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Lloris brilliance saves Tottenham in Leverkusen

Published: Tuesday 18 October 2016, 22.31CET
While Tottenham Hotspur enjoyed the better of the first half, Bayer Leverkusen were on top after the break and might have won the Group E game but for a wonder save by Hugo Lloris.

Match statistics

LeverkusenTottenham

Goals scored0
 
0
Possession (%)44
 
56
Total attempts16
 
5
on target6
 
1
off target7
 
2
blocked3
 
2
against woodwork0
1
Corners5
 
5
Offsides2
 
1
Yellow cards2
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed15
 
20
Fouls suffered19
 
15
Passes381
 
493
completed298
 
405

Standings

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Last updated: 20/11/2017 15:48 CET
 
Published: Tuesday 18 October 2016, 22.31CET

Lloris brilliance saves Tottenham in Leverkusen

While Tottenham Hotspur enjoyed the better of the first half, Bayer Leverkusen were on top after the break and might have won the Group E game but for a wonder save by Hugo Lloris.

Bayer Leverkusen and Tottenham Hotspur shared the points after a tight, tense stalemate at the BayArena in UEFA Champions League Group E.

The English side dominated the first half, coming closest to an opening goal shortly before the interval when Vincent Janssen hit the bar from close range. Bernd Leno subsequently produced a fantastic save to deny Erik Lamela from the follow-up.

Roles were reversed in the second period, however, with Leverkusen taking control and Hugo Lloris forced into a fine, sprawling stop from Javier Hernández. The hosts looked more likely to score as the game wore on, but ultimately nothing could separate the teams, who meet again at Wembley in a fortnight.

Key player: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham)
The France No1 kept his side in the contest in the face of Leverkusen's sustained second-half pressure. His save after the interval from Hernández almost defied belief.

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Hugo Lloris punches clear following a corner

Leverkusen regret
Just when Leverkusen seemed to have mastered the art of defending in Europe, they failed to score at home for the first time since last season's play-off first leg, when they lost 1-0 to Lazio. To be fair to the hosts, they went mightily close to breaking the deadlock through Hernández, while Charles Aránguiz and Admir Mehmedi both elicited fine stops from Lloris.

Tottenham satisfied
While Spurs may feel they deserved more from the first half on the balance of play, Leverkusen can certainly say the same about the second period. A draw was – all in all – a fair result, and a point the north Londoners will gratefully accept. Mauricio Pochettino's men have two home games and will therefore remain confident of progress from the tightest of groups.

Reporters' views

Son on 'disappointing' return to Leverkusen

Matthew Howarth, Leverkusen (@UEFAcomMattH)
With tricky trips to Wembley and Moscow still to come, Roger Schmidt and his players will view this as two points dropped. We are only halfway through the group stage, admittedly, but Leverkusen will need to do something about their road form if they are to reach the round of 16 – they have not won away from the BayArena in the UEFA Champions League since November 2014.

Daniel Thacker (@UEFAcomDanielT)
With two matches in London to look forward to, Tottenham will welcome this point and the fact their fate remains in their own hands. There were signs of promise in an excellent first half from Pochettino's charges, but the worry for the coach will be how his side faded after the restart and allowed the hosts back into the game.

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Lineups

leverkusen

Leverkusen

tottenham

Tottenham

1
LenoBernd Leno (GK)
1
LlorisHugo Lloris (GK) (C)
4
TahJonathan Tah
3
RoseDanny Rose
7
HernándezJavier Hernández
Substitution85
5
VertonghenJan Vertonghen
8
L. BenderLars Bender (C)
Yellow Card40
Substitution74
7
SonHeung-Min Son
Substitution90
10
Hakan ÇalhanoğluHakan Çalhanoğlu
Yellow Card21
Substitution46
9
JanssenVincent Janssen
Substitution65
11
KiesslingStefan Kiessling
11
LamelaErik Lamela
Yellow Card25
Substitution71
14
MehmediAdmir Mehmedi
12
WanyamaVictor Wanyama
20
AránguizCharles Aránguiz
15
DierEric Dier
21
Ömer ToprakÖmer Toprak
16
TrippierKieran Trippier
39
HenrichsBenjamin Henrichs
20
AlliDele Alli
44
KamplKevin Kampl
23
EriksenChristian Eriksen

Substitutes

28
ÖzcanRamazan Özcan (GK)
13
VormMichel Vorm (GK)
6
DragovićAleksandar Dragović
17
SissokoMoussa Sissoko
Substitution71
15
BaumgartlingerJulian Baumgartlinger
Substitution46
19
DembéléMousa Dembélé
Substitution65
16
JedvajTin Jedvaj
Substitution74
25
OnomahJoshua Onomah
Substitution90
19
BrandtJulian Brandt
Substitution85
29
WinksHarry Winks
29
HavertzKai Havertz
33
DaviesBen Davies
31
VollandKevin Volland
38
Carter-VickersCameron Carter-Vickers

Coach

Roger Schmidt (GER) Mauricio Pochettino (ARG)

Referee

Cüneyt Çakır (TUR)

Assistant referees

Bahattin Duran (TUR), Tarik Ongun (TUR)

Fourth official

Mustafa Eyisoy (TUR)

Additional assistant referees

Hüseyin Göçek (TUR), Barış Şimşek (TUR)

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution