FC Twente 3-3 Tottenham

FC Twente
D. Landzaat (P) 22′
R. Rosales 56′
N. Chadli 64′
3-3
Tottenham
P. Wisgerhof (OG) 12′
Defoe 47′,59′

UEFA Champions League Group A – Tues 7th Dec 2010 – KO 19:45 GMT – Ground: Arke Stadion


Topping the group and finishing the group stages as top scorers with 18 goals, with Jermain Defoe netting twice for Harry Redknapp’s side in Enchede.

Spurs were handed a 12th-minute lead when Twente’s goalkeeper Sander Boschker airkicked Peter Wisgerhof’s backpass and saw in horror the ball roll into the net. It was a horror Champions League debut for Boschker, making his first start in Europe’s premier competition at 40 years and 48 days.

However, the Dutch side levelled from a twice-taken penalty by Denny Landzaat, awarded after Benoit Assou-Ekotto handled Roberto Rosales’ volley whilst attempting to protect his face.

The first was chalked off for a mass encroachment, and Tottenham goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes should perhaps have saved the former Wigan player’s second attempt, which went straight down the middle of the goal.

Defoe put Spurs back ahead within two minutes of the restart after being set up by a reverse pass from Aaron Lennon, after Douglas had failed to clear Gareth Bale’s cross.

However, Twente equalised in the 56th minute when Roberto Rosales slammed a header past Gomes from Theo Janssen’s cross from the left.

In a topsy-turvy game, Spurs were 3-2 up three minutes later Wilson Palacios won the ball and ran clear, and though Boschker saved the initial shot, Defoe sidefooted home the rebound.

The home side equalised for a third time when Chadli made it three goals in eight minutes with a 25-yard free-kick. There was even a cameo from forgotten man Robbie Keane, who came on for Roman Pavlyuchenko in the second half.

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