skip to content
Benoit Assou-Ekotto crosses the ball, Tim Wiese makes a save.
William Gallas gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sandro Wagner. Free kick taken by Philipp Bargfrede.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luka Modric by Lennart Thy. Niko Kranjcar shoots direct from the free kick.
Philipp Bargfrede gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Niko Kranjcar. Niko Kranjcar takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Sandro Wagner on Luka Modric. Luka Modric restarts play with the free kick.
Lennart Thy takes a shot. Save made by Heurelho Gomes.
Alan Hutton challenges Dominik Schmidt unfairly and gives away a free kick. Dominik Schmidt takes the free kick.
(Werder Bremen) makes a substitution, with Petri Pasanen coming on for Daniel Jensen.
Niko Kranjcar has a curled shot. Save made by Tim Wiese.
Daniel Jensen produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.
Marko Marin takes a shot. Save by Heurelho Gomes.
Marko Marin challenges Alan Hutton unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Alan Hutton.
Niko Kranjcar on for Gareth Bale.
Aaron Hunt goes off and Lennart Thy comes on.
Peter Crouch fires in a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Tottenham 3-0 Werder Bremen.Assist by Aaron Lennon.
Gareth Bale has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target.
Luka Modric gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Aaron Hunt. Direct free kick taken by Aaron Hunt.
Sandro Wagner gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Younes Kaboul. Direct free kick taken by Younes Kaboul.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Sandro Wagner. Luka Modric takes the free kick.
Shot from 18 yards from Aaron Lennon. Jermain Defoe gets a block in.
Sandro Wagner gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luka Modric. Luka Modric restarts play with the free kick.
Jermain Defoe has an effort at goal. Save by Tim Wiese.
Alan Hutton takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Save made by Tim Wiese.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jermain Defoe by Aaron Hunt. Direct free kick taken by Gareth Bale.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Luka Modric on Philipp Bargfrede. Aaron Hunt takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alan Hutton by Dominik Schmidt. Gareth Bale crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, save by Tim Wiese.
Jermain Defoe joins the action as a substitute, replacing Roman Pavlyuchenko. Long distance shot from Dominik Schmidt misses to the left of the goal.
Corner taken by Luka Modric, Header on goal by Peter Crouch from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
(Werder Bremen) makes a substitution, with Onur Ayik coming on for Felix Kroos.
Caution for Sandro Wagner.
Felix Kroos shown a yellow card. A cross is delivered by Gareth Bale, Luka Modric fouled by Felix Kroos, the ref awards a Penalty. Penalty taken by Gareth Bale is saved by Tim Wiese. Tottenham 2-0 Werder Bremen.
The ball is sent over by Gareth Bale, Peter Crouch takes a shot. Blocked by Sebastien Prodl. Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Gareth Bale, save by Tim Wiese.
Sebastien Prodl is booked. Sebastien Prodl concedes a free kick for a foul on Aaron Lennon. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Gareth Bale,
William Gallas fouled by Marko Marin, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Younes Kaboul.
Aaron Hunt fouled by Gareth Bale, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Daniel Jensen.
Goal scored by Luka Modric from inside the penalty box to the top left corner of the goal. Tottenham 2-0 Werder Bremen.Assist on the goal came from Peter Crouch.
Shot from 25 yards from Gareth Bale. Blocked by Sebastien Prodl. Corner taken left-footed by Gareth Bale from the left by-line, Header by Younes Kaboul from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Felix Kroos on Wilson Palacios. Wilson Palacios takes the direct free kick.
Clemens Fritz goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour. Unfair challenge on Gareth Bale by Clemens Fritz results in a free kick. Gareth Bale takes the direct free kick.
The ball is crossed by Gareth Bale, clearance by Dominik Schmidt.
Unfair challenge on Aaron Lennon by Sandro Wagner results in a free kick. William Gallas takes the direct free kick.
Sebastien Prodl challenges Peter Crouch unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Gareth Bale from right wing, Peter Crouch gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tim Wiese. Direct free kick taken by Tim Wiese.
The referee penalises Sandro Wagner for handball. Direct free kick taken by Younes Kaboul.
Foul by Benoit Assou-Ekotto on Aaron Hunt, free kick awarded. Aaron Hunt crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance made by Gareth Bale.
The ball is swung over by Aaron Lennon, Roman Pavlyuchenko takes a shot. Blocked by Sebastien Prodl.
Unfair challenge on Benoit Assou-Ekotto by Clemens Fritz results in a free kick. Heurelho Gomes restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Marko Marin by Wilson Palacios results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Marko Marin.
Shot from just outside the box by Marko Marin misses to the left of the goal.
A cross is delivered by Gareth Bale.
Daniel Jensen fouled by Roman Pavlyuchenko, the ref awards a free kick. Sebastien Prodl takes the direct free kick.
William Gallas gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sandro Wagner. Direct free kick taken by Aaron Hunt.
Roman Pavlyuchenko fouled by Philipp Bargfrede, the ref awards a free kick. Strike on goal comes in from Gareth Bale from the free kick.
Centre by Gareth Bale, Shot by Roman Pavlyuchenko from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
Long distance shot from Aaron Hunt misses to the left of the target.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Roman Pavlyuchenko by Marko Marin. Luka Modric restarts play with the free kick.
Wilson Palacios replaces Jermaine Jenas.
The ball is crossed by Benoit Assou-Ekotto, clearance made by Dominik Schmidt. Inswinging corner taken by Gareth Bale, clearance by Sandro Wagner.
Gareth Bale sends in a cross, Per Mertesacker manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Alan Hutton on Dominik Schmidt. Dominik Schmidt takes the direct free kick.
Foul by Philipp Bargfrede on Gareth Bale, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Luka Modric.
Unfair challenge on Alan Hutton by Dominik Schmidt results in a free kick. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Gareth Bale from right wing. Jermaine Jenas has an effort at goal from the edge of the box that misses to the right of the target.
Daniel Jensen delivers the ball, clearance by William Gallas. Aaron Hunt takes the inswinging corner, Header from deep inside the area by Dominik Schmidt goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Peter Crouch. Tim Wiese takes the indirect free kick.
Foul by Philipp Bargfrede on Roman Pavlyuchenko, free kick awarded. Gareth Bale crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, Sebastien Prodl manages to make a clearance.
Foul by Felix Kroos on Luka Modric, free kick awarded. Jermaine Jenas restarts play with the free kick.
A goal is scored by Younes Kaboul from inside the penalty box to the top right corner of the goal. Tottenham 1-0 Werder Bremen.The assist for the goal came from Aaron Lennon.
Corner taken by Gareth Bale from the left by-line, clearance by Dominik Schmidt. Corner from left by-line taken by Gareth Bale.
Unfair challenge on Jermaine Jenas by Felix Kroos results in a free kick. Benoit Assou-Ekotto takes the direct free kick.
Luka Modric fouled by Daniel Jensen, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.
The referee blows for offside. Per Mertesacker takes the indirect free kick.
The referee gets the game started.
The ref blows to end the first period.
The second half has started.
The final whistle goes and the game is over.
Tottenham's hopes of sealing qualification for the Champions League knockout phase with a game to spare suffered a blow when star men Rafael van der Vaart and Gareth Bale emerged as injury doubts for the clash with Werder Bremen.
Van der Vaart, who has become the club's new talisman since his summer move from Real Madrid, failed to train on Tuesday morning and went for a scan on an ankle knock.
Fellow midfielder Bale, whose Champions League exploits this season have made him one of the most talked-about players on the planet, is suffering with a shoulder injury picked up in Saturday's north London derby.
Manager Harry Redknapp appeared more optimistic this afternoon about the latter's chances of being fit but admitted Van der Vaart was "struggling".
"Obviously, he'd be a big loss to us - he's been in great form," said Redknapp, before pointing out the Holland international's loss would be offset by the recent return of striker Jermain Defoe from injury.
"Jermain Defoe's coming back as well, so that's a big bonus for us. Whether I start him or bring him off the bench, he'll play a part in the game for sure."
Van der Vaart and Bale were instrumental in Saturday's amazing comeback at the Emirates Stadium, which saw Spurs end a 17-year wait for victory at the home of their arch-rivals.
And Redknapp is hoping his side carry the euphoria from that victory into the match.
"Knowing what it means to everybody associated with this club - the fans, the players, everybody who follows the club - to go to the Emirates and win as we did at the weekend must give us great confidence," he said.
"Hopefully, we can carry that through tomorrow night and really make it a springboard from here to push on for the rest of the season."
Bale's recent performances have caught the eye of Werder Bremen right-back Clemens Fritz, who insists he is ready to face "the best" at White Hart Lane.
Bale arguably got the better of their individual battle in the reverse fixture at the Weserstadion two months ago, even though the match itself ended 2-2.
Fritz said: "He's a great player. In the rankings I think he's one of the fastest players of all. He scores goals, he's proven himself over the last few weeks, and he's very dangerous in his position.
"But we're here, we're playing Champions League and we have to measure ourselves against the best."
The German side arrive in the midst of an injury crisis and a miserable run of form.
Ten players are missing, with Petri Pasanen (virus) joining the likes of captain Torsten Frings and strikers Claudio Pizarro and Marko Arnautovic on the sidelines.
Coach Thomas Schaaf has included several players from the club's Under-23 side to make up the numbers in a squad which has conceded 10 goals in their last two away games.
Spurs ease through
Tottenham Hotspur went marching on into the Champions League knockout stage as their fairytale first season in the competition continued with a thumping win over Werder Bremen.
Spurs easily sealed qualification from Group A with a game to spare, a truly remarkable achievement for a side whose last campaign among Europe's elite came almost half a century earlier.
In fact, it is arguable whether any team have made such a thrilling impact on their Champions League debut as Harry Redknapp's great entertainers, who have now added the scalp of an admittedly depleted Bremen to those of holders Inter Milan and Dutch champions FC Twente.
They may be very much wild-cards when it comes to the knockout stage but no-one will want to come to White Hart Lane and face the likes of Gareth Bale, who picked up where he left off against Inter three weeks earlier.
North London derby match-winner Younes Kaboul opened the scoring in the sixth minute, Luka Modric made it 2-0 and Bale missed a penalty before Peter Crouch wrapped up the points, while there was a welcome clean sheet after 17 matches without one.
Tottenham could have been forgiven for starting cautiously in the absence of injured talisman Rafael van der Vaart but they were on their way after barely five minutes, a succession of corners eventually seeing the ball worked to Aaron Lennon.
The winger beat Dominik Schmidt all too easily before crossing for the unmarked Kaboul to fire home first time.
Schmidt, one of two debutants in an injury-ravaged Bremen team, tried to make amends when he glanced Aaron Hunt's corner over the crossbar.
They visitors enjoyed a boost when Jermaine Jenas limped out of the action to be replaced by Wilson Palacios in the 20th minute.
But they should have been 2-0 down two minutes later, Bale crossing for the recalled Crouch, whose knockdown was sliced horribly high and wide by Roman Pavlyuchenko.
Spurs provided a hint as to why they had not kept a clean sheet for three months when last man Lennon presented the ball to the dangerous Marko Marin, who scuffed wide from 20 yards.
Lennon quickly returned to the day job, skinning Sebastian Prodl and crossing for Pavlyuchenko, who should have finished first time but took a touch that allowed Per Mertesacker to block.
Clemens Fritz's frustration at his Bale torment boiled over when the Bremen right-back was booked for hauling the latter back.
Kaboul nodded over Bale's corner before Spurs doubled their lead in stoppage-time, Alan Hutton crossing and Crouch causing enough mayhem to allow Modric to nip in with a brilliant piece of control and ice-cool finish.
Having scored four, four and three in their three previous Champions League home games, it appeared a matter of how many Spurs would rack up in the second half.
Their first chance came when Prodl was cautioned for felling the flying Lennon and Bale sent a 51st-minute free-kick against the bar.
The winger then produced a sensational cross for Crouch, whose point-blank header somehow hit Prodl and ricocheted behind.
Moments later, Tottenham were awarded the softest of penalties when debutant Felix Kroos was adjudged to have tripped Modric.
Tim Wiese guessed the right way to save Bale's 53rd-minute spot-kick and Prodl was on hand to clear the rebound. Bremen immediately withdrew Kroos - who had been booked - for Onur Ayek, while Spurs soon followed with Jermain Defoe for Pavyluchenko.
Defoe quickly showed his two-month injury lay-off had cost him none of his pace, the England striker racing onto Modric's ball and firing a fierce shot Wiese did well to parry.
If new captain William Gallas had any doubt his north London derby performance had won over his doubters among the Spurs fans, it was dispelled when he was treated to an affectionate chant after thwarting a Marin attack.
Tottenham showed no sign of sitting back, with several crosses going begging and Bale drilling inches wide after being found by Defoe.
They finally got the third goal their dominance deserved 11 minutes from time when Bale's cross hit the bar and Lennon cut back the rebound for Crouch to steer home.
Bale was soon withdrawn for Niko Kranjcar to a deserved standing ovation and a rest ahead of bigger tests to come.
© 2004 - 2014 football.co.uk