Harry Kane galvanised a dramatic late comeback to keep Tottenham’s slim Champions League hopes alive with a 2-1 win over PSV Eindhoven at Wembley.
Spurs were heading out of UEFA’S elite competition with 12 minutes left but relied on two late Harry Kane goals to inspire them to victory.
Inside the first minute, PSV won a corner after Alderweireld put Hendrix’s cross behind. With Periero delivering, captain Luuk De Jong rose highest to nod home from smack bang in the middle of the box.
Tottenham saw the majority of the ball following this, and went close after Davinson Sanchez’s header was flicked on by Alli and forced a goal line intervention with Angelino heading it away from danger.
On the 20 minute mark, Harry Kane had a lovely curling shot saved by the PSV goalkeeper Zoet. It was a great response by Spurs from going behind and this was epitomised when Lucas Moura went on a superb run; running from the halfway lane, evading plenty of the opposition only to be disappointed with his finish which was eventually blocked by Zoet.
Tottenham must’ve been left scratching their heads about how either Eriksen or Alli had not levelled in the 28th minute. Alli sent a wonderful ball into the box, which Eriksen looked to tap home but was denied by the legs of Zoet, who got up quickly to block the rebound which fell to Alli. Alli was once again dismissed as Zoet made an impressive save, which was fired straight at him.
To say Tottenham were the better team in the first half would be a huge understatement. Pochettino will have asked for more of the same (with a bit more composure in front of goal).
A frustrating second half followed. Tottenham were bailed out when Periero headed the ball towards the top corner and Gazzaniga was equal to the effort and pushed it strongly away. Pochettino on the hour mark made the strange move to swap Lucas Moura for Erik Lamela which came with loud boos from the home crowd.
The rock for PSV was finally defeated in the 78th minute, as Harry Kane played a delightful one-two with Llorente before sweeping it past Zoet to equalise, 1-1.
During the 83rd minute, Malen burst into the area but his fierce drive was pushed over the bar by the Spurs goalkeeper who stood tall. From the resulting corner, Tottenham countered down the other end and Fernando Llorente will have been disappointed to have his powerful header, caught by Zoet.
With one minute left of normal time, Harry Kane rose in his typical dominating fashion; the ball took two deflections and ended up sneaking past the desperate lunge of Zoet.
Goalkeeper: Jeroen Zoet – A fantastic display from Zoet and made some impressive saves. Had no chance with either goal and you have to feel sorry for him.
Right Back: Serge Aurier – Not a brilliant performance from him tonight but nonetheless did the basics well.
Centre Back: Daniel Schwaab – Took control of the Eindhoven defence and was comfortable in bringing the ball out.
Centre Back: Davinson Sanchez – Was patient with the ball and was a threat in the air.
Left Back: Angelino – The goal line clearance could’ve been a crucial moment in the game and highlighted the importance of having a man on the line.
Central Defensive Midfielder: Harry Winks – A stellar performance from the 22 year old and he controlled the tempo of the Spurs midfield. A real mature game from Winks.
Central Defensive Midfielder: Pablo Rosario – Sat in and frustrated the oncoming traffic, unlucky to be on the losing side.
Right Midfield: Lucas Moura – Was the main provider of chances and wasn’t scared of running at the opposition’s defence. The Spurs faithful showed their discontent when he was subbed off on the hour mark. His work rate was superb.
Left Midfield: Dele Alli – Although not technically playing on the left side, he consistently came over to aid Son – who had a frustrating evening. Alli deserved one goal at least for his efforts.
Striker: Luuk De Jong – Got the early goal for PSV and gave Gazzaniga no chance in saving it.
Striker: Harry Kane – When they needed him – he provided. Two goals and he salvaged their slight hopes of advancing from the Champions League group. Man of the Match.
Bad day at the office for: Heung Min- Son
Marc Van Bommel identified Son as a threat and the PSV defence doubled up on him. He struggled to get into the game and I’m sure Lamela will be returning to the line-up for this weekend.
OPINION: A fantastic resolute performance was inspiring from PSV but on the whole Tottenham Hotspur deserved the victory and they will be happy to have won all 3 games they have played in the last week.
It was vital that they got the victory today, although they will be disappointed that Barcelona were undone by a late goal at the San Siro. It is unclear to see whether Spurs will make it out of their Champions League group and it means that they realistically need to win both games against Barcelona and Inter. It’s a tough ask but it’s not impossible and Spurs will be hoping that Harry Kane will be on fire for those games too. On a side note, Harry Winks was incredible in the Tottenham midfield and really stamped his authority on the team. The calmness and maturity he played with, made sure that Spurs did not end up panicking and resorting to route one football. A big performance from Winks and he will be hoping for the England call up later this week.
Tottenham: – Gazzaniga; Aurier, Sanchez, Alderweireld, Davies; Winks, Eriksen; Lucas, Alli, Son; Kane.
Tottenham Bench: – Vorm, Walker-Peters, Trippier (75), Skipp, Sissoko, Lamela (62), Llorente (75).
PSV:- Zoet; Dumfries, Schwaab, Viergever, Angelino; Rosario, Hendrix; Lozano, Pereiro, Bergwijn; De Jong.
PSV Bench: – Behich, Room, Malen (73), Sainsbury (81), Ramselaar, Gutierrez (86), Dos Santos.
Referee: Ivan Kruzliak Attendance: 46,588