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Real Madrid beat Tottenham Hotspur 4-0 in Champions League quarter-final first leg

posted 5 Apr 2011, 16:49 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 5 Apr 2011, 16:53 ]

Real Madrid crushes 10-man Tottenham Hotspur 4-0, raising the Spanish club´s hopes for a 10th European Cup win.

Real Madrid gave their quest for a 10th European Cup crown a major boost when Emmanuel Adebayor netted twice in a 4-0 destruction of 10-man Tottenham Hotspur in a Champions League quarter-final first leg on Tuesday (April 5).

Tottenham are making their debut in the competition but the London club's chances of getting any further than the last eight were dealt a big blow when striker Peter Crouch was booked twice inside the first 15 minutes and received a red card.

"Tottenham is a team that attacks a lot, a team known to be an offensive team. With 10 players, two four-man lines in the back, Van der Vaart alone, then Defoe alone in the second half. You can´t do anything else. Then it´s up to the team that has 11 to play well," Real Madrid Coach Jose Mourinho said at a news conference after the match.

Real were already 1-0 up after Togo striker Adebayor outjumped his marker at a fourth-minute corner and sent a powerful downward header goalwards that neither keeper Heurelho Gomes or Luka Modric on the line could keep out.

Adebayor added a second header in the 57th minute before Angel Di Maria lashed the best goal of the night with a powerful shot into the top corner in the 72nd and Cristiano Ronaldo completed the rout in the closing stages.

A giant flag reading "To the final, let's go Madrid" and covering almost the entire first tier of the stands on one side of the stadium was unfurled before kickoff at the Bernabeu and Real began the game at a blistering tempo.

Spurs winger Gareth Bale, returning from injury, was the main threat for the visitors.

The Welsh international dashed on to a long ball on the half hour and left Sergio Ramos in his wake before sending his angled shot into the side netting in what was probably Tottenham's best chance of the game.

The hosts laid siege to the Spurs goal in the second half and Adebayor, on loan from Manchester City, forced a fine save from Gomes with another header in the 66th minute as Real produced a slew of chances.

Adebayor, who had a spell with Tottenham's north London rivals Arsenal before joining City, has now scored 10 times against Spurs and was given a huge ovation when he was replaced by Gonzalo Higuain in the 75th minute.

"Obviously going down to 10 men it´s, it´s ... you need a miracle to play with 10 men. Better teams than us probably would have struggled tonight. I5t was an uphill task," Spurs coach Harry Redknapp said.

Redknapp had to make a last minute change minutes before the match kicked off as Aaron Lennon was not well.

"I lost Aaron Lennon just as the team was walking onto the pitch. He didn´t feel well enough to play so we had to change that straight away," Redknapp said.

The second leg is at White Hart Lane next Wednesday and 2009 winners Barcelona or Shakhtar Donetsk of Ukraine await in the semi-finals.