Barcelona 1-1 Tottenham: Spurs through to last 16 after dramatic Nou Camp draw

Lucas Moura scored the crucial goal for Tottenham in the 85th minute to lead them into the knockout stages of the Champions league.

Inter Milan only managed to salvage a draw at home against PSV Eindhoven, which meant that as Tottenham matched their result, they headed through.

Ousmane Dembele scored an early sublime goal in the 7th minute when he took it past the whole Tottenham team. Spurs kept pushing and finally equalised in the 85th minute when Lucas Moura met Harry Kane’s pull back.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men now wait to see who they draw in the last 16 of the Champions league.

COMBINED XI

Goalkeeper: Jasper Cillessen – Made some crucial saves and kept Barcelona in front for such a long time. Man of the match.

Right Back: Nelson Semedo – Nothing spectacular but gets in due to the horrific performance of Kyle Walker-Peters. Did make some impressive tackles.

Centre Back: Clement Lenglet – Was comfortable at bringing the ball out from the back and he made seven tackles throughout the game.

Centre Back: Thomas Vermaelen – He came into the side and dealt with the aerial presence of Harry Kane.

Left Back: Danny Rose – The first Spurs player to feature was impressive all night as he made six tackles and completed two take-on’s. Should’ve scored late on.

Centre Midfield: Christian Eriksen – He was the lynchpin in the Spurs midfield all night and he was creating all their chances. Cillesen made a great save from his shot outside the box.

Centre Midfield: Moussa Sissoko – This was Sissoko back to his best and he took on the opposition when needed and spread the ball long when needed. Good all around performance from him. He covered at RB and did a splendid job.

Centre Midfield: Ivan Rakitic – A decent performance from the Croatian. Some of his passes didn’t come off as well as he would of liked.

Right Winger: Ousmane Dembele – His first goal was sublime and he was frightening when he was running at the Spurs defence.

Striker: Harry Kane – England’s captain had six shots and although he didn’t score from any it shows his leadership and maturity to try and get Spurs back in the game. He got the assist for Lucas’ goal.

Left Winger: Philippe Coutihno – Coutihno played very similar to Kane and he had five shots, with two of them hitting the woodwork. He has surely earned his place in the Barcelona starting eleven now.

A bad day at the office for: Kyle Walker-Peters

This was the chance for Kyle to impress with both Trippier and Aurier being out injured. Unfortunately it didn’t work out for him. He made the mistake for the goal and Pochettino made the decision to take him off early in the second half and continue with Moussa Sissoko at right back. He did receive a hug and a word of encouragement from Poch and I’m sure this won’t end his future Tottenham hopes.

He did look like a deer inthe hheadlights throughout the game but I hope Tottenham fans and the media do not get on his back too much as this was a difficult tie to be thrown into.

OPINION:

Tottenham will be happy to get over the line and head through to the last 16. Barcelona made it difficult but it was made slightly easier when it was announced that star players Gerard Pique and Lionel Messi were both rested for this game.

Ousmane Dembele was fantastic when driving forward for Barcelona and he looks like a real star for the future (if not now!). On the other hand, Harry Kane was the driving force for Tottenham and he was not afraid to take the ball forward ferociously.

Tottenham will be hoping for an easier tie but they will be drawn against the teams that finished top in their group. Looking at the teams that they could possibly face, it is looking extremely hard for them to make it through to the Quarter Finals.

I would arguably say that Bayern Munich, who have not been at their best this season, could be a favourable tie. The ‘easiest’ tie, if that can be said in the Champions League, is obviously Porto, and Pochettino may secretly be hoping to be drawn against them. I would also fancy Tottenham against PSG over two legs. It will be interesting to see who they get.

Overall, this was positive result for Tottenham and it’s a miraculous turnaround considering they only collected one point from their first three games. Well done Tottenham!

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