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Sporting Lisbon 2-0 Tottenham: Spurs suffers late minute Champions League defeat

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Champions League : Paulinho celebrates after putting Sporting Lisbon 1-0 up against Tottenham

Champions League Group D clash at Estadio Jose Alvalade, Tottenham were stunned by Sporting Lisbon as two late goals condemned them to a 2-0 defeat in their

The game appeared to be heading for a stalemate before Sporting substitute Paulinho headed a Pedro Porro corner past Hugo Lloris in the final minute of normal time.

The hosts then wrapped up the points in stoppage time when Arthur Gomes, another substitute, cut in from the left, breezing past Cristian Romero and Emerson Royal before slotting a low finish into the corner.

Spurs, back in action after the weekend’s Premier League postponements following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, were a long way below their best on the night and their sub-par performance was punished as Sporting inflicted their first defeat of the campaign.

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It seemed they would at least take a point back to north London, but in the end their lacklustre performance was ruthlessly punished as Sporting celebrated a win which keeps them top of Group D – and leaves Antonio Conte’s side with catching up to do on their return to the Champions League.

The visitors did rally after the break, creating a flurry of chances, with Emerson Royal heading wide then firing a low shot straight at Sporting goalkeeper Antonio Adan in the space of a couple of minutes.

Harry Kane then drew another save from Adan, while Richarlison fired wide on one occasion, then sent a header past the post on another, but Sporting soon regained their composure.

Arthur Gomes celebrates after scoring Sporting Lisbon’s second goal

Having nullified Spurs’ attacking threat, the breakthrough arrived from a set-piece as, moments after Lloris had pulled off a brilliant save from Pedro Porro, Paulinho rose highest to head home the subsequent corner at the near post.

Things then went from bad to worse for Spurs when Gomes’ superb second goal sparked more wild celebrations at Estadio Jose Alvalade, leaving Conte with much to ponder.

 

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