Punch­less Spurs blanked at Wem­b­ley

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS -

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.

THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Tot­ten­ham’s Dele Alli jumps dur­ing the Group E Cham­pi­ons League match be­tween Spurs and Bayer Lev­erkusen at Wem­b­ley Sta­dium. Tot­ten­ham lost, 1-0.

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