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Luka Modric receives a yellow card.
Short corner worked by Luka Modric.
Shot from 25 yards by Diego Milito.
Centre by Gareth Bale, Roman Pavlyuchenko grabs a goal from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Tottenham 3-1 Inter Milan.Gareth Bale provided the assist for the goal.
Benoit Assou-Ekotto challenges Sisenando Maicon unfairly and gives away a free kick. Sisenando Maicon takes the direct free kick.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Roman Pavlyuchenko. Direct free kick taken by Javier Zanetti.
Ferreira Lucio receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Diego Milito. Wilson Palacios joins the action as a substitute, replacing Aaron Lennon.
Samuel Eto'o grabs a goal from the edge of the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Tottenham 2-1 Inter Milan.The assist for the goal came from Wesley Sneijder.
Aaron Lennon delivers the ball, clearance made by Sisenando Maicon.
(Tottenham) makes a substitution, with Roman Pavlyuchenko coming on for Peter Crouch.
Diego Milito gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luka Modric. Free kick taken by Carlo Cudicini.
The referee shows Jermaine Jenas a yellow card.
Diego Milito has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.
Foul by Benoit Assou-Ekotto on Javier Zanetti, free kick awarded. Goran Pandev goes off and Diego Milito comes on. Direct free kick taken by Javier Zanetti.
Shot from 20 yards from Samuel Eto'o. Save by Carlo Cudicini.
Goran Pandev fouled by Gareth Bale, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Sisenando Maicon.
Phillippe Coutinho joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jonathan Biabiany.
Shot by Jonathan Biabiany from 12 yards. Save by Carlo Cudicini.
The ball is crossed by Aaron Lennon, Ferreira Lucio makes a clearance.
Gareth Bale sends in a cross, Peter Crouch finds the back of the net with a goal from close range low into the middle of the goal. Tottenham 2-0 Inter Milan.Assist by Gareth Bale.
Aaron Lennon handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Cristian Chivu restarts play with the free kick.
William Gallas produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the right-hand post.
Unfair challenge on Luka Modric by Javier Zanetti results in a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Gareth Bale, clearance by Ferreira Lucio.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Gareth Bale.
Alan Hutton sends in a cross, Peter Crouch has a headed effort at goal, save by Luca Castellazzi.
Sulley Muntari leaves the field to be replaced by Obiora Nwankwo.
Gareth Bale produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the target.
Cristian Chivu challenges Aaron Lennon unfairly and gives away a free kick. Cristian Chivu shown a yellow card. Tom Huddlestone delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, save made by Luca Castellazzi.
Sisenando Maicon has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses right.
Wesley Sneijder takes the outswinging corner, clearance made by Tom Huddlestone.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Wesley Sneijder played to the near post.
Tom Huddlestone gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sulley Muntari. Sulley Muntari restarts play with the free kick.
Jermaine Jenas on for Rafael Van der Vaart.
Wesley Sneijder takes the outswinging corner, Benoit Assou-Ekotto manages to make a clearance.
Luka Modric gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Samuel Eto'o. Wesley Sneijder produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, save by Carlo Cudicini.
Tom Huddlestone has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Alan Hutton gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Samuel Eto'o. Alan Hutton is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Free kick crossed right-footed by Wesley Sneijder, save by Carlo Cudicini.
Wesley Sneijder takes a shot. Carlo Cudicini makes a comfortable save.
Inswinging corner taken by Rafael Van der Vaart, save made by Luca Castellazzi.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Walter Samuel on Aaron Lennon. Walter Samuel goes into the referee's book. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Rafael Van der Vaart.
Shot from just outside the area by Sulley Muntari goes over the bar.
Shot by Gareth Bale. Blocked by Ferreira Lucio.
Gareth Bale produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the target.
Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Wesley Sneijder, Gareth Bale manages to make a clearance.
Shot by Ferreira Lucio from 20 yards. Carlo Cudicini makes a save.
Javier Zanetti has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the goal.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Sulley Muntari on Rafael Van der Vaart. Younes Kaboul takes the direct free kick.
The ball is crossed by Gareth Bale, Shot by Peter Crouch from deep inside the penalty area misses wide to the left of the target.
Rafael Van der Vaart finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Tottenham 1-0 Inter Milan.The assist for the goal came from Luka Modric.
Effort from 20 yards by Wesley Sneijder. Save by Carlo Cudicini.
The ball is crossed by Aaron Lennon, Walter Samuel manages to make a clearance.
Corner taken by Rafael Van der Vaart from the left by-line, clearance by Sisenando Maicon.
Wesley Sneijder fouled by William Gallas, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Sulley Muntari.
Centre by Gareth Bale, save by Luca Castellazzi.
Goran Pandev delivers the ball, Younes Kaboul makes a clearance.
Luka Modric takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Luca Castellazzi makes a comfortable save.
Shot from just outside the box by Samuel Eto'o misses to the right of the goal.
Short corner worked by Aaron Lennon, Rafael Van der Vaart delivers the ball, Ferreira Lucio manages to make a clearance.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Rafael Van der Vaart. Free kick taken by Ferreira Lucio.
Wesley Sneijder produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the target.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Gareth Bale from the left by-line, clearance by Ferreira Lucio.
Centre by Benoit Assou-Ekotto, clearance by Sulley Muntari.
The referee starts the match.
The match has reached half-time.
The game restarts for the second half.
The referee brings the game to a close.
Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp hopes his side's spirited but unsuccessful comeback against Inter Milan recently can spur them to victory against the Italians on Tuesday.
The Champions League debutants were heading for a humiliation at the San Siro until Gareth Bale's late hat-trick earned them a more respectable 4-3 defeat in Italy.
Describing the Group F match as a "massive game", Redknapp repeated the importance of avoiding another defeat against the European champions.
Urging the White Hart Lane crowd to play their part, he said: "We've got to set a high tempo, we've got to play the way we want to play and I think it'll be a great night's football."
Spurs' cause would be helped should new talisman Rafael van der Vaart complete his surprise recovery from a hamstring strain picked up at Old Trafford.
Redknapp said on Monday the playmaker had "every chance" of being fit, while just as important will be the return of Tom Huddlestone after two games out with an ankle problem.
Goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini was backed to fill the void left by the suspension of Heurelho Gomes, with Redknapp saying: "It won't faze him at all; he's played in so many big games in the past."
The Spurs boss also refused to read anything into his battle of wits with former Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez, saying: "I think we all get carried away about managers and coaches.
"The players will be out there Tuesday playing and it's whether they perform.
"It's not a case of me trying to prove I'm cleverer than Rafa or anything else; it's a case of my centre-forward trying to prove he's better than their centre-half and our midfield winning the battle in there."
That is something Tottenham failed miserably to do in the first half of their 4-3 defeat at the San Siro but Gareth Bale's sensational second-half hat-trick salvaged some pride and a healthy slice of self-belief.
Redknapp said: "If we'd come away from there and it had been as bad as it looked at half-time, I think everything would've been very difficult.
"Getting beaten six or seven, it looked a real possibility after 45 minutes.
"For Gareth Bale to get such a fantastic hat-trick and to get some real respectability in the scoreline was very important for us."
Benitez believes Tottenham had one eye on their clash with his Inter Milan side when they lost at Manchester United on Saturday.
Spurs went down 2-0 at Old Trafford in the Barclays Premier League just three days before Tuesday night's crucial Champions League showdown.
Redknapp has publicly stated his priority this season is qualifying again for Europe's premier club competition through the league.
But Inter counterpart Benitez reckons Spurs' approach at the weekend proved otherwise.
"For me, watching the game against United, it's obvious that they were just concentrating on this game," he said upon his arrival in London on Monday.
"I thought they were just thinking about this game because it's very, very important for them. That was my feeling."
Left-back Cristian Chivu stressed stopping Spurs was about more than stopping Bale.
"He's very good and he's very young," the Romania captain said.
"He still has plenty of time to become the player that he wants to be.
"For sure, he is achieving reaching a very high level. But when we talk about Tottenham, we are not talking about Bale.
"We are talking about a very good team which stays very good on the pitch, which is very strong physically and has players with quality.
"I think that's what we need to be careful about, not only one player."
Rampant Spurs see off holders
Tottenham completed their remarkable renaissance as a European force by producing a stunning display of attacking football to beat Champions League holders Inter Milan 3-1.
On a glory, glory night arguably not witnessed at White Hart Lane since Spurs last rubbed shoulders with the game's elite almost half a century earlier, Harry Redknapp's side were simply irresistible.
Their win was enough to take them above Inter on goal difference at the top of Group A and put them on the verge of qualifying for the knockout phase.
In what was a typically-breathless game, Tottenham were magnificent to a man, but Gareth Bale once again stole the show with another jaw-dropping performance less than a fortnight on from his stunning San Siro hat-trick.
So badly did he humiliate the so-called best right-back in the world that, long before the end, the home fans were singing: "Taxi for Maicon!"
There were also other world-class displays from the likes of Luka Modric, and Rafael van der Vaart, who combined to open the scoring in the 18th minute.
Bale brilliantly laid on the second for Peter Crouch to end his recent goal drought, Samuel Eto'o set up a nervy finish, but Bale was on fire and another cross saw substitute Roman Pavlyuchenko seal the points.
The atmosphere as the game kicked-off was almost deafening and Tottenham responded by taking the initiative in a way they had completely failed to do in Milan last month.
But Inter were not to be intimidated and gave as good as they got in the opening 15 minutes which saw Eto'o flash a warning shot wide and Jonathan Biabiany almost put through after a lovely exchange.
At the other end, Modric's finish was too close to stand-in goalkeeper Luca Castellazzi, while the final ball was also letting Spurs down.
That changed in spectacular fashion in the 18th minute when the rejuvenated Modric, who had been buzzing around dangerously, sold two beautiful dummies on the edge of the box to slide in Van der Vaart.
The Dutchman bent his run perfectly to stay onside and steer the ball beyond Castellazzi and maintain his record of scoring in every home game since joining Spurs.
A frantic game then became manic, with Carlo Cudicini forced three times to race off his line, most tellingly to thwart Biabiany.
When Bale skinned Maicon for a third time in the 25th minute, he produced a ball Crouch somehow contrived to slash wide from less than six yards.
A brilliant break saw more desperate Inter defending clear Aaron Lennon's cross and Walter Samuel was booked for cynically tripping the winger when he threatened to race clear.
The visitors ended the half on top and Alan Hutton saw yellow after being bamboozled by some sublime Eto'o skill.
With two minutes of the first half remaining, Cudicini produced a magnificent save to turn Wesley Sneijder's free-kick over the crossbar.
Half-time saw Spurs withdraw Van der Vaart - who had been passed fit to play following an injury scare - for Jermaine Jenas.
Cristian Chivu became the latest player booked for hauling back Lennon before Bale almost hooked a second goal for Spurs into an empty net after Younes Kaboul had challenged Castellazzi.
Inter replaced the injured Sulley Muntari with Obiora Nwankwo before their keeper had to arch backwards to tip Crouch's header over after a great Tottenham break.
But the lanky striker had the last laugh just past the hour mark when yet more jaw-dropping wing play from Bale put the ball on a plate for him to slide into the net.
Bale was rampant and Crouch tapped home what he thought was his second only for the assistant referee to rule the ball had gone out of play.
Biabiany tried to respond for Inter before being withdrawn for Coutinho, while another new arrival, Diego Milito, flashed a ball right across goal.
Jenas was booked for diving and further substitutions followed for both sides, including the introduction of Pavlyuchenko for Crouch.
A carnival atmosphere suddenly became twitchy with 11 minutes remaining when Eto'o rifled home from 20 yards.
But, as in the San Siro, Bale was to have the final say, galloping forward on the break a minute from time and crossing for Pavlyuchenko to slot home.
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