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Player ratings as late Richarlison brace saves Spurs

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From Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – Tottenham left it late to beat ten-man Marseille on their Champions League return, with Richarlison scoring his first goals for Spurs.

Spurs were blunt for the most part even after Chancel Mbemba’s red card, but their new Brazilian number nine opened his account in lilywhite to secure an early three points.

After a quiet first 20 minutes yielded little in terms of chances, Nuno Tavares let fly from distance, but his effort trickled wide of Hugo Lloris’ net.

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Spurs were poor in the opening half hour and were penned in by a Marseille side who weren’t particularly aggressive in their press, with Harry Kane’s blocked shot off of Tavares the closest the hosts came in that time. Kane went closer at the end of a quick breakaway shortly before the break, but his strike rolled well wide.

But the game changed at the start of the second half when Chancel Mbemba, who to that point had been impressive, was sent off after fouling Son Heung-min when through on goal.

Substitute Dejan Kulusevski came close to breaking the deadlock after rounding Tavares and only being thwarted by Pau Lopez at his near post, before the Swede had a shot deflected over by Leo Balerdi.

A failed clearance from Ben Davies nearly let Amine Harit score from close range, but Tottenham just about cleared their lines in time.

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But Spurs notched themselves in front with 15 minutes remaining when Ivan Perisic’s delightful cross was thumped in by the head of Richarlison.

Tottenham doubled their lead soon after when Richarlison was highest to reach Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s cross, securing the victory for the hosts.

Harry Kane

Harry Kane was not at his best / James Williamson – AMA/GettyImages

GK: Hugo Lloris – 5/10 – Strangely flapped at claiming a free ball in the first half when Spurs needed to remain calm.

CB: Cristian Romero – 6/10 – Made a series of blocks to keep Marseille out and was Spurs’ best distributor.

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CB: Eric Dier – 4/10 – Guilty of errant passes, clumsy fouls and being caught high up the pitch.

CB: Clement Lenglet – 5/10 – Occasionally pulled out a great long-range ball, but looked nervous in possession.

RM: Emerson Royal – 5/10 – Endured a chaotic battle with Tavares. Made some good runs that weren’t spotted, though his on-ball contributions weren’t amazing anyway.

CM: Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg – 6/10 – Offered little protection and was slow to react to loose balls. Grabbed a late assist.

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CM: Rodrigo Bentancur – 4/10 – Similarly failed to sniff out danger and was careless in possession.

LM: Ivan Perisic – 7/10 – Was a calm head and defended well, eventually providing an assist.

RF: Richarlison – 9/10 – Off the pace for the most part but came alive when Spurs needed him most with two cracking headers.

LF: Son Heung-min – 5/10 – His touch was loose and he didn’t get his head up as often as he should have. However, his searing pace forced Mbemba into the match-defining foul.

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CF: Harry Kane – 5/10 – Tried to link play and get a sight of goal, but this was far from vintage Kane.

Manager: Antonio Conte – 5/10 – Spurs were flat and failed at the basics. The former is probably Conte’s fault but there’s not much he could have done about the latter.

SUB: Dejan Kulusevski (61′ for Emerson) – 6/10

SUB: Ben Davies (73′ for Lenglet) – 6/10

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SUB: Japhet Tanganga (73′ for Romero) – 5/10

SUB: Yves Bissouma (86′ for Bentancur) – N/A

SUB: Matt Doherty (86′ for Son) – N/A

Eric Bailly

Eric Bailly impressed on his return to England / James Williamson – AMA/GettyImages

GK: Pau Lopez – 4/10 – Critics will suggest the Spaniard should have done a little better for either goal, getting a hand on the first and failing to command his area for the second.

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CB: Chancel Mbemba – 3/10 – Had a magnificent first half, but his red card changed the game.

CB: Eric Bailly – 7/10 – Had Kane’s number for the majority of the evening and was unlucky to be on the losing side.

CB: Samuel Gigot – 5/10 – Was usually the victor of his battles with Richarlison, until he lost him for a decisive split-second.

RM: Jonathan Clauss – 5/10 – Went back and forth with Perisic.

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CM: Valentin Rongier – 7/10 – Swept up magnificently and was a big reason why Marseille were dominant in the first half.

CM: Jordan Veretout – 5/10 – Kept possession ticking over.

LM: Nuno Tavares – 5/10 – A full-throttle performance at both ends, usually to OM’s detriment.

RF: Gerson – 4/10 – Played on the edge of the game and had little impact. Sacrificed for stability after the red card.

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LF: Matteo Guendouzi – 6/10 – Buzzed about all over the pitch, getting booed whenever in possession.

CF: Luis Suarez – 5/10 – Bought some fouls out of Dier.

Manager: Igor Tudor – 5/10 – Marseille started well and he tried his best to react to Mbemba’s dismissal.

SUB: Leo Balerdi (50′ for Gerson) – 4/10

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SUB: Sead Kolasinac (70′ for Clauss) – 4/10

SUB: Amine Harit (70′ for Suarez) – 5/10

SUB: Pape Gueye (87′ for Veretout) – N/A

SUB: Cengiz Under (87′ for Gigot) – N/A

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Lionel Messi breaks two Champions League records against Maccabi Haifa

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Lionel Messi’s goal against Maccabi Haifa saw him set two new Champions League records.

It wasn’t an easy night in Israel for Messi and PSG by any means, with the home side taking a shock lead 24 minutes in courtesy of Tjaronn Chery.

However, they couldn’t stay in front for long with Messi getting his team an equaliser just 13 minutes later.

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He spread the ball out wide to Kylian Mbappe who got to the byline and played it back, giving the Argentinian an easy finish from well inside the box. The goal proved to be the start of PSG’s comeback, with the French side going on to win 3-1, and that wasn’t the only reason it was significant.

With his goal, Messi scored against his 39th different club in the Champions League, setting a new record in the process.

Before that, he and long-term Cristiano Ronaldo were level on 38, and with Ronaldo not playing in the Champions League this season, the record is now set to be Messi’s for quite some time.

That wasn’t the only record the 35-year-old secured on Wednesday as Messi has now scored in 18 consecutive Champions League campaigns – every year since 2005/06 – accomplishing a feat never seen before.

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Perhaps the biggest record – most Champions League goals – still eludes him, with Ronaldo scoring 14 more, and it seems unlikely he’ll be able to make up such a margin before he retires, but it would take a brave man to put it past him.



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Borussia Dortmund couldn’t stop me

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Erling Haaland has praised Borussia Dortmund for how they defended against Manchester City, but was keen to point out that they still couldn’t find a way to stop him.

Man City struggled to break the Bundesliga side down in what was an eventual 2-1 Champions League win on Wednesday, not having a single shot on target until John Stones’ 80th minute effort.

That shot on target was also their first goal, and their second one was the winner, with Haaland volleying his team to victory.

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The Norwegian praised the way his former team played and defended but issued a reminder that it wasn’t enough to stop him.

When told by an interview on BT Sport that BVB ‘clearly know how to stop you’, Haaland replied: “They didn’t stop me, I scored!

“But yeah, they played well and they were good, and I was quite sure I was going to be followed all game because they know me very well.

“Dortmund were really good today, and in the end, the three points is what matters.”

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Haaland’s goal was one of the best he’s scored, with the striker lifting his leg extremely high to turn in a stunning cross from Joao Cancelo.

The team’s first one wasn’t bad either, with Stones firing in from outside the box, but Haaland joked that his was the better of the two.

“Yeah, two wonderful goals today. I think mine was a bit better, honestly,” he added.

The 22-year-old now has just one goal less than Luis Suarez in the Champions League and only four fewer than Wayne Rooney.

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Pep Guardiola lauds ‘exceptional’ Jude Bellingham after stellar Champions League outing

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Pep Guardiola was full of praise for the “exceptional” Jude Bellingham after he impressed in Borussia Dortmund’s 2-1 defeat to Manchester City in the Champions League.

The 19-year-old had put Dortmund on course for a surprise win at the Etihad Stadium when he headed home Marco Reus’ centre just before the hour mark, but the Bundesliga giants were unable to hold on as late goals from John Stones and Erling Haaland turned the tide in City’s favour.

Nevertheless, Dortmund were impressive in their defensive shape throughout the 90 minutes, as well as causing problems on the counter, and Bellingham was one of the more impressive performers on the night.

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Mixing finesse on the ball with wonderful vision and instinctive reading of the game, Bellingham out-duelled the likes of Kevin De Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan for large periods, and showed why he’s one of the most highly-rated teenagers in world football.

Liverpool are long-term admirers of Bellingham, but judging by Guardiola’s comments after the game, there’s every chance City may look to sign the England international when the time comes for him to leave Dortmund.

“I was impressed two seasons ago when he was 17. Now he’s 19… he was good at 17, imagine now at 19,” Guardiola said of Bellingham. “He’s able to follow [Ilkay] Gundogan, Kevin [De Bruyne], win the duels, transitions are fast, to have the sense in the box for the goal he scored.

“So yes, an exceptional player. I think everybody knows it, not because the manager of Manchester City says it, everybody knows it.”

Bellingham’s manager at Dortmund, Edin Terzic, was equally full of praise for his display on the night, telling the assembled media: “Jude, like all the other players, gave a great performance in offensive and defensive terms. 

“He blocked so any passes and crosses and also got forward… once again, he was very good against Manchester City.”

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