Friendly round-up: Bent reaches double figures as Spurs fly past Dortmund on way to Feyenoord trophy
Monday 04 August 2008
Darren Bent's impressive pre-season form continued as he helped Tottenham beat Borussia Dortmund 3-0 to win the Feyenoord Jubileum Tournament at the De Kuip stadium in Rotterdam yesterday.
The 24-year-old striker broke the deadlock in the ninth minute with the first real chance of the game after Jermaine Jenas had dribbled past three defenders. Bent collected the ball in the penalty area and turned before drilling a low shot past the Dortmund goalkeeper, Marc Ziegler, to claim his 10th goal in five pre-season matches.
Jenas was also involved in the second goal when he broke from midfield and slid a through-ball to the Brazilian Giovani Dos Santos and Spurs added a third through Jamie O'Hara.
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar's second-half strike proved the difference between the sides as Sunderland continued their pre-season preparations with a narrow home defeat to Ajax. The Netherlands forward lashed home the game's only goal nine minutes into the second period after two good saves from Scotland goalkeeper Craig Gordon.
The closest Roy Keane's side came to a goal was a first-half Daryl Murphy effort which struck the outside of the post.
Fulham and Birmingham ground out a hard-fought 1-1 draw at St Andrew's on Saturday, with Sebastian Larsson equalising for the hosts 13 minutes from time. The Cottagers had taken the lead through Wales midfielder Simon Davies after 17 minutes and narrowly failed to seal the win when Bobby Zamora went close before Cameron Jerome's creativity set up Larsson.
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