Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List.
Volksbank Cup 2012
TuS Stemwede, Wehdem
Sunday 27th May 12.30pm
SPURS v WERDER BREMEN
Spurs:- Vigouroux; Barthram(Gardiner 47), Stewart, Munns(C), Ball, Bentaleb(Smith 44),
Zapata-Caicedo(Pritchard 41), Gomelt, Ward, McEvoy(Waller-Lassen 35), McQueen,
Scorers:- Bentaleb 7, Zapata-Caicedo 8, Ward 32
Booked:- Stewart 12(Late), Munns 50(Late)
Werder Bremen:- Frenchs; Busch, Rehfeldt,, Reineke(C), P. Lo Iacono, Von Haacke(Neiderbacher 35), Zwerschke(Frode 44), Fagiryar, Schwede, Ihnken( Almpanis 35), Cost(Jaschke 26),
Booked:- Fagiryar 31(Trip)
The morning started overcast with a little rain on the way to the tournament, but the sun was out by the time I arrived with the temperature rising. Spurs went into this match knowing who they would meet if they got to the final. With one eye on the final Inglethorpe fielded a strong attacking side. Vigouroux played his second match behind a defence of Ball and Stewart in the middle with McQueen at right back and Barthram on the left. Bentaleb and Gomelt started in the centre of midfield with mcEvoy on the right wing and Ward on the left. Munns supported Zapata-Caicedo up front.
Spurs defended the north end for the first half where both sides started carefully until McEvoy and Ward began to extend the Bremen defence. McEvoy provided the first dangerous cross for Zapata-Caicedo who saw his effort go for a corner. Munns flighted the corner kick to the far post where Stewart headed it back into the danger area. Bentaleb reacted quickly to connect with a waist high volley on the turn to put Spurs in front.
A minute later, good work by Munns and McEvoy on the left resulted in Zwerschke playing the ball back into the path of Zapata-Caicedo. The Spurs striker controlled the ball and picked his spot to put his side two up.
Bremen responded by pushing forward in numbers with Cost firing wide of the far post. A good run down the left by Zwerschke saw Stewart drawn out of the centre to tackle him, he was late and the referee showed him a yellow card. Ihnken fired wide from a corner as Spurs began to look comfortable. McEvoy picked up a clearance from a Bremen corner and broke forward only to be caught when he slowed looking for support instead of taking on the keeper. Frenchs saved from Zapata-Caicedo when he met a cross from Ward.
Bremen made one change for the second half but Spurs continued from the first with McEvoy crossing to Zapata-Caicedo only for the keeper to save his effort. Von Haacke's dummy let in Ihnken through the right channel for an effort that Vigouroux saved for a corner. Fagiryar was booked for a trip on Munns as Spurs broke through the middle. Zapata-Caicedo chased a ball into the right corner and got the better of his marker to play the ball into the near post for Munns. Jack turned the ball back to Gomelt who squared it to the unmarked Ward on his left. Ward had time to take a touch before smashing it into the net for 3-0.
Bremen made a couple of changes in an attempt to get back into the game while Inglethorpe replaced McEvoy with Waller-Lassen. The German subs did add something as Almpanis fired wide and Niederbacher drew a save from Vigouroux soon after coming on.
Pritchard came on for Zapata-Caicedo to work on the left with Ward moving up front. P. Lo Lacono forced Vigouroux into a save before Spurs looked to close out the game by replacing Bentaleb with Smith to sit in the middle covering the back four. He was followed onto the pitch by Gardiner in place of Barthram. Munns was booked for a flying tackle on Reineke before Vigouroux saved Jaschke's free kick diving to his right.
Tottenham look to be favourites to win this tournament as Club America drew with Bremen in their group match while looking comfortable in beating Hannover 2-0 in their semi-final. The Mexicans should not be taken for granted as they have already won a tournament on their travels in Europe so far.
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