Tottenham Hotspur’s Europa League progression now lies in their own hands, after their 0-0 draw in Rome against Lazio
The North Londoners started the game brightly and were unfortunate to see Gareth Bale’s early strike ruled out for offside when the Spurs winger was clearly a yard on; however they were soon put on the back-foot for most of the game, with Hugo Lloris in inspired form in the Tottenham goal.
The result means that Andre Villas-Boas’ men need just a draw in their final group game against Panathinikos in order to make it through to the knock-out stages and the Tottenham manager was delighted to come away from Italy with a point and singled out Lloris for special praise:
“It was important for him and he was a great help for the team, he was decisive in a couple of moments.”
Villas-Boas also expressed his disappointment at Spurs once again having goals chalked off that have cost the club vital points in their quest to qualify from the group:
“Against Lazio we’ve had four goals disallowed. Two of them rightly and two of them not, maybe three.
“It’s difficult to see decisions go that way but we move on. We take the result. We are in a comfortable position to qualify.” (Sky Sports)