Tottenham Hotspur v Eintracht Frankfurt: Champions League – live | Champions League


Key events

11 min: Kane attempts to find Son at the back post but N’Dicka stretches out a long leg and hooks the ball away athletically. Then Dier takes a yellow card for a hefty bodycheck on Muani, who was skedaddling up the left wing with menace.

10 min: Lenz has a dig from distance but Dier blocks the shot and then clears after a loose ball is knocked back in from midfield. Solid stuff.

8 min: After an even start, Spurs are getting a grip of the game now, bossing possession and looking comfortable in their setup.

6 min: Sessegnon hoiks a looping cross into the box that drops from a great height at the back post. Richarlison takes a great leap above Trapp and heads down at goal, but the ball drops just wide of the far post. There’s a suggestion he might have fouled Trapp but a goal-kick is given which suggests either the ball was out before Sessegnon’s cross, or Richarlison’s header was deemed a legitimate one, as it should have been.

5 min: Eintracht don’t look scared here. They’re trying to knock the ball around at every opportunity and Kamada’s movement, dropping deep into midfield, is causing problems.

4 min: Sessegnon gives the ball away and then hurts himself in a collision with Rode. Lindstrom picks up possession and whips a cross in to Kamada, but the ball bounces up high and the forward, unmarked in the box, can’t get a clean connection. That’s a warning.

2 min: Romero pings a lovely pass down the right channel to Richarlison, who peels off his marker cintelligently. He zips down the right wing but his cross is blocked back on to his shins and out for a goal-kick.

Kick-off!

1 min: Peep! Eintracht, in black, get the match under way. They’re kicking from left to right on my TV screen. Spurs, in white, are going the other way. Here we go!

There’s a minute’s applause in tribute to John Duncan, the former Spurs forward who died at the weekend, and Gian Piero Ventrone, the Tottenham fitness coach, who died aged 61 last week. RIP.

RIP Ventrone
Photograph: James Williamson/AMA/Getty Images

The teams are out at a rocking Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The Spurs and Eintracht fans are making quite a din. With the group so tight, this is a big one. Almost time for kick-off.

Eintracht Frankfurt fans.
Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

Napoli are great fun aren’t they? They beat Ajax 4-2 and are in the last 16. Atlético are anything but. They drew 0-0 at home against Brugge who, incredibly, have qualified after four games without conceding a goal. Bravo.

Brugge players celebrate reaching the knockout stages for the first time in the Champions League era after a Simon Mignolet goalkeeping masterclass.
Brugge players celebrate reaching the knockout stages for the first time in the Champions League era after a Simon Mignolet goalkeeping masterclass. Photograph: Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images

Antonio Conte speaks. On playing three up front: “We decided to set up in this way. The first leg was a game with great balance [but] we can be much better tonight. My expectation is to play a really good game and get three points.” On picking Sessegnon over Perisic: “Sessegnon is a player I think is growing in an important way and now I think today he was the best choice to start with.” On whether he has set Spurs up to be more expansive in their attacking play: “We try to score because if we don’t score we don’t win. Tonight we need the [forwards] to be clinical and take their chances. It’s not a decisive game but it’s really important for both teams.”

Eintracht Frankfurt’s last couple of visits to London have been very enjoyable. They beat Arsenal 2-1 in November 2019 and West Ham by the same scoreline in April. Both of those matches were in the Europa League – can they go one better in the Champions League? They’ll have vociferous backing from their fans, who are making quite a racket as they march up Tottenham High Road.

Eintracht Frankfurt fans make their way towards the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Eintracht Frankfurt fans make their way towards the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Photograph: Zac Goodwin/PA

“Why is Sessegnon awarded an ‘R’ in the team news – have Spurs signed his twin Steven?” asks Richard Hirst. Nope, that would be my copying and pasting, R Hirst.

In the early Champions League matches this evening, Napoli are beating Ajax 3-1 in Group A and Atlético are drawing 0-0 at home with surprise package Brugge, who lead Group B. You can follow all tonight’s matches with our live scores page here.

Kieran McHugh would like to make a case for last week’s 0-0 draw. “I know the link to the Guardian match report claims last week’s first instalment wasn’t up to much, but it was actually a decent match, albeit without goals.” Last week’s report was actually a review of an Ed Sheeran gig.

Team news

Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris (c); Romero, Dier, Lenglet; Emerson Royal, Hojbjerg, Bentancur, R Sessegnon; Richarlison, Kane, Son. Subs: Forster, Doherty, Skipp, Sánchez, Bryan Gil, Perisic, Spence, Moura, Sarr, B Davies, Bissouma, White.

Eintracht Frankfurt: Trapp; Tuta, Hasebe, N’Dicka; Jakic, Rode (c), Sow, Lenz, Lindstrom, Kamada, Muani. Subs: Smolcic, Alidou, Borre, Alario, Chandler, Ebimbe, Götze, Grahl, Ramaj.

Referee: Carlos del Cerro Grande (Spain)

Spurs make three changes, with Richarlison, Emerson Royal and Clement Lenglet in for Yves Bissouma, Matt Doherty and Ben Davies. Lucas Moura returns to the bench after a lengthy injury absence with a tendon issue. Götze, Ebimbe, Alario and Borre drop to the bench after Eintracht’s 3-0 loss against bottom-of-the-table Bochum.

This is the first Spurs home match since the death of Gian Piero Ventrone, the club’s much-loved Italian fitness coach, and former Tottenham forward John Duncan, who passed away at the weekend. A minute’s silence will be held to remember both men before kick-off. Here’s how Ventrone’s seat in the dugout looks this evening. It’s a lovely, touching tribute.

Preamble

If Tottenham are going to qualify for the knockout stage without any drama they could really do with a win this evening. They’ve beaten Marseille at home, lost at Sporting and drawn at Eintracht Frankfurt. With Sporting at home and then a trip to Marseille bringing Spurs’ Group D games to a close, three points here is in order. Here’s how the table looks:

It’s pretty tight, then. Star of last night’s CBeebies Bedtime Stories, Harry Kane, will hopefully provide a decent storyline. Kane has drawn a blank in the Champions League so far this season despite being prolific domestically. He read the Lion Inside on his BBC appearance, the story of a timid mouse who discovers his inner lion. After a quiet return to Europe’s top table, now would be a great time for Spurs to follow that little rodent’s lead and make some flipping noise.

Maybe Antonio Conte will loosen the handbrake a little to help with that. We could certainly do with a tad more entertainment than the two sides delivered a week ago in Germany. Tottenham should have the fit again Lucas Moura back in the squad though Conte will not risk Dejan Kulusevski given the hectic schedule they face in the leadup to the World Cup. Eintracht come into this game having been beaten 3-0 by the Bundesliga’s bottom side, Bochum, on Saturday. They should have a stronger lineup this evening, mind.





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