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Champions League Road to Madrid: Tottenham's matchday one and two

3:22 PM SGT 26/5/19
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A look back at how Tottenham performed in the early stages of their dream 2018-19 UEFA Champions League run...

It has been a dream run to savour for Tottenham so far as they get ready to tussle with Liverpool in their first ever UEFA Champions League final against Liverpool at Madrid.

The North London club have defied all expectations to book their place in the summit clash including a stirring late comeback against Ajax in the semi-final. Ahead of their final showdown with Liverpool, we look back at Tottenham’s run to Madrid starting with matchday one and two.

MATCHDAY 1

Inter Milan 2-1 Tottenham

Tottenham’s Champions League campaign started off on the wrong note with Mauricio Pochettino’s men tasting a 1-2 defeat away to Inter Milan in their group opener. It was a lively start by the English team at the San Siro before Christian Eriksen gave them the lead in the 53rd minute.

However, despite shading possession for majority of the game, Tottenham found themselves on the backfoot in the dying minutes where Inter completed a come-from-behind victory with goals from Icardi (86’) and Vecino (90+2’). While there was nothing they could do to prevent Icardi’s stunning volley, Tottenham were guilty of some shoddy defending for Vecino’s header.

MATCHDAY 2

Tottenham 2-4 Barcelona

It got worse for Tottenham in their second group-stage clash despite a lively display at home against the formidable Barcelona. Barcelona were all over Spurs in the first period with Coutinho (2’) and Ivan Rakitic’s (28’) early goals helping them pull away by the time the half-time interval came around.

Tottenham responded in kind after the break with Harry Kane (52’) and Erik Lamela’s (66’) strikes roaring the hosts back into the game but the genius of Lionel Messi proved too hot to handle in the end. The Argentine wizard struck immediately after Kane’s goal to restore Barcelona’s two-goal cushion and then added a second in injury time just when Tottenham were sniffing a late equaliser.

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