Tottenham Hotspur see off Paris Saint-Germain in six-goal thriller
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Pre-season friendly: Tottenham Hotspur 4 Paris Saint-Germain 2
Tottenham Hotspur and Paris Saint-Germain produced a six-goal thriller in the International Champions Cup at the weekend with Mauricio Pochettino’s team earning a 4-2 victory.
It was Spurs’ first match of pre-season and the Premier League side showed no signs of rustiness.
PSG opened the scoring after six minutes, however, as Adrien Rabiot burst past Cameron Carter-Vickers and squared for Edinson Cavani to slot home.
It didn’t take Tottenham long to hit back and what a response it was with Christian Eriksen smashing in from 30-yards in the 11th minute.
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Spurs enjoyed some fortune seven minutes later when Kevin Trapp hit a clearance straight at Eric Dier and it rebounded off the England international and into the net.
Both teams had more opportunities to add to the score before half-time and it was PSG who equalised when Javier Pastore fired into the top corner to make it 2-2 at the break.
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Pochettino made eight changes during the interval with Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Toby Alderweireld all coming on.
Spurs started the second half brightly and Trapp came out of his area and handled with Kane closing in on him.
It resulted in the PSG goalkeeper receiving a red card and in the 81st minute Tottenham went in front.
Alderweireld controlled in space and fizzed an effort into the bottom corner from range to make it 3-2.
Both sides created further opportunities before Spurs added a fourth when Kieran Trippier’s cross was handled.
Kane stepped up and made no mistake from the spot, as Tottenham started the 2017/18 campaign how they finished last season.
Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris (Vorm 46); Walker-Peters (Trippier 46), Carter-Vickers (Alderweireld 46), Vertonghen (Wimmer 46), Davies; Dembele (Winks 60), Dier (Wanyama 46); Eriksen, Onomah (Oakley-Boothe 46), Nkoudou (Alli 46); Janssen (Kane 46).