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Bale shines as Tottenham see off Inter

Published: Tuesday 2 November 2010, 22.30CET
Tottenham Hotspur FC 3-1 FC Internazionale Milano
Gareth Bale was inspirational again as Tottenham secured a superb win against the European champions.
by Simon Hart
from White Hart Lane

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Goals scored3
 
1
Attempts on target6
 
7
Attempts off target6
 
8
Corners6
 
4
Offsides2
 
1
Fouls committed10
 
5
Yellow cards3
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

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Published: Tuesday 2 November 2010, 22.30CET

Bale shines as Tottenham see off Inter

Tottenham Hotspur FC 3-1 FC Internazionale Milano
Gareth Bale was inspirational again as Tottenham secured a superb win against the European champions.

Tournament newcomers Tottenham Hotspur FC left their fans in dreamland with a victory against FC Internazionale Milano that lifted them above the UEFA Champions League holders and into first place in Group A.

Rafael van der Vaart, Peter Crouch and Roman Pavlyuchenko got the goals that rewarded some wonderful attacking football from the hosts, not least Gareth Bale who followed up his San Siro hat-trick with another thrilling display of wing play, setting up two of the goals and giving Maicon a torrid time down the left. Samuel Eto'o had given Inter a glimmer of hope when making it 2-1 ten minutes from time but this was Tottenham's night.

Tottenham's five UEFA Champions League games before tonight had yielded 25 goals and this was another open game full of positive intentions. Eto'o and Luka Modrić had already threatened at either end when the latter fashioned Spurs' opener after 18 minutes. Benoît Assou-Ekotto slipped a pass in field to the Croatian international who jinked past Sulley Muntari then slid a superb reverse pass to Van der Vaart. The Dutchman, his run timed to perfection, made no mistake with his left-footed finish.

Spurs should have had a second goal in the 25th minute when Bale sped past Maicon down the left and delivered a far-post cross that Crouch sliced wide on the volley. Inter saw more of the ball as the half came to a close and almost had their equaliser only for Carlo Cudicini, deputising for the suspended Heurelho Gomes, to tip over Wesley Sneijder's free-kick.

Both teams had to make changes – Van der Vaart did not come out for the second half while Muntari limped off soon after the restart – but the force was with Spurs. Bale hooked a shot a whisker wide with Castellazzi stranded after punching weakly under pressure from Younes Kaboul; then Castellazzi tipped over Crouch's header. On the hour Spurs got their deserved second and it was no surprise that Bale was the architect. The 21-year-old raced from the halfway line, leaving two Inter players in his wake, before crossing low for Crouch to slide the ball in ahead of Walter Samuel. The pair did it again soon after but Bale had let the ball run out of play before crossing.

Eto'o ensured some jitters when he wriggled clear of Alan Hutton on the left of the box and found the bottom corner for his seventh goal in the group but Spurs made sure two minutes from time as Bale broke free again to tee up Pavlyuchenko. There was still time for Diego Milito to hit the crossbar but it was Spurs celebrating.

Last updated: 08/12/13 4.46CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/season=2011/matches/round=2000118/match=2002873/postmatch/report/index.html#spurs+inter

Lineups

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Tottenham

internazionale

Internazionale

23
CudiciniCarlo Cudicini (GK)
12
CastellazziLuca Castellazzi (GK)
2
HuttonAlan Hutton
Yellow Card39
4
ZanettiJavier Zanetti (C)
3
BaleGareth Bale
6
LúcioLúcio
Yellow Card86
4
KaboulYounès Kaboul
9
Eto'oSamuel Eto'o
Goal80
6
HuddlestoneTom Huddlestone (C)
10
SneijderWesley Sneijder
7
LennonAaron Lennon
Substitution85
11
MuntariSulley Muntari
Substitution53
11
Van der VaartRafael van der Vaart
Goal18
Substitution46
13
MaiconMaicon
13
GallasWilliam Gallas
25
SamuelWalter Samuel
Yellow Card36
14
ModrićLuka Modrić
Yellow Card90+2
26
ChivuCristian Chivu
Yellow Card51
15
CrouchPeter Crouch
Goal61
Substitution76
27
PandevGoran Pandev
Substitution71
32
Assou-EkottoBenoît Assou-Ekotto
88
BiabianyJonathan Biabiany
Substitution64

Substitutes

37
PletikosaStipe Pletikosa (GK)
21
OrlandoniPaolo Orlandoni (GK)
8
JenasJermaine Jenas
Substitution46
Yellow Card72
2
CórdobaIván Córdoba
9
PavlyuchenkoRoman Pavlyuchenko
Substitution76
Goal89
22
Milito Diego Milito
Substitution71
10
KeaneRobbie Keane
23
MaterazziMarco Materazzi
12
PalaciosWilson Palacios
Substitution85
29
CoutinhoCoutinho
Substitution64
19
BassongSébastien Bassong
39
SantonDavide Santon
21
KranjčarNiko Kranjčar
40
NwankwoObiora Nwankwo
Substitution53

Coach

Harry Redknapp (ENG) Rafael Benítez (ESP)

Referee

Viktor Kassai (HUN)

Assistant referees

György Ring (HUN), Tibor Vámos (HUN)

Fourth official

Ferenc Bede (HUN)

Additional assistant referees

Mihaly Fabian (HUN), Tamás Bognar (HUN)

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