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Bale's a knockout

Posted on 3 November 2010  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp likened Gareth Bale's latest wonder show to a boxer taking on a champion - and coming out on top.

Bale's a knockout

Harry Redknapp likened Gareth Bale's latest wonder show to a boxer taking on a champion - and coming out on top.

The Welsh flyer tormented Maicon, widely regarded as the right-back in the world, from the first minute to the last as we secured a famous 3-1 win against Inter Milan in the Champions League at White Hart Lane on Tuesday night.

Once again, the reigning Italian and European champions simply couldn't stop Gareth's raids down the left flank.

His performance was so good that you could even argue it was better that his hat-trick at the San Siro on October 20.

Gareth first burst past the Brazilian international in the 12th minute and 78 minutes later he was still charging, this time past Lucio, another of Inter's great defenders, to secure victory.

Billed as a key battle before the game, it was simply no contest as Gareth blasted past Maicon - voted best defender in the Champions League last season - time and time again.

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Rafa van der Vaart opened the scoring in the first half from Luka Modric's excellent assist and Gareth's run and cross set-up Peter Crouch for 2-0 on the hour.

Samuel Eto'o gave Inter hope with a fine reply with 10 minutes left but the best was yet to come from Gareth.

Younes Kaboul broke up play on the edge of our box and fed Gareth, midway in our half.

He charged forward, pushed the ball past Lucio and raced onto it before squaring for Roman Pavlyuchenko to tap home the clincher.

It was one of the great, glory, glory nights at the Lane and the win left us sitting proudly at the top of Group A.

"Gareth was outstanding and you have to take into account who he was playing against," stated Harry afterwards.

"He was up against a right-back who before these two games, no-one could give him a chasing.

"I've watched him play over the years and he's rated by many, many people as the best right-back in the world.

"So Gareth has done it against the best.

"It's like a boxer. You might be knocking everyone out but suddenly you come up against a champion and it's whether or not you can do it against the top people.

"Gareth's done it again and in both games, no disrespect to the right-back, he's given him the most torrid time you could wish to see.

"It was just amazing to see him do that to such a top player."

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