Tottenham finished as Champions League Group D winners after coming from behind in stoppage time to beat Marseille on a dramatic and frantic evening in France.
A 95th-minute Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg strike sealed Tottenham’s progress into the last 16 on a night when they were once on the brink of relegation.
Spurs needed a draw to qualify from the group, but Marseille took the lead at half-time through defender Chancel Mbemba.
It meant Spurs fell to third in the table – and into the Europa League – before Clement Lenglet equalized early in the second half.
Tottenham held on strongly late on, but as Marseille pushed for the winner they needed to go, they held on at the break and Hojbjerg sealed victory for Spurs.
It was a dramatic evening as the results in Group D affected Tottenham’s progress in the competition and made for anxious viewing.
Lisbon’s 2-1 home defeat by Frankfurt meant Spurs finally finished top, but at one point they dropped to third in the group – going out of the competition – and their position changed six times during the competition, with three different teams finishing top of the group. . At least once in the evening.
Hojbjerg’s stoppage-time winner also left Marseille bottom of the group, meaning they missed out on a place in the Europa League and failed to progress to the knockout stages of the Champions League.
Tottenham were under pressure for a big spell – former Arsenal strikers Alexis Sanchez and Jordan Veretout were both denied for Marseille before Spurs improved in the second half.
Harry Kane was inches away from heading in a cross to make it 1-1 after half-time, before Lenglet capitalized on Spurs’ breakthrough with a brilliant header from Ivan Perisic’s free-kick.
Tottenham striker Kane was later denied a goal when he was clearly offside, before Hojbjerg fired the ball against the crossbar.
The drama continued as Marseille had a great chance to make it 2-1 with less than 10 minutes remaining, ex-Arsenal defender Sead Kolasinac heading clear before Sanchez’s shot from close range was tipped over by Perisic. .
But Tottenham managed to hang on and Kane lifted the ball in the dying seconds before Hojbjerg found the back of the net and silenced a wild Marseille crowd.
An all-or-nothing evening in France
Tottenham were up against it from the first minute as they arrived at a hostile Stade Velodrome – it wasn’t complete as punishment for recent crowd trouble, but the buzzer sounded nonetheless.
Fireworks were displayed in the streets around the stadium before and during the match, with Marseille supporters gathering in clouds of smoke from flares to welcome their team before kick-off.
Spurs were also without manager Antonio Conte as they were handed a touch ban following their draw with Lisbon, but they knew they would progress to the knockout stages.
They had never beaten a French team away from home in Europe and were behind in the first half with a busy goalkeeper, Hugo Lloris.
Both teams were dealt injury blows before the break, as Manchester United centre-back Eric Bailly was forced off for Marseille before Tottenham’s Son Heung-min took a heavy header to the head.
The son struggled as he was helped off the field and down the tunnel after stopping the game four minutes for treatment. He was replaced a minute later by Yves Bissouma with Spurs playing with 10 men.
Earlier on Tuesday, the Professional Footballers’ Association New calls for temporary concussion replacements, saying current protocols “jeopardize player safety.”
The second half saw a lot of improvement from Spurs, but at times they were cagey in defending their point and that almost allowed Marseille to cause an upset.
With Perisic’s block and Kolasinac’s miss a big moment in the game, the hosts had some big chances late on.
Marseille’s push to finally find a winner cost them European football for the rest of the season, while Spurs crept away with three wins from their six group games.
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- 5BalardiBooked in 76 minutes
- 7the classSubstituted forKaboreat 74′minutes
- 21RongierSubstituted forSuarezat 83′minutes
- 27VeretoutSubstituted forunderat 74′minutes
- 8Santos de Silva
- 34LengletBooked in 57 minutes
- 19R SessegnonSubstituted forEmerson Royalat 45′minutes
- 5HøjbjergBooked in 90 minutes
- 30BentankurSubstituted forskipat 84′minutes
- 27Lucas the sharkSubstituted forGilat 90+3′minutes
- 7Son Hyung-minSubstituted forBisomaat 29′minutes
- 6D. Sanchez
- 12Emerson Royal
- Szymon Marciniak
Match finished, Marseille 1, Tottenham Hotspur 2.
Second Half – Marseille 1, Tottenham Hotspur 2.
target! Marseille 1, Tottenham Hotspur 2. Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Harry Kane after a fast break.
Alexis Sánchez (Marseille) wins a penalty in the defensive half.
Foul by Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur).
Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Brian Gill replaces Lucas Mora.
Offside, Marseille. Leonardo Balerdi tries a through ball but Nuno Tavares is caught.
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
The attempt was missed. Nuno Tavares (Marseille) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Amin Harit after a fast break.
Foul by Issa Kaboré (Marseille).
Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the left wing.
The attempt was missed. Sead Kolasinac (Marseille) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Cengiz Ünder with a cross.
Corner, Marseille. Given by Emerson Royale.
Issa Kaboré (Marseille) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Oliver Skipp (Tottenham Hotspur).
The attempt was missed. Luis Suárez (Marseille) right footed shot from the center of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Nuno Tavares with a cross.
Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Oliver Skipp replaces Rodrigo Bentancur.
The attempt was missed. Luis Suárez (Marseille) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left after a corner.
The attempt was blocked. Amine Harit (Marseille) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Cengiz Ünder.
Substitution, Marseille. Luis Suarez replaces Valentin Rongier.