MATCH REPORT: Malaysia XI 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur

CGA8vQsUoAId9_G.jpg-largeHarry Kane once again stole the show in a 2-1 victory over an all-star Malaysian side in the AIA Cup in Kuala Lumpur.

The fixture at the Shah Alam Stadium saw an array of Spurs talent involved, including many youngsters returning to the squad after respective loan moves.

The returning Tom Carroll was amongst those starting, with DeAndre Yedlin and Harry Winks making their first ever first-team starts for the club. Hugo Lloris started in goal, and captained Mauricio Pochettino’s side.

The game began in exciting fashion, with the Malaysian Xi getting in behind the Spurs defence with quite some pace. Harry Kane was eager to get on the scoresheet after 10 minutes, as he cut in from the left-wing, took on a man and curled an effort towards the far corner which the keeper saved.

Andros Townsend tried something similar minutes after, hitting a fierce effort from outside the area towards goal, with Khairul Fahmi Che Mat forced to save again.

Spurs were ahead though through the PFA Young Player of the Year. Eriksen showed tremendous skill to deceive the defender, finding Carroll in the centre. Carroll’s effort was saved and Kane was there to smash home the rebound. Spurs led 1-0.

The Malaysian all-stars soon found themselves level. From a free-kick, the ball inadvertently hit Danny Rose and found the back of the net. Spurs should have been further ahead on chances alone, but the scoreline stood 1-1.

But Spurs were back ahead through the man of the moment. Kane received the ball to the right of the area, took a touch and struck a clinical finish past the keeper to make it 2-1 just before half-time.

Mauricio Pochettino made a whole host of changes for the second half. Nabil Bentaleb, Kyle Walker-Peters, Grant Ward, Erik Lamela and Michel Vorm came on to replace Andros Townsend, Christian Eriksen, Hugo Lloris, Jan Vertonghen and Danny Rose.

Erik Lamela was unlucky not to put Spurs further ahead, as he rounded the keeper but hit a weak effort towards the goal. Pochettino made further changes before the hour mark, bringing off Man of the Match Harry Kane and Tom Carroll for Joshua Onomah and Nacer Chadli.

The remainder of the second half saw little action. Nacer Chadli came close with a header on the 81st minute, but the keeper made a tremendous save to keep him out. The game finished 2-1 to Tottenham.

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