silvestre.
36:55 The official flags Peter Crouch offside. Petri Pasanen restarts play with the free kick.
36:04 Substitution (Werder Bremen) makes a substitution, with Aaron Hunt coming on for Philipp Bargfrede.
36:04 Foul by Marko Arnautovic on Benoit Assou-Ekotto, free kick awarded. Benoit Assou-Ekotto takes the free kick.
35:51 Mikael Silvestre sends in a cross, Ledley King makes a clearance.
35:16 Gareth Bale takes a shot. Save made by Tim Wiese.
35:11 Centre by Younes Kaboul.
34:36 Gareth Bale takes a outswinging corner.
30:52 Gareth Bale sends in a cross.
30:03 Gareth Bale takes a shot. Tim Wiese makes a save.
28:47 Aaron Lennon is adjudged to have handled the ball. Mikael Silvestre takes the direct free kick.
27:18 Torsten Frings is adjudged to have handled the ball. Jermaine Jenas takes the free kick.
26:39 Marko Marin takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Vedran Corluka makes a clearance.
26:10 Marko Marin takes a shot. Tom Huddlestone gets a block in.
24:29 Centre by Marko Arnautovic, Ledley King manages to make a clearance.
24:20 Beltrame Wesley crosses the ball, clearance by Ledley King.
24:06 Marko Marin takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Tom Huddlestone.
23:48 Marko Arnautovic delivers the ball, Ledley King manages to make a clearance.
22:30 Tom Huddlestone concedes a free kick for a foul on Beltrame Wesley. Direct free kick taken by Beltrame Wesley.
17:34 The assist for the goal came from Rafael Van der Vaart.
17:34 GOAL - Peter Crouch:Werder Bremen 0 - 2 Tottenham Peter Crouch finds the net with a headed goal from inside the penalty box. Werder Bremen 0-2 Tottenham.
17:31 Centre by Rafael Van der Vaart,
16:25 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Benoit Assou-Ekotto by Torsten Frings. Rafael Van der Vaart delivers the ball
from the free kick right-footed from left channel.
15:01 A cross is delivered by Petri Pasanen, Marko Arnautovic has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the
left of the target.
14:50 The ball is delivered by Philipp Bargfrede, blocked by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.
13:42 Unfair challenge on Sebastien Prodl by Rafael Van der Vaart results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Sebastien Prodl.
11:53 Assist by Gareth Bale.
11:53 GOAL - Petri Pasanen:Werder Bremen 0 - 1 Tottenham Petri Pasanen scores an own goal from 6 yards. Werder Bremen 0-1 Tottenham.
11:35 Gareth Bale sends in a cross.
10:59 Drilled left-footed shot by Benoit Assou-Ekotto. Blocked by Sebastien Prodl.
9:44 A cross is delivered by Clemens Fritz, Ledley King makes a clearance.
8:21 Beltrame Wesley produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses wide left of the target.
7:12 The ball is sent over by Marko Marin, comfortable save by Carlo Cudicini.
6:48 Corner taken right-footed by Marko Marin from the left by-line, clearance made by Tom Huddlestone.
4:43 Free kick awarded for a foul by Marko Arnautovic on Tom Huddlestone. Carlo Cudicini takes the direct free kick.
2:11 Philipp Bargfrede challenges Gareth Bale unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from
1:27 Right-footed shot by Tom Huddlestone went wide right of the net.
1:18 Centre by Aaron Lennon, clearance made by Mikael Silvestre.
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