South China 0-6 Tottenham: Pre-Season Match Report

Tottenham registered the first win of their pre-season campaign as a Jermain Defoe hat-trick comfortably sealed third place in the Asia Trophy against South China.

A 12th-minute own goal from Tse Sean Ka Keung sent Spurs on their way before Clint Dempsey and Jermain Defoe extended their lead.

Tottenham continued in the same vein after the break, with Defoe grabbing two more and Andros Townsend completing the rout.

Andre Villas-Boas welcomed Defoe back into the starting line-up after SpursÔÇÖ semi-final defeat to Sunderland but there was no place for injured duo Gareth Bale and Jan Vertonghen.

Despite the absence of their star man, chants of ÔÇÿglory glory Tottenham HotspurÔÇÖ greeted the visiting side as Spurs walked out to a terrific travelling support.

What did not work in anyoneÔÇÖs favour, however, was a terrible pitch ÔÇô already lambasted by Villas-Boas after WednesdayÔÇÖs Sunderland clash.

The sandy surface visibly impeded the action from the off but Villas BoasÔÇÖ side did what they could and were rewarded early on after Tse deflected Danny RoseÔÇÖs cross into his own net.

Mousa Dembele and Dempsey had combined to play Rose in, with the 23-year-old then driving a superb low cross into the area. The rest, as Tse will testify, was history.

More goals then looked a certainty but absent-minded finishing from Defoe and an unsuccessful penalty appeal after Kyle Walker went down in the box was as close as Spurs would get for a while.

Just short of the half-hour mark, though, Spurs thought they had a second, but DefoeÔÇÖs short-range header ricocheted off the post.

The veteran striker would make amends minutes later, however, as he beat his man inside the area and squared to Dempsey, who made no mistake from close range.

And Defoe would finally find the net himself on the stroke of half-time, after WalkerÔÇÖs ambitious long-range free-kick deflected into the 30-year-oldÔÇÖs path to slot into the bottom corner.

All the while, South China offered little resistance, with their semi-final exerts against Manchester City clearly taking their toll on the Hong-Kong First Division side.

Boss Cheung Po Chun consequently made several half-time changes, while Tom Carroll and Kyle Naughton replaced Walker and Dempsey for Spurs.

It was more of the same after the break, though, with Defoe quickly adding his second and TottenhamÔÇÖs third. South China goalkeeper Chun Hui Zhang had comically cleared RoseÔÇÖs through ball straight into the forwardÔÇÖs path and, with an empty net gaping, the 30-year-old was never going to miss.

As per pre-season tradition, TottenhamÔÇÖs next step was to ring the changes. Tom Huddlestone, Jake Livermore and Townsend came on, while Aaron Lennon, Scott Parker and Dembele made way.

With 20 minutes left, the question on everybodyÔÇÖs lips was whether Defoe could complete his hat-trick.

And on the eighty-minute mark, that question was resoundingly answered as the clinical finisher snuck into the penalty area and put the ball past Zhang at the near post.

Townsend then struck with a late free-kick and a good day at the office for Tottenham was complete.