White Hart Lane, England

Referee: Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz | Attendance: 34353

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Tottenham Hotspur

  • Gareth Bale 6'
  • Gylfi Sigurdsson 18'
  • Jan Vertonghen 53'

3 - 0


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    Spurs were excellent, Inter Milan diabolical. A 3-0 victory effectively leaves Inter needing snookers in the San Siro next week - but will the absence of Gareth Bale through suspension make a key difference?

  • 93'

    And the referee blows the final whistle, Spurs win 3-0.

  • 92'

    Bale tumbles in the box - the referee has a word with him and the Wales international looks stunned. Could have been a second yellow...

  • 91'

    Defoe cuts inside, never looking for a team-mate, and his shot is blocked.

  • 90'

    Three minutes to be added on.

  • 89'

    Spurs fans sing out the oles whenever their team passes the ball.

  • 88'

    Guarin sees a shot on the edge of the area blocked, it bounces harmlessly through to Friedel.

  • 87'

    Walker sprints to the byline to get a cross in but can only pick out Handanovic's gloves.

  • 86'

    Guarin very nearly plays Cassano in over the top. Crucial times at White Hart Lane.

  • 85'

    Teasing ball into the box from Cassano on the right, it bends in for Guarin but runs just in front of him - goal-kick.

  • 84'

    Spurs' passing has just deteriorated slightly in the last 10 minutes, no longer finding the white shirts like they were.

  • 83'

    No sign of Inter pushing for that away goal.

  • 82'

    Lennon doesn't look too bad and walks off but will be replaced as a precaution by Kyle Naughton.

  • 81'

    Lennon has picked up a knock and needs some treatment.

  • 80'

    Gallas with a rare foray forward, squared to Holtby on the D but his shot deflects straight to Handanovic who collects at the second attempt.

  • 78'

    Bale almost flicks and tricks his way through into the box but it runs out. "Bale, Bale" the Spurs fans still sing.

  • 77'

    Pereira penalised for a foul on Lennon, looked a soft one.

  • 76'

    Inter starting to improve now, what a difference an away goal could make in this tie.

  • 75'

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  • 75'

    A clever free-kick from Cambiasso puts Palacio through on goal and Friedel has to make a good save - though he shouldn't have been given the chance. Spurs escape.

  • 75'

    Guarin caught by Livermore and this time it is a free-kick.

  • 74'

    Guarin tries to go past Gallas and tumbles to the ground - the ref dishes out another booking for diving.

  • 73'

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  • 73'

    Palacio's cross has too much on it and Cambiasso has no chance. Goal-kick.

  • 72'

    Sigurdsson is the man to be replaced, Holtby on.

  • 71'

    Brilliant run from Lennon, skipping into the box after picking up a fine pass from Parker. But Handanovic speads himself superbly to block Lennon's shot.

  • 70'

    Great ball in from Sigurdsson, it drops to Defoe on the edge of the box but this time he cannot work space for a shot and is tackled.

  • 69'

    Ricky Alvarez is replaced by Jonathan.

  • 68'

    And Spurs can break with Defoe. He has options left and right if he can pick right one this could be four ... Defoe delays the pass and is tackled.

  • 67'

    Inter take the corner short and Guarin is robbed. Awful.

  • 66'

    Cambiasso takes and Vertonghen flicks it behind for a corner. In truth it was a woeful delivery and could have been left.

  • 65'

    Defoe with a clumsy challenge on Chivu and this could be lumped into the box.

  • 64'

    Mousa Dembele gets a rest, Jake Livermore on in his place.

  • 63'

    The corner comes in again from Bale and this time Chivu does clear his lines.

  • 62'

    Parker moves forward and feeds in Defoe, who shifts the ball quickly and fires in a shot - Handanovic does well to get down low and push it behind.

  • 61'

    Bale bursts through the middle but can only fire into the sidenetting. The Spurs fans expected a goal.

  • 60'

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  • 60'

    Inter still giving the ball away cheaply and don't look like creating anything. They surely need an away goal to have a real chance.

  • 59'

    Lennon is penalised for a foul on Pereira.

  • 58'

    Another free-kick from Bale on the right, this time much further out and he can only find the goalkeeper.

  • 57'

    Spurs fans in fine voice now, loving this thrashing of Inter

  • 56'

    The invisible Kovacic is replaced by Fredy Guarin, who would normally prove far more dangerous. He was doubtful for this game with a knock.

  • 55'

    Inter rocking again.

  • 54'

    Awful defending, Bale with the corner on the right and Chivu completly loses Vertonghen which leaves the Belgian with a free header to make it 3-0.

  • 53'


  • 52'

    Defoe does well to win a corner, Ranocchia playing the cross behind with his stomach.

  • 51'

    Pereira comes forward this time with Lennon struggling to track. He manages to get a shot off from the edge of the area but drags it well, well wide.

  • 50'

    Opta stat: Spurs have only lost one of their last 78 European games after scoring 2+ goals, but that defeat came v Inter in 2010 (3-4).

  • 49'

    Wonderful floating free-kick to the back post from Bale, Pereira completely loses Vertonghen who simply must score - but he misjundges the flight and fails to make any contact

  • 49'

    Pereira is furious after being penalised for a tug on Bale just outside the box on the right.

  • 48'

    Lennon pulls back a cross for Sigurdsson but this time the Icelandic star cannot control first time.

  • 48'

    Interestingly Rodrigo came on at half-time at Catania at the weekend with Inter two goals down. They won 3-2 with Rodrigo getting two of them.

  • 47'

    A change for Inter at the break as Rodrigo Palacio comes on for Juan to play up front with Cassano. Pereira will drop to left-back.

  • 46'

    And away we go in the second half.


    Join me for full live commentary of the second half. You can follow me on Twitter here: @dalejohnsonESPN


    A superb first half performance from Spurs and they deserve to be two up - but Inter showed signs that they could cause problems in the second period.

  • 45'

    And there goes the half-time whistle.

  • 45'

    One minute of added time.

  • 45'

    The corner comes in from the right and yet again it's Vertonghen there to head to safety,

  • 44'

    Another shot from Alvarez cutting in from the right, it deflects off Vertonghen and behind for the corner.

  • 43'

    Awful miss from Ricardo Alvarez! Played through by Cassano and he was in on Friedel - but dragged his shot horribly wide of the far post. He had to score.

  • 42'

    Bale takes from the right and it's a looper for Vertonghen at the far post - he heads it back across and Handanovic catches.

  • 41'

    Cross from the left, which Juan has to put behind for the corner.

  • 40'

    Vertonghen plays a fine ball down the line for Defoe, Ranocchia has to be smart to track the striker and win the challenge

  • 39'

    And there's a shot from Sigurdsson which is easy for Handanovic to collect.

  • 38'

    Sigurdsson having one of his best games for Spurs - everywhere on the pitch offering himself in space.

  • 37'

    Inter have been very, very poor and have offered very little in the opposition's half.

  • 35'

    Another chance for Spurs as Sigurdsson finds Bale in the air once more, this time Bale cannot direct his header towards goal.

  • 34'

    Inter have managed to keep Spurs at bay more effectively since the second goal.

  • 33'

    Sigurdsson and Pereira clash shins with the Spurs man coming off worse - he'll be okay to continue.

  • 32'

    Dembele tries to escape Gargano with a run through the middle but is tugged back. Free-kick, taken short.

  • 31'

    The corner comes in, Ranocchia has the header but it's way off target.

  • 30'

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  • 30'

    Corner to Inter, more good work from Pereira.

  • 29'

    Good cross from Pereira on the left, this time Vertoghen makes the defensive header.

  • 28'

    With Bale out of the second leg, Spurs will want to get a healthy lead here tonight.

  • 26'

    Corner to Spurs, it finds Vertonghen at the back post and Handanovic has to tip the header over the bar, the second corner coming to nothing.

  • 25'

    We've just checked and Bale was indeed booked against NK Maribor and Panithinaikos so will miss the second leg back at Inter.

  • 24'

    This from Henry Winter on Twitter: "Bale booked for dive. Checked with Spurs and Uefa, who say he's out of San Siro game (booking not on team graphic). (Sigurdsson made it 2-0)"

  • 23'

    Kovacic is late on Parker and Spurs win a free-kick in midfield.

  • 22'

    Spurs rampant now. Defoe almost manages to play Lennon through on goal but for an interception.

  • 21'

    Cassano is down clutching his ankle after a tackle by Gallas. The ref doesn't see any offence.

  • 20'

    Gareth Bale is mobbed by team-mates after giving Tottenham the lead against Inter Milan

  • 19'

    Lennon crosses low for Defoe, who spins superbly to shoot only to see his effort parried by Handanovic - but he can only push the ball back out to Sigurdsson who neatly puts the chance away.

  • 18'

    GOAL - Gylfi Sigurdsson

  • 16'

    Good play from Inter, Kovacic leaning back and firing over the bar from the edge of the box.

  • 15'

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  • 15'

    Bale tried to skip through past Gargano and went down under the challenge. There was barely a touch and the ref probably got that right.

  • 14'

    Another booking for Gareth Bale for diving

  • 13'

    Bale shoots from almost 30 yards but this time it's a comfortable claim for Handanovic.

  • 12'

    Gareth Bale has now netted 11 goals in his last nine games for club and country.

  • 11'

    Inter, wearing their all-red away kit, haven't really been at the races.

  • 10'

    Opta stat: No Italian side has ever won at White Hart Lane in Europe (excl qualifiers) with two defeats and two draws for the visitors.

  • 9'

    This is just the start Spurs needed against an Inter side who have won only three of their last 11 Serie A fixtures.

  • 8'

    Bale does well and works a pass to Defoe, who cuts back inside to create space before blasting a shot straight at Handanovic.

  • 7'

    Great work by Gylfi Sigurdsson, losing his man to swing in a cross with his left. And there was that man Bale who rises highest above Cambiasso to head into the corner of the net.

  • 6'


  • 5'

    Spurs being allowed the time to pass the ball around.

  • 4'

    Early chance for Spurs as Walker's cross almost finds Bale, but his swing doesn't connect with the ball.

  • 3'

    We have the strange, low camera angle to contend with at White Hart Lane on a European night.

  • 2'

    Spurs doing the probing in the opening exchanges.

  • 1'

    And it's Spurs who kick-off.


    Spurs will be desperate to stop Inter claiming an away goal ahead of the second leg back at the San Siro.


    Out come the teams at White Hart Lane, a full house awaiting kick-off.


    Join Dale Johnson for full live commentary shortly. You can follow him on Twitter here: @dalejohnsonESPN


    Antonio Cassano starts up front for Inter despite falling out with manager Andrea Stramaccioni last week.


    Jermain Defoe starts his first game in over a month. Brad Friedel is in goal while Gylfi Sigurdsson retains his place in a starting XI that also includes man of the moment Gareth Bale.


    Inter Milan: Handanovic, Zanetti, Ranocchia, Chivu, Juan Jesus, Gargano, Cambiasso, Alvarez, Kovacic, Pereira, Cassano


    Tottenham: Friedel, Walker, Vertonghen, Gallas, Assou-Ekotto, Dembele, Parker, Lennon, Sigurdsson, Bale, Defoe


    It's the biggest game of the round in the Europa League as Spurs entertain Inter Milan.


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