Hugo Lloris was captain fantastic as Spurs held Bayer Leverkusen to a goalless draw in the Champions League tonight.
The North London outfit lined up without Toby Alderweireld for the first time in nearly a year as he suffered a knee injury in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with West Brom, but the new-look defensive partnership of Eric Dier and Jan Vertonghen went largely untroubled for the majority of the first half.
Heung-Min Son was returning to the club where he spent two successful seasons, but there were no signs of the occasion getting the better of him as his eagerness to break Bayer’s defence saw him flagged narrowly offside early on.
Next up to try his luck at goal was Dele Alli, fresh from his last-gasp equaliser at the Hawthorns this weekend, but he was unable to direct Kieran Trippier’s inch-perfect cross into Bernd Leno’s glaring net.
It was beginning to look as if it wasn’t going to be Tottenham’s day as Vincent Janssen’s first Champions League goal evaded him by the smallest of margins – the width of the crossbar to be exact.
The Dutchman’s effort came crashing off the upright to see the sides back into the dressing room with the scores level.
Then came the moment of the game. A moment that you might only see once in a lifetime, let alone a game.
Former Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez looked a dead cert to make it 1-0 as he latched onto a square ball that left the Spurs goal wide open – or so it seemed – before Spurs skipper Lloris scooped the ball up from a seemingly impossible position.
Hernandez’s appeals that the ball had crossed the line went unheeded, and replays showed that the decision was the right one.
After that, the BayArena seemed a little shell shocked. Leverkusen continues their second half dominance, but their was an air of inevitability to the game once Lloris had pulled his “impossible save” out of the bag.
Danny Rose’s provided the next piece of defensive solidarity.
But the game belonged to one man and one man only. Hugo Lloris took the plaudits on the night, and will continue to for as long as he remains one of the best goalkeepers in the world, let along the Premier League.
He was not going to be beaten today.
Spurs travel back to London with a point earned by their skipper, in with what are arguably the two most difficult fixtures of the Champions League group stages completed with a drawn-1, won-1 record.
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