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Slick Spurs hit three against Inter

Published: Thursday 7 March 2013, 22.54CET
Tottenham Hotspur FC 3-0 FC Internazionale Milano
Gareth Bale continued his prolific form, while Gylfi Sigurdsson and Jan Vertonghen also struck as Spurs opened up a healthy lead.
by Sam Adams
from White Hart Lane

Match statistics

TottenhamInternazionale

Goals scored3
 
0
Attempts on target12
 
2
Attempts off target3
 
5
Corners5
 
3
Offsides1
 
5
Fouls committed9
 
9
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 7 March 2013, 22.54CET

Slick Spurs hit three against Inter

Tottenham Hotspur FC 3-0 FC Internazionale Milano
Gareth Bale continued his prolific form, while Gylfi Sigurdsson and Jan Vertonghen also struck as Spurs opened up a healthy lead.

A vibrant attacking display by Tottenham Hotspur FC was rewarded with a healthy first-leg round of 16 home win against FC Internazionale Milano.

The game was only six minutes old when Gareth Bale opened the scoring, with Gylfi Sigurdsson adding a second soon after. Jan Vertonghen made it three early in the second half, yet Inter may rue not taking two huge chances that would have given them a decent foothold in the tie.

Given Bale's recent form and his starring role during Spurs' last meetings with Inter in 2010/11, it was little surprise that the Welsh international dominated much of the build-up. The man of the moment duly rose to the occasion too, continuing his incredible goalscoring run when he headed in Sigurdsson's right-footed cross from the left.

Jermain Defoe nearly struck a second immediately after but was denied by the strong hands of Samir Handanovič, before Bale picked up a booking that will rule him out of the second leg. Spurs were looking dangerous, though, and went two up in the 18th minute when Mousa Dembélé and Aaron Lennon combined to tee up Defoe. Sigurdsson had to jump out of the way of the England striker's shot, and was rewarded for his athleticism when he tucked in the rebound.

Tottenham seemed in control, but Inter served a reminder of their threat just before half-time when Antonio Cassano played in Ricardo Álvarez. The Argentinian just had Brad Friedel to beat but screwed his left-footed shot wide. The Serie A team were coming back into it, but the break checked any momentum they were building and, in the 53rd minute, they fell three behind when Vertonghen firmly headed in Bale's corner.

The hosts were playing with supreme confidence: a Bale surge and shot was followed by a Defoe effort smartly saved by Handanovič, before the goalkeeper denied Lennon at point-blank range. It was Inter who should have scored next, however, when Friedel stuck out a leg to deny a clean-through Rodrigo Palacio. It was a miss they may regret next week at San Siro.

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Lineups

tottenham

Tottenham

internazionale

Internazionale

24
FriedelBrad Friedel (GK)
1
HandanovičSamir Handanovič (GK)
5
VertonghenJan Vertonghen
Goal53
4
ZanettiJavier Zanetti (C)
7
LennonAaron Lennon
Substitution82
11
ÁlvarezRicardo Álvarez
Substitution67
8
ParkerScott Parker (C)
19
CambiassoEsteban Cambiasso
11
BaleGareth Bale
Goal6
Yellow Card15
21
GarganoWalter Gargano
13
GallasWilliam Gallas
23
RanocchiaAndrea Ranocchia
18
DefoeJermain Defoe
26
ChivuCristian Chivu
19
DembéléMousa Dembélé
Substitution64
29
KovačićMateo Kovačić
Substitution55
22
G. SigurdssonGylfi Sigurdsson
Goal18
Substitution70
31
Álvaro PereiraÁlvaro Pereira
Yellow Card77
28
WalkerKyle Walker
40
JuanJuan
Substitution46
32
Assou-EkottoBenoît Assou-Ekotto
99
CassanoAntonio Cassano

Substitutes

25
LlorisHugo Lloris (GK)
27
BelecVid Belec (GK)
14
HoltbyLewis Holtby
Substitution70
8
PalacioRodrigo Palacio
Substitution46
16
NaughtonKyle Naughton
Substitution82
14
GuarínFredy Guarín
Substitution55
Yellow Card72
20
DawsonMichael Dawson
24
BenassiMarco Benassi
29
LivermoreJake Livermore
Substitution64
28
PasaSimone Pasa
33
CaulkerSteven Caulker
33
MbayeIbrahima Mbaye
46
CarrollThomas Carroll
42
JonathanJonathan
Substitution67

Coach

André Villas-Boas (POR) Andrea Stramaccioni (ITA)

Referee

Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP)

Assistant referees

Pau Cebrian Devis (ESP), Javier Rodriguez (ESP)

Fourth official

Roberto Díaz Pérez del Palomar (ESP)

Additional assistant referees

Carlos Gómez (ESP), Carlos Del Cerro (ESP)

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