Marseille 1-2 Tottenham: Spurs stage a dramatic comeback to reach CL last-16


By Sedara Oluwadara

Tottenham will play in the last 16 of the Champions League after Clement Lenglet’s second-half header and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s strike in stoppage time snatched a dramatic 2-1 win at Marseille on a topsy-turvy night in Provence.

Spurs were submerged at the Stade Velodrome during an insipid first half in which they failed to muster a touch inside their opponents’ box – and Marseille deservedly took the lead in first-half stoppage time when a short corner was hooked in by Jordan Veretout and headed home by former Newcastle defender Chancel Mbemba.

Spurs, who lost forward Son Heung-min to a head injury in a torrid opening period, were a different team after the break and took control after Lenglet’s equaliser.

Hojbjerg struck the crossbar for the visitors but Marseille should have scored late on when Sead Kolasinac somehow missed an open goal with a header.

Hojbjerg then sealed the victory in stoppage time to put Tottenham top of the group and leave Marseille, who at one point in the evening were top, in fourth spot and out of Europe.

Elsewhere in Group D, Eintracht Frankfurt came from behind to beat Sporting CP to move from third up to top spot on a pulsating night of European football which swung one way and then the other.

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