Eriksen And Alli Mix To Hold Spurs In Hunt For Final 16 Berth
Christian Eriksen got here off the bench to maintain alive Tottenham’s bid to qualify for the Champions League final 16 because the Denmark star’s late strike sealed a tense 1-Zero win over Inter Milan on Wednesday.
Mauricio Pochettino’s facet had been 10 minutes away from being eradicated on the group stage as they laboured to interrupt down the massed Inter defence at Wembley. However Eriksen, surprisingly dropped to the bench by Pochettino, got here to Tottenham’s rescue when he fired house to take their Group B qualification bid right down to the ultimate sport.
After taking one level from their opening three matches, Tottenham had scored twice within the final 12 minutes to keep away from an early exit in opposition to PSV Eindhoven earlier this month. And this newest act of European escapology means second positioned Tottenham at the moment are degree on factors with third positioned Inter.
They head to Barcelona to face the group leaders on December 11 understanding a win will seal their final 16 berth, no matter how Inter fare in opposition to PSV on the identical night time.
Harry Kane set the tone tonight, barging by means of the Inter defence to drive Samir Handanovic to push his shot onto a submit. Then, a muscular run from Kane ended with Dele Alli firing simply over from the sting of the realm. Moussa Sissoko led one other speedy Tottenham raid that includes an beautiful Alli dummy, however Lucas Moura couldn’t end off the transfer as he shot straight at Handanovic.
Content material to defend deep for lengthy intervals, Inter’s safety-first game-plan was virtually undone when Harry Winks curled an excellent effort in opposition to the bar from 25 yards.
Pochettino responded to the mounting sense of desperation by sending on Son for the final half an hour and launched Eriksen 10 minutes later.
It proved an impressed transfer as Eriksen turned the sport in Tottenham’s favour. Eriksen’s first contact practically introduced the essential purpose when his free-kick was headed vast in a woeful miss by Jan Vertonghen.
Eriksen ensured Vertonghen wouldn’t dwell to rue his miss because the Denmark playmaker broke the impasse within the 80th minute.
Ultimately unlocking the cussed Inter defence, a sweeping transfer featured Sissoko and Alli exchanging passes earlier than Eriksen was teed up for a cool end from 10 yards out.
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Pochettino’s aid was clear as he appeared to the heavens and pumped his fists, however Tottenham nonetheless have one final daunting hurdle to beat in Barcelona earlier than they’ll have a good time a final 16 berth.
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