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Jermain Defoe at double in Tottenham Hotspur's Dutch thriller

FC Twente 3 Tottenham 3: Tottenham capped an unforgettable Champions League Group A campaign with another thriller as they secured top spot despite a draw at FC Twente.

No matter how Harry Redknapp's men fare in the knockout stage, the manner in which they have gone about getting there is the stuff of Hollywood and last night was no exception.

Needing to win to be certain of finishing above Inter Milan, Spurs led three times through a calamitous Peter Wisgerhof own goal and Jermain Defoe's first strikes since August.

Each advantage was quickly cancelled out, through a controversial twice-taken Denny Landzaat penalty and goals from Roberto Rosales and Nacer Chadli, but a draw proved enough as Inter lost at Werder Bremen.

Twente shot themselves in the foot in spectacular fashion in the 12th minute when 40-year-old goalkeeper Sander Boschker produced a near air shot on Wisgerhof's backpass and watched in horror as the ball span into the net.

But the hosts levelled in circumstances almost as bizarre as saw them concede.

Rosales hit a rocket of a volley that smashed into Benoit Assou-Ekotto — and against his arm, according to referee Carlos Velasco Carballo, who pointed to the spot.

Landzaat beat Gomes to his right but Velasco Carballo ordered a retake, which the midfielder put straight down the middle.

Defoe put Spurs back ahead within two minutes of the restart after Douglas failed to clear Bale's cross.

Yet again though, Tottenham's advantage lasted barely 10 minutes as Twente equalised in the 56th minute when Rosales bulleted a header past Gomes from Janssen's cross.

This time parity lasted only three minutes as Wilson Palacios won the ball inside the Twente half, raced clear and saw his shot parried straight to Defoe, who made no mistake on the rebound.

Chadli then made it three goals in eight minutes with a stunning 25-yard free-kick as the home side incredibly equalised for a third time.

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