Jermain Defoe's hat-trick helps Tottenham Hotspur maul South China

Jermain Defoe got on the scoresheet on the stroke of half-time, added his second in the 54th minute and completed his hat-trick 10 minutes before time.

updated: July 27, 2013 18:03 IST
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Hong Kong: Tottenham Hotspur eased to a 6-0 romp over a hopelessly outclassed South China on Saturday in Hong Kong with Jermain Defoe scoring a hat-trick and setting up another successful strike.

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas had admitted that he would rather not be playing the Barclays Asia Trophy friendly because of the state of the pitch at the sell-out 40,000 Hong Kong Stadium after several days of heavy rain.

Key defender Jan Vertonghen faces a race to be fit for the start of the Premier League season in three weeks after injuring his ankle in a 3-1 defeat to Sunderland at the same venue on Wednesday.

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