Harry Kane scored two late goals to secure a 2-1 victory against PSV Eindhoven and keep Tottenham’s Champions League hopes alive.
It was a must-win game and manager Mauricio Pochettino named a strong team.
Lucas Moura, Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen, Heung-Min Song and Harry Winks all started in midfield behind Harry Kane. Paulo Gazzaniga was selected over Michel Vorm in goal.
#THFC: Gazzaniga, Aurier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Davies, Winks, Eriksen, Dele, Lucas, Son, Kane (C).
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However, Spurs got off to a nightmare start after former Newcastle striker Luuk De Jong’s bullet header from a corner just a minute into the game.
Dele Alli flicked on a header from centre-back Davidson Sanchez shortly after PSV’s shock opener but saw his effort cleared off the line.
A brilliant run from Lucas Moura was then stopped by PSV defender Nick Viergever with a last-ditch challenge.
Spurs fans at Wembley were further frustrated when PSV goalkeeper Jeroen Zoet made two incredible quickfire saves from Christian Eriksen and then Dele Alli.
The heroics of PSV’s goalkeeper continued when a long-ball from Toby Alderwield found Alli, who was unable to score. The England midfielder tried to pass it into the corner after taking the ball down beautifully but Zoet got down smartly to make a good save.
The referee waved away shouts for a penalty from Tottenham after Son went down too easily.
In the second half, Gazzaniga came up with a good save of his own to prevent PSV scoring from another header from a corner.
Tottenham upped the tempo in the second half and dominated possession but PSV defended brilliantly to frustrate Tottenham. On came Erik Lamela, Kieran Trippier and Fernando Llorente to try and salvage something from the game.
In the 78th minute, Tottenham finally had their equalizer. A scuffed shot from Harry Kane found the bottom corner. However, a draw was not good enough for Spurs and Pochettino’s team were quick to get the ball back in play and look for a winner.
Gazzaniga made another fine save from PSV substitute from a one-on-one, before Llorente had a good chance from a cross from Trippier, but couldn’t direct his header into the corner.
Spurs’ main man Kane scored the winner after the ball deflected off two PSV players into the net in the 89th minute.
PSV will feel hard done by after a sturdy performance, but Tottenham’s creativity and movement in the final third proved too much for them in the end.
Kane looked tired and lacked sharpness throughout the game, but the England forward’s brace secured the points that gave Tottenham the three points they needed.
Inter Milan scored a late equalizer against Barcelona to make Spurs’ next game against Inter on November 28 crucial to their qualification hopes.