Spurs claim Audi Cup bronze

Tottenham Hotspur claimed third place in the Audi Cup with a comfortable 2-0 over AC Milan Allianz-Arena in Munich on Wednesday night.

Tottenham 2 AC Milan 0
Chadli opens scoring with wonderful 25-yard effort
Lloris returns from injury as second-half sub
Carroll doubles lead 20 minutes from time
Milan fail to score a single goal in the Audi Cup

Match Summary

Mauricio Pochettino's men could not have gotten off to a better start with Nacer Chadli fending off two defenders to launch a stunning left-footed strike into the top left corner to give Spurs the lead in the eighth minute.

Milan muscled their way back into the game and managed to create several first-half chances, but none were able to really trouble Luke McGee in the Tottenham goal, who made a number of comfortable saves to keep his team ahead.

Kieran Trippier played an expert through-ball for Tom Carroll in the 71st minute and the young midfielder expertly guided passed Christian Abbiati to make the score 2-0, which is the way it stayed.

Full Report

Spurs bolted out of the gates against AC Milan and Chadli warned the Italians of what to expect as early as the fourth minute of the game when he sent his 25-yard free-kick just wide of Abbiati's goal.

In just the eighth minute of the game the Premier League club made their dominant start pay as Chadli took on two defenders before unleashing a powerful long-range shot past Abbiati to give Tottenham the lead.

The goal seemed to wake the Italians up and Milan enjoyed a period of ascendancy during which Matri had a great chance to level the scores in the 15th minute.

The forward expertly controlled a long overhead through-ball on the top of the box and tried to catch McGee off his line with a cheeky lob. Unfortunately for Milan and Matri the ball sailed over the crossbar.

Carroll should have doubled the Lilywhites lead in the 33rd minute after being played through beautifully by Erik Lamela, but Abbiati just managed to get a finger on his shot to turn it around the post.

Tottenham again looked the stronger team at the beginning of the second half, but both teams struggled to find any kind of rhythm as constant substitutions disrupted their formations.

Tottenham fans would have been delighted with the introduction of Hugo Lloris in the 55th minute. The France international goalkeeper fractured his wrist during the summer and was a doubt for the club's Premier League opener against Manchester United on Saturday.

Carlos Bacca had nearly the score 1-1 in the 64th minute when he expertly met a deep cross, but sent the header wide.

Carroll effectively ended the game as a contest in the 71st minute as he cut in from the right wing to latch onto a through ball from Kieran Trippier and swept his first time shot past Abbiati to give Spurs a 2-0 lead, which is how the game ended.

The Italians nearly grabbed a consolation goal in the final 10 minutes but were denied, first by a header off the line by Federico Fazio and then Lloris who stood firm to save and hold onto a blistering shot from Rodrigo Ely.

Milan will be disappointed they were unable to put more pressure on a youthful Tottenham side, while Spurs will be happy with their performance ahead of the start of the Premier League this weekend.

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