A superb hat-trick from Mislav Orsic saw Dinamo Zagreb make a remarkable comeback to empty Tottenham of the Europa League on Thursday night.
Looking happy to sit down and absorb the pressure from the home side, Spurs got a wake-up call with an hour gone as Orsic unleashed an unstoppable workout in the top corner of all 20 yards, reducing Tottenham’s total lead to one.
Tottenham continued to work, and with eight minutes remaining Orsic reappeared to sweep the ball into the upper corner inside the penalty area to force extra time.
Then, at the start of the second half of the extra period, the Croatian winger completed a mazy dribble with superb right-footed effort beyond the desperate Hugo Lloris.
The hosts survived a late Spurs attack to seal an incredible comeback victory and a place in the quarter-finals. Full-time pandemonium cue.
This is the highlight of the game, now to all the important notes from the Spurs players …
Hugo Lloris (GK) – 5/10 – There was nothing he could do for either purpose. Perhaps he could and should have flipped the third around the post. Done brilliantly to essentially refuse a fourth late in overtime.
Serge Aurier (RB) – 5/10 – Sloppy distribution when you unnecessarily try to force the problem. At least showed a willingness to move forward as the rest of his teammates didn’t seem interested in putting the tie to bed.
Davinson Sanchez (CB) – 5/10 – Produced a number of Vital Blocks early on, but was among a number of players who should have stopped Orsic before he won.
Eric Dier (CB) – 4/10 – A combat demonstration in which he dominated in the air, but got lost completely late.
Ben Davies (LB) – 5/10 – Fairly stable defensively without really threatening to show an attacking intention. Hanging up late.
Harry Winks (CM) – 5/10 – He clearly started to get frustrated with his teammates’ lack of movement as the game progressed. Replaced by Ndombele in the second half.
Moussa Sissoko (CM) – 4/10 – Lots of racing and industry, but struggled to take the ball to sway the game in an offensive sense. Became incredibly sloppy as the game progressed.
Dele Alli (AM) – 5/10 – England did their best to shake things up but it just wasn’t their night. Substituted in the second half.
Erik Lamela (RW) – 7/10 – Reestablished in the starting XI after his knockout blow against Arsenal on Sunday. Recovered his yellow card expected early but avoided being sent off in the shock of the night. He looked sharp and was the Spurs frontline most likely to shake things up, before he was replaced by Bale on time.
Harry Kane (ST) – 6/10 – Didn’t seem as sharp as we came to imagine and wasted a few half chances at the start. For once failed to take advantage of a result.
Lucas Moura (LW) – 6/10 – He was asked to replace the injured Son Heung-min on the left instead. Quite ineffective at night and was chained for much of the game by Dinamo Zagreb’s back line. Replaced by Vinicius.
Gareth Bale (RW) – 5/10
Giovani Lo Celso (CM) – 6/10
Tanguy Ndombele (CM) – 5/10
Carlos Vinicius (ST) – 3/10
Sergio Reguilon (LB) – 4/10 – Seemed to forget how to play football.