Tuesday 21 November 2017

Tottenham fail to deliver tonic for Redknapp

Europa League Round-Up

While Harry Redknapp sat convalescing at home 2,000 miles away, a youthful Tottenham were unable to give their manager a tonic as Bibras Natcho's superb free-kick ended Spurs' two-month, 11-game unbeaten run, with a 1-0 defeat in Russia.

As a result the Londoners sank to third in Europa League Group A, but qualification remains in their hands.

Redknapp was released from hospital yesterday after a procedure to unblock two coronary arteries, the 64-year-old having two stents.

Kazan enjoyed a prolonged periods of pressure and their first-half efforts were rewarded after the break as Sebastien Bassong went into the book for a foul on Alexander Ryazantsev. From the resulting free-kick Natcho curled a fine shot over the wall to beat Carlo Cudicini.

In Group E, Stoke celebrated another landmark European night as they beat Maccabi Tel Aviv 2-1 in Israel and move to the brink of qualification for the knockout stages.

Stoke broke the deadlock through Dean Whitehead in the 51st minute, with substitute Peter Crouch tapping in the midfielder's cross 13 minutes later. Maccabi grabbed a late consolation through Roberto Colautti.

Andrew Johnson's brace of goals in either half helped Fulham see off Wisla Krakow in a tempestuous tie at Craven Cottage.

The Cottagers took an early lead through Damien Duff but were soon pegged back by Andraz Kirm.

Johnson regained Fulham's lead on the half-hour mark with his superb drive, before he extended the Cottagers' lead after a neat free-kick in the 57th minute.

Fulham wrapped up the points with 10 minutes remaining when Duff's cross was met by Steve Sidwell's header.

Birmingham stayed in contention to qualify from Group H after coming from two down at home to Brugge.

After conceding two goals in five minutes just before half-time, Jean Beausejour fired home after 54 minutes and they completed the fightback when Beausejour was fouled in the area with 15 minutes left and Marlon King despatched the penalty.

Irish Independent

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