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  • Date:20 Oct 2010
  • Kick-off:19:45
  • Venue:Stadio Giuseppe Meazza
  • Zanetti (1) Eto'o - pen (10)
    Stankovic (13) Eto'o (34)
  • Bale (51) Bale (89)
    Bale (90)
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91mins

Goal scored by Gareth Bale from just inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Inter Milan 4-3 Tottenham.Assist on the goal came from Aaron Lennon.

90mins

Gareth Bale grabs a goal from just inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Inter Milan 4-2 Tottenham.

89mins

Wilson Palacios booked. Wilson Palacios gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ferreira Lucio. Wesley Sneijder takes the direct free kick.

88mins

Alan Hutton takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.

85mins

Davide Santon gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alan Hutton. Gareth Bale crosses the ball in from the free kick, save made by Soares Julio Cesar.

83mins

Effort from just outside the area by Phillippe Coutinho goes over the bar.

82mins

Ferreira Lucio fouled by Sebastien Bassong, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Wesley Sneijder.

81mins

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Gareth Bale played to the near post, Ferreira Lucio manages to make a clearance.

80mins

Tom Huddlestone leaves the field to be replaced by Wilson Palacios.

75mins

Ivan Ramiro Cordoba is brought on as a substitute for Jonathan Biabiany.

70mins

Corner taken by Wesley Sneijder from the right by-line played to the near post.

67mins

Robbie Keane on for Peter Crouch.

63mins

Phillippe Coutinho has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.

61mins

Goran Pandev on for Cristian Chivu.

60mins

Shot on goal by Benoit Assou-Ekotto from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

55mins

Short corner taken by Wesley Sneijder from the left by-line.

55mins

Davide Santon takes a shot. Save made by Carlo Cudicini.

54mins

The referee gives a free kick against Cristian Chivu for handball. Free kick taken by Alan Hutton.

52mins

A goal is scored by Gareth Bale from the edge of the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Inter Milan 4-1 Tottenham.

50mins

Dejan Stankovic leaves the field to be replaced by Davide Santon.

47mins

The assistant referee flags for offside against Samuel Eto'o. Carlo Cudicini takes the free kick.

46mins

Phillippe Coutinho produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the left-hand post.

45mins

Tom Huddlestone challenges Wesley Sneijder unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Javier Zanetti.

44mins

Sisenando Maicon takes a shot. Save by Carlo Cudicini. Sisenando Maicon takes a shot. Save by Carlo Cudicini.

43mins

Phillippe Coutinho takes a shot. Save by Carlo Cudicini.

39mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Sisenando Maicon on Gareth Bale. Benoit Assou-Ekotto takes the free kick.

36mins

Sisenando Maicon gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gareth Bale. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Gareth Bale from left wing.

35mins

Goal scored by Samuel Eto'o from inside the box low into the middle of the goal. Inter Milan 4-0 Tottenham.Assist by Phillippe Coutinho.

34mins

Wesley Sneijder takes a shot. William Gallas gets a block in.

33mins

Peter Crouch handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Ferreira Lucio.

32mins

Walter Samuel challenges Peter Crouch unfairly and gives away a free kick. Aaron Lennon restarts play with the free kick.

32mins

Jermaine Jenas concedes a free kick for a foul on Phillippe Coutinho. Direct free kick taken by Phillippe Coutinho.

29mins

Foul by Peter Crouch on Ferreira Lucio, free kick awarded. Ferreira Lucio takes the direct free kick.

29mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Javier Zanetti by Tom Huddlestone. Free kick taken by Sisenando Maicon.

28mins

The ball is crossed by Aaron Lennon, Header on goal by Peter Crouch from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

26mins

Unfair challenge on Phillippe Coutinho by Jermaine Jenas results in a free kick. Wesley Sneijder produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick. Dejan Stankovic takes a shot. Sebastien Bassong gets a block in.

25mins

Dejan Stankovic takes a shot from 12 yards. Save by Carlo Cudicini.

24mins

Wesley Sneijder takes a outswinging corner.

23mins

Cristian Chivu concedes a free kick for a foul on Peter Crouch. Direct free kick taken by Tom Huddlestone.

22mins

Samuel Eto'o takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the bar.

20mins

Corner taken left-footed by Gareth Bale from the left by-line, Unfair challenge on Walter Samuel by Sebastien Bassong results in a free kick. Soares Julio Cesar takes the direct free kick.

19mins

The referee blows for offside against Peter Crouch. Soares Julio Cesar takes the indirect free kick.

17mins

Cristian Chivu goes into the referee's book. Free kick awarded for a foul by Cristian Chivu on Aaron Lennon. Gareth Bale crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, clearance by Ferreira Lucio.

16mins

Phillippe Coutinho takes a shot. Save by Carlo Cudicini.

14mins

A goal is scored by Dejan Stankovic from just outside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Inter Milan 3-0 Tottenham.Samuel Eto'o provided the assist for the goal.

8mins

Heurelho Gomes dismissed for professional foul. (Tottenham) makes a substitution, with Carlo Cudicini coming on for Luka Modric. Penalty scored by Samuel Eto'o. Inter Milan 2-0 Tottenham.Heurelho Gomes challenges Jonathan Biabiany unfairly and gives away a Penalty. Assist by Jonathan Biabiany.

3mins

Unfair challenge on Tom Huddlestone by Dejan Stankovic results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Tom Huddlestone.

2mins

Javier Zanetti finds the back of the net with a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the top right corner of the goal. Inter Milan 1-0 Tottenham.Assist on the goal came from Samuel Eto'o.

The match has kicked off.

The ref blows to end the first period.

The second half begins.

The match has reached full-time.

Match Preview

Rafael Benitez reckons Inter Milan will face a better Tottenham side on Wednesday night than the one that beat his Liverpool team to fourth place in the Barclays Premier League last season.

Inter boss Benitez has been handed a quick reunion with Spurs after the holders were paired with the north Londoners in Champions League Group A.

Liverpool regularly finished in the Premier League top four during Benitez's six-year reign, which ended in the summer when they could only manage seventh place. Tottenham, meanwhile, qualified for the Champions League for the first time and have so far impressed in Europe's elite club competition, having matched Inter's feat of taking four points from their opening two group games.

Benitez has been impressed with their progress, saying today: "I believe that Tottenham have improved quite a lot.

"They invested a lot of money and now they have a lot of quality players in the squad. So I believe that we have to be very attentive."

Spurs will be missing two of their best players in the suspended Rafael van der Vaart and the injured Ledley King, while Inter could be able to call upon recently-recovered trio Esteban Cambiasso, Goran Pandev and Ivan Cordoba.

"If they are in the squad, that means they can play," said Benitez.

"For how long is a question I can only answer after Wednesday's training session."

Benitez faced a thankless task succeeding Jose Mourinho at all-conquering Inter during the summer but he is confident of building a better side than last season's treble-winning team.

"It's true that always it's difficult when you have won a lot of trophies to change things," he said.

"But I felt the players were quite happy to change something and try to keep the same mentality, the same idea, when they were playing counter-attack, and try to improve a little bit in possession.

"It was easy for me because, talking with them, they were saying, 'Okay, we like to do this and we will try to do it'."

Spurs boss Harry Redknapp insisted he would not put the reins on his side, vowing to stick to his attacking principles at the San Siro.

Asked if Tottenham would "start like an express train", as they did in last month's draw at Werder Bremen, when they raced to a 2-0 lead, Redknapp said: "We always have a go; we play an attacking game.

"We'll look to have a go Wednesday and try to cause them problems. We won't just look to sit back and soak up pressure for 90 minutes; that's not the way we play.

"We'll be positive and see what we can do."

Taking the game to Inter will be all the more difficult in the absence of Van der Vaart, who has been a revelation since his deadline-day move from Real Madrid.

"Obviously, he changes the way we play," Redknapp said.

"We played one system when Rafa was playing and it suited him fine. He's not here but the other players can play the same type of role.

"Luka Modric is a world-class player, so he could easily slot into that same role that Rafa plays."

Spurs' best chance of winning appears to be stopping Samuel Eto'o from scoring, with the Cameroon striker carrying Inter almost single-handedly with his goals of late.

Redknapp said: "We've got to be aware of Eto'o. I followed Eto'o when he was at Real Mallorca; I was the manager of West Ham.

"I watched him, I think, about nine times. Every Sunday, I went to watch him play and I was interested in taking him to London eight, nine years ago maybe.

"I know all about Eto'o; he's a fantastic player. It was a great deal for Inter; what an amazing deal to swap him (with Zlatan Ibrahimovic). I think Inter certainly got an amazing deal there."

Formation:4231Manager: Roy Hodgson

Inter Milan

Formation: 4411Manager: Harry Redknapp

Tottenham

  • Soares Julio Cesar
  • Sisenando Maicon
  • Ferreira Lucio
  • Walter Samuel
  • Cristian Chivu
  • Javier Zanetti
  • Dejan Stankovic
  • Jonathan Biabiany
  • Wesley Sneijder
  • Phillippe Coutinho
  • Samuel Eto'o
  • SUBS
  • Luca Castellazzi
  • Ivan Ramiro Cordoba
  • Sulley Muntari
  • Esteban Cambiasso
  • Marco Materazzi
  • Goran Pandev
  • Davide Santon

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Match Report

Bale beaten but brilliant Gareth Bale's stunning second-half hat-trick spared 10-man Tottenham's blushes but failed to prevent them slumping to their first Champions League Group A defeat at Inter Milan, with the holders prevailing 4-3. Spurs looked set to be humiliated when holders Inter raced to a 4-0 lead inside 35 minutes through goals from Javier Zanetti, a Samuel Eto'o penalty - after Heurelho Gomes had been sent off - Dejan Stankovic and Eto'o again. But Bale almost completed a sensational comeback single-handedly, scoring one of the goals of the season before netting twice in the closing seconds to further enhance his burgeoning reputation. Despite Bale's exploits, the defeat was a reality check for manager Harry Redknapp, who had vowed to stick to his attacking principles. After watching his side ship eight goals in three European away games this season, he must surely make them harder to beat on their travels. The game was arguably Tottenham's most prestigious since they last rubbed shoulders with the elite of Europe in 1962. But they looked anything but at home in this company in a calamitous opening 14 minutes that saw them three goals and a man down. Inter to cut them to shreds in just 70 seconds, easily drawing Alan Hutton out of position and allowing Eto'o to feed Zanetti, who expertly curled the ball beyond Gomes. Spurs tried to settle but Gomes was sent off six minutes later. Wesley Sneijder played a delightful ball inside Benoit Assou-Ekotto to Jonathan Biabiany and Gomes came rushing out and brought down the Inter winger. Referee Damir Skomina inexplicably showed a red card to Assou-Ekotto before his assistants helped him rectify the decision. Tottenham sacrificed Luka Modric - who had been playing off Peter Crouch in the `Rafael van der Vaart role' - for substitute keeper Carlo Cudicini. Eto'o eventually stepped up in the 11th minute to beat the Italian from the spot. Inter were merciless and, as 10-man Spurs retreated to the edge of their box, a lovely passing move ended with Stankovic slipping the ball past an unsighted Cudicini. Tottenham had already recovered from such a dramatic collapse in their Champions League rookie season but Inter were anything but Young Boys. The Italians' perfect start was spoilt when Christian Chivu - wearing Peter Cech-style headgear - was cautioned for an untidy tackle on Aaron Lennon. Stankovic twice went close to a fourth and Crouch should have pulled a goal back when he headed over Lennon's fine left-foot cross. But the embarrassment soon resumed, Coutinho given an age to pick out Eto'o's run in behind the visiting defence 10 minutes from the break. Cudicini got hands on the in-form Cameroon striker's finish but not enough to keep it out. The keeper also spilled shots from Coutinho and Maicon before the break but recovered well. Inter lost Stankovic to injury in the opening moments of the second half and, when it was briefly 10 against 10, Lennon's latest cross narrowly missed the head of Tom Huddlestone. Davide Santon eventually restored the hosts to full strength but when the next goal came, it went to Spurs - and it was a beauty. Bale carried the ball from inside his own half, brilliantly beating two players before finding the corner of the net with a stunning finish. Normal service quickly resumed and Santon forced a good near-post save from Cudicini. Sneijder went close to matching Bale's effort before Assou-Ekotto wasted more fine work from the winger with a horrible finish. The hosts withdrew Chivu for Goran Pandev just past the hour mark, with Spurs following midway through the half when former Inter striker Robbie Keane replaced Crouch. Inter's final change saw Ivan Cordoba introduced for Biabiany, with Spurs soon responding by withdrawing Huddlestone for the combative Wilson Palacios, who perhaps should have started. Coutinho went close from outside the box in the closing minutes, Hutton curled over from similar range and Palacios was booked for a poor tackle on Lucio. What followed was the most incredible of finishes as Bale netted in the 90th and 91st minutes to complete his hat-trick. The winger produced a carbon-copy strike to his opening goal before scoring again in stoppage-time to set up the briefest of grandstand finishes.

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