Tottenham are in the last 16 of the Champions League after Clement Lenglet’s second half header and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s stoppage time strike resulted in a dramatic 2-1 win over Marseille on a turbulent night in Provence.
The Spurs were plunged into the Stade Velodrome during a distasteful first half, failing to get a touch into their opponents’ penalty area – and Marseille rightfully took the lead in first half stoppage time when a short corner was hooked in by Jordan Veretout and headed home from former Newcastle defender Chancel Mbemba.
Spurs, who lost striker Son Heung-min to a head injury in a scorching opening period, were a different team after the break, taking control after Lenglet’s equalizing goal.
Hojbjerg hit the crossbar for the visitors, but Marseille should have scored late when Sead Kolasinac somehow missed an open goal with a header. Hojbjerg then sealed the win in stoppage time to put Tottenham at the top of the group and leave Marseille, who were on top at one point in the evening, in fourth place and out of Europe.
Elsewhere in Group D, Eintracht Frankfurt came from behind to beat Sporting CP and move from third to first place on a pulsating night of European football going one way and the other.
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Tottenham have three more days before the World Cup. They take on Liverpool this weekend on Super Sunday, live on Sky Sports from 4pm; kick off at 4.30pm. They then face Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday 9 November for their last Premier League game against Leeds on Saturday 12 November; kick off at 3 p.m.
Marseille have two games left in Ligue 1 before the break – they play against Lyon on Sunday and head to Monaco on Sunday, November 13.
The draw for the last 16 of the Champions League will take place on Monday, November 7 at 11 a.m. at the House of European Football at UEFA’s headquarters in Switzerland.