Tottenham vs Inter Milan, Eriksen’s lone goal sends Spur to Camp Nou
Tottenham vs Inter Milan, Eriksen’s late strike at Wembley last night is taking Tottenham with him to the Nou Camp in a fortnight’s time, with Mauricio Pochettino’s side still in with a chance of reaching the Champions League knockout stages.
Spurs looked down and out when they were trailing to PSV in their previous game here.
So it was a bonus to come into this one with Champions League qualification entirely in their own hands.
All they had to do was beat Inter Milan and then Barcelona at the Nou Camp. Phase Two could look after itself.
A week in which this game was sandwiched between London derbies against Chelsea and Arsenal was already challenging enough.
They set about Inter with energy and pace right from the first whistle – just like they had against Maurizio Sarri’s Blues on Saturday.
Spurs’ first real chance came after half an hour when Moussa Sissoko broke from his own area to tee-up Lucas Moura, who forced a low save from Samir Handanovic.
And the Inter goalkeeper was a spectator eight minutes later when Harry Winks, given too much space 25 yards from goal, curved a dipping shot against the face of the crossbar.
Inter knew a draw would be enough to go through. And after a goalless opening half, it was up to Pochettino’s men to find a way.
In fairness, the Premier League side kept up the pressure but struggled to supply the necessary quality to make it count.
Erik Lamela did manage to pick out Jan Vertonghen with a corner but the flick header fl ew harmlessly wide of the far post
And moments later the Belgium international had to be on his toes to prevent Mauro Icardi from exploiting the gaps that were increasingly apparent in the Spurs defence.