Tottenham Hotspur vs. Sporting CP – Football Match Report – October 27, 2022

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur’s header saved a 1-1 draw against Sporting to keep the London side in control of Champions League Group D, but the match ended in chaotic scenes when Harry Kane’s last attempt was disallowed on Wednesday.

A win for Spurs would have secured their place in the last 16 with one game left and they thought they had sealed it with almost the final kick of the game when Kane fired in from close range after an Emerson Royal header over the goal .

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It led to wild celebrations on the sidelines, but joy turned to fury when a VAR check lasting several minutes ruled out the goal for offside – sparking a furious reaction from Spurs manager Antonio Conte, who was kicked off the pitch sent for his response.

Conte’s side must now avoid defeat at Marseille next week to qualify for the knockout stage, while Sporting’s delay also means they can still make progress.

“I thought because [Emerson’s header] went backwards and hit a defender, it was a different phase of the game,” said Tottenham defender Matt Doherty of the decision that scratched the majority in the stadium.

‘I’ll have to look at the rules. Some of us have no idea what happened.’

Harry Kane protests to the referee after his late goal was controversially disallowed. Clive Rose/Getty Images

The result put Tottenham at the top of a desperately tight-knit group at eight points, with Sporting and Eintracht Frankfurt beating Marseille 2-1 at seven. Marseille has six points.

The Spurs will qualify for the last 16 if they avoid defeat in Marseille on Tuesday, while Sporting host Frankfurt also need a point to guarantee a place in the knockout stage. If Tottenham lose in France, they are out of the league.

– VAR ‘does a lot of damage’, smoke Spurs’ Conte

Conte admitted his side was poor in the first half but wondered if the VAR decision would have been made against one of Europe’s heavyweights.

“I would like to see these kinds of decisions with a top team, in an important game. I would like to see if the VAR has the courage to make this decision,” said the Italian.

Tottenham started the game after successive defeats in the Premier League, which meant that momentum came to a halt at the start of the season.

They were terrible against Sporting in the first half, slow in possession and cumbersome in attack and the visitors dominated.

The hosts had a huge letdown when Paulinho cut a great opportunity over the crossbar from Pedro Porro’s cross.

But they fell behind in the 22nd minute when former Spurs player Marcus Edwards was given time to line up his shot and duly beat Hugo Lloris with a sweet left foot.

Tottenham had improved greatly after the break and punctuated the Sporting goal in their desperate quest for the equalizer with goalkeeper Antonio Adan making sharp saves from Eric Dier, Son Heung-min and Doherty.

Sporting substitute Flavio Nazinho dismissed two great chances to secure the points – first denied by Lloris and then wide of an open goal – and in the 80th minute those misses looked even more precious as Tottenham equalized.

Ivan Perisic swung into a corner and midfielder Bentancur climbed the highest to head past Adan powerfully.

More drama ensued when Lloris was forced into great substitute Fatawu Issahaku before Kane thought he had stolen it for the hosts.

“Last year we were a bit lucky at certain times, this season was a very difficult season so I hope for the best and he [Kane] was offside and it was a good moment,” Sporting coach Ruben Amorim said of the latest twist.

“It was a very good first half and then we were tired, but we suffered as a team.”

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