Champions League: Tottenham Secure Unlikely Last 16 Berth After Superb Draw Away To Barcelona (Photos & Video)

Alan Duffy

11th, December 2018

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Tottenham secured an unexpected place in the last 16 of the Champions League after securing a superb 1-1 draw with Barcelona at the Nou Camp.

A poor start to the group stages, with just one point accrued from three games, had put the Lilywhites hopes of a knockout place in serious danger.

However, two victories in the following two games had left the north Londoners with a chance, courtesy of at least matching Inter Milan’s result in their game at home to PSV Eindhoven.

Already qualified, Barcelona’s first 11 was a mix and match affair, with Lionel Messi on the bench.

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Spurs’ task was made even more difficult when, after just seven minutes, Ousmane Demebele scored a magnifcient solo goal after pouncing on a mistake from Kyle Walker-Peters.

However, rather than capitulate, Tottenham produced a superb attacking display, with Harry Kane and Son Henung-min going close.

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Barcelona did fashion some more good chances themselves, with Philippe Coutinho hitting the post in both halves.

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Spurs continued to push for a precious equaliser which their play certainly deserved and, on 856 minutes, it came via a close-range finish from Lucas Moura who slotted home from a Kane centre.

With Inter Milan only drawing at home to PSV, that Moura goal would clinch Tottenham’s place in the last 16 by the slimmest and most dramatic of margins.