Rafael admits 'strangest' game
Tottenham's Rafael van der Vaart admits he has never played in a game quite like his side's win over FC Twente.
Last Updated: 29/09/10 11:01pm
Tottenham midfielder Rafael van der Vaart admits he has never played in a game quite like his side's 4-1 win over FC Twente.
Spurs picked up their first-ever UEFA Champions League victory after a thrilling encounter at White Hart Lane, with Van der Vaart missing a penalty before finding the net with an excellent volley and then getting sent off.
In a Group A match that yielded three spot-kicks, the Dutch midfielder's effort in the first-half was tipped onto the post by goalkeeper Nikolay Mihaylov, but he made no mistake as he broke the deadlock in the 47th minute.
But it turned sour just after the hour mark when he picked up a second booking and Van der Vaart will now miss the next Champions League clash with Inter Milan.
"Of course after the red card it was difficult," he told Sky Sports. "I was worried we wouldn't win the game but in the end the guys played fantastic.
"It was a strange game, also for me. I scored, missed a penalty and was also sent off.
"I've never played a game like that before."
Van der Vaart was disappointed to now be missing the upcoming trip to the Giuseppe Meazza on 20th October, but has faith in his team-mates to get the job done.
"They are going to win for me," he added.
All three penalties in North London were debatable decisions but Gareth Bale, who netted Tottenham's fourth goal and was brought down for the second spot-kick, believes they were correct calls.
"If they're penalties they should be given and I think they all were tonight," he remarked.
Captain for the night Ledley King seemed less certain on the spot-kicks but, after shaking off injuries to return to the fold, declared himself delighted with the start to the European campaign.
He said: "The referee seemed to take a while to give them, I don't know if he was listening to the official behind the goal.
"We got a good draw at (Werder) Bremen and it was about following that up by getting three points by any means necessary.
"It's a good start so far but that's all it is."