leipzig gamers have a good time after the UEFA Champions League soccer match between RB Leipzig and Tottenham Hotspur, in Leipzig, japanese Germany on March 10, 2020. Odd ANDERSEN / AFP
Tottenham crashed out of the Champions League as RB Leipzig cruised to a Three-Zero win on Tuesday to progress to the quarter-finals for the primary time Four-Zero on combination.
Leipzig captain Marcel Sabitzer struck twice within the first 21 minutes to place the tie to mattress earlier than substitute Emil Forsberg added the third late on together with his first contact.
Not like many fixtures throughout Europe this week, there have been no restrictions on supporters attending as a result of unfold of coronavirus and the Leipzig followers had been in a position to get pleasure from a nerve-free night.
Spurs travelled to japanese Germany shorn of putting choices with out the injured Harry Kane, Son Heung-min and Steven Bergwijn.
Nonetheless, it was on the different finish that they buckled contained in the opening quarter of the sport as two errors from Hugo Lloris in purpose turned a troublesome activity into an unimaginable one.
Mourinho left membership file signing Tanguy Ndombele on the bench after publicly criticising the French midfielder’s want in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Burnley, however the swap to a Three-Four-Three formation did little to stop Spurs’ winless streak in all competitions stretching to 6 video games.
Leipzig took simply 10 minutes to open the scoring when Lloris didn’t get a robust sufficient proper hand to cease Sabitzer’s strike from exterior the field discovering the underside nook.
Timo Werner then fired dwelling from shut vary solely to be denied by the offside flag as Leipzig opened up the Tottenham defence at will.
And the guests didn’t be taught their lesson as Serge Aurier was caught napping by a purposeful burst from Angelino.
The Manchester Metropolis loanee’s cross was met by a strong header by Sabitzer, however Lloris ought to nonetheless have executed higher to maintain the ball out at his close to put up.
Lloris did make some measure of amends by saving from Werner and Patrik Schick to maintain the rating down earlier than half-time, whereas on the different finish Peter Gulasci was lastly pressured into motion by Erik Lamela.
Spurs produced a exceptional fightback from Three-Zero down on combination away at Ajax in final season’s semi-finals to make the ultimate for the primary time within the membership’s historical past because of Lucas Moura’s hat-trick.
However consistent with their collapse since that evening in Amsterdam final Might, Mourinho’s males lacked the standard and perception wanted to breed that thrilling fightback.
Moura was once more the one supply of inspiration as he teed up Dele Alli for Spurs’ finest probability of the evening, however the England midfielder’s mishit effort was simply saved by Gulasci.
Forsberg was extra scientific simply 32 seconds after changing Sabitzer to fireplace into the far nook three minutes from time.
Tottenham’s season now hinges on refinding their type within the Premier League if they aren’t to overlook out on the Champions League for the primary time in 5 years.
Spurs are languishing in eighth within the Premier League, seven factors adrift of the highest 4, and in determined want for Mourinho to actual revenge on Manchester United for his sacking final season when the Crimson Devils go to north London on Sunday.