Glasgow Celtic   0   Tottenham Hotspur    2      (Half-time score : 0-1)

Jubileum Tournament
Venue : -  De Kuip, Rotterdam
Friday 1st August 2008
Kick Off :  5.30 p.m.
Crowd :   ,
Referee :  - (-)
Weather :  -  Sunny, hot
Teams : - 
Glasgow Celtic :

Boruc

M. Wilson (Naylor 62)
McManus (c) (O'Dea 46)
Caudwell
Hinkel

S. Brown
Robson (Caddis 56)
Hartley (Donati 74)
McGeady

McDonald
Venegoor de Hesselink (Samaras 63)

Unused subs: 
M. Brown
Balde

Tottenham Hotspur :

Gomes

Assou-Ekotto
Dawson
Woodgate (Bale 46)
Zokora (Gunter 84)

Jenas (c)
Modric (O'Hara 84)
Huddlestone (King 63)
Lennon (Bentley 46)

Bent
Berbatov

Unused subs: 
Jansson
Gilberto

Colours : -  (kits courtesy of http://www.colours-of-football.com)
Glasgow Celtic

Tottenham Hotspur
Scorers : -  
Glasgow Celtic

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Tottenham Hotspur

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Cards : -  
Glasgow Celtic

       

    

Tottenham Hotspur 

       

     

Match Report : -  
A stroll in the sunshine ended in a comfortable 2-0 win against a frankly useless Celtic side, who wouldn't last a minute in the Premier League.

Whoever it was who said Scottish football is full of hammer throwers wasn't wrong.  The physical approach taken by the Glasgow side, with only Aiden McGeady showing any spark of creative ability, meant that the greatest risk the Spurs side were likely to suffer was bad injury.  Rarely can Heurelho Gomes have had a more uninvolved game.  Even in the Dutch league, where he played for PSV.

The ease with which Tottenham eased through the 90 minutes was embarrassing.  Within three minutes they should have taken the lead, when a good cross into the six yard box was met by a completely unmarked Jermaine Jenas, but he got his header all wrong and it came softly off his shoulder when any sort of decent connection would have beaten Boruc.

With ten minutes on the clock, Spurs had their first bit of defending to do, with Woodgate getting his head in the way of Venegoor of Hesselink's header from McGeady's cross.  Zokora, who was playing at right back, did well when McGeady provided the next bit of Celtic attacking play and he stood up rather than diving in and bent down to provide a bigger barrier to the winger's effort on goal and it drifted wide for a corner.

Darren Bent had been looking lively before his goal.  He had made some good runs without receiving the ball and had almost put Jenas in on goal, but his pass was cut out.  A couple of times in the second half, Berbatov showed his frustration with the 16 million striker when passes, which might have put him in on goal, were picked off.  However, it was a Celtic man who set up his goal.  Hartley didn't look up when he played a 24th minute back pass and it was short of the penalty area when Bent nipped in to take it wide enough of Boruc to leave him without a chance of smothering the shot and enough of an angle to put it past the Polish goalie and into the empty net.  The first touch had just enough weight on it to give him the right angle to score and showed his confidence is building with the more games he plays.

Playing nice little triangles around the Celtic players, the only Scot who made an impression was Scott Brown, who went in late on Huddlestone and then brought down Modric, before making sure he trod on the player as well.  It was interesting watching it on TV, with the Scottish co-commentator, Davie Provan, struggling to find things to praise the Celtic players for and plumping for Brown's importance being his competitiveness in midfield and Robson's industry. 

Modric and Huddlestone were picking out their short and long passes respectively, leaving Celtic struggling to keep up with the play, even though the pace was fairly sedentary.  In the heat, players were playing within themselves to last the match out, but this was far from Tottenham's first team, while Celtic were fielding most of the first choice side and are only a week away from the start of their season.  Only Boruc's anticipation stopped Tottenham turning round two goals to the good, with a rush out of goal to block Bent just inside the area when Modric slipped a perceptive pass through the static Celtic defence.

At the break, Bentley came on for Lennon and Bale for Woodgate to keep the pressure on the Scots.  Little came towards the Spurs goal, as they kept the ball well and mounted wave after wave of attacks, even though they failed to create a large number of openings.  Bent put a low cross in from the right and Berbatov stepped over the ball (more of which later) for Modric, but he was held as he went for it, but the ref gave nothing.  Bentley linked up with Bent (this is going to get confusing) and his long pass beyond the back line saw the striker race onto it, turn and then hit s shot at goal, which was saved on 55 minutes.

Ramos continued to ring the changes and Ledley King came on for Tom Huddlestone, filling in alongside Daws in the centre of defence, but he had little defending to do, allowing him to move forward with the ball from the back line.  Using the ball out of defence, with the full backs pushing on in support of the midfielders, helped Spurs create some good positions wide on both flanks, but often the cross was a little too strong, with Bentley hitting one just too high for Bale to run in onto and Bale doing the same for Berbatov.  However, when Bale got away down the left in the 79th minute, he kept his calm, cut back from the dead ball line and put in a low ball to the near post.  Berbatov, who had looked interested and sulky in equal measure, darted to the ball with Naylor and Boruc in close attendance, but he left the ball, fooling both Celts and the ball ran across the edge of the six yard box to David Bentley, who had the simple task of putting it into an empty net.  His celebration matched his words about his joy in joining Spurs, as he gloried in his first goal right n front of the majority of Tottenham fans.  He didn't kiss the badge, but it was a close thing.

Coming near the end and with Celtic offering little cause for concern, Spurs took off Zokora and Modric and gave Chris Gunter and Jamie O'Hara a few minutes at the death.  The last chance fell to Spurs, with Bent taking on a defender on the right side of the box and choosing to hit a shot rather than play the ball across to Berbatov, but his effort rippled the side netting rather then the inside of it and before long it was all over.

With Borussia Dortmund beating Feyenoord in the other game, the German side will contest the tournament with Spurs in the early game on Sunday, but this was no real test for Tottenham and they will be hoping for a more competitive match in a couple of days time.

All who featured had good games, with nobody having a stinker, with Berbatov showing touches of commitment (he even chased back at the beginning) and most players looking sharp.  They need to continue their winning streak and take that into the start of the season.

STAN CHUN

 

 

 
 

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