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Tottenham travel to Nou Camp Stadium to take on Barcelona.
Match report by John Ellis at Camp Nou
After the shambles of getting in, the night took a further turn for the worse… From a Spurs attacking position, an Eriksen free-kick, Barca broke through Dembele who with the aid of a Walker-Peters slip, scored a quite wonderful solo goal.
The night suddenly took a surprising turn for the better when news filtered through of PSV taking the lead in Milan!
Spurs took until the half-hour mark to create an opening but Rose put too much pace on his cross.
Spurs gained in confidence and really should have leveled in the 38th minute when Son broke clear. With just the keeper to beat, he steadied himself before shooting straight at the keeper. A gilt-edged chance missed…
Kane then brought a near-post save. Spurs could actually do this but could they….
Right on half time the contest could have been over when a Messi like dribble hit the post and went wide.
There have been a number of times in this campaign when Spurs Champions League future already hanging by a thread could have been laid to rest… and yet when the halftime whistle blew, Spurs were within 45 minutes of qualifying for the knock out stages….
Spurs bossed the opening exchanges of the second half. Sissoko free on the right lacked composure and regarded the ball as a hot potato in hurrying his cross when he had all the time in the world to find the right pass..
Kane then held the ball up well for Eriksen to bring a diving save.
Kane was then put through and uncharacteristically blazed over.
Four good chances had gone begging…
Barca looked dangerous on the break but Spurs ripped them apart time and again at the back… almost at will.
Rose broke into the box but was wayward with his cross from a really good position. Son then shot into the keepers’ arms. That elusive equaliser just kept being that….elusive…
Then Messi came on….the feeling was that if Spurs couldn’t get in front with Messi being on the pitch a much greater reliance was now on PSV to hold on to their slender advantage.
In the 70th minute Rose laid it on a plate for Eriksen but the keeper saved although in any event the referee called a foul against Kane.
Spurs continued to lack the killer instinct.
With 17 minutes to go the expected dreaded news of an Inter equaliser came through… Spurs had only themselves to blame.
With 15 minutes to go Moura looked to have headed the equaliser but the keeper produced a fine save. Moura then curled the follow up beyond the far post.
Eleven minutes to go and Sissoko’s hard driven cross was just about blocked.
Seven minutes to go and Barca hit the woodwork again. Spurs were certainly using the cats proverbial nine lives.
With just five minutes to go, Kane foraged down the left wing, crossed to perfection for Moura to stab the ball over the line – 1-1!!!
With two minutes to go a wonderful move including an exquisite pass from Eriksen let in Rose to… oh Danny boy…his shot went over and he hugged the post in desperate need of a cuddle…
The tension of four minutes added time. A goal at either game at either end would have had such dramatic consequences….
The final whistle blew at the Camp Nou but was a draw enough? The answer came quickly enough when an almighty roar came up in the Spurs end!
Spurs had done it! Oh my 50/1 outsiders after the PSV away game on one point from three games with Inter on seven points…. Even the most optimistic of Spurs fans including Pochettino thought we were out.
Three late goals in the last three games brought seven points and the Spurs go marching on!!!