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Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 Sporting Lisbon: Late VAR drama denies Harry Kane winner


Rodrigo Bentancur
Rodrigo Bentancur’s equaliser ensured Spurs avoided a third successive defeat in all competitions

Tottenham will go in search of a point in Marseille in their final Champions League group game to secure a place in the knockout phase after being denied victory in a dramatic finale against Sporting Lisbon.

Spurs knew victory would guarantee a place in the last 16 but they laboured for long periods before being denied a last-gasp winner when Harry Kane’s strike was ruled out for offside with manager Antonio Conte shown a red card in the ensuing chaos.

In a tense encounter, former Spurs youngster Marcus Edwards gave Sporting a deserved 22nd-minute lead with a fine low shot as they punished Conte’s side for a poor first-half display that brought loud jeers from the home fans.

Spurs were much improved after the break but they were grateful to a crucial save by keeper Hugo Lloris from Sporting substitute Nazinho, who also shot wide with the goal at his mercy.

They took advantage of those two escapes as Rodrigo Bentancur rose to head home from a corner 10 minutes from time – and in a hectic finish both sides had opportunities to win.

Kane thought he had snatched it with virtually the last kick – only for VAR to decide otherwise.

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Tottenham Hotspur

  1. Squad number11Player nameGil
  2. Squad number12Player nameEmerson Royal
  3. Squad number34Player nameLenglet

Sporting Lisbon

  1. Squad number1Player nameAdán

  2. Squad number25Player nameGonçalo Inácio

  3. Squad number4Player nameCoates

  4. Squad number2Player nameMatheus Reis

  5. Squad number24Player namePorro

  6. Squad number15Player nameUgarte

  7. Squad number5Player nameMorita

  8. Squad number11Player nameNuno Santos

  9. Squad number10Player nameEdwards

  10. Squad number17Player nameTrincão

  11. Squad number20Player namePaulinho

  1. Squad number3Player nameSt. Juste

  2. Squad number18Player nameFatawu

  3. Squad number33Player nameArthur Gomes

  4. Squad number71Player nameFlávio Nazinho

  5. Squad number82Player nameMateus Fernandes



Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 1Lloris
  • 17RomeroBooked at 67mins
  • 15Dier
  • 33DaviesSubstituted forLengletat 81′minutes
  • 2DohertySubstituted forGilat 71′minutes
  • 5Højbjerg
  • 30Bentancur
  • 14Perisic
  • 27Lucas MouraSubstituted forEmerson Royalat 82′minutes
  • 7Son Heung-Min
  • 10Kane


  • 4Skipp
  • 6D Sánchez
  • 11Gil
  • 12Emerson Royal
  • 19R Sessegnon
  • 20Forster
  • 24Spence
  • 25Tanganga
  • 29Sarr
  • 34Lenglet
  • 38Bissouma
  • 42White


Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 1Adán
  • 25Inácio
  • 4CoatesBooked at 41mins
  • 2Reis de Lima
  • 24Porro
  • 15UgarteBooked at 83mins
  • 5MoritaSubstituted forEspanha Fernandesat 61′minutes
  • 11Gomes dos SantosSubstituted forBasilua Jacinto Názinhoat 62′minutes
  • 10EdwardsSubstituted forFatawuat 71′minutes
  • 17Machado TrincãoSubstituted forGomes Lourençoat 71′minutes
  • 20Dias FernandesSubstituted forSt. Justeat 75′minutes


  • 3St. Juste
  • 6Alexandropoulos
  • 12Israel
  • 16Costa Rocha
  • 18Fatawu
  • 22Eusébio Paulo
  • 33Gomes Lourenço
  • 63Martinez Marsà
  • 71Basilua Jacinto Názinho
  • 77Borges Cabral
  • 82Espanha Fernandes
  • 84Essugo

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