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Inter hold off Tottenham fightback

Published: Wednesday 20 October 2010, 22.30CET
FC Internazionale Milano 4-3 Tottenham Hotspur FC
The holders scored three times in the first 14 minutes but, despite Samuel Eto'o's double, were left hanging on by Gareth Bale's fine hat-trick.
by Richard Aikman
from San Siro

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Match statistics

InternazionaleTottenham

Goals scored4
 
3
Attempts on target12
 
3
Attempts off target5
 
3
Corners3
 
2
Offsides1
 
2
Fouls committed8
 
9
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red cards0
1

Standings

Last updated: 03/10/2013 16:21 CET

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Published: Wednesday 20 October 2010, 22.30CET

Inter hold off Tottenham fightback

FC Internazionale Milano 4-3 Tottenham Hotspur FC
The holders scored three times in the first 14 minutes but, despite Samuel Eto'o's double, were left hanging on by Gareth Bale's fine hat-trick.

FC Internazionale Milano moved clear at the top of UEFA Champions League Group A after surviving an unlikely late rally from ten-man Tottenham Hotspur FC.

The Nerazzurri were in control from the outset, Javier Zanetti shooting them ahead in the second minute and Samuel Eto'o doubling the lead from the penalty spot after visiting goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes had been sent off. Dejan Stanković made it three on 14 minutes and Tottenham looked set for a heavy defeat when Eto'o further stretched the lead before the break. Instead Gareth Bale's hat-trick made for an exciting finale, although Inter held on to strengthen their grip on the section.

Tottenham got off to the worst possible start when Zanetti struck after barely a minute had passed. The Inter captain began the move deep in his own half, picking out Coutinho and haring onto Eto'o's angled pass. Making his 83rd UEFA Champions League appearance, the 37-year-old then curled past Gomes to become the oldest scorer in the competition's history with only his second effort at this level.

Six minutes later, matters worsened for the visitors when Jonathan Biabiany was put clear by Wesley Sneijder's sweeping pass from deep. The Frenchman was too quick for the advancing Gomes who felled the winger, earning himself a red card and conceding a penalty that Eto'o stroked past Carlo Cudicini.

The substitute could do little about the third goal that soon followed either as a rampant Inter ruthlessly exploited their shell-shocked opponents' defence. Stanković played a deft one-two with Eto'o before firing in from the edge of the area.

The goalkeeper did deny Stanković and made a fine double save from Maicon, while Tottenham's only noteworthy first-half chance was a free header for Peter Crouch that cleared the crossbar. Eto'o was not so profligate and, when Coutinho played him in down the left, he slipped his sixth goal of the group stage under Cudicini.

The travelling fans were finally rewarded for their raucous support by Bale's superb individual goal on 52 minutes. The Welshman raced forward from midway inside his own half and rifled a low shot across Júlio César.

Though they were largely concerned with damage limitation, Cudicini saving well from Davide Santon, there was a sting in Tottenham's tail. With 90 minutes played, Bale surged down the left again to beat César with a near copy of his first goal. Virtually from the kick-off, Aaron Lennon skipped through before squaring for the 21-year-old to complete a remarkable hat-trick that may not have been enough on the night but gives his side heart for the return on Matchday 4.

Last updated: 08/12/13 5.07CET

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Lineups

internazionale

Internazionale

tottenham

Tottenham

1
Júlio CésarJúlio César (GK)
1
GomesHeurelho Gomes (GK)
Red Card8
4
ZanettiJavier Zanetti (C)
Goal2
2
HuttonAlan Hutton
5
StankovićDejan Stanković
Goal14
Substitution50
3
BaleGareth Bale
Goal52
Goal90
Goal90+1
6
LúcioLúcio
6
HuddlestoneTom Huddlestone (C)
Substitution80
9
Eto'oSamuel Eto'o
Goal11
Goal35
7
LennonAaron Lennon
10
SneijderWesley Sneijder
8
JenasJermaine Jenas
13
MaiconMaicon
13
GallasWilliam Gallas
25
SamuelWalter Samuel
14
ModrićLuka Modrić
Substitution11
26
ChivuCristian Chivu
Yellow Card17
Substitution61
15
CrouchPeter Crouch
Substitution67
29
CoutinhoCoutinho
19
BassongSébastien Bassong
88
BiabianyJonathan Biabiany
Substitution75
32
Assou-EkottoBenoît Assou-Ekotto

Substitutes

12
CastellazziLuca Castellazzi (GK)
23
CudiciniCarlo Cudicini (GK)
Substitution11
2
CórdobaIván Córdoba
Substitution75
4
KaboulYounès Kaboul
11
MuntariSulley Muntari
5
BentleyDavid Bentley
19
CambiassoEsteban Cambiasso
9
PavlyuchenkoRoman Pavlyuchenko
23
MaterazziMarco Materazzi
10
KeaneRobbie Keane
Substitution67
27
PandevGoran Pandev
Substitution61
12
W. PalaciosWilson Palacios
Substitution80
Yellow Card89
39
SantonDavide Santon
Substitution50
21
KranjčarNiko Kranjčar

Coach

Rafael Benítez (ESP) Harry Redknapp (ENG)

Referee

Damir Skomina (SVN)

Assistant referees

Primož Arhar (SVN), Marko Stančin (SVN)

Fourth official

Boris Toseski (SVN)

Additional assistant referees

Matej Jug (SVN), Dragoslav Perič (SVN)

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