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Eriksen ensures Spurs keep up faint Euro hope

Tottenham 1-0 Inter Milan

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Christian Eriksen celebrates his goal against Inter Milan at Wembley last night

Christian Eriksen celebrates his goal against Inter Milan at Wembley last night

Christian Eriksen celebrates his goal against Inter Milan at Wembley last night

Christian Eriksen ensured Tottenham's bid to reach the Champions League knockout stages will go to the final group game after the Dane secured a late 1-0 win over Inter Milan at Wembley.

Spurs, who endured a terrible start to their Group B campaign, were heading out of the competition as they were frustrated by a disruptive Inter side until Eriksen climbed off the bench to slam home an 80th-minute winner.

They are still outsiders to progress, however, and they will have to produce one of the most famous nights in the club's history if they want to do it, as they have go to group winners Barcelona in a fortnight and match the result of Inter, who play at home to PSV Eindhoven.

Although they were made to work hard by the Italian side, who came to do a job knowing a point would seal their qualification, they deserved the win as Harry Winks earlier hit the crossbar and Jan Vertonghen somehow headed wide from close range.

Given the critical nature of Tottenham's scenario, it was no surprise they dominated and they should have been given an early penalty when Lucas Moura was barged over by Matteo Politano.

Inter came into the game for a period without threatening and Spurs, led by a rampant Moussa Sissoko, got back on top. Their best moment came eight minutes before the interval when they worked it to Winks, whose dipping effort from 25 yards thundered into the crossbar.

The frustration levels increased after the break as Inter did everything to disrupt and Spurs had no fluency whatsoever. Alli skewed a good opportunity wide from the edge of the area before Vertonghen nodded wide from just a couple of yards.

Inter did threaten on the break as Ivan Perisic brought a fine save out of Hugo Lloris, but Spurs' golden moment came with 10 minutes remaining and it was a brilliant goal.

Serge Aurier passed to the marauding Sissoko, who burst into the area and fed Alli, whose superb tee-up put it on a plate for Eriksen to smash home from 10 yards.

Inter pressed for an equaliser, with Lloris producing a smart save to deny Danilo D'Ambrosio. They saw it out, though, and head to the Nou Camp with their fate in their own hands.


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