CLEMENT LENGLET’S vital equaliser against Marseille saved Tottenham’s blushes and took them to the Champions League’s Last 16.
Spurs trailed after Chancel Mbemba’s opener during stoppage time in the first half and faced the prospect of crashing out early.
That followed an even worse start when Son Heung-min hobbled off the pitch following a nasty clash in the 29th minute.
However, Lenglet put Spurs back in the game on 54 minutes with a stunning header after Ivan Perisic’s brilliant delivery.
That sparked wild celebrations among the visitors and travelling fans, but there was one person who maintained his composure at the Velodrome
And that was none other than manager Antonio Conte, who just watched with an ice cold stare.
Conte is well known for his tough demeanour, especially when he is not too pleased by the overall performance.
Tottenham players, however, celebrated with all of their hearts in front of a heartbroken Marseille crowd.
And it all got even better in the fifth minute of stoppage time when Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s late strike saw the visitors win the group.
This was a special goal for Lenglet as he hit the back of the net on his 50th Champions League appearance.
That goal could also pay dividends for the centre-back, who joined the North Londoners on loan from Barcelona last summer.
The France international admitted he signed with Tottenham to convince France manager Didier Deschamps to call him up for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Lenglet said last summer: “The World Cup is important for me. I missed the last selection.
âI wasnât in the team. When you are a football player, you want to play these types of competitions. Iâm here to play, to help the team to play good and to be better.
âI hope that if I have an opportunity to go with the selection, it will be for me a dream. Iâm working for that too.â
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