Tottenham Hotspur has managed to remain in the Champions League after Lucas Moura scored a much-needed goal during the 85th-minute to cancel out the sensational individual effort by Ousmane Dembele to draw against Barcelona.
Tottenham Hotspur were only required to match the results of Inter Milan to progress. However, for a long time, it seemed that they would fail in their pursuit due to the remarkable saves that Jasper Cillessen made during the match while Barcelona had a 1-0 lead. Meanwhile, Inter Milan were only able to draw against PSV Eindhoven at home, which allowed Tottenham to make it through to the round of 16 thanks to the late goal by Lucas Moura which allowed the game to end up in a draw.
Tottenham could only blame themselves if they didn’t make it to the round of 16. They had a string of chances against Barcelona where they dominated the game and had disappointing results against Eindhoven and Milan earlier on in the tournament.
Tottenham’s Difficult Task Against Barcelona
Tottenham travelled to Spain knowing full well that a win would be more than enough to make it through to the round of 16 if they could defeat Barcelona. They were also fully aware of the fact that Barcelona has been unbeaten for a total of 28 matches at home, a phenomenal run that stretches back all the way to 2013 against Bayern Munich.
Barcelona also had two record signings that started against Tottenham Hotspur, including Philippe Coutinho and Dembele, costing the club a staggering €300 million for both, but the game against Hotspur soon showed why. Dembele might be in the headlines for his poor punctuality, but his remarkable opener ensured that he stays with the club a little longer. Dembele’s goal occurred within the opening 15 minutes while Tottenham was still trying to get into the game. Heung-Min Son had the best opportunity on goal during the first half but wasted the opportunity for his team, while Coutinho managed to hit the post on the other end.
The second half was dominated by Tottenham but got extremely frustrated due to the ball-saving abilities of Cillessen. The Barca goalkeeper made several impossible saves from Moura and Eriksen, while Coutinho managed to hit the post once again during the second half. Harry Kane managed to shoot over for Tottenham and started wondering what on earth they could do to score a goal as Messi was brought in from the sidelines. At that very moment, however, Moura made his appearance, fizzing a ball in from close range with 5 minutes left on the clock.
The 5,000 Tottenham Hotspur fans at Camp Nou, including the millions of fans watching from home, nervously waited for news from San Siro. Once the final whistle went off in Milan, fans erupted. And this happened without Hotspur even breaking the incredible Barcelona unbeaten record at home. Now we wait and see how they perform in the round of 16.