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PSV 2-2 Spurs – Champions League Report

Spurs endured a disappointing night in Eindhoven as they could only manage a draw in their crucial Champions League match.  Spurs were the better team on the night but a lapse in concentration, which also occurred against Inter Milan, meant that they left the Netherlands with a draw that felt more like a defeat. The result means it is highly unlikely that they will be able to qualify for the knockout rounds.

Spurs started brightly and Harry Kane tested PSV Eindhoven goalkeeper Jeroen Zoet early on. The England captain’s shot from just inside the area was not ruthless enough to put Spurs ahead, but did catch Zoet off guard as he spilt the shot before it was cleared.

Only a few minutes after that chance, Kane went close again by hitting the woodwork. This time Zoet could do nothing as his header from Kieran Trippier’s cross was excellently guided toward goal. However the Spurs man was denied by a combination of post and crossbar and PSV Eindhoven were once again let off the hook.

Despite their dominance Spurs did not make their pressure count and were made to pay by PSV Eindhoven. Toby Alderweireld did not have as much time on the ball as he thought and was caught in possession by Herving Lozano. The Mexican international, picked out in our preview as PSV’s one to watch, burst through onto goal before shooting. His effort deflected off Alderweireld and looped over Hugo Lloris who was helpless to prevent Spurs from going behind.

Spurs had to immediately put that behind them and thought they had responded in just the right way soon after the opener. Trippier’s corner was headed toward goal by Alderweireld, before being parried out to Davinson Sanchez who stabbed home and wheeled away believing he had scored his first goal for Spurs. However the assistant referee had flagged for an offside, much to the disbelief of the Spurs players. Harry Kane was in an offside position but did not have any involvement in the goal and so the Colombian’s effort should have stood.

By now PSV were under the cosh and Heung-min Son was the latest Spurs player to go close. The South Korean, who has not scored yet for Spurs this season, drifted past Denzel Dumfries and had his shot blocked by Zoet at the near post.

The equaliser was coming and Spurs eventually got it through Lucas Moura. The move for the goal was an excellent one and involved good build-up play from Son and Eriksen before Trippier pulled the ball back for Lucas, who was in acres of space on the penalty spot. His effort deflected off Pablo Rosario to give Spurs their deserved leveller.

Yet they could have gone in at half time behind. Again Lozano caused problems down the right hand side before laying off to Gaston Pereiro. The Uruguay international weaved into the area before seeing his effort crash off the crossbar. That was the last major action in the first half and despite the chances PSV had, Spurs would have been confident of securing a much needed victory in the second half.

They again started brightly and really should have scored after 52 minutes. Christian Eriksen’s shot from 18 yards was palmed away but the Spurs man was evidently disappointed with his effort, as a player of his quality should have beaten the goalkeeper.

Just two minutes after his chance, Eriksen instantly atoned for his miss by setting up Harry Kane to put Spurs ahead. After good work with Son, the Spurs playmaker put in an inch perfect cross for Kane, meaning he could not miss with his header at the back post. It was Kane’s second goal in the Champions League this season and put Spurs deservedly ahead at the Philips Stadion.

Spurs did not stop trying to score once they were in the lead and still created a number of chances. Again from a Trippier set piece, this time a free kick, Kane saw his header saved by Zoet to deny him his second of the game. Substitute Erik Lamela also went close, with his shot clipping the top of the bar after a lovely piece of skill by Son set him up.

Hugo Lloris Sending Off Costs Spurs

Unfortunately Spurs were left to rue those missed chances. Eriksen’s loose pass just inside the PSV half allowed Lozano to be put through on goal. Hugo Lloris came rushing out of his area and made a challenge on the Mexican, which he did not really need to make, and was subsequently sent off by referee Slavko Vincic. The Spurs captain was the second Spurs keeper to receive a red card in the Champions League after Heurelho Gomes.

The red card left Spurs in the lurch and Michel Vorm’s first involvement in the match was to save a free kick from Luuk de Jong. PSV pressed and were rewarded with a goal from skipper de Jong with just four minutes remaining. Rosario’s mis-kick was flicked on by the former Newcastle man to undo all the good work Spurs had put into the game.

The equaliser for PSV Eindhoven set up a frenetic finale in which Spurs looked the more dangerous as they desperately tried to get the win. However it was not to be as the match finished 2-2, a result which neither team particularly wanted going into the tie.

PSV only had 3 shots on target and 29% of possession but, as Pochettino and his players will be well aware, there is only one stat the matters in football. The 2-2 score line means that it’ll be an incredible feat of Spurs do qualify for the next round, something Pochettino is well aware of.

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What Mauricio Pochettino Said

I think it’s easy to judge the game, if you didn’t win following what happened then you don’t deserve to be in the Champions League. This type of game when you dominate and are so much better and when you have possibility to win the game, of course started 1-0 down but it was quick and we changed that feeling.

The end and the result can happen, an action that was our keeper Hugo sent off and afterwards with 10 players you can concede chances, with the chances they scored and then it’s 2-2. Clearly that’s the analysis and it’s easy.

We need to win the three games that we have to play and some results that help us to achieve a place for qualification, but it will be so, so difficult. (football.london)

PSV v Spurs Man of the Match

The Man of the Match from a Spurs perspective was between Kieran Trippier and Christian Eriksen. We’ve picked out Trippier as the best Spurs player just ahead of Eriksen because it was his sloppy pass which led to the eventual sending off of Lloris. Trippier, as always, was threatening from set-pieces and was a constant outlet down the right hand side for Spurs. Despite being part of a defence that conceded two goals, he also impressed defensively with some key interceptions and tackles.

What’s Next for Spurs

Next up for Spurs is a mouth-watering clash against Manchester City under the lights at Wembley Stadium on Monday. Two days later they face West Ham in the Carabao Cup Fourth Round.


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