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Tottenham   3 - 0   Werder Bremen

Spurs celebrate after Younes Kaboul (third from right) put them ahead against Werder Bremen
Spurs made light work of German side Werder Bremen

By Phil McNulty
Chief football writer at White Hart Lane

Tottenham secured a place in the last 16 of the Champions League with a convincing victory over Werder Bremen at White Hart Lane.

Harry Redknapp's side, confidence buoyed by their dramatic comeback to win at Arsenal on Saturday, never needed to hit top gear to reach the knockout phase against the Bundesliga side, who have been ravaged by injuries and a loss of form.

Younes Kaboul, the match-winner at The Emirates, put Spurs on the path to victory early on with a side-footed volley from Aaron Lennon's cross.

And Luka Modric effectively ended the contest seconds before half-time when he kept his cool in the penalty area to beat Werder keeper Tim Wiese.

Spurs could even afford a penalty miss by the outstanding Gareth Bale, who saw his spot-kick saved by Wiese after Felix Kroos upended Modric as he raced into the area.

Redknapp targets Group A top spot

Bale twice hit the woodwork, but Crouch ended any slim hopes of a Werder comeback 11 minutes from time. Lennon was again the provider with a touch of trickery before offering Crouch the simplest of finishes.

Spurs may not have touched the heights of their home triumph against holders Inter Milan, but they have made impressive progress in a tough group.

And with qualification guaranteed with a game to spare, Spurs can now set their sights on securing top spot in Group A in their final match against FC Twente in the Netherlands in less than a fortnight.

Irrespective of the outcome of that encounter, Redknapp will be delighted at how Spurs have flourished in the Champions League and their smooth passage into the next stage of the competition.

Spurs may have been without Rafael van der Vaart, such a key figure this season, but they coped admirably without him as they took total control from the early stages and never looked like relinquishing their grip.

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It took only six minutes for Spurs to take the lead, and Kaboul showed his knack for a goal again by arriving to sweep Lennon's right-wing delivery past Wiese on the bounce.

Spurs were forced into a change when Jermaine Jenas limped off to be replaced by Wilson Palacios, but only the diminutive figure of Marko Marin hinted at any serious threat from Werder.

And Spurs moved closer to the knockout stage in first-half stoppage time when Modric applied a composed finish after Crouch headed Alan Hutton's cross into his path.

They picked up where they left off at the start of the second half, with Bale curling a free-kick against the bar and then providing a perfect cross for Crouch at the far post, only for the striker to see his header blocked on the line by Sebastian Prodl.

Bale, who has done no wrong recently, then showed he was fallible as he wasted an opportunity to extend Spurs' lead. He stepped up to take a penalty after Modric was fouled by Kroos, but his effort was unconvincing and Wiese made the block.

Luka Modric (in white) half-volleys in a shot to put Spurs 2-0 up against Werder Bremen
Modric scored a composed second for Spurs against Bremen

Redknapp then decided to make a change, introducing Jermain Defoe for Roman Pavlyuchenko after 66 minutes - the England striker forcing Wiese into action almost immediately with a powerful drive from 20 yards.

Bale continued to make inroads down the left flank, glancing the bar with a cross before Spurs got the third goal they deserved with 11 minutes left.

Lennon was simply too clever for Werder's defence, and he then offered up the perfect end product with a cross that allowed Crouch to score with ease.

Spurs closed out the win to the acclaim of a White Hart Lane crowd who are becoming increasingly accustomed to goal-laden nights in the Champions League.

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Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Champions League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Tottenham 3-0 Werder Bremen FT
(HT 2-0)
  • Kaboul 6
  • Modric 45+1
  • Crouch 79

    Tottenham

    Substitutes

    Werder Bremen

    • 01 Wiese
    • 08 Fritz yellow card
    • 15 Prodl yellow card
    • 29 Mertesacker
    • 41 Schmidt
    • 10 Marin
    • 20 Jensen (Pasanen 86)
    • 44 Bargfrede
    • 14 Hunt (Lennart Thy 80)
    • 18 Felix Kroos yellow card (Onur Ayik 55)
    • 19 Wagner yellow card

    Substitutes

    • 21 Sebastien Mielitz,
    • 03 Pasanen,
    • 27 Andersen,
    • 17 Huseinovic,
    • 36 Lennart Thy,
    • 43 Testroet,
    • 46 Onur Ayik
    Ref: O BenquerencaAtt: 33,546
    TOTTENHAM
    WERDER BREMEN

    Possession

    • Tottenham 67%
    • Werder Bremen 33%

    Attempts on target

    • Tottenham 9
    • Werder Bremen 2

    Attempts off target

    • Tottenham 9
    • Werder Bremen 5

    Corners

    • Tottenham 6
    • Werder Bremen 1

    Fouls

    • Tottenham 11
    • Werder Bremen 24
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+3:06 The referee brings the game to a close.
    • 90:00+2:34 A cross is delivered by Benoit Assou-Ekotto, save by Tim Wiese.
    • 90:00+1:12 Unfair challenge on Sandro Wagner by William Gallas results in a free kick. Philipp Bargfrede restarts play with the free kick.
    • 89:59 Free kick awarded for a foul by Lennart Thy on Luka Modric. Strike on goal comes in from Niko Kranjcar from the free kick.
    • 89:48 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Niko Kranjcar by Philipp Bargfrede. Free kick taken by Niko Kranjcar.
    • 89:14 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luka Modric by Sandro Wagner. Luka Modric takes the direct free kick.
    • 87:08 Lennart Thy takes a shot. Save made by Heurelho Gomes.
    • 86:15 Foul by Alan Hutton on Dominik Schmidt, free kick awarded. Dominik Schmidt takes the free kick.
    • 85:31 Substitution Petri Pasanen on for Daniel Jensen.
    • 84:11 Effort from 25 yards by Niko Kranjcar. Save by Tim Wiese.
    • 83:44 Daniel Jensen produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.
    • 82:40 Marko Marin takes a shot. Save made by Heurelho Gomes.
    • 81:02 Foul by Marko Marin on Alan Hutton, free kick awarded. Alan Hutton restarts play with the free kick.
    • 80:13 Substitution (Tottenham) makes a substitution, with Niko Kranjcar coming on for Gareth Bale.
    • 79:01 Substitution Aaron Hunt leaves the field to be replaced by Lennart Thy.
    • 78:14 Assist by Aaron Lennon.
    • 78:14 GOAL - Peter CrouchTottenham 3 - 0 Werder Bremen Peter Crouch grabs a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Tottenham 3-0 Werder Bremen.
    • 76:48 Gareth Bale produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the target.
    • 73:34 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Aaron Hunt by Luka Modric. Direct free kick taken by Aaron Hunt.
    • 71:23 Sandro Wagner concedes a free kick for a foul on Younes Kaboul. Direct free kick taken by Younes Kaboul.
    • 69:01 The offside flag is raised against Sandro Wagner. Luka Modric takes the free kick.
    • 67:47 Shot from 18 yards from Aaron Lennon. Blocked by Jermain Defoe.
    • 64:15 Sandro Wagner challenges Luka Modric unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Luka Modric.
    • 62:25 Shot from 25 yards from Jermain Defoe. Save by Tim Wiese.
    • 61:15 Shot by Alan Hutton from 20 yards. Tim Wiese makes a save.
    • 60:59 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jermain Defoe by Aaron Hunt. Gareth Bale takes the direct free kick.
    • 58:27 Philipp Bargfrede fouled by Luka Modric, the ref awards a free kick. Aaron Hunt takes the free kick.
    • 57:41 Dominik Schmidt challenges Alan Hutton unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Gareth Bale, save by Tim Wiese.
    • 56:32 Dominik Schmidt has an effort at goal from long distance that goes wide left.
    • 56:32 Substitution Jermain Defoe is brought on as a substitute for Roman Pavlyuchenko.
    • 54:27 Luka Modric takes the inswinging corner, Peter Crouch produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.
    • 54:08 Substitution Onur Ayik is brought on as a substitute for Felix Kroos.
    • 53:43 Placed penalty taken by Gareth Bale saved by Tim Wiese. Tottenham 2-0 Werder Bremen.
    • 53:00 Booking Sandro Wagner receives a caution.
    • 52:58 Gareth Bale produces a cross, Felix Kroos concedes a Penalty for a foul on Luka Modric.
    • 52:58 Booking Booking for Felix Kroos for unsporting behaviour.
    • 51:57 The ball is swung over by Gareth Bale, Peter Crouch takes a shot. Blocked by Sebastien Prodl. Corner taken left-footed by Gareth Bale, save by Tim Wiese.
    • 49:42 Sebastien Prodl challenges Aaron Lennon unfairly and gives away a free kick. Gareth Bale shoots direct from the free kick,
    • 49:42 Booking Booking for Sebastien Prodl for unsporting behaviour.
    • 48:09 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on William Gallas by Marko Marin. Free kick taken by Younes Kaboul.
    • 47:15 Unfair challenge on Aaron Hunt by Gareth Bale results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Daniel Jensen.
    • 45:01 The second half begins.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:10 The players leave the pitch at half time.
    • 45:00+0:13 The assist for the goal came from Peter Crouch.
    • 45:00+0:13 GOAL - Luka ModricTottenham 2 - 0 Werder Bremen Luka Modric finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the area to the top left corner of the goal. Tottenham 2-0 Werder Bremen.
    • 43:26 Shot from 25 yards by Gareth Bale. Sebastien Prodl gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken by Gareth Bale from the left by-line, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Younes Kaboul misses to the right of the target.
    • 42:21 Felix Kroos gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Wilson Palacios. Wilson Palacios takes the free kick.
    • 41:18 Gareth Bale fouled by Clemens Fritz, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Gareth Bale.
    • 41:18 Booking Caution for Clemens Fritz.
    • 40:08 Centre by Gareth Bale, clearance made by Dominik Schmidt.
    • 39:06 Unfair challenge on Aaron Lennon by Sandro Wagner results in a free kick. William Gallas takes the direct free kick.
    • 37:54 Sebastien Prodl gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Peter Crouch. Gareth Bale crosses the ball in from the free kick, Unfair challenge on Tim Wiese by Peter Crouch results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Tim Wiese.
    • 37:34 Sandro Wagner is adjudged to have handled the ball. Younes Kaboul takes the direct free kick.
    • 36:48 Benoit Assou-Ekotto concedes a free kick for a foul on Aaron Hunt. Free kick crossed left-footed by Aaron Hunt from right wing, Gareth Bale makes a clearance.
    • 35:01 Aaron Lennon crosses the ball, Roman Pavlyuchenko takes a shot. Sebastien Prodl gets a block in.
    • 34:18 Clemens Fritz gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Benoit Assou-Ekotto. Heurelho Gomes restarts play with the free kick.
    • 33:58 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marko Marin by Wilson Palacios. Marko Marin restarts play with the free kick.
    • 31:12 Shot from just outside the box by Marko Marin misses to the left of the target.
    • 27:48 The ball is crossed by Gareth Bale.
    • 26:09 Roman Pavlyuchenko gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Daniel Jensen. Sebastien Prodl restarts play with the free kick.
    • 24:50 William Gallas gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sandro Wagner. Aaron Hunt takes the free kick.
    • 23:26 Free kick awarded for a foul by Philipp Bargfrede on Roman Pavlyuchenko. Gareth Bale has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.
    • 21:27 A cross is delivered by Gareth Bale, Roman Pavlyuchenko has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.
    • 20:15 Long range shot from Aaron Hunt misses to the left of the target.
    • 19:24 Marko Marin concedes a free kick for a foul on Roman Pavlyuchenko. Direct free kick taken by Luka Modric.
    • 19:22 Substitution Wilson Palacios joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jermaine Jenas.
    • 14:45 The ball is swung over by Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Dominik Schmidt makes a clearance. Corner taken left-footed by Gareth Bale, Sandro Wagner manages to make a clearance.
    • 13:59 Gareth Bale crosses the ball, Per Mertesacker manages to make a clearance.
    • 11:58 Alan Hutton concedes a free kick for a foul on Dominik Schmidt. Direct free kick taken by Dominik Schmidt.
    • 10:34 Philipp Bargfrede gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gareth Bale. Luka Modric restarts play with the free kick.
    • 9:23 Foul by Dominik Schmidt on Alan Hutton, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed left-footed by Gareth Bale. Jermaine Jenas produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the target.
    • 8:33 Centre by Daniel Jensen, William Gallas makes a clearance. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Aaron Hunt played to the near post, Dominik Schmidt produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.
    • 8:09 The official flags Peter Crouch offside. Tim Wiese takes the free kick.
    • 7:19 Unfair challenge on Roman Pavlyuchenko by Philipp Bargfrede results in a free kick. Gareth Bale crosses the ball in from the free kick, Sebastien Prodl manages to make a clearance.
    • 6:50 Free kick awarded for a foul by Felix Kroos on Luka Modric. Free kick taken by Jermaine Jenas.
    • 5:19 Aaron Lennon provided the assist for the goal.
    • 5:19 GOAL - Younes KaboulTottenham 1 - 0 Werder Bremen Younes Kaboul fires in a goal from inside the penalty box to the top right corner of the goal. Tottenham 1-0 Werder Bremen.
    • 4:20 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Gareth Bale from the left by-line, Dominik Schmidt manages to make a clearance. Corner taken by Gareth Bale from the left by-line.
    • 4:03 Felix Kroos concedes a free kick for a foul on Jermaine Jenas. Benoit Assou-Ekotto takes the direct free kick.
    • 2:36 Unfair challenge on Luka Modric by Daniel Jensen results in a free kick. Benoit Assou-Ekotto takes the direct free kick.
    • 1:31 Roman Pavlyuchenko is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Per Mertesacker.
    • 0:00 The match gets underway.

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