|OPPONENTS||BAYERN MUNICH at Allianz Arena, Munich|
|COMPETITION||Audi Cup Final|
|DATE||Wednesday 31st July 2019|
|Audi Cup Final||Kick off 19:30 (UK Time); 20:30 (Local Time)|
Tottenham Hotspur 2 (1)
(Spurs win 6-5 on penalties)
Arp 60m 38s
Lamela 18m 25s
|Crowd : 71,000||Weather : Warm, dry|
|Referee : T. Stieler (GER)||Assistant Referees : S. Thielert (GER); R. Foltyn (GER)|
|Fourth Official : F. Badstubner (GER)|
|Bayern Munich kicked off the first half.|
|Game time : - 90 + 2 minutes.|
Foyth (foul on Coman) 72
|Real Madrid :||kit||Tottenham Hotspur :||kit|
Manuel NEUER (c)
Sven ULREICH 46)
Jonas KEHL (25
Thomas MULLER 71)
Paul WILL (17
Jerome BOATENG 46)
15 Jann-Fiete ARP ( 9 Robert LEWANDOWSKI 70)
George MARSH 77])
Moussa SISSOKO (42
Christian ERIKSEN 46
27 Lucas MOURA (c) (55 Jack ROLES 55)
|Manager : Niko Kovac||Manager : Mauricio Pochettino|
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Having seen off Real Madrid, Tottenham faced the home club with a good performance to force Bayern to come back from 0-2 down before Spurs took the Audi Cup with a penalty shoot-out win thanks to some of the younger members of the squad stepping up to the (penalty) mark.
Bayern kicked off, with nine
changes making theirs a very young side, with Spurs making fewer
changes, but putting a strong side out. Dele Alli had the
first shot of the game, straight at Neuer, but when he set up Lamela
in the centre of the box, Erik’s first touch denied him the shooting
chance, as he was closed down by Davis, whereas a first time shot
might have tested the keeper. Neuer was brought into action in
the sixth minute, when Walker-Peters used his strength to get past
Davies and his fine cross was won by a prodigious leap from Moura,
with his header from the edge of the six-yard box forced the keeper
to dive down to his right to palm the ball away. Lucas was also in a
couple of minutes later, when a ball into him just outside the box
just got caught under his feet when Tottenham had three players
going through the middle.
The start of the second half saw Spurs putting in a more physical approach, perhaps too much so in gifting Bayern two free-kicks around our area, but they failed to make anything from them. Son then stepped over on the 18 yard line before striking a left foot shot at the substitute keeper Sven Ulreich and then having an even better chance in the 57th minute, when Kane played him into the box on his own, but his low shot flicked the keeper’s ankle and went agonisingly wide. Spurs were sharp and when the ball was pinged right to Foyth from Alderweireld at the back, the Argentine defender played a cushioned volley to Kane. Harry turned inside the box and then lined it up in front of Christian Eriksen, who swept it across Ulreich to double the advantage with 59 minutes gone.
Bayern were quick to hit back and a straight ball through the middle of the Spurs defence was flicked on to put Arp away and he beat Toby in a foot race to shoot low past Gazzaniga’s right hand from 12 yards out and immediately narrow Tottenham’s lead, just on the hour.
Tanganga did well to deny Arp at the near post, cutting out Davies’ low cross and then Ulrich got to Son’s low cross before it got across the goal to Moura. Sonny created a chance for Harry, who struck a fierce left foot shot from the left, that cannoned off the goalie’s forearm and away. Sissoko produced a neat little back-heel while holding off two Bayern players near his own corner flag, as Bayern rang the changes by bringing on their big guns (Muller, Coman and Lewandowski) to try and secure the trophy, but Muller’s low pull back to Coman was blocked by Foyth, as Spurs defended doggedly. Foyth got a yellow card for a weak pull on Coman, who looked to make the most of it and Juan accidentally caught Coman’s knee with his studs as he fell under him. With fifteen minutes left, Coman had to retire and without him, one of the subs - Lewandowski - pulled a low ball back across the face of goal, where Alderweireld cleared it from in front of the Spurs goal. In that move, Foyth went down holding his Achilles and had to be carried off on a stretcher before being replaced by George March. As he was wheeled along the side-lines, Lewandowski started a move that ended with Alphonso Davies striking a fine shot from 25 yards out to beat Gazzaniga to his left after Muller had pulled the ball back from the right to a central area outside the box.
Sissoko felt his knee and
Georgiou came on for him, making it an experienced Bayern attack
against a young and getting younger all the time Spurs defence. A
long cross from the left found Lewandowski at the far post to volley
at goal, although directly at Gazzaniga, but a couple of minutes
from the end, Eriksen hit a 20-yard left footer just over the angle
of Ulreich’s goal. The fact that Spurs could not hold onto
possession for the majority of the last 20 minutes, meant there was
a lot of defending to do, with little respite.
Toby beat Ulreich to the keeper’s right ... just and then Alaba hit a penalty to Gazzaniga’s left and it was too close to the keeper, who beat it away. Next up was Christian Eriksen and his shot straight down the middle hit the keeper, who didn’t move an inch, thus allowing Thiaga to level the scores at 1-1 by sending Paulo the wrong way. Kane did the same to Ulreich to put Tottenham ahead again, with Muller hitting the same spot as Kane to restore parity. With a couple of skips as he ran up, Son sent the goalie to the left as the ball went the other way. Although Gazzaniga went the right way, Renato Sanchez’s penalty was inside the side netting just enough to beat the dive. Next up was Jack Roles, who sent the keeper diving the wrong way as the ball settled in the opposite bottom corner, as did Lewandowski to Gazzaniga to make it 4-4. Skippy dispatched the penalty in the opposite side of the goal to the keeper’s dive and Singh put his shot away, ahead of Tanganga’s low shot that beat Ulreich low down to the right. Jerome Boateng with the captain's armband stepped up and he put his shot high to the right, but Gazzaniga dived up to push the ball wide and Spurs were the winners of the Audi Cup !
It was a defiant performance, with the youngsters digging in to deny Bayern a way to take the trophy after introducing their experienced players later in the game. While the home team pulled level, they were unable to find a winner against a resolute Tottenham side, who defended as a team despite not having much of the ball. The penalties showed that the youngsters were brave enough to volunteer to take them and take them well, relaying on Gazzaniga to produce a good stop to ensure the trophy was heading to White Hart Lane.
While we might not be retaining the ICC, winning it last year and then the Audi Cup this year is good preparation against continental sides and with a lot of players getting time on the pitch, that helps with fitness and team cohesiveness. The only downside was the injury to Juan Foyth, which leaves us a little light at right back, but the positives outweigh the negatives and with one more friendly against Inter at home on Sunday, it should be a nice lead in to the League season.
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