Wednesday October 20, 2010 Group Stage: Group A Finished Stadio Giuseppe Meazza

Internazionale 4 - 3 Tottenham Hotspur

  • Zanetti 2’
  • Eto'o 11’ (pen.), 35’
  • Stankovic 14’
  • Bale 52’, 90’, 90’

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    Tottenham punished for sloppy start

    Internazionale beat 10-man Tottenham 4-3 despite a hat-trick from Gareth Bale in their Champions League clash at the Giuseppe Meazza. More

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    Time:90'
    • Internazionale
    • Tottenham Hotspur
    • 90+2' The final whistle goes at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, and Inter have beaten Tottenham 4-3 despite a stunning hat-trick from Gareth Bale - what a game! Thanks for joining us.
    • 90+1' GOAL!!!!! BALE NETS HIS HAT-TRICK! Lennon surges forward and lays the ball off to Bale, and the 21-year-old beats Cesar for a third time to further reduce the deficit - what a performance from the winger!
    • 90' GOAL!!!! BALE SCORES A STUNNING SECOND! The winger charges down the left at pace before hammering a brilliant finish beyond Cesar and into the far corner of the net - what a strike again!
    • 89' Lucio careers forward once more, and Palacios rather recklessly hauls him down on halfway to earn himself a booking.
    • 88' Sneijder dictates the play once more, and the Dutchman has been immense.
    • 87' Hutton races forward and cuts inside, but he drives a wild shot over the bar - a good run.
    • 86' Bale has a free kick out on the right, but he fires it over the bar rather disappointingly.
    • 85' There is at least some good news for Spurs fans as Bremen equalise at Twente, and that would leave the English club in second. Find out more
    • 84' Coutinho fires a shot over the crossbar, and that was a very fine effort indeed!
    • 83' Inter stroke the ball around at the back with consummate ease, and Spurs are forced on to the back foot once more.
    • 82' Assou-Ekotto slips in Bale with a neat through ball, and the Welshman wins his side a corner down the left.
    • 81' Bassong wins a towering header to pick out Hutton, and Spurs can break...
    • 80' Palacios makes a sharp run through the centre of the field, but he collides with Keane.
    • 79' Huddlestone is replaced by Wilson Palacios as Robbie Keane is now handed the captain's armband.
    • 78' Sneijder attempts to score from inside his own half, but that does not trouble Cudicini!
    • 77' Lennon takes on Santon down the Spurs right, but he cannot get a cross in yet again.
    • 76' Inter continue to hold their shape superbly, and that is all you would expect from a Benitez side.
    • 75' Biabiany is replaced by the 34-year-old defender Ivan Cordoba, and that is intended to shore things up.
    • 73' Bale continues to play superbly out on the left for Spurs, but Maicon is containing him well now.
    • 71' Lucio maraudes forward in typically adventurous fashion from the back, and Inter are cruising here.
    • 70' Coutinho drifts out to the left this time as he builds the play inside the Spurs half.
    • 69' Biabiany gets down the right at pace before winning a corner for his side.
    • 68' Spurs are pegged firmly back inside their own half as Inter build patiently at the back.
    • 67' Robbie Keane comes on to replace Peter Crouch, and that gives the forward a chance to rest up for the weekend.
    • 66' Robbie Keane looks set to come on for Spurs as Redknapp looks to make a change or two.
    • 65' Coutinho and Maicon combine superbly down the right, before the move eventually peters out.
    • 64' Inter are back in command after Bale's solo effort, and the hosts are brimming with confidence.
    • 63' What a player this 18-year-old is: Coutinho beats Huddlestone and Gallas before sliding his shot narrowly wide of Cudicini's far post!
    • 61' Goran Pandev comes on to replace Christian Chivu, and that changes the shape of the Inter side somewhat.
    • 59' Bale is simply superb, and he jinks past another two Inter players before firing a low cross into the box which Crouch cannot convert.
    • 58' Hutton clears hastily as Coutinho nips around him ominously in the Spurs half.
    • 57' Inter build from the back patiently through Lucio and Chivu, before Biabiany clears upfield.
    • 56' Bassong makes a very fine challenge in the Spurs box to deny Sneijder, and that was a crucial block.
    • 55' Santon skips past the hapless Hutton and drives a low shot on target which Cudicini does superbly to parry away to safety.
    • 53' What a goal that was from Bale, and he provides Spurs with something to smile about in an otherwise miserable evening.
    • 52' GOAL!!!! BALE GETS ONE BACK! The Welshman produces a stunning run through the Inter half, and picks out a quite stunning finish to beat Julio Cesar at his far post - what a goal from the winger!
    • 51' Stankovic is replaced by Davide Santon, and the midfielder picked up an injury seconds earlier.
    • 49' Inter stroke the ball around at the back, before Spurs break through Bale...
    • 47' Lennon gets down the right at pace before drifting over a cross which evades everyone.
    • 46' The second half gets underway, and Inter begin where they left off: at a frantic tempo.
    • 45+1' The half-time whistle goes at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, and Inter are thrashing Tottenham 4-0 - Harry Redknapp will surely give his side a monumental ticking off at the break!
    • 45' Just one minute will be added at the end of this first half, and Harry Redknapp looks as though he is going to explode!
    • 44' Maicon surges down the right and fires a low shot on target, and Cudicini is then forced into a double save as the defender volleys the rebound back at the keeper!
    • 43' Brilliant from Coutinho! The Brazilian jinks inside Gallas and fires a low shot on target, with Cudicini forced into making a sharp stop!
    • 42' Bale skips through two challenges in the Inter half, but his dinked through ball intended for Crouch goes awry.
    • 41' Coutinho shows that he can help out at the back too with a fine tackle on Modric.
    • 40' Lennon is showing something in attack for Spurs at least, and the winger makes another bright run down the right.
    • 39' Assou-Ekotto does superbly to deny Biabiany who hurtles down the right but is prevented from finding a cross.
    • 38' Eto'o has a good yard of pace on both Bassong and Gallas, and Hutton is not helping matters either.
    • 37' Inter are enjoying 63 per cent of the possession, and Spurs are being absolutely mullered.
    • 36' GOAL!!!! ETO'O MAKES IT FOUR! Oh dear for Spurs... Coutinho slides an incisive through ball beyond Gallas and Bassong, and Eto'o holds off Hutton before beating Cudicini with an impeccable finish!
    • 35' Chivu makes a barnstoming run from defence, before it peters out down the left.
    • 34' Jenas gets down the left at pace before cutting the ball back to Crouch, but it comes to nothing.
    • 33' Coutinho is drifting all over the place, and the Brazilian finds space down the left this time.
    • 32' Spurs enjoy an extended spell of possession, but Inter are happy to conserve energy before half time.
    • 31' Maicon gets down the right with a typically powerful run, but he cannot find the cross on this occasion.
    • 30' Biabiany gets down the right at pace, before Maicon drifts over a testing delivery which Gallas heads wide.
    • 29' Sneijder is in the thick of it once more from midfield, and the Dutchman really is instrumental.
    • 28' What a miss from Crouch! Lennon dinks over a terrific cross from the right, but Crouch heads over the bar from close range after climbing above Samuel at the back post!
    • 27' STAT: Spurs have won one, lost one and drawn one of their three games against Italian opposition in Europe.
    • 26' Sneijder has a free kick blocked by the Spurs wall, and Stankovic's follow up volley goes well wide.
    • 25' What a chance! The excellent Coutinho gets in down the left and forces Zanetti volleys the cross on target, with Cudicini making a fine save to his right!
    • 24' Spurs are looking pretty hapless at the back, and Inter continue to press forward in search of a fourth.
    • 23' Sneijder slides a neat pass through to Eto'o, but on this occasion the striker loses his bearings and fires over.
    • 22' Inter press forward through Chivu down the left, and Hutton is being run ragged out on the Spurs right.
    • 21' STAT: Only Arsenal (35 per cent) have converted a higher percentage of chances than Inter (26 per cent) and Spurs (29 per cent).
    • 20' Gallas is penalised for barging into Samuel in the Inter box, and that is a waste of a corner.
    • 19' Jenas rampages forward, but Bale loses the ball to Maicon, and the move peters out poorly.
    • 18' Spurs' only visit to the San Siro came in April 1972 when they drew 1-1 with Milan.
    • 17' Ooh, that's a nasty challenge from Chivu, and the defender is booked and rightly so.
    • 16' STAT: Inter have won 11 and lost 13 of their matches against English opponents in Europe.
    • 15' Bale surges forward, but he is on his own as he loses the ball to Chivu.
    • 14' GOAL!!!! STANKOVIC GETS INTER'S THIRD! It's a quite stunning goal as Maicon combines with Coutinho on the edge of the penalty area with a slick one-two, before Stankovic steps in to lash the ball beyond Cudicini - shocking defending from Spurs, but a great goal nonetheless!
    • 13' It is all Inter, and Redknapp looks an incredibly concerned man on the touchline.
    • 12' Inter continue to pile forward as Sneijder dictates the play, and this could be a long evening for Spurs!
    • 11' GOAL!!!!! ETO'O MAKES IT TWO! Cudicini goes the right way, but he has no chance of saving a quite emphatic penalty kick from Eto'o, who finishes with aplomb to double his side's lead!
    • 10' There is a long delay as the Spurs players continue to make their case with the referee turning them away.
    • 9' Carlo Cudicini comes on to replace Gomes, who departs in a very forlorn fashion. Can the Italian save Eto'o's penalty now?
    • 8' PENALTY AND A RED CARD! It's an absolute disaster for Spurs as Gomes flies out of his goal and clatters into Eto'o, who goes down in a crumpled heap after latching on to Sneijder's through ball - he's off, and Inter have a penalty!
    • 7' Inter continue to pile forward in their droves, and the hosts are absolutely buoyant!
    • 6' Bale goes down inside the Inter penalty area, but that was never a penalty and Cesar can clear.
    • 5' Lennon makes his first run down the right wing, and the midfielder cannot pick out Modric in the centre with his cross.
    • 4' STAT: Inter beat Chelsea home and away last season ending a run of five Champions League games without a win against English sides and four matches without scoring.
    • 3' Coutinho takes a long ball from Lucio down into his stride out on the left, but he cannot get his cross in on this occasion.
    • 2' GOAL!!!! ZANETTI OPENS THE SCORING! A stunning, sweeping move from Inter culminates in a goal as Coutinho finds Eto'o, who in turn finds the onrushing Zanetti, and the Argentine picks out the far corner of Gomes's net with a clinical finish!
    • 1' The first half is underway, and the hosts kick us off with Eto'o partnered by Philippe Coutinho.
    • 07:45 The Spurs fans are in full voice, and we are just seconds from kick off...
    • 07:40 The atmosphere is building very nicely, and the players are in the tunnel waiting to emerge on to the pitch. What does everyone make of Spurs' back four this evening of Hutton, Gallas, Bassong and Assou-Ekotto - can the quartet thwart Eto'o et al?
    • 07:35 Asko says: "How can anyone even think that Tottenham have a chance? A 4-1 Inter win and that's it!" What do others think? Post your views, comments and predictions below...
    • 07:30 Rafa Benitez enjoyed six wins and only three defeats in 14 games against Spurs during his time at Liverpool, though the three losses all came in the last five meetings with Harry Redknapp as boss of the Londoners.
    • 07:25 Both Inter and Spurs have four points on the board after two matches in the group with top spot seemingly up for grabs. Group A standings
    • 07:20 Inter are two points off the top of the Serie A table after seven matches, and Rafael Benitez has had a steady start at the European champions. Serie A table
    • 07:15 Heurelho Gomes is licking his lips at the prospect of Gareth Bale and Maicon squaring off in Tottenham's mouthwatering Champions League clash with Inter Milan. This is what Gomes had to say
    • 07:10 The teams are in, and Peter Crouch will play up front on his own with a five-man midfield of Lennon, Jenas, Huddlestone, Bale and Modric in behind him. What do you make of the sides? Post your views below. The referee for this evening's clash is Damir Skomina of Slovenia.
    • 07:05 Internazionale: Julio Cesar, Maicon, Lucio, Samuel, Chivu, Zanetti, Stankovic, Biabiany, Sneijder, Coutinho, Eto'o. Subs: Castellazzi, Cordoba, Muntari, Cambiasso, Materazzi, Pandev, Santon
    • 07:00 Tottenham: Gomes, Hutton, Gallas, Bassong, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon, Jenas, Huddlestone, Bale, Modric, Crouch. Subs: Cudicini, Kaboul, Bentley, Pavlyuchenko, Keane, Palacios, Kranjcar
    • 06:55 Internazionale: Striker Diego Milito, winger Mancini and central midfield duo Esteban Cambiasso and McDonald Mariga are out injured. Midfielders Thiago Motta and Jonathan Biabiany are doubtful after suffering knocks in the 1-0 win over Calgiari at the weekend. Philippe Coutinho is expected to partner Eto’o up front, while young Nigerian midfielder Joel Obi should get another start.
    • 06:50 Team news: Tottenham will be without Rafael van der Vaart and captain Ledley King with the former suspended after a red card against Twente and the latter injured, although he would have been rested anyway.
    • - Harry Redknapp therefore hopes William Gallas feels no ill effects from his first game for a month on Saturday, while Younes Kaboul (hamstring) is still a doubt and Sandro is ineligible, joining long-term absentees Jermain Defoe, Michael Dawson (both ligament damage), Jamie O'Hara (back) and Jonathan Woodgate (groin) on the sidelines.
    • 06:45 Tottenham's Champions League adventure really hots up with a trip to the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza to take on Internazionale in Group A.
  • Summary

    • 90+1' GOAL!!!!! BALE NETS HIS HAT-TRICK! Lennon surges forward and lays the ball off to Bale, and the 21-year-old beats Cesar for a third time to further reduce the deficit - what a performance from the winger!
    • 90' GOAL!!!! BALE SCORES A STUNNING SECOND! The winger charges down the left at pace before hammering a brilliant finish beyond Cesar and into the far corner of the net - what a strike again!
    • 52' GOAL!!!! BALE GETS ONE BACK! The Welshman produces a stunning run through the Inter half, and picks out a quite stunning finish to beat Julio Cesar at his far post - what a goal from the winger!
    • 44' Maicon surges down the right and fires a low shot on target, and Cudicini is then forced into a double save as the defender volleys the rebound back at the keeper!
    • 43' Brilliant from Coutinho! The Brazilian jinks inside Gallas and fires a low shot on target, with Cudicini forced into making a sharp stop!
    • 36' GOAL!!!! ETO'O MAKES IT FOUR! Oh dear for Spurs... Coutinho slides an incisive through ball beyond Gallas and Bassong, and Eto'o holds off Hutton before beating Cudicini with an impeccable finish!
    • 28' What a miss from Crouch! Lennon dinks over a terrific cross from the right, but Crouch heads over the bar from close range after climbing above Samuel at the back post!
    • 25' What a chance! The excellent Coutinho gets in down the left and forces Zanetti volleys the cross on target, with Cudicini making a fine save to his right!
    • 14' GOAL!!!! STANKOVIC GETS INTER'S THIRD! It's a quite stunning goal as Maicon combines with Coutinho on the edge of the penalty area with a slick one-two, before Stankovic steps in to lash the ball beyond Cudicini - shocking defending from Spurs, but a great goal nonetheless!
    • 11' GOAL!!!!! ETO'O MAKES IT TWO! Cudicini goes the right way, but he has no chance of saving a quite emphatic penalty kick from Eto'o, who finishes with aplomb to double his side's lead!
    • 8' PENALTY AND A RED CARD! It's an absolute disaster for Spurs as Gomes flies out of his goal and clatters into Eto'o, who goes down in a crumpled heap after latching on to Sneijder's through ball - he's off, and Inter have a penalty!
    • 2' GOAL!!!! ZANETTI OPENS THE SCORING! A stunning, sweeping move from Inter culminates in a goal as Coutinho finds Eto'o, who in turn finds the onrushing Zanetti, and the Argentine picks out the far corner of Gomes's net with a clinical finish!
    • 07:05 Internazionale: Julio Cesar, Maicon, Lucio, Samuel, Chivu, Zanetti, Stankovic, Biabiany, Sneijder, Coutinho, Eto'o. Subs: Castellazzi, Cordoba, Muntari, Cambiasso, Materazzi, Pandev, Santon
    • 07:00 Tottenham: Gomes, Hutton, Gallas, Bassong, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon, Jenas, Huddlestone, Bale, Modric, Crouch. Subs: Cudicini, Kaboul, Bentley, Pavlyuchenko, Keane, Palacios, Kranjcar

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