Dempsey fails on late penalty kick, Tottenham Hotspur is bounced from Capitol One Cup.
By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)
(Thursday, November 1, 2012) -- United States midfielder Clint Dempsey was denied on a penalty kick in the 88th minute and Tottenham Hotspur was eliminated from England's Capital One Cup in the fourth round 2-1 yesterday by host Norwich City
Spurs led until the closing minutes when City scored goals in the 84th and 87th minutes for a 2-1 lead. One minute later, City defender Marc Tierney clumsily took down Kyle Walker in his penalty area. Dempsey sent his spot kick to the right, but goalkeeper Mark Bunn saved it to earn a spot in the quarterfinals.
American goalkeeper Brad Friedel was on the bench with Hugo Lloris in net.
In Sunday's English Premier League match, Dempsey scored his second goal for Spurs for a 2-0 advantage in a 2-1 victory.
Dempsey finished from close range after a ball was desperately cleared into his path. Dempsey had an easy time after Jose Fonte's clearance off the line fell straight into his path and he pushed the ball into an open net.
American Brad Friedel was strong in goal for Tottenham and made an amazing reflex save to stop Fonte's goal-bound flick off a corner kick, but he could do nothing to prevent Jay Rodriguez smashing in the rebound.
That followed Spurs' 1-1 with NK Maribor on the road in Slovenia in Europe's second-tier Europa League.
Dempsey played the final 15 minutes of the match and had a blast that looked to be heading for the corner, but it was batted away by keeper Jasmin Handanovic. Lloris was in goal.
American defender Eric Lichaj assisted on Christian Benteke's late winner for Aston Villa, which edged Swindon Town 3-2 in the Capitol One Cup.
Last week, U.S. midfielder Jermaine Jones assisted the second goal for visiting Schalke 04 of Germany in a huge 2-0 decision over England's Arsenal in European Champions League play at Emirates Stadium. It was Arsenal's first home Champions League loss since 2009.
Jones started the second half and was all over the field, helping Schalke break the match open with goals in the 76th and 86th minutes.
Jones created the final goal when he broke quickly down the right side and his low centering pass was swept home by Ibrahim Afellay.
Jones, known for repeatedly getting yellow cards, received a treat in the 70th minute when Arsenal's Gervinho went down in the box under Jones charge and the referee cautioned Gervinho for diving.
In the German Bundesliga on Saturday, Jones went the distance in a 1-0 win over 1. FC Nürnberg.
German-American defender Timmy Chandler went 90 minutes for Nürnberg.
Last night, United States defender Steve Cherundolo went the distance for Hannover 96 which advanced in the German Cup with a 4-3 advantage in a penalty-kicks tiebreaker over Dynamo Dresden after a 1-1 draw through 120 minutes.
The match in Dresden was marred by violence after the match with police intervening after hundreds of home fans rioted. Nine persons were reported injured, while 18 were taken into custody.
On Sunday, Cherundolo was dressed, but held out of Hannover's 3-2 loss to Borussia Mönchengladbach in the Bundesliga.
That followed last week's exciting Europa Cup match. Cherundolo played 90 minutes in Hannover's 2-1 triumph over host Helsingborg in Olympia Stadion in Sweden.
Hannover looked to be headed to a 1-0 win, thanks to a rock steady defense when Helsingborg scored in the first minute of stoppage time. Two minutes later, however, Hannover scored the winner on the last kick of the game.
In the English Premier League, American keeper Brad Guzan had a big game, making three saves, including two beauties for Aston Villa in a 1-1 draw with Norwich City.
Lichaj played the final 36 minutes for Villa.
U.S. keeper Tim Howard made a pair of saves for Everton in its 2-2 draw with Liverpool.
U.S. defender Geoff Cameron went the distance for Stoke City in its 0-0 draw with Sunderland.
U.S. midfielder Maurice Edu did not dress for Stoke.
In the second-division English League Championship, American defender Tim Ream again found himself in Bolton Wanderers' starting side, going the distance in a 2-1 loss to Middlesbrough.
U.S. midfielder Stuart Holden continues to recover from knee surgery for Bolton.
American Zak Whitbread also is back as a starter, playing 90 minutes for Leicester City in its 2-1 loss to Crystal Palace.
U.S. defender Jonathan Spector entered for Birmingham City in stoppage time in a 1-0 victory over Leeds United.
American defender Will Packwood dressed, but did not play for City.
Irish-American forward Conor Doyle did not dress for Derby County in a 3-0 loss to Peterborough United.
In the third-tier League One, American defender Frank Simek played 90 minutes for Carlisle United in a 4-2 loss to Bournemouth.
American forward Mike Grella played the final 27 minutes for Scunthorpe United in its 3-0 loss to Milton Keynes Dons.
American midfielder Robbie Rogers dressed, but did not play for Stevenage, which was blanked 4-0 by Swindon Town.
In the German Bundesliga, German-American defender Fabian Johnson and midfielder Danny Williams went the distance for TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in a 3-0 loss to 1. FSV Mainz 05
Williams was issued a yellow card.
American David Yelldell was the backup keeper for Bayer Leverkusen in its 2-1 decision over Bayern Munich.
In the second-tier 2. Bundesliga, German-American defender John Anthony Brooks went the distance for Hertha Berlin in its 1-1 draw with Eintracht Braunschweig.
German-American defender Alfredo Morales dressed, but did not play for Hertha.
German-American defender Andrew Wooten played 90 minutes for SV Sandhausen in its 2-0 loss to MSV Duisburg.
American midfielder Joe Gyau played the second half for St. Pauli in its 3-2 win over Dynamo Dresden.
In Austria, Terrence Boyd went the distance, scored the second goal on a well-placed header and received a yellow card for Rapid Wien in its 2-0 triumph Sunday over SV Salzburg. It was his sixth league goal and eighth across all competitions.
Previously, Boyd played the second half of a 4-0 loss to a much-superior Bayer Leverkusen in the Europa League action, Rapid's third successive Europa loss.
Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent.
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