Tottenham 3-1 Inter Milan

 
                                                                                               Van der Vaart 18                      Eto’o 80

                                                                                                          Crouch 61

                                                                                               Pavlyuchenko 89

 

Tottenham staged a European “glory, glory night” to match any seen at White Hart Lane, overcoming Champions League holders Inter, thanks to another stellar Gareth Bale display.

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Spurs now top Group A with a better record in head-to-head meetings with Inter, thanks almost entirely to mercurial Welshman Bale, who added to his hat-trick in Milan by creating Spurs’ two vital second-half goals, capping another sensational display.

 

In-form Rafael Van Der Vaart put Spurs ahead on 18 minutes, latching onto Luka Modric’s neat reverse pass and firing left-footed past Inter keeper Luca Castellazzi.

 

Bale created a superb chance moments later for Peter Crouch with a trademark surging left-sided run, only for Crouch to fire across a gaping goal.

 

However, Crouch didn’t pass up his next opportunity from a Bale bomb down the left-wing, sliding home the Welshman’s fabulous cross at the far post on 61 minutes.

 

Inter Milan’s Cameroon striker set up a grandstand finish with ten minutes remaining, cutting inside Spurs right-back Alan Hutton and unleashing an unstoppable right-foot drive from the edge of the box.

 

But Bale hit back in the 89th minute, creating another chance in the now-traditional manner which substitute Roman Pavlyuchenko rifled home right-footed from six yards.

 




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