Moura’s goal not enough to prevent ‘friendly’ defeat
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International Champions Cup: Tottenham Hotspur 1 Manchester United 2
Spurs concluded their tour of Asia with a 2-1 defeat to Manchester United in the International Champions Cup in Shanghai.
Lucas Moura netted for Tottenham Hotspur in the second half, but the Lilywhites fell to a defeat at Hongkou Stadium.
Boss Mauricio Pochettino handed starts to Japhet Tanganga and Troy Parrott and also fellow under-23 Anthony Georgiou for the friendly fixture, but it was only friendly in the name.
Early on Dele Alli went in hard which was followed up by Andreas Pereira doing the same and tempers flared on occasions in the first half with cautions handed out to various players.
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There were some bright moments for Spurs, but Anthony Martial scored the only goal of the half in the 21st minute.
Not long after hitting the post, the Frenchman beat Paulo Gazzaniga from a tight angle to leave the Argentinian slightly red-faced.
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United couldn't extend their advantage before half time and Tottenham made several substitutes with Kyle Walker-Peters, Jan Vertonghen, Harry Winks, Tanguy Ndombele, Parrott and Harry Kane replaced.
On came Juan Foyth, Toby Alderweireld, Oliver Skipp, Erik Lamela, Lucas and Heung-min Son and the latter should have equalised early into the second period.
The South Korean raced through, but chipped over and more changes were made just after the hour mark.
Christian Eriksen was introduced alongside development squad players Jack Roles and Harvey White.
One made his mark immediately with White recovering a poor pass from Son and crossing into the area where the ball dropped for Lucas, who showed quick feet and was rewarded for his efforts when his shot took a deflected and rolled in.
Sergio Romero was completely wrong-footed, but Pochettino's team were not about to complain and after 65 minutes they were back on level terms.
George Marsh came on for the solid Tanganga with 19 minutes left and a drinks break occurred not long after.
There was still time for one more goal and it went to the Red Devils and one of their talented younger players.
Angel Gomes dribbled into the area and managed to fire past Gazzaniga, who didn't cover himself in glory.
It was a brilliant finish, but one the Argentinian goalkeeper would have expected to stop and yet it ended up being the winner.
Spurs will return back to London following a 3-2 win over Juventus and a 2-1 loss to Man United, but crucially it seems without picking up any injuries.
Tottenham Hotspur: Gazzaniga; Walker-Peters (Foyth 46), Tanganga (Marsh 71), Vertonghen (Alderweireld 46), Georgiou (White 62); Winks (Skipp 46); Sissoko (Roles 62), Ndombele (Lamela 46); Dele (Eriksen 62); Parrott (Lucas 46), Kane © (Son 46).