Good evening and welcome to coverage of Dinamo Zagreb vs Tottenham. Spurs lead this Europa League round-of-16 match 2-0 after the first leg and are overwhelming favourites to go through, but it’s not in the bag yet for Jose Mourinho’s side. I’ll bring you build-up and reaction to the team news before live text commentary from 17:55.
Europa League / Last 16
Maksimir / 18.03.2021
IT’S OVER! DINAMO ZAGREB HAVE DONE IT! SPURS ARE OUT!
Bale tries a flick through but it runs through to the goalkeeper and that is surely that!
What a save by Lloris! Dinamo open up Spurs on the break, but the keeper makes a brilliant intervention as he charges off his line to keep Tottenham in with a alimmer of a chance. One minute left!
There will be two minutes of added time at the end of extra-time. Two more minutes.
Dier commits a ridiculous foul as he tries to win a long ball and Dinamo will use as much time as they can here. That may well be that…
It’s now or never for Spurs. Everybody bar the keeper is up, but as it stands they are crashing out of Europe.
Bale and Kane are both denied by brilliant saves from Livakovic as Dinamo desperately cling on.
Dinamo have been brilliant tonight and well worth this lead. It’s remarkable that they’ve been allowed to do it by a shambolic Spurs side, but they have grabbed the opportunity with both hands.
Ademi bursts into the box in search of a fourth goal that would surely seal the tie for Dinamo, but it just won't open up for him.
Spurs bring on Bergwijn for one more attacking option. It looks like he’s replaced Aurier.
What a wonderful solo goal! Orsic drives through the Spurs midfield before firing a beautiful shot past Lloris from outside the box. It’s 3-0 on the night, 3-2 on aggregate, and Dinamo are closing in on a famous comeback win!
GOOOAAALLL!!! What a goal and it’s a hat-trick for Orsic!
The half-time whistle goes in extra-time and we are 15 minutes away from penalties. Spurs probably like just the likelier to win it, but it should not have come to this.
Reguilon (who is on for Davies) pulls the ball back to Vinicius in the box, but the forward makes a hash of his shot on the turn and Dinamo clear.
Tottenham have looked such a better side since Lo Celso and Ndombele have been introduced, with the Argentine particularly impressive given that he’s been out for so long.
Bale goes for goal from range but slides his effort wide.
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It’s not all down to the manager of course, the players have to take some of the responsibility for a lacklustre performance. But the idea that this sort of display is nothing to do with Mourinho is something that just doesn’t wash.
Jose Mourinho looks furious on the touchline and regardless of the result I expect we’ll hear some very strong comments about this performance from his team. But, much of the blame for this surely has to lie at his door. Spurs completely failed to take control of the game in the first half, when you’d have thought going all out for an early away goal would have been the safest way to settle the tie – particularly given the shaky nature of Tottenham’s defence. It’s the same old story for Spurs this season: Mourinho setting up in the way he used to have success, but with a team that is horribly suited to that approach.
Spurs are completely opened up but Leovac gets caught in two minds between shooting across the keeper or sliding over a cross to his unmarked teammate, and in the end he does neither.