Thursday November 8, 2012 Group Stage: Group J Finished White Hart Lane

Tottenham Hotspur 3 - 1 NK Maribor

  • Defoe 22’, 49’, 77’
  • Beric 40’

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  1. Europa League - Defoe fires Spurs to victory with hat-trick

    Europa League - Defoe fires Spurs to victory with hat-trick

    Emmanuel Adebayor began his first match of the season but it was Jermain Defoe who caught the eye with a clinical hat-trick in a 3-1 win over Maribor. More

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    • Tottenham Hotspur
    • NK Maribor
    • 90+4' There goes the final whistle! All over! A 3-1 win for Spurs.
    • 89' We are into four minutes of time added on...
    • 88' Lennon is going to depart the scene. He is replaced by Falque for Tottenham.
    • 87' A few of the home fans being their march to the exit doors. Job is done and dusted for AVB and his boys tonight.
    • 86' Dodlek replaces Mertelj for Maribor, who are not yet out of the group despite this defeat tonight.
    • 85' USA national coach Jurgen Klinnsman left his vantage point in the stands seconds before Dempsey tried his luck there.
    • 84' Some nice play by Dempsey to turn and fire an effort at goal, but no real power as Handanovic makes a comfortable stop.
    • 83' Bale departs to a standing ovation as Ryan Mason takes over for the last few minutes.
    • 82' Bale on another stunning run down a flank, but Rajcevic comes across to make a timely tackle.
    • 81' Dempsey arrives as Defoe departs the scene for Spurs.
    • 80' That should have been four there for the home side. And wouldn't really flatter Spurs on this second-half performance.
    • 79' Lennon was looking to play in Adebayor when he should have gone for goal. A relieved Handanovic happy to snatch the loose ball.
    • 78' Arghus forced to nip in front of Defoe to prevent a fourth goal from finding the net. Another lovely cross by Bale out on the home side's left flank.
    • 77' Lloris slides out of his goal to clear the ball long. The Frenchman has not had the best game tonight. Will be relieved that Defoe has come up with the goods at the other end.
    • 76' That should ease the tension. A 3-1 lead now. Job done almost then for Spurs this evening.
    • 75' GOAL! Defoe completes the hat-trick for Spurs as he slides the ball home from Bale's ball across the face of goal. Brilliant finish. Huddlestone picked out Bale quite superbly.
    • 74' Tavares departs the scene for Maribor to be replaced by Komacez.
    • 73' Caroll collects a booking for a late challenge on Mejac.
    • 72' Adebayor forces Handanovic to make a fine stop Maribor continue to fight the good fight.
    • 71' Spurs living on the edge there. Don't really want to be putting their fans through moments like that.
    • 70' Naughton forced to make a frantic dash back to tackle Tavares as he prepared to pull the trigger. Almost in for the equaliser.
    • 69' Defoe picks out Adebayor with a lovely pass into the opposing area, but he can't twist and turn in time. Maribor do enough to get the loose ball clear.
    • 68' Change coming then for the visiting side as Mezga replace Cvijanovic.
    • 67' Mertelj forced to concede a free-kick for a foul on Vertonghen. And on we go with Spurs holding this 2-1 lead.
    • 66' Lloris just gets the ball away under pressure. Spurs living a bit dangerously there.
    • 65' Spurs keeping the ball, trying to take the sting out of this match at the moment.
    • 64' Mejac and Lennon tussle for a loose ball. Goes out for a corner, but move comes to nothing. Lloris hammers the goalkick long.
    • 63' Arghus heads out the corner from Bale. Maribor have been fairly well organised in this contest.
    • 62' Lazio heading to the top of the section on eight points. They lead Panathinaikos 3-0 in the other match in the group.
    • 61' Spurs fans making plenty of noise, but could do with another goal here to calm the nerves in the closing 30 minutes or so.
    • 60' Huddlestone decides to try his luck, but loses his balance at the key moment as his shot flies past a post from distance.
    • 59' Bale looking a bit groggy as he comes to the side of the park. Adebayor knocks the ball back to Handanovic in the Maribor goal.
    • 58' Bale on the deck here needing treatment for a blood injury. Was caught on the chin and is needing some medical attention here.
    • 57' Bale claiming he was held back by Rajcevic. Maribor players thought he had a dive, but took an elbow in the chin.
    • 56' Chance for Adebayor to add the third, but he knocks the ball inches wide from the ball by Bale. Lovely play there by Spurs.
    • 55' Beric rises above Lloris from the free-kick by Ibraimi, but can't divert it on target. Maribor not yet finished in this contest.
    • 54' Vertonghen concedes a free-kick for a foul on Berić, who earns his side a free-kick out wide here.
    • 53' A stunning run from Bale, who is booked for kicking the ball away after Beric did well to make up the ground.
    • 52' Dawson penalised for a handball in the middle of the Maribor box. Free-kick to the visiting side.
    • 51' Spurs will try to settle themselves down as Bale passes to Lennon. His cross is blocked for a corner.
    • 50' Lovely little pass by Carroll to send Defoe speeding through. Was work to be done there, but the England forward made it look easy.
    • 49' GOAL! Defoe clips a shot low and hard into the corner of the net. A 14th goal in Europe for Defoe. Superb finish. A 2-1 lead for Spurs.
    • 48' Milec drives a shot at goal from distance, but easy enough take for Lloris in the home goal.
    • 47' Emmanuel Adebayor commits a foul on Soares Arghus and Maribor earn a free-kick that will ease the strain on them somewhat.
    • 46' We are off and running then in this second period.
    • 45+1' There goes the whistle for the break. 1-1 at the break between these two sides.
    • 44' We are into one minute of time added on in the first period.
    • 43' Maribor have battled back well here. Lloris looking a little bit sheepish.
    • 42' Milec thumps a shot at goal from 25 yards out, but the ball is wide of the target.
    • 41' Spurs will need to win their final two games to qualify if these group scores remain the same. Remember Lazio lead Panathinaikos 1-0 in the other match in the section.
    • 40' Lennon flicks the ball out to Defoe, but he is narrowly offside inside the Maribor box.
    • 39' AVB doesn't look too concerned at the moment. Not sure what was going on in the head of Lloris. He was as much to blame as Naughton.
    • 38' The home fans stunned by that equaliser and now they will have to try to win this game again. 1-1. Game on.
    • 37' GOAL! Maribor level as Naughton knocks the ball back to Lloris, who is tackled by the Maribor player Beric and the ball ends up in the net. Awful goal to lose. Crazy stuff.
    • 36' Cvijanovič heads over the bar from 10 yards after Lloris had nudged out Tavares' cross ball. Dangerous moments. Could easily have been the equaliser.
    • 35' Huddlestone delivers the free-kick from out wide., but Dawson is deemed to be in an offside position.
    • 34' Dawson taken out of the action late by Mejac. A clear foul and that is going to be a booking for his troubles.
    • 33' Maribor can't get out of their half here. Really need to inject some forward momentum into their play otherwise this is going to be a long night.
    • 32' Bale slams the cross over from the opposite flank. Lennon was offside. Bale roving from wing to wing out there this evening.
    • 31' Lenon plays provider with a superb run and cross, but Dawson just fails to connect with the ball into the middle. Excellent play by Lennon.
    • 30' Dawson gets the ball away from a Maribor corner. Solid piece of defending from him as Spurs win the throw-in deep in their own half.
    • 29' A lovely little turn by Adebayor seconds later. Super control, but he is just offside.
    • 28' Adebayor tries a speculative effort from distance but straight into the arms of Handanovic.
    • 27' Another probing cross from Bale as the ball flies into the middle. Defoe just fails to connect with Adebayor also looking to get a touch on the cross.
    • 26' Lazio lead Panathinaikos 1-0 in tonight's other group match.
    • 25' Tottenham in no rush to get the ball, but when they do..Defoe, Lennon and Bale..well, they all look in the mood this evening.
    • 24' Bale on the ground here after being chased by Martin Milec,. who has been handed the thankless task of trying to cut off Bale's air supply.
    • 23' Adebayor getting himself on the ball before Tavares is caught offside seconds later at the other end.
    • 22' Bale with another teasing cross. Holds the ball up well, but over the head of Defoe. And on Spurs go with his positive attacking outlook.
    • 21' That goal brings the home fans to life. No more than Spurs deserve as they continue their pursuit of a second goal here.
    • 20' GOAL! Defoe breaks the deadlock. Lovely goal with a glancing finish from the cross by Bale. A classy finish and Spurs lead 1-0 here.
    • 19' Defoe nods straight into the arms of Handanovic seconds later. Spurs really pushing for this opening goal.
    • 18' Huddlestone throws a decent ball into the middle, but Handanovic is off his line to make a good clearing punch.
    • 17' Spurs race into the Maribor box. Knocks the cross off a blue shirt and the home side have another corner here.
    • 16' Spurs knocking the ball round for fun. Maribor content to let them have possession at the halfway line. Yet to see a sweeping move from the visiting side.
    • 15' Lovely ball into the middle again by Bale, but the cross just flies over the head of Defoe. Some terrific stuff from Bale.
    • 14' Arghus is on the ground here needing a spot of treatment.
    • 13' Some lovely control by Bale. Darts into the box before sweeping the ball across the face of goal, but nobody was reading the run. Maribor again survive.
    • 12' Faint appeals for a penalty when Adebayor hit the deck, but would have been a harsh call against Maribor.
    • 11' Adebayor concedes a free-kick for a foul on Arghus who challenges the Spurs striker seconds later. Decent tackle. A goalkick to the visiting side.
    • 10' Tavares has a shot on the volley, but quickly charged down by Dawson. Was a long way from goal there.
    • 9' Defoe concedes a free-kick for a foul on Mertelj. The visiting side yet to get forward with any real purpose.
    • 8' Certainly an animated crowd in for this match. Spurs taking this tournament a bit more seriously than Liverpool. You can read the details of their match here. Liverpool rookies suffer narrow loss at Anzhi
    • 7' Spurs looking to get Bale involved as much as possible as Huddlestone floats over another corner. This time Bale just fails to connect with the header.
    • 6' Arghus forced to scramble a telling cross by Bale away from the centre of his box.
    • 5' Match odds tonight in case you are after a flutter: Tottenham 1/4, Maribor 11/1, draw 9/ money would suggest a Tottenham victory.
    • 4' Throws over a decent delivery, but Dawson just fails to connect with the ball in the air. AVB looking on impassively here from the technical area.
    • 3' Bale attempts at a cross deflects behind for a corner here to Spurs. Huddletone from the other side this time.
    • 2' Lennon earning Spurs a corner with a charging run down a flank. Huddelstone's corner is headed over the bar by Adebayor from 12 yards out. Well over.
    • 1' We are off and running then with Spurs playing this 4-4-2 formation.
    • 20.00 Tottenham arrive on the park chasing their first win of the season in the Europa League after three draws in the competition.
    • 19.55 Defensive stalwart Ales Mejac starts after missing the team's final training session before travelling to London. Manager Darko Milanic does however have Jovan Vidovic available for selection again after missing the tie in Slovenia through suspension and Nejc Potokar is likely to return from injury. Both men start on the bench.
    • 19.50 Maribor side: Handanovic, Milec, Rajcevic, Arghus, Mejac, Cvijanovic, Mertelj, Filipovic, Ibraimi, Tavares, Beric...subs: Pridigar, Vidovic, Mezga, Komazec, Potokar, Viler, Dodlek
    • 19.45 Tottenham are without midfield duo Sandro (calf) and Mousa Dembele (hip) for the return match against Maribor. Jake Livermore is out with an ankle injury while manager Andre Villas-Boas has confirmed that Hugo Lloris will start in goal. Defender William Gallas is on the bench despite suffering a slight hamstring injury against Wigan, but Scott Parker (Achilles), Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Younes Kaboul (both knee) are out.
    • 19.40 Tottenham side: Lloris, Walker, Vertonghen, Dawson, Naughton, Lennon, Huddlestone, Carroll, Bale, Adebayor, Defoe..subs: Cudicini, Gallas, Mason, Dempsey, Sigurdsson, Falque, Livermore
    • 19.35 Good evening and welcome to LIVE coverage of Tottenham against Maribor from White Hart Lane as the Europa League group stage continues.
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