Punchless Spurs blanked at Wembley
LONDON >> Bayer Leverkusen claimed its first victory in Champions League Group E on Wednesday, edging an insipid Tottenham side 1-0 to condemn the London club to a second successive loss at its temporary Wembley Stadium home.
A record Tottenham attendance of 85,512 saw Kevin Kampl net in the 65th minute to lift Leverkusen into second place, displacing the hosts with two games remaining. Kampl initially teed up Charles Aranguiz for a shot that deflected off two Tottenham players before the ball landed back at Kampl’s feet.
“It’s embarrassing for me,” Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said. “But we need to find the solution fast.”
Back in the Champions League after six years, Tottenham is two points behind Leverkusen and four adrift of Monaco, which won at Wembley at the start of the group stage.
With White Hart Lane starting to be demolished to make way for a new stadium, Tottenham has moved across north London to England’s more expansive national stadium for European matches without the raucous and intimidating atmosphere at its tightly-packed home.
Real Madrid needed a late goal to salvage a humbling 3-3 draw at struggling Legia Warsaw.
Madrid looked set to romp to another big win after Gareth Bale netted an amazing opener from distance in the first minute before then setting up Karim Benzema to make it 2-0.
But Madrid’s slack defense — and over-confidence — let Legia rally back in stunning fashion to take the lead. Vadis Odjidja and Miroslav Radovic struck from long range before Thibault Moulin also scored from outside the area in the 83rd.
Madrid was facing a humiliating defeat until midfielder Mateo Kovacic fired in from near the edge of the box in the 85th to at least rescue a point.
Borussia Dortmund beat Sporting 1-0 to advance to the knockout stage despite leaving top striker PierreEmerick Aubameyang out of the team.
Wearing a stylish coat and a fedora hat, Aubameyang watched from the stands and saw his backup, Adrian Ramos, score the only goal in the 12th minute of the Group F match.
Leicester missed its chance to secure an early place in the last 16 after being held to a 0-0 draw by FC Copenhagen. While a win would have put the Premier League champions and Group G leaders through to the knockout stages, the next opportunity will come in its home game on Nov. 22 against Brugge, which lost 1-0 to Porto.
Tottenham’s Dele Alli jumps during the Group E Champions League match between Spurs and Bayer Leverkusen at Wembley Stadium. Tottenham lost, 1-0.