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Sunderland see off Spurs 3-1 in Hong Kong
Published : 24 Jul 2013 12:31:59Rss feed
Sunderland beat a Spurs side missing Gareth Bale 3-1 in a friendly Wednesday that was cut to 80 minutes because of heavy rain.
The Welsh winger Bale, linked with a move to Real Madrid, played no part in the Barclays Asia Trophy fixture in Hong Kong after picking up what manager Andre Villas-Boas called "a knock" in training.
The action was delayed by 30 minutes because of the weather, and when it did finally get going the players struggled badly with a pitch that was unplayable in places.
Tottenham took the lead in the 28th minute through a heavily deflected shot from Gylfi Sigurdsson that wrong-footed Vito Mannone, the new signing from Arsenal.
Sunderland equalised minutes later when midfielder Cabral, another new signing by manager Paolo Di Canio, capitalised on a mistake by Tom Huddlestone to skip through the centre of the Spurs defence and slot the ball past Heurelho Gomes.
Both teams started with something close to their best XIs, before making several changes after the break.
Sunderland gave a start to new signing and Italian international Emanuele Giaccherini, and he impressed with some neat touches on the left wing.
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