Tottenham Hotspur managed to progress into the last-16 of the Champions League by the slenderest of margins after they picked up a 1-1 draw against Barcelona on the road.
Spurs had come into the game requiring a result which would match Inter’s scoreline against PSV Eindhoven, and they managed to do after a late 85th minute equaliser from Lucas Moura to cancel out Ousmane Dembele’s sublime solo effort.
The north London side sealed their knockout spot with the better head-to-head record over the Nerazzurri after netting an away goal against them at the San Siro earlier in the campaign.
Two things we learned:
Harry Kane with a defining impact: Kane did not create many scoring chances during the course of the game, barring one effort where he was clear on goal before fluffing his lines after a slight nudge from defender Clement Lenglet. Nonetheless, the England international kept on going with the intensity in his play and he eventually made the key contribution after putting Lucas Moura in a silver platter to score the leveller, which was eventually sufficient for Spurs to qualify for the round of 16.
Barcelona stayed competent despite changes: There were suggestions before the game that Barcelona may setup a weakened side which may hand Spurs a key advantage in their aim to secure three points. However, the Blaugrana surprised the visitors with an early seventh-minute goal via Dembele and thereafter, they came up with a relatively good defensive showing with Jasper Cillessen impressing with a couple of crucial saves. Barcelona may have even grabbed the win with some luck with Philippe Coutinho hitting the woodwork with two of his efforts.
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