LONDON — Tottenham stunned Real Madrid, the Champions League titleholder, 3-1 on Wednesday and qualified for the knockout phase for just the second time.
Madrid, the European champions at three of their previous four seasons, hadn’t lost in the band stage for five decades, along with the humbling defeat Wednesday came after Madrid’s defense against its own Spanish league name took a hit by a surprise reduction in Girona, including stress on Manager Zinedine Zidane.
Madrid was ripped apart readily by Tottenham, a team which hasn’t won the English league because 1961. Dele Alli, suspended for its opening three matches in Group H, created an explosive yield with just two aims.
Spiritual Eriksen also scored for Tottenham, from the 65th minute, to create a commanding lead that guaranteed Cristiano Ronaldo’s attack from the 80th was a mere consolation.
The success occurred Tottenham three things clear of Madrid in the peak of the band, ensuring passing in the last 16 with just two matches to spare. Tottenham, that was removed from the group stage last year, has just competed at the knockout phase after, at the 2010-11 season, as it was removed by Madrid from the quarterfinals.
Subsequently, Madrid beat Tottenham 5-0 on aggregate, however, the tables have turned. Last month, Tottenham procured a 1-1 draw at the Spanish capital and on Wednesday it conquered Madrid for the first time since Zidane suffered among their most painful matches of the 22-month tenure.
In other Champions League matches, Borussia Dortmund was pushed to the edge of elimination following a 1-1 draw with APOEL Nicosia at Group H. Porto conquered RB Leipzig, 3-1, also proceeded into second in Group G, although Besiktas maintained its hopes alive with a 1-1 draw from Monaco.
Manchester City, the Group F pioneer, conquer Napoli, 4-2, although Shakhtar Donetsk remained in 2nd position in that category using a 3-1 triumph over Feyenoord. Liverpool defeated NK Maribor, 3-0, also Sevilla topped Spartak Moscow from 2-1 in Group E.
Courtesy: The New York Times