Football - Villas-Boas hails great night

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas hailed a "great night" for the club after they outplayed Italian giants Inter Milan in their Europa League round of 16 first-leg tie, running out 3-0 winners at White Hart Lane.

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Goals from in-form Gareth Bale, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Jan Vertonghen secured a vital victory to take to Italy for the return leg next week with Spurs in charge for a large portion of the game.

Inter missed a good chance in both halves but were underwhelming for most of the game and Villas-Boas believes his side were deserving of the result.

"It was a very good performance and a great night of European football for us," he said.

"We really felt that at half-time we could have gone further - there were some important moments of the game for Inter Milan too but we had so many opportunities - we really deserved to win.

"Unfortunately for us it doesn't mean we are through yet, it is a difficult place to go and I just hope we can do enough to qualify.

"I think the result is what it is and it is well deserving for Tottenham and still prestigious."

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