Tuesday November 2, 2010 Group Stage: Group A Finished White Hart Lane

Tottenham Hotspur 3 - 1 Internazionale

  • van der Vaart 18’
  • Crouch 61’
  • Pavlyuchenko 89’
  • Eto'o 80’

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  1. Bale brilliance gives Spurs famous win

    Bale brilliance gives Spurs famous win

    Gareth Bale was inspired as Tottenham sealed a famous 3-1 win over Internazionale in their Champions League Group D clash at White Hart Lane More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Tottenham Hotspur
    • Internazionale
    • 90+3' The full-time whistle goes at White Hart Lane, and Gareth Bale has inspired Tottenham to a famous 3-1 victory over Inter in this Champions League clash! What a night for Harry Redknapp's side. Thanks for joining us!
    • 90+2' What a night this is for Spurs, and the fans are in full voice as the hosts keep the ball.
    • 90+1' Modric is booked for a very petty challenge in the Inter half, but no one really cares about that at this point.
    • 90' Three minutes will be added at the end of this second half, and the home fans are delirious!
    • 89' GOAL!!!!! BALE MAGIC - PAV GETS A THIRD! Bale runs a good 50 yards to skin Maicon and provide the perfect assist for Pavlyuchenko to tap home from close range - Spurs have done it, surely?!
    • 88' Inter continue to pile forward in their droves, and this is a thrilling finish.
    • 87' Assou-Ekotto fouls Maicon, who breaks at pace, but Cudicini gathers the loose ball.
    • 86' Modric is proving adept at frustrating the visitors in this situation, and he keeps the ball superbly yet again.
    • 85' Inter break after a Spurs move peters out, and this is desperate stuff as the hosts cling on to their lead.
    • 84' Wilson Palacios will be Spurs' final change in a bid to shore up the midfield, and it will be Lennon who makes way.
    • 83' Spurs keep the ball superbly, with Huddlestone and Modric brilliant in possession.
    • 82' Coutinho hits the deck, but that never a penalty and he barely even appeals for it.
    • 81' It may well be a nervy finale for Spurs, and Inter are buoyed by the goal.
    • 80' GOAL!!!! ETO'O GETS ONE BACK! What a finish from Eto'o, who jinks inside from the left to nip past Hutton and Kaboul, before drilling a low shot into the far corner of the net!
    • 79' Sneijder hovers on the edge of the penalty area, but cannot find the right delivery.
    • 78' Jenas and Huddlestone combine in midfield to good effect, before Lennon's cross is cleared by Maicon.
    • 77' "Taxi for Maicon, Taxi for Maicon" is the roar from the Spurs fans as Bale leaves him for dead yet again!
    • 76' Lennon races down the right once more, and that is superb from the winger, but he cannot find the cross.
    • 75' Roman Pavlyuchenko comes on to replace the goalscorer Crouch, and Redknapp freshens up his forward line.
    • 74' Sublime skill from Modric sees Coutinho foul the Croat, and Spurs have a free kick.
    • 73' Assou-Ekotto defends stoutly to thwart Maicon at the back for Tottenham, and Modric helps out.
    • 72' Milito careers down the left and drills a low shot towards the far post, but it runs narrowly wide!
    • 71' Diego Milito comes on to replace Goran Pandev, and Rafa Benitez finally realises the Argentine must be introduced.
    • 70' STAT: Champions Inter have won nine of their last 11 Champions League matches, including their last three against English clubs.
    • 69' The home fans remain in full voice as the midfield continue to be very congested.
    • 68' Spurs are content to let Inter stroke the ball around in their own half, with Coutinho in possession.
    • 67' Sneijder and Zanetti see a lot of the ball in midfield, but Spurs are sitting deeper and soaking up the pressure.
    • 66' Biabiany is replaced by Coutinho, and the forward can potentially inject some additional class into Inter's forward play...
    • 65' GOAL DISALLOWED! Bale skins Maicon once more and gets to the byline, but the ball runs out fractionally before Crouch taps home from close range - what a run again!
    • 64' Hutton misplaces a poor pass through to Crouch, and now Inter can break through Eto'o...
    • 63' Lennon whips over a cross from the right byline, but this one is too deep for Crouch.
    • 62' Gallas storms in to dispossess Eto'o, and that is fine defending from the Frenchman.
    • 61' GOAL!!!!! BALE BRILLIANCE - CROUCH SCORES! Gareth Bale outstrips Biabiany, Maicon and Lucio, before drilling across a perfect delivery for Crouch to tap the ball home at the back post - what a goal!
    • 60' Kaboul does brilliantly to read and intercept a Sneijder through ball and bring it out of defence.
    • 59' Lennon is seeing a lot of the ball in this second half, but the winger has yet to produce the cutting edge in the final third.
    • 58' Nwankwo Obiora is on to replace Sulley Muntari, and Sneijder is on the ball now dictating the play.
    • 57' Lennon picks out Crouch at the back post, but the forward cannot get a firm contact on the ball.
    • 56' Zanetti fouls Modric out on the Spurs left, and the Inter skipper gets away without a booking.
    • 55' Bale whips over the corner, but Crouch cannot quite meet the ball at the back post as Inter clear.
    • 54' Spurs break at pace, and Crouch produces a looping header which forces Castellazzi to tip the ball over the bar for a corner from Hutton's cross.
    • 53' Jenas looks to have slotted into a diamond formation for Spurs, and Modric is remaining in the thick of everything.
    • 52' Bale beats Biabiany to the ball on halfway, but he loses his control of the ball on this occasion.
    • 51' Assou-Ekotto maraudes down the left for Spurs, before Chivu is booked for hauling down Lennon on the opposite flank.
    • 50' Zanetti wins the ball out on the Inter right and finds Biabiany, before Sneijder gives the ball away.
    • 49' Maicon sums up his evening thus far with a dreadful volley, miles over the crossbar!
    • 48' There has only been six free kicks this evening, and that is astonishing as Bale wins one for the hosts.
    • 47' Crouch latches on to a raking diagonal pass from Lennon, but the forward cannot gather it in his stride.
    • 46' The second half is underway, and the big news at the break is that Van der Vaart has been forced off after suffering a recurrence of his hamstring injury. On comes Jermaine Jenas!
    • 45+1' The home fans implore the referee to blow his whistle, and eventually he does as Tottenham lead Inter 1-0 at half-time at White Hart Lane. What a performance thus far from Redknapp's side!
    • 45' Just one minute will be added at the end of this first half, and Inter are pressing through Eto'o as Hutton concedes a corner.
    • 44' Cudicini was born in Milan, and he produced a stunning save there to preserve Spurs' slender lead.
    • 43' What a save from Cudicini! The Italian leaps across to tip the ball behind for a corner as Sneijder sends his effort careering towards the top corner of the net!
    • 42' Eto'o produces an exquisite piece of skill on the edge of the Spurs box, and Modric trips the forward to concede a very dangerous free kick...
    • 41' Sneijder whips over a superb delivery from the left, but Samuel cannot quite meet it inside the Spurs box.
    • 40' Hutton compounds that by bringing down Eto'o out on the right, and the defender is shown a very harsh yellow card - come on ref!
    • 39' Hutton apologises profusely as he slices a cross from out on the right, and that is poor.
    • 38' Bale continues to have an abundance of space in which to run down the left, and Maicon is nowhere.
    • 37' Sneijder unleashes a fierce left-footed strikde from the edge of the Spurs box, but that is comfortable for Cudicini.
    • 36' There is a long delay as the referee marks out the 10 yards with a lot of fidgeting in the Inter wall, but eventually Van der Vaart wins a corner as his delivery is deflected.
    • 35' Samuel lunges in recklessly to bring down Lennon, and that was very cynical from the Argentine - no surprises there!
    • 34' Gallas gives the ball away sloppily, but Biabiany dallies and any opening peters out.
    • 33' Kaboul makes a sturdy block as Sneijder lurks ominously on the edge of the Spurs box.
    • 32' STAT: Tottenham's only previous home game against an Italian club was a 2-1 win over Milan in the 1972 UEFA Cup semi-finals on their way to winning the title.
    • 31' Bale has scored six goals this season, but he blasts the ball wide after cutting in on his right foot!
    • 30' Inter keep the ball in their half patiently, but Spurs are pressing with real urgency.
    • 29' Sneijder finds Chivu, who jinks past Hutton brilliantly, but cannot find a team mate inside the box.
    • 28' Kaboul does well to beat Eto'o to an aerial ball, before Zanetti fires a dreadful shot high and wide!
    • 27' Lucio and Crouch clash in the Inter half, and the crowd are not at all happy with the referee there.
    • 26' Biabiany and Muntari combine to keep possession, until the latter fouls Modric and Spurs can clear.
    • 25' WHAT A CHANCE! Bale beats Maicon yet again, but Crouch scuffs his shot and it runs wide of the far post - a glorious opportunity to make it two!
    • 24' Samuel and Crouch are engaging in an intriguing battle in the Inter half, while Chivu trots back on to the field, albeit rather gingerly.
    • 23' Maicon is being run ragged already by Bale, while Chivu holds his neck after knocking his head into Crouch's body.
    • 22' Inter enjoy a good spell of possession, before Bale storms down the left once more and drifts over a cross which Chivu has to clear.
    • 21' Zanetti sweeps up after Muntari is beaten by Modric, and the former Portsmouth midfielder has been very poor thus far.
    • 20' What a start for Spurs! The home fans are absolutely belting out the chants now as the hosts stroke the ball around at the back.
    • 19' Cudicini is pretty slow in coming out to claim a through ball to Biabiany, and Assou-Ekotto does well to hold him off.
    • 18' GOAL!!!!! VAN DER VAART SCORES!! What a goal it is too - Modric produces a stunning run past Muntari, drawing two defenders to him, before sliding a sublime through ball to the Dutchman, who grabs his sixth goal in 10 appearances!
    • 17' Van der Vaart swivels to find Lennon outwide, but his low cross is cleared away by Samuel.
    • 16' Redknapp urges his players to feed Bale the ball, and why wouldn't he? Bale is causing chaos already down the left!
    • 15' Brilliant from Bale! The Welshman zips past Maicon again, and almost gets past Lucio, but the Brazilian recovers superbly to concede a corner.
    • 14' Eto'o is given far too much space in the Tottenham box as he is allowed to turn, but his snap shot is tame and Cudicini saves down low to his left.
    • 13' Bale skips past Maicon with staggering ease, but his delivery into the box is gathered by Castellazzi - what skill from the midfielder!
    • 12' Muntari and Hutton exchange poor, misplaced passes as Inter finally keep the ball at the back through Zanetti.
    • 11' Assou-Ekotto clears under pressure from Eto'o, and now Spurs can alleviate the pressure on their goal.
    • 10' Pandev darts down the left at pace, but his cross into the box is cleared away by Kaboul.
    • 9' Modric dispossesses Lucio, but Maicon is very strong as he brushes the Croat off the ball. But seconds later the midfielder fires a low shot on target.
    • 8' Oooh, what a strike! Eto'o is given a bit of space from Kaboul, and the forward lashes a fierce strike into the side netting - what an effort!
    • 7' Biabiany beats Assou-Ekotto to the ball in the Inter half, and now the visitors can settle.
    • 6' Lennon does superbly to win a corner down the right with a sharp run, and he will beat Chivu all day in a foot race!
    • 5' Van der Vaart is caught fractionally offside, and that was a slick through ball played in by Modric.
    • 4' The Dutchman turns Huddlestone with a sharp swivel and shot, but he drags it wide on this occasion.
    • 3' Sneijder gets on the ball for the first time in earnest as Inter keep the ball in the Tottenham half.
    • 2' Van der Vaart swings over a testing corner from the right, but Inter clear away through Samuel with Crouch bearing down on him.
    • 1' The first half is underway at White Hart Lane, and Crouch is immediately causing problems in the Inter box.
    • 19:40 A reminder that both sides will be without their first-choice goalkeepers tonight as Luca Castellazzi and Carlo Cudicini make their bows, while Van der Vaart is a surprise starter for Spurs in midfield after shaking off a hamstring injury.
    • 19:35 Ilovebeer reckons that Inter will win 3-1, while Ben.hollands thinks Spurs will prevail 4-1 tonight. Philip, meanwhile, is going for a 3-2 win with an Eto'o brace cancelled out by Van der Vaart, Crouch and Bale! What do you think? Post your predictions and views below...
    • 19:30 Sulley Muntari's speculative 30-yard shot prompted a gaffe from Eduardo and sealed all three points for Internazionale in a 1-0 win at Genoa's Stadio Luigi Ferraris stadium in Serie A on Friday. Report of Inter's last match
    • 19:25 Redknapp will not face any punishment for his critical comments about the referee after Saturday's defeat by Manchester United. Read more
    • 19:20 In his latest exclusive interview with Eurosport, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger describes Tottenham's Gareth Bale as like a cannonball! Read Wenger's blog in full
    • 19:15 Inter currently top Group A with seven points, while Redknapp's Spurs are second with four on the board. Werder Bremen and FC Twente each have two points, and play at the Weserstadion this evening. Group A standings
    • 19:10 Tottenham: Cudicini, Hutton, Gallas, Kaboul, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon, Huddlestone, Modric, Bale, Van der Vaart, Crouch. Subs: Pletikosa, Jenas, Pavlyuchenko, Keane, Palacios, Bassong, O'Hara
    • 19:05 Internazionale: Castellazzi, Maicon, Lucio, Samuel, Chivu, Muntari, Zanetti, Biabiany, Sneijder, Pandev, Eto'o. Subs: Orlandoni, Cordoba, Milito, Materazzi, Coutinho, Santon, Nwankwo
    • 19:00 Four goals in 35 first-half minutes gave Internazionale a 4-3 victory over 10-man Tottenham despite a stunning hat-trick from Gareth Bale in their Champions League Group A clash at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza. Read the full report
    • 18:55 TEAM NEWS: Rafael van der Vaart and Tom Huddlestone have handed Tottenham a double fitness boost. The Spurs duo were rated as injury doubts after summer signing Van Der Vaart limped out of Saturday's 2-0 defeat at Manchester United with a hamstring injury 13 minutes from time, and midfielder Huddlestone has been suffering from a groin problem which forced him to miss the defeat at Old Trafford.
    • 18:50 Inter boss Rafael Benitez has two key absentees for his first match in England since leaving Liverpool in the summer. Midfielder Esteban Cambiasso and goalkeeper Julio Cesar are both injured. Sulley Muntari could come into the Inter midfield, while 35-year-old Luca Castellazzi is will make his first Champions League start between the sticks. Brazilian defenders Maicon and Lucio trained away from the rest of the squad as they attempt to overcome problems, but both should be fit to play.
    • 18:45 Tottenham host Internazionale in their Champions League Group B clash at White Hart Lane with Harry Redknapp's side looking to reverse the scoreline from the two sides' last encounter.
  • Summary

    • 89' GOAL!!!!! BALE MAGIC - PAV GETS A THIRD! Bale runs a good 50 yards to skin Maicon and provide the perfect assist for Pavlyuchenko to tap home from close range - Spurs have done it, surely?!
    • 80' GOAL!!!! ETO'O GETS ONE BACK! What a finish from Eto'o, who jinks inside from the left to nip past Hutton and Kaboul, before drilling a low shot into the far corner of the net!
    • 65' GOAL DISALLOWED! Bale skins Maicon once more and gets to the byline, but the ball runs out fractionally before Crouch taps home from close range - what a run again!
    • 61' GOAL!!!!! BALE BRILLIANCE - CROUCH SCORES! Gareth Bale outstrips Biabiany, Maicon and Lucio, before drilling across a perfect delivery for Crouch to tap the ball home at the back post - what a goal!
    • 54' Spurs break at pace, and Crouch produces a looping header which forces Castellazzi to tip the ball over the bar for a corner from Hutton's cross.
    • 43' What a save from Cudicini! The Italian leaps across to tip the ball behind for a corner as Sneijder sends his effort careering towards the top corner of the net!
    • 25' WHAT A CHANCE! Bale beats Maicon yet again, but Crouch scuffs his shot and it runs wide of the far post - a glorious opportunity to make it two!
    • 18' GOAL!!!!! VAN DER VAART SCORES!! What a goal it is too - Modric produces a stunning run past Muntari, drawing two defenders to him, before sliding a sublime through ball to the Dutchman, who grabs his sixth goal in 10 appearances!
    • 8' Oooh, what a strike! Eto'o is given a bit of space from Kaboul, and the forward lashes a fierce strike into the side netting - what an effort!
    • 19:10 Tottenham: Cudicini, Hutton, Gallas, Kaboul, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon, Huddlestone, Modric, Bale, Van der Vaart, Crouch. Subs: Pletikosa, Jenas, Pavlyuchenko, Keane, Palacios, Bassong, O'Hara
    • 19:05 Internazionale: Castellazzi, Maicon, Lucio, Samuel, Chivu, Muntari, Zanetti, Biabiany, Sneijder, Pandev, Eto'o. Subs: Orlandoni, Cordoba, Milito, Materazzi, Coutinho, Santon, Nwankwo

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