PSV Eindhoven (Holland) (Away)
UEFA Cup - Round of 32 Second Leg

Wednesday 12th March 2008


Having dropped out of the Champions League, PSV showed their class in their win at White Hart Lane and their composure in holding onto the ball for long periods of the match.  But of course, it is only half-time in the tie and Spurs travel to Eindhoven hoping for a showing like the one on Sunday against West Ham to take them through.

Having played them once, the threat will come through the main striker Jefferson Farfan, who is a short, but strong forward, who can hold the ball up and is capable of making things happen.  The prompting from midfield of Affelay will be important for PSV and it looks like he will now be fit to play, after training today, but the over-lapping of the full backs needs to be attended to, as they will try and get forward to supply the men in the box.

For Tottenham, it will be a game which they need to start at a high tempo and to continue at that pace to keep the pressure on Eindhoven.  Without panicking, Spurs must be patient and keep playing in the way they have been to await the chances to score and they will come.  As PSV only got the one away goal, the onus is on us to get back into the game and I reckon PSV will not want to sit back and defend what they have.  If they get one, then we will need two at a minimum and while a 1-0 win will take the tie into extra time, realistically, we need two goals anyway.

With Woodgate limping off on Sunday and Ledley not having played since last Thursday, there will be question marks over our defence, but they have done OK in Europe so far, but Hutton's absence will be a big miss, as he adds a lot to our right side when in the team.

The workout, less than energetic than it might have been, on Sunday was useful, as the team bagged some goals, hopefully gave Gilberto some confidence with his goal even though he doesn't look 100% fit, got Bent back on the score-sheet and we enjoyed a lot of possession, using the bal and holding onto it well.

While Gomes, the PSV keeper, looked a spectacular keeper, he sometimes looked less than comfortable with the ball being hit at goal, as his saves sometimes looked edgy.  Throwing high balls into the box against him will be pointless, as his height gives him a natural advantage, but playing the ball in as we did on a number of occasions on Sunday - lower with some pace on it - will rely on our forwards to get ahead of their markers to make the most of the supply.  One aspect of Gomes' game we will need to watch is his throwing, which looks like a potent weapon in launching counter attacks.

It will not be an easy task at the Philips Stadium, but if we perform as we can, then there is no reason why Spurs cannot progress to the quarter finals and I take us to use Ramos' European knowledge and put it into practice to earn a narrow win ...

PREDICTION : -  PSV Eindhoven  1   Tottenham Hotspur   2


PSV EINDHOVEN :  - (-); - (-);

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : -  Benoit Assou-Ekotto (knee); Gareth Bale (foot); Ricardo Rocha (groin); Younes Kaboul (knee); Alan Hutton (ineligible); - (-);


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PSV Eindhoven   0   Tottenham Hotspur    1     (Half-time score : 0-0)  extra time (90 mins : 0-1)  [PSV won 6-5 on pens]

UEFA Cup Round of 32 Second Leg
Venue : -  Philips Stadium
Wednesday 12th March 2008
Kick Off :  7.45 p.m. (UK time)
Crowd :   33,000
Referee :  Matteo Simone Trefoloni (Italy)
Weather :  -  Dry, chilly
Teams : - 
PSV Eindhoven (Holland) :



Simons (c)

Afellay (Dzsudzsak 82)
Mendez (Bakkal 112)

Koevermans (Lazovic 72)

Unused subs: 

Tottenham Hotspur :


King (c) (Lennon 61)
Lee (Bent 46)


Keane (O'Hara 86)

Unused subs: 

Colours : -  (kits courtesy of
PSV Eindhoven (Holland)

Tottenham Hotspur
Scorers : -  
PSV Eindhoven (Holland)


Tottenham Hotspur

Berbatov 81

Cards : -  
PSV Eindhoven (Holland)

Simons (foul) 63



Tottenham Hotspur 

Jenas (foul) 38
King (foul) 44
Malbranque (foul) 90
Huddlestone (foul) 109   
Zokora (dissent) 119


Match Report : -  
With a tactical approach second to none, Juande Ramos was desperately unlucky not to progress further in the UEFA Cup - a competition he looked set to make his own, but for a penalty shoot out loss after Spurs had taken the game into extra time.

Ramos had won the trophy two years running with Sevilla, but Spurs fell at the hurdle of the last 16 for the second season running.  Their attacking effort almost pulled off a big enough win to take them into the quarter finals, but the goal conceded in the tepid first leg performance was enough to preserve PSV's place in the competition.

The first half was a dull affair, with neither side fluent enough to cause a great deal of trouble to the other, although Steed Malbranque's 16th minute shot should have worked Gomes rather than flown wide of his near post.  A ball down the right wing from Tom Huddlestone to Jermaine Jenas foxed the midfielder with it's backspin and the defender brought the ball out, but Berbatov robbed him of it and set up Steed, who rashly fired wide.

A couple of times the Brazilian keeper Gomes looked as though he might throw the game Tottenham's way, when he collided with Salcido and when he clattered into the Spurs and his won players with rash rushes from his line.  The few chances came Tottenham's way, with Ledley rising to get his head on the end of Jenas' corner to knock it wide and a free-kick 20 yards out was worked to Huddlestone, but his shot caught the wall and took it wide.  The same happened when Salcido's heel took the ball wide when it looked as though it might creep in at the far post had the PSV defender not touched it 12 yards out.

At the start of the second half, YP Lee was replaced by Darren Bent, as Tottenham went with three forwards, playing Berbatov just behind the front two of Keane and Bent.  Within a couple of minutes, Darren got on the end of a move by Steed and Robbie and his shot was saved by Gomes.  At the Spurs end, Robbo denied Culina and Woodgate nipped in ahead of Koevermans to stop him latching onto a ball chested back towards his won goal by Chimbonda.  The big PSV striker had the best opening when Culina's ball dropped invitingly in the six yard box, but Koevermans failed to get the touch needed to take the ball past Robinson and the Spurs keeper collected gratefully.  The Tottenham goalie could only stand and watch as Nelson Mendez fired a free kick from 30 yards out that flew just over the angle of crossbar and post.

With 57 minutes gone, Huddlestone played in a free-kick as he had on Sunday and found Berbatov's head.  In what was almost a replay of the goals on Sunday, he bent to direct it towards goal, but his free header missed the target by a foot.  Then Jermaine Jenas made a lung-busting run down the right wing and tried to play the ball back into the box where three Tottenham players were waiting, but he only hit the first defender.  As he walked away, he looked as though his ankle might prevent him continuing, but he kept going.  The substitution that Ramos did make on the hour was Lennon for King, as Tottenham went 4-3-3 in an attempt to pull PSV out of their defensive shape.

After the change, it looked hasty as Robbie Keane was flattened by Gomes, as the Irishman looked to turn on a ball into the box.  But the forward got up to continue as Spurs looked for the vital breakthrough.  The breakthrough nearly came at the wrong end, as Zokora and Jenas left the ball for each other, but only succeeded in leaving it for Afellay, who fired a shot from the edge of the box that Robinson dived to keep out and Woodgate tidied up to make sure nothing more came of the chance.  Eindhoven were pushing onto the Spurs defence as they tried to put the tie out of the reach of the visitors, with an inviting free-kick outside the area allowing Farfan to get it over the wall, but just over the bar too.

With twenty minutes left, time was ticking away for Spurs.  Tom hit a long range effort over the bar, then two PSV defenders got in each others way, leaving Bent through on the left hand corner of the penalty box.  Instead of shooting, perhaps because of a lack of confidence, he tried to play in Keane on the edge of the six yard box, but defenders squeezed the ball away.  Huddlestone did find Keane, as he cut across the front of the defence to meet the midfielder's free-kick, but his flick took the ball just over the bar.

Berbatov was becoming the focus of Tottenham's attacking play and his through pass almost saw Gomes and Salcido conspire to provide Spurs with a goal, but the defender got the ball away and in the next attack, Dimitar broke onto a ball and his shot was saved low down by the goalie.  A minute later, he was not so lucky, as Tottenham worked a position wide on the right for Chimbonda to cross low to the edge of the area, where the Bulgarian struck a sweet volley as he ran in and it arrowed into the bottom left hand corner of Gomes' goal to level the aggregate score.  The momentum was in Spurs' favour as the last ten minutes were there for Spurs to win the game.

It almost went the other way when Mendez fired another long range effort inches over the top with five minutes to go, just before Tottenham replaced the hard-working Robbie Keane with Jamie O'Hara.  Aaron Lennon's running was giving PSV some problems and his cross almost produced a winner for Spurs when Bent got to it with his head, but Gomes produced a stop to keep the ball out by pushing it over the top.  The 90 minutes finished 1-1 over the two games and the two sides faced extra time.

PSV had shown little commitment to out and out attack and an early volley by Bent from Berbatov's cross almost put Tottenham ahead, but it went wide.  Jermaine Jenas did well at the other end when Farfan's corner was cleared straight to Culina, whose volley was headed out for a corner by the midfielder, as it looked like it might rip into the top of the net.

And it all ends in heartbreak for Spurs as Chimbonda puts his spot kick wide. MISS
Marcellis confidently puts his penalty into the bottom corner. GOAL
And then Didier Zokora finally finds the net for Spurs to send the shoot-out to sudden death! GOAL
Bakkal then put PSV back ahead in the shoot-out. GOAL
It came down to Jermaine Jenas and Gomes dived to his left to push it away. SAVE
Dzsudzsak had a decisive penalty but kept his cool. GOAL
Bent then slams his penalty into the corner with plenty of confidence! GOAL

Berbatov knocked a free-kick over the bar and a couple of passes into the Spurs area were defended well before the whistle went for the end of the first period.  The second period started much the same as the first, with Bent having an opportunity and hitting Marcellis with a volley.  It ended with another volley, as the ball popped up to Steed Malbranque and his dipping effort brought a fine save from Gomes, who managed to palm the ball over the crossbar.

The tie was over in terms of open play and PSV won the toss to take penalties first in the shoot-out.  Captain Tommy Simons put the first confidently past Robinson, before Berbatov coolly stroked his shot just past Gomes' right hand.  Lazovic took PSV's second and Robbo didn't dive too wide and stopped the effort near the middle of the goal.  Surprisingly, but bravely, Jamie O'Hara stepped up to take the second Spurs penalty and got it past Gomes' dive to make it 2-1.  Farfan buried his penalty and Tom Huddlestone equalled the effort making it 3-2.  Salcido and Darren Bent took it to 4-3 and Jermaine Jenas stepped forward to take the shot that could have won the game for Spurs, but Gomes pushed his effort aside, as it was at a height comfortable for the keeper to reach.

PSV started the sudden death section of the shoot-out and substitute Bakkal putt hem ahead, when Didier Zokora walked up to the penalty area to take Tottenham's sixth spot-kick.  Never having scored for Spurs (nor St. Etienne come to that), he took a good kick, high out of the goalie's range.  5-5.

Marcellis put his shot past Robinson to make it 6-5 and then Pascal Chimbonda took a short run-up to send Gomes the wrong way, but his strike was slightly scuffed and it went wide of the post to leave PSV through to the quarter finals.

It was a sad end to another UEFA Cup campaign that promised more.  This time we beat a Champions League side and took another all the way before losing out.  Ramos showed in this tie that he has the analytical mind to pit his wits with any coach across Europe and next season he will be able to do so again, with another UEFA Cup campaign secured by the League Cup win.

The players had done all they could, apart from finish some of the chances that were created against PSV.  One error in the first leg had really cost Spurs dear, but it is not the nature of the mistake, but the way the team responded to it that we will take from this tie.

Ah, well.  We've been to the City of Manchester Stadium anyway !!





Reaction : -



Knocked out by a Champions League side for the second year in succession makes me wonder how fair the fact that they drop out of one cup into another can really be ?  Where is the cup for us to go into now ?

But with being knocked out there is some honour in defeat.

The team took the game to a scared PSV.  They looked rattled and perhaps there may lie the reason they were knocked out of the Champions League.

For Spurs, we have much to look forward to. 
Next season we will be back and be better.

Watch out Europe !!


For Jonathan Hayden's view from the PSV section, click here.
For Wyart Lane's review of the night in Eindhoven, click here.


Other first leg scores this round :
Werder Bremen (GER) 1 Glasgow Rangers (SCO)   (win 2-1 on agg) 0 Thursday
Bayern Munich (GER) (win 6-3 on agg) 1 Anderlecht (BEL) 2 Wednesday
Hamburg (GER) 3 Bayer Leverkusen (GER) (win 3-3 on away goals) 2 Wednesday
Sporting Lisbon (POR)   (win 2-1 on agg) 1 Bolton Wanderers 0 Thursday
Zenit St. Petersburg (RUS) (win 3-3 on away goals) 2 Marseille (FRA) 0 Wednesday
Getafe (SPA)   (win 3-1 on agg) 1 Benfica (POR) 0 Wednesday
Everton 2 Fiorentina (ITA) (2-2; win 4-2 on pens) 0 Wednesday


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