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Milos heads U19s into NextGen quarter-finals

Posted on 23 November 2011  - 12:00

Milos Veljkovic grabbed the winner as our U19s secured a place in the knockout stages of the NextGen Series with a 1-0 win against Basel on Wednesday.

Milos Veljkovic grabbed the winner as our U19s secured a place in the knockout stages of the NextGen Series with a 1-0 win against Basel on Wednesday.

The central defender rose highest to power home Alex Pritchard's free-kick in the 23rd minute of a competitive encounter at Spurs Lodge.

As expected, Basel provided a stern test for Tim Sherwood's team and Jonathan Miles was forced into three fine saves including a match-clinching one-on-one five minutes from time.

Victory made it four wins and a draw from five group fixtures so far and means we'll take our place in the quarter-finals of the all-new European competition next year.

All that's left to decide is who wins Group Four with Inter Milan still capable of leapfrogging us.

However, Inter will have to win their three remaining matches - including our trip to Milan on December 8.

Pritchard forced the first save of the match from Mirko Salvi in the first minute and provided a warning for the visitors with a free-kick from that right that Kudus Oyenuga couldn't turn on target.

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The warning wasn't heeded, however, and when Pritchard stepped up again in the 23rd minute, it turned out to be the decisive moment of the match as Veljkovic headed home from 10 yards.

Pritchard was at the centre of our best work early on and Salvi had to be alert to take another free-kick, this time a direct effort diving to his left from 25 yards.

Nico Zwimpfer broke through centrally to force Miles into his first save as Basel came alive.

Robin Vecchi fired just wide and when Miles was beaten by Zwimpfer, Kevin Stewart managed to get back and slide off the line.

Harry Kane and Souleymane Coulibaly went close as we started on the front foot in the second half.

Play switched end-to-end in the final half-hour. Miles was at his best to tip over substitute Shpetim Sulejmani's 20-yarder destined for the top corner and Stewart was inches wide from 16 yards.

Oyenuga somehow failed to connect with Kane's low cross in the 63rd minute and then Aleksandar Zarkovic struck the post with a header from Darko Jevtic's corner.

Basel's best chance arrived in the 85th minute when Sulejmani broke clean through on goal, central, but Miles stood firm and blocked with his right leg.

That knocked the stuffing out of the visitors and we ended in the ascedency as Salvi denied Kane and then Coulibaly.

Spurs: Miles; Barthram, Nicholson, Veljkovic, Stewart; Kane, Dombaxe (Hawkins, 60), Luongo, Pritchard; Coulibaly, Oyenuga. Unused subs: Granger, Yeboah, Lancaster.

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