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Spurs beat Bayern on penalties in Audi Cup final


Tottenham lifted the Audi Cup after beating Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich on penalties following a 2-2 draw at the Allianz Arena.

Tottenham won the Audi Cup after beating Bayern Munich on penalties

Tottenham won the Audi Cup after beating Bayern Munich on penalties

Mauricio Pochettino’s side, who beat Real Madrid 1-0 to reach the final, built a two-goal lead in normal time thanks to goals by Erik Lamela and Christian Eriksen, but Bayern fought back through Jann-Fiete Arp and Alphonso Davies.

Despite letting a two-goal lead slip, Spurs held their nerve in the shootout to secure pre-season silverware with Paulo Gazzaniga saving Jerome Boateng’s sudden death penalty.  Next up for Spurs is a clash with Inter Milan in their final pre-season fixture on Sunday before kicking off their Premier League campaign against Aston Villa on August 10.Paulo Gazzaniga keeps out Jerome Boateng's penalty

How Spurs won pre-season silverware

With wins against Juventus and Real Madrid already to their name in pre-season, Tottenham were eyeing a third high-profile scalp and they took a step towards victory when Lamela turned in Georges-Kevin Nkoudou’s excellent cross in the 19th minute. Substitute Eriksen doubled Spurs’ advantage after the interval with a superb finish but Bayern responded instantly when Gazzainga failed to stop Arp’s low finish.

Spurs celebrate Christian Eriksen's second-half strike

Spurs celebrate Christian Eriksen’s second-half strike

Bayern brought on Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller as they went in search of an equaliser and they got their reward nine minutes from time. Muller’s squared ball picked out Davies and the Canadian’s powerful effort picked out the bottom corner. David Alaba and Eriksen were the big names players to miss in the shootout before Gazzaniga denied Boateng to seal Spurs’ victory.

Harry Kane played 45 minutes against Bayern

Harry Kane played 45 minutes against Bayern

Foyth injured

Juan Foyth has given Spurs an injury scare ahead of the new season after he was stretchered down the touchline after being forced from the field with an ankle injury. After the game Pochettino gave an update on Foyth’s injury.

Juan Foyth was stretchered off during Spurs' penalty shootout win against Bayern

Juan Foyth was stretchered off during Spurs’ penalty shootout win against Bayern

“I need to talk with the doctor now,” he said. “He twisted his ankle but at the moment I cannot update. “I saw when he was leaving the pitch and said to me his ankle was very painful. For sure we will get an update in the next few hours or the next few days.”

Mauricio Pochettino was delighted with Spurs' showing in the Audi Cup

Mauricio Pochettino was delighted with Spurs’ showing in the Audi Cup

“I am very pleased with the performance against Madrid and today,” he added. “It was good to finish in a good way. Of course, to win this tournament is important. We can take a lot of positive things from this tournament. “It has not been easy for us after losing the Champions League Final. When something like that happens it’s hard to get on your feet. But we are all sportsmen and we all like to compete so it’s up to us to find the motivation. I’m very happy.”

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