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Spurs v Crvena Zvezda (Champions Youth League), 22.10.19
Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List.

    UEFA Champions Youth League, Group B, Game 3
        Hotspur Way, Whitewebbs Road, Enfield
           Tuesday 22nd October 2019, 3pm

   Tottenham Hotspur      v     FK Crvena Zvezda
      (All White)                  (All Blue)
        4-1-4-1                      4-4-1-1

         9(3)                          2(1)

       Johnathan De Bie   1  Andrija Katic
          Timothy Eyoma   2  Stefan Mitrovic
          Dennis Cirkin   3  Uros Blagojevic
          Jamie Bowden(C) 4  Aleksa Matic
             Luis Binks   5  Aleksandar Lukic
  Malachi Fagan-Walcott   6  Mirko Milikic
      Dilan Markanday (17)7  Milos Pantovic
           Harvey White   8  Martin Novakovic
           Troy Parrott   9  Ilija Babic
             Max Robson  10  Borisav Burmaz(C)
         J'Neil Bennett  11  Andrija Radulovic

           Dermi Lusala  12  Ognjen Lukic
Oluwayferanmi Oluwayemi  13  Stefan Pesovic
             Kion Etete  14  Aleksandar Ilic
             (17)76Mins      (8)51Mins
     Tarrelle Whittaker  15  David Pisar
    Maurizio Pochettino  16  Niola Savic
Tashan Oakley-Boothe  (7)17  Marko Dedijer
          Paris Maghoma  18  Petar Piplica
             (10)63Mins       (11)62Mins
              Nile John  19  Andre Buric
    Thimothee Lo-Tutala  20  Marko Lazetic

Bennett 2                    Burmaz 42
Parrott 29, 31,              Walcott 49 (o.g.)
        74(pen), 86  
Robson 48
Etete 82
White 90
Maghoma 90+3

                             Milikic 12(Foul)
                             Matic 38(foul) 

          John McDermott     Slavoljub Dordevic

Referee:- Iwan Griffith(WAL)
Assistants: Ashley Davis & Connor Thomas(WAL)
Fourth Official: David Rock(ENG) 

It was a sunny afternoon for the third round game in the U-19 League with Crvena Zvezda better known as Red Star Belgrade the visitors. Spurs came into the game with only a point from the draw in Athens when they should have won. Red Star beat Olympiacos in their second game to go second in the group three points above Spurs equal with Bayern Munich who beat Spurs 4-1 here.

Spurs lined up with De Bie in goal behind Walcott and Binks with Eyoma at right back and Cirkin on the left. Bowden anchored the midfield with White and Robson ahead of him. They were flanked by Markanday on the right and Bennett on the left in support of Parrott up front. Markanday was a late inclusion to the starting line-up instead of Oakley-Boothe who must have picked up a late injury and was one of the two players not on the bench, the other one was Lo-Tutala.

Spurs kicked off the first half attacking the South end of the first team pitch and soon took the lead when Katic played out to Bennett who scored past the stranded keeper. Red Star tried to respond with Babic drawing a save from De Bie. Milikic was booked for a diving in on Parrott from behind before Markanday had a chance saved.

Bennett played in Parrott to draw a save from Katic before the same two players combined for Spurs' second goal. Bennett played a perfectly weighted ball in to Parrott, who was between two defenders, and fired home. Blagojevic headed over from a corner before Spurs increased their lead. A long ball from De Bie was headed back to Katic under pressure from Parrott. The keeper could not hold onto the ball and Parrott (on the deck) found the ball in front of him to prod home.

With Spurs on top Cirkin got forward to hit over and Bennett fired wide. We then saw Matic booked for a foul on Markanday. The referee had a long wait for a break in play before producing the card which upset the coach who was also booked. After Cirkin played in Bennett to fire wide Red Star pulled a goal back when Burmaz came inside to beat De Bie to give them hope for the second half.

Red Star made one change for the start of the second half taking off Milikic who had been walking a tightrope after his booking. Spurs got an early goal when Eyoma crossed for Robson to sidefoot home. Red Start responded with a second goal when Pantovic got down the right and his cross was turned in at the near post by Walcott.

This prompted the Serbs to raise their game but Parrott played in Bowden to fire wide. Bennett played in White to fire wide and minutes later White saw his effort deflected for a corner. White took the corner himself, finding Parrott at the far post but the Spurs striker could only hit the side netting.

Markanday played a one-two but was blocked for a corner. Spurs made their first change with Maghoma replacing Robson in midfield. Blagojevic drove the ball in from the left which Binks blocked on the line and recovered quickly enough to block Burmaz's follow-up.

Bowden advanced to see his drive deflected for a corner from which Cirkin picked up the attempted clearance and drove into the area were he was fouled by Pantovic to win a penalty. Parrott stepped up to beat Katic to his left and complete his hat-trick with Spurs' fifth goal.

With the game safe, Spurs made a double change with Etete and Pochettino coming on for Markanday and Bennett.They were only on for four minutes before they combined for Spurs' sixth goal. Pochettino crossed from the right for Etete at the far post. That prompted another double change with John and Lusala coming on for Bowden and Cirkin.

Spurs were not resting on their laurels as Parrott got his fourth latching onto a cross by Eyoma. Parrott set up Pochettino but Katic saved before Parrott was fouled on the edge of the area by Ilic in the last minute of normal time. Parrott wanted to take it as he won it but Maghoma reminded him that White was the assigned free kick taker. Parrott ran over the ball allowing White to take it, lifting it over the wall inside the near post. There was still time for one more goal which was supplied with the last kick of the match by Maghoma latching on to Pochettino's pull back.

This was the kind of performance that you know Spurs can produce which after the Munich game was much needed. It was good to see Parrott back in the side and four goals prove that he should be playing more. Hopefully Spurs can carry on with this form in the U-18 and U-23 leagues. The result moves Spurs above Red Star on goal difference unsurprisingly. Spurs will be playing the reverse fixture in two weeks time which, with both sides on four points, could be interesting.


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