Tottenham Hotspur’s hopes of qualifying for the knockout stages of the Champions League have taken a significant blow courtesy of a 1-0 defeat to Bayer Leverkusen in their Group E clash at Wembley this evening.
Kevin Kampl scored the only goal of the game for the visitors as they climbed above Tottenham into second, leaving Spurs with two defeats from two at Wembley in the Champions League this season.
Leverkusen arrived at the national stadium having failed to win any of their previous eight visits to England in the Champions League, but it was the German outfit who made the brighter start as they hounded Spurs with some high pressing that forced sloppy errors from the hosts.
Roger Schmidt’s side were unable to capitalise on those mistakes, though, and clear chances were few and far between throughout the first half as Tottenham in particular struggled to get going in attack.
It was the hosts who had the only shot on target of the opening 45 minutes when Christian Eriksen was allowed to carry the ball forward by a retreating defence, but his subsequent effort was straight at Bernd Leno, who pushed the powerful strike away.
The deadlock was finally broken with 25 minutes remaining, though, and having ridden their luck to stay in the match Spurs were undone by an unfortunate deflection as Charles Aranguiz’s strike deflected off two players and into the path of Kampl, who made no mistake from close range for his first goal of the season.
Pochettino’s side have also failed to score from open play in their last five outings heading in to Sunday’s North London derby against Arsenal.
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