De Jong sees it go wrong at PSV
PSV 2-2 Spurs
Wed 24 October 2018, 20:05|Tottenham Hotspur
A late goal cost us on the continent again as PSV snatched a share of the spoils in Eindhoven to put a big dent in our Champions League hopes.
Harry Kane finally found a way through after being denied a handful of times to put us in front nine minutes into the second half of what, after two defeats in our first two Group B games, had been dubbed a 'must win' contest at Philips Stadion on Wednesday evening. Lucas Moura had earlier cancelled out Hirving Lozano's fortuitous opener while Davinson Sanchez was also denied his first Spurs goal by a controversial off-side flag.
As in Milan against Inter on Matchday One, we'd seemed in full control as we entered the closing stages but suddenly, after dominating the play and the chances, things went south. Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris rushed off his line and was shown a straight red card for his challenge on Lozano, with replacement stopper Michel Vorm saving brilliantly from Gastón Pereiro before ultimately being beaten by Luuk de Jong three minutes from time as PSV took full advantage of the extra man to make it 2-2. It leaves us with a solitary point after three games and a huge task ahead of us if we're to qualify for the knockout stages.
Kane tested Vorm's fellow Dutch international goalkeeper Jeroen Zoet, saw a shot deflected over and then headed against the bar from the resulting corner as he immediately established himself as a threat in PSV's box but it was the hosts who made the breakthrough on the half-hour mark against the run of play. Toby Alderweireld was caught in possession by Lozano but recovered well to make a last-ditch sliding challenge in the box, only to see the ball loop up off him, over the stranded Lloris and into the net.
Alderweireld met Kieran Trippier's corner four minutes afterwards at the other end with centre-back partner Sanchez in the right place to fire home after the ball was blocked, but the off-side flag went up against Kane despite the striker's apparent lack of involvement in the play. However, we did equalise five minutes later as the superb Christian Eriksen - back in for his first start following a spell on the sidelines with an abdominal problem and involved in both our goals - laid the ball down the right for Trippier to meet, he cut back for Lucas and the Brazilian's shot sailed past Zoet with the aid of a deflection.
Pereiro reminded us of PSV's threat when he fired against the crossbar just before the interval, but we grabbed a deserved lead on 54 minutes. Eriksen, denied by a fine Zoet save just seconds earlier, produced a great one-two with Heung-Min Son in a tight area on the left-hand corner of PSV's box before picking out the unmarked Kane to score with a downward header at the back post.
Zoet denied Son and later Kane with an excellent header in the box before substitute Erik Lamela grazed the crossbar but we would come to regret not putting the game to bed.
Lloris got his marching orders 11 minutes from time as he raced out of his box and was adjudged to have fouled the on-rushing Lozano, with deputy Vorm immediately called into action in his homeland to push Pereiro's free-kick low around his left-hand post. Still we seemed set to hold on, winning a couple of free-kicks in PSV territory, but when we conceded a set-piece out wide on the hosts' left, we came unstuck. Lozano delivered, Sanchez cleared as far as Pablo Rosario on the edge of the area and he squirmed the ball through for De Jong to turn home. We persisted late on but sadly the ball just wouldn't quite fall for Kane to get a meaningful shot away.
Lloris' sending-off on 79 minutes marked the turning point in the match, even if it did not directly lead to the equaliser.
Vorm saved well from Pereiro's free-kick straight after coming on but as we played on with 10 men, the dynamic of the game had changed. De Jong popped up three minutes from the end to snatch a point for his side, leaving us to rue earlier missed chances.
"We should have finished the game off," lamented Eriksen. "We didn’t do that and PSV had the chance to come back. I gave a bad pass, Hugo had a sending off - I don’t think he was the last man - but, again, if we finish the game off we don’t have that at the end.
"We could have done better."
"The game was under control at 2-1," said a philosophical Mauricio Pochettino afterwards.
"The performance was good. We dominated but we had some bad luck in some actions. That is football.
"If you play nine games more, maybe you play and win the games.
"Today the circumstances were against us but, again, we’re not going to blame (anyone). We need to see ourselves and try to improve."
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PSV 2-2 Spurs
PSV (4-3-3): Zoet, Dumfries, Schwaab, Viergever, Angelino, Rosario, Pereiro (Gakpo 83), Hendrix, Lozano, De Jong (c), Malen. Substitutes (not used): Room, Isimat, Behich, Sainsbury, Ramselaar, Gutierrez.
Spurs (4-2-3-1): Lloris (c), Trippier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Davies, Dier, Dembele (Winks 74), Eriksen, Lucas (Lamela 64), Son (Vorm 81), Kane. Substitutes (not used): Aurier, Wanyama, Sissoko, Llorente.
Goals: PSV - Lozano 30, De Jong 87; Spurs - Lucas 39, Kane 54.
Yellow cards: PSV - Angelino 59, Dumfries 90+1, Rosario 90+5; Spurs - Dembele 20.
Red card: Spurs - Lloris 79.
Referee: Slavko Vinčić.
Venue: Philips Stadion, Eindhoven.
Weather: Cloudy, 12 degrees.