And Tottenham lost in the last minutes against Sporting Portugal (2-0) on behalf of the second day of the Champions League, receiving two goals in quick succession on Tuesday at the Jose Alvalade stadium.
After a long stretch of shyness, Spurs proved too imprecise to hope for something at Sporting Park. Solid during the few moments of Tottenham, the Lions were dangerous on the counter before scoring twice in the last minutes by Paulinho on a corner kick (90) and then in a dash from Arthur Gomez (90 + 3). However, Hugo Lloris was excellent up until then, but he couldn’t do anything about these two flashes. Sporting, seductive, did the right operation and topped Group D (OM Group) after that second win in a row. Striker Paulinho opened the scoring with a furious header from a corner kick (90, 1-0) before Arthur Gomes gave Sporting a final success with a clear shot after the last action of the match (90 + 3, 2-0).
Two days later, Sporting tops Group D on its own with two wins in two matches. Tottenham is second with 3 points. The other match of the group clash on the first evening between Marseille and Eintracht Frankfurt (9:00 pm) and both lost on the first day. In the first half, Sporting Lions club Tottenham Hotspur. After Antonio Conte’s men were denied the ball especially during the first half hour, they were quick to give the first chance. After a penetration by Marcos Edwards, the Portuguese international Pedro Gonçalves fired a escaping shot from the left, which was blocked by the three-color goalkeeper Hugo Lloris (seventh).
It took until the 25th minute to see the Londoners get their first chance, as Richarlison smashed his head so much to really worry Sporting goalkeeper Antonio Adan (25th place). Just before the break, Spurs were above all able to thank Hugo Lloris who put in well to fire a shot at the end but all over the surface (45+1). Returning from the locker room, the Londoners tried to pick up the pace with two Emerson chances. The Brazilian side first forced Adan to header on a good cross from the left (48th position), before signing the recovery from the right side with a free kick launched by the Spanish goalkeeper (49th position). Then Spurs loosened their grip, exposing themselves more and more to the Portuguese counter-attacks.
Despite the entry of Dejan Kulusevski (72) into play, which gave a certain dynamism to the English attack, while Heung-min Son was transparent until then, Spurs could no longer be dangerous. And after a great run from Hugo Lloris with a superb shot from Pedro Boro (90), Paulinho, who entered during the second half, gave Sporting an advantage with a powerful header from the following corner (1-0, 90). In the process, in another Portuguese counterattack, Arthur Gomez went on to confuse Lloris with a clear low shot (2-0, 90 +3).