Tottenham will play in the last 16 of the Champions League after Clement Lenglet’s second-half header and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s strike in stoppage time snatched a dramatic 2-1 win at Marseille on a topsy-turvy night in Provence.
Spurs were overrun at the Stade Velodrome during an insipid first half in which they failed to muster a touch inside their opponents’ box – and Marseille deservedly took the lead in stoppage time when a short corner was hooked in by Jordan Veretout and headed home by former Newcastle defender Chancel Mbemba.
Spurs, with head coach Antonio Conte in the stands, lost forward Son Heung-min to a head injury in a torrid opening period but were a different team after the break and took control after Lenglet’s equaliser.
Hojbjerg struck the crossbar for the visitors but Marseille should have scored late on when Sead Kolasinac somehow missed an open goal with a header. Hojbjerg then sealed the victory in stoppage time to put Tottenham top of the group and leave Marseille, who at one point in the evening were top, in fourth spot and out of Europe.
Tottenham assistant coach Cristian Stellini said: “The performance we have to analyse. We repeat the same routine as the last three or four games by being behind. We didn’t use power or intensity in the first half. We let them play too much in our half. We lose the pitch. They had the control of the game.
“After the second half, when we change in a 3-5-2, we had more control. We play a good second half.
“I enjoy when we win. These guys deserve to win, we are a good team but we have to show for 90 minutes. We have to do our best for all of the game.
Source: Sky Sports