Tottenham Hotspur just about kept their Champions League dream alive on Tuesday night as a late Harry Kane brace earned them a desperately needed win over PSV Eindhoven at Wembley Stadium.
Despite the win, though, Mauricio Pochettino’s side still need to win the rest of their matches, and for other results elsewhere to go in their favour, if they’re to progress to the knockout rounds.
As for the victory over the Dutch outfit, Kane’s exploits will undoubtedly be what’s remembered. However, for much of the game, Spurs’ talismanic No. 10 struggled to have any impact. In fact, for much of the match, before he was substituted off in the 61st minute, Lucas Moura looked to be the home side’s best hope for a comeback.
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The 35-cap Brazil international was a constant menace to the PSV back line and was aggressive and attack-minded every time he got on the ball. Fearless in possession, the 26-year-old completed a remarkable 9 dribbles – far more than any other player on the pitch.
Moura also took four shots, though could only manage to get one on target. The tricky attacker was also a creative presence for the Premier League side, playing one key pass, and racking up an impressive 87.1% pass accuracy rating.
One negative aspect of Moura’s game, though, was the fact he committed two unsuccessful touches. That being said, Moura looked like a game-changer before being removed from proceedings by the Spurs boss – a decision that was met with boos from a section of the home crowd.
Were it not for Kane’s contributions, Pochettino would likely have come under even heavier fire for his odd decision to substitute Moura.