Well, who would’ve seen this coming?
From the group draw, Tottenham were up against it—having both Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid drawn into a group with them. Yet here we are, with Spurs on seven (7) points—same as Real—through three matches. So how’d they do it?
A little luck, and plenty of resilient defending:
Hurri-Kane? Nope, it's a Varane own goal, but it won't matter to Spurs. They're leading Real Madrid on the road! https://t.co/OSsz9kq4xd
— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) October 17, 2017
To be fair to Raphaël Varane, there isn’t much he can do there. If he’s not in that spot, of course, Harry Kane taps it in. Sort of a ‘damned if you do, damned if you don’t’ situation. And Tottenham’s not going to argue with the result.
Yet it was Madrid who—for about the first 20 minutes of the opening half—was creating most of the pressure. Eventually, right on the edge of halftime, it paid off. Serge Aurier would foul Toni Kroos in the box, and Cristiano Ronaldo wasn’t missing from there.
But that’s—maybe extraordinarily, even—how this match would finish: 1-1. Spurs will surely take the point, which keeps them level with Madrid at seven (7) apiece. Meanwhile Dortmund could only draw in Cyprus against APOEL (1-1) en route to their only point in the group stage thus far.
Now they have a steep mountain to climb with three group matches remaining. Moreover, can they do it? Of course they’re capable, but they’ve looked anything but in the Champions League.
Here’s how other matches played out across the afternoon:
Maribor 0-7 Liverpool
Manchester City 2-1 Napoli
Spartak Moskva 5-1 Sevilla
Feyenoord 1-2 Shaktar
APOEL 1-1 Dortmund
RB Leipzig 3-2 Porto
Monaco 1-2 Beşiktaş
What was your favorite match of the afternoon?