UEFA Cup: Tottenham out after 2-2 draw with Sevilla
Thursday, April 12, 2007
|Goalscorers for Tottenham Hotspur||Defoe (66'), Lennon (67')|
|Goalscorers for Sevilla FC||Malbranque (3' og), Kanoute (8')|
|Bookings (Tottenham Hotspur)||Dawson, Malbranque, Defoe (Yellow(3)), Tainio (Red (1))|
|Bookings (Sevilla FC)||None|
English club Tottenham Hotspur dropped out of the UEFA Cup after a 2-2 draw at against Spanish side . Spurs lost the first game 2-1 in Spain, and the tie was enough to see Sevilla through 4-3 on aggregate.
Sevilla had a 2-0 lead after just eight minutes in London. scored an own goal after 3 minutes as he attempted to clear the ball off the line. The ball scuffed off the bottom of his boot and bobbled into the net. Former Tottenham player then doubled the visitors lead only minutes later after he collected the ball, played a one two, and danced around keeper . Before the end of the first half, struck the post off a hammered shot, but the score remained 2-0.
Tottenham struck back in the second half and substitutescored minutes after coming on to cut Sevilla's lead. Just a minute later, tied the game, putting pressure on Sevilla. Two more chances emerged for Tottenham, one through defender and Dimitar Berbatov, but neither where able to convert. With only stoppage time remaining, and Spurs in need of two goals to advance, frustration played out as was red carded for a dangerous challenge on Puerta.
Sevilla was one of three Spanish sides to advance to the semi-finals Thursday, and they will face Osasuna in the next round, guaranteeing there will be a Spanish club in the final. Tottenham have only the Premiership left to contend for now, as they look to book a European spot for next season against Wigan Athletic on the 15th.
- Lewis Rutledge. "Brave Spurs bow out to Sevilla" — , April 12, 2007