OPPONENTS BAYERN MUNICH at Allianz Arena, Munich
DATE Wednesday 31st July 2019
Audi Cup Final Kick off 19:30 (UK Time); 20:30 (Local Time)
Bayern Munich  2 (0)  
Tottenham Hotspur  2 (1)
(Spurs win 6-5 on penalties)

Arp  60m 38s
Davies  80m 49s


Lamela  18m 25s
Eriksen  58m 31s

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
  1  Manuel NEUER (c)  (26  Sven ULREICH  46)

46  Jonas KEHL  (25  Thomas MULLER  71)
  4  Nicklas SULE  (47  Marcel ZYLLA  46 [29  Kingsley COMAN  71 {40  Ivan MIHALJEVIC  76}])
  Benjamin PAVARD
19  Alphonso DAVIES 

40  Paul WILL  (17  Jerome BOATENG  46)

  Alexander NOLLENBERGER  (  6  Thiago ALCANTRA  60)
  Corentin TOLISSO  (35  Renato SANCHES  60)
45  Ryan JOHANNSON  (27  David ALABA  60)
42  Sarpeet SINGH

15  Jann-Fiete ARP    (  9  Robert LEWANDOWSKI  70)

Unused subs: 
36  Christian FRUCHTL
43  Jahn HERMANN
48  Angelo MAYER
41  Maximilian ZAISER
49  Chris RICHARDS

    1  Hugo LLORIS (c)  (22  Paulo GAZZANIGA  46)

16  Kyle WALKER-PETERS  (21  Juan FOYTH  46[47  George MARSH 77])
  5  Jan VERTONGHEN  (57  Japhet TANGANGA  46)
  6  Davinson SANCHEZ  (  4  Toby ALDERWEIRELD  46)
  3  Danny ROSE  (72  Harvey WHITE  46)

17  Moussa SISSOKO  (42  Anthony GEORGIOU  84)
  8  Harry WINKS  (52  Oliver SKIPP  46)

11  Erik LAMELA    (23  Christian ERIKSEN  46  )
20  DELE Alli  (10  Harry KANE  46)
14  Georges-Kevin NKOUDOU  (  7  Heung-Min SON  46)

27  Lucas MOURA (c)  (55  Jack ROLES  55)

Unused subs: 
41  Alfie WHITEMAN
28  Tanguy NDOMBELE

Manager :  Niko Kovac Manager :  Mauricio Pochettino
Sponsor :   T Mobile Shirt sponsor :  AIA
Kit Supplier :  Adidas Kit Supplier :   Nike
Match report

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.

New signing Benjamin Pavard had stayed up after a Bayern corner and a right-wing cross should have been headed on target rather than glancing it across goal. Tottenham were playing good triangles of passes, with Sissoko looking to get beyond the defence with late runs, but the ball wasn’t delivered to him. The home team started to hold onto the ball and worked it along their left wing, but the low cross was cut out at the near post.

With a scoop of the ball over a sliding tackle from an opponent, GK Nkoudou made himself an acre of space, accelerating into it and then playing a perfect ball along the ground across the six yard box for Lamela to slide in at the far post and knock the ball in from a couple of yards out. It was nice work by GK and his pass made it easy for Lamela to score as it cut out the keeper and defenders between the two Spurs players.

Lucas, Dele and Lamela were moving around in front of the Bayern back four and finding a surprising amount of space to operate in. Lamela too Lucas’s pass to drag it back away from a red shirt and drag a shot wide of the goal from 20 yards out, before Will hit a clearance back on the volley and Davinson got enough on it to take it wide for a corner. At the other end, Sule almost stuck the ball past Neuer after a break from Sissoko ended with a through pass looking for Lucas.  Similar to yesterday’s game, sloppy play at the back saw Sissoko nick the ball away and Pavard cynically stood in his way to bring him down right on the edge of the box. With the new laws about attacking players not standing in the wall, it was odd to see our players have to be behind the wall to try and affect the dead ball situation, but it didn’t matter, as Lamela hit the wall with it.

Tottenham’s passing got a little lax as the half drew to a close, with Lamela’s poor ball nowhere near Rose, as they had broken away and had men spare when Dele chose the wrong pas and held the break up. Lamela’s rabona pass put Nkoudou away down the left, but the winger let the ball get away from him and allowed Sule to dispossess him. KWP was guilty on a few occasions of coming too far infield from his right back position, just before half-time allowing Nollenberger space to control and shoot, but the defender did get back to block, although it went out to Singh, who struck a first time shot that went a foot wide of Lloris’ left hand  post. Nollenberger than curled a shot wide form the left and Erik Lamela wasted a good position when he tried to lift the ball over the defence, only succeeding in lifting it off the pitch, when a slide pass through the defence might have punished Pavard’s turnover more seriously.

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.

As with all the games in this tournament, the whistle was blown dead on full time and Lewandowski’s low ball across the box just before the end couldn’t be reached by Davies. So, it came down to penalties to resolve who would take the Audi Cup.

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.

Pete Stachio

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