Late turnaround keeps Tottenham Hotspur alive in Champions League

Aubrey Yates
November 7, 2018

Tottenham Hotspur have staged a dramatic turnaround at Wembley Stadium to earn a 2-1 win over PSV Eindhoven that keeps them alive in the Champions League. Lucas Moura and Hueng-min Son start in attack with Harry Kane captaining the side up front.

"I understand, I like it because after almost five years I think it's the first time that they've been critical of me and didn't agree with me, but in the end [it ended] 2-1", Pochettino told reporters with a laugh. Only an error from Alderweireld and the red card for Lloris let them into the game. I thought we were so close to winning the game [against Inter Milan in Italy].

"I think it's a great opportunity to get the three points and to have the hope to go to the next stage - and then we have Inter Milan here and play the last game in Barcelona".

Spurs appeared to be doomed as they trailed for much of the Group B match, but they turned things around late on to capitalise on the Italian side dropping points at home to Barcelona.

Spurs were leading 3-0 in the 61st minute at Molineux on Saturday but conceded twice from penalties, with both of the fouls coming from centre-back Juan Foyth on his Premier League debut.

PSV, which stayed on one point and can not now qualify for the knockout stage, had defended stoutly after going ahead through Luuk De Jong's header from Gaston Pereiro's corner.

Spurs dominated their Dutch opponents but trailed for 76 minutes after missing numerous chances following De Jong's early header from a corner.

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However, Kane's scuffed left-foot shot found the bottom corner before his late header took two deflections on its way in.

'I am so pleased, ' said Pochettino.

The Spurs boss praised the spirit of his players after four games in nine days.

"The team was fighting and made a big effort".

Harry Kane has dismissed Mark van Bommel's criticism of the Wembley pitch following Tottenham's dramatic, come-from-behind victory over PSV on Tuesday evening.

He and Behich were snapped up by new PSV boss Mark van Bommel after the former Dutch global saw them both in action up close as assistant to his Socceroos World Cup head coach father-in-law Bert van Marwijk. They first pushed us back ten meters, then twenty and before you know it you are in your own sixteen-meter area. The players were complaining in training but I told them to shut up. "We have been grinding results out here and there all season".

Jurgen Klopp's side stay second in Group C after Napoli and Paris Saint-Germain played out a 1-1 draw in Naples to leave the entire group separated by only two points going into the final two matchdays.

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