Fine saves from Belgian goalkeeper Hugo Lloris secured a point for Tottenham against Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen.
Tottenham also saw chances and possession squandered as they could have walked away with a win following a dominant first half. However, Dele Alli was unusually off target with a six-yard header while Vincent Janssen sent another one against the crossbar.
After half-time, Lloris had to make 3 saves which ultimately proved crucial for his team:
- 48 minutes: Stefan Kiessling played the ball across for Javier Hernandez in front a gaping goal. Lloris leapt across to keep Hernandez’s effort out even when half of the ball had crossed the line.
- 56 minutes: Aranguiz shot a low free-kick from 25 yards out, but Lloris dived full stretch to his right to push the ball away.
- 61 minutes: As Leverkusen begin to grow into the game and became confident in attack, Switzerland international Mehmedi found space on the edge of the area, but Lloris got down low to his right again to palm the ball out.
“You need a bit of luck in that kind of action and this time I saved (from Javier Hernandez),” Lloris said after the game.
“It was a key moment but it was not the only one. We should have scored in the first half and then the game would have been much different.”
Indeed, Spurs had six attempts in the first half and none in the second, and worked goalkeeper Leno only once. In contrast, Leverkusen had 13 shots in the second 45 minutes.
But with the result, Mauricio Pochettino side is able to remain at second place in Group E with 4 points, while Monaco remains leaders of the group despite a 1-1 draw against CSKA Moscow. The Russian team has yet to won a single game.