Spurs finish pre-season hitting Inter for six in Norway

Spurs finish pre-season hitting Inter for six in Norway
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Tottenham: Vorm (Lloris, min.46); Walker(Davies, min.46), Alderweireld, Carter-Vickers, Rose (Trippier, min.46); Dier, Mason(Winks, min.46), Lamela(Edwards, min.80) , Eriksen (Janssen, min.46), Alli(Harrison, min.76); Kane (Carroll, min. 62)
Inter: Handanovic; Ansaldi (Erkin, min. 60), Murillo (Bessa, min. 76), Miranda(Ranocchia, min.76), D'Ambrosio; Brozovic (Felipe Melo, min.60), Kondogbia (Nagatomo, min.60); Biabiany, Banega, Perisic (Jovetic, min.60); Icardi (Yao, min.76)
SCORE: 1-0, min. 5, Kane (Penalty), 1-1, min. 23, Perisic, 2-1, min. 40, Lamela, 3-1, min.51, Alli, 4-1, min. 57, Kane, 5-1, min.65, Janssen, 6-1, min. 77, Harrison
REFEREE: Mason (min. 15), Felipe Melo (min. 61), Lamela (min. 79)
INCIDENTS: Pre-season friendly between Premier League runners up Tottenham Hotspur and 18 time Serie A winners Inter Milan played at the Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo, Norway.

I've been Cammy Anderson and firstly hope you enjoyed the coverage and secondly hope you enjoy the rest of your evening, Goodnight. 

FT: A perfect end to pre-season for Spurs, who face Everton next weekend as the Premier League returns but Inter's pre-season woes remain after another huge defeat.

FT: Tottenham more than deserving winners as they hit Inter for six. The first half was a relatively balanced affair but in the second half Spurs were far too hot to handle and scored a further four.


90: Janssen pushes away from Ranocchia and gets a shot away but can only hit the stanchion at the back of the goal.

88: Erkin swings a ball in from long range but an outstrechted Biabiany can't connect.

86: Edwards is finally getting seen too having landed awkwardly having be pushed off the ball by Kondogbia.

85: Five minutes to go and Tottenham showing no real sign of wanting to stop adding to their six.

77: With his first touch, Harrison slots into an empty not after Lamela unselfishly squared it across Handanovic.

43: Brozovic sends Perisic on his way, who then sends it along the ground but is unable to find anybody. Inter quickly recapture possession and D'Ambrosio sends a ball alike to the one seconds before with the same result.

40: Lamela is found in space 25 yards from goal and sends a fine curling effort across Handanovic to put Spurs ahead for the second time. Is there such a thing as goal of pre-season?


36: Alderweireld rises higher than anyone else and connects with an Eriksen corner but can't guide his header on target.

33: Banega sends a similar pass to the one he assisted Inter's first with Perisic's way and the Croat almost instantly re-directed it to an onrushing Mauro Icardi, who was unable to get a solid shot away.

31: Perisic tries to double his and Inter's tally with an effort from the corner of the box but a deflection on the way took the sting out of the shot and gave Vorm an easy save.

29: Alli gets the ball stuck in between his feet as Lamela strangely runs right infront of him as he orchestrated a promising attack.

23: Banega threads Perisic through who takes a heavy first touch past the full back and runs towards the box before smashing it across an unexpecting Vorm from just inside.


18: Mason slots a pass through an opening in the Inter defence and Walker latches on but Murillo is avaiable to get in the way of the resulting shot.

17: Ever Banega very near sends a rocket into the top corner to pull the game level but the shot rises that little bit too much near the end and clears the bar but had Vorm well beaten.

15: Mason becomes the first name in the book for a tackle on Kondogbia around the centre circle

13: Ansaldi is clattered by Kane in what was a harsher challenge than the one that resulted in the penalty but no booking.

10: Spurs almost double their lead, Eriksen skins Ansaldi and sends an inviting ball into the middle but Spurs are unable to convert from close range sending it past the post.

8: It's been all Tottenham since the goal and they've been awarded the first corner of the game which Inter clear.

5: Kane sends Handanovic the wrong way from the spot after a questionable decision to award the penalty in the first place.


4: Very strange call, a lot softer than the challenge just a minute before, Kane steps up


3: Early calls for a penalty from Spurs as Murillo shoves Kane to the ground but the referee waves play on.

1: Harry Kane gets the game underway from the spot.

The sides are out in the pitch now, and kick-off is imminent

The last time the sides done battle, a Gareth Bale hat-trick at the San Siro couldn't prevent Spurs crashing out of the Champions League, 4-3 on aggregate in what is undoubtedly one of the Champions League's most memorable games.

The Ullevaal Stadion isn't looking too full at this moment but there is still 15 minutes until kick-off.

Mousa Dembele's name was excluded from today's Spurs squad and the London club have confirmed the Belgian is missing out through illness.

One notable exclusion from the Inter side is that of Antonio Candreva. The winger joined the nerazzurri on Wednesday after a long drawn out saga but will have to wait to debut in the black and blue of Inter.

Inter legend Javier Zanetti and Spurs boss and compatriot Mauricio Pochettino caught up in the tunnel | Photo: @spursofficial
Inter legend Javier Zanetti and Spurs boss and compatriot Mauricio Pochettino caught up in the tunnel | Photo: @spursofficial

Inter have followed up rather quickly after and unveiled their squad for their penultimate friendly:

Inter Starting XI: Handanovic; Ansaldi, Murillo, Miranda, D'Ambrosio; Brozovic, Kondogbia; Biabiany, Banega, Perisic; Icardi

Inter substitutes: Carrizo, Berni, Felipe Melo, Palacio, Jovetic, Bessa, Ranocchia, Erkin, Nagamoto, Yao

With an hour to go until kick-off, Tottenham have released their lineup and it goes as follows:

Tottenham Starting XI: Vorm; Walker, Alderweireld, Carter-Vickers, Rose; Dier, Mason, Lamela, Eriksen, Alli; Kane 

Tottenham substitutes: Lloris, Winks, McGee, Amos, Wimmer, Trippier, Harrison, Davies, Walkes, Carroll & Janssen

Inter have added four experienced heads to the mix this transfer window, so far. Caner Erkin headed the moves with a free transfer from Fenerbahce before Europa League winner Ever Banega followed him through the doors in what is one of arguably the best transfers of the summer window in Serie A. Cristian Ansaldi became Inter's third addition and the club forked out a reported 22 million including bonuses to bring Lazio's Antonio Candreva from the capital to the San Siro.

The additions of Erkin and Ansaldi address one of Inter's key problems last year, the full back position. Meanwhile Banega adds to an already impressive midfield including Geoffrey Kondogbia and Marcelo Brozovic. Candreva on the other hand gives Inter a capable winger with plenty experience and an eye for goal, similar to Ivan Perisic on the other side of the field. Inter's pre­season has gone anything but swimmingly having picked up just one victory against Real Salt Lake.

The nerazzurri embarked on a pre­season tour of the US and asides from the aforementioned games, competed in the annual International Champions Cup tasting defeat at the hands of both Paris St. Germain and Bayern Munich either side of a draw with Argentina's Estudiantes in a friendly.

The tour was largely overshadowed by persisting reports linking Roberto Mancini with an exit and Mauro Icardi with a move to Napoli, in wake of Gonzalo Higuain's record transfer. It does have to be remembered that Inter were missing a large chunk of their squad while in the US as those competing at the Copa America or European Championships had extended breaks.

Now, to take a look at Inter Milan, the other team in today’s contest.

Why did Wanyama have visa issues, you ask? Well, that’s because tonight’s game is being contested in Oslo, Norway. Both club’s clearly looking to pander to their audiences all around Europe, as the game is played in the Ullevaal Stadion, a rather swish name indeed. It’s the home ground of the Norway national team, and hosts the Norweigan Cup final, with a capacity of around 28,000. They’re hoping for a sell­out tonight.

However, Tottenham did lose those games down under without a string of first team players, as Pochettino gave a number of players an extended holiday after they participated at Euro 2016. Amongst those were the English contingent of Harry Kane, Eric Dier, Dele Alli, Kyle Walker and Danny Rose, all of whom return to make today’s squad, hoping to prove their fitness ahead of the Everton game. One player that will miss out is Victor Wanyama, with visa issues preventing him making the trip.

In terms of friendly matches, the Lilywhites played three games behind closed doors at their London training ground, winning two and losing one, before flying to Australia for a brief tour of the country. They played two matches there, against Juventus and Atletico Madrid in the International Champions Cup, good preparation for their upcoming Champions League campaign. Unfortunately for Mauricio Pochettino’s men, they couldn’t claim a victory in either match, going down 2­1 to the Italian side before losing out to Atletico as Diego Godin scored the only goal of the game.

Let’s start by taking a look at Spurs’ pre­season activity so far this summer. On the transfer front, they’ve been fairly quiet, bringing in just two signings so far, for around a combined £30 million. The first of those was Victor Wanyama from Southampton, with the defensive midfielder expected to add some strength to Spurs’ midfield, and shield their already impressive backline. The second name through the door was Vincent Janssen, who comes from Holland to offer improved back­up to Harry Kane, although many fans are hoping that they’ll get to see the pair of them line up together at some point.

Good afternoon everyone, and welcome to VAVEL UK’s live minute­by­minute commentary of today’s pre­season friendly match between Tottenham Hotspur and Inter Milan. I’m Cammy Anderson, and I’ll be taking you through all the action, of what will hopefully be an exciting match. Kick­off in this one is at 4PM UK time, but stick with us until then as we build up to this game, Tottenham’s last before their Premier League curtain raiser against Everton next Saturday.

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