De Kuip was slowly filling up, but the early-comers were not treated to the hoped for spectacle. That said, the full Feyenoord squad were watching as Tottenham Hotspur took the lead halfway through the opening 45. Bent pounced when the ball was played back to Celtic keeper Atur Boruc, nipping in to round the Pole and net in the far corner.
It certainly wasn’t undeserved, although Celtic had threatened themselves via Aiden McGeady. The winger inspired some hopefully noises from the visiting Scottish fans with some exciting actions, but he ultimately produced nothing.
Tottenham, who included the multi-million but invisible signing Luka Modric, were not much more of a threat. Best man in the English side was Dimitar Berbatov. Bent it was however who the second chance fell to just ahead of the break. The striker’s shot was saved by Boruc.
The second-half entertainment came from the stands rather than the pitch. The Celtic supporters – dressed to a man and a woman in replica shirt – generated a great atmosphere with their songs. The London fans endeavoured to respond, but were forced to admit defeat.
Down on the park the relationship was the other way round. Celtic fought hard to get back into the game but were unable to make a fist of it. In the end, Spurs were able to wrap things up ten minutes from time. Newly arrived England international David Bentley was the scorer.
Celtic – Tottenham Hotspur 0-2
24’ 0-1 Bent
79’ 0-2 Bentley
Celtic: Boruc; Hinkel, Caldwell, McManus, Wilson (60’ Naylor); Robson (56’ Caddis), Hartley (73’ Donati), Brown, McGeady; Vennegoor of Hesselink (62’ Samaras) and McDonald.
Tottenham Hotspur: Gomes; Zokora (83’ Gunter), Dawson, Woodgate; Lennon, Huddlestone (60’ King), Jenas, Modric (83’ O’Hara); Bent and Berbatov.