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Spurs Finish Triumphant in Close Contest

Milos Veljkovic heads in Tottenham's opener and what proved to be the winner

An early Milos Veljkovic goal was enough to send Tottenham through to the next round of this year’s NextGen Series.

Spurs now need only a point in their final game against Inter Milan in order to top the group going into the quarter finals.

Early chances came in bundles as a clever run from Mazzini Luongo proved ineffective as a last-ditch challenge prevented him from getting the shot away.

Alex Pritchard caused trouble down the wing and his dangerous crosses were causing the Basle defence some issues.

It was a Pritchard cross that created the goal as he swung in a lovely ball from the right from a set-piece and Veljkovic was there in the box to head home and put Spurs in front.

Veljkovic celebrates his goal

The Swiss side grew stronger after the Spurs goal and had a handful of meaningful attacks.

A superb block by Kevin Stewart was the highlight of these moves as Basle looked certain to equalise.

Despite these dangerous attacks the sides went in at half-time with Spurs 1-0 up.

The pace of the game was maintained during the second-half and Basel began to dominate proceedings. They looked certain for an equaliser if it wasn’t for Spurs goalkeeper Jonathan Miles.

The game continued in similar fashion as Spurs began to share the opportunities and arguably had the chance of the match when Harry Kane’s cross was mistimed by Kudos Oyenuga and Luonogo failed to capitalize on the rebound.

Basle are now reliant on some poor results by Inter in order to qualify. They do face Inter in one remaining game although the date is to be decided.

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About Tom Bennett

I'm a 21-year-old Multimedia Journalism student at Bournemouth University aspiring to be one of Britain's top sports journalists. Follow me on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn for contact and further information.

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