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Under-19s 2-2 Wolfsburg - late blow in NextGen

An injury time equaliser prevented us completing a NextGen Series double over Wolfsburg as we drew 2-2 at our new Training Centre on Wednesday.

Two wonderful goals from Alex Pritchard fired us into a 2-0 lead at half-time, an advantage we held until 12 minutes from time, when the German side pulled a goal back from the penalty spot before snatching a last-gasp leveller.

Having beaten Wolfsburg 3-2 in Germany in our opening fixture of this season’s competition, we were confident of inflicting another defeat on our Group One opponents and made a great start at Hotspur Way. Just seven minutes were on the clock when Pritchard’s jinking run was abruptly ended by a foul 22 yards out and the midfielder picked himself up and punished Wolfsburg in devastating fashion, curling a right-footed free-kick over the wall and into the bottom corner of Niklas Klinger’s goal.

Klinger was called into action three minutes later, rushing out to thwart Shaquile Coulthirst, while the visitors thought they had equalised on 18 minutes when Albion Avdijaj’s shot deflected off Dominic Ball and crashed against the crossbar, bouncing down on the goalline, but not over it according to the officials.

Coulthirst then had two chances within a minute on the half hour mark. Klinger slipped when attempting to clear and the ball fell straight to our young striker but he was unable to beat the keeper, and when Kenny McEvoy went down the left and cut back to Coulthirst, his shot was kept out by Klinger’s feet.

We were well on top and doubled our advantage with a sublime goal, Milos Veljkovic threading a delightful ball inside full-back Nils Winter to Pritchard, who cut inside Jonas Sonnenberg and curled his effort past Klinger into the top corner.

Luke McGee was tested twice late in the half from Jungbin Park and Julian Brandt as Wolfsburg looked for a way back into the game, but the keeper was equal to both attempts, before we almost added a third just before the break, Coulthirst’s turn and shot smashing against the post.

We were certainly less dominant after the interval, although Laste Dombaxe was disappointed not to have done better when he fired wide from Coulthirst’s cross and Pritchard just couldn’t divert the ball goalwards at the far post on 63 minutes, this time from McEvoy’s centre.

And when Pritchard went tumbling under a challenge inside the area with 71 minutes on the clock, it looked a certain penalty, only for the referee to book the midfielder for simulation.

However, he did point to the spot 12 minutes from time when Jack Barthram brought down Philip Hauck in the box and the same player converted the penalty past McGee to make the score 2-1.

Both teams had chances to score late on, McGee diving low to save Kerem Bulbul’s shot, while Alexander McQueen and Harry Winks combined well to release Coulthirst, but his effort was blocked.

McGee looked to have secured the win when he saved what seemed a certain goal from Federico Palacios in the 93rd minute, but the Germans still had time to mount one last attack and this time they found the target, Philipp Muller rounding McGee and sliding the ball home to leave the lads devastated at the final whistle.

Spurs (4-1-2-3): McGee; McQueen A, Stewart, Ball, Barthram; Veljkovic; Bentaleb (Winks 74), Dombaxe (Lesniak 93); McEvoy (Akindayini 63) Coulthirst, Pritchard. Substitutes (not used): Priestley, Ward, McQueen D, Onomah.

Wolfsburg (4-4-2): Klinger; Winter, Sonnenberg, Rossmann, Tille; Park (Muller 62), Hauck (Cigerci 79), Strompen, Brandt; Avdijaj (Palacios 71), Bulbul. Substitutes (not used): Klaus, Busching, Uzan, Seguin.

Goals: Spurs – Pritchard 7, 33. Wolfsburg – Hauck pen 78, Muller 90+3

Referee: Kevin Johnson