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Llorente and Moura at the double as emphatic Spurs overcome Roma

Fernando Llorente and Lucas Moura scored first-half braces as Tottenham cruised past Roma in San Diego.

Brazilian Lucas Moura scored a brace for Spurs on Wednesday night.
Brazilian Lucas Moura scored a brace for Spurs on Wednesday night.
Image: Sean M. Haffey/International Champions Cup

FERNANDO LLORENTE AND Lucas Moura scored twice in the first half as Tottenham accounted for Roma 4-1 in their International Champions Cup opener.

Spurs went behind to an early Patrik Schick goal at the Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, but Llorente – who was deputising up front in the absence of Harry Kane – netted twice in nine minutes to make it 2-1 on Wednesday.

Moura then scored twice before half-time to put the result beyond doubt as Tottenham opened their ICC campaign with victory against the Serie A outfit.

Roma, who reached the Champions League semi-finals last season, made the perfect start as Czech forward Schick found the far corner of the net inside three minutes for his fifth goal in three pre-season fixtures.

But Spurs hit back six minutes later when Spanish veteran Llorente latched onto a deflected Luke Amos cross to head in the equaliser.

US-ICC-TOTTENHAM-ROMA Source: AFP/Getty Images

The former Juventus, Bilbao and Swansea forward then gave Tottenham the lead when he followed up from Moura’s saved shot at the back post.

Former Paris Saint-Germain winger Moura was becoming an influential figure Spurs, and having provided the assist for Llorente’s second goal, the Brazilian added a third when he headed home Serge Aurier’s pin-point cross.

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Moura scored Tottenham’s fourth goal on the stroke of half-time after he collected the ball on the edge of the area and drilled accurately into the bottom corner.

A raft of changes were made by both teams as Son Heung-min and Davinson Sanchez featured in their first pre-season games for Spurs, while Daniele De Rossi, Edin Dzeko and Kevin Strootman were among the introductions for Roma.

Substitute Tottenham goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga made a fine save with 15 minutes remaining when he turned Dzeko’s strike around the post.

But there would be no further goals as Tottenham cruised to a comfortable win against their Italian opponents.

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