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Eurofoot Tournament 2013, Day Two
Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List
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             Eurofoot 2013
    Hazebeek Sportspark, Oostduinkerke
        Saturday 3rd August 2013

        Third Group match 11.15am

        SPURS     v  ZULTE-WAREGEM
    (White/Blue)      (All Green)
        4-3-3            4-5-1

         1(1)             0(0)

Spurs: McGee; Amos, Walker-Peters, Maghoma, Ogilvie, Lesniak, Miller(Walkes 43), Onomah, Sonupe(Campbell-Young 50), Akindayini(McQueen 40), Georgiou

Scorer: Miller 14

Booked: Miller 28, Georgiou 34

Zulte-Waregem: Soinne, Dujardin, Sarkic, De Graeve, Denoulet, Kwani, Marchoul, Pieters, Vuylsteke, Schelstraete, Dequeker

Booked: Pieters 42

Spurs lined up with McGee in goal behind Maghoma and Ogilvie at the back with Amos at right back and Walker-Peters on the left. Lesniak anchored the midfield trio with Miller and Onomah while Akindayini started up front with Sonupe to his right and Georgiou on his left.

Due to his one-match suspension, Alex McQueen had to sit this one out, but little Luke Amos filled in at right back where he did a good job at despite his tendency to move in-field. There were few chances in the game as Waregem defended in numbers to prevent Spurs creating many goal chances.

The first chance came when Sonupe got down the right and crossed hard and low. The ball went right across the box and was retrieved by Miller, who turned and came inside to improve the angle for a curling shot into the far side of the goal. That was the only chance of the first half.

The second half saw the Belgians open up a bit and Denoulet got in a shot that McGee saved. Miller was booked for a challenge from behind before he fired over from a pass by Sonupe. Having ridden one tackle, Georgiou was adjudged to have fouled the second man. After picking up the ball to remonstrate with the referee, he was booked for preventing the free kick. Denoulet fired over from a free kick into the area and followed that with an effort wide.

Spurs replaced Akindayini with McQueen followed shortly by Walkes coming on in place of Miller in the midfield. With time running out Campbell-Young replaced Sonupe on the right flank to close up the game. Waregem had the last chance when sub Dahmani fired over.


         Fourth Group Match 2.30pm
         SPURS    v   CERCLE BRUGGE
       (All Blue)      (All White)
         4-3-3            4-4-2

          0(0)             0(0)

Spurs: Voss; Campbell-Young, Carter-Vickers, Ogilvie, Walker-Peters, Walkes, McQueen A, Pritchard (Onomah 6), Sonupe, McQueen D (Akindayini 37), Miller(Lesniak 32)

Booked: Carter-Vickers 11

Cercle Brugge: Berquin; Verstraete, Maertens, Verkindere, Dewaele, De Coninck(De Schrijver 49), Janssens, Degryse, Verheyden, Vercauteren(Ryckaert 28), Vandewalle

Booked: Verkindere 41

Spurs lined up with Voss in goal behind Carter-Vickers and Ogilvie with Campbell-Young on the right and Walker-Peters on the left. Alex McQueen, back from suspension, anchored the midfield with Walkes and Pritchard. Darren McQueen started up front with Sonupe to his right and Miller to his left.

With both sides looking to get forward the defences cut out most of the build up play. Pritchard went down holding his ankle early on and had to be replaced by Onomah. Sonupe got down the right before cutting inside for a shot which was blocked. However, the ball fell for Campbell-Young who was following up, but his effort was wide.

Carter-Vickers was shown a yellow card for a two-footed block tackle. From the free kick taken by Vanderwalle, Maertens headed over. Onomah took a free kick that Berquin saved. Sonupe played a through ball for McQueen to score but the goal was ruled out for off side.

The second half started with Voss saving from De Coninck. Lesniak came on for Miller and took up his normal position with Alex McQueen moving into the back four. Ogilvie moved to left back and Walker-Peters moved up to the left flank.

From his new position Walker-Peters crossed for Walkes to draw a save from the keeper. Ryckaert fired wide before Akindayini came on for Darren McQueen up front. Shortly afterwards, Walker-Peters was replaced by Georgiou on the left.

Georgiou's first run with the ball produced a yellow card for Verkindere who stopped him. Brugge were beginning to dominate the game with De Coninck firing over and then Verkindere drawing a save from Voss. They had another chance when the ball was fired across the goalmouth before Carter-Vickers fired wide. Just before the final whistle the referee showed a card to a member of the Spurs coaching staff.


        Fifth Group Match, 7.30pm
       SPURS     v   STANDARD LIEGE
    (White/Blue)       (All Red)
       4-3-3             4-3-3

        0(0)              0(0)

Spurs: McGee; Carter-Vickers(Amos 26), McQueen A., Ogilvie, Walker-Peters, Walkes, Lesniak, Onomah(Miller 32), McQueen D., Akindayini(Sonupe 30), Georgiou.

Booked: Lesniak 13, McQueen D. 22, McQueen A. 47

Standard Liege: Maricosu; Mzembo, Sabbadini, Verdin, Duval, Remacie, De Sart(Camara 30), Zidda, Omeonga(De Norre 36), Silinou(Kabir 44), Gau.

Booked: Duval 3

Two 3-0 wins by Nordsjaelland had seen them go a point above Spurs while Standard were two points behind. This meant that Spurs needed to avoid defeat to finish second at least. West Ham finished top of group A with Anderlecht second.

Spurs lined up with McGee in goal behind Alex McQueen and Ogilvie with Carter-Vickers at right back and Walker-Peters on the left. Lesniak anchored the midfield trio with Walkes and Onomah alongside him. Akindayini led the attack with Darren McQueen on his right and Georgiou on his left.

Spurs kicked off the first half attacking the left end with McQueen hitting a cross from Georgiou over the bar. Duval was booked early for bringing down Walkes on the right. With the game getting bogged down in the middle of the park, Lesniak was booked for pulling back an opponent after losing the ball. Alex McQueen headed wide from a corner before Darren McQueen went into the ref's book as he was trying to get behind the ball at a free kick which hit him when it was taken quickly. De Sart fired wide at the end of the half.

Spurs made one change for the second half taking off Carter-Vickers and moving Walkes to right back to allow Amos to come on in midfield. Both sides were getting some joy on the flanks but lost the advantage when the ball was moved inside. Verdin fired wide from distance before Spurs made their second change replacing Akindayini with Sonupe to work the right flank. Onomah was the next to go off being replaced by Miller.

Georgiou squared the ball to Darren McQueen who laid it off for Miller to fire over. Silinou drove wide as did Sabbadini from distance. Sonupe forced a save from Maricosu before Sabbadini drove over. Miller played in Sonupe for a shot that was saved for a corner. Alex McQueen was booked clearing a corner before the stalemate finished.

The draw means that Spurs will play West Ham in an all English semi-final while Nordsjaelland take on Anderlecht in the morning.

The final group positions look like this:-


FC Nordsjaelland    12pts 
Tottenham Hotspur    9pts 
Cercle Brugge        7pts
Standard Liege       7pts 
Valenciennes FC      4pts
SV Zulte-Waregem     3pts 

Spurs are still in with a chance to win the tournament while the worst case scenario would be to finish fourth. Thus, the team has done a lot better than last year. One last point - if you are going to get the new shirt the numbers were peeling off with less than three games played.

Ray

Ray Lo's report on Day One of this tournament
Ray Lo's report on our semi-final in this tournament
Ray Lo's report on the third place play-off of this tournament

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