Harry Kane’s late penalty helped Tottenham Hotspur start their pre-season preparations in emphatic fashion as French champions Paris Saint-Germain imploded in Orlando.
PSG were reduced to 10 men just moments into the second half when German goalkeeper Kevin Trapp, who had endured an awful first 45 minutes, was sent off for handballing outside of the box.
And although Unai Emery’s side were difficult to break down, late strikes from Belgian defender Toby Alderweireld and Kane, both on as substitutes, sealed a 4-2 triumph in front of 33,332 fans at the Camping World Stadium.
On six minutes, Cavani powered the French side ahead. Youngster Cameron Carter Vickers was caught out by Adrien Rabiot who raced clear and squared for the Uruguayan frontman.
Tottenham looked culpable defensively, yet just five minutes later, Christian Eriksen pulled the Premier League side level. The Danish international unleashed an unstoppable, curling effort from 30 yards which flew past Kevin Trapp into the top corner.
While Eriksen’s equaliser was world class, Dier’s 18th minute goal was pure luck. Trapp’s poor clearance was hit straight at the Spurs player who gleefully saw the ball rebound over the line.
The English Premier League side should have extended their lead even further soon after, but Georges-Kevin Nkoudou wastefully fired over with just Trapp to beat before Ben Davies also went close thanks to some lovely build up play involving Vincent Janssen.
Pastore , however, wasn’t about to waste any opportunities and his close range strike on 36 minutes brought the entertaining tussle level once more only for Motta to head against his own post five minutes before the interval.
Trapp’s disastrous evening plummeted to new depths just 20 seconds into the second half. The German handled the ball outside of the box and was immediately shown the red card.
Watch the goals in the video below.
Paris Saint-Germain got the better of AS Roma, beating them 5-3 on penalties, after a 1-1 draw in their International Champions Cup match at Comerica Park.
Marquinhos scored the opening goal of the game for PSG, in the 36th minute only to be equalised by 20-year-old Umar Sadiq at the 60-minute mark for Roma.
Roma midfielder Gerso then failed to convert his penalty during the penalty shoot-outs while Marquinhos scored the decisive one to win PSG (5-3) the game.
Dani Alves made his debut for PSG, starting at right-back, after his move to the French giants from Juventus.
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho hinted on Wednesday that the club are ready to end their interest in one of their summer transfer window targets.
Ahead of the pre-season friendly clash with Manchester City, the Portuguese said: “The problem is we have four players [Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Ashley Young, Luke Shaw and Marcos Rojo] that cannot play football now,” Mourinho said.
“Not even training. So it looks like our group is big but it is not because they can’t even train and the time for their recovery is really long. Look at Marcos, no chance before December as an example, so our squad is not so big. Everybody knows because I told, very objective, I would like four players, I asked for four players.
United were favourites to sign Ivan Perisic from Inter Milan, before the Italian club’s squad flew to China for their pre-season tour in which the Croatian was included.
“And I’m ready to go from four to three because the market is difficult, some clubs think the market is different from others. We are not a club that is not ready to buy and buy and buy non-stop, we are not a club that is ready to pay what the clubs want us to pay so I’m ready to go from four to three.
“And maybe three gives us a better balance for the squad and the team, and better conditions to compete,” Mourinho added.
Hear more from Mourinho in the video below.