Defoe hits hat-trick as Spurs win

27 July 2013 01:31

Gareth Bale was again missing as Jermain Defoe grabbed a hat-trick in Tottenham's comfortable Barclays Asia Trophy win over South China in Hong Kong.

Bale's future has been the subject of intense scrutiny in recent days, with Real Madrid obviously keen to sign the Wales star.

But his absence had been predicted as Andre Villas-Boas confirmed on Friday Bale was still struggling to shake off a buttock injury.

In his absence, Tottenham cruised home on a pitch that looked more like an aquatics centre at times.

Manchester United have to play here on Monday, although at least there was no rain as the Red Devils coaching staff, including David Moyes and Ryan Giggs, saw Defoe profit from some woeful defending, Tottenham also netting through a Tse Sean Ka Keung own goal, a close-range effort from Clint Dempsey and Andros Townsend's late strike.

Prior to Saturday, this has not been the greatest of trips for Tottenham.

What with the speculation over Bale's future, the injury to Jan Vertonghen and concerns over the pitch so great Andre Villas-Boas would have been happy for the game to be called off, Spurs will probably be glad to get on the plane home.

They left with a flourish though, completely outclassing a South China outfit who had run Manchester City close on Wednesday.

By half-time, Tottenham had three goals and could well have scored twice as many.

Clint Dempsey fired over after being sent clean through by Scott Parker, Defoe hit a post and also had a close-range effort saved by Zhang Chunhui.

Source: PA