Sandro scores freak goal as Spurs beat Fulham 3-0
Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Sandro scored a freak 35-yard goal to help Spurs beat Fulham 3-0 at Craven Cottage on Saturday.
Sandro opened the scoring in the 56th minute following an uninspiring first-half, in which there were few scoring opportunities created by either side.
The Brazilian collected the ball by the centre circle, advanced a few yards unchallenged, and decided to try his luck.
His low drive appeared to catch Mark Schwarzer by surprise and the goalkeeper could only turn it against the post and into the net.
Tottenham began to find their rhythm and although Gareth Bale had to be substituted due to a hamstring injury, the Welshman’s replacement set up the next goal for the visitors.
Gylfi Sigurdsson drove into the box, skipping past Senderos, before squaring for Defoe to score, who then completed a three-goal 21-minute burst when Dempsey sent him clear as Senderos tried to play offside.
Fulham mustered a couple of half-chances but goalkeeper Hugo Lloris dealt ably with the threat, most notably from a low Hugo Rodallega header, as Tottenham saw out the game confidently to seal their third consecutive Premier League win.
Andre Villas-Boas, Spurs boss, said: "We have had a very good week. We have changed the momentum of our results. It was a game where one goal can unlock the game and we were fortunate to get it.
"It was good for Sandro, he is such an important player for us, and Defoe has a clinical touch."
Sandro has been in impressive form for Spurs this season, having made himself a permanent feature in Villas-Boas’ starting eleven.
The Brazilian has subsequently been nominated for the Samba Gold trophy, which the public can vote for as of today.
The competition to find the best Brazilian in European football this year will run until the end of the month, when the winner will be officially announced here on Sambafoot.com.