Spurs 6-1 Inter
Report from Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo
05 August 2016|Tottenham Hotspur
Our pre-season campaign ended in perfect fashion as we hit Inter Milan for six in a friendly at the Ullevaal Stadion in Oslo on Friday afternoon.
It was an excellent all-round performance from the lads, as we produced some great football at times and scored some excellent goals to leave Roberto Mancini’s Serie A side reeling.
Following defeats in Melbourne against Juventus and Atletico Madrid, we made the ideal start in Norway when Harry Kane fired home the opener from the penalty spot and, although Ivan Perisic drew Inter level with a good goal midway through the first period, Erik Lamela’s fine drive gave us a half-time lead.
The second half was all Spurs however, with Dele Alli and Kane adding to our tally before new-boy Vincent Janssen got his name on the scoresheet with our fifth and youngster Shayon Harrison rounded off the scoring with his first goal for the first team.
Below: Lads celebrate Erik Lamela's strike for 2-1
Mauricio Pochettino was able to call on a number of our stars who competed at Euro 2016 for the first time in pre-season, with all five of our England representatives - Kyle Walker, Danny Rose, Dele Alli, Eric Dier and Harry Kane – along with Toby Alderweireld, all starting the match. Cameron Carter-Vickers continued his run in the side in defence, while Hugo Lloris and Ben Davies made their return to the squad on the bench.
Goal: Spurs 1-0 Inter - Harry Kane - 5mins
We made the perfect start to the game, taking the lead with just five minutes on the clock. Inter left-back Cristian Ansaldi slid in to challenge Kyle Walker inside the area, upended the full-back and referee Svein Erik Edvartsen pointed to the spot. Kane stepped and smashed the penalty into the top corner past Samir Handanovic.
Close: chances at either end
It was almost 2-0 five minutes later when Christian Eriksen threaded a pass into Ryan Mason who beat the keeper to the ball but placed his shot the wrong side of the upright. And on 18 minutes, Ever Banega’s fierce right-footed drive from 25 yards just cleared Michel Vorm’s crossbar.
Goal: Spurs 1-1 Inter – Ivan Perisic - 23mins
The Italians levelled the scores when Banega played a pass down the left channel which Perisic took in his stride to beat Walker, raced into the area and drilled a shot past Vorm.
Goal: Spurs 2-1 Inter - Erik Lamela - 40mins
After an evenly-contested spell, we regained the lead with a well-worked goal starting with Walker wide on the right who found Dele Alli. He laid the ball off to Kane who in turn found Lamela in plenty of space 25 yards from goal and the Argentine picked out the top corner with a fine left-foot effort.
Goal: Spurs 3-1 Inter - Dele Alli - 52mins
Just like the first-half, we made a great start to the second period too and added a third goal to our tally. Alli played the ball into Vincent Janssen with his back to goal, he held off the defender and set-up Alli to side-foot a shot past Handanovic.
Goal: Spurs 4-1 Inter - Harry Kane - 57mins
Just two minutes after Kane headed Kieran Trippier’s deep cross against the post, our England striker found the back of the net with a fine right-foot drive from just inside the area having been set-up by Lamela.
Goal: Spurs 5-1 Inter - Vincent Janssen - 65mins
It was very much one-way traffic and we added to the scoreline eight minutes later with a goal from our new Dutch striker. Alli created the opportunity, weaving his way through four challenges on the edge of the area before Janssen pounced on the loose ball to tuck it under the goalkeeper.
Goal: Spurs 6-1 Inter - Shayon Harrison - 77mins
With the game very much won, there was a lull in proceedings as both sides knocked the ball around without creating anything in front of goal, until 13 minutes from time when Janssen slid a pass down the right side of the area for Lamela, who squared a cross which Shayon Harrison tucked home from close range.
Mauricio Pochettino said
"It was important to finish our pre-season in a very positive way and important to win. It was the first time the players involved in the Euros played and it was fantastic to see them all together. Now we have another week to prepare for the game against Everton and we will arrive ready to compete."
Dele Alli said
"We’re delighted. It was important we got the win today with the season coming up and it was a great performance by the team. That’s just what we needed. We’re all ready and raring to go now for Everton."
Spurs: Vorm (Lloris 46), Walker (Trippier 46), Alderweireld, Carter-Vickers, Rose (Davies 46); Mason (Winks 46), Dier (Amos 85); Lamela (Edwards 81), Alli (Harrison 76), Eriksen (Janssen 46); Kane (Carroll 62). Substitutes (not used): McGee, Walkes,Wimmer.
Inter: Handanovic; Ansaldi (Erkin 60), Miranda (Yao 75), Murillo (Ranocchia 75), D’Ambrosio; Brozovic (Melo 60), Kondogbia; Biabiany, Banega (Jovetic 60), Perisic (Nagatomo 60); Icardi (Bessa 75). Substitutes (not used): Carrizo, Berni, Palacio.
Goals: Spurs - Kane penalty 5, 57, Lamela 40, Alli 52, Janssen 65, Harrison 77; Inter - Perisic 23.
Yellow cards: Spurs - Mason, Eriksen, Lamela; Inter - Melo.
Referee: Svein Erik Edvartsen.
Attendance: To follow.
With our three-game pre-season now completed, next up is the Premier League opener against Everton at Goodison Park next Saturday. Both matches against the Toffees were drawn last season, with the sides playing out a 1-1 draw on Merseyside in our first game of 2016.