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Thu, 18 Mar 2021 17:00:00 +0000
Jose Mourinho was left feeling the pressure after Tottenham were embarrassingly dumped out of the Europa League after a 3-0 loss to Dinamo Zagreb
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Jose Mourinho was left feeling the pressure after Tottenham were embarrassingly dumped out of the Europa League after a 3-0 loss to Dinamo Zagreb.
Spurs had one foot in the quarter-finals after last week’s 2-0 first-leg win, but they crumbled in Croatia and succumbed to Mislav Orsic’s sensational hat-trick, going out 3-2 on aggregate after extra-time.
Even at half-time of the second leg it seemed unthinkable that Spurs would not progress, but Orsic struck twice in the second half to send it to extra-time and then won it with 14 minutes remaining.
Our Europa League campaign comes to an end.
🔵 #GNKD 3-0 #THFC 🟡 pic.twitter.com/H4b3pUOWVF
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) March 18, 2021
What made it even more unbelievable is that Zagreb’s manager Zoran Mamic was sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison on Monday and was forced to resign.
Spurs’ demise was a different sort of crime and any hopes of any silverware this season now rest with a Carabao Cup final against Manchester City next month.
But even winning that might not prove sufficient as their European exit closes one avenue into next season’s Champions League and their Premier League form is unlikely to present another as they remain off the pace in the top-four race.
Mourinho insisted before the game that the tie was still open but he cannot have been accounting for what was going to happen.
They lacked intensity and were bereft of any real attacking quality as they struggled to create the opportunities for a goal that would have killed the tie.
They had fleeting moments, but Dele Alli kicked at fresh air when Harry Kane’s ball sliced open the Zagreb defence, while Erik Lamela had a shot blocked after being played in by Alli.
Spurs were inviting pressure on themselves with their inability to keep the ball and they should have fallen behind in the 34th minute but Lovro Majer failed to hit the target from a good position in the penalty area.
Yet they could have gone into half-time in front as they fashioned their best chance of the match.
A break saw Lucas Moura play in Kane, but the striker’s touch was heavier than he would have liked, allowing goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic to come out and block.
Spurs offered no improvement after the break and Dinamo gave themselves hope just after the hour.
It came in style as well, as Orsic, who missed a golden chance to put his side in front in London last week, picked up the ball on the left-hand side and taking advantage of Serge Aurier backing off he cut inside and curled an unstoppable shot into the top corner.
With the wind in their sails the hosts sensed a second and could have found one, but Kristjan Jakic stabbed over from a corner and then Bruno Petkovic lost his composure to fire over from a good position.
Mourinho sent on Giovani Lo Celso and Tanguy Ndombele and the Argentinian almost made an immediate impact in his first appearance since December, but his deflected shot was saved by Livakovic.
Tottenham have been shocking at defending leads in the Premier League this season so there was an air of inevitably about what happened in the 82nd minute.
The hosts got in down the right and Iyayi Atiemwen pulled it back for Orsic to fire home his second of the night from 10 yards out to level the tie on aggregate.
That finally forced Spurs into action and they almost hit back immediately with their best moment of the night as Gareth Bale’s cross was begging to be converted by Kane at the back post, but the England captain’s header was saved by Livakovic and then cleared off the line by Kevin Theophile-Catherine as extra-time loomed.
Orsic’s memorable night climaxed in the second minute of the second half of extra-time as he embarked on a surging run, beating several players and finding the bottom corner.
Spurs tried to respond but Livakovic saved his best two stops for last as he denied Bale and Kane late in extra-time as the Croatians claimed a famous comeback victory.
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Thu, 18 Mar 2021 17:00:00 +0000
Tottenham let slip a two-goal first-leg lead as they are knocked out of the Europa League by Mislav Orsic's hat-trick for Dinamo Zagreb
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Tottenham were knocked out of the Europa League as a sublime hat-trick from Mislav Orsic completed a remarkable second-leg turnaround for Dinamo Zagreb.
Leading 2-0 after a one-sided first encounter in London seven days earlier, Spurs – who made seven changes – paid the price for a desperately poor performance against the Croatian champions.
Orsic deservedly curled the hosts ahead on the night with a wonderful strike from the edge of the box and swept home Iyayi Atiemwen's cross to bring the tie level.
He added a superb third at the start of the second period of extra time, driving at a terrified Tottenham defence before firing another fine finish into Hugo Lloris' bottom corner.
Tottenham twice almost snatched salvation and progress at the end of both normal and extra time but Harry Kane was thwarted on each occasion by superb saves from Dinamo keeper Dominik Livakovic.
Spurs piled on the pressure in the closing stages but Dinamo held out to earn a fully merited place in Friday's quarter-final and semi-final draws.
Tottenham have frequently been accused of relying too much on Kane in recent years, particularly when they have struggled during his spells out injured.
They now have to deal with the absence of the equally influential Son Heung-min, who has a hamstring injury.
Their collapse in Croatia mirrored Sunday's derby defeat by Arsenal when Spurs only really got going after the damage was already done.
It would have been harsh on dynamic Dinamo had the visitors' late flurry denied them an historic triumph.
Had they produced the type of creativity that was seen in the closing stages in normal time, this embarrassment could have been avoided.
It was telling that of the seven changes made by manager Jose Mourinho, five were substituted.
Replacements Gareth Bale and Giovani Lo Celso, the latter making his return after more than three months out injured, injected some life into Spurs' attacking play, and both saw low strikes well saved by the impressive Livakovic.
It was Kane, as usual, who carried the bulk of Tottenham's threat and he had great chances at the end of the first half, second half and extra time but Livakovic stayed big for the first, then pulled off a point-blank save from a header and scurried across his goal to thwart the England striker right at the death.
All of the blame should not fall at the feet of Spurs' forward players.
Their back line was run ragged by the unheralded Orsic, whose first goal was sublime but was allowed a lot of space for the other two.
Mourinho had said the Europa League carried Spurs' best chance of Champions League qualification and he now faces a huge task to lift his deflated troops, sans Son, for a bid to reach the Premier League top four, of which they sit six points adrift.
If the result leaves Tottenham in turmoil, you could forgive Dinamo for having little sympathy, given they lost their head coach Zoran Mamic to a prison sentence for fraud in between the first and second legs.
The Croatian league leaders responded with a display, and result, that will go down in the annals of their history.
Mourinho had warned his players that the tie was far from over heading into the second leg and with good reason as Dinamo had only been beaten once in their previous 16 European home matches.
The hosts, under the guidance of Mamic's assistant Damir Krznar, were encouraged by Tottenham's apparent willingness to sit on their first-leg lead, Lovro Majer lashing inches wide from 15 yards in a warning of what was to come.
Even so, it required a moment of magic from Orsic to set the comeback in motion as he cut inside from the left and unleashed a wonderful right-footed curler that left Lloris clutching at thin air.
Orsic timed his run into the box perfectly to meet Atiemwen's cross for his second before sparing Marin Leovac's blushes for a poor miss in the first half of extra time with a sensational third.
Dinamo have won their national title in 14 of the past 15 seasons but this win ended a wait of 51 years for a European quarter-final appearance, their last having come in the now-defunct Cup Winners' Cup in 1970.
Match ends, Dinamo Zagreb 3, Tottenham Hotspur 0.
Second Half Extra Time ends, Dinamo Zagreb 3, Tottenham Hotspur 0.
Giovani Lo Celso (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Luka Ivanusec (Dinamo Zagreb).
Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) header from the right side of the six yard box misses to the left.
Assisted by Sergio Reguilón with a cross.
Foul by Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur).
Petar Stojanovic (Dinamo Zagreb) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Tanguy Ndombele (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Mario Gavranovic (Dinamo Zagreb).
Offside, Dinamo Zagreb.
Kévin Théophile-Catherine tries a through ball, but Mario Gavranovic is caught offside.
Substitution, Dinamo Zagreb.
Dino Peric replaces Arijan Ademi.
Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.
Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.
Assisted by Gareth Bale.
Carlos Vinícius (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Assisted by Carlos Vinícius.
Carlos Vinícius (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.
Assisted by Steven Bergwijn.
Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
Assisted by Giovani Lo Celso.
Hand ball by Iyayi Atiemwen (Dinamo Zagreb).
Steven Bergwijn (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.
Assisted by Gareth Bale.
Corner, Dinamo Zagreb.
Conceded by Eric Dier.
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“I once watched Tottenham be dumped out of the Europa League 3-0 by a team whose manager was sent to prison just 3 days before the game.”
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Horrible night for Mourinho and Tottenham. But Mourinho still classy post-match, heading to Dinamo Zagreb’s change rooms to applaud the victors. #UEL
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Congratulations to former Arsenal midfielder Robbie Burton & his Dinamo Zagreb team on knocking Tottenham out of the Europa League tonight. Zagreb overturned a 2-0 deficit from the first-leg, to win 3-0 on the night (3-2 on aggregate). Once a Gooner.. @RBurton26 😉 #afc
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