The Young Boys scored four minutes in and within the first 30 minutes of play opened up a 3-0 advantage. Tottenham recovered in the second half to slice the final margin to 3-2 which puts them in good shape to advance with a strong victory at home, but the fact they lost at all bordered on shocking.
Soccer betting odds served to underscore the fact that this was a monumental upset. Despite playing at home, BSC Young Boys were a +400 underdog to earn a victory here. Tottenham was posted as a -140 road favorite, with the odds on the draw priced at +250. The 5 combined goals were obviously an easy victory for players who bet the game to go OVER the total. Such was the perceived superiority of the visitors that most bettors considered their victory a foregone conclusion and focused their handicapping on whether or not Tottenham keeper Gomes would be able to keep a clean sheet.
Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp was clearly unhappy with his team’s performance, but relieved that the two ‘away goals’ put them in a position to advance with a victory at home:
“That was a great defeat in the end, if there is such a thing as a great defeat. At 3-0 we were out of it. We were in desperate trouble, so full credit to the lads, we’ve come back. Now we need to win at home and it gives us a great chance.”
The series shifts to London’s White Hart Lane next week, and Redknapp is confident that his team will take care of business at home:
“It will be a great night, the atmosphere will be amazing. But it will be tough. Our plan is to get after them at White Hart Lane. It’ll be a fantastic crowd, great atmosphere, we’re at home. We have to win the game. If we win the game, we have a great chance to go through, obviously, with the two away goals.”
Team captain Michael Dawson had these thoughts about the effort:
“The first half hour wasn’t good enough, simple as that. But we got in at half-time, sorted things out and stuck together. We’ve got to be happy with that after the first-half performance.”
“We were slow out of the blocks and it was disappointing. We trained on it last night, the pitch wasn’t the problem. It’s hard when you go a goal down early on and it took us longer than we liked to react. But 3-2, back to White Hart Lane, we’re still in the competition, we’re in with a good chance. We’re still full of confidence we can make the group stages.”
Tottenham opened the English Premier League season last weekend with a listless 0-0 home draw against Manchester City. They’ll play away at Stoke City this weekend before returning home for Wednesday’s Champions League rematch.