Tottenham faces an uphill battle if it hopes to make another run in the Champions League after losing 1-0 at home to RB Leipzig in the round of 16 first leg on Wednesday. Spurs were without Harry Kane (hamstring) and Heung-min Son (arm), and it showed. Jose Mourinho used Lucas Moura and Steven Bergwijn and the team's lack of size in the final third allowed RB Leipzig to control the game as the visitors got a goal from the penalty spot in the second half from Timo Werner.
With Hugo Lloris making numerous big saves to keep Spurs in it, it was Ben Davies' ridiculous challenge in the second half inside the box that gave Werner the penalty. He made no mistake for his 26th goal of the season by firing low to the left:
Tottenham -- which made it to the Champions League final last season -- showed some potential on set pieces with Giovani Lo Celso coming close on one. But in the end Leipzig, without U.S. men's national team member Tyler Adams, managed to use nine players behind the ball and keep a clean sheet while dealing with little trouble. Tottenham finished with 12 shots but only five went on frame.
The second leg will be played March 10, with Tottenham needing a win. Just a draw will be enough for Leipzig to advance to the quarterfinals, while a 2-0 win or a 2-1 win would be enough for Spurs. If Spurs wins the second leg 1-0, the match will go to 30 minutes of extra time.
RB Leipzig 1, Tottenham 0
⚽ RB Leipzig - (P) Timo Werner (58')
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