Starting today what should be an immensely disappointing foray into the UEFA Cup, Tottenham traveled to Udine, Italy to face Udinese. I guess nothing should disappoint the Yid faithful now that their boys have started the English domestic season 0-2-6 but having had a fairly strong UEFA Cup last season and then winning the Carling Cup (thus qualifying them for Europe) in the spring probably inspired some to think Spurs would have more mettle on the continent than at home in England. To be fair, they did qualify for the group stage of UEFA Cup, but that is not much consolation considering the result of the first match.
Antonio Di Natale scored from the spot in the 24th minute after a ridiculous yellow card from Spurs keeper Gomes and Simone Pepe added a second goal in the 86th minute to give the home side a 2-0 victory. Spurs did not help their cause when Jamie O’Hara was given a second yellow card in the 54th minute, reducing the visitors to ten men for the final half-hour. Spurs came to Italy without star signee David Bentley who now must wonder what future he has with the club.
Spurs next play against Dinamo Zagreb at White Hart Lane on November 6. Dinamo are currently hosting NEC Nijmegen in Croatia in their first match of Group D.
In other noteworthy UEFA Cup matches today:
– An Alan Dzagoev double helped CSKA Moscow dominate Deportivo La Coruña 3-0 in Group H.
– Shalke defeated PSG 3-1, only allowing a 90th minute add-on for the French side in Group A.
I’ll put up a final round up of games I care about from the rest of the day in UEFA Cup as most clubs, including AC Milan, Stuttgart, Aston Villa, Ajax, Portsmouth and Dinamo Zagreb have yet to kick off.