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FT: CSKA U-18 3 SPURS U-18 2

2:12 pm

Tottenham youngsters slumped to their second defeat in the UEFA Youth League with some terrible defending and a referee who refused to give an offside decision despite the linesman flagging for it.

The second half began with th Spurs midfield sitting too deep, thus the forwards players had no support and every loose ball was simply picked up by CSKA Moscow players. They had more possession, which put us under pressure and we crumbled.

The Under-18 side have not kept a clean sheet all season and after an hour we conceded. Pukhov had all the time in the world to cross the ball and with our defenders all looking at each other Zhamaletdinov nodded home the simplistic of chances.

We were all at sea unable to construct an attack and hit the self destruct button just 5 minutes later when from the half way line we simply passed to them in midfield and they had two unmarked running charging centrally towards our goal. The ball was played through to them and Whiteman decided to come rushing off his line. He didn't get there and the attacker easily knocked the ball past him and knocked it into an empty net.

On 73 minutes more poor defending with us giving the ball away again saw Whiteman pull off a good save to keep us in the game. On 77 minutes we won a free-kick outside the area and Edwards curling free-kick was excellently saved by the Russian keeper.

With seconds left of normal time we grabbed the equaliser after a good move down the right with Edwards involved once again. He played substitute Shilow Tracey in down the right and his pull-back from the byline saw Griffiths stab home his second.

However there were 4 minutes of stoppage time and we still found a way to lose the game when we simply refused to clear the ball from the back. Eventuall we made a crazy pass to our centre-back and a CSKA player came from an offside position to take the ball from him. The linesman immediately flagged but the referee either didn't see him or ignored him and allowed play to go on. A pass in behind and Oleynikov tucked the chance away.

In the end the referee has decided the outcome of the game.

FT: CSKA U-18 3 SPURS U-18 2 FT: CSKA U-18 3 SPURS U-18 2 Reviewed by THBlogNews on 2:12 pm Rating: 5

HT - CSKA U-18 0 SPURS U-18 1

12:59 pm

Before the main event Tottenham youngsters take on CSKA Moscow in the UEFA Youth League. We lost our first game in the UEFA Youth League where our Under-18's play the same teams the seniors play in the UEFA Champions League.

This allows them to travel with the first team and experience games that matter against foreign opponents and experience the whole travelling experience, new cultures, new destinations, ne players, new pitches, new styles of football. It is excellent for their progress and to help us build the conveyor belt of talent we want.

The start of the game was a scrappy affair and their were some robust challenges from the Russians who were diving into tackles and being physical at times. The youngest player on the field, Marcus Edwards, was involved after 24 minutes when a nice piece of dribbling then saw him play a ball through to Poles but his shot went wide.

On 37 minutes Zhamaletdinov hit the top of the bar for CSKA before Tottenham took a lead on 38 minutes when another dribble from Edwards ended with being fouled but Griffiths was on hand to take the ball on and fire it into the top corner.

CSKA look poised to hit immediately back on 40 minutes but two great blocks allowed the youngsters to go into the break in front.

HT - CSKA U-18 0 SPURS U-18 1 HT - CSKA U-18 0 SPURS U-18 1 Reviewed by THBlogNews on 12:59 pm Rating: 5
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