Dele Alli stars as Tottenham stun Real Madrid to seal progress in style
Champions League Group H, Wembley Stadium - Tottenham 3 (Alli 27', 56', Eriksen 65') Real Madrid 1 (Ronaldo 80')
Dele Alli scored a brace as Tottenham secured their progress from Champions League Group H with a memorable, emphatic 3-1 win over Real Madrid at Wembley.
Real started brightly in the first five minutes but from then onwards Spurs controlled the match. They ruffled the feathers of Real and the European champions were all over the place, uncharacteristically sloppy when in possession and slow going forward.
They deservedly went behind when Nacho was caught sleeping by Harry Kane, who was fit enough for just under 80 minutes, and having won the throw Spurs switched the play to the excellent Kieran Trippier, whose cross was turned in by Alli.
He doubled their lead in the second-half when the Real defence and midfield left him totally unmarked, before his shot went in off Sergio Ramos.
Christian Eriksen made it three later in the second half with Real Madrid a complete and utter shambles at the back whilst a consolation goal from Cristiano Ronaldo with 10 minutes to spare was little more than that.
As good as Spurs were, and they were excellent, there have to be alarm bells going off for Zinedine Zidane. For the second time in less than a week, his team of Champions League winners were completely outplayed, first by Girona and now Spurs.
They are likely to go through, but it will probably be as runners-up and there is big work to do. For Spurs, all they can do is keep on dreaming.
Why would Mauricio Pochettino ever leave this incredible Spurs adventure?
In Spain before the game at the Bernabeu the talk was how Real were keen on signing Kane, before this match the talk was of Pochettino as a possible replacement for Zidane, something you can expect to ramp up after this result. But why on earth would Pochettino ever leave? He has arguably the most exciting young squad in Europe. The perfect combination of experienced, yet underrated stalwarts and a couple of genuine superstars. There's more and more young talent coming through and a brand new stadium on the horizon. The grass is not always greener Mauricio...
Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur and Zinedine Zidane, Manager of Real Madrid shake hands following the game at the UEFA Champions League group H match between Tottenham Hotspur and Real Madrid at Wembley Stadium on November 1, 2017 in LonGetty Images
MAN OF THE MATCH
Jan Vertonghen (Spurs) - This is incredible tough. Trippier, Eric Dier and Alli were all fantastic, as was Davinson Sanchez but this award goes to Vertonghen. Half-way through the first half he lost Toby Alderweireld to injury, the best centre-half in the Premier League. Did Vertonghen panic? Did he let Dier or Sanchez down? Not even close.
Vertonghen fought for every header, made one sensational block on Ronaldo and dominated proceedings. He has started the season in superb fashion and he has claim to being one of the top three centre-backs in the league along with his injured team-mate, he was fantastic tonight.
Real Madrid's Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo (L) vies with Tottenham Hotspur's Belgian defender Jan Vertonghen during the UEFA Champions League Group H football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Real Madrid at Wembley Stadium in London, on NovembeGetty Images
Spurs - Lloris 7, Trippier 8, Alderweireld 6, Sanchez 7, Vertonghen 8, Davies 7, Dier 8, Eriksen 8, Winks 7, Alli 8 , Kane 7. Subs: Sissoko 6, Dembele 5, Llorente 5.
27' - GOAL! SPURS 1-0 REAL (ALLI) It's been coming. Real have been terrible and they've been punished. Nacho thinks he's shielding the ball out but stops running and Kane chases him down and wins a throw. From the throw it's spread out to Trippier and his first-time cross is turned in by Alli. Trippier is offside but Spurs deserve it. Nacho was terrible there and Casilla didn't cover himself in glory. Real could be looking at a big loss if this carries on.
41' - CHANCE! Trippier mugs off both Isco and Marcelo before squaring it. Sissoko air-kicks but it falls to Kane. Credit to Casilla he gets out well and then Ramos gets the block in.
56' - GOAL! SPURS 2-0 REAL (ALLI) It takes a massive deflection but Spurs won't care. Real are a shambles again as Alli gets so much space around 35 yards out. He skips past Casemiro and his shot goes off Ramos, wrong-foots Casilla and in it goes. Spurs excellent. Real woeful.
Dele Alli celebrates scoring his side's first goal with Kieran Trippier of Tottenham Hotspur during the UEFA Champions League group H match between Tottenham Hotspur and Real Madrid at Wembley StadiumGetty Images
62' - CHAOS! Kroos wins a corner when his shot is headed over. Then carnage in the Real box as they are queuing up to take a shot. At the end Ramos' shot is blocked by Ronaldo. Real are falling to pieces.
65' - GOAL! SPURS 3-0 REAL (ERIKSEN) OH MY WORD! TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR ARE TEARING THE EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS TO PIECES Spurs counter with Alli and he slips it perfectly into Kane. It doesn't look like Kane's seeing Eriksen charging into the box but he has seen him and he finds him. And Eriksen does the rest, slotting it into the corner. This is incredible.
80' - GOAL! SPURS 3-1 REAL (RONALDO) Ronaldo tucks home from Marcelo's cross after a little touch from Modric. There's no celebrations. Which either means they know the game is gone or they are so determined to get back to the centre-circle.
Tottenham's 3-1 victory was Real Madrid’s biggest loss in a CL group game since November 2008, losing 2-0 against Juventus.
Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 10 goals v Tottenham in all comps, more than against any other English side.
Dele Alli is the first Englishman to score a brace against Real Madrid in the Champions League since Steven Gerrard
Spurs are the first team to beat Real Madrid in the Champions League group stages since October 2012.