Tottenham Hotspur have lost 1-0 to PSV Eindhoven at White Hart Lane.
The score line doesn't look good so far, seeing as the second leg is to be played away in Holland.
We all know that Spurs' away form hasn't been one of the best this season, so this only makes things worse. Now they have to take that score to Holland with them.
The game started off in very average fashion. Both sides felt they had to "test the waters" a bit.
It livened up as time went by, but not in Spurs’ favor. Talented PSV forward Jefferson Fárfan had a chance to score using a free kick after 26 minutes.
His second attempt in quick succession paid dividends in the form of a well-earned goal. Luckily for Spurs, it was the only goal of the match.
New Spurs leftback Gilberto got his debut off to a bad start. He lost control of the ball near the penalty box at the 33-minute mark, leaving Fárfan to take advantage by reclaiming the ball.
Fárfan thundered a shot past Paul Robinson, who was considered by most fans to be the best player on the squad that night.
Steed Malbranque had a few good chances to salvage a goal with two great strikes—one going wide and one intelligently saved by the Brazilian goalkeeper, Gomes.
In the second half, Tottenham Hotspur looked like they had embraced manager Juande Ramos' wake-up call.
More attacks were coming in PSV’s direction, but no further than Gomes.
I’m not surprised that Dimitar Berbatov got into a bit of a strop at times. Whenever he or Robbie Keane called for a cross from the wing, they did not get one.
Instead, Pascal Chimbonda and Aaron Lennon always tried to go it alone and cut up through the wing or pass outwards.
Adding injury to insult, Jermaine Jenas also suffered a bad ankle injury during the match. This will prevent him from taking part in tomorrow’s much-anticipated derby with West Ham United.
Tom Huddlestone was summoned from the bench as a much-needed replacement.
It should’ve been 1-1. Chimbonda managed to sneak past the back four and tag onto the end of a great cross by Berbatov, but his header went sailing over the bar.
As consolation, Robinson proved his talent by tipping a low shot by Fárfan around the post. But even with Adel Taraabt (replacing Ledley King) making some skilful runs into and around the PSV penalty box, it was too little too late.
However, I still think Ramos is trusted enough to grab three points from West Ham United tomorrow.