FT: Tottenham 3 Maribor 1

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94
And thats it - 4 points required now for qualification... the much superieor side won, no doubt about that. Good confidence boost, good performance aside from one comical error by Naughton and Lloris

92
Two minutes into 4 minutes of added time... deserved win for Tottenham - party time now with AVB waving at the crowd.

89
This will be a confidence boost for Spurs but to be fair Maribor aren't exactly top Premier League quality - tougher tests will come on Sunday against Manchester City and Arsenal the following week

87
Mertelj is going off to be replaced by Dodlek

86
Spurs will qualify with a win in Rome IF Maribor fail to beat Panathinaikos in Greece

84
This should put Spurs in pole position to get qualification... they're now restin Gareth Bale ... Ryan Mason is coming on for him

82
Lennon should've made it 4 then - trying to lay it off when he probably should have gone for goal himself

80
The hat trick hero is coming off - Defoe is replaced by Clint Dempsey

78
Colin - We need to get back into Champions League to keep players like Bale as well as attracting other world class players. We were a little hard done by not to be in the Champions league this year considering we finished fourth last season.

A great attack - Huddlestone plays the ball into the path of Bale, he looks up and picks out the on-rushing Jermaine Defoe in the middle - good finish - should be game over

76
JERMAINE DEFOE CLAIMS HIS HAT TRICK

74
Tavares is going off to be replaced by Vidovic

74
Booking for Tom Carroll - bad challenge and can have no complaints

73
Another chance for Adebayor as Walker plays the ball into his feet but its saved at the near post by the goalkeeper

72
Apparently Gareth Bale may not last much longer - he's complaining of a headache after that swinging arm - any concussion could be a worry for Sunday's game with Man City

71
Tavares suddenly fins himself through on goal but gets it caught under his feet

69
Adebayor has the ball at his feet in the area but as he tries to lay it off the Lennon his accuracy leaves a bit to be desired and it evades the winger

68
My friend (not) Cvijanovic is going off to be replaced by the easier-to-type Mezga!

67
Bale is flabergasted as a blatent obstruction is unpunished.. he would've been clear down the left then - professional foul for me

65
Incidentally the referee in this game is just 30 years of age

64
Surely that's what our friend the 5th official is there for... how he's not seen that contact is beyond me... if he doesn't give a free kick/penalty he HAS to book Defoe for diving there - it was one or the other... and it was a foul

63
Defoe runs through and looks to be brought down on the edge of the box... certainly caught but the referee gives nothing - that could have been a red card for being the last man for Arghus

62
Spurs could do with giving themselves another goal's breathing space here - they're far superior but need to transfer that to the scoreboard

60
Bale's gone down holding his face.. he was caught by a swinging arm to the chin... not sure it was intentional but there's blood to prove the contact

56
A great move of umpteen passes from Spurs ends with a delicious one-two between Adebayor and Bale, Adebayor is clean through but can't put the finish on it - that was a shame

54
Free kick delievered by Maribor, Lloris comes for it but gets nowhere near it and its headed over - still danger for Spurs.

52
Silly yellow card for Gareth Bale for kicking the ball away, frustrated not to get a free kick

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51
Bale and Lennon combine to win a corner but Dawson handballs it as he goes to bring it down

Tottenham take back the lead they deserve - and its a typical finish from Jermaine Defoe... played through well by Tom Carroll (great ball) and Defoe hits it across the keeper into the corner - well worked goal all round.. now can they carry on?

48
GOAL - JERMAINE DE FOE

47
Comical airshot by the goalscorer Beric... he's gone down injured.. servere case of bruised ego?!

45
And we're off again

An amazing ovation for the former Bolton Wanderers player, who has been forced to retire after collapsing on this pitch earlier this year... obviously an emotional moment for him, and everyone inside the stadium

Those that were inside White Hart Lane that night never thought they'd see this moment - its like a miracle

Fabrice Muamba is about to make an appearance on the pitch here at White Hart Lane - this is going to be emotional as he revisits the venue where he 'died' before being saved by a doctor that came from the crowd

Do you agree, is it too much pressure for Lloris?? and who did you blame for the goal, Naughton or Lloris?

Darren - Spurs keep doing this, Play good then a moment of madness. Avb has smashed Lloris's confidence

Dean - Really worried about how fragile we can be at times...COYS!!! Think we'll scrape it 2-1

Its 2-0 to Lazio in the other game now... not a bad result for Spurs if you consider that will strengthen Lazio's chances of qualification and make it a contest between maribor and spurs for second spot... Spurs SHOULD win this

45
Its half time

44
Maribor have taken heart from the goal, and look a bit more lively - Spurs are a bit shell-shocked here - maybe need half time

42
Naughton should never have played the ball back to his goalkeeper.. but Lloris needs to learn about the rule of "put ze ballon into row Z" - trying to play his way out of the situation and got embarrassed badly

40
Kyle Naughton passes back to Lloris who is under pressure from Beric - he fails to clear it and as the players come together the ball scews off the Maribor forward into the net

40
I DON'T BELIEVE IT - ITS 1-1.. WHAT A MESS

Hold onto your hats Maribor could and should've been level.. a cross from Tavares finds its way to Cvijanovic's head - he should've done better than to loop it over the bar from 5 yards

33
Lennon and Bale have switched wings, Lennon's ball almost connects with Walker's head but its just beyond him.. Bale tries a ball from the right, Lennon coming in at the far post just fails to connect

32
out of nothing Maribor get a corner but it comes to nothing... they do look to be bright on the counter attack if they get chance but Spurs seem in control

30
Lazio have taken the lead in the other game in this group.. Lazio 1-0 Panathinaikos

28
Good run and shot by Bale stopped at the near post

27
Chris - How much longer will Gareth Bale be a Spurs player? Far too good to be playing in this competition.

26
Slight chance for Maribor but Cvijanovic's ball is cut out (and I hope he's not too active in this game!!)

24
I'm sure Spurs would prefer Adebayor to be playing more forward - I think he needs to be on the end of these crosses coming into the box - not helping deliver them

23
This could be a cricket score if Spurs want to push it - fancy 5-0? 20/1

21
It was a superb ball from Bale, powerfully curled to the near post and Defoe just angled it into the far corner.. no more than Spurs deserve

20
Another cross, this time from Adebayor finds Jermaine Defoe, but his header is saved... he might've done batter with that one

18
Mazy run from Lennon leads to another corner... Huddlestone delivers again, and its another corner...

... think he's seen more action whilst Friedel has been playing!!

Oh, hang on a minute - Spurs have got a gaolkeeper playing!!! After 17 minutes Lloris finally gets a touch

16
Another ball from Bale shaves Defoe's head - if that had been Adebayor....

15
I'm considering £1 on Vertonghen at 16/1

13
If you fancy a flutter - Gareth Bale for the first goal at 6/1, or Lennon at 8/1 might be worth a punt with SkyBet... Bale hits a powerful cross/shot but it evades everyone in the box

12
Slight penalty claim by Adebayor there, but I don't think he was going to get that

11
Maribor have their first attack but Ibrahimi's shot is blocked and we revert to type with Spurs possession

10
Adebayor is applauded for his strength in holding off three defenders there, Spurs knocking it about with huge confidence.. only one team in this at the moment

7
Huddlestone's latest corner sees a header from Bale cleared off the line

6
Another corner - Spurs have started with great pace

5
All Tottenham early on.. Bale puts the latest ball in, but its headed away in scrambled fashion

3
Huddlestone's corner goes out for a Spurs throw in on the far side... and in the end its a goal kick

2
Bale attacks down the left this time, another corner

1
Adebayor's header goes over... few empty seats in White Hart Lane tonight.. this competition does struggle to capture the imagination at times

1
Lennon has an early run and wins a corner

Right - time for the game - the teams are out.. here we go...

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Matt from Auckland also raises a good point - he thinks the winner of this competition should get automatic qualification to the following season's Champions League... what do you think ?... maybe we'll have a look at what you think of that at half time...

Matt in Auckland - My prediction is 3-1 to Spurs with Bale and Lennon causing havoc down the flanks and Defoe, Adebayor and Vertonghen scoring our goals. Unfortunately our defensive frailties will probably prevent us from keeping a clean sheet.

AVB admits he is going back to Spurs' tried and trusted system from last season tonight

Craig - I can see Tottenham running riot tonight, 5-0.

Shaun - Hoping Spurs can use this game to break the winless streak. Team is short on confidence. Glad Gallas isn't starting - may just have a chance of a win.

Just over 10 minutes to kick off. A lot of you were hoping to see Jake Livermore partnering Huddlestone in midfield tonight but its a chance for Tom Carroll... is that a risk?

Paul, Cork - Will be nice to see the two strikers upfront but we look lightweight in midfield. Any win will do though.

Wayne - I Can see the pace of spurs undoing them tonight.. will be Bales night, 3-0 with Ade on the scoresheet

pete - lets have a good nite and get the first win we need to stay in this cup

Chris รพ- Odd mixture of first teamers and prospects for Spurs tonight

So Spurs fans get the chance to see Defoe and Adebayor play together after their disgruntled calls at the weekend.. is it the right team to get the much needed win tonight?

Here's your teams for tonight.....

I'm Rebecca Stephenson and I'll be guiding you through events tonight. But please get involved - you can tweet me @1rebs or email me at rebecca.stephenson@bskyb.com - I'll get your views online. Lets have a good debate tonight whether you're watching the game or not.

Hello and welcome to tonight's coverage of Tottenham v Maribor from White Hart Lane.

Kick-off is at 2005 GMT.

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