A Dele Alli brace and an Eriksen goal sealed a famous win for Tottenham Hotspurs against Real Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday. Cristiano Ronaldo got one back for the visitors but it was only a consolation. The win ensures Spurs’ qualifiacation for the knockout stage.
Dele Alli scored a brace
Setting the Scene:
Both Real and Spurs were on 7 points after three matches. The winner of the match would have got a definite place in the knock out round. Real had never loss a match against and English side in their last 5 meetings.
Real may have been missing Spurs old boy Gareth Bale but Pochettino’s side still had Ronaldo, Modric, Isco, Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Toni Kroos and Karim Benzema to deal with and they did so immaculately. Spurs talisman Harry Kane was back in the starting line up, so was Dele Alli in the Champions League setup.
It was a frustrating evening for Ronaldo
Dele Alli opened the scoring after 27 minutes as the England international got ahead of Ramos to poke in the ball that was cut back by Trippier. Real though came back after their setback but couldn’t find the net before the break.
Alli doubled the lead for Spurs as Wembley erupted in joy, his shot found the back of the net after deflecting of Ramos, and gave Casilla no chance in Real goal. Madrid came close after that twice through Benzema and Ramos but somehow the ball didn’t end in the back of their net. The defense of Los Galacticos was in shambles again when Eriksen made it three for the hosts from a swift counter attack.
It was a superb performance by Pochettino’s men as they handled everything that was thrown at them. Ronaldo made it 3-1 ten minutes from time but it was only a consolation for the holders as they suffered their first defeat in group stage after five years.
Spurs: Lloris; Alderweireld (Sissoko), Sanchez, Vertonghen; Trippier, Eriksen, Dier, Winks (Dembele), Davies; Alli; Kane (Llorente)
Real Madrid: Casilla; Hakimi, Nacho, Ramos, Marcelo; Casmiro, Modric (Theo Hernandez), Kroos, Isco (Mayoral); Benzema (Asensio), Cristiano Ronaldo