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Tuesday 10th March 2020

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on March 10, 2020 by bishshat

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Leipzig 3 Spurs 0

Spurs endured a miserable exit from the Champions League after falling to a 3-0 defeat (4-0 on aggregate) at the hands of RB Leipzig at the Red Bull Arena.

Jose Mourinho, already facing a selection crisis with several key members missing through injury, was rocked by the absence of Davinson Sanchez due to a knock and replaced the Colombian with Japhet Tanganga as he fielded a three-man defence.

Spurs made an encouraging start, showing their aggressive side with early hounding and pressing of Leipzig as they passed out from the back.

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But once the Bundesliga outfit settled, Spurs defensive frailties were exposed and it only took 10 minutes for them to find the opener.

Timo Werner, who scored from the penalty spot in the first leg, saw his effort charged down by Eric Dier. But the German reacted quickly to claim the loose ball and set up Sabitzer, who struck low and hard from 20 yards towards goal. Hugo Lloris got a hand to it but, in retrospect, should have done better to keep it out.

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With the whole stadium bouncing and in full voice, Leipzig took confidence from the goal and nearly made it two, only for Werner to see the offside flag go up when tapping home from Angelino’s cross.

But Spurs didn’t take heed of that warning and found themselves with a mountain to climb when Sabitzer met Angelino’s cross with a fierce header. Lloris reacted too slowly at his near post, pushed it onto the woodwork and it trickled over the line.

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Tottenham needed three goals, just like when produced a memorable comeback against Ajax in the semi-final last season. Giovani Lo Celso tried his utmost to get one back, bending one to the far post only for Peter Gulacsi to parry out.

The small section of Spurs fans who made the trip to Leipzig would have been praying for a repeat of that famous night in Amsterdam. But with Spurs lacking energy and ideas, it never seemed likely. The Germans suffered a potentially serious blow after Nordi Mukiele was stretchered off with a facial injury after being struck by the ball.

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Spurs would get another shot on goal with 20 minutes left after some good work from Lucas Moura to find Dele, but his effort was tame and easy for Gulacsi to handle.

That was the closest the north London side came to getting a goal back but there was still time for more at the other end as substitute Emil Forsberg scored 32 seconds after coming on to compound a miserable evening for Mourinho’s men. Spurs already slim chances of making it through their Champions League tie with RB Leipzig were dealt a significant blow on Monday with Steven Bergwijn ruled out of the clash.