PSV 2-2 Tottenham: Match Report

Spurs let a European lead slip again to draw at the Philips Stadion against PSV in the Champions League.

Lucas Moura cancelled out a Hirving Lozano effort in the first half after Davinson Sanchez’s goal was harshly ruled out.

Harry Kane gave Spurs the lead in the second half, but Hugo Lloris was sent off and Luuk de Jong made Spurs pay.

The defeat leaves the North London side with only 1 point after three games and they are now in an increasingly difficult position to qualify for the knockout-stage.

In a must-win match, Mauricio Pochettino made three changes from the win at West Ham. Christian Eriksen came back in for his first start in a month, as Heung Min-Son and Moussa Dembele also returned. Moussa Sissoko, Erik Lamela and Harry Winks all dropped out.

Spurs began the match the better side and made the better opportunities in an action-packed first half. Kane came close with three efforts in quick succession. This included a header from a Kieran Trippier corner which hit the crossbar.

Following sustained pressure from the visitors, a mistake from Toby Alderweireld gave the Dutch side the lead against the run of play. The Belgian was the last man and looked to find Hugo Lloris, but was hesitant in doing so. Hirving Lozano pounced on it quickly to speed his way into a scoring position. Alderweireld came back and almost stopped it, but Lozano’s shot deflected off the Belgian and the ball looped in over Lloris.

Tottenham were left scratching their heads again after a goal was harshly chalked off for being offside.  Sanchez was denied his first ever Spurs goal, as Kane was adjudged to have impeded the vision of goalkeeper Jeroen Zoet. The English striker was in an offside position.

However, Tottenham weren’t to be denied as they found an equaliser a few minutes later. Trippier picked out Moura from the right wing, and the Brazillian’s deflected effort went in past an unfortunate Zoet. The goal was Moura’s first since his sensational brace at Old Trafford in August.

Gaston Pereiro came close to getting PSV an underserved equaliser just before the break, as he struck a fine shot against the crossbar.

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Into the second half, and Eriksen failed to sufficiently test Zoet with a straight effort on goal, but then was the catalyst as Spurs took the lead. The Danish international played a pinpoint cross into the six-yard box towards the head of Kane, and the Englishman buried his header.

After another Kane header was saved brilliantly by Zoet, Lamela was substituted on and hit the crossbar. But, Spurs lacked concentration again ten minutes from time as Eriksen’s misplaced pass cost them. A direct pass through the middle saw Lloris come out into an awkward position, and he illegally fouled Lozano. He was sent off and Spurs began to panic.

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Tottenham’s lack of ruthlessness in front of goal and carelessness in possession cost them as PSV equalised. A shot from Pablo Rosario was poked in by De Jong. The shot evaded Michel Vorm, who came on as Son was sacrificed.

In a similar manner to the San Miro capitulation, Tottenham failed to take their chances and kill off a Champions League match, and were punished. They must now at least win their last three games to stand any chance of progression, and one of those games is at the Nou Camp.

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