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BAYER 0, SPURS 1

Posted on 23 November 2006  - 12:00

All the action from Thursday night's 1-0 victory in the UEFA Cup against Bayer Leverkusen in the BayArena.

All the action from Thursday night's 1-0 victory in the UEFA Cup against Bayer Leverkusen in the BayArena.

Pascal Chimbonda, Aaron Lennon and Teemu Tainio returned from injury to start tonight's UEFA Cup group stage match at Bayer Leverkusen. Steed Malbranque made his first start for us in the UEFA Cup while it was Robbie Keane and Dimitar Berbatov up front - Berbatov, of course, returning to his former club.

THE KEY ACTION...

5mins: Tainio picked out Malbranque down the left, he turned it inside for Berbatov, left side of the box, low cross caught on the slide by Butt.

11mins: Searching pass from Dawson picked out the run of Keane, beat the offside trap but couldn't quite haul the ball in, Butt out to collect.

13mins: Malbranque pinpoint pass into Berbatov, left side of box, had Keane and Lennon in support but slightly overhit pass intended for Keane and Butt collected.

15mins: SUB - BAYER LEVERKUSEN. Schwegler for injured Barnetta.

21mins: Bad bounce almost saw Rolfes through on goal, Chimbonda there to mop up.

22mins: CHANCE. Tainio swung in corner from the left, Berbatov rose well but couldn't keep header on target from 12 yards.

23mins: More great defending from Chimbonda, Rolfes hung up cross from the right, Voronin there to attack it but Chimbonda managed to flick away from standing jump.

32mins: SAVE. Zokora won ball in midfield, found Berbatov, he weighed up his options before drilling low shot that Butt parried diving to his right.

35mins: GOAL - SPURS. Zokora started it all by zipping fine pass to Keane, right side, he rolled it into the path of Lennon cutting in from right, low cross-shot fell at feet of Berbatov six yards out and he tapped home.
Bayer Leverkusen 0, Spurs 1

37mins: CHANCE. Butt came charging out of his area to head ball clear but got it all wrong, colliding into Juan, ball fell to Berbatov but he couldn't get shot away, pass to Lennon who was offside because Butt still out of his goal.

39mins: Voronin dragged shot wide from 25 yards.

40mins: Lennon played it wide to Keane, left side of box, he comfortably beat Schwegler but shot blocked.

44mins: Berbatov beat offside trap, left side, cut into box and had three players to aim at, pass cut out by Madouni.

Half-time: Bayer Leverkusen 0, Spurs 1

Half-time: SUB - BAYER LEVERUSEN. Freier for Kiessling.

48mins: Chance on the counter, Malbranque lovely pass through eye of a needle for Berbatov, had Keane in support but slipped as he cut inside Juan and ball cleared.

52mins: SAVE. Bayer Leverkusen's best chance yet, Ramelow played in Freier, right side of box, drilled low shot that Robinson turned aside with his legs.

52mins: SAVE. Barbarez met Voronin's corner with a downward header from 12 yards, skipped up off the surface but Robinson took cleanly to his right.

56mins: SAVE. Freier did well down the right, managed to get cross in despite attentions of Assou-Ekotto, ball rolled into path of Voronin who side-footed shot to left post, Robinson fine reaction save and then gathered loose ball.

57mins: MISS. Keane released down the left by Tainio, into box, great cross with outside of right foot looked on a plate for Berbatov who somehow missed ball three yards out.

64mins: SAVE. Lennon cut in from right, lovely pass to Keane on the left, took a touch and aimed to slide into corner, Butt read it and made fine save.

65mins: WOODWORK. Schneider let fly from fully 35 yards, ball cannoned back off the right upright with Robinson at full stretch

68mins: SUB - SPURS. Huddestone for Malbranque.

69mins: SAVE. Voronin tried his luck from 25 yards, Robinson parried shot out but up quickly to gather loose ball at Barbarez closed in.

75mins: SUB - SPURS. Mido for Berbatov.

77mins: Voronin lashed over from 25 yards.

79mins: SUB - BAYER LEVERKUSEN. De Wit for Ramelow.

84mins: Huddlestone 20-yarder straight at Butt.

88mins: Voronin fired across goal, Barbarez couldn't get onto it far post.

89mins: SAVE. Huddlestone broke up play and we're off on the break again, Keane took it up, waited for Chimbonda who raced fully 80 yards to join in, rolled pass into his path, Chimbonda's low shot saved by Butt with his legs.

Added time: SAVE. Keane wriggled a yard of space despite the attention of two defenders, opted to smash it, Butt stood up well to palm away.

Added time: SAVE. Four players in the box against two, Mido in, right of goal, had Keane there for tap in but went for goal and Butt saved again.

Full-time: Bayer Leverkusen 0, Spurs 1

THE LINE-UPS

Bayer Leverkusen: Butt, Juan, Rolfes, Barnetta (Schwegler, 15), Barbarez, Kiessling (Freier, 46), Voronin, Madouni, Schneider, Castro, Ramelow (De Wit, 79). Subs: Domaschke, Stenman, Haggui, Athirson.

Spurs: Robinson, Chimbonda, Dawson, King, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon, Tainio, Zokora, Malbranque (Huddlestone, 68), Keane, Berbatov. Subs: Cerny, Lee, Davenport, Ghaly, Mido, Defoe.

THE OFFICIALS

Referee: Mr M Hansson. Assistants: Mr H Andren, Mr J Fink. Fourth official: Mr H Jonasson.