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Olympique de Marseille 1-2 Tottenham: Champions League League match report, player ratings, fan reaction and more

Second-half goals from Clément Lenglet and a stoppage-time winner from Pierre-Emile Højbjerg sealed all three points on an away night in the south of France to see Tottenham top Group D on the final day

Tottenham Hotspur has done it once again as Antonio Conte’s Spurs left it late on a European night to secure a 2-1 away win at Olympique de Marseille to secure the top spot in Group D on the final day.

Conte’s men once again were handily outplayed in the first half of action as they were last week against Sporting CP back in the English capital, but just like last week, Tottenham’s opposition was unable to truly make them pay before the second half arrived and Spurs upped their performance levels.

A stoppage-time header from Chancel Mbemba was no more than OM deserved for their efforts as Spurs were as hapless as ever on the road at the Orange Velodrome.

Clément Lenglet began to re-write the script on the night less than ten minutes after the restart when the French center-back headed home from an Ivan Perišić corner to level matters as Spurs had looked to finally work themselves into proceedings and on balance were just about on par with OM if not in the ascendency.

But a key chance that ironically fell to former Arsenal left-back Sead Kolašinac could have changed all that but the Bosnian international could only misdirect his header mere yards away from goal in a chance that surely goes down as the best of the bunch across 90-minutes.

Then, in stoppage time, with a draw enough to still see Spurs advance as runner-up behind Eintracht Frankfurt, Pierre-Emile Højbjerg found himself the most advanced of Conte’s contingent and he outpaced Mbemba just enough before hitting a rasping effort in off the far post to seal all three points as one of the final kicks of the ball on the night, securing top spot and sending the traveling support into bedlam.

There will be a serious concern for star man Son Heung-min who was taken off before the halftime interval after clattering with Mbemba, while the South Korean international walked off and looked dazed in the process.

Given both Richarlison and Dejan Kulusevski already being on the treatment table, the loss of Son could prove a bridge too far for Spurs despite their result tonight.

Olympique de Marseille Player Ratings

GK: Pau López (6.5)

RCB: Chancel Mbemba (7.5)

CB: Eric Bailly (N/A – subbed off injured after 10-minutes)

LCB: Leonardo Balerdi (7)

RWB: Jonathan Clauss (6)

LWB: Nuno Tavares (6)

CM: Valentin Rongier (7)

CM: Jordan Veretout (7.5)

RAM: Mattéo Guendouzi (6)

LAM: Amine Harit (6.5)

CF: Alexis Sánchez (7)

Sub: Samuel Gigot (6)

Sub: Sead Kolašinac (6)

Sub: Cengiz Ünder (6.5)

Sub: Issa Kaboré (6)

Sub: Luis Suárez (6)

Tottenham Player Ratings

GK: Hugo Lloris (7) – Overall a good night for the French number one who came away as one of the best of the lot and one of the only Spurs players to perform well across both halves.

RCB: Eric Dier (6.5) – A better performance from Dier than some of his recent outings for the club but still a bit away from where he was earlier this season.

CB: Clément Lenglet (7.5) – Strong overall, and his headed equalizer certainly helps his overall match rating, which likely would not have been as high if his contributions in the goal column were nowhere to be found.

LCB: Ben Davies (6.5)- No Romero tonight meant Davies got the nod in the XI again and, while he was decent enough, he still is below the level the club needs if they are to truly challenge on all fronts.

RWB: Ivan Perišić (8) – An assist for Lenglet’s equalizer capped what was once again another very good performance from the Croatian international veteran as he proves to arguably be the club’s best signing this summer.

LWB: Ryan Sessegnon (6) – Yet another chance for the former England youth international starlet to impress for Tottenham but he failed to deliver a noteworthy performance albeit under frustrating circumstances not of his own making in the first half.

CM: Rodrigo Bentancur (6.5) – Effective overall, certainly in the second 45-minutes before being removed late in the second half even if he wasn’t up to the higher standards he has set this season.

CM: Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (8) – Remains one of the unsung heroes for Spurs when analyzed outside of the fanbase, but his insane engine and ability to keep fighting proved massively decisive tonight.

RAM: Lucas Moura (6) – Given the chance in attack once again due to injury issues at the club and, once again, failed to deliver. Questions will now be asked about why Bryan Gil is not getting a chance in the XI.

LAM: Son Heung-min (6) – Subbed-off at the 30-minute mark and looked dazed in the process. Tottenham and South Korea will both be waiting patiently to receive positive news while hoping to avoid any concussion concerns.

CF: Harry Kane (7) – No goal for Kane but he played his role as the match-winner as he so often does, with his assist to Højbjerg capping off a solid display for the England star.

Sub: Yves Bissouma (6.5) – Replaced Son in the first-half which saw Tottenham switch to a 3-5-2 for the remainder of the night. Solid enough but still has yet to hit the level he showed for Brighton that won him his move to Spurs in the first place.

Sub: Emerson Royal (7) – Though many cite him as meme material on social media, Royal was quite solid coming off the bench for Spurs tonight and it served as evidence regarding what he is capable of on his day.

Sub: Oliver Skipp (6) – Replaced Bentancur six minutes before stoppage so there is not too much to go by. A six seems about fair.

Sub: Bryan Gil (N/A) – Came on two minutes into stoppage time.

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