Tottenham 3-0 Inter Milan: Spurs Thrash Shocking Inter
Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 Inter Milan (full time result)
Live UEFA Europa League football
Gareth Bale (TOT) 7', Gylfi Sigurdsson (TOT) 18', Jan Vertonghen (TOT) 52'.
Spurs: Friedel, Walker, Gallas, Vertonghen, Assou-Ekotto, Parker, Dembele (Livermore), Lennon (Naughton), Sigurdsson (Holtby), Bale, Defoe.
Inter Milan: Handanovic, Zanetti, Ranocchia, Chivu, Juan (Palacio), Gargano, Cambiasso, Alvarez (Jonathan), Kovacic (Guarin), Pereira, Cassano.
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Full time result at White Hart Lane
Tottenham Hotspur 3 (Bale, Sigurdsson, Vertonghen)
Inter Milan 0
Well that was well and truly a good night's work for Andre Villas-Boas and his men.
Spurs cruise to a three goal victory courtesy of strikes from Gareth Bale, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Jan Vertonghen, while Inter Milan were nothing short of diabolical in defence and bereft of ideas in attack.
Bale got the ball rolling with a neat header inside the opening minutes, before Sigurdsson tapped home the rebound from Defoe's initial shot for 2-0.
Vertonghen, unmarked for the fourth time from a set piece, headed in the third goal which might seal Spurs' passage through to the next round already.
The only sour notes for Tottenham would have been a yellow card for diving for Bale, which rules him out of the second leg, and a possible late injury to Aaron Lennon.
Spurs 3 Inter Milan 0
90+2'—It's a great result for Spurs tonight, no mistake. For Inter, this is undoubtedly the worst performance many will have seen from them for many a year.
77 - Scott Parker has made more passes (77) and more tackles (6) than any other player on the pitch. Engine.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 7, 2013
90'—Defoe twists and turns in the box, looking for that one sight of goal, but his shot is blocked. Bale surges into the box with the ball at his feet and again goes crashing to the ground, but the ref gives merely a goal kick. He does have a word with Bale though.
Three added minutes to be played
89'—Final minutes of the game now. Spurs look as though they are cruising to victory here. Is 3-0 already enough to be into the quarterfinals, even with a second leg in Milan to come?
87'—Gallas gets involved again as he closes Guarin down and makes a good block on the Colombian's shot from range.
86'—Guarin tries to loft a pass over for Palacio, but Gallas intercepts with a timely header. Nobody in Inter's midfield has been able to get hold of the ball and control the game tonight.
84'—Inter running out of time if they are going to sneak an away goal. Spurs still look the more likely to add to the scoresheet, but they look pretty well satisfied with their night's work.
Inter could do with a player like Coutinho...— Dan Shepherd (@liverpooldeep) March 7, 2013
Spurs sub: Aaron Lennon off, Kyle Naughton on.
Lennon looked to be struggling a little with injury as he goes off, which may be a concern ahead of their match with Liverpool at the weekend.
80'—Holtby and Defoe link up well outside the penalty area but the eventual shot is deflected and easily saved.
79'—ITV commentators imply that if Inter score, a 3-1 win would not be all that great for Spurs, with Inter then only needing a 2-0 win at home in the second leg. On this evidence, Inter will need Spurs to travel with their under-18 team to win 2-0.
76'—Lennon shows great control and skill to spin away from Pereira and the left-back will be booked for his latest foul. Very quick movement from Lennon.
74'—GREAT SAVE! Palacio is through and clear and has a chance to pull one back, but his low shot is brilliantly saved by an outstretched foot from Brad Friedel.
71'—Into the final 20 minutes of the game and still Friedel hasn't had to make a save. Guarin goes flying past a tackle from Gallas after intercepting a short pass, and then goes flying through the air and to the ground. There looked to have been a touch, but the referee books Guarin for diving, to loud and ironic cheers from the home fans.
Defoe's a talented player, and has served Tottenham well over the years. But that selfish counterattack is exactly why I want him replaced.— John Greely (@johnwgreely) March 7, 2013
Spurs sub: Sigurdsson off, Lewis Holtby on
69'—Great run from Lennon who sprints into the area after taking on two defenders, but Handanovic is out quickly to smother the shot at close range.
68'—Defoe looking a little frustrated to not have had a good chance this evening and tries to take on his man again when the pass was on. He loses the ball and Inter clear. Perhaps a little bit of rustiness for Defoe, who has been out injured.
65'—A corner for Inter suddenly turns into a sprinting counter-attack for Spurs with Defoe, Lennon and Bale all in attendance—but Defoe fails to make the pass and Inter clear. AVB not impressed.
Inter sub: Jonathan on for Ricky Alvarez
Spurs sub: Dembele off, Jake Livermore on
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