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Champions League: Spurs take 2-1 victory at Marseille to qualify as group winner | Football news

MARSEILLE: Tottenham Hotspur took an unlikely last gasp with 2-1 victory over Olympique de Marseille to take the Champions League last 16 as Group D winners after a nerve-wracking conclusion on Tuesday.
The Londoners, who only had to avoid defeat to advance, were faced with a siege in the first half and followed a Chancel Mbemba header in stoppage time before half-time.
However, French centre-back Clement Lenglet proved to be Tottenham’s savior when he headed in his first goal for the club in the 54th minute to level the score.
Spurs, who lost striker Son Heung-min to a head injury in a scorching opening period, were a different team after halftime, taking control after Lenglet’s equalizing goal.
Pierre-Emile 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.
Marseille’s Virage Nord section of their Stade Velodrome was closed due to crowd problems, but the noise was still deafening from the moment the match started.
Only a win would be good for the home side and they tried frantically to get it, they were crawling with the Spurs whose coach Antonio Conte had to sweat in the stands after his red card in last week’s draw with Sporting.
Former Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez almost scored in the third minute with a deft header and shortly after, he produced a great spin to force a save from Hugo Lloris.
Lloris also kept out Jordan Veretout’s fierce volley and Tottenham’s night took a bad turn when Son had to make a run for it after a nasty collision with Mbemba.
The visitors held on, hoping for the whistle signal before half-time as Mbemba rose high into the air and drove a header past Lloris from a Veretout cross to open the score.
At that stage it was hard to see how the Spurs could recover, but after the break they were transformed.
Lenglet headed in the Ivan Perisic striker to match Tottenham’s level and their confidence soared.
A goal would still have passed through Marseille and they came close several times but Spurs wrapped it up in stoppage time when Harry Kane released Hjojberg who hit a shot into the net to send the visiting fans into ecstasy
Tottenham won the group on 11 points with Eintracht Frankfurt on 10, Sporting on seven and Marseille on six.

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