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Defoe delights in Tottenham's progress

Published: Wednesday 8 December 2010, 10.04CET
While two-goal scorer Jermain Defoe expressed Tottenham Hotspur FC's delight at topping Group A after drawing 3-3 at FC Twente, the Dutch champions also had reason for cheer.
by Derek Brookman
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Published: Wednesday 8 December 2010, 10.04CET

Defoe delights in Tottenham's progress

While two-goal scorer Jermain Defoe expressed Tottenham Hotspur FC's delight at topping Group A after drawing 3-3 at FC Twente, the Dutch champions also had reason for cheer.

In the end it was smiles all round in Enschede after FC Twente and Tottenham Hotspur FC shared the points in an entertaining 3-3 draw in UEFA Champions League Group A.

For Tottenham the result, coupled with SV Werder Bremen's surprising 3-0 win over FC Internazionale Milano, meant the London side topped the  section, while for Michel Preud'homme's team, an unbeaten home record plus the prospect of competing in the UEFA Europa League in the new year was reward for their endeavours.

Even Sander Boschker, the Twente goalkeeper whose fresh-air swipe at a soft Peter Wisgerhof back pass produced the first goal, was grinning afterwards. "I'm not an 18-year-old kid any more," he told UEFA.com. "I've experienced plenty of moments like that, you just learn to deal with it and move on."

Boschker, who was making his UEFA Champions League debut at the age of 40, was thrilled by the experience. "Five years ago I never dreamed we could become champions and take part in this competition, but this club has grown enormously and I'm happy to have been a part of it.

"I think we played extremely well as a team, not just this evening but in all the group matches. We are a Dutch side and we had the guts to play attacking football."

His Tottenham counterpart, Heurelho Gomes, revealed that goalkeeping solidarity took precedence over competitive rivalry at the end of the first half. "I felt very sorry for him because these things happen, and it's not easy," he said. "I went up to him and told him to just keep going, and after that he made some good saves to keep his side in the game."

The Spurs No1, whose own goal-line heroics made a significant contribution to Tottenham leaving Enschede with a point, looked forward to the knockout stage with a mixture of confidence and caution. "We are very good at home, but have to be a little stronger in away games and work on conceding fewer goals," he said. "If we can do that, we can go very far [in the Champions League]."

In an entertaining match, Jermain Defoe scored twice and looked to have set Tottenham on course for victory only for Nacer Chadli to peg the visitors back at 3-3. After a frustrating spell sidelined through injury, though, Defoe had reason to be cheerful. "It feels great because I was out for two months which was frustrating, but I put in the work in the gym getting back to fitness and I always believe if you work hard you'll get rewarded," he said.

The 28-year-old England international also felt his club had surpassed expectations. "I don't think anyone thought beforehand we would top the group, but there is great belief in this squad and we're obviously all very happy," he said. "It was frustrating to give away the lead three times, because you want to develop the winning mentality. Nonetheless, in every game we play these days we believe we can win."

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Quotes

  • Michel Preud'homme

    Read more"We always want to play beautiful football – I was even congratulated by Harry Redknapp on the fantastic football we played – but sometimes we overdo it"

  • Harry Redknapp

    Read more"We've gone for it every game, played with two wide men and two up front and had a go. We've got goals in us and overall I'm delighted"

Lineups

twente

Twente

tottenham

Tottenham

1
BoschkerSander Boschker
1
GomesHeurelho Gomes
4
WisgerhofPeter Wisgerhof (C)
3
BaleGareth Bale
6
BramaWout Brama
8
JenasJermaine Jenas
7
LandzaatDenny Landzaat
9
PavlyuchenkoRoman Pavlyuchenko
8
JanssenTheo Janssen
12
PalaciosWilson Palacios
9
De JongLuuk de Jong
13
GallasWilliam Gallas (C)
15
RosalesRoberto Rosales
18
DefoeJermain Defoe
19
DouglasDouglas
19
BassongSébastien Bassong
21
JankoMarc Janko
21
KranjčarNiko Kranjčar
22
ChadliNacer Chadli
22
ČorlukaVedran Ćorluka
33
TiendalliDwight Tiendalli
32
Assou-EkottoBenoît Assou-Ekotto

Substitutes

13
MihaylovNikolay Mihaylov
23
CudiciniCarlo Cudicini
5
R.BengtssonRasmus Bengtsson
2
HuttonAlan Hutton
14
ParkerBernard Parker
7
LennonAaron Lennon
23
BuysseBart Buysse
10
KeaneRobbie Keane
27
VujičevićDario Vujičević
15
CrouchPeter Crouch
34
LeugersThilo Leugers
17
Dos SantosGiovani dos Santos
44
JohnOla John
20
DawsonMichael Dawson

Coach

Michel Preud'homme (BEL) Harry Redknapp (ENG)

Referee

Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP)

Assistant referees

Roberto Alonso Fernández (ESP), Jesús Calvo Guadamuro (ESP)

Fourth official

Javier Estrada Fernandez (ESP)

Additional assistant referees

Fernando Teixeira Vitienes (ESP), César Muñiz Fernández (ESP)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution

See also