Spurs Beat Champions League Holders Inter Milan 3-0 in the San Siro with 10 Men

Chris PotterCorrespondent IOctober 20, 2010

MILAN, ITALY - OCTOBER 20:  Gareth Bale of Tottenham Hotspur scores his first goal during the UEFA Champions League Group A match between FC Internazionale Milano and Tottenham Hotspur at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on October 20, 2010 in Milan, Italy.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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Unfortunately, Tottenham Hotspur had already committed suicide several times before their inspirational second-half performance as they were destroyed by Rafa Benitez's rampant Inter Milan and ended on the losing side by 4-3.

Juts 68 seconds had elapsed when a sharp move saw Javier Zanetti, in space on the left side of the penalty box, curl beyond Tottenham goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes.

Things were to get worse for Brazilian Gomes after he brought down French youngster Biabany just two minutes later to earn himself a red card and leave Spurs two-nil down before they had even mustered an attack.

In truth, a portion of the blame must be attributed also to Benoit Assou-Ekotto, who had lost his man Biabany through poor positional sense.

Dejan Stankovic scored the hosts' third goal after just 14 minutes with a neat finish following an intricate move involving more than 30 passes.

And Eto'o scored his second (Inter's fourth) just a few minutes later after sneaking in behind a dormant William Gallas.

But it was a different Spurs that stepped onto the field of play after the interval. More organized, compact and most importantly more direct, they got their just reward after 52 minutes when Gareth Bale picked up the ball on the half-way line, drove at the heart of the home defence and slammed a shot into the bottom corner of the net off the far post. A truly breathtaking goal which momentarily sent away supporters into ecstasy.

After the goal, Inter looked content and slightly subdued after making several substitutions. Tottenham passed the ball around neatly, but suffered somewhat when Crouch was substituted for Robbie Keane.

That was until Gareth Bale stole the show in stunning fashion.

Firstly, he scored another incredible carbon copy of his first. Then the eight wonder of the world slammed a third into the very same corner of the net again to leave the Champions League holders holding on at the end.


Final Score - Internazionale 4(4) - 3(0) Tottenham Hotspur

Inter - Zanetti 2, Eto'o (pen) 10, 35, Stankovic 14
Tottenham - Bale 52, 90, 91


Inter - Chivu (yellow)
Tottenham - Gomes (red)


Inter - Julio Cesar 5; Maicon 6, Lucio 7, Samuel 6, Chivu 5 (Pandev 5); Stankovic 7 (Santon 5), Zanetti 7, Sneijder 9, Biabany 8 (Cordoba n/a), Coutinho 9; Eto'o 9  

Tottenham - Gomes 2; Hutton 6, Bassong 4, Gallas 4, Assou-Ekotto 5; Lennon 5, Huddlestone 7 (Palacios n/a), Jenas 7, Modric n/a (Cudicini 5) , Bale 10; Crouch 5 (Keane 4)