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HindustanTimes Sun,21 Sep 2014

Football

Defoe strikes treble for Spurs
Hindustan Times
Hong Kong, July 28, 2013
First Published: 01:47 IST(28/7/2013)
Last Updated: 01:50 IST(28/7/2013)

Ruthless Spurs eased to a 6-0 romp over a hopelessly outclassed South China on Saturday in Hong Kong with Jermain Defoe scoring a hat-trick.

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas admitted on Friday that he did not want to have to play the Barclays Asia Trophy friendly because of the state of the pitch at the sell-out 40,000 Hong Kong Stadium after several days of heavy rain.

Key defender Jan Vertonghen faces a race to be fit for the start of the Premier League season in three weeks after injuring his ankle in a 3-1 defeat to Sunderland at the same venue on Wednesday.

But in front of a watching David Moyes, whose Manchester United play there on Monday, Defoe made light work of an awkward surface that had large amounts of sand thrown on it.  Villas-Boas said he was pleased to come through the fixture with no more injuries.

"Everything was perfect today and I am extremely happy by the way we finished (the tournament)," he said.

"Today was much better, not only physically, but also the football we played was really pleasant," added the Portuguese.

"We really played well throughout. The full-backs played excellent and kept pushing forward, both (Kyle) Walker and Danny (Rose). It was good to see Defoe coming back to this level of a deadly striker, while also assisting, which shows an unselfish part of his game, which is really good."


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