Spurs reach Peace Cup final
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Tottenham Hotspur are in the Peace Cup final after a 1-1 draw with Real Sociedad.Tottenham Hotspur have reached the Peace Cup final after a 1-1 draw in their final Group B match with Spanish club Real Sociedad.
A largely uneventful opening period in Ulsan failed to bring a chance until near the mid-way point of the half.
Mido took Teemu Tainio's neat chipped pass on his chest in the Sociedad box and rounded goalkeeper Asier Riesgo, but with the angle narrowing, he struck the ball into the side-netting.
Spurs, however, would make the breakthrough four minutes from half time, as Jermain Defoe took Tainio's pass and dashed in on Riesgo, who upended him in the box.
The ball fell to Mido, who easily slipped his shot into an open net for 1-0.
Moments later, Sociedad had striker Darko Kovacevic dubiously sent off for an alleged dive in Spurs' box, as the North Londoners took the lead and the man advantage into the break.
Despite being a man short, the Basque club levelled matters soon after the restart.
Mikel Alonso's shot was blocked by Spurs defender Calum Davenport in the box, but the ball fell to Oscar De Paula, who easily slotted it into on empty net for 1-1.
The San Sebastian outfit nearly took the lead when Xabier Prieto tried to chip Spurs' Hungarian goalkeeper Marton Fulop, but he was able to knock the ball over the bar, while Sociedad defender Luiz Alberto had a header from a corner on the right cleared off the line moments later.
The match proved to be a more wide open contest from that stage, with Defoe and Dean Marney forcing saves from substitute goalkeeper Alberto Lopez, while Mido's replacement Robbie Keane failed to hit the target from a close range shot late on.
Despite the draw, Spurs will meet French champions Lyon in the Peace Cup final.
The other Group B match saw Boca Juniors defeat South African side Mamelodi Sundowns 3-1.
Diego Cagna, Martin Palermo and Neri Cardozo scored for the Argentine giants, while Godfrey Sapula replied in the second half for Sundowns.
Boca needed a fourth goal to reach the final, but failed to find the target before the end.