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Tottenham qualify for last 16 after stirring fightback

Tottenham qualify for last 16 after stirring fightback
By Eurosport

27/11/2019 at 08:53Updated 27/11/2019 at 09:43

Champions League Group B, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – Tottenham 4 (Alli 45, Kane 50 77, Aurier 73) Olympiacos 2 (El Arabi 6, Semedo 19)

Tottenham reached the Champions League last 16 after roaring back from two goals behind to beat Olympiacos 4-2.

After Jose Mourinho saw his side start superbly in the first half against West Ham, they began awfully and were lucky, as half time approached, to be just two down through a fantastic 25-yard strike from Youseff El Arabi and a close-range effort from Ruben Semedo.

Just before the half ended they got the luck they needed, as Yassine Meriah took an air shot at an attempted clearance and allowed Dele Alli to make the deficit manageable.

In the second half Spurs were a different side and Harry Kane got them level when he slotted home Lucas Moura's pull-back, before Serge Aurier put them in front with a superb half-volley following silky footwork from Alli and a, perhaps inadvertent, flick from Son Hueng-Min.

Kane then nodded his second from Christian Eriksen's superb inswinging free kick to become the quickest player to 20 goals in the Champions League.

The win puts Tottenham on 10 points from five games and secures their progression from the group stages, although Bayern Munich are already confirmed Group B winners.

TALKING POINT

Jose with the midas touch. It will be over-cooked of course but it must be granted that Jose Mourinho helped change the game and drag it in his side's favour. He took the bold move of subbing Eric Dier off just before the half-hour mark and replacing him with the unsettled Christian Eriksen who, in the second half, had a very positive effect on the game. And whatever the content of his team talk at half time, it seemed to have an effect as Spurs were a different side after the break and full value for the goals they scored.

A flag for former Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino is displayed in the crowd as Jose Mourinho, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur looks on during the UEFA Champions League group B match between Spurs and Olympiacos FC

A flag for former Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino is displayed in the crowd as Jose Mourinho, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur looks on during the UEFA Champions League group B match between Spurs and Olympiacos FCGetty Images

PLAYER RATINGS

Tottenham: Gazzaniga 5; Aurier 7, Alderweireld 5, Davinson Sanchez 6, Rose 5; Dier 5, Winks 7, Lucas 7, Son 6, Alli 8; Kane 8. Subs: Eriksen 7, Sissoko 6, Ndombele 6.

Olympiacos: Jose Sa 6; Elabdellaoui 6, Semedo 6, Meriah 5, Tsimikas 6; Guilherme 6, Mady Camara 6, Bouchalakis 6; Podence 7, Masouras 7, El Arabi 7. Subs: Valbuena 5, Randjelovic 5, Guerrero 6.

MAN OF THE MATCH

Dele Alli (Tottenham): He humbly said he could have been the one taken off instead of Eric Dier after half an hour, but he was superb as his side got back into the game. He got the crucial goal to get them back into the game and his desire, then his silky play ensured his side dominated the second half.

Dele Alli is congratulated by Jose Mourinho, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur as he leaves the pitch during the UEFA Champions League group B match between Tottenham Hotspur and Olympiacos on November 26, 2

Dele Alli is congratulated by Jose Mourinho, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur as he leaves the pitch during the UEFA Champions League group B match between Tottenham Hotspur and Olympiacos on November 26, 2Getty Images

KEY EVENTS

6' - GOAL! Spurs 0-1 Olympiacos (El Arabi). What a hit! El Arabi with a swerving low hit from the edge of the box. Awful defending from Danny Rose who gifted him the ball 25 yards out, but it was a superb strike.

19' - GOAL! Spurs 0-2 Olympiacos (Semedo). That was dreadful. Corner from the left was hit badly low then nudged on at the front post and Semedo poked home from three yards out.

29' - EARLY SUBSTITUTION! Eric Dier is the man coming off. A strange switch. Eriksen and Winks in centre midfield?

45' - GOAL! Spurs 1-2 Olympiacos (Alli). Mourinho's ally Alli gets the goal. A gift. Awful defending from Meriah (insert joke). He swings and misses an easy low cross to clear and Dele is there to smack home from inside the six-yard box.

51' - GOAL! Spurs 2-2 Olympiacos (Kane). Spurs are level! They took a quick throw in and Moura cut back for Kane who slotted home.

73' - GOAL! Spurs 3-2 Olympiacos (Aurier). And a superb one....and it's Aurier!?! Alli with beautiful feet on the left, he then puts a cross in that Son gets a flick onto and it comes to Aurier on the half-volley and he meets the ball with the crispest of strikes.

77' - GOAL! Spurs 4-2 Olympiacos (Kane). Eriksen with a perfect free kick and Kane heads home to become the quickest player to 20 goals in the Champions League.

KEY STATS

  • Harry Kane has reached 20 goals in the Champions League in 24 games