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Iversen keeps the run going

Posted on 12 August 2000  - 12:00

English Barclays Premiership

Vitesse Arnhem 0-2 Spurs

Steffen Iversen was in seventh heaven in Vitesse Arnhem's magnificent Gelredrome on Saturday night - with his seventh goal in eight pre-season games.

The Norwegian international - top scorer at the Lane for the last two seasons - took just five minutes after coming on as a second half substitute to break the deadlock. After a move involving Sergei Rebrov and Stephen Carr, Darren Anderton whipped in a low cross from the right and Iversen sidefooted home with aplomb from eight yards.

Darren Anderton's strike 18 minutes later was enough for our seventh win in eight pre-season friendlies with just one goal conceded.

The first half was an even affair. Neil Sullivan paried an early shot from Vitesse Arnhem's impressive left-back Marc van Hintum and his opposite number Dragoslav Jevric saved comfortably from Steffen Freund and Anderton. The next 20 minutes were keenly contested, if somewhat scrappy, before Jevric had to tip away a Ferdinand header after a trademark hanging leap to meet Anderton's deep cross.

That signalled action at both ends with Carlos Fortes breaking free of Sol Campbell and Chris Perry but dragging his effort wide. Play switched back to the Vitesse Arnhem area as Anderton wriggled past two defenders before laying the ball to Ferdinand, whose fierce 18-yard strike was well turned around by Jevric.

The home side's best move led to the best save of the half after 32 minutes. Tim Cornelisse reached the byline down the right and his cross was met powerfully by Matthew Amoah, only for Sullivan to divert the ball onto the crossbar and over. Minutes later and Mahamadou Diarra's volley flashed wide.

Iversen's goal was the highlight of an uneventful start to the second half before Anderton cashed in on a defensive mistake for 2-0 after 73 minutes. Stephen Clemence started it all by charging down Hintum's attempted clearance. Clemence laid it back to Rebrov, whose pass to Anderton was totally missed by Zonta to allow the midfielder to slot home.

Sullivan got down well to block Sikora's near-post effort as three more substitutes - Luke Young, Mauricio Taricco and Simon Davies - all entered the fray.

Sikora's shot was deflected just wide and Sullivan saved well again low down from Zonta before our final attempt - Rebrov's header just inches wide from Clemence's cross in the last minute.

Spurs: Sullivan, Carr, Thatcher (Taricco 78), Campbell, Perry, Anderton (Young 78), Freund, Sherwood (Davies 78), Clemence, Rebrov, Ferdinand (Iversen 45).

Vitesse Arnhem: Jevric, Pothuizen, Diarra, van Hintum, Kreek, Martel (Zongo 60), Fortes, Janssen (Laros 60), Amoah (Sikora 69), van der Schaaf, Cornelisse.