A magnificent team performance saw reigning European champions Real Madrid put to the sword in devastating fashion at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday evening, as we booked our place in the knockout stages of the Champions League with two games to spare.
Dele Alli marked his first appearance in this season’s competition with a brace before Christian Eriksen added a third to leave us in command against the 12-time champions of Europe, whose late strike from Cristiano Ronaldo was a mere consolation on a glory, glory night.
It was a night which evoked memories of 2010, when then Champions League holders Inter Milan were torn apart at White Hart Lane and this was an evening for the Class of 2017 to write their names into Spurs’ folklore.
Again, this was only a group stage match, but it was the manner of victory that thrilled the Spurs faithful and will grab the headlines, achieved with a mature and stylish performance against one of the best teams in world football.
Dele got the ball rolling in the 27th minute when he tucked home Kieran Trippier’s cross from close range, before adding his second 10 minutes after half-time, drilling a shot from 20 yards which deflected in off Sergio Ramos. Five years ago tomorrow, our England midfielder made his debut for MK Dons at Cambridge City in the FA Cup!
Our fans were in dreamland at that stage, but it got even better in the 65th-minute when Dele and Harry Kane combined to set Eriksen free and he calmly slotted past Kiko Casilla to make it 3-0, Real unable to cope with our magnificent counter-attacking football.
The visitors pulled one back 10 minutes from time when Ronaldo slammed home from close range and they applied plenty of late pressure in the game. But we were as solid at the back as we were efficient in front of goal and held on for another famous win.