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Posted on 28 July 2007  - 12:00

The key action from our 3-0 win against Orlando Pirates in the Vodacom Challenge final in Pretoria, South Africa, on Saturday.

The key action from our 3-0 win against Orlando Pirates in the Vodacom Challenge final in Pretoria, South Africa, on Saturday.

Dimitar Berbatov and Darren Bent started up front in the Vodacom Challenge Final in Pretoria, South Africa, on Saturday. Paul Robinson, Michael Dawson, Ricardo Rocha, Didier Zokora and Steed Malbranque were all back in the starting line-up for the third and final match of our South African tour at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium.


Full-time: Orlando Pirates 0, Spurs 3

Added time: 2mins.

88.20: Teferra onto cross from the left, Tainio did well to nick the ball off him.

82.23: SUB - SPURS. Maghoma for Malbranque.

79.17: CHANCE - SPURS. Jenas lovely flighted ball for Defoe who reached it ahead of Chansa flying out of his goal, couldn't get enough on effort to guide home and cleared.

78.42: Kept hold of the ball for ages, Jenas cross eventually taken by Chansa.

74.20: Good hussle from Malbranque won the ball on the left, played one-two with Defoe but cross only found Chansa.

72.58: Teferra battled with Dawson on byline, won corner, corner cleared everyone.

71.32: SUB - SPURS. Tainio for Berbatov.

70.22: CLOSE - SPURS. Almost an own goal as Mikita sliced clearance inches wide from Chimbonda's pass looking for Defoe.

69.42: Teferra shot blocked by Rocha, ball came out to Merahe who hit a low daisy cutter that Robinson fielded easily.

66.58: Berbatov clipped free-kick over wall but Chansa read it, made bit of a hash of the save but Pirates cleared.

66.24: Rocha pass found Berbatov who controlled instantly and was brought down by Seema.

61.12: Merahe pass only half-cleared by Rocha, ball fell to Mokoena who could only guide his shot wide.

58.01: SAVE - ROBINSON. Merahe unleashed thunderbolt from fully 30 yards forcing full-length diving save from Robinson.

56.42: SUB - SPURS. Keane for Huddlestone.

53.29: CHANCE - PIRATES. Dawson couldn't reach Mdledle's cross from left, toed it out to Teferra, Rocha over to make fine block.

52.40: Clattering tackle by Seema on Defoe.

51.05: Huddlestone broke forward, chipped pass wide right to Routledge, cross cleared.

49.44: Jenas pass fractionally overhit for Defoe, Chansa out quickly to hack clear.

49.12: Malbranque did well to spin away from two defenders, pass looking for Stalteri on overlap cut out.

46.59: Chenene shooting chance on edge of box, didn't get hold of it and comfortable save for Robinson.

Half-time: SUBS - SPURS. Routledge, Jenas and Defoe for Zokora, Bent and Taarabt.

Half-time: Orlando Pirates 0, Spurs 3

43.51: Kamwendo 30-yarder straight at Robinson.

42.35: Mkhwanazi whipped in cross to near post that Rocha slid wide for corner, corner came to nothing.

40.41: Move involving Taarabt, Huddlestone and Chimbonda ended with Huddlestone volleying in a cross just ahead of Bent and Berbatov.

37.30: CHANCE - PIRATES. Taarabt lost possession 30 yards out and Pirates soon carved out chance for Mokoena, who fluffed his shot somewhat from the edge of the box.

35.15: Dreadful free-kick into wall from Chenene led to breakaway, Bent switched play to Malbranque and he fed in Chimbonda, who won corner. Rocha headed Taarabt's corner wide.

33.40: Chansa good anticipation to come out and gather at feet of Berbatov as he went after Taarabt's pass.

31.25: Chenene curled 20-yarder wide, Robinson had covered.

30.49: More fine defending from Rocha, easing Makhanya out as he broke into the box.

27.44: CLOSE - SPURS. Malbranque picked out another fine Bent run, Chansa came rusing out which made tight angle easier for Bent, who clipped over the top of the keeper but couldn't quite find target.

27.01: Great hold-up play from Berbatov, drew foul.

23.30: Great defending by Rocha, Dawson initially cleared a cross at full stretch, Makhanya picked up loose ball and ran at Rocha, who timed tackle to perfection. Corner cleared to Kamwendo, who smashed over from 25 yards.

21.21: GOAL - SPURS. Great goal. Berbatov picked out Taarabt's run into the box, he backheeled into path of Bent, who shifted past the last defender and buried low into the corner from 12 yards.
Orlando Pirates 0, Spurs 3

19.43: WOODWORK - SPURS. Huddlestone clipped pass to Bent, who found space between defenders, controlled on his thigh and hit volley from 12 yards that cannoned back off the post.

17.25: GOAL - SPURS. Bent strength held off Makita on byline, squared for Berbatov to slide home from 10 yards.
Orlando Pirates 0, Spurs 2

16.45: CHANCE - SPURS. Chimbonda burst forward, played one-two with Berbatov, drilled shot just wide from 25 yards.

14.58: Good interplay between Malbranque and Berbatov ended with cross blocked for corner. Another deep corner from Taarabt this time went out of play.

13.30: CHANCE - SPURS. Chimbonda free header from Taarabt's deep corner, couldn't keep it on target from eight yards.

10.09: GOAL - SPURS. Corner bobbled about, all fell to Bent who hammered volley home from 10 yards.
Orlando Pirates 0, Spurs 1

9.20: SAVE - CHANSA. Bent space in box, great hit from 16 yards that Chansa did well to tip around at full stretch.

9.04: CHANCE - PIRATES. Lekgwathi played one-two with Mokoena, into box, good shooting chance, blasted over.

7.30: Pirates showing patience in possession, not getting anywhere at moment.

5.01: Huddlestone into Berbatov, he stepped over for Bent, who must have thought Seema would intercept, the defender missed it and the ball fortunately for Pirates ran out of play.

1.44: Fine pass from Huddlestone released Chimbonda down the right, fizzed in cross that was just too far ahead of Berbatov and Bent.

36secs: Berbatov cross just over Bent's head.


2.14pm: Teams out, having team photographs taken, captain Paul Robinson to centre for toss with Pirates skipper Seema.


Orlando Pirates: 44 Chansa, 14 Lekgwathi, 43 Makita, 17 Seema, 19 Mdledle, 06 Gumbi, 07 Kamwendo, 24 Makhanya, 11 Chenene, 23 Mokoena, 36 Matema. Subs: 30 Meyiwa, 33 Chabalala, 05 Mkhwanazi, 34 Mazana, 38 Cashibe, 18 Merahe, 20 Ramudzuli, 16 Segolela, 12 Mashaba, 09 Bucuane, 25 Teferra, 08 Walaza.

Spurs: Robinson, Chimbonda, Stalteri, Dawson, Rocha, Malbranque (Maghoma, 83), Zokora (Jenas, 46), Huddlestone (Keane, 57), Taarabt (Routledge, 46), Bent (Defoe, 46), Berbatov (Tainio, 72). Subs: Cerny, Kaboul, O'Hara, Daniels.