Van der Vaart takes centre stage in Spurs rout

London: Tottenham Hotspur`s Rafael van der Vaart missed a penalty, scored a goal and was sent off as his team thumped Twente Enschede 4-1 for their first Champions League win at a rainswept White Hart Lane.

Spurs were awarded three penalties, two of which they converted, in their first home match in Europe`s elite competition for 48 years.

Manager Harry Redknapp`s decision to play the tall Roman Pavlyuchenko and the even taller Peter Crouch paid dividends as the Premier League team overwhelmed their Dutch visitors.

"We picked an open team, we went for it .. we knew there would be spells when they would hit us on the counter-attack but we went for it and got four goals, it was a fantastic result. It is about picking the right team and I picked the right team tonight," Redknapp told reporters.

Twente`s coach Michel Preud`homme was upset about the penalties awarded against his side.

"If you give a penalty on one side for stopping the ball with your hands, you have to give it on the other side also. Having said that, maybe Tottenham scored when they had chances, but we didn`t," he said.

Redknapp`s tactics brought three points and boosted their goal tally after they drew 2-2 with Werder Bremen in their Group A opener.

Bureau Report