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Spurs v Grasshoppers Zurich, 25.05.12
Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List
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             Volksbank Cup 2012
               SuS Holzhausen,
           Heddinghauser Strasse,
               Bad Holzhausen

           Friday 25th May 6.30pm

Tottenham Hotspur Squad

1. Jonathan Miles
2. Jack Barthram
3. Kevin Stewart
4. Jack Munns
5. Thomas Gardiner
6. Dominic Ball
7. Jesse Waller-Lassen
8. Nabil Bentaleb
9. Victor Zapata-Caicedo
10.Tomas Gomelt
11.Alex Pritchard
12.Grant Ward
13.Lawrence Vigouronx
14.Ruben Lameiras
15.Kenneth McEvoy
16.Samuel Smith
17.Alex McQueen
18.Ryan Fredericks

       SPURS     v   GRASSHOPPERS, ZURICH
   (All Purple)          (All White)
       4-1-4-1              4-5-1

          2 (0)               4 (3)

Scorers:-
Bentaleb 30(pen)     No.11 (6)
Ward 45              No. 9 (12)
                     No.19 (16,32)

Booked:-
                     No.9 (Foul) 37
                     No.6 (Foul) 39
                     No.12(KBA)  47
Alex Inglethorpe was a little short of players for this tournament as some lads had gone on holiday, were sitting exams, or for other reasons. This led to him putting out a somewhat experimental side for the opening match.

Spurs lined up with Miles in goal behind Stewart and Ball with Waller-Lassen at right back and Barthram on the left. McQueen sat in front of the back four with Bentaleb and Munns ahead of him in the centre of midfield. Fredericks started on the right flank and McEvoy on the left with Pritchard having a free role in front of them. Bentaleb wore the captain's armband. Unfortunately I was not able to get the Swiss team.

After the national anthems, the teams lined up for the first 25 minutes (50 minute game) with Spurs kicking into the sun towards the south end. Spurs drew an early save from the Zurich keeper before the Swiss had the ball in the net for an effort that was ruled out for offside.

Spurs did not learn the lesson from that quick attack as a minute later the defence was split by a through ball down the middle that saw the Swiss take the lead. Fredericks made a good jinking run down the right which ended with the keeper conceding a corner at his near post. From the corner the ball came out to Ball who hit the crossbar with his volley.

Miles saved for a corner and Zurich hit the far post from another corner before they increased their lead. Barthram failed to clear a long ball down the right and left the winger with a clear run to the line where he pulled the ball back for an advancing striker to fire home.

Pritchard drew a save from a free kick before Ball and McQueen got in a tangle with the ball running to the unmarked striker behind them who had an easy finish against the isolated keeper.

Grasshoppers started the second half with an effort that flew wide but they began to sit back so Inglethorpe replaced Ball with Zapata who went up front with McQueen dropping into the back four. Spurs began to push forward more and when Fredericks was sent away into the area the left back conceded a penalty. Bentaleb stepped up and sent the keeper the wrong way, firing into the left corner.

The joy was short lived because a mistake by McQueen let in the Swiss for another goal. Inglethorpe took off Fredericks for Ward who played on the left flank with McEvoy moving across to his preferred right wing.

With Zurich sitting back, the Spurs midfield began to run at them with the result that two Swiss players were shown yellow cards for fouls on Munns in quick succession. All the Spurs players were now in the Zurich half as the looked to get another goal. A back post header by McEvoy flew back acoss the goalmouth. A deflected shot by Pritchard saw the keeper put under pressure by Zapata and Ward knocked it over the line for 2-4.

Lameiras replaced Pritchard as Spurs laid siege to the Swiss goal knocking the ball around looking for openings. The Swiss picked up another booking for kicking the ball away to delay a free kick. They held out for the three points to top the group.

In the other group match that followed Hannover 96 had a close 2-1 win over Mallorca coming from behind. My view of this game was that if Spurs tighten up at the back and make fewer mistakes then they have a good chance of beating both sides.

Tomorrow the group move to Stemwede for the rest of the group matches.

Ray

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