Lloris sent off as draw puts Spurs on brink of Champions League exit
Goalkeeper's red card allows PSV Eindhoven to snatch a point after Mauricio Pochettino's side had led through goals from Moura and Kane
24 October, 2018 — By Dan Carrier
Champions League: Group B
PSV EINDHOVEN 2 (Lozano 29, De Jong 87)
SPURS 2 (Moura 39, Kane 54, Lloris sent off 78)
THE odds of Spurs joining north London rivals Arsenal in the Europa League were on the rise last night (Wednesday) after they were held to a 2-2 draw at PSV Eindhoven.
Hugo Lloris’ red card proved costly for Mauricio Pochettino’s side, who were twice punished for poor defending at the Philips Stadion – leaving them with no wins and just one point from their opening three Champions League games.
After the game Christian Eriksen, who was instrumental in both of Tottenham’s goals, said the draw “felt like a defeat”.
“We should have finished the game off, but that’s Champions League football,” said the Danish playmaker. “We made a few mistakes and the ref didn’t want to give us our first goal.
“We made it difficult for ourselves by not finishing the game off. We threw it away. It was a must-win game and we didn’t win it. It feels like a defeat.”
The usually reliable Toby Alderweireld gifted PSV the lead on the half-hour mark. The Spurs defender was the last man when he was caught in possession 30 yards from goal by Hirving Lozano. The Mexican winger jinked into the box with his sights set on goal, but Alderweireld looked like he had redeemed himself as he tracked back to make a sliding tackle. There was to be no let-off, however, as the ball looped over Lloris and into the back of the net.
Minutes later it again looked like Alderweireld had made up for his howler as he sent a corner rocketing goalwards at the other end of the pitch. But the effort was saved by goalkeeper Jeroen Zoet before Davinson Sanchez sidefooted the ball home, only to be denied by the offside flag.
The away fans didn’t have to wait long before they were cheering again, and this time their celebrations weren’t cut short. Lady Luck finally favoured Tottenham as Lucas Moura’s shot was deflected in off Dutch defender Nick Viergever following good build-up play from Eriksen and Kieran Trippier.
The turnaround was completed 10 minutes into the second half when Eriksen delivered a peach of a cross from the left, presenting Harry Kane with the kind of opportunity that he just doesn’t miss – the England man heading the ball into the turf and beyond Zoet.
Kane was denied a second by Zoet’s thigh, while Erik Lamela poked a shot against the bar as Tottenham failed to kill off the contest. The last thing the Spurs supporters wanted was a nervy finish, but in the 78th minute that’s exactly what they were promised after Lloris was sent off. Lozano was released in between the two centre-backs and the Tottenham goalkeeper came flying out of his area and took him out, leaving the referee with little choice but to brandish a red card.
Substitute goalkeeper Michel Vorm was instantly called into action and he dived to push away Luuk De Jong’s resulting free-kick. It proved little more than a momentary reprieve as Spurs failed to clear their lines from another free-kick seconds later, allowing De Jong to smash home an equaliser.
PSV EINDHOVEN: Zoet, Dumfries, Schwaab, Viergever, Angelino, Rosario, Hendrix, Pereiro (Gakpo, 83), Malen, De Jong, Lozano.
Substitutes not used: Room, Isimat-Mirin, Behich, Sainsbury, Ramselaar, Gutierrez.
TOTTENHAM: Lloris, Trippier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Davies, Dier, Dembele (Winks, 74), Eriksen, Moura (Lamela, 64), Son (Vorm, 81), Kane.
Substitutes not used: Aurier, Sissoko, Wanyama, Llorente.