San Siro on Wednesday night was the ultimate example of what pundits mean they say football is a game of two halves.
It took little more than 60 seconds before Inter Milan opened the scoring against Tottenham Hotspur; Javier Zanetti rounding off a great move.
It wasn’t long after when Gomes brought down Jonathan Biabiany, receiving a red card on the 7th minute in the process. After a desperate attempt to persuade the referee, Gomes was simply shown the red card for a second time. Carlo Cudicini replaced Luka Modric, but was helpless to deal with Samuel Eto’o’s ensuing penalty.
Three minutes after that, after Tom Huddlestone failed to to take the ball away from Dejan Stankovic, the Yugoslav-come-Serbia & Montegran-come-Serbian poked in Inter’s third. Quickly followed all the Spurs jokes and talk of double figures. And double figures were on people’s minds when Samuel Eto’o scored his second of the night and Inter’s fourth ten minutes before half time.
Tottenham’s sloppy first half saw them fail to close down their opposition, who were given time on the ball in their opponents half. The Italian giants (albeit with 0 Italians on the field in the first half) were the sharper and more alert side. Tottenham failed to threaten their opponents goal in the first 45 minutes, seeing less time on the ball and doing little with it.
A fantastic solo effort from Gareth Bale early in the second half that saw the Welsh wizard run from the edge of his own area after Jermaine Jenas won the ball before smashing the ball past a wrong-footed Julio Cesar in the Inter Milan goal. To think a fantastic solo effort from Bale was all Spurs would get from this game, we were wrong.
Gareth Bale produced a similar goal to the first as the game headed into stoppage time. Remarkably, he then completed his hat trick in stoppage time, before time ran out on Spurs.
Making their Champions League debut as England’s fourth entrant, Tottenham come away from the home of the defending champions with a respectable result, especially following the circumstances that saw their side reduced to 10 men so early in the game. However, it’s 0 points they come away with, and an increased interest in Gareth Bale from the bigger sides.
Tottenham remain 2nd in their group at the half way point of their group following a draw between FC Twente and Werder Bremen.
England’s other representative in the Champions League this evening, Manchester United beat Turkish side Bursaspor 1-0. Nani scoring early in that game. United top their group, ahead of Glasgow Rangers and Valencia.
Shrewd Tuesday for English Sides
Last night, Chelsea produced a solid 2-0 victory at Spartak Moscow as they maintain their 100% record. Arsenal outdone them with a stunning 5-1 victory over Shakhtar Donetsk, as they also ended their opponents 100% win record in the process. Arsenal have now scored 14 goals in 3 Champions League group games; 4 more than the second highest scoring side, Inter Milan.