Tot­ten­ham over­come

Kampl gives Lev­erkusen vic­tory at Spurs

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports International -

LON­DON / Kevin Kampl’s se­cond-half goal earned Bayer Lev­erkusen their first Euro­pean away vic­tory in Eng­land as they beat Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur 1-0 to boost their hopes of reach­ing the last 16 of the Cham­pi­ons League on Wed­nes­day.

Slove­nian in­ter­na­tional Kampl’s close-range ef­fort af­ter 65 min­utes sent Tot­ten­ham spin­ning to a se­cond home de­feat at Wem­b­ley in Group “E”, hav­ing lost their opener to Monaco.

Tot­ten­ham, with­out a win in six matches in all com­pe­ti­tions, were lack­lus­tre all night and there was pre­cious lit­tle for the ma­jor­ity of the 85,000 crowd to get excited about.

Eric Dier came clos­est to scor­ing when his free kick thumped against the cross­bar with eight min­utes left. With two matches left, Monaco lead the group on eight points af­ter beat­ing CSKA Moscow 3-0. Lev­erkusen have six and Tot­ten­ham have it all to do with four.

Tot­ten­ham’s sea­son has hit a wall since an im­pres­sive win over Manch­ester City last month and they be­gan in edgy fash­ion against a Lev­erkusen side who sensed their hosts’ un­ease. Tot­ten­ham man­ager Mauri­cio Po­chet­tino looked far from happy as his side con­tin­u­ally gave the ball away in dan­ger­ous ar­eas.

For­mer Manch­ester United striker Javier Her­nan­dez broke free on the right but his cut back evaded every­one in the area.

A dull en­counter livened up to­wards half­time.

Tot­ten­ham’s hearts were in their mouths when Kyle Walker mis­con­trolled in his own area and the ball fell invit­ingly to Her­nan­dez whose shot scraped past the post via a cru­cial de­flec­tion from Spurs de­fender Jan Ver­tonghen.

Shortly be­fore that Chris­tian Erik­sen had Tot­ten­ham’s first ef­fort on tar­get, his pow­er­ful shot beaten away by Bernd Leno.

Dele Alli did have the ball in the net in the stroke of half­time af­ter sub­sti­tute Vin­cent Jansen’s shot was saved by Leno, but Jansen had al­ready been pe­nalised for pulling.

Tot­ten­ham showed more ur­gency at the start of the se­cond pe­riod and Alli had a strong penalty ap­peal turned down when tum­bling over Lev­erkusen skip­per Omer To­prak’s dan­gled foot. Walker then sliced through the Lev­erkusen de­fence and fired a shot ag­o­nis­ingly across goal.

Lev­erkusen’s Kevin Kampl Tot­ten­ham in ac­tion against Tot­ten­ham’s Ben Davies in their Uefa Cham­pi­ons League Group ‘E’ natch at Wem­b­ley /REUTERS


Tot­ten­ham man­ager Mauri­cio Po­chet­tino pon­ders as Bayer Lev­erkusen come call­ing in their Uefa Cham­pi­ons League Group ‘E’ Wem­b­ley match.

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