Oh, I Just had to say it. Maybe it wasn’t a ‘spanking’ but it was certainly a comfortable win to secure their place in the Champions League proper with a Peter Crouch hat-trick and a dubious Jermaine Defoe goal.
Spurs started straight out of the blocks and a defensive mistake led to a Tottenham corner, which the Swiss side failed to clear their lines and Peter Crouch stooped at the back post to cushion a delightful Gareth Bale cross into the far corner. Further defensive frailties appeared for Young Boys in the build up to Spurs’ second as they failed to clear the ball through the combination of goalkeeper and defender, allowing Jermaine Defoe to ‘cheekily’ control the ball with his left arm and produce an exquisite finish off the post. Defoe’s hesitancy in celebrating his goal as he glanced at the referee and linesman further proved that the goal should not have been giving, while the baton-holding-man-in-tracksuit behind the goal also failed to spot the handball, further adding to the debate of video technology.
By now the game was out of doubt as Tottenham seemed well in control. Some cause for concern for Spurs came from goalkeeper Gomes as he seemed to be suffering after taking a goal kick and was less than mobile as he found it difficult to deal with back passes and looked hesitant as he came for crosses and was subsequently replaced at half time by Carlo Cudicini who himself was returning from injury.
As the second half began, Young Boys began showing more signs of promise but failed to really test Cudicini on his return, and in the 61st minute Crouch again was on hand from a set piece for his second and Tottenham’s third of the night to put the game beyond the Swiss opposition and send Spurs into the Champions League. The game went stale for a while after until Gareth Bale was brought down by Lulic in the box who was sent off for his troubles. Up stepped Peter Crouch to secure his third from the spot.
Tottenham have been draw in Group A for their first European cup campaign in 50 years, the will face holders Inter Milan as well as Werder Bremen and FC Twente.
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