Roma with­stand Tot­ten­ham fight­back in friendly win

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

Roma with­stood a dra­matic, late Tot­ten­ham come­back to send the Premier League team to their first de­feat of this pre-sea­son in a bad tem­pered af­fair which ended 3-2 in re­mark­able fash­ion.

Tack­les were fly­ing in all over the pitch and Spurs man­ager Mauri­cio Po­chet­tino was livid with match of­fi­cials in the sec­ond half, al­though much of his anger would have been di­rected at his play­ers who badly un­der­per­formed at Red Bull Arena.

Diego Perotti put the Ital­ian team ahead with a penalty on 12 min­utes. On 69 min­utes, Euse­bio Di Francesco’s side dou­bled their lead as sub Kevin Vim­mer’s cross fell to Turk­ish mid­fielder Cen­giz Un­der, whose goal ap­peared to have sealed the win.

But Harry Winks re­duced the ar­rears on 86 min­utes when he prod­ded home from four yards, and when Vin­cent Janssen scored in stop­page time, the Premier League team looked to have gained a draw that would have sent the In­ter­na­tional Cham­pi­ons Cup friendly to a penalty shoot-out.

Mo­ments later, how­ever, Marco Tum­minello scored in dra­matic fash­ion to sink the Lon­don­ers once and for all. On the day that Daniel Levy, the Tot­ten­ham owner, stressed his lack of trans­fer ac­tiv­ity this sum­mer is ir­rel­e­vant be­cause of the club’s thriv­ing youth academy, man­ager Mauri­cio Po­chet­tino fielded a num­ber of younger play­ers.

Cen­tral de­fender Cameron CarterVick­ers, left back Kyle Walker-Peters and mid­fielder Josh Onomah all started for a Spurs team who ar­rived in New York with a spring in their step fol­low­ing Satur­day night’s 4-2 win over Paris Saint-Ger­main in Or­lando.

Roma, who lost their pre­vi­ous game to the French cham­pi­ons on penal­ties, fielded a near full strength side with for­mer Manch­ester City player Edin Dzeko and Alek­san­dar Ko­larov both re­new­ing ac­quain­tances with the Premier League club. And the Italians con­tro­ver­sially took the lead on 12 min­utes through Perotti’s penalty. Carter-Vick­ers was ad­judged to have han­dled a Radja Naing­golan cross and al­though ref­eree Hi­lario Gra­jeda was ini­tially un­sure, his as­sis­tant in­di­cated the Spurs player did in­deed hand­ball in the area al­low­ing Perotti to step up and steer past Michel Vorm.

The English side, cheered on by a strong con­tin­gent of sup­port­ers, failed to get into their stride and it wasn’t un­til the 24th minute that a chance fi­nally fell their way.


Harry Kane was inches away from a cross be­fore Mousa Dem­bele hit the bar from close range. Kane, the Eng­land striker, had been very quiet but he sprung into life on 36 min­utes, pow­er­fully hold­ing off his marker be­fore un­leash­ing a shot from 20 yards which was well saved by Roma’s keeper Alis­son.

Po­chet­tino re­moved the three young hope­fuls at half-time with only Walk­erPeters im­press­ing, yet three min­utes af­ter the re-start Kane was left fu­ri­ous af­ter Fazio brought him down in the area only for the ref­eree to dis­miss his penalty claims.

The striker’s anger spilled over soon af­ter when he smashed into Kostas Manolas, leav­ing the Roma de­fender sprawled out on the turf. Man­ager Po­chet­tino then be­came em­broiled in a lengthy ar­gu­ment with the fourth of­fi­cial, who ap­peared to try and send the Ar­gen­tine off be­fore re­lent­ing and al­low­ing him to con­tinue sit­ting on the side­lines.

“It was a sit­u­a­tion that we were talk­ing in Span­ish, not in English,” Po­chet­tino said. “But I be­lieve it was a chat that ok, we were talk­ing and started to speak louder. But for me then I said to him, ‘I apol­o­gise’. Maybe a bit ner­vous for some sit­u­a­tion on the pitch. But he wanted send me off, but I said ‘come on we were talk­ing in Span­ish and no­body could un­der­stand us’.—AFP

HAR­RI­SON: Lukasz Sko­rup­ski #28 of Roma stops a shot by Ge­orges-Kevin Nk­oudou #14 of Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur but is un­able to stop the re­bound as Harry Winks of Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur scored on the play dur­ing the In­ter­na­tional Cham­pi­ons Cup on Tues­day at Red Bull Arena in Har­ri­son, New Jersey. — AFP

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