Spurs first Premier League game back since the international break ended in disappointment as Liverpool won 2-1 at Wembley.
Although Spurs were not the better team they can feel hard done by after Heung-min Son was not given a penalty late in the match when the score was 2-1.
Spurs Bright Premier League Start Thwarted
Spurs made a laboured start to the encounter and the ball was in the back of Michel Vorm’s goal inside the first few minutes. However Roberto Firmino’s strike was, thankfully for Spurs, ruled out for offside.
Vorm was again called into action to save a free kick as Hugo Lloris’ deputy had a busy afternoon in his second Premier League game of the season.
The best chance for Spurs in the first half was from a Christian Erisken free kick. His effort from outside the area was comfortably saved by Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson.
The opening goal of the match came from a Liverpool corner. James Milner’s ball in was not dealt with by Vorm and only half cleared by Eric Dier as far as Georginio Wijnaldum. The Dutch international’s header looped over Vorm as well as Kieran Trippier and put Liverpool into the lead.
Goal line technology was needed to confirm whether the ball crossed the line. The instincts of Liverpool players proved to be correct as replays showed the ball was clearly over the line.
GOAL! Spurs 0-1 Liverpool
Goal line technology confirms that Georginio Wijnaldum's header crosses the line.
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) September 15, 2018
The second half saw Spurs have their best chance of the encounter. It came from Lucas Moura who struck the post after he skipped past 3 Liverpool defenders. Spurs were only an inch away from getting an equaliser as Alisson in the Liverpool goal did not move.
But soon after that Roberto Firmino increased the scoreline between Spurs and Liverpool. A good run by Sadio Mane allowed Liverpool in behind the Spurs defence and his cross deflected on to the post off Toby Alderweireld. The Brazilian striker managed to poke home from a few yards out after Jan Vertonghen and Michel Vorm could not clear.
Soon after Mauricio Pochettino decided to introduce Erik Lamela to replace Mousa Dembele. Later in the match Heung-min Son came on to make his first appearance for Spurs since the opening game of the season against Newcastle. Son was replacing Harry Winks who made his first Premier League start for Spurs in 2018. Both Son and Lamela would have crucial moments later on.
After the second goal, the match continued to drift away from Spurs as they could not get control of proceedings particularly in the middle of the park.
Firmino later went off injured after an accidental clash with Jan Vertonghen. The Spurs defender inadvertently caught his opponent in the eye with his finger as the two were tussling for the ball.
Erik Lamela Scores for Spurs
With the scoreline as it was Spurs were not out of the match and in second half stoppage time they managed to get a goal back. Christian Eriksen’s corner evaded everyone until it ended up with Erik Lamela at the back post. The Spurs winger controlled and then drilled home to score his first Premier League goal of the season and set up a nervous last few minutes for Liverpool.
Deep into injury Spurs should have had the opportunity to grab an unlikely equaliser. Sadio Mane fouled Heung-min Son as he attempted to take a shot at goal yet a penalty was not given to Spurs.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 15, 2018
That would be Spurs’ only opportunity to get back in the game which they admittedly deserved to get little from.
Mauricio Pochettino will be disappointed by the mistakes made by his players as well as the fact that they conceded from a set piece once more.
Spurs have shown this season that they can compete with the top sides by beating Man United at Old Trafford. Despite the change in form, Pochettino’s men have what it takes to get back to winning ways starting with their Champions League campaign.
Dele Alli should soon return from injury and Heung-min Son will also add an attacking spark to Spurs in their upcoming fixtures.
Spurs v Liverpool Lineups
Spurs: Vorm, Trippier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose, Dier (Wanyama 83), Winks (Son 73), Dembele (Lamela 60), Erisken, Lucas Moura, Kane
Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold (Matip 90), Gomez, van Dijk, Robertson, Milner, Wijnaldum, Keita (Sturridge 83), Salah, Firmino (Henderson 74), Mane
Spurs v Liverpool Attendance
Wembley Stadium: 80,188
What the Managers Said
“When we started the second half, there were some massive chances for us to score. We hit the post with Lucas Moura – that should have changed the game but then we conceded the second goal and it was difficult. The team kept pushing and if a penalty was given to Sonny we would be talking in a different way about character and personality.
“Liverpool is a great team. I think that we made a lot of mistakes and we were punished by a team that (makes it) difficult when you concede these chances.” (Tottenham Hotspur)
“What a game from my boys – that was really, really good. If we win at Tottenham it’s a big result.
Tottenham are one of the best teams in world football, and to come here and perform like that after the international break I didn’t take that for granted.
We were defensively good, offensively good, and the performance was better than the result. It was perhaps a bit nervy at the end but no problem. I have nothing to be critical about today. If you win games and you’re not 100% with the performance it’s still three points. I like that. It’s a deserved result.” (BBC Sport)
What the Players Said
“I am pleased for my goal but next time I hope that it helps the team to win. Unfortunately we didn’t have enough time to score again because the game was finishing. We created one more chance to draw but the game after that was finished and unfortunately it was another defeat. But like I’ve said before, I believe in this team and we will try to get better.” (Tottenham Hotspur)
Man of the Match – Erik Lamela
From a Spurs perspective there were not a lot of standout performances. Erik Lamela looked lively after coming off the bench for Spurs and gets our player of the match nomination because of his goal. He will be looking to push for a starting spot in the team as a result of his cameo in the game.
Spurs are again in Premier League action away against Brighton before their first Champions League home match against Barcelona.
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