ottenham vs Sporting – LIVE!
Tottenham’s Champions League qualification hopes hang in the balance after they were denied a last-gasp win over Sporting Lisbon by VAR. Spurs, who had laboured against their Portuguese opponents, thought they had won it – and booked their place in the knockout stages – with the last kick of the game as Harry Kane swept home from close range, but after a lengthy check the England captain was ruled offside and it ended 1-1.
For a long time it looked like Spurs were going to lose as former striker Marcus Edwards, who joined them as an eight-year-old, put Sporting on course for a famous win with his first-half goal. Rodrigo Bentancur levelled in the 80th minute before the late drama, which saw Tottenham boss Antonio Conte sent off when Kane’s effort was ruled out.
Victory would have assured Spurs of their place in the last 16, but now next week’s trip to Marseille is full of jeopardy, though a draw will be enough to send Conte’s men through and a win would seal their position as Group D winners.
That will not be an easy task considering their abject first-half performance here and the fact they have a poor record away from home in Europe over the last few seasons.
Tottenham will need a result in Marseille next week to guarantee a place in the Champions League knockouts after being held to a frustrating 1-1 draw by Sporting Lisbon.
Spurs thought they had booked their place in the last-16 as group winners when Harry Kane scooped home from close range in stoppage-time but the effort was ruled out by the VAR for a fractional offside, leaving Antonio Conte incandescent.
The Italian was shown a red card for his protests and it was easy to understand why he was so angry.
The call was marginal, with Kane’s knee appearing just beyond the last man, and a win would have left next Tuesday’s game at the Stade Velodrome as a dead rubber, giving Conte a much-needed chance to rest the likes of Kane, Heung-min Son and Eric Dier.
As it is, Spurs will need to beat the French side to be guaranteed to finish as group winners, although a draw may be enough depending on Eintracht Frankfurt’s result against Sporting.
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Rodrigo Bentancur 8
Salvaged a point for Spurs with a superb late header after raising the tempo in the second half. His energy levels are supreme.
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And that is the final whistle.
Wow. What a finish it was, Spurs so good in the second-half but they only have a point to show for it.
Sporting will be happy with the draw considering the pressure they were under.
VAR has disallowed it!
Conte absolutely furious and he’s been shown a red card. Chaos in north London!
VAR check for offside, that’s killed the mood. Worrying moments for Spurs.
TOTTENHAM HAVE WON IT IN THE FINAL SECONDS!
Harry Kane in the final minute of added time, inside the six-yard box and he’s delivered once again for Spurs.
They’re going to be group winners!
90+3 mins: Spurs have remembered how to press since the break, look much better for it.
Gil feeds it to Bentancur, he has the chance to get his and Spurs’ second but he leans back and balloons the shot over the bar.
90+2 mins: Five minutes added on, Sporting desperate to hear this final whistle. What a turnaround it’s been in the second half.
One last chance to come?
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ottenham vs Sporting – LIVE!