Red Star Belgrade v Tottenham Hotspur: Champions League – live! – The Guardian,

Red Star Belgrade v Tottenham Hotspur: Champions League – live! – The Guardian,

(min:Red Star have used all their subs, so they’re down to ten men now. Ninety minutes can’t tick round fast enough for the hosts.

79 min:Pavkov crumples in a heap, having jumped for a high ball and landed awkwardly on his ankle. He’s in some pain, and won’t be able to continue. He departs on an electric buggy.

77 min:Kane crosses from the left. Lo Celso wafts a weak volley wide right. That was a good chance, he should have done much better. But he’s had a fine game tonight, as has Ndombele. Throw in the beginning of Sessegnon’s Spurs career, and Mauricio Pochettino’s second-wave Spurs side is beginning to take shape.

75 min: (Tottenham’s two-goal hero, Son Heung-min, is replaced by Ryan Sessegnon, making his (Champions League) debut, three days after turning out for Spurs for the first time in the Premier League.

71 min:Ndombele rolls a pass down the right for Eriksen, who cuts one back from the byline. Kane meets it, 10 yards out and level with the right-hand post. He drags his shot inches wide right. Or was it deflected? It looks deflected. It should have been a corner. Kane is incensed, though the scoreline being what it is, it doesn’t really matter. But Kane will be wanting a goal.

Kane misses a chance as he shoots wide.
Kane misses a chance as he shoots wide. Photograph: Justin Setterfield / Getty Images


69 min:Ndombele cuts in from the right and finds the top-left corner … of the stand behind the goal. That was a wild old slash.

68 min:Marin waits to take, but before he does so, Richmond Boakye comes on for Mateo Garcia. The free kick’s then whipped towards the bottom-left corner. Lo Celso blocks for a corner that’s easily dealt with by the Spurs defense.

67 min:Marin busies himself down the left and is crudely bundled over by Foyth. Just outside the box, but a free kick in a dangerous position nonetheless. The crowd find their voice again.

65 min:Petrovic slides in late, though not particularly recklessly or dangerously, on Rose. It’s mistimed enough to earn a booking, though.

64 min:That was a quite magnificent one-two from Spurs, who drew the sting from a re-energised Red Star, calmly and methodically, before springing forward and surely putting this game beyond the hosts. Four minutes that could get their season back on track.

62 min:A couple of changes in the wake of the third goal. Jose Canas comes on for Dusan Jovancic, while Christian Eriksen replaces Dele Alli.

GOAL! Red Star Belgrade 0-3 Tottenham Hotspur (Son 61)

Spurs are in total control now! Kane slips a glorious pass down the left for Rose, who scampers into space and squares for Son, who slams home from close range at the far post!

Son scores Tottenham’s third.
Son scores Tottenham’s third. Photograph: Justin Setterfield / Getty Images

Son celebrates his second.
Son celebrates his second. Photograph: Andrej Isaković / AFP via Getty Images


(min:) Red Star win a corner down the left. Marin takes, but it’s easily cleared and Lo Celso nearly breaks clear into the Red Star half on his own. Red Star want to watch themselves here.

GOAL! Red Star Belgrade 0-2 Tottenham Hotspur (Son 57)

And then Spurs, having bored Red Star into submission, break quickly upfield! Sissoko powers with great grace down the inside right, holding off his man and drawing another defender. He’s got Alli and Son to his left. He feeds Alli, who shuttles the ball on to Son, and the striker roofs one past Borjan. A wonderful goal on the break! Tottenham’s away-day woes could be coming to an end here in Belgrade.

Son scores the second for Spurs.
Son scores the second for Spurs. Photograph: James Marsh / BPI / Shutterstock

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56 min :Spurs pass it around the back in the sterile fashion. It’s clever, because it’s getting on the home crowd’s nerves. It doesn’t make for great viewing, admittedly, but Spurs haven’t won on the road for nearly six months, so you do what you have to do.

52 min:So having said that, Spurs nearly make it two, Alli sashaying into the box through the middle only to be robbed just as he’s cocking his leg back to shoot. The ball’s poked out for a corner, from which nothing much occurs, despite the very impressive Lo Celso’s prompting.

49 min:Red Sta r should be level. Ndombele gifts the ball to Marin in midfield. Suddenly Red Star are two on two. Marin instigates a one-two with Pavkov, and should be sent clear into the box on the left, but the return pass is a real clunker. Goal kick, and Marin is beyond livid.

Marin reacts after his missed chance.
Marin reacts after his missed chance. Photograph: Marko icaurica / Reuters


47 min:Tottenham impose themselves on the second half immediately. They stroke the ball this way and that. Then Kane bursts into the box down the left. Kane goes over very easily in a barging match with Milunovic, who did shove the Spurs captain in the small of the back, but very gently indeed, so come on. The referee’s not having it, quite correctly.

Kane goes down under pressure from Milunovic.
Kane goes down under pressure from Milunovic. Photograph: Andrej Isaković / AFP via Getty Images


We’re back!Spurs get the second half underway. Red Star have made a change at right back, with Jander coming on for Marko Gobeljic. ​​

Half-time entertainment.A few episodes of the magnificent Nessun Dorma pod for your leisure and pleasure. Includes a fine dissection of Ossie Ardiles and the Famous Five, the cult attacking quintet of Teddy Sheringham, Jürgen Klinsmann, Ilie Dumitrescu, Darren Anderton and Nick Barmby. Enjoy!

HALF TIME: Red Star Belgrade 0- 1 Tottenham Hotspur

And that’s the end of the first half. If you didn’t know better, you could be forgiven for thinking this game has a multi-ball feature. Two amazing pinball sequences, one at each end, both going Tottenham’s way. It’s been great fun. More in ten minutes!

45 min 2:Van la Parra earns a corner for Red Star in the second of two added minutes. Marin floats it in from the left. Pavkov is penalized for pushing. For a second, the home crowd think the referee’s signalling for a penalty. But it’s not to be.

45 min:This has been all Spurs, really, and yet Red Star must wonder how they’ve managed to pass up two gilt -edged invitations to score.

43 min:More pinball madness, this time in the Spurs box! Van la Parra bursts into the box on the right and smacks a shot against the base of the right-hand post. Sanchez, facing his own net, loops the rebound over his own keeper Gazzaniga and off the crossbar! Spurs clear, having got away with that big-style!

La Parra hits the post with a shot.
La Parra hits the post with a shot. Photograph: Andrew Boyers / Action Images via Reuters


42 min:Son earns a corner on the left. He possibly should have laid the ball off for Alli. From the set piece, he tries to mend fences by slipping a pass down the left wing for Alli. Too much juice on the ball, and it’s out for a goal kick. Alli doesn’t look particularly pleased.

41 min:Alli considers a shot from 20 yards, but thinks twice and slips the ball right for Lo Celso, who is brimming with confidence after his goal. We know this because he’s just tried to flick an insouciant shot into the bottom right from the edge of the box, first time, with the outside of his boot. It flies wide, but full marks for ambition.

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