Spurs open pre-sea­son with 4-2 friendly win over PSG

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Harry Kane’s late penalty helped Tot­ten­ham Hotspur start their pre-sea­son prepa­ra­tions in em­phatic fash­ion as French cham­pi­ons Paris St Ger­main im­ploded in Or­lando. PSG were re­duced to 10 men just mo­ments into the sec­ond half when Ger­man goal­keeper Kevin Trapp, who had en­dured an aw­ful first 45 min­utes, was sent off for hand­balling out­side of the box.

And al­though Unai Emery’s side were dif­fi­cult to break down, late strikes from Bel­gian de­fender Toby Alder­weireld and Kane, both on as sub­sti­tutes, sealed a 4-2 tri­umph in front of 33,332 fans at the Camp­ing World Sta­dium. It’s very early days in this pre-sea­son yet there was cer­tainly enough on show from the Lon­don team to sug­gest a strong cam­paign in the Pre­mier League beck­ons.

Both teams ar­rived at the Camp­ing World sta­dium with tremen­dous un­cer­tainty sur­round­ing their trans­fer deal­ings this sum­mer. The French cham­pi­ons are re­port­edly poised to land Ney­mar from Barcelona in a world record 222-mil­lion euro ($256.8 mil­lion) deal, and also re­main con­fi­dent of land­ing Arse­nal’s Alexis Sanchez.

Emery was giv­ing noth­ing away when asked about the po­ten­tial trans­fers. “We are al­ways look­ing for play­ers who can help the team,” he said. “Now for us the most im­por­tant thing is to con­cen­trate on the matches we have com­ing up,” added the coach, who on the ev­i­dence of Satur­day’s game could use the in­fu­sion of tal­ent. Tot­ten­ham, mean­while, were once again forced to con­test claims that Eric Dier, their ver­sa­tile Eng­land in­ter­na­tional, was the sub­ject of a $50 mil­lion bid from Manch­ester United. There is cer­tain to be move­ment in­volv­ing both teams as their re­spec­tive do­mes­tic sea­sons draw closer, yet this was the first time Mauri­cio Po­chet­tino’s side had played this pre-sea­son.

PSG beat Roma on penal­ties in De­troit last Wed­nes­day af­ter their ex­hi­bi­tion game fin­ished 11 af­ter 90 min­utes. That match saw Dani Alves, the Brazil­ian de­fender, make his Paris de­but fol­low­ing his trans­fer from Ju­ven­tus and he was started again here by Emery in a line-up which also in­cluded Thi­ago Motta and Uruguayan for­ward Edin­son Ca­vani. Po­chet­tino, whose side travel to New York on Sun­day ahead of Tues­day’s match with Roma at Red Bull Arena, kept star men Kane and Dele Alli on the bench, al­though Dier be­gan in mid­field along­side Mousa Dem­bele. On six min­utes, Ca­vani pow­ered the French side ahead. Young­ster Cameron Carter Vick­ers was caught out by Adrien Rabiot who raced clear and squared for the Uruguayan front­man.

Tot­ten­ham looked cul­pa­ble de­fen­sively, yet just five min­utes later, Chris­tian Erik­sen pulled the Pre­mier League side level. The Dan­ish in­ter­na­tional un­leashed an un­stop­pable, curl­ing ef­fort from 30 yards which flew past Kevin Trapp into the top cor­ner.

While Erik­sen’s equaliser was world class, Dier’s 18th minute goal was pure luck. Trapp’s poor clear­ance was hit straight at the Spurs player who glee­fully saw the ball re­bound over the line.

OR­LANDO: Cameron Carter-Vick­ers #38 of Tot­ten­ham Hotspur leaps for the ball dur­ing the In­ter­na­tional Cham­pi­ons Cup 2017 match be­tween Paris Saint-Ger­main and Tot­ten­ham Hotspur at Camp­ing World Sta­dium on Satur­day in Or­lando, Florida.

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