Tottenham 3-1 Real Madrid: Spurs qualify for last 16 with famous win
By Gerard Brand at Wembley
Last Updated: 02/11/17 9:03am
Tottenham produced a superb performance to record a famous 3-1 win over Real Madrid at Wembley, securing qualification to the Champions League last 16.
Dele Alli turned home from close range after Kieran Trippier's cross to put the hosts ahead on 28 minutes, and Alli scored again after the break (56) as his shot deflected off Sergio Ramos and wrong-footed Kiko Casilla.
Wembley erupted again just nine minutes later as Spurs broke through Alli and Harry Kane, who teed the ball up for Christian Eriksen to finish off for 3-0.
Tottenham: Lloris (7), Trippier (7), Sanchez (7), Alderweireld (6), Vertonghen (7), Davies (7), Dier (7), Winks (7), Eriksen (8), Alli (9), Kane (8)
Subs: Dembele (6), Sissoko (7), Llorente (NA)
Real Madrid: Casilla (5), Achraf (5), Ramos (5), Nacho (5), Marcelo (5), Casemiro (4), Kroos (5), Modric (4), Isco (5), Ronaldo (5), Benzema (4)
Subs: Asensio (5), Mayoral (5), Vazquez (NA)
Man of the match: Dele Alli
Cristiano Ronaldo's drilled finish from close range made it interesting (80), but it ended 3-1 as Real suffered their first group-stage defeat in the Champions League since October 2012.
Spurs took the lead during a breathless first half through Alli, who had returned to European action following his red card in the Europa League last season.
Trippier was just in an offside position as he ran onto Harry Winks' fine lofted ball behind Marcelo, but the flag stayed down as the right-back's first-time centre was bundled home by Alli inside the six-yard box.
Harry Kane returned from injury to start, while Dele Alli was also back from a three-game European suspension picked up last season. Serge Aurier was replaced by Kieran Trippier in defence, while Davinson Sanchez came in for Moussa Sissoko. For Real, Nacho replaced Raphael Varane in defence.
Real Madrid woke up and produced wave after wave of attack before the break, but Spurs had the best chance to score the second through Kane, who saw a shot from 10 yards blocked brilliantly by Sergio Ramos.
The game continued with the same pace in the second half; Hugo Lloris brilliantly tipped away Marcelo's drilled cross, but Alli made it 2-0 as his effort from the edge of the box deflected off the Ramos and into the net.
Real should have levelled as Spurs cleared off the line twice following pinball in the six-yard box, but a quick breakaway saw the hosts tear the European champions apart again.
Alli won the ball in midfield, found Kane with Spurs two versus two, and then produced a fine through ball for Eriksen to finish past Casilla as Wembley went wild.
Alli missed a clear chance for his hat-trick, glancing a free header wide, but Ronaldo made for a nervy ending with a low finish from eight yards past Lloris.
- Tottenham have inflicted Real Madrid's first loss in the Champions League group stage since October 2012, ending a 30-game unbeaten run.
- In fact, this is Real Madrid's biggest margin of defeat in a Champions League group game since November 2008, losing 2-0 against Juventus.
- Tottenham have finally defeated Real Madrid at their sixth attempt after losing three and drawing two of the previous five.
- Kieran Trippier has recorded 13 assists in all competitions in 2017; six more than any other Premier League defender.
Man of the match - Dele Alli
He's been criticised for his form of late, but having said he was ticking off the games before he could return to European action from suspension, Alli was back with a bang.
His enthusiasm was contagious as Spurs deconstructed Real in midfield and in the final third.
His first finish showed great opportunism, his second proved his patience on the ball, and he was also involved in the third, breaking out of defence to feed Harry Kane before the final pass to Christian Eriksen.
It may not be long before we see the Alli of 'old' back to his best week in, week out.
Mauricio Pochettino: "You've all seen today that Tottenham is a big team and we're playing in front of 80,000 people. We're showing Spurs deserve to be among the best not only in England but Europe. Right now we are proud of winning this match but it means nothing if we don't win something come the end of the season.
Zinedine Zidane: "In terms of the opposition, we came up against the better team, in general, all aspects they were superior. But in general, I'm not worried about lack of goals. We need to show we have experience, we are full of champions and we need to change the run we are in."
Tottenham host bottom side Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Sunday at 12pm, while Real are at home against La Liga strugglers Las Palmas, live on Sky Sports Football on Sunday at 7.45pm.