IT’S OVER! DINAMO ZAGREB HAVE DONE IT! SPURS ARE OUT!
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Dinamo Zagreb - Tottenham Hotspur
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Bale tries a flick through but it runs through to the goalkeeper and that is surely that!
What a save by Lloris! Dinamo open up Spurs on the break, but the keeper makes a brilliant intervention as he charges off his line to keep Tottenham in with a alimmer of a chance. One minute left!
There will be two minutes of added time at the end of extra-time. Two more minutes.
Dier commits a ridiculous foul as he tries to win a long ball and Dinamo will use as much time as they can here. That may well be that…
It’s now or never for Spurs. Everybody bar the keeper is up, but as it stands they are crashing out of Europe.
Bale and Kane are both denied by brilliant saves from Livakovic as Dinamo desperately cling on.
Dinamo have been brilliant tonight and well worth this lead. It’s remarkable that they’ve been allowed to do it by a shambolic Spurs side, but they have grabbed the opportunity with both hands.
Ademi bursts into the box in search of a fourth goal that would surely seal the tie for Dinamo, but it just won't open up for him.
Spurs bring on Bergwijn for one more attacking option. It looks like he’s replaced Aurier.
What a wonderful solo goal! Orsic drives through the Spurs midfield before firing a beautiful shot past Lloris from outside the box. It’s 3-0 on the night, 3-2 on aggregate, and Dinamo are closing in on a famous comeback win!
GOOOAAALLL!!! What a goal and it’s a hat-trick for Orsic!
The half-time whistle goes in extra-time and we are 15 minutes away from penalties. Spurs probably like just the likelier to win it, but it should not have come to this.
Reguilon (who is on for Davies) pulls the ball back to Vinicius in the box, but the forward makes a hash of his shot on the turn and Dinamo clear.
Tottenham have looked such a better side since Lo Celso and Ndombele have been introduced, with the Argentine particularly impressive given that he’s been out for so long.
Bale goes for goal from range but slides his effort wide.
It’s not all down to the manager of course, the players have to take some of the responsibility for a lacklustre performance. But the idea that this sort of display is nothing to do with Mourinho is something that just doesn’t wash.
Jose Mourinho looks furious on the touchline and regardless of the result I expect we’ll hear some very strong comments about this performance from his team. But, much of the blame for this surely has to lie at his door. Spurs completely failed to take control of the game in the first half, when you’d have thought going all out for an early away goal would have been the safest way to settle the tie – particularly given the shaky nature of Tottenham’s defence. It’s the same old story for Spurs this season: Mourinho setting up in the way he used to have success, but with a team that is horribly suited to that approach.
Spurs are completely opened up but Leovac gets caught in two minds between shooting across the keeper or sliding over a cross to his unmarked teammate, and in the end he does neither.
It’s almost a chance for Dinamo on the counter, but Gavranovic can’t quite manage to find the pass as the support arrives up to him and Spurs escape.
We're back underway in Zagreb. I have to say that I didn't see this coming, but Dinamo have been well worth it.
We're getting another thirty minutes. Spurs barely deserve this chance to rescue their Europa League campaign after a shambolic display, but can they take it?
Kane curls a cross towards the back stick in one last desperate attempt to find a winner in normal time, but the keeper beats Vinicius to it and we’re heading to extra-time.
Bale’s optimistic effort flies over the bar and it looks like we might be heading to an extra half hour.
It’s a free-kick to Spurs and Gareth Bale is standing over it…
There will be three minutes of added time. Will we get a late winner? Or are we heading to extra-time? Remember that a Spurs goal would effectively count double at this stage due to the away goals rule.
Bale is almost played through, but the ball is cut out at the last possible moment. Spurs are trying to rescue this game in normal time and Dinamo are clinging on for the extra 30 minutes… that’s certainly how it feels anyway.
Aurier bends in a cross but Ndombele can’t quite get there and fouls the defender in his enthusiasm to reach the ball.
Vinicius replaces Lucas for Spurs. It’s anybody’s tie now!
Off the line! Bale bends in a cross to the back post and Kane somehow gets a header away, only for the keeper to make a terrific save and Théophile-Catherine to hack off the line.
GOOOAAALLL!!! The tie is level on aggregate! Atiemwen slides a ball across the box and Orsic arrives to slot home his second of the night. 2-0!
It’s another couple of changes for Dinamo, with big centre-forward Gabranovic and Leovac coming on.
Dinamo press again, but Kane does a brilliant job to hold the ball up and draw a foul. That is exactly what you want from your striker in that situation.
A reminder that one more goal for Dinamo would send this game to extra-time.
Davies to the rescue for Spurs, scraping the ball away just as Orsic looks set to pull the trigger from close-range.
Dinamo go in search of goals, taking off their holding midfielder Jakic and bringing on Atiemwen.
Lo Celso’s lovely chipped ball over the top finds Lucas, but the angle is tight and he can only find the side-netting with his shot.
The quality of Ndombele and Lo Celso has had an immediate impact and Spurs have rediscovered a foothold in midfield.
Davies has a couple of yellow shirts to aim for as he gets into space on the left of the box, but is delivery sails over their heads and away. That’s poor.
Lo Celso’s deflected shot on the turn almost sneaks inside the post, but the keeper is alive to the danger and makes a smart stop.
There are 20 minutes remaining and Spurs are sweating. This was not the plan for them tonight, not the plan at all.
The disappointing Harry Winks is also withdrawn, with Tanguy Ndombele coming on. That’s a clear indication that Spurs are switching to a midfield three, and the two players who have come on are arguably in Spurs’ best XI. Will it be enough to take control of this game back?
It’s another change for Spurs. Off goes Dele Alli, who has been tidy enough in attack but not really able to get a grip of the game. And on comes Giovani Lo Celso.
For context, Dinamo have had 16 attempts so far tonight. Spurs have had four. That pretty much sums the game up.
It’s Dinamo again and they are really ticking now! Petkovic is found in space in the box, but his back is to goal so he lays it off for Jakic, who balloons his shot over the bar.
Majer curls a cross into the box, but Lauritsen can’t turn his effort on target.
One more goal from the home side would take this game to extra-time. Two more would complete a famous comeback. And the way they are playing right now you would not bet against it.
Well well well, this has just got very interesting!
GOOOAAALLL!!! WHAT A GOAL! Dinamo Zagreb have the lead and it’s an absolute screamer from Orsic, cutting onto his right foot on the corner of the box and bending a beauty into the far top corner. 1-0! Game on!
Dier puts a towering defensive header out of play. There’s something about this yellow kit that makes the Spurs centre-back look absolutely enormous.
It’s the first change of the night for Spurs, with Lamela making way for Gareth Bale.
Dinamo could really do this you know, they are playing some terrific football, with Majer pulling the strings in midfield superbly.
Petkovic cuts back onto his left foot and goes for glory from a narrow angle, floating his shot well over. That was crying out for a little dinked cross to the back post, where he had two teammates waiting.
Ademi is completely unmarked from the corner, but he’s quite a way out and can’t generate enough power on the header to trouble Lloris. Yet more threat from the home side though, and you have to say that they look the likelier to open the scoring right now.
Dinamo attack in numbers and Ristovski’s cross takes a touch and drifts behind for a corner.
Majer is a lovely player and lays it back beautifully on the edge of the box for Petkovic. Dier blocks the shot, but Spurs really need to switch on and soon, otherwise they are going to get themselves into a heap of trouble here.
The hosts have started the second half nicely, playing it around nicely in midfield and clearly confident that there’s still something in this tie for them, despite the 2-0 aggregate scoreline.
Dinamo get the game back underway in Zagreb. Can Spurs finish the job, or are we about to see an historic European upset?
- End of 1st Half
The half-time whistle goes and this tie is not in the bag for Tottenham just yet. Dinamo have been solid and have threatened occasionally, with Majer missing the best chance of the half. See you back here in 15.
Spurs break and Lamela does well to find Lucas, who in turn finds Kane. The angle is a bit tight, but Kane still forces a fine stop out of the keeper.
Lamela’s delivery from a deep free-kick is superb and Aurier tries to back-header it into the top corner, but he’s under pressure and can’t put his tricky effort on target. Spurs really could do with somebody getting a grip of this game in midfield – the sort of role that you suspect Winks and Sissoko were picked for.
The tempo has notably increased and the game is really beginning to open up. Dinamo have taken a lot of hope from that recent string of half-chances, and Spurs are in for a game here!
Ristovski is hobbling a little but looks fine to continue.
Ristovski slides in on Sissoko and is caught by the Spurs midfielder on the follow through. That’s a painful one.
Majer curls a peach of a cross into the box that very nearly lays a chance on a plate for Ademi, but Sanchez – the only defender to react – gets a crucial touch to take it away from the Dinamo man. Great defending, but this is so much better from the home side in the last couple of minutes, they’re really offering a big threat.
Oh my, that isn’t far away at all! Dinamo find some space in the final third and Majer’s attempted return pass takes a deflection back into his path. It’s a brilliant shooting opportunity, but the midfielder slides his effort narrowly wide.
Lucas Moura is caught on the edge of the box and calls for a foul, but nothing is given. It was a knock to the head though, so the game pauses for a moment.
Dinamo have a chance to get the ball into the box as they win a corner, but Majer’s delivery is up there with one of the worst I’ve seen, curling way out of the box to the feet of Lamela and giving Spurs a counter-attacking opportunity. What a waste.
That’s the best move of the match. Dele Alli drives towards the defence and flicks a lovely pass into the path of Lamela. However, the Argentine’s shot back across the goal is superbly blocked.
Harry Kane bursts into the box and sits down the defender with a beautiful turn. But his movement is too much for even Kane, who loses his footing and the chance dissipates.
It’s not been a thriller this, I’ll level with you. That probably suits Dinamo a bit too, oddly. A goal for Spurs would leave the home side needing to score four to progress, but if it stays tight then there’s always a chance of the hosts grabbing two late goals.
Erik Lamela goes into the book for a swinging elbow and you have to say that’s harsh. His reputation doing the damage there more than any limb.
There’s the threat from Dinamo! The home side have a number of attempts in quick succession, with a cut-back that runs straight through the six-yard box being the most dangerous moment for Spurs. If the visitors needed a warning they’ve just had one.
Lucas tries to get into space down the left, but only succeeds in running the ball straight out of play. The Brazilian has looked so much more effective in a central role of late, and his return to the wing is showing glimpses of the old frustrating Lucas.
Dier makes a good block as Ivanusec gets a shot away. It’s clear that the hosts are going to be quite solid tonight, but there’s not a huge amount in the way of genuine attacking threat just yet.
Kane bends in an absolute peach of a cross from the left flank, but neither Lamela nor Dele can find the finish. It’s that sort of moment where Kane would wish he was on the end of his own delivery, but he can’t do everything himself!
Kane and Dele almost link up on the edge of the box, but the attacking midfielder can’t quite bring the ball under control. That’s promising signs though, it was great movement from Dele.
It’s been a slow start from Spurs. The intention of naming such a strong lineup must surely have been to try and get this game wrapped up early and then give the likes of Kane a rest, but it’s not exactly started as Mourinho would have hoped.
Dinamo think they are in, but the referee blows up for a foul (probably rightly) and gets an earful from pretty much the entire home team and bench.
Lloris starting over the reserve options is another indication that Spurs are taking the Europa League extremely seriously.
Dinamo have the first effort of the night, but it’s a very comfortable save for Lloris in the Spurs goal.
Here we go! Spurs, kitted out in their garish yellow away kit, get the game underway.
The winner of this tie won’t have to wait long to find out their opponents in the next round, with the draw set to be held at UEFA’s headquarters in Nyon tomorrow lunchtime.
Tottenham and Manchester United are the joint favourites to win this competition with the bookies, but there are plenty of strong sides left in it – Ajax, Roma, Arsenal and Rangers to name just a handful.
Spurs need a bit of a pick-me-up after the morale-sapping loss in the derby to Arsenal at the weekend. It wasn’t just the result that proved damaging for Tottenham, but the nature of the performance was a huge disappointment after hints of an upturn in fortunes over recent weeks. Mourinho, as is his style, blamed the officials and the players for the loss, but he’ll be wanting a big performance tonight to get morale back on an upward trajectory.
Haven't seen a fancy graphic out there, but this is the Dinamo Zagreb XI: Livakovic; Ristovski, Lauritsen, Theophile-Catherine, Franjic; Majer, Jakic, Ademi; Ivanusec, Orsic; Petkovic.
The decision to start Kane in this one is an intriguing selection call from Mourinho and perhaps shows just how important this competition is to Tottenham’s season. More on that here…
At 2-0 down it seems quite unlikely that Dinamo will get back into this, particularly given the lack of an away goal. Keeping Spurs out is going to be half the battle – if Tottenham score, particularly early, then the task will transform from tough to nigh-on impossible.
Back to the football. Dinamo are the biggest club in Croatia by some distance and have won 14 of the last 15 league titles. Being the dominant force in the domestic league, they tend to play on the front foot and in a classy possession style, scoring lots of goals and often overwhelming their opponents. But against Spurs that is not likely to happen, it certainly didn’t in the first leg, and the hosts are going to have to try to make the most of what opportunities they have to exploit Tottenham’s shaky defence tonight.
It really is quite a story about Mamic. You can read more about it here.
It’s not exactly been the ideal week for tonight’s hosts. Their manager, Zoran Mamic, was convicted of fraud at the start of the week and sentenced to four years in prison. Mamic still denies the charges, but stepped down as manager of the club on Monday, saying: “I resign as I said I would do if the sentence was confirmed. I wish all the good luck to the club”. That means that Damir Krznar takes charge of Dinamo for the very first time this evening.
So that’s seven changes in total by Spurs from the team who started against Arsenal. Harry Kane starts, as does Erik Lamela after his derby antics. There’s also a return to the squad for Giovani Lo Celso after his lengthy injury lay-off.
Good evening and welcome to coverage of Dinamo Zagreb vs Tottenham. Spurs lead this Europa League round-of-16 match 2-0 after the first leg and are overwhelming favourites to go through, but it’s not in the bag yet for Jose Mourinho’s side. I’ll bring you build-up and reaction to the team news before live text commentary from 17:55.