Tottenham Hotspur 3 – Werder Bremen 0


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Croatia international midfielder LUKA MODRIC (14) of Tottenham Hotspur is knocked down in the box for a penalty by 19-year-old Werder Bremen midfielder FELIX KROOS, an off-season signing from FC Hansa Rostock whose brother Toni is a midfielder with defending Bundesliga champion Bayern Munich, at White Hart Lane in the capital city of England. (Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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UEFA Champions League
Group Stage
11/24/2010

3 – Tottenham Hotspur (ENG) ——— Kaboul 6′, Modric 45+1′, Crouch 79′
0 – Werder Bremen (GER)

An skillful volley in just the sixth minute of the match sent English Premier League side TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR well on their way to a 3-0 defeat of German Bundesliga club WERDER BREMEN in Group A of the UEFA Champions League.

Exposed badly on two occasions by England World Cup winger AARON LENNON leading directly to goals was visiting left back DOMINIK SCHMIDT, the 23-year-old on his Champions League debut who has yet to play a match domestically in his career higher than the 3.Bundesliga with the Werder Bremen reserves.

19-year-old FELIX KROOS, who has 27 games in the 2.Bundesliga with Hansa Rostock under his belt but has spent all of this season with Werder Bremen reserves thus far since his summer transfer, also made his inaugural appearance in the Champions League for the Gruen-Weissen and gave away a penalty kick in the second half.

20-year-old ONUR AYIK and his two career Bundesliga games worth of experience replaced Kroos for Werder Bremen in the 55th minute.

Meanwhile, 22-year-old SANDRO WAGNER, with exactly a dozen career Bundesliga apperances (and no goals) to his credit, was given the start by Werder Bremen coach THOMAS SCHAAF up front as the solitary striker and had little, if any, effect.

18-year-old LENNART THY, who has played all of the 28 games comprising his young career with the Werder Bremen reserves in the 3.Bundesliga, was sent on for the final ten minutes of the match against Tottenham Hotspur in England.

After dramatic qualification for the UEFA Champions League group stage in Italy against Sampdoria of Genoa, Werder Bremen’s wretched Group A campaign is, mercifully, almost concluded.

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Germany international goalkeeper TIM WIESE of Werder Bremen, who saved a penalty from the Spurs’ international midfielder Gareth Bale of Wales in the match, uses both hands to punch the ball clear of Tottenham Hotspur’s 33-year-old veteran France World Cup defender WILLIAM GALLAS in heavy traffic at White Hart Lane in London. (Dylan Martinez/Reuters)
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TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : Gomes – Hutton, Gallas, Kaboul, Assou Ekoto – Lennon, Jenas (Palacios 20′), Modric, Bale (Kranjcar 81′) – Pavlyuchenko (Defoe 57′), Crouch

WERDER BREMEN : Wiese – Fritz, Mertesacker, Proedl, Schmidt – Jensen (Pasanen 86′), Bargfrede – Kroos (Ayik 55′), Hunt (Thy 80′), Marin – Wagner

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Former France U-21 international defender YOUNES KABOUL (4), who scored the dramatic winner as Tottenham Hotspur defeated arch-rival Arsenal away for the first time in 17 years over the weekend, opens the scoring for Spurs in the 6th minute with an impressive volley from the cross of not-pictured England World Cup winger Aaron Lennon at a sold-out White Hart Lane. (Dylan Martinez/Reuters)
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After making room for the shot with a lovely bit of individual skill in the box, Croatia international midfielder LUKA MODRIC (14) scores Tottenham Hotspur’s second goal against Werder Bremen — and the second goal of the season in all of Spurs’ competitions for the man who cost 16.5 million English pounds from Dinamo Zagreb in July of 2008 — in time added to the first half at White Hart Lane in north London. (Dylan Martinez/Reuters)
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England World Cup striker PETER CROUCH (15) of Tottenham Hotspur shoots the ball into a wide open net for his third goal in the UEFA Champions League this term after a fine pass from fellow 2010 FIFA South Africa participant AARON LENNON (left), who had nutmegged his novice Werder Bremen marker to free himself on the edge of the area, in the 79th minute at White Hart Lane in the English capital city of London. (Dylan Martinez/Reuters)
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