Borussia Dortmund (Germany)   0   Tottenham Hotspur    3     (Half-time score : 0-1)

Feyenoord Jubileum tournament
Venue : -  De Kuip, Rotterdam
Sunday 3rd August 2008
Kick Off :  4.45 p.m.
Crowd :   ,
Referee :  - (-)
Weather :  -  Rainy, warm
Teams : - 
Borussia Dortmund :


Subotic (Santana 72)

Federico (Hille 83)
Hajnal        (Sahin 60)
Kringe (c) (Sadrijaj 72)

Valdez (Klimowicz 60     )

Unused subs: 

Tottenham Hotspur :



Bentley  (Gunter 63)
Jenas (c)  (Adam Smith 72)
Bale (Lennon 46)

Dos Santos

Bent (Berbatov 46)

Unused subs: 

Colours : -  (kits courtesy of
Borussia Dortmund

Tottenham Hotspur
Scorers : -  
Borussia Dortmund


Tottenham Hotspur

Bent 10
Dos Santos 54
O'Hara 87

Cards : -  
Borussia Dortmund

Owumoyela (foul) 6
Hajnal (foul)
Klimowicz (foul)  


Tottenham Hotspur 



Match Report : -  
Another convincing performance, although having had a little more of a test than previously, earned Spurs a 3-0 win over Borussia Dortmund and the Feyenoord Jubileum tournament trophy to bring back for the trophy cabinet.

Once more, it was a slick passing and possession game that Tottenham put on and Dortmund broke through a few times to work Heurelho Gomes, but it was another clean sheet to give the defence as much confidence as the three goals that went in at the other end gave to the midfield and forwards.

The early opening fell to Dortmund, with the Croat Petric put away by Hummels, but he lashed his effort off target in the fourth minute.  It proved to be a costly miss just five minutes later.

It was a good move constructed on the left wing that lead to the opening goal for Tottenham.  Bale, Giovani and Gilberto exchanged passes, with the Brazilian knocking the ball infield to Jermaine Jenas on the corner of the box.  The captain took the ball inside and appeared to be heading into a dead end, but managed to squeeze the ball to Darren Bent a yard back from the penalty spot.  The striker turned well and with his marker just off him, he took his shot early, leaving the goalkeeper off balance and unable to recover his ground to dive the right way to stop Bent's low effort.  While Spurs had not looked threatening up until that point, once more, the most noticeable thing was the possession they had and how they held onto the ball.

Borussia came back into the match with some good movement and passing around the area and when Gilberto gave away a free-kick on the edge of the area, Petric stepped up to fire a shot on goal, but it was too central and too high to adversely trouble Gomes.  The closest they came was when Valdez controlled a through pass on his chest, turned past Dawson and as Gomes closed him down, he slipped a dribbling low shot past the keeper, but across the face of the goal and wide.  They did get one on target just before the break, with Hanjal taking time off from kicking people to kick the ball at goal and the new Spurs goalie held it low down.  Up until then, Gomes had only be required to pick off some crosses into the goalmouth, but he was to have more to do in the second half.

Half-time saw the entry of many of the Celtic fans who were entering to fight for the wooden spoon with hosts Feyenoord.  This produced some good natured chanting, but having beaten them 2-0 on Friday, they held no moral high ground over our supporters.

Bale and Bent made way after the break for Berbatov and Lennon, with Bentley moving across to the left wing.  Berbatov looked his usual laconic self.  All fancy flicks with the outside of his foot and fancy body language that almost screams "I'm a class striker, get me out of here !"  He laid some good passes through, but his general involvement was peripheral, as he lacked the impetus to get into dangerous positions and the fact he has not score done of our 28 pre-season goals speaks volumes.

One such pass released Dos Santos through the German defence and having taken an extra touch that pushed him a little wide, the Mexican had to drag his shot across the keeper and it bobbled wide.  That was just a minute after the interval, but Tottenham opened the opposition up again a minute later, with a move right across the face of the penalty area and ended with Giovani laying it up for Bentley to run onto and smack a shot that goalkeeper Ziegler pushed up into the air, with the effort being at a good height for such a save.

Gomes produced a save in the 52nd minute from Valdez, who broke through onto a pass from Federico, but the keeper spread himself well and kept the effort out with his long legs.  From that save, Tottenham broke away and from a quickly taken free-kick by Berbatov, Giovani lifted the ball over the last defender.  As David Bentley raced past the yellow shirt, the ball moved into the area and Hummels got nowhere near the ball and brought the new signing down in the box, but the referee decided to play on.

Not that it was a great problem, with Tottenham scoring their second goal two minutes later.  A surging break from JJ ended with him slipping a pass wide right to Dos Santos, who took the ball and swept it past Ziegler to finish with aplomb.  It was a neat piece of finishing and one which showed he had learned quickly from the chance he missed earlier.

Changes to the side just after the hour saw Bentley replaced by Chris Gunter, necessitating Gilberto moving out of defence into midfield.  There were plenty of moves building through the midfield, but Dortmund's substitute striker Klimowicz forced a good save from Gomes with a shot on the turn on the edge of the box that left Huddlestone in his wake.  From the corner, it was comfortably cleared, as most of the corners had been.

Jenas took a break too after 72 minutes, with young defender Adam Smith making an appearance at right back, with Zokora moving into midfield.  Later Jenas was to be named as player of the tournament.

Dortmund were still hopeful of getting something out of the match, with another substitute - Sadrijaj - firing in a shot from outside the area, which Gomes dived to turn aside.  Our new goalkeeper was also called on to keep out a Sahin drive with his legs - a good sign that he is happy to use any part of his body to stop the ball - with the rebound conveniently falling to Klimowicz, but as he hit a shot at goal, Smith put in a good blacking tackle.

With the German side getting frustrated, a number of late challenges were pulled up by the referee.  This lead to a stop start end to the game, but Tottenham's flowing football could not be stopped.

With Borussia putting up a bit more of a fight than Celtic, it was a tougher game, but the nature of the final goal showed that skill could overcome muscle on this occasion.

Starting with a ball out of defence to Aaron Lennon, he picked up the ball on halfway and ran at the backing off yellow shirts.  As they did, Smith came up to give good support on the right wing and when Lennon's pass found him wide of the penalty area, he stroked it first time, low across the six yard box.  The keeper was in no position to take the cross and the defenders could not touch it as they were running back towards their own goal.  This left Jamie O'Hara to arrive at the far post to give the delightfully weighted pass the treatment it deserved and the midfielder side-footed the ball past Ziegler for 3-0.

It was a well crafted goal and one that saw Adam Smith introduce himself to the Tottenham fans with an inviting ball that showed he didn't panic and produced a quality pass that was just as important as the finish.

So, another pre-season trophy in the bag, with a couple of good performances against differing opposition and in different weather conditions, as the rain today made the pitch a bit slicker and that might have suited our game more.  It will be interesting to see how much use of the sprinklers at WHL takes place before games next season.

As Friday's match report said, this is all well and good for pre-season, but we will have to wait and see if this sort of form is carried into the Premier league programme, as that will be a totally different kettle of fish.





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