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Spurs secure last-16 berth

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Tottenham booked their place in the last 16 of the Champions League with an almost effortless 3-0 win over Werder Bremen at White Hart Lane.

Younes Kaboul followed up his derby winner by putting Spurs ahead with a sixth-minute volley before Luka Modric doubled the advantage in first-half stoppage time.

Gareth Bale missed a second-half penalty and rattled the woodwork twice before Peter Crouch rounded off proceedings with a close-range tap-in with 11 minutes left.

Tottenham could have been forgiven for starting cautiously tonight in the absence of injured talisman Rafael van der Vaart but they were on their way after barely five minutes, a succession of corners eventually seeing the ball worked to Aaron Lennon.

The winger beat Dominik Schmidt all too easily before crossing for the unmarked Kaboul to fire home first time.

Kaboul nodded over Bale's corner before Spurs doubled their lead in stoppage-time, Alan Hutton crossing and Crouch causing enough mayhem to allow Modric to nip in with a brilliant piece of control and ice-cool finish.

Having scored four, four and three in their three previous Champions League home games, it appeared a matter of how many Spurs would rack up in the second half. Their first chance came when Sebastien Prodl was cautioned for felling the flying Lennon and Bale sent a 51st-minute free-kick against the bar.

Tottenham were awarded the softest of penalties when debutant Felix Kroos was adjudged to have tripped Modric. Tim Wiese guessed the right way to save Bale's 53rd-minute spot-kick and Prodl was on hand to clear the rebound.

Tottenham showed no sign of sitting back, with several crosses going begging and Bale drilling inches wide after being found by Jermain Defoe.

They finally got the third goal their dominance deserved 11 minutes from time when Bale's cross hit the bar and Lennon cut back the rebound for Crouch to steer home.

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Tottenham Hotspur
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Younes Kaboul
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Aaron Lennon
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Peter Crouch
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Rafael Van der Vaart
Gareth Bale
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