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Luka leads us into last 16

Posted on 24 November 2010  - 12:00

The team stormed into the knockout stages of the Champions League with a comprehensive 3-0 win against Werder Bremen on Wednesday night.

Luka leads us into last 16

The team stormed into the knockout stages of the Champions League with a comprehensive 3-0 win against Werder Bremen on Wednesday night.

Goals from Younes Kaboul, Luka Modric and Peter Crouch made it four wins in four at the Lane in the Champions League and three out of three in Group A.

The 3-0 scoreline made it 15 goals in our five group games so far with the final match at Dutch champions FC Twente on December 7.

Inter Milan's 1-0 victory against Twente means we stay top of the group on goal difference, level on 10 points with the Italians. Twente are on five, Werder Bremen on four.

The final round of matches will therefore decide who wins the group with Inter travelling to Bremen.

The highlight of Wednesday's victory was Modric's goal to make it 2-0 just before half-time.

Latching onto Peter Crouch's knock down, Modric had the skill to lose marker Sebastien Prodl in such a tigh space before volleying home.

Modric was outstanding throughout, his passing and movement picking apart the Bundesliga side.

Aaron Lennon was also in fine form setting up the first and third goals as we tore into the Germans down both flanks, Gareth Bale typically full of energy down the left.

Harry Redknapp made just one change to the team that famously beat Arsenal on Saturday as Crouch came in for the injured Rafael van der Vaart.

That meant we switched to a 4-4-2 system with Crouch partnering Roman Pavlyuchenko.

A fast start was the order of the day and it arrived via Saturday's matchwinner Kaboul in the sixth minute.

It was a clinical finish as well from the central defender, still loitering with intent after Bale's corner was only half-cleared.

That clearance ended up wide right with Lennon, who showed that typical burst of pace to lose Dominik Schmidt and cut back for Kaboul to volley down and into the top corner from 10 yards.

In control of that opening period, our fluency was disrupted by an injury to Jermaine Jenas, who limped out of the action after 19 minutes. Wilson Palacios stepped into central midfield alongside Modric.

Werder Bremen started to get more of a foothold in the match but we always looked the more dangerous, the visitors restricted to long shots off target.

A carbon-copy Lennon touch and sprint away from Schmidt led to a golden chance for Pavlyuchenko, who opted to take a touch rather than go first-time, his shot eventually blocked.

Bale broke away down the centre only for Per Mertesacker to block his goalbound effort but just seconds after the fourth official showed one minute added time, we doubled the lead.

Again, it came from the right as Alan Hutton floated in a cross headed down by Crouch into the path of Modric.

There was still so much to do as the ball bounced up but Modric's body shape and fake to shoot completely foxed Prodl and before Mertesacker could get near him, Modric had volleyed past Wiese. A quite brilliant goal.

It was chance after chance in the second half.

Bale hit the top of the crossbar with a free-kick before teasing in a cross that Crouch looked certain to nod home from close range, only for his header to hit Prodl.

The crowd was still wondering how that stayed out when we were awarded a penalty as Felix Kroos tripped Modric.

Bale stepped up but Wiese guessed right and blocked the spot kick diving to his left.

Jermain Defoe was introduced to a standing ovation after 57 minutes, replacing Pavlyuchenko, his first action at the Lane since August.

It didn't take him long to get going, seven minutes in fact as he latched onto a loose ball 30 yards out, lost Prodl and fired in a shot that Wiese did well to turn away to his left.

The movement of Modric and Lennon, the energy of Hutton and Bale down the flanks and Modric's passing variety continued to pin the Germans back.

Defoe released the overlapping Bale for the next chance, fizzed inches wide by the Welshman.

A third goal was inevitable and, no surprises, involved Bale and Lennon.

Bale started it with a burst down the left, his cross bounced off the top of the crossbar where Lennon took over, beat Schmidt and squared for Crouch to slot home from eight yards.

No surprises at that goalscorer, either - that was Crouchy's sixth goal so far in this Champions League campaign.

That was Bale's last contribution, replaced by Niko Kranjcar in the 81st minute.

Kranjcar came closest to adding a fourth when his free-kick landed on the roof of the net.

That would have been the cherry on the icing on the cake on another European night to remember at the Lane.

Spurs (4-4-2): Gomes; Hutton, Gallas, Kaboul, Assou-Ekotto; Lennon, Jenas (Palacios, 19), Modric, Bale (Kranjcar, 81); Crouch, Pavlyuchenko (Defoe, 57). Subs - Cudicini, Bassong, Corluka, Keane.

Werder Bremen (4-2-3-1): Wiese; Fritz, Mertesacker, Prodl, Schmidt; Jensen (Pasanen, 85), Bargfrede; Kroos (Ayik, 55), Hunt (Thy, 78), Marin; Wagner. Subs - Mielitz, Husejinovic, Andersen, Testroet.

Goals: Spurs - Kaboul 6, Modric 45, Crouch 79.

Attendance: 33,546.

Referee: Olegario Benquerenca (Portugal).