|Partizan Belgrade 1
Tottenham Hotspur 1
(Half-time score : 0-1)
Partizan Belgrade won 1-0 on sudden death penalty shoot-out
|Kappa Cup||Venue : Olympic Stadium, Seville|
|Thursday 5th August 2004||Kick Off : 19.15 p.m. (local time)|
|Crowd : About 1,500||Referee :|
|Weather : Sunny, hot and dry.|
|Teams : -|
|Partizan Belgrade :
Kralj (Pantic 46)
Rnic (Milovic 69)
Tomic (Vukcevic 69)
Davis (Jackson 46)
Defoe (Bakari 61)
|Colours : - (kits courtesy of http://www.colours-of-football.com)|
|Scorers : -|
|Cards : -|
Brown (foul) 68
|Match Report : -|
It was another training and draining day for the Spurs players as they ended the tournament at the bottom of the pile in what had been dubbed "The Gayest Kit Cup" on certain websites. So perhaps it was good not to win the competition or is it a bad thing to come last and where does that leave our kit ?
The TV certainly allows you to take in a lot more than you might have seen in the vast, cavernous bowl that is the Olympic Stadium of Seville. Gardner's shirt pulls in the area, Taricco's treading on an opponent and worst of all the performance of our two trialists. Unfortunately, nothing could cloud the fact that Bakari and Silva have neither the touch or presence on this showing to make them worth taking a punt on.
The pitch was no better than a ploughed field again and the opposition looked little interested in making a game of it, so it was left to Spurs to hand them the chances they got during the match. A comic clash between defenders left Tomic in front of goal 18 yards out, but he must have been shocked that the ball was at his feet, because he shot wide with only Robinson to beat.
Defoe was his usual busy self and made a chance for ... no-one in particular, as they had not anticipated his dinked cross to the far post and it floated away. He did better when Edman and Ricketts linked to free him in the box and his first time left foot shot from the left corner of the area was pushed onto the post by the Partizan keeper.
Jermain struck lucky by striking just before the break. A clearance upfield was nodded back by Gardner and Silva did the one good thing he produced in the match, by heading it on to Defoe. Running forward, he had clocked the fact that the keeper had raced forward, leaving himself suspect to the lob. And that was what Defoe produced, landing the ball into the empty net. A class piece of finishing in a barren desert of not very much else.
The goal came with three minutes to go to half-time, three minutes after Defoe again tested the keeper (by now their second of the game) with a shot taken with the outside of his right foot, producing a diving save. Robbo had little to do in goal, but on 50 minutes, a cross into the box went over Gardner (who had a bit of a mare) and was chested down for Ilic to smack a shot straight at the Spurs keeper. However, the rebound fell to Boya, who stuck it away for the equaliser.
With the subs coming on, the play got broken up and only Ifil's inventive runs down the right produced much excitement for Tottenham. Robinson was made to dive five minutes from time, but both sides seemed to settle for penalties ... even though they might not have realised it was a sudden death competition right from the start. Jackson's was straight down the middle and straight into the keeper's middle, while the Partizan kick sent Robinson the wrong way to leave Spurs fourth.
I suppose that in the 34 degree heat, it would be unfair to expect a full-blooded game, but if Santini learned nothing more than Silva and Bakari are not up to it, then it wasn't a wasted journey.
MEHSTG TOP MAN : - PHIL IFIL
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