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SPURS 3, D BUCHAREST 1

Posted on 14 December 2006  - 12:00

All the action from Thursday night's fine victory against Dinamo Bucharest in our final match in the group stages of the UEFA Cup.

All the action from Thursday night's fine victory against Dinamo Bucharest in our final match in the group stages of the UEFA Cup.

Martin Jol made three changes to the starting line-up - Benoit Assou-Ekotto comes in for Lee Young-Pyo, Hossam Ghaly for Steed Malbranque and Didier Zokora for Teemu Tainio.

THE KEY ACTION...

30secs: CHANCE. Early chance for Berbatov, Defoe fed ball wide to Ghaly, first-time cross picked out Berbatov far post, unmarked, completely missed ball.

2mins: Berbatov played in Defoe, left side of box, chance but Radu over to make fine block.

2mins: SAVE. Play continued, Huddlestone with room to take aim and fire 30 yards out, got hold it it well but Hayeu saw it all the way and made comfortable diving save to his left.

5mins: Zokora broke up play in midfield and went wide to Defoe, deep early cross heading for Berbatov to nod home before outstretched arm of Hayeu tipped it away for corner.

8mins: SAVE. Zokora worked it well with Assou-Ekotto down the left, Zokora nipped past Mihut, crossed for Defoe to control and fire left-foot shot taken well by Hayeu.

11mins: Pulhac cross from left met with tame header wide from Ganea.

14mins: Moti looped Munteanu's whipped free-kick from right a couple of yards wide.

15mins: GOAL - SPURS. All started with Berbatov shot straight at Hayeu, who collected the ball and looked for a quick throw upfield, only to throw it straight at feet of Berbatov, he controlled and smashed back into top corner from 25 yards.
Spurs 1, Dinamo Bucharest 0

17mins: WOODWORK - SPURS. Lennon into feet of Ghaly, he laid back for Defoe to hit a dipper that Hayeu flicked onto the top of the crossbar, ball cleared.

18mins: SAVE. Robinson's first serious action, good save low down to his left to palm out Cristea's shot.

19mins: Another raid down the left from Assou-Ekotto, Defoe onto the cross at the near post but effort deflected wide for corner.

23mins: Slick passing move, Defoe rolled into path of Huddlestone to drive shot that cannoned into Berbatov.

26mins: Good work from Ganea to hold off Assou-Ekotto, clipped in cross for Danciulescu to attack, up against Dawson though and couldn't make good enough connection.

28mins: Ganea and Danciulescu combined well again, this time Danciulescu took cross down on his chest, Chimbonda fine cover to hook danger away.

30mins: Lennon skipped away from a couple of challenges in central midfield, chipped pass almost sent Defoe away but striker couldn't quite pull the ball down.

37mins: Ghaly strike from 20 yards forced low diving save from Hayeu.

38mins: GOAL - SPURS. Move started with Danciulescu's shot straight at Robinson, who took it easily and drilled 60-yard pass out of his hands straight to Defoe's feet, the striker turned two defenders in an instant and raced away towards goal, finishing low past Hayeu as the challenge of the third defender came in. Fantastic goal.
Spurs 2, Dinamo Bucharest 0

41mins: SAVE. Lennon raced down the left, cutback found Defoe who was allowed to turn in box, low shot was creeping inside post until firm hand from Hayeu to keep it out.

Half-time: Spurs 2, Dinamo Bucharest 0

46mins: Mihut tried ambitious shot from 35 yards, ended up in top tier of Park Lane.

46mins: Inch-perfect pass from Zokora to Defoe, he twisted and turned but couldn't quite lose Munteanu, who eventually made tackle.

50mins: GOAL - SPURS. Lightning break led by Zokora and involving Berbatov, Ghaly and Lennon ended with Lennon's shot saved by Hayeu, rebound tapped in by Defoe.
Spurs 3, Dinamo Bucharest 0

51mins: Lennon whipped in low cross from the left, Radu took a swing, sliced it and fortunately the ball landed in Hayeu's hands.

53mins: CLOSE. Chimbonda played in Berbatov, right side of box, drilled inches wide.

56mins: Mihut 30-yarder from right side swerved and dipped, Robinson behind it all the way.

56mins: SUB - DINAMO BUCHAREST. Goian for Munteanu.

57mins: Chimbonda climbing high at far post nodded Lennon's cross back across Hayeu but a few yards wide.

61mins: Short corner routine, Huddlestone got ball back from Defoe and played it square for Lennon to hit one from 18 yards, didn't get hold of it and cleared for another corner. That corner came out to Zokora, who hammered shot back from 25 yards that Hayeu had to punch clear.

62mins: Berbatov and Defoe involved, ball ran back for Huddlestone to let fly from 25 yards, ball flashed just over.

64mins: CLOSE. More possesion and Huddlestone there again, central, 25 yards out, this time hit a thunderbolt that flew a coat of paint wide.

64mins: SUB - DINAMO BUCHAREST. Blay for Margaritescu.

67mins: SUBS - SPURS. Davenport and Malbranque for King and Huddlestone.

68mins: WOODWORK - SPURS. Assou-Ekotto's free-kick from 20 yards found a gap in the wall and cannoned back of post with Hayeu rooted to his line.

68mins: CLOSE. Davenport, first touch, one-two with Defoe, sight of goal and shot on target but clipped Radu's boot and went over.

72mins: YELLOW CARD - DINAMO BUCHAREST. Goian for foul on Malbranque.

75mins: SUB - SPURS. Stalteri for Chimbonda.

76mins: SAVE. Ghaly beat Pulhac down right, pulled back for Berbatov to hit low shot from 10 yards, ball hit inside of Hayeu's leg and dribbled just wide.

76mins: SUB - DINAMO BUCHAREST. Mendi for Danciulescu.

83mins: Pulhac cross from the left, Goian stabbed just wide.

85mins: Another short corner routine, this time Malbranque clipped in cross, Davenport rose well but header floated wide.

Added time: GOAL. Cristea's shot hit Ganea and rebounded at the feet of Mendi, who tucked into corner.
Spurs 3, Dinamo Bucharest 1

Full-time: Spurs 3, Dinamo Bucharest 1

THE LINE-UPS

Spurs: Robinson, Chimbonda (Stalteri, 75), Assou-Ekotto, Dawson, King (Davenport, 67), Ghaly, Huddlestone (Malbranque, 67), Zokora, Lennon, Defoe, Berbatov. Subs: Cerny, YP Lee, Mido, Murphy.

Dinamo Bucharest: Hayeu, Mihut, Pulhac, Moti, Margaritescu (Blay, 64), Munteanu (Goian, 56), Danciulescu (Mendy, 76), Ganea, Cristea, Ropotan, Radu. Subs: Matache, Pascovici, Codreanu, Predescu.

THE OFFICIALS

Referee: Mr B Brugger. Assistants: Mr N Schwab, Mr C Struz. Fourth official: Mr L Hofmann. All from Austria.

THE ATTENDANCE

34,004