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South China 0-6 Tottenham: Defoe hat-trick seals third place for Spurs

The 30-year-old struck either side of half-time, while Clint Dempsey, Andros Townsend and an own goal from Sean Tse completed the scoring for Andre Villas-Boas' side

By Tim Poole

Tottenham Hotspur v South China - Barclays Asia Trophy,Jermain Defoe
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Tottenham registered the first win of their pre-season campaign as a Jermain Defoe hat-trick comfortably sealed third place in the Asia Trophy against South China.

A 12th-minute own goal from Tse Sean Ka Keung sent Spurs on their way before Clint Dempsey and Jermain Defoe extended their lead.

Tottenham continued in the same vein after the break, with Defoe grabbing two more and Andros Townsend completing the rout.

Andre Villas-Boas welcomed Defoe back into the starting line-up after Spurs’ semi-final defeat to Sunderland but there was no place for injured duo Gareth Bale and Jan Vertonghen.

Despite the absence of their star man, chants of ‘glory glory Tottenham Hotspur’ greeted the visiting side as Spurs walked out to a terrific travelling support.

What did not work in anyone’s favour, however, was a terrible pitch – already lambasted by Villas-Boas after Wednesday’s Sunderland clash.

The sandy surface visibly impeded the action from the off but Villas Boas’ side did what they could and were rewarded early on after Tse deflected Danny Rose’s cross into his own net.

Mousa Dembele and Dempsey had combined to play Rose in, with the 23-year-old then driving a superb low cross into the area. The rest, as Tse will testify, was history.

More goals then looked a certainty but absent-minded finishing from Defoe and an unsuccessful penalty appeal after Kyle Walker went down in the box was as close as Spurs would get for a while.

Just short of the half-hour mark, though, Spurs thought they had a second, but Defoe’s short-range header ricocheted off the post.

The veteran striker would make amends minutes later, however, as he beat his man inside the area and squared to Dempsey, who made no mistake from close range.

And Defoe would finally find the net himself on the stroke of half-time, after Walker’s ambitious long-range free-kick deflected into the 30-year-old’s path to slot into the bottom corner.

All the while, South China offered little resistance, with their semi-final exerts against Manchester City clearly taking their toll on the Hong-Kong First Division side.

Boss Cheung Po Chun consequently made several half-time changes, while Tom Carroll and Kyle Naughton replaced Walker and Dempsey for Spurs.

It was more of the same after the break, though, with Defoe quickly adding his second and Tottenham’s third. South China goalkeeper Chun Hui Zhang had comically cleared Rose’s through ball straight into the forward’s path and, with an empty net gaping, the 30-year-old was never going to miss.

As per pre-season tradition, Tottenham’s next step was to ring the changes. Tom Huddlestone, Jake Livermore and Townsend came on, while Aaron Lennon, Scott Parker and Dembele made way.

With 20 minutes left, the question on everybody’s lips was whether Defoe could complete his hat-trick.

And on the eighty-minute mark, that question was resoundingly answered as the clinical finisher snuck into the penalty area and put the ball past Zhang at the near post.

Townsend then struck with a late free-kick and a good day at the office for Tottenham was complete.


South China

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Zhang Chun Hui
Goalkeeper
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Ticao
Defender
 - 
22
Jack Sealy
Defender
 - 
18
Kin Pong Kwok
Defender
82′
 - 
4
Sean Tse
Defender
12′
 - 
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Joel
Midfielder
46′
 - 
23
Luk Michael Chi Ho
Midfielder
63′
 - 
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Naves
Midfielder
82′
 - 
9
Wai Lim Lee
Midfielder
 - 
19
 - 
19
Mamadou Barry
Striker
 - 

Tottenham

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25
Hugo Lloris
Goalkeeper
 - 
3
Danny Rose
Defender
67′
 - 
20
 - 
4
 - 
2
Kyle Walker
Defender
0′
 - 
7
Aaron Lennon
Midfielder
67′
 - 
2
Clint Dempsey
Midfielder
0′ 34′
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22
 - 
28
Scott Parker
Midfielder
67′
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30
 - 
18

Substitutes

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Tsang Man Fai
Goalkeeper
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1
Hung Fai Yapp
Goalkeeper
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-
 - 
5
 - 
15
Wai Ho Chan
Defender
82′
 - 
17
Hong Lim
Midfielder
63′
 - 
10
João Emir
Midfielder
82′
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Substitutes

 - 
1
Gomes
Goalkeeper
 - 
24
Brad Friedel
Goalkeeper
 - 
32
 - 
16
 - 
35
 - 
8
 - 
17
 - 
14
Jake Livermore
Midfielder
67′
 - 
46
Thomas Carroll
Midfielder
0′

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