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February 14, 2013 8:05 PM GMT
White Hart Lane — London
Referee:‬ Pedro Proença‎
Attendance:‬ 31762‎
 
45+1′ Gareth Bale
90+3′ Gareth Bale
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Tottenham 2-1 Lyon

Two fantastic free-kicks from Gareth Bale gave Spurs the upper hand over the Ligue 1 side, though Remi Garde's team did claim a potentially vital away goal via Samuel Umtiti

By Ewan Roberts at White Hart Lane

  • Brad Friedel
    29
    12
    3.00

    Brad Friedel

    Powerless to stop Umtiti's powerful strike that flew into the top corner, but was otherwise assured and dealt with most danger.

  • Jan Vertonghen
    32
    7
    3.00

    Jan Vertonghen

    Fortunate not to have conceded a penalty for a clumsy tackle on Gomis, but grew into the match. Frequently bailed out Assou-Ekotto and matched the pace of Gomis well.

  • William Gallas
    24
    10
    3.00

    William Gallas

    The French centre-back gave a solid performance, bringing experience and calmness to the defence. Marshalled the backline well and made several important headed clearances.

  • Kyle Walker
    25
    10
    3.50

    Kyle Walker

    Combined well with Lennon down the right flank, overloading Lyon with sheer speed. Hit the by-line and played a superb cross which should have been converted by Bale. A constant source of joy for the home side.

  • Benoit Assou-Ekotto
    20
    10
    2.50

    Benoit Assou-Ekotto

    Got forward well in patches but not at all assured defensively, with much of Lyon's threat coming down the right. Struggled to track Laczette and couldn't contain the overlapping runs of Reveillere.

  • Aaron Lennon
    37
    9
    3.50

    Aaron Lennon

    Was Tottenham's principle threat in the first half, bursting down the right flank with frightening pace. Won his side a number of dangerous free-kicks and corners, but was occasionally let down by his final ball. Subbed with ten minutes remaining.

  • Gareth Bale
    132
    6
    4.00

    Gareth Bale Top of the Match

    It didn't look like his day initially, struggling to find space and missing an open goal. But the Welshman's class shone through with two stunning, dipping free-kicks. Yet again, it was 'the Gareth Bale' show at White Hart Lane.

  • Mousa Dembélé
    40
    8
    3.00

    Mousa Dembélé

    Brought a bit more forward emphasis to the Tottenham midfield, dribbling forward and threading passes. Played a delightful ball behind the Lyon defence for Adebayor. Often outnumbered in midfield though.

  • Scott Parker
    30
    12
    3.00

    Scott Parker

    The veteran midfielder gave a characteristic performance brimming with tenacity and work rate. His shirt was the muddiest on the pitch, having launched into tackles and thrown his body in the way of shots.

  • Clint Dempsey
    13
    28
    2.00

    Clint Dempsey

    Struggled to make an impact on the match, especially when fielded on the left flank in the early stages of the match. Was let down by poor close control and was largely anonymous. Unsurprisingly, he was subbed after an hour.

  • Emmanuel Adebayor
    12
    58
    2.00

    Emmanuel Adebayor Flop of the Match

    Lacked energy and tempo and was flagged offside far too often. Snatched at a good chance in the first half and should have at least hit the target. Regularly let down by his first touch.

Substitutions

  • Gylfi Sigurdsson
    22
    11

    Gylfi Sigurdsson

    Came on for Lennon with around ten minutes of normal time remaining.

  • Jake Livermore
    15
    13

    Jake Livermore

    Replaced Parker in injury time.

  • Lewis Holtby
    59
    12
    3.00

    Lewis Holtby

    Replaced Dempsey with a little over half an hour remaining and immediately brought more energy and movement to Spurs' midfield.

  • Rémy Vercoutre
    12
    10
    2.50

    Rémy Vercoutre

    Perhaps could have done better for both of Bale's free-kicks, but many better keepers would have been deceived by the venomous dip. Punched balls he could have caught, which occasionally put his side under pressure.

  • Dejan Lovren
    39
    3
    3.50

    Dejan Lovren

    Was a towering presence at the back for Lyon, rising highest to clear the ball on numerous occasions. Powerful, strong and dominant in the air, he also contained the lacklustre Adebayor with ease.

  • Anthony Réveillère
    21
    3
    3.50

    Anthony Réveillère

    Gave a very solid, competent performance. Rarely, if ever, beaten down the line and dealt with the threats of both Dempsey and Bale with relative comfort. Very intelligent defensive display and used the ball well going forward too.

  • Milan Biševac
    19
    3
    3.50

    Milan Biševac

    Often looked troubled by the pace of Adebayor, but anticipated the danger well to snuff out any problems before they occurred. Formed a solid wall with Lovren that was rarely breached.

  • Samuel Umtiti
    25
    6
    3.00

    Samuel Umtiti

    Struggled to contain the pace of Tottenham's right flank, with Lennon and Walker routinely speeding past, and picked up a yellow card after just 20 minutes. But, on a rare foray forward, struck an incredible, thunderbolt of a shot into the top corner that two keepers wouldn't have stopped.

  • Gueida Fofana
    12
    5
    3.50

    Gueida Fofana

    An industrious and adventurous performance. Matched steel with craft, pressing and harassing Tottenham while posing a threat to Friedel's goal. Used the ball intelligently and granted Parker and Dembele little time on the ball.

  • Steed Malbranque
    6
    9
    2.50

    Steed Malbranque

    Showed all of his 33-years, appearing lethargic and off the pace in midfield. Struggled to match the intensity of Tottenham, or his midfield team-mates, but was a calm presence on the ball. Replaced by Grenier.

  • Maxime Gonalons
    12
    6
    3.00

    Maxime Gonalons

    The Lyon captain led by example, tackling hard in midfield and closing down with verve. Powerful and robust off the ball, always offering a release for his team-mates.

  • Alexandre Lacazette
    17
    3
    3.00

    Alexandre Lacazette

    Regularly got the better of Assou-Ekotto, tricking his way past the Tottenham full-back and accelerating towards goal. His final product was very hit/miss, and perhaps he could have exploited the space behind Spurs' Cameroonian left-back more often.

  • Lisandro López
    11
    7
    2.00

    Lisandro López

    Lined up on the left wing and looked a little out of place. Struggled to beat Walker and regularly gave away possession. Over-hit several crosses and was almost no threat to Friedel's goal. Subbed off with a few minutes remaining.

  • Bafetimbi Gomis
    12
    8
    3.00

    Bafetimbi Gomis

    Worked hard up front, running the channels and putting a lot of pressure on Gallas and Vertonghen. Was unlucky not to win his side a penalty after being felled inside the box. Received little supply to feed off.

Substitutions

  • Clément Grenier
    9
    4

    Clément Grenier

    Replaced Malbranque with just under ten minutes remaining.

  • Rachid Ghezzal
    10
    4

    Rachid Ghezzal

    Came on in place of Lopez with just a couple of minutes left to play.

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