Champions League - Group B
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Tottenham 1-0 Inter Milan: Christian Eriksen scores late winner for home team

Christian Eriksen celebrates
Christian Eriksen's strike was just the second goal by a Spurs substitute in the Champions League

Christian Eriksen came off the bench to score a late winner for Tottenham against Inter Milan at Wembley and keep alive their hopes of reaching the Champions League knockout stage going into their final game at Barcelona.

Spurs needed the win to retain any hope of emerging from Group B into the last 16 and for long spells it looked like their ambitions would flounder on the rock of the Italian side's resilient defence.

Harry Winks struck the bar and Jan Vertonghen headed wide as Spurs pressed but it took the introduction of Eriksen to make the crucial breakthrough as he was the beneficiary of good work by Moussa Sissoko and Dele Alli to score at the far post with 10 minutes left.

Inter had opportunities of their own with Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris saving from Ivan Perisic - but the Premier League side closed out the win and must now match Inter's result at home to PSV Eindhoven when they travel to the Nou Camp on 11 December to go through.

Spurs rewarded for persistence

Group B table

Spurs had no room for manoeuvre when presented with two home games against PSV Eindhoven and Inter Milan to give themselves a chance of staying in the Champions League.

They left it late in both games to secure the wins they needed and this one here, against a well-drilled Inter defence, was a real triumph for resilience and persistence.

Spurs had only themselves to blame for putting themselves in this perilous position by casting aside winning positions to lose away to Inter and draw at PSV - but they deserve huge credit for pulling themselves around to still have a chance going into that final game away to Barcelona, who beat PSV 2-1 to win the group.

They could have been forgiven for thinking the fates were against them as Winks hit the bar and Vertonghen somehow headed Eriksen's free-kick - the Dane's first touch after coming on - wide from right in front of goal.

Instead, they kept pressing and were rewarded with Eriksen's breakthrough to give them the result that keeps them right in the hunt for a place in the last 16 before the trip to Barcelona.

"Barcelona are one of the best teams in Europe and they have unbelievable players," Pochettino said.

"We have big respect for Barcelona, but we have belief that we can win."

Man of the Match Sissoko the unlikely hero

Moussa Sissoko
Moussa Sissoko played in the Champions League for Spurs for the third time this season

It is fair to say Moussa Sissoko has been something of an acquired taste for Spurs fans but the rangy France midfielder is winning his battle for acceptance in style.

He has often been the target of scorn from supporters but has turned opinion around with an increasingly impressive series of displays this season.

Sissoko was a key figure in the win over Chelsea at Wembley on Saturday and was the driving force behind this win too.

The crowd roared his name for one surging first-half run that helped to create a chance for Lucas Moura and he played a major part in the winner, driving into the area to allow Dele Alli to slip an inviting pass into the path of Eriksen to complete the formalities.

It was Sissoko's name the Spurs supporters chanted once again in the aftermath of that decisive moment - confirmation that he is winning over his detractors by force of his performances.

Spurs love playing Inter - the stats

  • Following a run of three successive wins, Inter Milan have failed to win any of their last three Champions League matches, drawing one and losing two.
  • Inter Milan have now lost on four of their last five visits to England in the Champions League, including back-to-back defeats by Spurs.
  • Seven of Spurs' last eight Champions League goals have come in the second half of matches.

What's next?

Tottenham have the small matter of a London derby against Arsenal on Sunday (14:15 GMT) and must travel to Barcelona for their final group game in just under two weeks (11 December, 20:00 GMT).

Inter need to better Tottenham's result at the Nou Camp when they host PSV Eindhoven (11 December, 20:00 GMT).

Line-ups

Tottenham

  • 1Lloris
  • 24Aurier
  • 4AlderweireldBooked at 28mins
  • 5Vertonghen
  • 33Davies
  • 17Sissoko
  • 8WinksSubstituted forDierat 87'minutes
  • 27Lucas MouraSubstituted forSon Heung-Minat 62'minutesBooked at 73mins
  • 20Alli
  • 11LamelaBooked at 45minsSubstituted forEriksenat 70'minutes
  • 10Kane

Substitutes

  • 3Rose
  • 7Son Heung-Min
  • 15Dier
  • 16Walker-Peters
  • 18Llorente
  • 22Gazzaniga
  • 23Eriksen

Inter Milan

  • 1Handanovic
  • 33D'Ambrosio
  • 6de VrijBooked at 70minsSubstituted forMirandaat 82'minutes
  • 37Skriniar
  • 18Asamoah
  • 8Vecino
  • 77Brozovic
  • 16PolitanoSubstituted forKeitaat 83'minutes
  • 14NainggolanSubstituted forValeroat 44'minutesBooked at 81mins
  • 44Perisic
  • 9Icardi

Substitutes

  • 10Martínez
  • 11Keita
  • 13Ranocchia
  • 20Valero
  • 23Miranda
  • 27Padelli
  • 87Candreva
Referee:
Cüneyt Çakir
Attendance:
57,132

Match Stats

Home TeamTottenhamAway TeamInter Milan
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home14
Away10
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home9
Away6
Fouls
Home17
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Tottenham Hotspur 1, Inter Milan 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 1, Inter Milan 0.

Attempt missed. Matías Vecino (Inter Milan) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Milan Skriniar with a cross following a corner.

Attempt blocked. Kwadwo Asamoah (Inter Milan) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Inter Milan. Conceded by Ben Davies.

Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Matías Vecino (Inter Milan).

Foul by Ben Davies (Tottenham Hotspur).

Borja Valero (Inter Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Milan Skriniar.

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Eric Dier replaces Harry Winks.

Attempt saved. Danilo D'Ambrosio (Inter Milan) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Borja Valero.

Substitution

Substitution, Inter Milan. Keita replaces Matteo Politano.

Foul by Moussa Sissoko (Tottenham Hotspur).

Kwadwo Asamoah (Inter Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Inter Milan. Miranda replaces Stefan de Vrij.

Booking

Borja Valero (Inter Milan) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Borja Valero (Inter Milan).

Goal!

Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 1, Inter Milan 0. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Dele Alli.

Attempt blocked. Milan Skriniar (Inter Milan) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Matías Vecino.

Corner, Inter Milan. Conceded by Hugo Lloris.

Attempt saved. Ivan Perisic (Inter Milan) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Borja Valero.

Booking

Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur).

Marcelo Brozovic (Inter Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Inter Milan. Borja Valero tries a through ball, but Matteo Politano is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur) with an attempt from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Christian Eriksen following a set piece situation.

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Christian Eriksen replaces Erik Lamela.

Booking

Stefan de Vrij (Inter Milan) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Stefan de Vrij (Inter Milan).

Attempt missed. Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ben Davies with a headed pass.

Harry Winks (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Borja Valero (Inter Milan).

Foul by Harry Winks (Tottenham Hotspur).

Borja Valero (Inter Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur).

Borja Valero (Inter Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Mauro Icardi.

goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Atl Madrid540196312
2B Dortmund531182610
3Club Brugge51226515
4Monaco5014212-101

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona5410134913
2Tottenham521289-17
3Inter Milan521256-17
4PSV Eindhoven5014512-71

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Napoli52307439
2PSG522113858
3Liverpool52038716
4Red Star Belgrade5113413-94

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1FC Porto5410124813
2Schalke52215418
3Galatasaray511335-24
4Lokomotiv Moscow5104411-73

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bayern Munich54101221013
2Ajax532082611
3Benfica5113511-64
4AEK Athens5005212-100

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man City5311145910
2Lyon5140111017
3Shakhtar Donetsk5122715-85
4Hoffenheim50321012-23

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Real Madrid54011221012
2Roma530210649
3Viktoria Plzen5113515-104
4CSKA Moscow511359-44

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Juventus540182612
2Man Utd531162410
3Valencia512245-15
4Young Boys5014211-91
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