Tottenham fans must have been wondering after 14 minutes had gone in last night’s Champions League tie whether it had all been worth it. The considerable cost of travel, match ticket, food, booze, and they were already three goals and a player down without as much as a commercial break. Fast forward to the end of the game though and you realise why soccer is such an unpredictable and exciting sport to watch.
Another goal for Inter had taken them in four goals to the good at the interval. This was until they were introduced to the latest Welsh prodigy to come off the conveyor belt of “one every 20 years,” Gareth Bale. Barely above the age that you can gamble and drink in the USA, Bale ended the game with a hat-trick as Spurs really could have snatched an unlikely point here. The return game at White Hart Lane in a fortnight promises to be quite the spectacle – Rafa van der Vaart returns for Spurs and if they can keep 11 men on the pitch they could have a chance.
Elsewhere Manchester United needed only an early Nani goal as Sir Alex Ferguson fielded a reserve side not including *cue shocked faces* Wayne Rooney. The only surprise was Scottish side Rangers holding Valencia to 1-1 draw.