• FT

    CSKA Moscow

    2

    Lech Poznan

    1

  • FT

    MSK Zilina

    0

    S Prague

    0

  • FT

    Galatasaray

    0

    FC Metalist

    1

  • FT

    NEC

    0

    Tottenham

    1

  • FT

    Schalke 04

    0

    Man City

    2

  • FT

    Club Brugge

    1

    St Etienne

    1

  • FT

    D Zagreb

    0

    Spart Moscow

    1

  • FT

    Olympiakos

    5

    Benfica

    1

  • FT

    PSG

    2

    Racing

    2

  • FT

    P Belgrade

    0

    St Liege

    1

  • FT

    Rosenborg

    0

    Valencia

    4

  • FT

    Sampdoria

    1

    Stuttgart

    1

  • FT

    Deportivo

    3

    Feyenoord

    0

  • FT

    Hamburg SV

    0

    Ajax

    1

  • FT

    Portsmouth

    2

    Milan

    2

  • FT

    Braga

    2

    Wolfsburg

    3

UEFA CUP

De Goffert, Netherlands

Referee: Cesar Muniz Fernandez | Attendance: 12500

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0 - 1

FT

Tottenham Hotspur

  • Jamie O'Hara 14'

Tottenham's resurgence under Redknapp continues

Tottenham took a huge stride towards the knockout stages of the UEFA Cup following a 1-0 victory over NEC Nijmegen courtesy of Jamie O'Hara's early strike.

O'Hara's goal at Stadion De Goffert gives Harry Redknapp's side six points from three games, which should be enough to get Spurs out of Group D ahead of their final match against Spartak Moscow.

Victory came on a bobbly pitch, damaged after snow hit Nijmegen and NEC's heaters failed. Redknapp also had a raft of players ineligible, injured or in need of rest.

It meant that in Holland's oldest city, Spurs' youngest ever player, John Bostock, was a substitute and joined on the bench by academy players Adam Smith, Ryan Mason and Jon Obika. Obika was used by Redknapp for the final six minutes and Mason in stoppage-time.

NEC coach Mario Been accused Spurs of being a long-ball team on the eve of the clash - but there was nothing route one about O'Hara's goal in the 14th minute.

David Bentley's weighted ball slipped Gareth Bale down the left and the ball was pulled back for Fraizer Campbell to strike the crossbar from close range.

O'Hara, returning from suspension after being sent off against Udinese just over a month ago, headed in the rebound.

Coach Been had also highlighted the difference in transfer budget between the two teams but O'Hara cost Spurs nothing - the 22-year-old came through the ranks and was playing on loan at Millwall this time last year.

The win meant a pleasant return to Holland for Heurelho Gomes. Tottenham's goalkeeper has been enduring a wretched season but this was a reminder of happier times with PSV Eindhoven before his summer move.

The Brazilian did not have early crosses to deal with as he would in England, but he was at full stretch to deny Moestafa El-Kabir midway through the first half.

Youssef El-Akchaoui's cross fell for El-Kabir after the forward challenged Jonathan Woodgate, then Chris Gunter hacked clear under pressure when Gomes turned the shot away.

Jhonny van Beukering also had an effort on goal, going just wide from the edge of the area after Lasse Schone made space with a dummy.

As NEC tried to drag their way back into the game, Woodgate was required to block from El-Kabir when he unleashed another shot just before the break.

Spurs offered a threat on the counter-attack and O'Hara was in the hunt for a second, forcing Gabor Babos into a save with a powerful drive after Darren Bent had laid the ball off.

Bentley was in the thick of the action at the start of the second half, firstly going just over the angle of post and crossbar with a long-range drive.

Although he was deployed as the furthest forward in a diamond midfield in the first half, he was on the right after the restart and crossed for Bent to head on target, with Babos tipping over.

Gomes bravely came out to claim the ball from El-Kabir's toes, and it was the NEC player who came off worse and required treatment.

The Spurs goalkeeper was also called into action when Van Beukering shot from the edge of the area, but it was straight at him.

O'Hara had another effort on goal that was saved, while Been made another move by bringing on Rachid Bouaouzan from the bench to replace Bas Sibum in the 65th minute.

Redknapp brought on Aaron Lennon for Bent, with the substitute's pace giving NEC problems and earning a booking for Lorenzo Davids, cousin of former Spurs midfielder Edgar.

Woodgate was required to make a last-ditch tackle on El-Kabir before the end as Spurs held on.

Scoring Summary

  • NEC Nijmegen
  • Tottenham Hotspur
 
(14') Jamie O'Hara

Match Stats

  • NEC Nijmegen
  • Tottenham Hotspur
10(4) Shots (on goal) 12(7)
15 Fouls 15
4 Corner kicks 2
0 Offsides 0
52% Time of Possession 48%
1 Yellow Cards 0
0 Red Cards 0
11 Saves 4

Teams

  • NEC Nijmegen
  • Tottenham Hotspur
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