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Iversen on fire again

Posted on 25 July 2000  - 12:00

English Barclays Premiership

Bodens BK 0-6 Spurs

Steffen Iversen's Scandinavian spree continued against Swedish Second Division outfit Bodens BK on Monday night. In the third and final friendly of the tour, the Norwegian hitman netted twice in four minutes in the first half to take his tally to five goals in three games.

Our top scorer last season and the only Premiership player to score in every competition he played in - Premiership, FA Cup, Worthington Cup, UEFA Cup and Euro2000 - Iversen tapped home Sergei Rebrov's square pass in the 33rd minute before beating home keeper Joachim Stoltz to Anthony Gardner's defence-splitting pass and lobbing home his second and our third.

Iversen was earlier denied in a one-on-one situation by Stoltz and after the break, saw his chance of a hat-trick blocked on the line by Nils-Ake Claesson. It wasn't all about Iversen though. Sergei Rebrov looked sharp in his 73 minutes and had already put us 1-0 up before laying Iversen's first goal on a plate. With 11 minutes on the clock, the Ukrainian was perfectly placed to smash home the loose ball after David Ginola's free-kick was cleared off the line.

Tim Sherwood ran the show from midfield after coming on at half-time and thoroughly deserved his goal after 57 minutes, half-volleying into the roof of the net after Gardner had flicked on Stephen Clemence's corner. After a few more near misses, the final exchanges belonged to Chris Armstrong. On as substitute for Rebrov with only 17 minutes left, the striker buried Sherwood's cross with two minutes remaining and then deliciously dinked home a last-minute penalty after being fouled in the area.

Spurs: Sullivan (Walker 45), Carr (Young 61), Taricco (Thatcher 61), Gardner (Vega 81), Campbell (Perry 81), Leonhardsen (Anderton 61), Freund (Sherwood 45), Clemence, Ginola (Etherington 45), Rebrov (Ferdinand 73), Iversen (Armstrong 73).
Goals: Rebrov (11), Iversen (33, 37), Sherwood (57), Armstrong (88, 89 pen).
Attendance: 6,322.

Photographs courtesy of Action Images Ltd.

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