An incredible fightback from Tottenham (especially Gareth Bale!) late into their Champions League game against Inter Milan came too late as Spurs lost 4-3 on the night.
Rafael Benitez’s side looked set to hand Spurs a humiliating lesson after racing 4-0 up but three rasping strikes from Bale in the second half left the European champions relieved to hear the final whistle.
Javier Zanetti got the hosts off to an electric start with a clinical finish inside two minutes, and Spurs’ misery was compounded when Heurelho Gomes was shown a straight red card to gift Inter their second as Samuel Eto’o dispatched the resulting spot kick.
Dejan Stankovic rounded off a stunning move to make it three inside a quarter of an hour, and Eto’o doubled his tally 10 minutes before the break. Bale’s magnificent solo effort in the 52nd minute looked to have been all but a consolation strike.
But two inspired stoppage-time efforts from the 21-year-old further reduced the deficit and changed the complexion of the match to the extent that Benitez’s side were less than jubilant at the final whistle.