OPPONENTS REAL MADRID at Allianz Arena, Munich
COMPETITION Audi Cup Semi-final
DATE Tuesday 30th July 2019
Audi Cup Semi-final Kick off 17:00 (UK Time); 18:00 (Local Time)
Real Madrid  0 (0)  
Tottenham Hotspur  1 (0)



Kane  21m 48s

Crowd :   , Weather :  Warm, dry
Referee : R. Hartmann (GER) Assistant Referees :  C. Leicher (GER); E. Beilinger (GER)
Fourth Official :  W. Haslberger (GER)  
Spurs kicked off the first half.
Game time : -  90 + ? minutes.
Ramos (foul on Moura)  64 


Georgiou  (foul on Vasquez)  54


Real Madrid : kit Tottenham Hotspur : kit
  1  Keylor NAVAS

  2  Dani CARVAJAL  (19  Alvaro ODRIOZOLA  80)
  4  Sergio RAMOS (c)      
  5  Raphael VARANE  (  6  NACHO  65)
  MARCELO  (32  Adrian de la FUENTE  80)

27  RODRYGO  (26  Takefusa KUBO  80)
  Luka MODRIC  (29  Jaime SEOANE  80)
  8  Toni KROOS  (28  VINICIUS Junior  64)
  Lucas VASQUEZ  (15  Federico VALVERDE  65)

50  Eden HAZARD  (22  ISCO  80)
  9  Karim BENZENA  (  7  Mariano DIAZ  80)

Unused subs: 
25  Andriy LUNIN
  Diego ALTUBE
33  Miguel GUTTIEREZ

  22  Paulo GAZZANIGA  (  1  Hugo LLORIS  46)

21  Juan FOYTH  (57  Japhet TANGANGA  46)
  4  Toby ALDERWEIRELD  (27  Lucas MOURA  46)
  5  Jan VERTONGHEN  (  6  Davinson SANCHEZ  46)
  3  Danny ROSE  (42  Anthony GEORGIOU  46)

28  Tanguy NDOMBELE  (17  Moussa SISSOKO  46)
  8  Harry WINKS  (16  Kyle WALKER-PETERS  46)

11  Erik LAMELA  (20  DELE Alli  46)
23  Christian ERIKSEN  (52  Oliver SKIPP  46)
  7  Heung-Min SON  (14  Georges-Kevin NKOUDOU  66)

10  Harry KANE (c)  (71  Troy PARROTT  66)

Unused subs: 
41  Alfie WHITEMAN
47  George MARSH
55  Jack ROLES
72  Harvey WHITE

Manager :  Zinedine Zidane Manager :  Mauricio Pochettino
Sponsor :   Fly Emirates Shirt sponsor :  AIA
Kit Supplier :  Adidas Kit Supplier :   Nike
Match report

Spurs took a 1-0 win over a sub-standard Real Madrid side fresh from a big defeat by their local rivals in the ICC to progress into the final of Bayern Munich's pre-season tournament, where they will face the home side tomorrow.

It was a mix and match Real XI, but Mauricio Pochettino put out a strong starting side, including summer signing Tanguy Ndombele and returns to the side for Christian Eriksen and Danny Rose, despite their rumoured exits a week earlier.  it would be interesting to see which team fared best after recent results and at different stages of their build-up for the new season.

An early chance came Real's way, when Vertonghen had the ball nicked off him just 25 yards from goal. It ran on for Benzema, but Gazzaniga was out quickly to slide tackle the Frenchman, taking the ball cleanly within the first 30 seconds, which was just as well, as losing a goalkeeper inside the first minute would not have been a great start. Luka Modric showed a less than assured touch, unlike when he played for Tottenham, earning a corner for his old team with a mis-cued back-pass, but Spurs were stringing a few passes together and won another corner with no resulting threat from either of them. Sonny nearly picked out a cross-field ball aimed for Erik Lamela, but Modric tracked his run to intercept and take the ball back to his keeper.

Indifferent refereeing by the German official was going against Spurs in the first fifteen minutes with Son letting the ball go for a corner, with a goal-kick awarded. Then a Real corner struck Benzema’s arm with the ball dropping to a Spurs player to clear, but almost ran for Ramos. The referee gave no decision, but would he have should Real had scored ?  Spurs opened up Real, with Lamela playing it wide to Rose and Varane almost putting the ball past his own keeper, with Navas reacting well to push it wide. From the corner, Son was in at the near post when it came back in and although he missed the ball, it came to Lamela, whose shot was blocked and then following up, Ndombele struck a 25 yard drive that the keeper did well to push over the bar.

Real’s sloppy performance against Atletico seemed to be being carried over into this match, with Hazard playing a loose pass that Marcelo kept in, but chipped it infield allowing Harry Kane to sail past Ramos and slip it under Navas from the right side of the goal to put Spurs 1-0 ahead. Tottenham had started the liveliest, with the pressing game keeping Real pinned back.  Another stray pass was picked off by Rose and he sent Eriksen away to find Kane, whose shot was on target, but straight at the goalie. Spurs then got the benefit of a decision, when Hazard broke away, pulled the ball across for Benzema and his shot took a slight deflection off Toby Alderweireld for a corner, when otherwise it might have been on target. The ref gave a goal-kick.

Just before the half hour, Lamela made a 50 yard run and then dinked a pass beyond Varane for Kane to be in on goal on the left side. His shot forced Navas to save and the ball ran just behind Son coming into the six yard box in the middle. From the corner, Toby won the ball at the near post, but his header went wide. Madrid tried to establish themselves in the game with a couple of shots that were blocked over the top for corners, but Spurs defended them well. Benzema came closest with a drive after cutting in from the right and hitting a left foot shot that rose over the bar from the edge of the box.  As Lamela tried to jink inside on the D, Marcelo brought him down, but Kane struck a first time shot that skewed away off a defender for a Spurs corner. Eriksen took it short and when it was played in by Ndombele, Vertonghen got in behind Kroos to volley it just wide, but the referee gave what was the weakest foul ever. he half. 

The interval brought the raft of changes for Spurs, with good energy piling the pressure on the Real players, who gifted the ball to Dele on the edge of the Real box.  His ball wide to Moura saw a low cross cut out by a Real defender, before Madrid made a move up their left side with Sanchez blocking Benzema’s shot over the top and from the corner, the ball came out to Marcelo, whose low drive was saved by Hugo with everything behind it.

FIFA's new interpretations of the laws made watching interesting, with players allowed to take the ball inside the penalty area from goal-kicks and play on. What wasn’t in doubt in the interpretation of the laws was Anthony Georgiou’s foul on Vasquez which brought a yellow card for the converted winger playing left back. Skipp cut out a clever back-heel from Benzema in the Spurs box and Japhet Tanganga made a fine block to Hazard’s shot inside the area, when it was pulled back to him around the penalty spot, as the Spanish side stepped up their game with Spurs re-adjusting to the substitutions.  Son burst into life when the ball came to him outside the box and he drove across the 18 yard line to curl a left foot shot coming in from the right to force Navas into a diving save at the cost of a corner.  Sissoko’s entrance brought some bite to the team’s game, with a crunching tackle on Kroos and a spat with Vasquez that brought a talking to from the referee. Sanchez joined in by bowling over Hazard from behind.

Kane had a half-chance when Dele played him in on the break, but his shot was saved. Georgiou and Skipp worked well on the Tottenham left to produce a chance when Dele got in behind the defence to volley Moura’s pass at goal, with Navas hesitant in coming out.   As Lucas Moura looked to break away, Ramos picked up his obligatory booking as he pulled the Spurs man down on halfway, before Troy Parrott replaced Harry Kane and Nkoudou came on for Heung-Min Son. Immediately, Sissoko won the ball and Dele dragged a pass back into his path, hitting a shot that deflected wide off a defender. A long through pass from Kyle Walker-Peters picked out Dele’s run into the box. He took the ball on his chest and when he looked to knock it past Navas from five yards out, a defender appeared to bundle him over, but the referee was not willing to make that decision. In slow-motion it showed Carvajal didn’t touch the ball, but Dele looked as though he was drifting away from the ball anyway. Great to see Dele getting into those positions though.

In the 71st minute, it looked as though Real has pulled level, with Marcelo’s left wing cross being volleyed past Lloris at the far post , but he had gone early and was beyond the last blue and purple shirt. Ramos then put a header wide from in front of goal from Benzema’s cross in from the left by Rodrygo, before Real made a handful of changes with just ten minutes left, with Benzema, Modric and the over-weight Hazard among the players replaced.

Japanese youngster Kubo drilled a shot in at Lloris’ right hand post, but Hugo was down behind the ball, before the Japanese striker fired a volley wide from 12 yards out on the right of the goal.  Parrott went even loser with five minutes left, when GK slipped him in and he hit a shot from the right across Navas and saw his shot bounce back across goal off the post and into the keeper’s arms. Madrid were getting narked that they couldn’t find a way back into the game, so were turning to the  dark arts, with nudges and pushes off the ball, but with the final whistle, it was all for nothing and Spurs went through to the final of this competition.

It was a reasonably straightforward victory, with Real having few significant chances and looking off the pace, as perhaps was displayed in their last performance – a 3-7 thrashing by Atletico Madrid in America. They start a week after the Premier League, but looked a rag-bag bunch of players, who didn’t fit together very well. In contrast, Tottenham looked like they worked pretty well together, with Ndombele fitting into the side that was mostly last season’s line-up. Rose and Eriksen looked committed to the cause and Toby did well before being replaced by Tanganga, filling in seamlessly. While Walker-Peters had been criticised in previous games, his second half was solid and he looked to pick out the runs by the forwards with decent passes.  Harry Kane took his chance well and looked to shoot whenever the opening occurred, while Lamela looked good on the ball, the defence looked solid as a unit.

All the subs did well, with Parrott looking sharp and able to hold his own, Georgiou looking determined to succeed in his new position and Sissoko showing power and an attitude not to be bullied. Moura showed pace and a willingness to run off players to receive the ball. Nkoudou linked OK with Parrott, but perhaps lacked the confidence to go one on one with an opposition defender, while Dele looked back to his best and could easily have had a couple of goals.  It was only a friendly, albeit in a competition setting, but there will still be work to do before we kick off against Aston Villa. Maybe new players to integrate as well, but apart from the defeat by Manchester United in the humidity of Shanghai, things are progressing well so far.

Pete Stachio

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