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Real Madrid are stunned by superb Spurs

Double from Alli and Eriksen strike send Mauricio Pochettino's men through to the knockout stages of the Champions League

02 November, 2017 — By Dan Carrier

TOTTENHAM Hotspur recorded a famous victory over Real Madrid last night (Wednesday) to seal their place in the knockout stages of the Champions League with two group stage matches left to play.

A double from Dele Alli and a strike from Christian Eriksen set Spurs on the way to glory, while the European champions could only respond with a late goal from Cristiano Ronaldo.

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Delighted Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino said after the game: “It was a great victory for the club, the fans and the players. Our aim is to win big competitions and tonight shows that we are moving in the right direction.

“For Dele, it was fantastic. He felt it was coming and he has been getting better and better every day. We need him at his best for this team to achieve what we want to achieve. I am happy for him.”

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Spurs refused to let the visitors settle. In the opening period they got the measure of Real and on 27 minutes took a deserved lead. A clever ball by Harry Winks put Kieran Trippier in behind the defence and his low cross was gleefully finished by the onrushing Alli.

It could have been more before the break as Winks swung at a loose ball when a little more composure would have doubled the lead.

Harry Kane then found himself looking in the whites of Kiko Casilla’s eyes but the Real Madrid keeper pulled off a magnificent stop to deny the home side a bigger cushion.
Real looked to find a way back in to the game in the second half but Spurs had the measure of their opponents.

On 54 minutes, Alli doubled Tottenham’s lead. The youngster strode towards the Real defence, shrugged off the attentions of defender Marcelo and, as space opened up, fired home from the edge of the box.

It was three on 64 minutes. Spurs rode some Real pressure before Kane broke down the right. His slide-rule pass was gleefully accepted by Eriksen and the home fans began to party.

Ronaldo struck for Real on 80 minutes but it was all too late. Real have not lost a group stage match for five years but Pochettino’s young side put them to the sword – and did so at a canter.

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