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Report: Spurs 2-0 Porto

Posted on 6 August 2005  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Edgar Davids made his Spurs debut but it was Jermain Defoe who stole the show with a superb two-goal display against Porto at the Lane.


The Dutchman was summoned on the hour in the friendly against the former Champions League winners and, as welcomes go, you will rarely hear a more enthusiastic one than offered by the 36,112 inside White Hart Lane.


While Davids was introducing himself with a typical all action display in the middle, the little hitman set about breaking the stalemate and did so in considerable style.


Three of the new boys started the game - Paul Stalteri, Teemu Tainio and Wayne Routledge - with this week's headline grabber beginning on the bench. Paul Robinson was awarded his first action of this pre-season, while Michael Dawson and Erik Edman were drafted back into the fold after struggles with a broken nose and Achilles respectively.


Helder Postiga wandered over to our vantage point in the press box after the Porto players had inspected the pitch on arrival. Now married, Helder looked a very happy individual and had only good things to say about his new coach Co Adriaanse after the experience of playing under three different coaches last term.


The 22-year-old commented on how impressed he is with our group of young players and joked that he probably left too soon! However, he did quickly remind us about his goal against England in Euro 2004 - and the penalty! At which point we swiftly ushered him back towards the dressing room...


There was a new man behind the mike for the day on the pre-match show - one Gary O'Reilly of Spurs and Crystal Palace fame, who has since established himself as a radio man with Five Live and Radio London. After being drowned out while the players emerged for the warm-up, even more so when Davids stepped out, he went on to present Peace Cup action, acquired Ladbrokes odds and chatted with the legend Steve Perryman.


Before this there was a cheering vote to determine the best goal of last season from a choice of five - Defoe (Arsenal), Kanoute (Man City), Marney (Everton, Mendes (Man Utd) or Edman (Liverpool). You will not be surprised to learn that the Mendes goal that never was won the day by a big cheer.


It was an incredible turn-out for a pre-season encounter - particularly during the holiday season and there were very few blue seats visible around the ground on a warm-ish afternoon in N17.


There was some fairly incisive football played in the opening minutes and, like we have seen so far in this preparation period, Tainio was very busy in the middle, while Stalteri gave the impression of an attack-minded full-back.


Robinson showed his reflexes have not dulled during his period of absence on seven minutes when Lisandro crossed deep from the right onto the head of Benni McCarthy, who tested Robbo high at his near post.


Two minutes later and the chance to open the scoring was very much at the other end when Defoe dispossessed Ricardo Costa and scurried through on goal. The legs of Porto keeper Vitor Baia prevented his side falling behind. An overhead kick from McCarthy then gave Robinson an anxious moment in what was an enterprising first ten minutes or so.


On 27 minutes Defoe came mighty close to securing the lead when Andy Reid teased a cross in from the left that the England striker attempted to divert goalwards, but his flick fell inches wide of Baia's left hand post with the keeper stranded.


It would be fair to say that the biggest cheers of the first half were reserved for our new Dutch midfielder when he took his turn to warm up along the touchline. Defoe nearly scoring from another Reid cross on 35 minutes would probably have cranked the noise levels up a little higher though.


Robinson had to be alert three minutes before the break after Jorginho sliced through the left of our defences to give McCarthy a clear route on goal. Off his line like a flash, the England No.1 stayed big before smothering the effort of the South African striker.


Robbo was replaced after half-time by Radek Cerny, sticking to his original plan of featuring for 45 minutes, in the only change from the starting line-up at the beginning of the second half.


The first 15 minutes of the second period did not bring much in terms of scoring opportunities and it wasn't until Mido forced Baia to clutch the ball under his bar from a header on 58 minutes that attention was diverted from the warming up Davids.


He was duly summoned on the hour to the huge acclaim of the crowd, replacing Andy Reid. The game needed a kick-start and we waited to see if our newest recruit could provide it.


Davids immediately injected a bite into midfield proceedings, snapping into tackles and bringing out a sense of urgency among his teammates. He very nearly got on the scoresheet with a dipping drive across goal that Baia was forced to push over his crossbar.


On 72 minutes Baia was again desperately backtracking but this time his luck had run out. Michael Carrick played a clever ball over the top and Defoe, under pressure, executed an audacious lob from outside the area that the retreating Baia got a hand to but could not prevent dropping into his net.


The feat was repeated on 84 minutes when a superb pass from Tainio set Defoe on the run again. Baia was quickly out of his goal but his efforts were in vain as Defoe simply left him stranded as the ball sailed over his head before nestling in the back of the net.


Team: Robinson (Cerny45), Stalteri, Edman, Dawson, Gardner, Carrick, Tainio, Reid (Davids 60), Routledge (Keane 69), Defoe, Mido (Kanoute 69). Subs: Naybet, Kelly, Davenport, Bunjevcevic.