canít remember the last time Spurs experienced the thrill of lifting
silverware this early in pre-season.
Not that it really matters, itís just it makes you feel even
better about the season ahead !!
a long way to Korea and the TV is a wonderful invention, so the gameís
appearance on British Eurosport was a real boon.
Seeing the washed out pictures from Asia and the new kit set
against the red (evil) of Lyon, made it an occasion, with the stadium
half-full of locals with faux Spurs shirts on and travelling Spurs fans
sweating in the humidity.
game started slowly, unsurprisingly, with Lyon knocking the ball about
and trying to find ex-Gooner Wiltord up front, but Ledders showed he had
class to spare as he brought the ball out up the right wing with great
were looking for an outlet ball and Wayne Routledge was the main target,
with a good bit of control and a shot drilled across the face of goal.
Keano was a livewire and was clipped as he went into the area,
but he chose to stay on his feet and the moment was gone with no whistle
from the ref.
and a half minutes gone and Spurs went ahead.
Routledge played Stephen Kelly in outside him on the right wing
and the defenderís early cross was headed at the near post by Berthod,
beating his own goalkeeper at the near post as he went for the cross.
It had been a good piece of build-up as Spurs had moved the ball
seamlessly from left to right wing and the cross brought the goal.
A neat bit
of interplay between Mido and Reid saw the Irishman play a ball down the
left wing and Mido played a first time ball into the box to find Robbie
Keane running in
two red-shirted defenders to nod past Coupet in the Lyon goal for 2-0
with nine minutes gone.
It was a classic breakaway goal and I must admit I thought it
more likely that would come from the other side, where Wayne would use
his pace, but Mido intelligently ran into an area where Reid played the
ball and put in an inviting cross.
The camera focussed on Lyon manager Gerard Houllier looking glum.
You know that expression Ö the one he always wore on the
Liverpool bench !!
realised they had to do something and Wiltord hit a head high shot
straight at Cerny, while Spurs nearly made it three with a repeat of
goal number two, but Coupet caught the cross just before Keane could get
his head to it.
much vaunted appearance of Michael Essien caused a ripple of excitement
at the beginning of the match, but he looked out of shape, having missed
the previous couple of games after being sent off.
So much for the Peace Cup !!
He raged around the pitch and was embarrassed by Routledgeís
tricks later in the match, so his HUGE price tag is a real piece of
brinkmanship by the Lyon chairman, as he didnít look worth £27
million, let alone the £32 plus Tiago they were asking.
did hit the post, but an offside flag was raised and the Essien did get
involved by winning a ball and putting a low pass in to Wiltord, but
Cerny made a good low save to continue his impressive performances in
this tournament. He
was also out quick to smother Maloudaís attempt to latch onto a long
through pass. Andy
Reid responded by hitting a fierce rising drive after cutting inside
from the left wing, producing a tip over from the goalie.
still keeping the ball by passing among their defenders and when they
did look to play a forward pass, it was invariably off target and Spurs
picked up possession again.
slow pace helped Spurs take a breather as the heat and humidity soaked
their shirts, but it didnít stop Reid nut-megging his defender in the
box and knocking a dinked cross to Mido at the far post and his
knock-down was ideal for Keane until a defender knocked it onto
Robbieís hand and the whistle went.
Malouda went down under Wayneís challenge, but it was a Spurs
shirt being pulled and then the same player shot at Cerny.
Temperature rose in the rising temperatures, with Mido getting a
booking for getting kneed in the head, along with the guilty party.
came on for a seemingly untroubled Edman and had time to perform a
couple of drag-backs !!
Cerny once more denied Wiltord as he got on the end of a Pedretti
pass, but into injury time, a Mido nutmeg found Reid and he returned the
ball, for the Egyptian to play a low ball to the far pat and Robbie
Keane ran on to it ten yards out to shot home the third.
Cue goggle eyes and outstretched arms from Houllier !!
time should have seen Lyon spark a revival, but their play still seemed
one paced. Spurs
coped with the ball thrown forward and the French shooting was well off
target, so little direct threat arose until the hour, when King blocked
a shot from Govou, another player who failed to live up to his
am glad we didnít go for him on this showing.
that Reid curled another 25-yarder just over and after a period of
ragged play ensued and included Essienís third booking of the
in the 73rd minute an innocuous cross from Malouda hit Ledley and the
ref pointed to the spot.
Peace was disturbed and a posse of Spurs players surrounded the
official with Gardner getting a yellow card for dissent.
Converted by one time Spurs transfer target, the teenager Ben
Arfa, the game looked like being subject to a fighting finish.
such luck, as only a Govou 30 yard shot forced Cerny to be called into
action tipping it over the top.
Dean Marney came on to replace Pedro Mendes who had only come on at
half-time and was obviously upset by the change, as he went straight
down the tunnel. He
had just taken a knock, so perhaps Jol didnít want to take any chances
with him aggravating an injury, but obviously Mendes did not agree.
Marney tested Coupet with a driven free kick on the edge of the
box that the keeper had to dive upwards to turn around the post.
final whistle brought celebrations on the touchline with Martin Jol
hugging everyone he could find.
The players also got together and looked as pleased as punch to
be holding up a trophy.
guess this means it is all back to Korea next year in defence of the
Peace Cup. I
just wonder who will be in the team in a yearís time ??
MEHSTG TOP MAN : - ROBBIE KEANE