Spurs stun Madrid, join Man City in PQF

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 03 Nov 2017 10:11:31


 

Paris,

Brilliant Tottenham Hotspur took Real Madrid apart in a 3-1 win over the reigning champions as they clinched their place in the Champions League last 16 along with Manchester City.
Dele Alli starred with a brace for Tottenham with Christian Eriksen also scoring before Cristiano Ronaldo's late consolation Wednesday night.
The result ensured that Mauricio Pochettino's side are through from Group ‘H’ with two games to spare, while Real will have to wait to join them.


“We don't want to just compete with these teams -- we want to beat them. I'm happy to get two goals, but more importantly it was a win,’’ Alli told BT Sport.
Tottenham profited from an officiating error to go in front on 27 minutes as Kieran Trippier should have been flagged offside before he crossed for Alli to score.
Alli netted again on 56 minutes when his shot beat Kiko Casilla with the aid of a deflection off Sergio Ramos.
Eriksen made it 3-0 at the end of a counter-attack on 65 minutes, before Real reduced the deficit late on as Ronaldo scored his sixth goal in the competition this season.


This was Real's first group-stage defeat in five years and, following a shock La Liga loss at Girona at the weekend, the pressure is building on coach Zinedine Zidane.
Nevertheless, a win at APOEL later this month will do for the 12-time champions to qualify after the Cypriot side held Borussia Dortmund 1-1 in Germany.


Raphael Guerreiro gave Dortmund a first-half lead but they are still looking for a win in Europe this season after Mickael Pote levelled for APOEL on 51 minutes.
Manchester City continued their sensational form as they saw off Napoli 4-2 in Italy to make it four wins from four in Group F and advance to the knockout phase for the fifth season running.