UEFA Champions League Group B Results: , Spurs secure a draw away from home as the match ended with their Captain Hugo Lloris getting a red card.
Matchday 3 of UEFA Champions League saw Tottenham Hotspur take the road as they visited Eindhoven with a view to make amends to their poor start to this season’s Champions League.
Mauricio Pochettino had demanded a victory to keep Spurs’ European campaign “alive” but their hopes of reaching the knockout stage are flatlining after a result neither team wanted as the night at Philip Stadium drew to a close with a 2 – 2 scoreline.
Spurs put forward a 4-2-3-1 with Eric Dier and Mousa Dembele sitting in midfield and Christian Eriksen behind Harry Kane. Lucas Moura played on the right, with Son Heung-min on the left.
Similarly structured were PSV as Gaston Pereiro took the attacking position in the midfield with Jorrit Hendrix alongside Pablo Rosario slightly deeper. Hirving Lozano started on the right with Donyell Malen (once of Arsenal’s youth teams) on the left-hand side.
The match kicked off with a heavy-pressing Spurs side that managed to create several chances and at times also connected with the crossbar, nonetheless failed to convert at all times. Ironically the deadlock was broken by PSV that had patiently defended the Londoner’s waves of attack.
The goal came from a moment’s hesitation from the defender near the halfway line as Alderweireld is robbed by Lozano who rushed clear towards goal. Alderweireld got back to make a last-ditch tackle, only for the ball to loop up over Lloris courtesy, a strong deflection.
Tottenham managed to equalize as their attempt finally yielded the result. Eriksen put Trippier in space inside the box with a cute through-ball and his pull back was swept home by Lucas courtesy of a deflection off Rosario. Spurs were then able to convert another effort that put them in front as Eriksen exchanged a neat one-two with Son on the left-hand side before whipping in a delightful cross on to the head of Kane who headed it in!
Only moments earlier, Zoet had made a good save to deny Eriksen’s well-struck shot. But there was nothing he could do about this one.
After Kane put Spurs ahead, the visitors looked in control until referee Slavko Vincic showed Lloris a straight red in the 79th minute for fouling Hirving Lozano, who had earlier capitalized on a mistake by Toby Alderweireld to put PSV ahead.
PSV then took full advantage to leave Pochettino still waiting for his first win in Europe this season and hoping for a miracle. Trippier gave away a needless free-kick which came out to Rosario on the edge of the box. His shot was fluffed but it bounced through to De Jong who instinctively and brilliantly lifted it over the helpless Vorm and into the net.
Tottenham coach Mauricio Pochettino admitted Spurs’ European chances were almost up in the post-match interview:
“It’s nearly over. We’ll see what happens now in the game between Barcelona and Inter Milan but with only one point after three games, it will be so difficult.”
Pochettino refused to blame the referee after some key decisions went against his side as he added:
“If we need to blame someone it’s ourselves because with all the situations and the circumstances in the game you must win because I think we were much better than them. The situation with Hugo was maybe unfair but that can happen in football. But if you score more goals you are going to win the game. That is why we are so disappointed, not with the decisions but with ourselves because it’s a game you must win.”
There are three more matches to go for Pochettino’s side but with this result, it’s almost blatant that there is little way back into this and top 2 chances look slim. Evidently, Spurs seem to be looking to continue their European campaign with Europa League.