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Eto'o bags a hat-trick for Inter

Hernandez delivers for Manchester United; Big win for Spurs

— PHOTO: AP

PROLIFIC: Inter Milan's Samuel Eto'o slots in one of his three goals past Werder Bremen goalkeeper Tim Wiese in their Champions League group match on Wednesday.

LONDON: Samuel Eto'o scored a scintillating hat-trick as holder Inter Milan cruised to 4-0 win over Werder Bremen in a UEFA Champions League match at home on Wednesday.

Manchester United savoured a rare win in Spain when it beat Valencia 1-0 to go joint-top of Group C with Rangers, 1-0 winners over Bursaspor, while troubled Olympique Lyon won 3-1 at Hapoel Tel Aviv to lead Group B.

van der Vaart in spotlight

While Eto'o was lighting up the San Siro, Tottenham Hotspur's Rafael van der Vaart chalked up a different kind of triple when he missed a penalty, scored and was sent off in a 4-1 home win against Twente Enschede, taking his side level with Inter at the top of Group A.

Earlier Barcelona had laboured to a 1-1 draw against Russia's Rubin Kazan.

There was no rivalling Eto'o for the performance of the night, as the Cameroon striker scored two in a six-minute first half burst, helped set up Wesley Sneijder for Inter's third and completed his hat-trick nine minutes from time.

“I don't know if it was their birthday today but we gave them too many presents,” seethed Werder coach Thomas Schaaf.

Valencia, top of La Liga, failed to convert possession into goals and paid the price against United.

With Wayne Rooney sidelined by injury but Rio Ferdinand returning, United's new Mexican signing Javier ‘Little Pea' Hernandez came off the bench to break the deadlock with a clinical finish in the 85th minute of an uninspiring match.

Penalties galore

There were penalties galore, and plenty of rain, at Tottenham as the English side celebrated its first home game in the Champions League proper with its first win.

Dutchman van der Vaart proved the tormentor for his compatriots before getting sent off with 29 minutes remaining.

Roman Pavlyuchenko made no mistake with two spot kicks either side of a goal from Twente's Nacer Chadli and Gareth Bale wrapped up the scoring five minutes from time, with Spurs now level on four points with Inter, its next opponent.

The results:

Group A: Inter Milan 4 (Eto'o 21, 27, 81, Sneijder 34) bt Werder Bremen 0; Tottenham Hotspur 4 (van der Vaart 47, Pavlyuchenko 50-pen, 64-pen, Bale 85) bt FC Twente 1 (Chadli 56).

Group B: Hapoel Tel Aviv 1 (Enyeama 79-pen) lost to Lyon (FRA) 3 (Bastos 7, 36, Pjanic 90+4); Schalke 04 2 (Farfan 73, Huntelaar 85) bt Benfica (POR) 0.

Group C: Valencia 0 lost to Manchester United 1 (Hernandez 85); Rangers 1 (Naismith 18) bt Bursaspor 0.

Group D: Panathinaikos 0 lost to FC Copenhagen 2 (N'Doye 28, Vingaard 37); Rubin Kazan 1 (Noboa 30-pen) drew with Barcelona 1 (Villa 60-pen) . — Agencies

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