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Academy beat Barca

Posted on 12 April 2009  - 12:00

Our Academy beat Barcelona on Sunday to reach the final of the Bellinzona Tournament in Switzerland.

Academy beat Barca

Our Academy beat Barcelona on Sunday to reach the final of the Bellinzona Tournament in Switzerland.

Steven Caulker (pictured) headed home the only goal of the semi-final after 20 minutes to set-up a final tie against Sporting Lisbon on Monday.

Coach Alex Inglethorpe described the win as one if the best for our Academy in tournament football. "It's certainly right up there," he said on Sunday night.

"Barcelona have one of the best Academy set-ups in the world and regularly produce players for their first team.

"You have to take into account that we're one of the youngest squads out here and that we're without the likes of Andros Townsend and Jon Obika (on loan at Yeovil). We started against Barcelona with two Under-16 players in what is in effect an Under-20 tournament. It was a very big scalp for us.

"We started brightly, dominated and that's what we wanted to do.

"I thought we were good value for the lead. Kudos Oyenuga dragged a chance wide but we took the lead after 20 minutes when Steven Caulker powered home a header from Ryan Mason's corner.

"We had chances after that and then defended magnificently - Oscar Jansson did not have a save to make.

"In fact, we had another chance to make it 2-0 right at the end but Nathan Byrne was denied by the goalkeeper.

"It was a fantastic achievement and a superb performance but we don't want to get to the final and lose it. We'll do everything we can to win it."

Sporting Lisbon beat Paraguay side Guarany 3-0 in Sunday's second semi-final.

Spurs: Jansson, Smith, Cox, Parrett, Caulker, Butcher, Byrne, Kasim, Oyenuga, Mason, Kane (Ekim, 50).