Tottenham Hotspur are hosting Dinamo Zagreb tonight as Jose Mourinho’s side look to take another step toward European glory. Inconsistency has blighted Spurs’ campaign, both domestically and in the group stage of their Europa League campaign, but more recently they have found a positive groove with key attackers finding form. Gareth Bale, Dele Alli and Harry Kane have all been impressive at times recently, giving the boss options to rotate his team.
Dinamo have yet to lose a game in the Europa League this season and finished top of the group ahead of Wolfsberger – who Spurs knocked out in the last round. This last-16 clash will see Tottenham start as favourites, but they know they’ll have to be near their best to continue their progression through this competition, with the ultimate aim of winning the trophy and securing a spot in next season’s Champions League.
Follow all the latest updates from the game below.
Worth noting that the second leg in Croatia is played next week, 18 March. No two- or three-week turnaround in ties for the Europa League! But first, that north London derby.
Karl Matchett11 March 2021 22:13
Perhaps one minor concern for Spurs – PA are reporting that Harry Kane took a knock to the knee before coming off and was icing it on the bench. With Arsenal to come at the weekend, Spurs will hope there’s nothing to stop their top scorer being in action.
Karl Matchett11 March 2021 21:59
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Karl Matchett11 March 2021 21:56
A Kane brace seals the day for Spurs, meaning a fifth straight victory in all competitions. Just one goal conceded in that run, too.
Karl Matchett11 March 2021 21:53
90+2’ – Spurs 2-0 Dinamo
Spurs seeing out the game in comfort now, even if not actively seeking a third goal. Will two be enough to head to Croatia with? Mourinho and Co. will hope so.
Karl Matchett11 March 2021 21:52
89’ – Spurs 2-0 Dinamo
Into the final stages now. Sissoko takes an arm to the face but he’s fine to continue. Bale’s corner is punched clear and we head into four added minutes.
DIN sub: Franjic on for Ademi
Karl Matchett11 March 2021 21:49
86’ – Spurs 2-0 Dinamo
Hojbjerg is booked after coming on as sub and he’ll miss the second leg. Presumably Spurs not too concerned about that.
Bergwijn leads the counter, he tees up Bale but the Welshman can’t get a shot away and several defenders crowd him out.
Karl Matchett11 March 2021 21:45
82’ – Spurs 2-0 Dinamo
Gareth Bale hammers a free-kick on target – it’s from miles out and the goalkeeper has to punch it awkwardly over the bar.
TOT sub: Kane replaced by Carlos Vinicius
Karl Matchett11 March 2021 21:42
78’ – Spurs 2-0 Dinamo
Kane doing the defensive work now. Laurtisen gets a powerful header in on goal, but Kane is back inside his own six-yard box to block and clear.
DIN sub: Petkovic off, Gavranovic on
Karl Matchett11 March 2021 21:36
74’ – Spurs 2-0 Dinamo
Dinamo starting to send a few more players forward now as they look to find what could prove a vital away goal. In truth, they haven’t gone close since the opening minutes of the game, while Spurs’ recent performances have been largely good from a defensive standpoint.
Karl Matchett11 March 2021 21:33
GOAL! 70’ – Spurs 2-0 Dinamo
Kane again! And that will wrap up the first-leg lead for Spurs. Ndombele spreads play, Aurier crosses but it’s a mistake from Theophile-Catherine whose attempted clearance falls to Kane…and you know what happens next. 2-0 to Spurs.
Karl Matchett11 March 2021 21:29
68’ – Spurs 1-0 Dinamo
Ademi goes into the book after yet another foul on Ndombele. He has been everywhere tonight!
Karl Matchett11 March 2021 21:27
64’ – Spurs 1-0 Dinamo
Bale and Bergwijn come on and almost immediately combine for a goal; the former crosses, the latter side-foots a volley on target but it’s saved.
TOT subs: Bale, Moura and Bergwijn on for Lamela, Son and Dele
DIN subs: Kastrati on for Majer
Karl Matchett11 March 2021 21:25
60’ – Spurs 1-0 Dinamo
There’s the chance for Dinamo. A break down the right sees a low cross put over to Petkovic, but he’s on the stretch and can’t divert it on-target with his left foot. Spurs readying some changes.
Karl Matchett11 March 2021 21:18
56’ – Spurs 1-0 Dinamo
Ndombele right in the centre of it all at the moment. He’s fouled twice more, then barrels past about four challenges into the box, only finally stopped when three more surround him.
Karl Matchett11 March 2021 21:16
52’ – Spurs 1-0 Dinamo
Ndombele goes down in the box after a clear step on his foot – but the ref says no penalty and VAR appears inclined to agree. Mourinho, needless to say, does not. Dinamo perhaps fortunate to escape there.
Karl Matchett11 March 2021 21:11
48’ – Spurs 1-0 Dinamo
A lively start to the half. Lamela always bundles his way through to net a second, then Kane fires over on the rebound.
Karl Matchett11 March 2021 21:07
We are back underway for the second half.
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