New York Red Bulls 1-2 Tottenham: Classy Bale and Sigurdsson ensure Spurs round off US tour with victory
Kenny Cooper’s early penalty had given the MLS side the lead, but a promising second-half display from Villas-Boas’ men helped secure their first win of their jaunt
By Andrew Kennedy
Kenny Cooper had given the MLS side an early lead from the penalty spot, and while Spurs initially struggled to find their rhythm in the opening 45 minutes, the north Londoners soon kicked into gear in the second half as they secured a comfortable win ahead of their return to British shores.
Tim Cahill was handed his debut at Red Bull Arena following his switch from Everton to the MLS last week. The Australian midfielder made an immediate impact, finding himself through on goal after latching onto a ball in behind Jan Vertonghen which in turn forced the Belgian center back to foul him in the box.
Cahill stepped aside to allow Kenny Cooper to take the penalty, and the striker duly converted from spot to give Red Bulls a 1-0 lead after eight minutes.
Spurs soon rallied, with Bale testing Bill Gaudette from 25 yards with a well-struck free-kick before Tom Huddlestone drive from distance stung the goalkeeper’s hands. The Welshman rose well to meet the resulting corner but was unable to guide his header on target.
Early in the second half, Bale found space down the left-hand flank to whip in a cross which worked its way to Aaron Lennon on the edge of the box, and the wideman drew an acrobatic save from Gaudette with a powerful effort that looked destined for the back of the net.
Yet the shot-stopper was unable to hold out for much longer, with two moments of class turning the game on its head in the space of five minutes.
First, the ever-impressive Bale rose above his marker on a corner kick to guide a header into the top left-hand corner and pull Spurs level on the hour mark, before Sigurdsson burst into life to give the away side the lead.
Having jinked superbly in between the Red Bulls defense, the Icelandic international coolly dispatched the ball past Gaudette in a manner reminiscent of Thierry Henry, who was watching on from the bench.
A third goal was not to follow, despite Michael Dawson clattering the bar from the six-yards and a late flurry of chances for substitute Andros Townsend, but the positives will certainly outweigh the negatives for Villas-Boas as Tottenham prepares to return to London.
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