It was a woeful night for English clubs in the UEFA Cup last night with only Tottenham victorious after a 6-1 routing of Anorthosis Famagusta of Cyprus. It was a stroll in the park for Martin Jol’s men as goals from Kaboul, Dawson, Keane, Bent and a stunning brace from Jermain Defoe was enough to see Spurs pretty much guarantee their route into the group stages of the competition.
No such fortune for Everton who now leave themselves with a tough trip away to FC Metalist Kharkiv of the Ukraine after a poor 1-1 draw which saw the visitors reduced to 9 men and Andrew Johnson missing two spot kicks. An early Joleon Lescott goal early on seemed to settle the home side’s nerves but the failure to get the second goal always meant the tie was in the balance and so it proved when Zeze equalised in the late stages of the game.
Bolton nicked a late draw in Skopje thanks to a late goal by Abdoulaye Meite; the result flattered the trotters who were second best for most of the game as the hosts missed an array of gilt edged chances that could have put this tie to bed. Sammy Lee felt his side had deserved that bit of luck and it certainly keeps the tie wide open for the return leg at the Reebok stadium in a fortnight’s time.