Anorthosis Famagusta 1 - 1 Tottenham Uefa Cup

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  1. River Founder Founder

    Nov 24, 2006
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    Tottenham are through to the second round of the Uefa Cup after their 1-1 draw at Anorthosis Famagusta secured a 7-2 aggregate success.

    Spurs were always in control of the tie having claimed an impressive 6-1 win at White Hart Lane in the first leg.

    Despite making a lively start in Cyprus, Martin Jol's side failed to forge ahead with Jermaine Defoe particularly wasteful in front of goal.

    Spurs found themselves a goal behind on 54 minutes when Fabinho lashed home, although Nikos Frousos appeared to handle in the build-up.

    However, Spurs' blushes were spared when substitute Robbie Keane combined with another substitute Gareth Bale before side-footing home late on.

    Aside from a Fabinho shot, Famagusta were struggling to impose themselves on Spurs early on, although they had clearly targeted set-pieces as the visitors'


    It was only Defoe's second start of the season. He had scored twice in the first leg and had plenty of chances to add to his tally.

    Darren Bent set him up in the seventh minute after cutting inside his marker on the left and squaring, only for his strike partner to fire high and wide.

    Steed Malbranque found Defoe in the six-yard box 10 minutes before the break but he stabbed straight at the goalkeeper, then just before the break the striker struck the post after the Frenchman found him again.

    Famagusta came out brightly for the second half and Fabinho fired over the bar from the edge of the area.

    They took the lead in the 54th minute when Nikolaos Frousos appeared to control a hanging cross with his arm and pulled back for Fabinho to volley neatly into the bottom corner, giving Robinson no chance. Robinson was booked for his protests.

    Malbranque had an immediate chance to level but Zoltan Nagy saved with his legs when the Frenchman ran through.

    Tom Huddlestone tried his luck from long range, while Vincent Laban fired just

    wide from the edge of the area after Michael Dawson failed to clear.

    Keane came on for Lee Young-pyo to beef up Spurs' attack and he got his goal in the 78th minute.

    Bale crossed from the left and Bent dummied, with Keane side-footing into the top corner to save his side from suffering a shock defeat.


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