Football: Soldado finds target on Spurs debut
LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) - Spain striker Roberto Soldado claimed a debut goal as Tottenham Hotspur completed their pre-season preparations with a 1-1 draw against Spanish side Espanyol at White Hart Lane on Saturday.
Welsh winger Gareth Bale, strongly linked with Real Madrid, was absent from the Tottenham squad with a foot injury, but manager Andre Villas-Boas was able to hand debuts to both Soldado and Brazil midfielder Paulinho.
After narrowly missing out on Champions League qualification last season, Spurs have spent an estimated £50 million (S$97.5 million) to improve their squad during the close season, including a club-record £26 million to prise Soldado from Valencia.
Soldado told ITV: "Of course, it's always what a striker wants to do, score goals, and hopefully this is the first of many more to come."