Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List.
First Day – 37th Terborg Toernooi
Sportpark De Paasberg, Terborg
Friday 20th May 2016, 6pm
National de Colombia v Tottenham Hotspur
Juan David Ramirez 1 Thomas McDermott
Jose Perez 2 Joseph Muscatt
Carlos Cuesta 3 Joy Mukena
Nicolas Hernandez 4 Anton Walkes
Albin Dominguez 5 Christian Maghoma
Daniel Rodas 6 Japhet Tanganga
Andres Cordoba 7 George Marsh
Kaleb Perchy 8 Charlie Owens
Jeferson Rivas 9 Jake Roles
Sebastian Tamara 10 Joseph Pritchard
Haider Borja 11 Cy Goddard
Daniel Bedoya 12 Zenon Stylianides
Fedrico Arbelaez 13 Brandon Austin
Santiao Zuluaga 14 Samuel Shashoua
David Perez 15 Dylan Duncan
Franky Uribe 16 Shilow Tracey
Jaun Pablo Otalvaro 17 Aramide Oteh
Andres Sarmiento 18 Kazaiah Sterling
19 Jaden Brown
20 Keanan Bennetts
N. Perea J. McDermott
Spurs lined up for their first match at the tournament with McDermott in goal behind Mukena and Walkes with Tanganga at right back and Bennetts on the left. Marsh anchored the midfield with Stylianides alongside him. Pritchard was ahead of them flanked by Tracey on the right and Shashoua on the left in support of Sterling up front.
Spurs defended the West end of the park in the first half of 25 minutes in a match that did not settle into any entertaining flow during the whole game. Spurs tried but the Colombians were not having it. Shashoua on the left was shackled by Dominguez who pulled, pushed or just fouled him every time he tried to get away from him. It did not stop him every time but it was enough to prevent pressure on the Colombian defence.
The opposition also closed down across the midfield to isolate Sterling for much of the game as well as winning free kicks in the Spurs half. The first chance of the game fell to Colombia when Sarmiento got past Tanganga on the left drawing a save from McDermott down to his left for a corner. Later in the half Hernandez drove over from a half-cleared corner and Jose Perez did the same from 20 yards when a free kick came out to him. That was it for the first half.
The second half continued in the same vein before Spurs made changes to try and create more chances. Duncan came on for Tangana and Sterling was replaced by Oteh ten minutes into the half and, after Borja got clear on the right to fire over, Goddard replaced Marsh.
Spurs' first chance came following a foul on Goddard. The free kick was floated to the far post with the shot blocked and Pritchard had his follow up saved by Ramirez. Duncan fired wide when put through by Shashoua.
Muscatt came on for Tracey at right back and Roles took over from Pritchard. Roles got the only yellow card of the game when stopping a break through the middle with a tackle from behind. Muscatt drew a save with a shot from distance. Sarmiento fired wide from a free kick and Cordoba was also wide with his effort in the closing minutes.
This was not a great match from an entertaining point of view even if McDermott said he was happy with the way Spurs handled the different style of football. The other three games were more entertaining with all the teams looking to play attacking football. The other match in Spurs' group between Atletico Mineiro and Feyenoord produced the only win with the Brazilians scoring twice in an open game that finished in pouring rain. The opening game between Fluminense and De Graafschap was a 0-0 draw and Wolfsburg drew with Chelsea 1-1 having gone behind against the run of play.
The rest of the group games will be played on Saturday with Spurs due to play Feyenoord at midday and Atletico Mineiro at 5pm. I am expecting better games against these more open sides.
· Introduction to Terborg Tournament 2016
· Terborg Tournament 2016 - Day Two - 21.05.16
· Terborg Tournament 2016 - Day Three - 22.05.16
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