Champions League: Livescore from Tottenham Hotspur vs Barcelona

Tyler Owen
October 4, 2018

Tottenham Hotspur drew 1-1 with Barcelona in their latest UEFA Youth League clash, with Rodel Richards scoring Spurs' goal.

Messi almost put the game away twice at the start of the second half, but both times his low curling shots clattered off the left post to keep Spurs trailing by just two goals. Messi aimed for the same post he had hit twice earlier, and this time found the side netting.

Tottenham's fatigue is largely down to the World Cup exertions of many of Pochettino's players, but also a result of the lack of new additions during the summer.

Barcelona were two up before the half-hour mark thanks to a sensational goal from Ivan Rakitic, who side-volleyed home an unstoppable shot after Coutinho had played the ball back to him at the top of the penalty area.

That's a pretty simple lesson and one that many teams have learned in the past, so it's very surprising that Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino allowed his players to grant so much green grass - well, actually brown dust considering the shocking state of the Wembley "turf" - to the visitors.

Two goals against the run of the play kept Tottenham in it, but they need to learn how to better control space if they want to compete with the best.

At the other end Kane tried his best without his usual support acts of Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen (both injured) and he did an admirable job.

'To play against Barcelona, when you concede after one minute, I think our players are heroes, ' said Pochettino. We were handicapped against Barcelona after conceding after one minute.

Still a long, long, long way to go for Kane, but Tottenham's talisman stood tall on Wednesday.

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Here, we pick out three main talking points to arise from the game.

They were obviously saving themselves for this game.

The brace makes Messi only the second player to have 30 career multi-goal games in the Champions League. The pressure was relentless and Barcelona's finishing was ruthless.

Live Stream: You can stream the game on fuboTV.

Perhaps he is becoming to Barcelona what Karim Benzema is for Real Madrid - a tireless centre-forward whose worth to the team is far greater than what he delivers in the goals column. Samuel Umtiti saw red against PSV and won't be eligible.

Working the ball from just outside their own box up the pitch, a wonderful pass from Lionel Messi fed in Jordi Alba down the left-hand side. "We had a few problems during the game but we managed to solve them".

It's all change in midfield as Eric Dier drops to the bench and Mousa Dembele is out injured so Victor Wanyama partners Harry Winks in the middle of the park.

Had Spurs had a fully fit squad to choose from, they could have nicked a point against Barcelona, or maybe even more.

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