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U-19 Champions Trophy Day Two, 27.03.16
Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List.


           54th International U-19 ChampionsTrophy 2016
                    Sunday 27th March 2016
               Stadion an der Robstrasse, Dusseldorf

2pm

Tottenham Hotspur 1 - 2 Japan Highschool Selection

Starting Eleven(4-2-3-1): Glover; Mukena, Maghoma, Walkes, Tsaroulla; Stylianides, Marsh(Dinzeyi 33); Tracey(Oteh 26), Goddard(C)(Roles 26), Georgiou(Bennetts 36);Sterling

Unused Subs:- McDermott; Muscatt, Duncan; Loft

Scorer: Oteh 50

Japan: Wakino; Hoshi, Koya, Sugioka, Shirai(Fukuchi 44), Kuwasaki, Fujikawa, Nakamura, Hatate(Issaka 40), Makino(Torikai 49), Yamura(Tabinas 50+1)

Unused Subs:- Sakaguchi, Miyahara, Onoue

Scorers: Yamura 8, Nakamura 31

Booked Wakino 38(Time wasting)

Spurs started the day playing the group leaders who looked the best team in the tournament. This proved to be true as they gave Spurs a hard time. Spurs lined up with Glover in goal behind Maghoma and Walkes with Mukena replacing the injured Muscatt at right back and Tsaroulla on the left. Marsh anchored the midfield with Stylianides while Goddard flanked by Tracey on his right and Georgiou on his left supported Sterling up front.

Spurs defended the East end and sought to attack the Japan side with Goddard drawing a save from Wakino from a Georgiou pass early on. Yamura headed over at the far post from a cross from the left. Yamura scored with a dipping shot over Glover having been played in by Nakamura.

Makino won a corner with cross shot from which Hoshi headed wide. Spurs began to get back into the game as the half ended with Walkes playing in Goddard for a chance that was saved.

Spurs made two changes for the second half with Roles replacing Goddard and Oteh on for Tracey playing on the left with Georgiou switching to the right. Spurs continued to put pressure on the Japan side with Sterling having an effort blocked and Roles following up saw his header saved.

Japan increased their lead when they got down the right and when the ball was pulled back Hatate hit the far post with a low drive and Nakamura scored from the rebound.

Spurs sent on Dinzeyi for Marsh to go into the back four with Walkes moving into midfield. Glover saved from Nakamura and Hatate fired wide before Bennetts replaced Georgiou. Almost immediately the wide man made a run into the area but was fouled just outside according to the referee who booked the defender. Roles hit the free kick over the bar. Japan were looking to kill off the game which saw the keeper booked for time wasting.

A free kick saw Dinzeyi head wide and Glover saved from Sugioka before Spurs scored. Sterling forced a save from Wakino with Oteh scoring from the rebound. Substitute Torikai drew a save from Glover as Japan saw out time to finish the group stage unbeaten.

6.30pm

Tottenham Hotspur 1 0 Fortuna Dusseldorf

Spurs(4-2-3-1): McDermott; Mukena, Dinzeyi, Walkes, Tsaroulla; Roles (Goddard 45), Stylianides; Tracey(Marsh 31), Duncan, Bennetts(Oteh 43); Loft(Sterling 22)

Unused Subs: Glover; Muscatt, Maghoma, Georgiou

Scorer: Bennetts 30

Dusseldorf: Offhaus; Montag, Lucoqui(Rexha 26), Esser, Biade, Reinert(Jurgensen 26), Duman(Kubaritsch 43), Siadas, Busch, Durdu, Poschl

Unused subs:- Khokpho, Dastan, Galleski, Sharaf, Adulhanov, Yildiz

For the last group game of the tournament Spurs needed to win to go through as runner-up and to qualify for the semi-final. Spurs lined up with McDermott in goal behind Dinzeyi and Walkes with Mukena at right back and Tsaroulla on the left. Roles and Stylianides played in front of them with Duncan ahead of them flanked by Tracey on the right and Bennetts on the left in support of Loft up front.

Spurs kicked off attacking the East end seeking to put the German side under pressure but Fortuna gave as good as they got. Biade headed wide from a corner before Bennetts crossed for Roles to fire wide. Duman hit a free kick wide before Loft made a strong run into the area on the left before being tackled. The referee gave Fortuna a free kick for a dive by the Spurs striker who had to be replaced by Sterling because of the injury he received in the challenge.

Fortuna made two changes for the start of the second half as they sought to combat Spurs. Bennetts was played in on the left but his effort was saved for a corner. Two minutes later the Spurs wide man was played in again and this time he made no mistake scoring across the keeper into the far side.

Spurs replaced Tracey with Marsh as they sought to strengthen their defence. Sterling was fouled as he tried to break through with the defender being booked. Mukena headed over when a corner was not cleared and to help run the clock down Spurs made two more changes. Oteh replaced Bennetts and Goddard took over from Roles. Durdu was booked for a foul on Tsaroulla as Fortuna tried to get the ball off Spurs in the dying minutes but Spurs held on to win and secure second place.

The final Group B table:-


             P  W  D  L  F-A  GD  Pts.
Japan HS     4  3  1  0  8-4   4   10
Spurs        4  2  1  1  3-2   1    7
Eindhoven    4  2  1  1  3-3   0    7
Borussia     4  1  1  2  4-4   0    4
Fortuna      4  0  0  4  2-7  -5    0

In Group A Red Bull Salzburg finished top with Besiktas second.

Spurs play Saltzburg in the first semi-final at 10.30am tomorrow (Monday) followed by Japan v Besiktas. The losers will face each other for the 3rd/4th place match at 2.45pm before the final.

Ray

Under 19 Champions Trophy Day One, 26.03.16
Under 19 Champions Trophy Day Three, 28.03.16

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