Dele Alli returned from a hamstring problem to play the full 90 minutes of Tottenham’s 2-1 Champions League win over PSV Eindhoven.
The midfielder was back in Mauricio Pochettino’s starting XI after missing Saturday’s Premier League win at Wolves as a precaution.
Spurs captain Harry Kane earned the hosts victory with a second-half double after Luuk De Jong headed the Dutch side into the lead inside two minutes.
Here, we analyse Alli’s performance at Wembley.
The 22-year-old was the most advanced of Spurs’ central midfield trio. Playing just ahead of Harry Winks and Christian Eriksen, Alli was tasked with supporting lone striker Kane, with Lucas Moura and Son Heung-min supplying the attacking width. With Spurs trailing, he regularly pushed on alongside England captain Kane.
Alli was confident on the ball and constantly looking to slip team-mates through on goal. His ninth-minute pass led to Kane being denied by a block from PSV defender Nick Viergever, while a poke across goal saw Denmark international Eriksen fire straight at visiting goalkeeper Jeroen Zoet from close range with the goal gaping.
"Two unbelievable saves from Zoet" - @alibruceball— BBC 5 Live Sport on BBC Sounds (@5liveSport) November 6, 2018
The #PSV keeper denies Lucas Moura and Dele Alli, with his feet first and then with his chest.
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Although the former MK Dons man had limited defensive responsibility, he played a part in the away side’s second-minute opener. Alli was man-marking goal-scorer De Jong on the edge of the Spurs 18-yard box but was blocked off, allowing the PSV captain to rise unchallenged and nod home.
England international Alli could easily have claimed a first-half hat-trick. He saw a spectacular back-heeled flick headed off the line by PSV defender Angelino following a Davinson Sanchez knock-down and was denied twice from close range by Zoet having broken into promising positions.
Alli, who last week signed a new contract until 2024, endured a frustrating Tuesday evening. His performance was bright, yet he failed to influence the Group B clash at the key moments. He lost scorer De Jong for the Eredivsie champions’ goal and then failed to take advantage of a handful of presentable chances, before Kane revived Spurs’ hopes of progressing to the knockout stages.
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Proposals to ban substitutions during stoppage time failed to gain support at a meeting of football law makers on Tuesday.
The International Football Association Board’s football and technical advisory panel, chaired by chief executive of the Scottish Football Association Ian Maxwell, discussed feedback over the main changes in the laws of the game for 2018/19.
A statement from IFAB said a number of proposals were recommended for consideration at the forthcoming annual business meeting, the concept of “banning substitutions in additional time did not receive any support from the IFAB, FIFA or the panel members.”
However, there was general backing for the ongoing experiments with substitutes having to leave the field of play at the nearest touchline as well as a “constructive discussion” on improving the handball law to “clarify what constitutes handball”, so as to help more consistency in decisions.
The proposals over yellow and red cards for team officials, goal-kicks and free-kicks from the defending team to be allowed to be taken inside the penalty area were other topics covered positively.
Areas in how behaviour and respect can be improved were also examined, as was how to increase actual playing time.
The Video Assistant Referee system was the final item on the agenda at Tuesday’s meeting, which saw a presentation of key results from experiments and current implementations around the world. The IFAB added it “supports competitions intending to use VARs” following a largely successful 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
The organisation’s ABM is scheduled for November 22 in Glasgow, which will hold further discussions over the way forward.
The UAE endured a frustrating opening to their 2018 Intercontinental Beach Soccer Cup after late goals from Egypt inflicted a 3-1 defeat.
At Kite Beach’s new, state-of-the-art venue, Ahmed Elshahat Mohamed scooped in from kick-off to give the Africans the lead with just one second on the clock. A leveller for the hosts was to come from Ali Mohammad when he smashed home immediately after the second period commenced.
Hopes of a positive result, however, in this Group A-clash slipped away at the death. Haitham Atef Mahsoub’s angled shot and Mohamed Abdelnaby Hassan’s header handed victory to the 2016 Africa Beach Soccer Cup of Nations’ third-placed finishers.
Meanwhile, holders Brazil stormed to a 5-2 triumph against Dubai debutants Spain.
Bruno Xavier and Datinha both got braces for the 2017 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup winners.
Dominant Brazil are aiming for a third-successive success in the UAE and now boast a 64-game winning streak in all competitions.
In Group B, 2017’s defeated finalists Iran ran riot with an 8-1 thrashing of the United States.
The 2017 AFC Beach Soccer Championship victors scored all their goals in the first two periods.
Dmitry Shishin pounced on a goalkeeping error to hand Russia an entertaining 7-6 victory against Tahiti.