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- 1st Half
Vitesse - Tottenham Hotspur
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The GelreDome goes wild and it's every right to go wild! That's a colossal win for Vitesse, who've not only kept this group alive but given themselves a serious chance of progressing from it! Spurs, meanwhile, were abject.
Full-time: Vitesse 1-0 Spurs
Going behind has made no difference to Spurs, who've been just as lethargic since going behind as they were before.
Goodness me, Mourinho's Roa are now 6-1 down to Bodo/Glimt. It's a question of football heritage, I'd say.
Oroz, a defender, is sent on for Openda, an attacker.
Dasa has had a good game and here he is prompting around the box again, a dink just failing to find Darfalou.
There''ll be four added minutes.
Buitink is booked for playing on after the whistle, claiming he didn't hear it. Course you didn't, sweetheart.
I guess Nuno knew he might lose this one, and that was a chance he was prepared to take, because he didn't bring any of his big hitters to sit on the bench. Ultimately, a home win in the return and they'll be almost there, because a win in Mura would take them to the magical 10 points.
Wittek departs to a standing ovation and rightly so; he's replaced by Hajek.
Change for Vitesse, Buitink replacing Frederiksein.
There's a lot of bouncing going on, and I daresay there'll soon be a lot of slaking going on.
A fine turn from Markanady sees him ease away from Wittek, who clips him and is booked. Free-kick Spurs, 25 yards out, right of centre ... and Rasmussen heads away.
Winks gets his body in front of Openda's, bodychecking him in the process and sending him to the turf. He's the fourth Spurs player to be booked tonight.
The ground is absolutely jumping now.
GOAL! Vitesse 1-0 Spurs (Wittek) Wittek has been the most dangerous player on the pitch and he gets the goal his performance semi-deserves! Openda spreads to Dasa, who has a look and with nothing on the middle, picks out yerman on the edge. He watches the ball onto his laces, swinging through it, and sends a volley fizzing past Gollini, perhaps with the aid of a slight deflection. Have Spurs got anything to give back?
Alli jinks across the face of the box, trying to force a shooting angle, then lets one go that's deflected by the nearest shin, the ball looping for Schubert who fields easily.
To rub it in, Scrlett is replaced seconds later, the 20-year-old Markanady sent from the bench.
A long hoof from Gollini towards Scarlett sees Baozer jump over the top of him and miss the ball; is he in! No! Schubert charges out, Scarlett slides in to challenge - as you should - and the keeper rolls over a few times. Scarlett is then booked, which is harsh - the ball was there to be one and he wasn't high.
Can I blow your mind? The corner comes to nowt.
Anyhow, the ball comes in and Darfalou is up, but Rodon is too and heads behind.
Sanchez goes in on Openda, hard but fair, and is ... booked. That's ridiculous, and in co-comms, Lucy Ward notes that in the Eredivisie, Vitesse are well known for their diving.
...and Sanchez wins the header, but the flag goes up anyway.
Tanganga puts a hand on Wittek's shoulder' easing grasswards; Vitesse have a free-kick, 25 yards out and on the left, which Wittek will swing out...
Fredericksen finds Openda who finds Dasa - he's been one of the more enterprising players on show - and again he shoots, lacing it straight at Gollini from 20 yards.
Alli chases Bazoer to the corner, eventually losing patience and shoving him over.
During half-time, I made my wife some rice, knocked the cap off the hob afterwards, and picked it up with my fingers, though I'd only just turned off the heat. That was better than this.
Meanwhile, I wonder whose fault this is - or more particularly, whose fault this isn't.
But what's this? Darfalou finds Dasa, who advances, then flings his entire body into a drive that flashes past the near post. Gollini dives for it, but had it covered.
In fairness, Gil and Lo Celso are trying their best to make something happen, but no one else is even hinting at the same.
Peter Drury teaches us that the only players Spurs and Vitesse have in common is Willem Korsten.
Rasmussen catches Lo Celso in possession and Vitesse try to make something happen, which equates to Dasa hammering a cross over the bar.
We've seen so little of Alli today it's almost upsetting. He's totally lost his way, and needs a move to a manager who understands him and will play him every week.
Lo Celso is electrifying when he's on and he screeches through midfield, feeding Bergwijn to steam into the box. Can he make it count? Er, no. Instead of making sure to get a shot away, he plays an extra pass, squaring to no one.
Davies gets down the left and finds Bergwijn, who shapes inside then curls a cross to no one, which for a moment intimates that it might drop inside the far post. It does not.
This is an absolutely hideous game of association football.
Wittek arcs a clever ball around the side of Spurs for Openda to run onto, but Tanganga tanks over to slide in and clear.
Now Spurs win a corner - they were out early for the second half, presumably after a dressing-room going-over from Nuno. But they go short and find Scarlett, who dips outside Bazoer but opts not to shoot, allowing Bazoer to get back at him. The difference between age-group football and first-team football, right there.
Vitesse win a corner down the left, which Tanganga clears at the near post via diving header.
NOW WE'RE TALKING! Lo Celso weaves forward and squares for Gil, to marches onto the ball to sweep a glorious early shot over Schubert ... and onto the bar! That's by far the best activity we've seen this evening, a low bar but nevertheless.
We go again....
That was fairly tedious fare, but to give Vitesse their due, they need to win and are trying to force the issue, so perhaps things'll improve after the break.
Half-time: Vitesse 0-0 Spurs
There'll be one added minute.
Rennes have scored again in Murska Sobota and now lead Mura 2-1.
ALo Celso plays a clever ball into the box, finding Bergwijn, who after finding Davies collects a clever return, whacking a shot at Doekhi that doesn't curl as much as he was hoping.
Tanganga jumps with Wittek and lands on his back; it seems to hurt, but he's quickly up and about.
Bazoer wants to take a free-kick so Bergwijn petulantly stands over the ball, tapping it away, then presents the ref with some mouth. He's booked.
Gil motors down the right and slips a ball infield and in behind, seeking Scarlett, but Bazoer eases onto the gas and tidies up with minimum fuss.
Wittek sticks one down the line for Frederiksen, so Sanchez pursues and slides in, winning a throw.
Ah, I meant to say, Mura have equalised against Rennes.
That bouncing I was talking about earlier:
The home crowd recognise the lull and get themselves going, hoping to get the players going. Let's hope it works.
Dasa gets forward again, crossing from the right, and Sanchez dives to head away. Exciting!
This game is the opposite of good.
Lo Celso robs Rasmussen down the right but can't thread into Scarlett - the box is far too crowded for a pass that tight.
Gosh, BT have just advertised Chelsea v Norwich on Saturday morning. That could get extremely messy.
Lo Celso curls to the near post, where Schubert flaps, but the rebound hits Sanchez, jumping in its general direction, and goes behind.
Gil is starting to get involved, and he draws a foul from Dasa close to the corner flag.
The corner goes short to Gil, whose cross is kicked away by Rasmussen.
...Lo Celso chips a decent ball towards the back post, where Rasmussen is again the first up, flicking behind for a corner.
Gil finds Alli and when the bal comes back to him, he sways towards the box, offloading when he sees Doekhi coming towards him, wearing the inevitable collision to earn a free-kick, 23 yards out, left of centre...
Dasa slings over another cross from the right, this one aimed at Baden Frederiksen, who heads a quarter-chance wide.
Wittek curls in superbly and at the near post, Rasmussen is up early and high, flicking just past the unmanned far post. That was very close.
This is now an extremely poor game, slow and lacking in quality, but then Wittek is allowed to drive into the Spurs half, whacking a shot though he's men to his right, and earning a corner when the ball's deflected behind.
In the other match in this group, Rennes have taken the lead at Mura.
Spurs have too many players moving away from the ball and not enough co,ing to it.
Now a bit of harmless possession for Spurs, then Davies slides down the line, into space for Bergwijn, but he's surrounded and forced backwards.
I wonder if Vitesse have blown themselves out a little; things have certainly slowed down in the last few minutes.
Spurs, by the way, are in the same purple mess they wore at Newcastle, and here they come with Alli, driving through midfield, stride lengthening. But his touch-off to Gil is short and Vitesse build again.
Vitesse are on top here, and Openda thrashes a snap-shot from distance that scooshes wide.
This time it goes short and Lo Celso robs Wittek, who manages to regain possession, then Gil slides in and gets none of the ball but some of the man - that's close to a penalty but Spurs counter with Scarlett, who's immediately upended by the sliding Bero; he's booked.
Wittek pumps the corner towards Dasa, on the edge, and he hits into the ground and against a defender, I'm not sure which, so the ball sails out for another corner.
Dasa humps over a high, swinging cross from the right and Gollini doesn't come, so Tanganga, with no one near him, sweeps it behind for a corner.
A clever ball fro Winks finds Bergwijn in space, through the middle, and he looks to slot another ball through for Scarlett, but again, it's easily fielded by Schubert.
Bryan Gill has a fine head of hair, and looks like he might've been a member of Cast or similar.
Lo Celso finds Scarlett, who sticks one in behind for Alli, making a third-man run, but Schubert is out quickly to collect.
Behind Gollini's goal, the home fans are going absolutely wild. It's great to see.
Opendo runs at the Spurs defence and slides a reverse pass in behind for Boden Frederiksen. But Gollini is out sharply to block from a tight angle. Consider that a warning.
Vitesse hurl men forward, but Bero's ball ends up with Gollini.
Away we go!
The home end is bouncing, literally.
The atmosphere is, as Drury says, "banging", flags and banners all over the show. But it seems like the Conference League has the same anthem as the Europa, which is an absolute travesty.
Jermaine Jenas, now a host not a pundit, seems to think our commentator is called Peter Jury. On which point, how on earth is he doing this game, while Darren Fletcher gets the bigguns? What a nonsense. Anyway, here come the teams...
Round about now...
Last time Spurs visited the Netherlands.
The more I look at Vitesse's formation, the more it looks ideal for Spurs, undermanned out wide and in the middle of midfield. If they can avoid conceding early doors, I fancy them to win by a couple.
Back to Bergwijn, as Glenn Hoddle says, he's got a lot of ability - it's about putting it all together. These days, there are a lot of players who can do good stuff though - the difference is the best do it often, and when they're not doing it it's still worth having them around.
He tells BT that he knows what he can do and says it's difficult being injured but football is up and down. Spurs have big players, and if they focus on themselves, the can beat everyone. It's revealing stuff, I can tell you.
Ah, and Stephen Bergwijn returns after injury. He should be a much better player than he is, so perhaps this run will allow him to establish himself.
Nuno says his team always prepare the same way: a meeting, prepare, compete, then enjoy the game. He's told his team to compete, and asked about the challenge of a number 10 playing at the back - Vitesse's Riechedly Bazoer - he says he's detailed Dane Scarlett to deal with his forward runs.
Spurs change all 11 players from the win at Newcastle. Of particular interest is Bryan Gil, who's had a slow start to his career in England, Giovani Lo Celso playing deep in midfield, and Dane Scarlett starting up front. It should be plenty for this opposition.
Vitesse will play a 3-4-3; if I were them, I'd be very wary of what might go down in wide areas.
Let's have some teams...
Vitesse, meanwhile, lost narrowly at home to Rennes having won 2-0 away to Mura, and are sixth in the Eredivisie. But they're in decent form, winning at NEC last weekend after beating Feyernoord the one before.
Spurs are currently top of the group and failing to get out of it should be beyond even their august talents. But Rennes, who lie second, are a decent outfit and a win tonight for Vitesse would make things interesting (relatively speaking).
Afternoon all, and welcome to Vitesse v Tottenham in Uefa Conference League Group G!