Kenyan international Victor Wanyama featured in the first half as his new team Tottenham Hotspurs suffered a 0 – 1 loss to Atletico Madrid in the preseason ICC tournament clash staged at the MCG Arena on Friday 29 July.
The Barclays Premier League side went into the match on the back of a 1 – 2 loss to Juventus and almost suffered early concession yet again after Diego Godin got his head to the first set piece of the game but Spurs cleared for a corner which Fernando Torres rose highest to meet the ball but couldn’t find the target with a near-post effort.
Spurs hit back straight away after the ball found Christian Eriksen in space 30 yards from goal. The Spurs skipper tried his luck from long range and his dipping effort caused Atletico keeper Jan Oblak all sorts of trouble, bouncing in front of him and deflecting out for a Spurs corner.
Spurs were at it again on the 12th minute, inches away from taking the lead as Atletico failed to clear their lines from a corner. The ball fell kindly for Joshua Onomah six yards out and he lashed a fierce drive against the woodwork.
Ten minutes later Spurs struck the post again as Erik Lamela raced through on goal and crashed a low near-post effort off the inside of Oblak’s goal before rebounding away.
The ascendancy for Spurs was checked when Gabi switched play from the left to the right before a cross into the Spurs area found Godin but there wasn’t enough pace on the ball as his header trickled wide.
The Uruguayan struck again, this time finding the back of the net on the 40th minute with a ball steered home from close range after Atletico’s initial free-kick deflected off a Spurs player. There was an appeal for offside but the last touch came off a Spurs player so the goal stood.
Spurs had a chance to level matters as Gabi chopped Mason down the edge of the Atletico area, handing Spurs a free-kick in a decent position. New signing Janssen curled an effort around the wall and drew Oblak into a fine save.
Despite the pressure from Spurs late on, the Spaniards managed to hold on and condemn the Londoners to a second loss at the tournament.