Tottenham 2-1 Lyon

Bale brilliance lights up White Hart Lane

February 14, 2013
By Andy Brassell, White Hart Lane
(Archive)
Hugo Lloris had said before Tottenham's Europa League meeting with his old club Lyon that he expected "a match of Champions League level". The French goalkeeper - a spectator here - wasn't far wrong, as this much-maligned competition had an occasion that crackled with a pleasing intensity. The respective coaches Andre Villas-Boas and Remi Garde were feeling it, perched studiously on the edge of the touchline like the pelican bookends from Bagpuss and Co.

Inevitably, it took a contribution ...

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