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Volksbank Cup 2012
TuS Stemwede, Wehdem
Saturday 26th May 5.30pm
SPURS v RCD Mallorca
Spurs:- Miles; Barthram, Stewart, Gardiner(Munns 29), Ball, Waller-Lassen(McQueen 44),
Bentaleb, Gomelt, Pritchard(C), Lameiras(Zapata-Caicedo 26), McEvoy
Booked:- Bentaleb 18(Elbow)
RCD Mallorca:- Barcelo; Campins, Murillo, Carrillo, One, Sastre, Giaquinto(Omoigui 48),
Rodriguez(Blasco 34), Duran(Paez 38), Meneses(Orell 34).
Booked:- Rodriguez 13(Trip), Mensese 30(Trip), Duran 39 & Camillo 41(Both Timewasting), Thomas 42(Trip)
This was the last game of the day with Spurs needing to win to go through to the semi-finals as the Spanish side had a better goal difference. It was still hot with the sun now lower in the sky to cause problems. Hannover had just beaten Grasshoppers to secure one of the two places in the next round having scored in the first minute from a free kick. The Swiss did hit a post late on.
Spurs lined up with Stewart and Ball in front of Miles with Gardiner at right back and Barthram on the left. Bentaleb and Gomelt started in the centre of midfield with Waller-Lassen on the right wing and Pritchard on the left. Lameiras was in support of McEvoy up front.
Spurs kicked off attacking the south end with the sun in their eyes but it was the Spanish side that made the early running. Campins got forward to meet a clearance and fired just wide. Giaquinto got behind the defence to collect a pass which drew Miles off his line and chipped the ball just wide. Miles got down to save from Sastre.
Rodriguez picked up the first yellow card for a foul on Waller-Lassen preventing him getting away. Pritchard had Spurs' first chance with a dipping volley that hit the support behind the goal. Bentaleb was booked for catching Sastre with an elbow while jumping for a high ball. Rodriguez hit the wall with a free kick and then hit the rebound just inside the near post where Miles saved it. Pritchard fired over from a free kick before Miles saved Rodriguez's attempted chip by pushing it out from under the crossbar. That was the last chance of the first half.
Spurs replaced Lameiras with Zapata-Caicedo for the second half to lead the attack. McEvoy moved to the right flank with Waller-Lassen switching to the left so that Pritchard could move inside.
Miles saved from Duran some after the re-start and Inglethorpe soon made a second change. Munns came on as the left sided mid-fielder with Waller-Lassen replacing Gardiner at right back.
Meneses was booked for a trip from behind on Bentaleb. Miles saved from Thomas at the expense of a corner from which Sastre fired wide. Mallorca looked to be settling for the draw, making two substitutions. After Pritchard saw his effort go for a corner the Spanish made another change. As Duran slowly made his way to the touchline the referee showed him a yellow card for time-wasting.
The referee also booked Camillo for the same offence when he took his time. Thomas followed him into the ref's book for a trip on Munns that had the Mallorca bench up in protest.
Pritchard got down the left and whipped in a cross that could not find any of the three white shirts in the area. Mallorca were now on the back foot with Spurs pushing forward at every opportunity. Inglethorpe replaced Waller-Lassen with McQueen and went to three at the back.
Pritchard drove wide and McEvoy began to put crosses in from the right. Zapata-Caicedo got on the end of one but his effort was blocked for a corner. Following a free kick the defenders stayed up and when McEvoy put in another cross McQueen just beat Munns to it to head home.
Scenes of joy both on the pitch and off it followed with Mallorca bringing on a striker before the restart. Mallorca went all out for a goal. They won corners in quick succession and from one of them Miles tipped away one effort and the follow up was blocked on the line. With the last kick of the match Campins saw his effort saved. The Spanish were unhappy with the result that pushed them down to third and made their feelings known by some unpleasantness in the centre of the pitch as the Spurs players began to shake hands.
The win means that Spurs topped the group and will meet Werder Bremen in the semi-final. The other semi will be between Hannover and Club America from Mexico. The Spurs performance was not as polished as earlier in the day and it was beginning to look as if the Spanish side would hold out for the point they needed. The final group table looks like this:-
P W D L F-A Pts.
Tottenham 3 2 0 1 6-4 6
Hannover 96 3 2 0 1 3-4 6
RCD Mallorca 3 1 0 2 5-4 3
Grasshoppers 3 1 0 2 5-7 3
In the other group it was closer with three teams finishing on 5pts. Club America came top with a plus 3 goals GD. Werder Bremen were second with +2 and the U-19 Congo side missed out with +1 GD.
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