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Football: Tottenham Crash Out To Shakhtar

Posted on: February 27, 2009

LONDON: A second-string Tottenham crashed out of the UEFA Cup on Thursday after being held to a 1-1 draw at home to Ukrainian outfit Shakhtar Donetsk.

Leading 2-0 from the first leg, Shakhtar only briefly looked in danger of relinquishing control of the tie after Mexican midfielder Giovani dos Santos opened the scoring with a stunning strike for Spurs, ten minutes into the second half.

One more goal would have been enough to force extra-time but it was to be the visitors who found the net, Fernandinho grabbing a late goal to seal Shakhtar’s place in the last 16.

With Sunday’s League Cup final meeting with Manchester United looming, Spurs manager Harry Redknapp had made his priorities crystal clear by naming only one member of the side that defeated Hull on Monday night in his starting XI.

That meant a rare starting chance for Giovani and the midfielder may have done enough to force his way into Redknapp’s plans for Sunday.

His goal was his first since he arrived from Barcelona in a deal worth 8.6 million pounds and it was certainly worth waiting for.

Picking the ball up 40 yards out, the Mexican drove into the penalty area and found the net with a fierce drive.

He did blot his copybook somewhat by failing to connect with an inviting Gilberto cross when he could have levelled the tie.

But any doubt about the outcome was removed with four minutes left when Fernandinho finished crisply from the edge of the area.

Results in the UEFA Cup round of 32, second leg matches:

CSKA Moscow (RUS) 2 Aston Villa (ENG) 0

(CSKA Moscow win 3-1 on aggregate)

Metalist Kharkiv (UKR) 2 Sampdoria (ITA) 0

(Metalist Kharkiv win 3-0 on aggregate)

FC Twente (NED) 0 Marseille (FRA) 1 (after extra time; 1-1 on aggregate)

(Marseille win 7-6 on penalties)

Galatasaray (TUR) 4 Bordeaux (FRA) 3

(Galatasaray win 4-3 on aggregate)

Hamburg (GER) 1 NEC Nijmegen (NED) 0

(Hamburg win 4-0 on aggregate)

Wolfsburg (GER) 1 PSG (FRA) 3

(PSG win 5-1 on aggregate)

AC Milan (ITA) 2 Werder Bremen (GER) 2

(3-3 on aggregate; Werder Bremen win on away goals)

Ajax (NED) 1 Fiorentina (ITA) 1

(Ajax win 2-1 on aggregate)

Deportivo La Coruna (ESP) 1 Aalborg (DEN) 3

(Aalborg win 6-1 on aggregate)

Manchester City (ENG) 2 FC Copenhagen (DEN) 1

(Man City win 4-3 on aggregate)

St Etienne (FRA) 2 Olympiakos (GRE) 1

(St Etienne win 5-2 on aggregate)

Standard Liege (BEL) 1 Sporting Braga (POR) 1

(Sporting Braga win 4-1 on aggregate)

Tottenham (ENG) 1 Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR) 1

(Shakhtar Donetsk win 3-1 on aggregate)

Udinese (ITA) 2 Lech Poznan (POL) 1

(Udinese win 4-3 on aggregate)

Stuttgart (GER) 1 Zenit St Petersburg (RUS) 2

(Zenit St Petersburg win 4-2 on aggregate)

Valencia (ESP) 2 Dynamo Kiev (UKR) 2

(3-3 on aggregate; Dynamo Kiev win on away goals)

– AFP/de

Channel News Asia

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Football: Tottenham Crash Out To Shakhtar

Posted on: February 27, 2009

LONDON: A second-string Tottenham crashed out of the UEFA Cup on Thursday after being held to a 1-1 draw at home to Ukrainian outfit Shakhtar Donetsk.

Leading 2-0 from the first leg, Shakhtar only briefly looked in danger of relinquishing control of the tie after Mexican midfielder Giovani dos Santos opened the scoring with a stunning strike for Spurs, ten minutes into the second half.

One more goal would have been enough to force extra-time but it was to be the visitors who found the net, Fernandinho grabbing a late goal to seal Shakhtar’s place in the last 16.

With Sunday’s League Cup final meeting with Manchester United looming, Spurs manager Harry Redknapp had made his priorities crystal clear by naming only one member of the side that defeated Hull on Monday night in his starting XI.

That meant a rare starting chance for Giovani and the midfielder may have done enough to force his way into Redknapp’s plans for Sunday.

His goal was his first since he arrived from Barcelona in a deal worth 8.6 million pounds and it was certainly worth waiting for.

Picking the ball up 40 yards out, the Mexican drove into the penalty area and found the net with a fierce drive.

He did blot his copybook somewhat by failing to connect with an inviting Gilberto cross when he could have levelled the tie.

But any doubt about the outcome was removed with four minutes left when Fernandinho finished crisply from the edge of the area.

Results in the UEFA Cup round of 32, second leg matches:

CSKA Moscow (RUS) 2 Aston Villa (ENG) 0

(CSKA Moscow win 3-1 on aggregate)

Metalist Kharkiv (UKR) 2 Sampdoria (ITA) 0

(Metalist Kharkiv win 3-0 on aggregate)

FC Twente (NED) 0 Marseille (FRA) 1 (after extra time; 1-1 on aggregate)

(Marseille win 7-6 on penalties)

Galatasaray (TUR) 4 Bordeaux (FRA) 3

(Galatasaray win 4-3 on aggregate)

Hamburg (GER) 1 NEC Nijmegen (NED) 0

(Hamburg win 4-0 on aggregate)

Wolfsburg (GER) 1 PSG (FRA) 3

(PSG win 5-1 on aggregate)

AC Milan (ITA) 2 Werder Bremen (GER) 2

(3-3 on aggregate; Werder Bremen win on away goals)

Ajax (NED) 1 Fiorentina (ITA) 1

(Ajax win 2-1 on aggregate)

Deportivo La Coruna (ESP) 1 Aalborg (DEN) 3

(Aalborg win 6-1 on aggregate)

Manchester City (ENG) 2 FC Copenhagen (DEN) 1

(Man City win 4-3 on aggregate)

St Etienne (FRA) 2 Olympiakos (GRE) 1

(St Etienne win 5-2 on aggregate)

Standard Liege (BEL) 1 Sporting Braga (POR) 1

(Sporting Braga win 4-1 on aggregate)

Tottenham (ENG) 1 Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR) 1

(Shakhtar Donetsk win 3-1 on aggregate)

Udinese (ITA) 2 Lech Poznan (POL) 1

(Udinese win 4-3 on aggregate)

Stuttgart (GER) 1 Zenit St Petersburg (RUS) 2

(Zenit St Petersburg win 4-2 on aggregate)

Valencia (ESP) 2 Dynamo Kiev (UKR) 2

(3-3 on aggregate; Dynamo Kiev win on away goals)

– AFP/de

Channel News Asia

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Football: Tottenham Crash Out To Shakhtar

Posted on: February 27, 2009

LONDON: A second-string Tottenham crashed out of the UEFA Cup on Thursday after being held to a 1-1 draw at home to Ukrainian outfit Shakhtar Donetsk.

Leading 2-0 from the first leg, Shakhtar only briefly looked in danger of relinquishing control of the tie after Mexican midfielder Giovani dos Santos opened the scoring with a stunning strike for Spurs, ten minutes into the second half.

One more goal would have been enough to force extra-time but it was to be the visitors who found the net, Fernandinho grabbing a late goal to seal Shakhtar’s place in the last 16.

With Sunday’s League Cup final meeting with Manchester United looming, Spurs manager Harry Redknapp had made his priorities crystal clear by naming only one member of the side that defeated Hull on Monday night in his starting XI.

That meant a rare starting chance for Giovani and the midfielder may have done enough to force his way into Redknapp’s plans for Sunday.

His goal was his first since he arrived from Barcelona in a deal worth 8.6 million pounds and it was certainly worth waiting for.

Picking the ball up 40 yards out, the Mexican drove into the penalty area and found the net with a fierce drive.

He did blot his copybook somewhat by failing to connect with an inviting Gilberto cross when he could have levelled the tie.

But any doubt about the outcome was removed with four minutes left when Fernandinho finished crisply from the edge of the area.

Results in the UEFA Cup round of 32, second leg matches:

CSKA Moscow (RUS) 2 Aston Villa (ENG) 0

(CSKA Moscow win 3-1 on aggregate)

Metalist Kharkiv (UKR) 2 Sampdoria (ITA) 0

(Metalist Kharkiv win 3-0 on aggregate)

FC Twente (NED) 0 Marseille (FRA) 1 (after extra time; 1-1 on aggregate)

(Marseille win 7-6 on penalties)

Galatasaray (TUR) 4 Bordeaux (FRA) 3

(Galatasaray win 4-3 on aggregate)

Hamburg (GER) 1 NEC Nijmegen (NED) 0

(Hamburg win 4-0 on aggregate)

Wolfsburg (GER) 1 PSG (FRA) 3

(PSG win 5-1 on aggregate)

AC Milan (ITA) 2 Werder Bremen (GER) 2

(3-3 on aggregate; Werder Bremen win on away goals)

Ajax (NED) 1 Fiorentina (ITA) 1

(Ajax win 2-1 on aggregate)

Deportivo La Coruna (ESP) 1 Aalborg (DEN) 3

(Aalborg win 6-1 on aggregate)

Manchester City (ENG) 2 FC Copenhagen (DEN) 1

(Man City win 4-3 on aggregate)

St Etienne (FRA) 2 Olympiakos (GRE) 1

(St Etienne win 5-2 on aggregate)

Standard Liege (BEL) 1 Sporting Braga (POR) 1

(Sporting Braga win 4-1 on aggregate)

Tottenham (ENG) 1 Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR) 1

(Shakhtar Donetsk win 3-1 on aggregate)

Udinese (ITA) 2 Lech Poznan (POL) 1

(Udinese win 4-3 on aggregate)

Stuttgart (GER) 1 Zenit St Petersburg (RUS) 2

(Zenit St Petersburg win 4-2 on aggregate)

Valencia (ESP) 2 Dynamo Kiev (UKR) 2

(3-3 on aggregate; Dynamo Kiev win on away goals)

– AFP/de

Channel News Asia

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