Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List
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Hazebeek Sportspark, Oostduinkerke
Sunday 4th August 2013, 3pm.
SPURS v RSC ANDERLECHT
(All Blue) (All White)
Spurs:– McGee; Sonupe, Maghoma, Carter-Vickers, Walkes(Ogilvie 49), Lesniak, Amos(Georgiou 43), McQueen A.Onomah 49), McQueen D., Akindayini, Miller.
Scorers:– McQueen A. 16, McQueen D. 34
Anderlecht:– Jeurissen; Tshiani, De Medina, Amrani(Ademoglu 40), Mikal, Jellal(Benhilal 31), Bastien(Denayer 55), Diallo, Lukebakio(Leya 31), Sarkic
Booked:– Lukebakio 28
In some ways this was a repeat of last year when Spurs played Anderlecht in a play-off game at the end of the tournament. Then it was for last place, whereas this time it was for third. That is a great improvement for both teams.
Spurs lined up with McGee in goal behind Maghoma and Carter-Vickers with Sonupe at right back and Walkes on the left. Lesniak anchored the midfield trio with Amos and Alex McQueen. Up front Akindayini led the line with Darren McQueen on his right and Miller on his left.
Spurs kicked off attacking the left end with both sides taking a while to settle in. The lack of wingers meant that Spurs played a little narrow, with Sonupe over-lapping from the back as the only wide player, unlike Anderlecht who used the width of the pitch.
Sarkic got in the first shot which McGee held well. Jellal had an effort fly wide before Spurs' first shot on goal went in. Sonupe had got down the right and when his cross was not cleared Alex McQueen drove in low through the keeper to put Spurs ahead.
McGee made two saves from Mikal raiding down the right, with both attempts going for corners. Sarkic drew a save from a free kick by Diallo before Lukebakio was booked for bringing down Sonupe.
After the break both sides opened up fo provide an end to end game. Anderlecht made two changes for the second half moving to 4-4-2. Spurs increased their lead when Sonupe got down the right and his low cross was poked home by Darren McQueen sliding in at the near post.
Spurs replaced Amos with Georgiou to give more width on the left allowing Miller to move into midfield. The Belgians got down the left and put in a high dipping cross that went over McGee and came out after hitting the far post.
Spurs were now in control and could replace Walkes with Ogilvie at the back. Onomah came on in place of Alex McQueen. Spurs held out fairly comfortably until the final whistle.
Spurs went through the competition without losing a game and beat the eventual winners Nordsjaelland 4-0. The only slip-up was losing the penalty shoot-out to West Ham. Apart from third place for the team, Luke McGee picked up the award for best keeper. I would have thought that Filip Lesniak should have also picked up the best midfielder award as he was solid throughout the tournament.
· Ray Lo's report on Day One of this tournament
· Ray Lo's report on Day Two of this tournament
· Ray Lo's report on the semi-final of this tournament
· More information about this year's Eurofoot 2013
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