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Rollercoaster ride for Rafa

Posted on 30 September 2010  - 12:00

Rafael van der Vaart admitted he went through all the emotions as we beat FC Twente 4-1 in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

Rollercoaster ride for Rafa

Rafael van der Vaart admitted he went through all the emotions as we beat FC Twente 4-1 in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

The Dutch star was denied three times by Twente keeper Nikolay Mihaylov - including from the penalty spot - in the first half of the Group A cracker at the Lane.

He soon made amends by opening the scoring with a wonderful volley just a minute into the second half.

Things looked bright when Roman Pavlyuchenko slotted home our second penalty soon after for 2-0 but Twente soon hit back and then agony for Rafael.

He picked up a second yellow card for a foul on Roberto Rosales and was sent off with half-an-hour still remaining.

Thankfully, 'Pav' soon buried another penalty to make it 3-1 and the 10 men kept it that way until five minutes from time when Gareth Bale wrapped up an excellent 4-1 victory.

"It was a strange match for me," Rafael said afterwards.

"I've certainly not played in a match like this when I've missed a penalty, scored a goal and been sent off, but in the end I'm happy because we won.

"I don't know if it (the second booking) was a yellow card, we jumped together, but it happened.

"It was difficult for me and I was worried then that we might not win the game but the guys played a fantastic game and we deserved to win.

"The team really fought for it and did a great job. It was a really good victory."