Tottenham 0-1 Ajax: the sleeping giants of European football take control of Champions League semi-final by beating abysmal Spurs on Tuesday night.
What a team, what a journey. Tottenham became the latest team to fall victim to the remarkable Ajax, who continue their David vs Goliath quest onto the next leg with an away goal advantage.
Ajax opened the game looking slicker and sharper than their opponents, and their crop of talented youngsters, most bound for truly great things in the next few years, found themselves ahead after a blitzkrieg of attacks rained down upon the Spurs defence, Donny van de Beek claiming an all-important away goal on 15 minutes.
Spurs have managed well enough without their star man up top relying on the services of Son-Heung Min, but with the South Korea international suspended for this tie, they looked desperately out of ideas. Just one, yes one, shot was hit on target against Ajax stopper Andre Onana, who probably could not believe his luck having kept just three clean sheets prior to last night’s match.
Things were not helped when Jan Vertonghen had to be helped from the field after a nasty collision. He received treatment and attempted to play on, but it became very apparent that was not possible and, in the end, needed to be carried down the tunnel by medical officials.
If things were not bad enough, David Neres very nearly put the tie beyond Spurs, but his low shot struck the right side of the post and bounced away from danger.
On a day where pathetic and lethargic performances were aplenty, it is difficult to decide just who stood out as the worst-of-the-lot. However, we have put our immense footballing heads together and decided that a certain Mr. Christian Eriksen takes the biscuit.
These are the kind of games Eriksen should be bossing from midfield, but he fell desperately short of expectations. Anonymous for pretty much the whole of the match, the Denmark star seemed to have lost his creative spark overnight and failed to string together any meaningful passages of play. He came to the rescue at the weekend against Brighton with a lovely drilled shot from outside the box, but last night seemed totally averse to the idea of lamping one towards his old club’s goal. Onana a lucky man.
Poor from him, needs to be better next round if Tottenham stand any chance of mounting a comeback.
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