Spurs draw pre-season friendly with Dortmund

August 5, 2006

Tottenham played out a 1-1 draw with Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund in Germany.

The hosts opened brightly at their Westfalenstadion, with Spurs keeper Paul Robinson forced to tip over a good effort from Nelson Valdez.

Slowly, though, the Premiership side began to settle into their passing game.

Jermaine Jenas sent an 18-yard free-kick just over before Robbie Keane hit the side netting from a tight angle.

However, on 36 minutes, it was Dortmund who went ahead.

Swiss international Alexander Frei produced a well-placed free-kick which crept inside Robinson's left-hand post.

Spurs, though, were level just before the break through a smart low effort from summer signing Dimitar Berbatov, the Bulgarian's third goal of the pre-season campaign.

Martin Jol - facing up to life without midfielder Michael Carrick, who has joined Manchester United in an £18.6million deal - made a few changes as the hour mark approached.

Jermain Defoe and Reto Ziegler replaced Danny Murphy and England winger Aaron Lennon.

On 65 minutes, there was another half-chance for Keane, but although the Republic of Ireland striker lifted the ball over keeper Roman Weidenfeller, it looped on to the top of the crossbar.

During the closing stages, Robinson made a fine save down to his left to deny Dortmund substitute substitute Lars Ricken.

There was still time for Defoe to make progress down the right and sent in a low cross, which Keane could only send over the crossbar.

Spurs complete their pre-season preparations against Real Sociedad at White Hart Lane on Saturday, before their Premiership campaign starts with a trip to Bolton on August 19.