Tottenham beat Schalke at Lane

Tottenham strikers Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado scored as Spurs wrapped up pre-season with a 2-1 win at home to Schalke.

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Adebayor, recently recovered from a bout of Malaria, controlled and fired in Lewis Holtby's cross in the first half before Soldado headed in somewhat unnaturally in the second.

On 66 minutes, Andros Townsend cut inside and fired a wicked shot that Schalke keeper Ralph Farhmann beat on to Soldado's head, with the ball looping off him up into the air and down into the net.

The German side pulled a goal back through former Tottenham outcast Kevin Prince-Boateng, who fired past Hugo Lloris from inside the box with 10 minutes to go.

But a strong crowd at White Hart Lane would have been buoyed by a good performance from Mauricio Pochettino’s side.

The new head coach handed recent signing Eric Dier a pre-season debut at centre-back alongside Younes Kaboul, while Kyle Naughton and Danny Rose also featured in defence.

Other new arrivals Ben Davies and Michel Vorm were paraded in-front of the crowd along with Pochettino before the game but watched from the sidelines as Spurs controlled the game from the get-go.

Nabil Bentaleb, back after his spell at the World Cup with Algeria, sent an early effort from the edge of the box just wide before Adebayor struck just before the half-hour mark.

Lewis Holtby impressed in an attacking-midfield-four that also included Christian Eriksen, Erik Lamela and Aaron Lennon.

But Soldado, Davies, Townsend and Harry Kane came off the bench for the second half and Tottenham switched shapes with two strikers, yielding Soldado a goal after he missed with an earlier close-range chance.

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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