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MATCH REPORT

Posted on 13 May 2007  - 12:00

UEFA Cup football will be back on our fixture list for next season after qualification was assured with a 2-1 victory over Manchester City at the Lane.

UEFA Cup football will be back on our fixture list for next season after qualification was assured with a 2-1 victory over Manchester City at the Lane.Robbie Keane and Dimitar Berbatov both netted in the final game of season 2006-07 and, although City did halve the deficit, victory was rarely in doubt and Jermain Defoe even missed a penalty with five minutes left.

So it was a winning debut for the new all-white kit to mark the Club's 125th anniversary and a second fifth place Premiership finish was duly recorded.

It was pretty much one-way traffic from the off with Aaron Lennon in particular tomenting his marker with a couple of dashes down the left that left Nedum Onouha trailing. However, the opening goal came from a more central route on nine minutes when Jermaine Jenas - restored to the side after a back injury - chipped forward into the area and the quickest to react was Keane, who went on to drill past Andreas Isaksson to make it 22 goals for the season in his 200th appearance in a Spurs shirt.

City did not bring much to the final day party in the first 20 minutes until Darius Vassell found himself in a yard of space eight or nine yards out from goal in a central position. The former England striker got the ball out of his feet quickly and hit goalwards, only to be denied by the superb reactions of Paul Robinson.

The visitors were dealt a further blow just before the half hour mark when Sylvain Distin was forced to withdraw through injury and the former Liverpool man Didi Hamann came on, with City reshuffling at the back.

Their discomfort on such a wet afternoon was increased after 31 minutes when Berbatov first came close to playing in Lennon before taking matters into his own hands and firing past Isaksson to leave the ball nestling in the bottom right hand corner for his 23rd goal of the campaign.

Five minutes before the break City conjured up a goal out of almost nothing. Hamann floated in a harmless looking cross from the right, but Emile Mpenza gave Pascal Chimbonda the slip and got in front of the full-back to nod across Paul Robinson and into the net. It was the sort of goal that has proved such a frustration this term.

City should have been as good as out of it, but they got a lifeline to offer some encouragement to the team in blue going into the interval.

There was a statement of intent from Keane just a minute into the second half when he arrowed a shot just wide of Isaksson's top left hand corner, although it was City who came back into it strongly and enjoyed strong spells of possession. A DeMarcus Beasley cross and Mpenza header had Robinson reaching for his top corner during this City rally.

The game then lost a bit of life with the ball not really progressing from the central areas with any real decisive quality. Steed Malbranque was introduced in place of Lennon in a bid to add some artistry from the flank.

A quickly taken throw from Chimbonda sent Berbatov scurrying away down the right on 76 minutes and, were in not for the speedy in retreat Richard Dunne intercepting, Keane would have been celebrating a second of the afternoon.

It was come in No.10 to a huge ovation with ten minutes remaining when Keane made way for Jermain Defoe, but it was the unlikely figure of Didier Zokora who had the next big say when he was bundled over by Dunne on 85 minutes.

Referee Mr Bennett pointed to the spot, but Isaksson guessed right when Defoe stepped up and the striker then blasted the rebound over the bar.Why should the excitement stop just because the match is over? Details of Poker tournaments that follow every Tottenham Hotspur game are available byCLICKING HERE...