Benfica (Portugal) (Away)

          Tuesday 03rd August 2010


Benfica   0      Tottenham Hotspur   1   (Half-time score : 0-0)

Eusebio Cup
Venue : -  Estadio de Luz
Tuesday 03rd August 2010
Kick Off :  8.00 p.m.
Crowd :   30,215
Referee :  -
Weather :  -   Warm, although it had rained earlier
Teams : - 
Benfica :

  1  Roberto  (13 Moriera 46 [13  Julio Cesar  72])

  2  Airton  (25  Cesar Peixoto 46)
  4  Luisao
  (12  Fabio Faria 63)
  David Luiz
  (25  Roderick 72)
18  Coentrao  (c)
  (22  Luis Felipe 63)

  5  Ruiben Amorim  (27  Sidnei 63)
16  Jara  (  6  Javi Garcia 46)
17  Carlos Martins  (24  Menezes)
10  Aimar

  7  Cardozo  (19  Weldon 56)
30  Saviola  (
31  Kardec 56)

Unused subs: 

Tottenham Hotspur :

  1  Gomes  (23  Cudicini 46)

28  Walker  (16  Naughton 46)
22  Corluka
20  Dawson  (c)
  3  Bale  (25  Rose 63)

  7  Lennon
  8  Jenas
  6  Huddlestone
14  Modric  (21  Kranjcar 46)

15  Crouch  (18  Defoe 46)

17  Giovani  (31  Townsend 72)

Unused subs: 

Colours : -  (kits courtesy of

red shirts
white shorts
red shorts

 Tottenham Hotspur
Scorers : -  


Tottenham Hotspur

Bale 55
Cards : -  



 Tottenham Hotspur



Match Report : -  

Despite the hectic pre-season schedule that Harry Redknapp has blasted, Spurs went into the Eagle's eerie and brought home the Eusebio Cup with a 1-0 win with a nearly first choice team.

There were some absences ... Hutton, Keane, Pavyluchenko, King, Kaboul ... but the team showed a solidity and determination to come away with a result.  From the off, Crouch took a buffeting from Luiz and stood up to the physical side, as did a number of Spurs players, mainly Giovani and Lennon, who took a head-butt in avoiding a studs up challenge from Ruben Amorim as the home players may have been out in search of a blood feed following on from the eagle circulating the stadium before kick off.  The great Eusebio reminded us that we were there to see the football.

Spurs started quick and smartly moved the ball down the left, with Bale freeing Giovani, but when he beat his man, he failed to pick out Crouch in the middle or Lennon at the far post, dropping the ball into the keeper's hands.  But then Benfica struck at the other end, when Jara played a slide rule pass through the defence to give Cardozo a shooting opportunity from the left, which Gomes had to get his hands to to keep out in the fourth minute.

Spurs had the ball in the net in the 11th minute, with Modric and Bale linking on the left wing to allow the Welshman to cross, but when Crouch neatly turned the ball in at the near post, the linesman had his flag up to indicate that the England forward had strayed offside.  Jara once more produced a telling pass, as he spotted Saviola, but the Argentine could not keep his shot down and it did not trouble Gomes in the Tottenham goal.  When Modric played Bale away on the left wing again, he did get another cross in, but played it into the area ahead of Crouch rather than waiting to pick out his run and the chance was lost with Lennon not being advanced enough to get the ball at the far post.

As the game entered the second half of the first period, Benfica started to get into the game more and pressed onto the Spurs goal.  Jara was once more the provider, when Martins hit a shot across the goal and wide, then when Martins did get one on target, Gomes beat the ball out and Saviola hit the rebound off target.  The striker also missed another chance just after the half hour, when he failed to stay on his feet as Chelsea transfer target David Luiz played a pass into him.

With the half coming towards an end, Spurs started to play their way back into the match and Peter Crouch got his head to Bale's corner and directed it across the goalmouth and it was just out of reach of the navy shirted players around the front of the goal. However, the home team finished the half on the attack, with Coentrao hitting a blocked shot back at goal, but it missed by a yard.

Half time substitutions were made as they always are in friendlies, but while Tottenham made four, Benfica settled for three ... for the time being.  One of the Spurs subs was busy from the start of the half when Benfica picked up from where they left off.  Carlo Cudicini twice stopped efforts within the first five minutes of the half, firstly from a Cardozo header after Peixoto's cross and then he had to push out the long range shot from Javi Garcia, with the Jubilani ball showing more of it's South African style by moving in the air as it came towards the Tottenham goalie.

Then a good move saw Tottenham take the lead.  Corluka sent a long ball up to Jermain Defoe, but it pushed him wide on the left down by the corner flag.  He played the ball back to Kranjcar, who couldn't control it and fortunately, it ran on to Giovani.  The Mexican showed quick thinking with a cheeky back heel that put Gareth Bale through into the box and he just got a left foot to it before the keeper and nudged the ball into the net to give Tottenham the lead in the 55th minute.  It was a well worked goal and one we will need the like of if we are to prosper in Europe.

The rest of the game saw Benfica have the better of the chances, with Peixoto narrowly miss with a free-kick and then provide a headed chance for Weldon in the 76th minute from another dead ball.  The best chance of the game for the Eaglkes came with five minutes left, as substitute Kardec was given space to have a free header, but he headed Menezes' corner wide from inside five yards to leave the red shirted players putting their heads in their hands.    The last word went to Spurs, with Benfica's third goalkeeper of the night - Julio Cesar - having to dive to his left to keep out Kranjcar's late effort, but the four minutes of added time was seen out comfortably and it was left to Michael Dawson to lift what is hopefully just the first piece of silverware of the season.

A useful run out against a side who have a good European record, so with one game left before the season begins, Spurs will be looking to sign off their pre-season programme with a win against Fiorentina on Saturday.

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