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UEFA Cup 1st Round 2nd Leg

Thursday 28th September 2006

Pavel Fort's hat-trick in the weekend's 4-0 win over Viktoria Plzen means that the Prague side come to White Hart Lane in good heart and the second half showing in the first leg indicates that the Slavia team could yet make Spurs sweat.  With a one goal lead from the first game, Spurs will be the ones who should be more confident, but the poor form of the team in the Premier League means that an early goal against must be avoided, otherwise, the second leg could be harder than expected.

The failure to take advantage with more than one goal means that the slender lead is one which can easily be wiped out.  Tottenham should be good enough than the poor Slavia side who turned out in the first leg, but they have nothing to lose, so we can expect a bit of an onslaught.  Whether Slavia are capable of producing enough to peg Spurs back remains to be seen.  Their players looked average and the youngsters seemed to lack the experience to test the Tottenham defence.

With injuries hitting Spurs, it looks like a few players might get an opportunity to show what they can do and should be out to impress and although, in our current bad run, I think this will prove harder than we thought, I take Spurs to go through to the group stage ...

PREDICTION : -  Tottenham Hotspur  3    Slavia Prague  1


TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : -  Jermain Defoe (ankle); Dimitar Berbatov (groin); Ledley King (knee);  Aaron Lennon (knee); Steed Malbranque (hernia); Paul Stalteri (hamstring);  Edgar Davids (ankle); Anthony Gardner (hip/back); 

SLAVIA PRAGUE :  Michal Vorel (groin); - (-)


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Tottenham Hotspur   1    Slavia Prague   0      (Half-time score : 0-0)

UEFA Cup - First Round, Second Leg
Venue : White Hart Lane  
Thursday 28th September 2006
Kick Off :  20.00 p.m.
Crowd :   35,191
Referee :  Tommy Skjerven (Norway)
Weather :  -  Warm, rainy (heavy at times)
Teams : - 
Tottenham Hotspur :


Y. P. Lee

Murphy (Ghaly 71)
Ziegler (Tainio 63)

Keane (c)

Unused subs: 
C. Lee

Slavia Prague :



Janda (Vlcek 63)
Hrdlicka (Kalivoda 74)

Fort (Necid 78)

Unused subs: 

Colours : -  (kits courtesy of
Tottenham Hotspur

  Slavia Prague
Scorers : -  
Tottenham Hotspur

Keane 80

Slavia Prague


Cards : -  
Tottenham Hotspur  

Tainio (kicking ball away) 70 


Slavia Prague

Latka (foul) 71


Match Report : -  
The return of European football to White Hart Lane was not quite as glorious as some of older fans might remember, but in the end it was objective achieved as the 1-0 win over Slavia Prague gave Spurs passage to the group stages of the UEFA Cup.

The all white kit was a reminder of the Glory Glory nights, but unfortunately, the football did not live up to it.  It was not that it wasn't an exciting match, but one in which Tottenham's football was ragged and the level of performance from the Czech opponents improved from a fortnight ago, making it a night when the end result was the important thing, but the nature in which it was achieved a bit more worrying.

From the early stages, Spurs pressed forward.  With Mido and Jenas both just failing to apply the finishing touch to a low Chimbonda cross in our first attack three minutes in, to Mido's glaring miss with a header in injury time, the chances were created, but not taken.

From the first incident a corner was played in with pace by Jenas, with Davenport flicking it on at the near post and Keane just failing to latch onto it at the far post as it whizzed past him.  You had the feeling that Slavia would be looking to hit Spurs on the break and in the fifth minute, Hrdlicka found a bit of space just inside the area, but rushed his shot and hit it well wide.

Jenas had seen that his pace out on the right could cause problems for the visiting defence, as re took the ball well inside his own half and raced down the touchline to the opposite penalty area, where his intended ball inside to Mido was put out for another corner by Latka.  The central defender who was at Birmingham last season showed perhaps why he didn't make it in the English game, as he consistently pulled, pushed and kicked Mido, before finally getting booked in the 71st minute.

Anthe chance was presented to Robbie Keane in the 27th minute, when a deep corner found him alone at the far post, with a free header, but he disappointingly failed to hit the target, finding the side-netting instead.  Yet another corner found Chimbonda's head that flashed over the top and then the French defender put in a low ball for Mido, who could not get his foot around the ball enough to get it on target.

Just before the interval, Slavia had a couple of chances that could easily have given them the lead in the match.  When a long high ball got over Dawson, the hat-trick hero from the weekend Fort bent backwards and looped a header that Robinson had to dive to hold onto.  Then as the ball ran into the path of Jarolim, some 25 yards out, his low drive was deflected upwards by Dawson and left Robbo stranded, but luckily for Tottenham went over the top.  In between, Spurs should have taken the lead with their best opportunity of the game up to then.  Jenas and Murphy worked space on the right and the ball into the box got to Keane standing around the penalty spot.  His shot unerringly found the keeper, who gratefully held the ball ... a yard either side and it would have been 1-0.

Tottenham started the second half in much the same manner as they have in a few games this season.  Slow out of the blocks, leaving the opposition to take the initiative, Slavia pushed forward, with Krajcik firing long range efforts just over the bar twice within the first five minutes of the half. 

Jol brought on Tainio for Ziegler and Slavia replaced Janda with Vlacek.  Tainio's first involvement was to get a yellow card for kicking the ball away, which is stupid for a player of his European experience.  Zokora was having a fine game in midfield, strong, decisive and determined.  His run with the ball in the 70th minute took him into Slavia territory and just when it looked like he would unleash a shot, he tried to play in Keane and the ball was cut out.  Ghaly's introduction for Murphy was perhaps designed to improve the final pass to the forwards.

His first cross, low into the area, was kicked out for a corner.  Then four minutes later, he chested down Chimbonda's cross and would have been looking to shoot himself, but Robbie Keane took it off his toe and smashed it low into the bottom of the net.  The goal blew the lid off the pressure the crowd had been building up and the team celebrated with glee.

Spurs had been passing the ball around quite comfortably, but without being penetrative and when a good move ended with Zokora, he took a shot and it went a yard or two wide.  Mido set up a chance for Jenas, but a half-block took the sting out of it and as the ninety minute mark approached, Robbie forced Suchy to kick the ball away as it was lifted over the keeper and headed for the goal.  Either side of these attempts, Slavia could have got a goal back when Vlacek twice got into the area and had volleyed chances, but put both tamely wide of Robinson's goal.

Two crosses from Ghaly in injury time set up the forwards for goal chances.  First Keane met it with a header, beating Kozacik at the near post, but as we all celebrated, the linesman had raised a flag and gave offside to rule it out.  The second cross picked out Mido at the far post and with time and space, he headed goalwards and we all celebrated ... only to discover he had put it wide from about a yard out !!

The Spurs team acknowledged the roar from the crowd at the final whistle.  It was a relief to be through, but two clean sheets helped, although this has to be tempered against the quality of the opposition.  We will face much better teams in the group stage (although not too much better I hope) and we will need to be better all over the pitch, but with some of the injured returning, it might help the improvement we need.

So, the European tour continues for a month or two at least !!


Pete Stachio


Reaction : -



It was a strange night, because I am sure I went into the section for Spurs fans, but could have been in the opposition's end.

Calls for Jenas to be sent off and booing when Tottenham knocked the ball about holding onto possession showed me just how fickle Spurs fans can be.  The telephone calls to TalkSport on the way home were even worse.  The geeky bloke who said it was like watching a GGG side (and went on to say "at least we won a trophy under him" and suggested Daniel Levy should get out) must have been on some strong medication !!

If anything, it was like watching an Ossie Ardiles side.  From the outset, the game was too open and that left space for both sides to carve open opportunities.  Unfortunately, the quality of the players we had under Ossie is not that of the current crop.

Headlines that say we laboured to the victory were not far off the mark, but conversely, if we had taken all our chances, we could have won easily.  In the end, a single goal victory was about a true reflection of the match.  Slavia had their openings, but Spurs had more and should have scored more.

Robbie was playing like a dog until he scored.  One first half run, saw he go in the opposite direction as his forward colleagues and then complained that nobody was out to his left, when everyone else had been to his right.  In the second half, he was a full yard beyond the last defender when he harangued one of the midfielders for not putting him through, when to do so would have brought a flag and a whistle from the erratic officials.  He did take his goal exceedingly well, taking the ball as it dropped from Ghaly's chest and hitting it with pace off the wet grass past the keeper.

The officials were a bit of a joke.  Tainio drew the first yellow card of the game for kicking the ball away before former Birmingham centre-half Latka got one in the next minute for kicking Mido once too often.  However, this has been after the referee had ignored a rugby tackle style body check (at speed) on Jenas as he raced away up the right wing.

Jenas had a great game and put so much effort into his endeavours, with some rapid runs down the wing and looking more comfortable when Ghaly came on and he moved inside.  Ghaly put some tempting crosses into the box after his introduction, with space opening up as Slavia tried to get a goal and his ability made him a tricky opponent.  Zokora had another very good game, running the midfield and being the carrier of the ball forward.  His integration into the team will see him have a growing influence on the way we play.

Mido did a bit better and looked to be getting into the right positions, while Davenport did well at the back alongside the ever-reliable Dawson.  Jol sprung a surprise by bringing back Young-Pyo Lee at left back in place of Assou-Ekotto and sticking Reto Ziegler in on the left of midfield.  The tactic worked apart from on one occasion when Ziegler failed to close down a Slavia defender, who clung in a long cross that brought a header that Robinson needed to dive to save.  ENO yelled at Reto as he was about to be involved in the next phase of play and was still shouting at him when he was well inside the Prague half !!  There was one mix-up between Lee and Ziegler in the second half when it let Krajcik in for a long shot, but this might have been an indication of the nature of the team's performance.

With so many new faces playing alongside other new faces because of the injuries that deprived Spurs of nearly half the regular starting eleven, the understanding was not there.  It was a disjointed performance, but one which was good enough on the night.  It was not how we would have liked our re-introduction to European football to have turned out, but it has been a long time away and many of our players have not had the experience of it.  We need to play ourselves into it and improve as we progress.

Matt Greenwood




Other 2nd leg scores this round :
Ajax  (HOL) (win 9-2 on agg.) 4 Start (NOR) 0 Thursday
Austria Magna (AUS) (win 2-1 on agg.) 1 Legia Warsaw (POL) 0 Thursday
Auxerre (FRA) (win 5-2 on agg.) 3 Dinamo Zagreb (CRO) 1 Thursday
Bayer Leverkusen (GER) (win 3-1 on agg.) 3 Sion (SWI) 1 Thursday
Blackburn Rovers (win 4-2 on agg.) 2 Salzburg (AUS) 0 Thursday
Brondby (DEN) 2 Eintracht Frankfurt (GER) (win 6-2 on agg.) 2 Thursday
Chievo (ITA) 2 Braga (POR) (win 3-2 on agg.) 1 Thursday
Club Brugge (BEL) (win 2-1 on agg.) 1 Ruzomberok (SLO) 1 Thursday
Celta Vigo (SPA) (win 4-0 on agg.) 3 Standard Liege (BEL) 0 Thursday
CSKA Sofia (BUL) 2 Besiktas (TUR) (win 4-2 on agg.) 2 Thursday
Espanyol (SPA) (win 5-3 on agg.) 3 Artmedia (HUN) 1 Thursday
Dinamo Bucharest (ROM) (win 8-4 on agg.) 4 Xanthi (GRE) 1 Thursday
Feyenoord (HOL) (win 2-2 on away goals on agg.) 0 Locomotive Sofia (BUL) 0 Thursday
Glasgow Rangers (SCO) (win 2-0 on agg.) 2 Molde (NOR) 0 Thursday
Grasshoppers (SWI) (win 8-0 on agg.) 5 Atvidaberg (SWE) 0 Thursday
Groningen (HOL) 1 Partizan Belgrade (SER)  (win 4-3 on agg.) 0 Thursday
Hapeol Tel Aviv (ISR) (win 4-1 on agg.) 3 Chornomorets (UKR) 1 Thursday
Heerenveen (HOL) (win 3-0 on agg.) 0 Vitoria Setbual (POR) 0 Thursday
Kayserispor (TUR) 1 AZ Alkmaar (HOL) (win 3-2 on agg.) 1 Thursday
Iraklis (GRE) 0 Wisla Krakow (POL)  (win 2-1 on agg.) 2 Thursday
Lens (FRA) (win 3-1 on agg.) 3 Achnas (GRE) 1 Thursday
Litex Lovich (BUL) 1 Maccabi Haifa (ISR) (win 4-2 on agg.) 3 Thursday
Mlada Boleslav (CZE) (win 4-3 on agg.) 4 Marseille (FRA) 2 Thursday
Nacional (POR) 1 Rapid Bucharest (ROM) (win 3-1 on agg.) 2 Thursday
Nancy (FRA) (win 3-2 on agg.) 3 Schalke 04 (GER) 1 Thursday
Newcastle United  (win 3-1 on agg.) 2 Levadia (EST) 1 Thursday
OB Odense (DEN)  (win 3-2 on agg.) 1 Hertha Berlin (GER) 0 Thursday
Osasuna (SPA) (win 2-2 on away goals on agg.) 0 Trabonspor (TUR) 0 Thursday
Palermo (ITA)  (win 4-0 on agg.) 3 West Ham United 0 Thursday
Paris St. Germain (FRA) (win 2-0 on agg.) 2 Derry City (IRE) 0 Thursday
Parma (ITA) (win 2-0 on agg.) 1 Rubin (RUS) 0 Thursday
Pasching Superfund (AUS) 0 Livorno (ITA)  (win 3-0 on agg.) 1 Thursday
Rabotinicki (MAC) 0 Basel (SWI) (win 7-2 on agg.) 1 Thursday
Randers (DEN) 0 Fenerbahce (TUR) (win 5-1 on agg.) 3 Thursday
Red Star Belgrade (SER) 1 Liberec (CZE)  (win 4-1 on agg.) 2 Thursday
Sevilla (SPA) (win 6-1 on agg.) 4 Atromitos (GRE) 0 Thursday
Sparta Prague (CZE)  (win 2-0 on agg.) 0 Heart of Midlothian (SCO) 0 Thursday
Zulte Waregem (BEL) (win 3-2 on agg.) 2 Locomotive Moscow (RUS) 0 Thursday
Zaporizhya (UKR) 0 Panathinaikos (GRE) (win 2-1 on agg.) 1 Thursday


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