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Tottenham 3-2 Toronto FC: Match report

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Jermaine Defoe could not lead his team to a win. (©GettyImages)
Jermaine Defoe could not lead his team to a win. (©GettyImages).

All of Tottenham's World Cup players were still on an extended holiday but the Spurs still fielded a rather star-studded squad in the first half against Toronto FC.

Roberto Soldado, Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela led the Spurs attack with support from speedy Aaron Lennon in the midfield. Brad Friedel played the entire game in goal for the Spurs with Kaboul lining up in front of him.

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Toronto decided to play start with their big guns as well, with Jermain Defoe and Gilberto starting up front, with Kyle Bekker supporting in the midfield. Michael Bradley missed out the game due to a minor injury, since it would have been a great risk just for a friendly.

Toronto attempted to create something with a few probing long balls to Defoe with no avail. Tottenham scored their first goal in the 15th minute through Lamela after some nice passing from Roberto Soldado and a dummy from Aaron Lennon.

A mix up in the Toronto midfield causing the ball to end up at Eriksen's feet led to another goal by Lamela. Eriksen passed the ball to Soldado who was waiting at the top of the box. Soldado played a nice pass between the Toronto defenders to Lamela, who ran in from the wing and shot it in past Chris Konopka.

Lamela shines

Lamela showed plenty of skill off in the first half, dancing past Toronto players, and even nutmegging them with ease. It'll be interesting to see what coach Pochettino does with him, after Lamela's poor season. He definitely looks improved.

In the second half, 17 substitutions were made, taking off most of the big names. For Tottenham, Lewis Holtby, Andros Townsend, and Kyle Walker were some of the big names introduced. Toronto FC brought on home town boys Dwayne De Rosario and Jordan Hamilton, as well as Osorio and Wiedeman.

The second half was much more even sided, with Tottenham having a few of the first chances through Lewis Holtby and Kane. Toronto FC however scored their first goal in the 64th minute through Andrew Wiedeman. Daniel Lovitz played a lovely through ball passed the Spurs defence, which Wiedeman collected and played a nice shot to the side of Friedel.

Emotional for Defoe

Toronto weren't done yet. In the 73rd minute Hagglund played a long ball to Wiedeman, who placed it nicely on Jordan Hamilton's chest. The 18-year-old controlled it perfectly and placed a wonderful left footed striker to the left of Brad Friedel. 2-2.

Torontonian hearts would be broken however. In the 85th minute a pass by Kyle Bekker in the midfield was intercepted by Lewis Holtby, who quickly passed to Andros Townsend on the left side of the field. Townsend cut to the right, sending a lovely curler beyond the keeper into the righthand corner.

It was an emotional match for Defoe, seeing his former teammates for the first time since leaving Tottenham. Overall, I believe this match didn't disappoint spectators, and with the talent the Spurs have on board this year, it'll be interesting to see how they challenge for the Premier League.

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