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Thursday 14th December 2006

One of the joys of European football is that you get to travel to far off places, see new places and play teams that you have never heard of.

Dinamo Bucharest is one such side that I have no knowledge of - either their team or players.

All I know is they beat Besiktas at home, drew in Brugge and had a 2-1 victory over Leverkusen at home.  This match will decide the top spot in the table and who gets to play a third place UEFA Cup team rather than a third place Champions League side.

All we can hope for is that Dinamo are not like Rapid in the 1970s, who tried to kick Spurs off the pitch and failed to succeed.  I think they are probably more of a footballing side to get the results they have, but it will be an interesting clash, with Spurs keen to finish off the group stage with a clean sweep and the Romanian team keen to maintain their good run.

The way Spurs have been playing in Europe, I reckon that they will be able to keep their 100% record with another win ...

PREDICTION : -  Tottenham Hotspur  2    Dinamo Bucharest  1


TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : -  Jermain Defoe (hamstring); Teemu Tainio (illness); Robbie Keane (knee); Jermaine Jenas (ankle)

DINAMO BUCHAREST :  - Claudiu Niculescu, Ze Kalanga, Iulian Tames, Denis Serban, George Galamaz (all injured), George Blay (doubtful)


ITV 4 - (live coverage)
For coverage in all parts of the world, check here and here

Radio :  
BBC LONDON 94.9FM (London area only), Digital Radio (London area only) &  Sky Channel 0152
 (live coverage)
BBC Radio Five Live (live coverage)  606/939 MW

If available on BBC radio, it can supposedly be heard in these countries on these stations ...
Australia (Melbourne) SEN  -  116 AM  Live Transmissions: TWI, Saturday. 12.45 & 1500 matches
Australia (Sydney)  Radio 2  -  1611AM  Live Transmission: TWI, Saturday, 12.45 Match
Singapore Media Corp Radio  -  93.8 FM  Live Transmission: TWI, Saturday, 15.00 Match
South Africa  SABC (Radio 2000)  Live Transmission: TWI, Saturday, 15.00 Match
Uganda  Radio 1 (English) 90.0 FM, Radio 2 (Lugandan) 87.9 FM  Live Transmission: TWI, Saturday, 15.00 Match
North America (USA, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean)  Sirius Satellite Radio  Live transmission: Saturday - 12.45, 15.00 (TWI) & 17.15 (BBC) Sunday - 14.00 & 16.05 (BBC) Mon, Tue, Wed - Various times (BBC)

Internet :
www.spurs.co.uk   Live webcast  - subscribers only
BBC London -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/london/content/articles/2005/10/12/live_commentaries_feature.shtml click on link to "Listen to Tottenham Hotspur live commentary" on top right hand menu.




Tottenham Hotspur   3    Dinamo Bucharest   1      (Half-time score : 2-0)

Premier League
Venue : White Hart Lane  
Thursday 14th December 2006
Kick Off :  7.45 p.m.
Crowd :   34,004
Referee :  Bernhard Brugger (Austria)
Weather :  -  Dry, mild
Teams : - 
Tottenham Hotspur :


Chimbonda (Stalteri 76)
King (c) (Davenport 68)

Huddlestone (Malbranque 68)


Unused subs: 
YP Lee

Dinamo Bucharest :



Margaritescu (Blay 65)
Munteanu (Goian 57)

Danciulescu (Mendy 77)
Ioan Viorel Ganea

Unused subs: 

Colours : -  (kits courtesy of http://www.colours-of-football.com)
Tottenham Hotspur

  Dinamo Bucharest
Scorers : -  
Tottenham Hotspur

Berbatov 16
Defoe 39
Defoe 50

Dinamo Bucharest

Mendy 90

Cards : -  
Tottenham Hotspur  



Dinamo Bucharest

Goian (foul) 74  


Match Report : -  
Spurs looked classy as they eased through to the knock-out stage as group winners against a disappointing Dinamo Bucharest outfit with a 3-1 victory.

The passing and movement of the Spurs players left Dinamo trailing in their wake for the most part and the fact that they had beaten both Beskitas and Bayer Leverkusen seemed hard to believe when compared to this performance.  Tottenham's approach and play was spot on and left the fans purring about the chances of going all the way in the competition.

From the opening attack, when Dimitar Berbatov miscued a volley to Ghaly's cross, it looked as though Spurs were definitely up for it.  After two minutes, Hayeu in the Bucharest goal had made a diving save to fist aside a Tom Huddlestone pile-driver from 30 yards out.  With Assou-Ekotto pushing up on the left and Chimbonda on the right, it gave Spurs a lot of width and Zokora picked out the left back with an astute pass and the cross found Defoe, who got a shot on goal, but the keeper saved well. 

With a quarter of an hour gone, there seemed like a good chance, when Berbatov turned on the edge of the box, but failed to connect properly and the ball bobbled through to Hayeu.  The Romanian strode out and threw to one of his defenders, but he must not have seen Berba there, as the Bulgarian stuck out a leg to stop the ball, controlled it and lashed it past the goalie with such force that he hardly had time to move.  Berbatov just stood there at first and then put his hand over his mouth in mock embarrassment at the ease in which the chance had been presented.

Chances continued to come, as Spurs broke down the visitors moves with ease and then launched attacks off the back of that.  Lennon and Ghaly linked to set up Defoe for a shot that Hayeu did well to touch onto the crossbar and then a couple of minutes afterwards, he had a shot deflected away for a corner.  In between, Cristea fired a low drive on target and Robinson had to fall sharply to keep it out and was lucky the loose ball in front of goal did not fall to a Romanian boot.

Credit to their fans, who kept singing all night and there were more of them than Boro supporters just nine days ago.  However, they had little to sing about.  Berbatov got in the way of a Huddlestone shot that bounced to safety off his foot, then Hayeu saved low down from Ghaly.  When Paul Robinson fielded a shot from Danciulescu, little did we know it would lead to goal number two.  He kicked a flat ball through the middle of the pitch to Jermain Defoe and the little striker, just inside the Bucharest half, turned, quickly burst past his marker and then as the goalie came out, slipped the ball low into the net to double the advantage.  It was a very well taken goal and one that was started by a quick piece of thinking by ENO.

Defoe was denied again just before the break, as he looked really sharp.  His low shot turned goalwards from Lennon's cross was kept out at the foot of the post by the Dinamo keeper.

Five minutes the other side of the interval, the game was over.  Zokora fed Berbatov in the right hand channel by Chimbonda's pass and he unselfishly passed to Ghaly on the left of the box.  He in turn set up a shooting opportunity for Lennon, but the keeper denied him, only to find Jermain latch onto the loose ball and knock it back past him into the net for 3-0.

Lennon was starting to enjoy himself and was roaming across the pitch in search of where he could do most damage.  One left wing cross was almost sliced into his own goal by a defender, but the ball looped kindly into the goalie's hands and later his cross to Chimbonda, saw the French full back leap well and wrap his head around the ball, but it went wide.  The winger had a shot blocked for a corner and from the resulting set piece the ball was played back to Didier Zokora, who rifled in a fierce shot that the keeper was happy to punch out.  Hayeu could do nothing about the Hud drive from 22 yards that fizzed past his post a minute later. 

When Calum Davenport came on for Ledley King, it looked as though Spurs had settled for the scoreline they had, but with his first two touches of the ball, the central defender could have added two goals !!  Assou-Ekotto took a free-kick on the right hand corner of the box and took it low past the wall, but saw it come back off the post with the keeper beaten.  Davenport was onto it though and his touch could not force the ball over the line as it came to him quickly.  However, the ball was kept alive and Malbranque produced a back-heel that took Davenport clear of the last defender inside the box and his shot was well tipped up and over by the goalie. 

The keeper was riding his luck and when Ghaly played the ball back to Berbatov after a lovely piece of skill on the right of the box, he managed to get something on the ball that took it just wide for yet another corner.

The last word was left for Dinamo, who barely deserved a consolation, as they had been poor almost throughout the team.  When a shot by Cristea hit a fellow forward, it ran kindly into the path of JP Mendy, who stroked it low into the net for a goal that meant nothing in the context of the match or the group, but probably meant a lot to him.

For long periods of the second half, Spurs had been stroking the ball about between them and  looked more than comfortable.  In the next stage, the matches will get harder with some strong teams in the pool of third placed group sides we could face.  But then we can still step our game up a bit and the next few months in Europe (as well as at home) will be an interesting time.





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