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TOBY ALDERWEIRELD smashed home a late cracker to get Tottenham’s pre-season up and running.
The Belgian center-half stepped up and smacked a rocket from 20 yards on 81 minutes to give Mauricio Pochettino’s men the perfect start to their three match tour of the US before Harry Kane sealed the 4-2 triumph from the spot three minutes from time.
Boss Poch will demand more consistency from his men , especially at the back, when they take on Roma in New York on Tuesday.
But the Argentine will be pleased with the way his Spurs side kept going , especially when PSG were reduced to 10 men just seconds after the restart when keeper Kevin Trapp was red carded following a handball outside of the box with the score at 2-2 following a lively first 45 minutes.
The French champs , who are desperate to bring Neymar and Alexis Sanchez to Paris in a move which could break the £200 million barrier, started with new signing Dani Alves at the back and Uruguayan hitman Edinson Cavani up front.
And it was Cavani who struck first following some slack Spurs defending.
Youngster Cameron Carter Vickers made a mess of a through ball and badly caught out by Adrien Rabiot who picked up possession and squared for Cavani to slot past Hugo Lloris with ease.
It was a shaky start for Pochettino’s men but Danish ace Eriksen calmed the nerves with an absolute scorcher. Fully 30 yards out, the former Ajax man sent a curling rocket bang into the top corner.
That was world class. Tottenham’s second , however, was pure luck.
The hapless German keeper Trapp smacked a clearance straight at Eric Dier before watching the ball bounce over the line.
Taking the lead helped the Prem side settle and Ben Davies almost made it three before Javier Pastore equalised with a clinical strike from close range.
Trapp’s disastrous evening plummeted new depths just 20 seconds into the second half when the PSG stopper handled the ball outside of the box.
The red card soon followed and with Spurs now boasting star men Kane and Dele Alli following a raft of eight half-time subs, the onus was on the Londoners to make money bags PSG pay.
With a man down however, the French side dug deep and chances were few and far between.
But then up stepped sub Alderweireld before Kane settled it from the spot following a handball from Blaise Matuidi.
Poch said afterwards:
“There are lot of positives to take. Our first game , it’s good to feel the competition. It’s a friendly but playing this kind of team it’s always good to compete.
“The result isn’t important. We just need to recover and arrive at the start of the Premier League season in good condition.”
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“We have a few games to see where we are at.
“It’s not easy for the younger players but they know we trust them.
“The pressure is on them but they will learn and are working hard all of the time.”
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