Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 Sporting Lisbon: Late VAR drama denies Harry Kane winner

Rodrigo Bentancor
Rodrigo Bentancor’s equalizer helped Spurs avoid a third straight defeat in all competitions

After being denied victory in a dramatic final against Sporting Lisbon, Tottenham will be looking for a point in Marseille in their final Champions League group game to progress to the knockout stages.

Spurs knew victory would guarantee a place in the last 16, but they held on for long periods before Harry Kane’s last-gasp strike was ruled out for offside and manager Antonio Conte was red-carded in the ensuing chaos.

In a tense encounter, former Spurs youngster Marcus Edwards punished Conte’s side with a fine low shot in the 22nd minute for a lackluster display from the home fans.

Spurs were much improved after the break, but they were grateful to Hugo Lloris for a crucial save from Sporting substitute Nazininho, who also headed wide.

They capitalized on those two escapes as Rodrigo Bentancor headed home from a corner with 10 minutes remaining – and both sides had chances to win in a thrilling finish.

Kane thought he almost stole it with the last kick – only for VAR to decide otherwise.

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Tottenham Hotspur

  1. Team number11Player nameGail
  2. Team number12Player nameEmerson Royal
  3. Team number34Player nameLenglet

Sporting Lisbon

  1. Team number1Player nameAdan

  2. Team number25Player nameGonzalo Inacio

  3. Team number4Player nameCoates

  4. Team number2Player nameMatthew Reiss

  5. Team number24Player namebold

  6. Team number15Player nameUgarte

  7. Team number5Player nameMorita

  8. Team number11Player nameNuno Santos

  9. Team number10Player nameEdwards

  10. Team number17Player nameTrincão

  11. Team number20Player namePaulinho

  1. Team number3Player nameSt. Just

  2. Team number18Player namefatwa

  3. Team number33Player nameArthur Gomez

  4. Team number71Player nameFlavio Nazinio

  5. Team number82Player nameMateus Fernandez



formation 3-4-2-1

  • 1Loris
  • 17RomeroBooked in 67 minutes
  • 15Late
  • 33Daviswas replacedLengletAt 81′minutes
  • 2Dohertywas replacedGailAt 71′minutes
  • 5Højbjerg
  • 30Bentancourt
  • 14Perisic
  • 27Lucas Morawas replacedEmerson RoyalAt 82′minutes
  • 7Son Hyung Min
  • 10Kane


  • 4jump
  • 6D. Sanchez
  • 11Gail
  • 12Emerson Royal
  • 19R Sessegnon
  • 20Forster
  • 24Spence
  • 25Tanganga
  • 29Sar
  • 34Lenglet
  • 38Bisuma
  • 42white


formation 3-4-2-1

  • 1Adan
  • 25Inacio
  • 4CoatesReservation in 41 minutes
  • 2Reyes de Lima
  • 24bold
  • 15UgarteBooked in 83 minutes
  • 5Moritawas replacedSpanish FernandezAt 61′minutes
  • 11Gomez dos Santoswas replacedBasilova Jacinto NazinhoAt 62′minutes
  • 10Edwardswas replacedfatwaAt 71′minutes
  • 17Machado Trincaowas replacedGomez LorenzoAt 71′minutes
  • 20Dias Fernandezwas replacedSt. JustAt 75′minutes


  • 3St. Just
  • 6Alexandropoulos
  • 12Israel
  • 16Costa Rocha
  • 18fatwa
  • 22Eusebius Paolo
  • 33Gomez Lorenzo
  • 63Martínez Marsa
  • 71Basilova Jacinto Nazinho
  • 77Borges Cabral
  • 82Spanish Fernandez
  • 84Osugo

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