Tottenham Beats Red Bull 2-1 in New Jersey (Gallery)

07/31/2012  Harrison, New Jersey

Andre Villas-Boas got away with his tinkering when goals from Gareth Barry and Gylfi Sigurdsson brought Tottenham back for a 2-1 victory, spoiling Tim Cahill’s debut for Red Bull in New Jersey on Tuesday.

The Portuguese tactician decided to start the game’s featured player in Garreth Bale away from his traditional wing position to play as a forward in a 4-4-2. The result was a stale, boxy first half where Tottenham went down 1-0 and Bale was completely anonymous.

Red Bull’s goal came after a nice through ball found new signing Cahill behind the Spurs’ defense. The former Everton forward, who was successfully deployed as a center midfielder, was brought down inside the box before graciously allowing his new teammate Kenny Cooper to finish the spot-kick.

In the second half, AVB switched Bale to wing and  Tottenham’s play immediately picked up.

The Welsh midfielder was looking dangerous early before he eventually scored in the 60th minute on a header from a corner kick.

Less than five minutes later, Tottenham grabbed the lead on a magnificently piece of play from the 22-year-old Sigurdsson. The Icelandic midfielder hesitated smartly before cutting to his right foot inside the box to curl a high shot inside the far post.

Although they got the result, Tottenham really seemed to miss the influence of their cerebral midfield leader Luca Modric, who is holding out of pre-season with the hopes of moving to Real Madrid soon.

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