Barcelona lose possession battle for the first time in a Champions League group match since 2006 in their draw with Tottenham



Lucas Moura’s 85th-minute equaliser earned Spurs a deserved point – which sent them through to the knockout stages

It was a memorable night for Tottenham Hotspur who achieved more than just qualification for the last 16 of the Champions League.

Having fell behind to an excellent individual effort from Ousmane Dembele, Spurs then piled on the pressure as they went in search of an equaliser.

Lucas Moura celebrates his late equaliser for Tottenham

Lucas Moura celebrates his late equaliser for Tottenham

It eventually came with five minutes remaining through Lucas Moura and thanks to the result in the other Group B game – with Inter Milan held by PSV Eindhoven – Mauricio Pochettino’s men advanced to the knockout stages.

In doing so they became just the eighth side to advance to the next round – after claiming just one point from their first three matches.

While the excitement and relief of their achievement rightly took centre stage, it was another little known statistic that indicated just how good they had been at the Nou Camp.

For the first time since 2006, Barcelona lost out in the possession stakes during a Champions League group match as Spurs recorded 52% to the home side’s 48%

Tottenham had more possession then Barcelona at the Nou Camp

Tottenham had more possession then Barcelona at the Nou Camp

Granted, Barcelona had already qualified, and as expected named a weakened starting XI, with Lionel Messi, Gerard Pique and Jordi Alba all starting from the bench.

Finishing second means Spurs will be drawn against one of the group winners, meaning they could face Borussia Dortmund, Paris Saint-Germain, FC Porto, Bayern Munich or Ajax, Lyon (if they finish above Manchester City), Real Madrid or Juventus (if they win the group above Manchester United).

The draw will take place on Monday, December 17.



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