Tottenham: The Highs and Lows of the Marseille Victory
Tottenham Hotspurs earned themselves a late 2-1 victory over Marseille on Tuesday, 1 November, thereby securing their place in the knockout stage of the UEFA Champions League.
The two teams faced off against each other at Stade Vélodrome in Marseille, France with what has been described as a “mind-numbingly cautious first half” by pundits.
Unfortunately, the Spurs lost one of their star strikers, Heung-min Son, to a collision at the 23rd minute with Marseille’s Congolese defender, Chancel Mbemba. A wobbling Son was escorted off the pitch by assistant head coach, Cristian Stellini.
The first goal only arrived at the 47-minute mark – just before half-time – when Mbemba scored for Marseille with the help of team-mate Jordan Veretout.
However, Spurs came back with a vengeance during the second half, as defender Clément Lenglet equalised the game at the 54th minute with a crucial assist from his team-mate, Ivan Perišić.
The final goal of the match came during overtime, as Tottenham’s Pierre-Emile Højbjerg snatched a win with the help of forward Harry Kane, destroying the host’s lingering hopes.
Son – who was seen nursing a swollen eye as his team celebrated – is expected to undergo medical assessment today, Wednesday 2 November.
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