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Barcelona 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur: Mauricio Pochettino says 'mission impossible' achieved

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Tottenham achieved "mission impossible" by qualifying for the last 16 of the Champions League, according to manager Mauricio Pochettino.

Lucas Moura's 85th-minute equaliser earned a priceless point at Barcelona, as Spurs completed an unlikely turnaround in Group B having collected only one point from their first three games.

They needed to match or better Inter Milan's result at home to PSV Eindhoven and had faced elimination when Mauro Icardi cancelled out PSV's early goal.

Moura's goal swung the advantage back in Spurs' favour but an agonising wait followed before it was confirmed Inter had failed to find a winner against the group's bottom side.

"I am so happy for the fans - this is a massive, massive achievement for the club," said Pochettino.

"We suffered because when we finished the game we did not know the result at Inter. It was two very difficult minutes, but in the end of course we were so happy. It's so important for the club."

The Premier League side had gone behind to Ousmane Dembele's early strike but then peppered Barcelona's defence with wave after wave of attacks, with both Harry Kane and Son Heung-min going close.

They finally made the decisive breakthrough five minutes from the end when substitute Moura, who moments earlier had a header cleared off the line, fired in.

Spurs become only the eighth side to qualify from the group stage after claiming only one point from their first three games.

Spurs rewarded for attacking display

Jasper Cillessen
Cillessen made a stunning save to deny Moura before he was finally beaten

Had Pochettino's side been eliminated they would have looked back with regret on only beating Barca goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen on one occasion.

The Dutchman, who replaced first-choice Marc-Andre ter Stegen, was exceptional throughout and his clawed save to keep out Moura's earlier effort came after superb stops to deny Son and Christian Eriksen.

Kane was also denied by the makeshift Barcelona defence when his header was cleared off the line by Miranda.

But, like the rest of his team-mates, Kane persevered and with time running out his pinpoint cross found Moura whose first-time finish sealed Spurs' qualification - an achievement that seemed so improbable just a few weeks ago.

Pochettino added: "I always believed it was possible to win the game. We produced a lot of chances.

"But after we missed so many we thought maybe it was not our night. We fully deserved to go through with Barcelona. We were the best teams in a difficult group."

Not the ideal start for the visitors

Ousmane Dembele
Dembele's (second right) off-field issues this season have raised eyebrows but on the pitch he has now scored nine goals in 25 appearances

Tottenham fans had wished to see Champions League football at their new home this season, but the likelihood of that appeared increasingly more distant after the first three games of their campaign.

A 2-1 defeat at Inter came before a 4-2 humbling at home by Barcelona. And when they only managed a 2-2 result at PSV, it seemed game over.

But then came a flicker of hope with victory against PSV before a 1-0 win at home to Inter.

Barcelona had already qualified and expectedly named a weakened starting XI, with Lionel Messi, Gerard Pique and Jordi Alba all starting from the bench.

However, before Tottenham had a chance to test the inexperienced line-up they suffered a setback when Dembele scored a brilliant solo goal.

The Frenchman, who cost Barcelona £135m in 2017, robbed Kyle Walker-Peters of the ball at halfway, drove towards goal and cut inside the desperate lunge of Harry Winks before sliding his shot under Hugo Lloris.

The home side went close to a second a handful of times with Philippe Coutinho twice hitting the post with low efforts before Walker-Peters made a brilliant block to deny the Brazilian.

Messi was brought off the bench in the second half but he failed to make an impact, much to the delight of the visitors.

Man of the match - Lucas Moura (Tottenham)

Lucas Moura
The Brazilian was only on the pitch for 24 minutes but did what his team-mates failed to do

Kane underlines his value again - the stats

  • Barcelona have gone unbeaten in each of their last 29 home games in the Champions League (W26 D3), equalling Bayern Munich's record set in April 2002.
  • Spurs have qualified for the last 16 of the Champions League for the third time in four participations in the competition, failing only to do so in 2016-17.
  • Since the start of 1976-77, Barcelona have lost just one of their 31 European home matches against English clubs; this coming against Liverpool in February 2007 (1-2).
  • Tottenham's Kane has had a hand in 16 goals in 16 Champions League appearances (13 goals, three assists)
  • Barcelona's Dembele has scored in each of his last three Champions League appearances at the Nou Camp.
  • Barcelona named a starting line-up with an average age of 25 years and 17 days; their youngest in a Champions League game since December 2015 v Bayer Leverkusen (24 years and 319 days).

Line-ups

Barcelona

  • 13Cillessen
  • 2Nélson SemedoBooked at 68mins
  • 15Lenglet
  • 24Vermaelen
  • 27Miranda
  • 26Aleñá
  • 4RakiticSubstituted forBusquetsat 45'minutes
  • 8Arthur
  • 11DembéléSubstituted forD Suárezat 76'minutes
  • 19El HaddadiSubstituted forMessiat 63'minutes
  • 7Coutinho

Substitutes

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 3Piqué
  • 5Busquets
  • 6D Suárez
  • 10Messi
  • 18Alba
  • 22Vidal

Tottenham

  • 1Lloris
  • 16Walker-PetersBooked at 15minsSubstituted forLamelaat 61'minutes
  • 4Alderweireld
  • 5Vertonghen
  • 3Rose
  • 8WinksSubstituted forLlorenteat 83'minutes
  • 17Sissoko
  • 23Eriksen
  • 20Alli
  • 10Kane
  • 7Son Heung-MinSubstituted forLucas Mouraat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Lamela
  • 15Dier
  • 18Llorente
  • 22Gazzaniga
  • 27Lucas Moura
  • 33Davies
  • 52Skipp
Referee:
Milorad Mazic
Attendance:
69,961

Match Stats

Home TeamBarcelonaAway TeamTottenham
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home14
Away17
Shots on Target
Home3
Away7
Corners
Home2
Away5
Fouls
Home9
Away19

Live Text

Match ends, Barcelona 1, Tottenham Hotspur 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Barcelona 1, Tottenham Hotspur 1.

Foul by Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur).

Nélson Semedo (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Arthur.

Foul by Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur).

Nélson Semedo (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Harry Kane.

Attempt missed. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

Foul by Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur).

Arthur (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Barcelona 1, Tottenham Hotspur 1. Lucas Moura (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Harry Kane.

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Toby Alderweireld.

Coutinho (Barcelona) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the left side of the box. Assisted by Lionel Messi.

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Fernando Llorente replaces Harry Winks.

Attempt blocked. Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Toby Alderweireld.

Foul by Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur).

Clément Lenglet (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt blocked. Carles Aleñá (Barcelona) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Denis Suárez.

Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Denis Suárez (Barcelona).

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Denis Suárez replaces Ousmane Dembélé.

Attempt missed. Lucas Moura (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Lucas Moura (Tottenham Hotspur) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Moussa Sissoko with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Lucas Moura replaces Son Heung-Min.

Thomas Vermaelen (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur).

Booking

Nélson Semedo (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Nélson Semedo (Barcelona).

Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt blocked. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Erik Lamela with a cross.

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Thomas Vermaelen.

Thomas Vermaelen (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur).

Foul by Coutinho (Barcelona).

Harry Winks (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Ousmane Dembélé (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Harry Winks (Tottenham Hotspur).

Offside, Tottenham Hotspur. Son Heung-Min tries a through ball, but Harry Kane is caught offside.

goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1B Dortmund6411102813
2Atl Madrid641196313
3Club Brugge61326516
4Monaco6015214-121

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona6420145914
2Tottenham6222910-18
3Inter Milan622267-18
4PSV Eindhoven6024613-72

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1PSG6321179811
2Liverpool63039729
3Napoli62317529
4Red Star Belgrade6114517-124

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1FC Porto6510156916
2Schalke632164211
3Galatasaray611458-34
4Lokomotiv Moscow6105412-83

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bayern Munich54101221013
2Ajax532082611
3Benfica5113511-64
4AEK Athens5005212-100

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man City5311145910
2Lyon5140111017
3Shakhtar Donetsk5122715-85
4Hoffenheim50321012-23

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Real Madrid54011221012
2Roma530210649
3Viktoria Plzen5113515-104
4CSKA Moscow511359-44

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Juventus540182612
2Man Utd531162410
3Valencia512245-15
4Young Boys5014211-91
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