A mesmerising performance by Gareth Bale saved Tottenham from a first half thumping at the hands of European champions Inter Milan at the San Siro.
Tottenham Hotspur were no where to be found in the first half, conceding three goals in 14 minutes, down to ten men by a needless red card sustained by Heurelho Gomes resulting in Inters penalty. Thankfully for Spurs, Bale came to the rescue and scored three goals in the second half- two them coming in the final minutes of the game spreading a feeling of believe amongst the Tottenham supporters that were at the San Siro.
The young welsh international, 21, showed tremendous character bringing his team back when his team was definitely down and out by half time. When he plucked the ball out of the net at 4-1 and ran back to the halfway line you had to admire his youthful optimism and desire to grab something out of the game.
“Time was running out” said Bale and indeed it was the Internazionale fans who were praying that the referee would call time and put and end to Gareth Bale’s one-man show. The 21 year old might not have saved the day for Tottenham but he definitely saved his team from getting some stig and now the fixture at White Hart Lane on 2 November does not look quite a daunting prospect.
After last nights stunning performance according to THE INDEPENDENT the young welsh starlet would again be at the centre of Inters attention, after failing to sign the player in the summer, but Harry was obliged to answer anything to do with selling the player.
He said: “Tottenham is a club that wants to progress, not sell their best players. If we sold Bale now we would send out the wrong signals. We would be regarded as selling club.We have to build a strong team round him. He has signed a new contract and hopefully he will be a big part of the team in the future”.
Despite Bales great performance it does erase the memory of a nightmare first half. It was not only Heurelio Gomes clumsy challenge on Jonathan Biabiany but it was the way in which the European champions dominated the game, and the struggle that the backline line in defence which consisted of William Gallas and Sebastien Bassong to mark Inter’s goalscoring machine Samuel Eto’o.
Javier Zanetti scored the first after just 68 seconds. Eto’o scored twice, one from the penalty spot and Dejan Stankovic scored as well when he scored Inter’s third in the 34th minute.
With this result Spurs are still in the hunt for qualification as they tremain second in Group A with four points. In the other game of the group FC Twente and german side Werder Bremen shared the points as the game ended in a draw 1-1 in Holland.
Inter Milan 3 2 1 0 10 5 7 Tottenham 3 1 1 1 9 7 4 FC Twente 3 0 2 1 4 7 2 Werder Bremen 3 0 2 1 3 7 2
Next Fixtures (2 November)
Tottenham vs Inter Milan Werder Bremen vs FC Twente