By Ollie Irish
When Inter stormed to a 4-0 lead after just 35 minutes – a lead that was made all the easier to build when Heurelho Gomes was sent off after just ten minutes, for a foul on Jonathan Biabiany – it seemed that Tottenham’s Champions League dream was about to turn into a vivid 90-minute nightmare of epic proportions. But the Italians eased down (phew), and then the incredible Gareth Bale stepped up to notch a second-half hat-trick that salvaged a good deal of pride for Spurs, and added a good £10-15m to Bale’s value; that boy is a bit special.
Still, the beauty of the group format is that you can afford to have a couple of bad results. With Rafael van der Vaart set to return for Inter’s visit to the Lane (his experience was sorely missed in the San Siro), hopefully things will turn out rather differently then.
The best pics of the game (click to big-up):