Christian Eriksen steals the show to keep Spurs alive in the Champions League

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Christian Eriksen starred again for Tottenham - this time off the bench.

Christian Eriksen came off the bench to score a vital winner for Tottenham in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

Spurs knew they needed to beat Inter Milan to keep their chances of qualifying for the round of 16 alive, but though they dominated the game it took until Eriksen’s 80th-minute strike to break the deadlock and ease their nerves.

Here’s a look at how the players performed.

STARTING XI

Hugo Lloris 7 – Pulled off a couple of crucial saves to keep Spurs in the game when Inter broke, but also had a couple of shaky moments – as has become his custom this season.

Serge Aurier 7 – Aurier is giving Mauricio Pochettino a welcome problem with his form, as he put in a solid display at right-back yet again. The Spurs manager will have a decision to make when Kieran Trippier returns to fitness.

Toby Alderweireld 7 – Dealt wit the threat of Mauro Icardi well, and pulled off one vital acrobatic clearance late on when Inter could have hit Spurs on the counter.

Jan Vertonghen 7 – Though Juan Foyth was playing well in Vertonghen’s absence, the Belgian’s return to fitness is a welcome boost for Spurs. He missed a glorious chance to score, but was solid in defence throughout.

Ben Davies 7 – Davies was required more in attack than in defence on Wednesday, though he was excellent on both counts as he delivered another assured performance at left-back.

Moussa Sissoko 8 – The Frenchman has finally come into his own after a rough two years. This was another dominant, accomplished performance from Sissoko, who controlled the game for Tottenham.

Harry Winks 7 – Came close to scoring with a thunderous first-half strike that hit the bar. His inexperience showed in the second half as he grew frustrated, but his ball retention and distribution remained excellent.

Lucas Moura 7 – Speaking of welcome problems for Pochettino, having to choose between Moura, Erik Lamela and Son Heung-min is another one. Moura put in another eye-catching performance on Wednesday.

Dele Alli 7 – His touch to assist Eriksen was perfect – quick but composed and measured, and thoughtful; he could have easily tried going for goal himself but spotted the better option. Another excellent display.

Erik Lamela 6 – Lamela was busy while on the pitch, but he was guilty of trying too hard, and at times of overplaying. One of his more frustrating displays.

Harry Kane 8 – On a night where he was starved of service, Kane showed off the other aspects of his game. His hold-up and link-up play was excellent, and the way he worked to win the ball back showed why Spurs fans love him.

SUBSTITUTES

Son Heung-min 6 – It was a surprise that Son didn’t start, but he wasn’t as effective as Pochettino would have hoped after bringing him on.

Christian Eriksen 9 – Even when he’s only on the pitch for 20 minutes, he delivers a virtuoso performance. His first touch as a substitute was a perfectly-delivered free-kick that should have been an assist. Then he scored a great goal.

Eric Dier N/A – Came on late looked to defend Spurs’ hard-earned lead.

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Lionel Messi magic helps Barcelona secure top spot in Champions League group

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Lionel Messi produced another moment of magic as Barcelona secured first place in Champions League Group B with a 2-1 win at PSV Eindhoven on Wednesday.

Messi delivered a stunning finish on the hour mark just when frustration seemed to be building for Ernesto Valverde’s men.

And nine minutes later the Argentinian made another crucial intervention as his clever free-kick was converted by Gerard Pique to double Barcelona’s lead.

Luuk De Jong grabbed a consolation for the home side eight minutes from time but they remain on a single point from their five group games to date.

Tottenham kept their hopes of a top-two finish alive as they edged past Inter Milan 1-0.

Harry Winks hit the frame of the goal as Spurs pushed for the win they needed and substitute Christian Eriksen duly provided it 10 minutes from time when he fired home from close range.

Christian Eriksen starred again for Tottenham - this time off the bench.

Christian Eriksen starred again for Tottenham – this time off the bench.

The result means Spurs need to match Inter’s result in the final round of fixtures – when they travel to face Barcelona at the Camp Nou and the Serie A side face PSV in Milan.

Paris Saint-Germain are also still alive in the competition after their 2-1 win over Liverpool in Group C.

The home side’s nimble first half finishing saw them home with goals from Juan Bernat and Neymar, while James Milner’s 45th-minute effort could not disguise another poor away performance by Jurgen Klopp’s side.

Klopp’s men must now count on winning their last game against Napoli, who maintained their one-point advantage at the top of the group with a 3-1 win over Red Star Belgrade.

Marek Hamsik opened the scoring for Napoli on 11 minutes before a Dries Mertens double sealed victory. El-Fardou Nebouhane scored a consolation for the visitors.

Neymar starred but also sinned against Liverpool.

Neymar starred but also sinned against Liverpool.

Atletico Madrid extended their advantage at the top of Group A with a 2-0 win over already-eliminated Monaco.

Early strikes from Koke and Antoine Griezmann put Atletico well in command and they eased home despite the 82nd-minute dismissal of Stefan Savic for a second bookable offence – he was dismissed for a handball in the box, although former Atleti striker Radamel Falcao sent the spot kick wide.

And Borussia Dortmund also progressed after securing the goalless draw they required at home to Club Brugge.

Porto sealed top spot in Group D with a 3-1 win over Schalke, who also go through courtesy of Lokomotiv Moscow’s 2-0 win over Galatasaray.

Eder Militao and Jesus Corona scored early in the second half to lift Porto into life, and after Nabil Bentaleb reduced the deficit, Moussa Marega completed the scoring in stoppage time.

An own goal from Ryan Donk and a second half strike from Vladislav Ignatyev gave Lokomotiv their first win in the group and ended Galatasaray’s hopes of progression.

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Spurs have belief they can get result in Barcelona to reach Champions League knockouts

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Mauricio Pochettino says his Tottenham side have belief they will be able to go to Barcelona and get the result that sends them through to the Champions League knockout stages.

Spurs took their qualification hopes to the final Group B game at the Camp Nou with a late 1-0 win over Inter Milan at Wembley, thanks to Christian Eriksen’s 80th-minute strike.

They are still outsiders to progress, however, and will have to produce one of the most famous nights in the club’s history if they want to do it, as they have go to group winners Barca in a fortnight needing to match the result of Inter, who play at home to PSV Eindhoven.

It would mark an impressive achievement if they were able to do it, as they looked dead and buried at the halfway stage of the group with just one point from their opening three games.

Pochettino said: “All is possible in football. We have big respect to Barcelona, they are one of the best teams in Europe, it will be a so tough. But we have belief and faith that we can win.

Tottenham are still in with a shout of making the knockout stages.

Tottenham are still in with a shout of making the knockout stages.

“We need to show again a good level to compete at our best and arrive in Barcelona and compete at our best. We need fresh legs, fresh mind and no injuries. We need to arrive that way in Barcelona.”

Barca are guaranteed to be group winners, having taken 13 points from their five games, meaning they might rest some players for the clash on December 11.

Pochettino, however, is not expecting to get any favours.

“I expect that they are going to play with all the best players, but I don’t know how they are going to prepare the side,” he added.

“We need to approach the game in the best way and believe that we can win.

“What Barcelona is going to do is not in our hands. In the Champions League no-one is going to give a present and not care about the result.”

Spurs were made to work hard to get the win as Inter did everything in their power to disrupt the game and frustrate their hosts.

They had dominated the game, hitting the woodwork through Harry Winks, but looked to be heading out of the competition until Eriksen slammed home 10 minutes from time.

“I think the performance was very good, we fully deserved the victory,” he added. “We scored at the end but we beat a very good team.

“Inter Milan showed a great level, a team that’s so difficult to beat.”

Inter, playing in the tournament for the first time since 2012, would have been through with a point but their fate is no longer in their own hands.

Head coach Luciano Spalletti still reckons they will get through to the knockout stages if they beat PSV.

“If we do what we need to do I think we will go through, it depends on us even if practically it doesn’t,” he said.

“As long as we do our job I think we will go through. It is about what we do.

“They have got some top, top class players at Barcelona, they haven’t lost at home in the last five years in the Champions League and they will want to keep that record.

“I am saying that we have to do what we need to do, we are playing PSV and we have to beat them. If we can win this game it will give us a great chance of going through.”

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