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Relieved Spurs bag valuable point after Hugo Lloris' wonder save

B Leverkusen 0 Tottenham 0

By Tom Allnutt

Published 19/10/2016

Tottenham's Vincent Janssen runs with the ball during the UEFA Champions League group E match against Bayer Leverkusen. Phot: Simon Hofmann/Getty Images
Tottenham's Vincent Janssen runs with the ball during the UEFA Champions League group E match against Bayer Leverkusen. Phot: Simon Hofmann/Getty Images
No go: Tottenham’s Son Heung-min is halted by Lars Bender
Leverkusen's midfielder Lars Bender (left) and Leverkusen's Slovenian midfielder Kevin Kampl (right) gang up on Tottenham's Argentinian midfielder Erik Lamela

Hugo Lloris' stunning save earned Tottenham a goalless draw and a valuable point against Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League. Leverkusen dominated the second half at the BayArena and looked certain to score when Javier Hernandez had the goal at his mercy at the back post.

A darting Lloris, however, clawed the ball off the line to deny the former Manchester United striker as Spurs held on to claim a share of the spoils.

Mauricio Pochettino's men had been much the better side in the opening period, with Vincent Janssen heading against the crossbar early on, but the visitors will be happy with a point that keeps them second in Group E, with two home games to come.

Toby Alderweireld's knee problem - Harry Kane is also still out - meant Eric Dier dropped into his old position of centre-half while Janssen started up front.

Much of the talk in the build-up had been about Son Heung-min, who left Leverkusen under a cloud despite scoring 21 goals in 62 appearances for the club, but he struggled to make an impact.

When Son went to take a corner in front of the home fans in the first half, he received a torrent of abuse and even appeared to have objects thrown at him.

Tottenham had the ball in the net in the 11th minute and Son was the architect, as he generously squared for Janssen to tap home, only for the linesman to rule, correctly, that the South Korean had strayed offside from Erik Lamela's pass.

Dele Alli should have made the dominance count when his bursting run into the box ended with him heading Kieran Trippier's cross over and just before half-time, the visitors were again denied, on this occasion three times in quick succession.

Alli smartly skipped over a pass out wide to Son and the ball came back to the midfielder on the edge of the box but his finish was blocked. Janssen then headed Trippier's cross against the bar and, while Lamela volleyed the rebound goalward, Bernd Leno was fast to his feet and tipped it over.

The second half, however, breathed new life into Leverkusen and Spurs were twice fortunate not to fall behind.

First, Admir Mehmedi curled the ball into an open net after Lloris rushed out and failed to clear but referee Cuneyt Cakir decided the goalkeeper had been fouled.

Lloris made his own luck moments later as Hernandez looked certain to finish at the back post but the Frenchman miraculously scrambled across to claw the ball off the line.

Lloris then made four quick-fire saves and Danny Rose's head prevented Hernandez.

Tottenham's relief was palpable when the final whistle blew.

Leverkusen: Leno, Bender (Jedvaj 74), Tah, Toprak, Henrichs, Mehmedi, Aránguiz, Kampl, Calhanoglu (Baumgartlinger 45), Kießling, Hernández (Brandt 85) Not used: Dragovic, Özcan, Havertz, Volland

Tottenham: Lloris, Trippier, Dier, Vertonghen, Rose, Alli, Wanyama, Lamela (Sissoko 71), Eriksen, Heung-min (Onomah 90), Janssen (Dembele 65). Not used: Vorm, Dembélé, Winks, Davies, Carter-Vickers

Man of the match: Hugo Lloris

Match rating: 6/10

Referee: Cüneyt Çakir

Belfast Telegraph

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