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FC Twente   3 - 3   Tottenham

Jermain Defoe and Wilson Palacios celebrate
Defoe scored his first goals since August on a freezing night in Enschede

By David Ornstein

Tottenham will avoid most of Europe's biggest clubs in the last 16 of the Champions League after drawing at FC Twente to finish top of Group A.

Goalkeeper Sander Boschker missed his kick from a back-pass to put Spurs ahead, but Twente equalised through Denny Landzaat's retaken penalty.

Jermain Defoe restored Tottenham's lead with a neat finish before Roberto Rosales headed his side level.

After Defoe tapped in a second, Nacer Chadli's free-kick gave Twente a point.

However, the draw was enough to put Tottenham through to the next round as pool winners because Inter Milan - needing to better Spurs' result to top the group - were beaten 3-0 by Werder Bremen.

That meant the north London club finished on 11 points; one clear of European champions Inter, who join Spurs in the knockout stage as runners-up.

Twente came third with six points, meaning they drop into the Europa League, and Werder were bottom on five points.

606: DEBATE

Tottenham, competing in the Champions League for the first time, will now avoid the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich in the draw on Friday 17 December.

It is quite a turnaround for a team who, less than four months ago, found themselves 3-0 down after 28 minutes against Young Boys in a play-off just to reach this competition.

They are still without an away win in Europe's elite club tournament since 1961, but that might not be a major concern to boss Harry Redknapp given his side's prolific form at White Hart Lane.

Redknapp vowed to go all out for the win and despite making four changes to his starting line-up it was still a strong Tottenham team that took to the field.

And although the temperatures dropped below freezing before kick-off, the visitors warmed the hearts of their supporters by opening the scoring - albeit in bizarre fashion.

Twente actually made the more promising start and Wout Brama saw a half-volley from 20-yards saved by a diving Heurelho Gomes before the Brazilian goalkeeper reacted well to stop a Luuk de Jong flick from Rosales' dangerous cross.

But the hosts looked on in disbelief as Boschker went to clear captain Peter Wisgerhof's bobbling back-pass, only to swing at thin air and watch the ball trickle into his net.

It was a horrid way for the 40-year-old, in his 21st season at the club, to mark his Champions League debut.

Yet the goal came against the run of play and, fortunately for Boschker, Twente were soon level after a stinging volley from Rosales struck the raised elbow of Benoit Assou-Ekotto.

Landzaat's initial spot kick was disallowed - the former Wigan midfielder punished for stopping during his run-up - but an unconvincing second effort squirmed home via the legs of Gomes.

There was further bad news for Spurs when Jermaine Jenas was forced off with what appeared to be a recurrence of his recent calf injury. The midfielder was cautioned for the length of time he took to leave the field and will be suspended for Tottenham's next European match.

Sander Boschker
After an early howler, Boschker made a fine late stop to earn Twente a point

While clear-cut chances were few and far between before half-time, Roman Pavlyuchenko had a drive well saved and Defoe's near-post volley sailed narrowly wide as Spurs worked hard to regain their advantage.

And shortly after the restart they had it, Twente failing to clear Gareth Bale's left-wing cross and substitute Aaron Lennon brilliantly teeing up Defoe to slot past Boschker.

That goal made Spurs the first team in Champions League history to score two or more in all six of their group games.

But back came Twente and the Dutch champions, bidding for their first home Champions League win and a maiden triumph against English opposition, levelled through Rosales' precise header from Theo Janssen's centre.

Yet the highly rated Janssen swiftly morphed from hero to villain, losing possession in midfield and allowing Wilson Palacios to surge into the box. After the Honduran's shot was parried, Defoe was on hand to poke in.

Tottenham may have been expected to sit back and protect their lead but they continued to surge forward and this encouraged Twente to hit them on the counter-attack.

Michen Preud'homme's men went close on several occasions before Lennon was penalised for a challenge on Marc Janko and Chadli got the better of Gomes with a sublime curling set-piece.

Both sides pressed hard for a winner and Gomes drew a fine one-handed save from Brama before Boschker made a smart block to prevent Douglas turning Bale's cross into his own net.

But the spoils were shared after a pulsating 90 minutes and few could argue with that outcome.

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Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Champions League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
FC Twente 3-3 Tottenham FT
(HT 1-1)
  • Landzaat (pen) 22
  • Rosales 56
  • Chadli 64
  • Wisgerhof (og) 12
  • Defoe 47
  • Defoe 60

FC Twente

  • 01 Boschker
  • 04 Wisgerhof
  • 15 Rosales
  • 19 Franco
  • 33 Tiendalli
  • 06 Brama
  • 07 Landzaat
  • 08 Janssen
  • 22 Chadli
  • 09 de Jong
  • 21 Janko (Vujicevic 73)

Substitutes

  • 13 Mihailov,
  • 05 Bengtsson,
  • 23 Buysse,
  • 27 Vujicevic,
  • 34 Leugers,
  • 14 Parker,
  • 44 Ola John

Tottenham

Substitutes

Ref: Carlos Velasco CarballoAtt: 24,000
FC TWENTE
TOTTENHAM

Possession

  • FC Twente 50%
  • Tottenham 50%

Attempts on target

  • FC Twente 11
  • Tottenham 5

Attempts off target

  • FC Twente 3
  • Tottenham 2

Corners

  • FC Twente 6
  • Tottenham 3

Fouls

  • FC Twente 10
  • Tottenham 13
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+3:44 The match has reached full-time.
  • 90:00+2:04 Nacer Chadli delivers the ball.
  • 90:00+1:33 Theo Janssen fouled by Peter Crouch, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Peter Wisgerhof.
  • 90:00+0:29 Foul by Luuk de Jong on Benoit Assou-Ekotto, free kick awarded. Benoit Assou-Ekotto takes the direct free kick.
  • 89:42 Dwight Tiendalli has an effort at goal and missed to the left of the net.
  • 87:58 Peter Crouch handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Theo Janssen.
  • 86:42 Benoit Assou-Ekotto challenges Dario Vujicevic unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Wout Brama.
  • 85:51 Substitution (Tottenham) makes a substitution, with Peter Crouch coming on for Niko Kranjcar.
  • 84:37 Dwight Tiendalli sends in a cross, clearance made by Sebastien Bassong.
  • 82:53 Wilson Palacios gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nacer Chadli. Direct free kick taken by Wout Brama.
  • 81:03 A cross is delivered by Gareth Bale, Roberto Rosales gets a block in.
  • 78:43 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gareth Bale by Roberto Rosales. Benoit Assou-Ekotto takes the direct free kick.
  • 77:54 Gareth Bale sends in a cross, save made by Sander Boschker.
  • 76:21 The ball is delivered by Nacer Chadli, save by Heurelho Gomes.
  • 73:53 Unfair challenge on Benoit Assou-Ekotto by Dario Vujicevic results in a free kick. Benoit Assou-Ekotto takes the direct free kick.
  • 72:59 Wilson Palacios challenges Wout Brama unfairly and gives away a free kick. Wout Brama restarts play with the free kick.
  • 72:30 Substitution Robbie Keane replaces Roman Pavlyuchenko.
  • 72:01 Substitution Dario Vujicevic replaces Marc Janko.
  • 70:07 Theo Janssen takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post.
  • 69:20 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Theo Janssen from the right by-line to the near post, save by Heurelho Gomes.
  • 69:07 Effort from 20 yards by Wout Brama. Save made by Heurelho Gomes.
  • 68:32 The ball is sent over by Gareth Bale, save made by Sander Boschker.
  • 64:38 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dwight Tiendalli by Aaron Lennon. Sander Boschker takes the free kick.
  • 63:58 Unfair challenge on Wilson Palacios by Marc Janko results in a free kick. Sebastien Bassong takes the direct free kick.
  • 63:07 Free kick awarded for a foul by Aaron Lennon on Marc Janko.
  • 63:07 GOAL - Nacer ChadliFC Twente 3 - 3 Tottenham A goal is scored by Nacer Chadli from just outside the penalty area to the top left corner of the goal. FC Twente 3-3 Tottenham.
  • 61:28 Gareth Bale challenges Roberto Rosales unfairly and gives away a free kick. Denny Landzaat takes the free kick.
  • 59:23 Wilson Palacios takes a shot from 18 yards. Save made by Sander Boschker.
  • 59:23 GOAL - Jermain DefoeFC Twente 2 - 3 Tottenham Jermain Defoe finds the net with a goal from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. FC Twente 2-3 Tottenham.
  • 57:24 Nacer Chadli concedes a free kick for a foul on Aaron Lennon. Vedran Corluka takes the direct free kick.
  • 56:36 The ball is delivered by Niko Kranjcar.
  • 55:11 The assist for the goal came from Theo Janssen.
  • 55:11 GOAL - Roberto RosalesFC Twente 2 - 2 Tottenham Roberto Rosales finds the net with a headed goal from inside the area. FC Twente 2-2 Tottenham.
  • 49:20 The offside flag is raised against Luuk de Jong. Free kick taken by Heurelho Gomes.
  • 48:56 The ball is sent over by Nacer Chadli.
  • 48:10 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marc Janko by William Gallas. Theo Janssen shoots direct from the free kick.
  • 47:48 Corner taken by Theo Janssen from the left by-line to the near post, Nacer Chadli takes a shot. Save by Heurelho Gomes.
  • 47:24 Marc Janko takes a shot. William Gallas gets a block in.
  • 46:27 The assist for the goal came from Aaron Lennon.
  • 46:27 GOAL - Jermain DefoeFC Twente 1 - 2 Tottenham Jermain Defoe finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the area low into the middle of the goal. FC Twente 1-2 Tottenham.
  • 46:18 Gareth Bale delivers the ball.
  • 45:01 The second half has started.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+1:26 The ref blows to end the first period.
  • 45:00+1:03 Gareth Bale sends in a cross, Shot by Jermain Defoe from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
  • 45:00+0:44 Nacer Chadli sends in a cross, save made by Heurelho Gomes.
  • 44:46 Roberto Rosales gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gareth Bale. Benoit Assou-Ekotto restarts play with the free kick.
  • 44:19 Aaron Lennon delivers the ball, clearance made by Wout Brama.
  • 44:01 Centre by Gareth Bale, Dwight Tiendalli makes a clearance.
  • 42:57 The ball is crossed by Gareth Bale, Sander Boschker makes a save.
  • 42:12 Wilson Palacios gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Theo Janssen. Direct free kick taken by Theo Janssen.
  • 40:59 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Wilson Palacios by Wout Brama. Niko Kranjcar takes the free kick.
  • 40:08 Roberto Rosales delivers the ball, Marc Janko has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the goal.
  • 39:40 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Theo Janssen, save by Heurelho Gomes.
  • 39:12 The ball is crossed by Luuk de Jong, blocked by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.
  • 38:51 Luuk de Jong concedes a free kick for a foul on Benoit Assou-Ekotto. Direct free kick taken by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.
  • 37:29 Gareth Bale fouled by Roberto Rosales, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.
  • 37:13 Marc Janko sends in a cross.
  • 37:01 Nacer Chadli delivers the ball, William Gallas manages to make a clearance.
  • 36:47 The ball is sent over by Nacer Chadli, Vedran Corluka gets a block in.
  • 36:08 Niko Kranjcar has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 34:49 Niko Kranjcar concedes a free kick for a foul on Wout Brama. Wout Brama takes the free kick.
  • 34:22 Effort on goal by Marc Janko from 20 yards. Save made by Heurelho Gomes.
  • 33:18 Substitution Aaron Lennon joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jermaine Jenas.
  • 31:13 Booking The referee shows Jermaine Jenas a yellow card for dissent.
  • 29:37 Shot by Nacer Chadli. William Gallas gets a block in.
  • 28:17 A cross is delivered by Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Douglas Franco manages to make a clearance.
  • 28:05 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Niko Kranjcar, clearance made by Peter Wisgerhof.
  • 27:36 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Niko Kranjcar from the right by-line to the near post, Roman Pavlyuchenko takes a shot. Save made by Sander Boschker.
  • 27:20 Shot from 20 yards by Roman Pavlyuchenko. Save made by Sander Boschker.
  • 26:02 Centre by Nacer Chadli, Sebastien Bassong manages to make a clearance.
  • 25:02 Roman Pavlyuchenko handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Douglas Franco.
  • 24:35 Roberto Rosales produces a cross, Heurelho Gomes makes a save.
  • 23:45 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Theo Janssen by Niko Kranjcar. Centre by Theo Janssen, Luuk de Jong takes a shot. Save by Heurelho Gomes.
  • 23:29 Denny Landzaat crosses the ball, Sebastien Bassong manages to make a clearance.
  • 23:19 Nacer Chadli crosses the ball, save by Heurelho Gomes.
  • 21:51 Benoit Assou-Ekotto is adjudged to have handled the ball.
  • 21:51 GOAL - Denny LandzaatFC Twente 1 - 1 Tottenham Denny Landzaat scores a penalty. FC Twente 1-1 Tottenham.
  • 19:44 Roberto Rosales has a volleyed shot. Benoit Assou-Ekotto gets a block in.
  • 17:41 Gareth Bale fouled by Luuk de Jong, the ref awards a free kick. Gareth Bale takes the direct free kick.
  • 11:17 GOAL - Peter WisgerhofFC Twente 0 - 1 Tottenham Own goal by Peter Wisgerhof. FC Twente 0-1 Tottenham.
  • 10:26 The ball is delivered by Gareth Bale, save by Sander Boschker.
  • 9:49 The ball is crossed by Roberto Rosales, save by Heurelho Gomes.
  • 7:46 Wilson Palacios concedes a free kick for a foul on Denny Landzaat. Strike comes in from Theo Janssen from the free kick.
  • 6:18 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Niko Kranjcar from the right by-line, clearance made by Peter Wisgerhof.
  • 5:56 The ball is swung over by Gareth Bale, blocked by Wout Brama.
  • 4:35 Theo Janssen takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Roman Pavlyuchenko.
  • 4:17 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Theo Janssen, Sebastien Bassong makes a clearance.
  • 3:56 Wout Brama takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Save by Heurelho Gomes.
  • 3:14 Free kick awarded for a foul by William Gallas on Denny Landzaat. Denny Landzaat restarts play with the free kick.
  • 0:00 The game gets underway.

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7 Dec 2010 23:59 UK


Champ Lge Group A table snapshot

As it stood on 7 Dec 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Tottenham 6 7 11
2 Inter Milan 6 1 10
3 FC Twente 6 -2 6
4 Werder Bremen 6 -6 5

Champ Lge Group B table snapshot

As it stood on 7 Dec 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Schalke 04 6 7 13
2 Lyon 6 1 10
3 Benfica 6 -5 6
4 Hapoel Tel-Aviv 6 -3 5

Champ Lge Group C table snapshot

As it stood on 7 Dec 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Man Utd 6 6 14
2 Valencia 6 11 11
3 Rangers 6 -3 6
4 Bursaspor 6 -14 1

Champ Lge Group D table snapshot

As it stood on 7 Dec 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Barcelona 6 11 14
2 FC Copenhagen 6 2 10
3 Rubin Kazan 6 -2 6
4 Panathinaikos 6 -11 2

Champ Lge Group E table snapshot

As it stood on 7 Dec 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Bayern Munich 5 7 12
2 Roma 5 -1 9
3 Basle 5 0 6
4 CFR Cluj-Napoca 5 -6 3

Champ Lge Group F table snapshot

As it stood on 7 Dec 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 5 11 15
2 Marseille 5 8 9
3 Spartak Moscow 5 -4 6
4 MSK Zilina 5 -15 0

Champ Lge Group G table snapshot

As it stood on 7 Dec 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Real Madrid 5 9 13
2 AC Milan 5 2 8
3 Ajax 5 -6 4
4 Auxerre 5 -5 3

Champ Lge Group H table snapshot

As it stood on 7 Dec 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 S. Donetsk 5 4 12
2 Arsenal 5 9 9
3 Braga 5 -4 9
4 Partizan Belgrade 5 -9 0

see also
Redknapp plans to keep attacking
08 Dec 10 |  Tottenham
Inter slump to defeat at Bremen
07 Dec 10 |  Europe
Tuesday football as it happened
07 Dec 10 |  Football
Tuesday's football photos
07 Dec 10 |  Cricket
Tottenham 3-0 Werder Bremen
24 Nov 10 |  Europe
Tottenham 4-1 FC Twente
29 Sep 10 |  Europe


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