Tottenham Hotspur vs. RB Leipzig score: Spurs dig Champions League hole with first-leg loss

Tottenham didn't have its star strikers and it showed

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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Five added minutes for Spurs-Leipzig

Still time for Tottenham to get one back. Leipzig defending with 10 in final moments.

Yellow for RB Leipzig

Yellow card to Christopher Nkunku for fouling Lo Celso just outside the penalty area. Tottenham have a free kick from just about 21 yards out that Lo Celso puts far post, but it's saved well! 

PENALTY TO LEIPZIG

56'  Penalty for the visitors. Tough blow there for Spurs as a ball falls to Lamier, and Davies takes him down. Silly foul. 

Spurs knocking on the door

48' Two quick chances for Tottenham. Aurier with a nice ball in, but Lucas Moura put it right into Gulacsi and Bergwijn sent the rebound well wide. 

Halftime

We're scoreless after 45 minutes in London. RB Leipzig has created more chances and has looked like the better team, but it's 0-0 at the break. We'll see if Jose Mourinho makes any big changes for Spurs in the second half.

Werner denied by Lloris

Lloris denied Werner at the front post! The German forward was sent through after some great hold-up play, but he took too long to shoot.

Lo Celso helping in defense

17' Tottenham will be thankful for Lo Celso's attentiveness. He tracks back and reads a pass in the box well to cut it off and clear potential danger. 

First yellow

10' Auier lost the ball to Sabitzer a few yards off the midfield line. As Sabitzer looked to get into the attacking third, Lo Celso stepped in to prevent the counter from getting started, getting booked for his trouble. 

First yellow

10' Auier lost the ball to Sabitzer a few yards off the midfield line. As Sabitzer looked to get into the attacking third, Lo Celso stepped in to prevent the counter from getting started, getting booked for his trouble. 

Another yellow

12' Marcel Sabitzer throws his leg into a late tackle attempt on Aurier. It was just a late challenge, not much in it. But he's booked all the same as both Spurs and Leipzig have a yellow.

First yellow

10' Auier lost the ball to Sabitzer a few yards off the midfield line. As Sabitzer looked to get into the attacking third, Lo Celso stepped in to prevent the counter from getting started, getting booked for his trouble. 

Wild start in London

2' Almost an opening goal for RB Leipzig. Mourinho is trying to get his team under control as Timo Werner comes close to scoring after a frantic few moments inside the box. Lloris made a really good save to push the ball off the post just moments before Werner is denied from close range at the opposite post.

Not long to go now

10 minutes until kickoff at the San Siro and Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

The man to watch for Leipzig

Timo Werner has been on fire for Leipzig. Linked with Liverpool and Bayern Munich, he is closing in on 30 goals this season. Can he make Tottenham pay today?

Storylines

Tottenham:  Tottenham is a team now reliant on speed with Harry Kane and Heung-min Son out. You can expect many long balls down the wing to try and start the counter. RB Leipzig is a disciplined team that, at times, can show signs of a lack of cohesion when dealing with the counter. Tottenham can expect a more cautious RB Leipzig in this one.

RB Leipzig: Get Timo Werner the ball in space. Tottenham's defense isn't its strong point, and often the center backs have trouble handling a one-one-one. Werner has the speed and precision to quickly cut and fire off shots that can cause some trouble for the hosts. Werner will get at least a couple of really good looks, and if he can make one of them, RB Leipzig will like their chances in the second leg. 

What's to come?

It should be a wild day of action. RB Leipzig is the slight favorite with Spurs missing Harry Kane (hamstring injury) and Heung-min Son (arm fracture) due to injury, but Spurs should last season that anything is possible.

Atalanta vs. Valencia is intriguing. The Spanish side is stronger, but Atalanta's attack is been sharp and Los Che are without their starting defensive duo in Ezequiel Garay (knee injury) and Gabriel Paulista (suspension)

Welcome

Welcome to CBS Sports' coverage of Tottenham vs. RB Leipzig on Wednesday. The first leg will take place in Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, followed by the second leg in Germany on March 10. The winner of the two-legged affair will advance to the quarterfinals in April.

February 19, 2020, 4:33 PM
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