RB Leipzig’s German striker Timo Werner (C) celebrates scoring the opening purpose from the penalty spot throughout the UEFA Champions League spherical of 16 first Leg soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and RB Leipzig on the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in north London, on February 19, 2020.
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Tottenham want one other Champions League escape act to achieve the quarter-finals after Timo Werner’s penalty earned RB Leipzig a deserved 1-Zero final 16, first-leg win in London.
Spurs captain Hugo Lloris stored his aspect within the tie with a string of essential saves, however final season’s finalists face an enormous activity to show the tie round in Germany on March 10.
With out the firepower of the injured Harry Kane and Son Heung-min, Giovani lo Celso’s free-kick that struck the put up was the closest Jose Mourinho’s males got here to scoring on the evening.
Tottenham upset the percentages to progress previous Manchester Metropolis and Ajax within the knockout levels final season however have been missing in concepts and power in comparison with the Bundesliga contenders.
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After receiving the information that Son could possibly be sidelined for the remainder of the season by a fractured proper arm on the eve of the sport, Mourinho in contrast his aspect’s prospects for the remainder of the season to hanging from a fourth-floor constructing by the balcony.
The hosts may simply have fallen flat on their face inside the primary 90 seconds as Leipzig amazingly handed up 4 possibilities to open the scoring.
Patrik Schick flashed a shot huge from the sting of the field earlier than Werner’s effort was blocked and Lloris turned Angelino’s pushed shot onto the put up.
Lloris then needed to be alert once more to disclaim Werner including to his 25 objectives this season from shut vary.
After weathering that early storm, Spurs went near on the different finish by way of Steven Bergwijn.
The Dutch worldwide has loved a powerful begin to his Tottenham profession and compelled Peter Gulacsi into a sensible save low to his left.
Leipzig are difficult Bayern Munich’s grip on the German title this season and the guests weren’t overawed by the stage of their first-ever Champions League knockout tie.
Lloris was compelled into one other save by Schick earlier than the towering Czech additionally headed simply huge from a nook.
Werner then wasted one of the best likelihood of the primary half when he fired too near Lloris with simply the French primary to beat.
Leipzig may have regretted not taking advantage of their supremacy throughout the first 45 minutes as Gulacsi saved properly from Lucas Moura and Bergwijn fired the rebound huge early within the second interval.
Nonetheless, after grinding out wins over Manchester Metropolis, Norwich, Southampton and Aston Villa in current weeks regardless of conceding loads of possibilities, Spurs’ luck ran out.
An ill-timed lunge from Ben Davies chopped down Konrad Laimer inside the world and Werner confidently transformed the ensuing penalty.
Moments later solely a superb save by Lloris denied Schick a second on the finish of a flowing transfer involving Christopher Nkunku, Angelino and a pleasant dummy from Werner to tee up his strike companion.
The introduction of Erik Lamela and club-record signing Tanguy Ndombele from the bench gave Tottenham a much-needed injection of creativity for the ultimate 25 minutes.
Nonetheless, their finest effort got here from a set-piece when Lo Celso’s highly effective free-kick was turned onto the put up by Gulacsi.
Lucas then headed over an awesome likelihood two minutes from time as Spurs peppered the Leipzig field with crosses, however Julian Nagelsmann’s males held out for a landmark win.