May 12, 2021

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Woeful Tottenham out of Europa League after superb hat-trick from Orsic seals Zagreb response


Tottenham somehow struggled to shake off a 2-0 first-leg lead to escape the Europa League in the round of 16 after falling to a weak 3-0 defeat after the extension of Dinamo Zagreb.

With what seemed like a solid lead from the first leg, Jose mourinho named a strong team for what he hoped would result in routine progress.

Zagreb’s preparations for the game have been disrupted when their coach was jailed for fraud.

However, Mislav Orsic’s two goals in the second half carried the game into extra time with the hosts having good value for the result.

But the best was yet to come when, in the second half of extra time, Orsic hit a winner of breathtaking quality. Picking up the ball 40 yards from goal, he ran to the Spurs defense and fired a nice shot into the corner of Lloris’ net.

The goal sparked crazy scenes at Stadion Maksimir as Orsic wrote his name in Dinamo folklore.

Zagreb got off to a good start in the first leg and was clearly not ready to wave the white flag, despite a 2-0 lead in the first leg.

Despite everything early in the race, Hugo Lloris’s goal remained largely unchanged.

Indeed, the first significant chance fell to Erik Lamela after 27 minutes when he found himself in space. However, the Argentine took too long to withdraw his shot and the chance was blocked.

Tottenham, however, survived a scare 11 minutes before the break. It was after the ball fell gently to Lovro Majer in the middle of the goal. However, he puffed up his lines and dragged his shot away from the goal.

Moments later, Lloris had to be alert to repel another effort on his goal.

Spurs, however, finished the half stronger with Serge Aurier in the lead. Kane then got his first look at goal only to see his tight angle effort blocked as the sides went scoreless.

Zagreb got off to a good start again in the second half, a free header from Arijan Ademi cheerfully picked up by Lloris.

Spurs presented Gareth Bale on time to breathe new life into their offense, with ineffective Lamela making way.

However, it was Dinamo who took the lead two minutes later when Orsic scored a staggering goal. Picking up the ball at the edge of the box, the Croatian took a touch inside Aurier and completed an unstoppable 20-yard effort in the top corner.

It was the signal for a period of sustained pressure from Zagreb.


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Zagreb scores two goals in the second half

Spurs introduced Giovani Lo Celso in place of Dele Alli; The Argentinian makes his first appearance since Dec.20 after a hamstring problem. He came alongside Tanguy Ndombele, along with Harry Winks as well.

Lo Celso was quickly in action, his deflected shot producing a smart save Domink Livakovic.

However, it was a rare sighting on goal and Zagreb grabbed a deserved 84 leveler thanks to this Orsic man again.

After the ball was crossed to the right, he was the man in the right place to throw a 12-yard shot past Lloris.

It seemed to bring Spurs to life, with Kane seeing a header from a tight angle clear of the line.

Spurs finished the strongest regular time as Zagreb sat down, but there was no way to pass as the game entered overtime.

But it was the hosts who kept asking questions in the first period of extra time.

Indeed, Marin Leovac found himself on goal from a narrow angle. However, he produced neither a meaningful shot nor a cross as the ball sank right next to it.

Bale then collapsed a short distance of 25 yards, as substitute Vinicius began to win on Zagreb’s defense.

However, Orsic scored a stunning third to spark absolute jubilation for the hosts.

The job was not done, but it was a signal for solid pressure from Spurs.

The Spurs have managed to carve out some good openings with Kane and Bale closing in. But frankly, it was too little too late, Zagreb rightly advancing.

The result will be a blow to Mourinho who will now face more questions about his future after the tame exit.

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