Mousa Dembele's strike in Lyon proved crucial. [Photo: Jav The_DoC_66]

Dembele's Late Goal Prevents A Repeat of History for Tottenham in Lyon

Mousa Dembele scored an equalising goal for Tottenham in the 90th minute of their Europa League 2nd leg match against Lyon. The home team had scored in the first half through Maxime Gonalons to level the tie at 2 – 2 and give them the advantage as Samuel Umtiti had scored at White Hart Lane seven days ago. Lyon knew that if the score remained the same, they would progress to the last 16 on the away goals ruling.

The goal that Mousa Dembele scored came with only 3 minutes of added time to play after Lyon  had defended their lead in a disciplined manner for 74 minutes. For all of that time, it had looked as if history was about to repeat itself with Tottenham losing 1 – 0, the same scoreline as when they had last played in Lyon in the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1967.

On that occasion, it had been the 1st leg game and Tottenham had expected to progress with the advantage of the home game to follow. A 4 – 3 win for Spurs, however, proved to be insufficient in light of Lyon’s three away goals and with the tie level at 4 – 4, it was the French side which progressed to the next round.

Mousa Dembele’s long range strike is his first European goal and only his second for Tottenham since scoring on his debut against Norwich City in a 1 – 1 draw at White Hart Lane in September.

This time Tottenham qualify for the next round matches where they will meet Inter Milan to revive memories of their epic 2010 Champions League encounters. The first game will be at White Hart Lane on 7th March with the return game in Milan a week later. Inter Milan were impressive 5 – 0 winners on aggregate against CFR Cluj-Napoca. They won their home match 2 – 0 and recorded a three goal win in Romania.

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