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Tuesday, 6 November 2018

'Why me?': Aussies' horror UCL debut


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Australian Trent Sainsbury had a moment he'd rather forget during his European Champions League debut for PSV in their loss to English club Tottenham.

The Australian PSV defender was brought on in the 81st minute in his first taste of top flight European football, trying desperately to sure up the defence and hang on for a point away from home.

But it all went downhill when the Spurs' Harry Kane connected on a cross from Ben Davies with a header that deflected into the net off Sainsbury, who immediately held his head in his hands.

There was some conjecture about whether it should be ruled an own goal, however, match officials awarded the goal to Kane which would've come as a massive relief to Sainsbury.

The 89th minute winner ended PSV’s chances of progression from the group stage yet that didn't stop the Australian from owning the mistake and agreeing to a post-match interview with Optus Sport just minutes after the final whistle.

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“A bit bittersweet. My first game in the Champions League, a double deflection and it goes in off me for the winner,” Sainsbury told Optus Sport's Mark Schwarzer.

“I’ll give it the old Balotelli line, ‘why me?’” he added.

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Tottenham was in danger of heading out of the competition after just four games when it went behind after just 61 seconds at Wembley Stadium.

Instead, Kane's goals — in the 78th and 89th minutes — gave Tottenham a glimmer of hope of a top-two finish in Group B with matches still to come at home to Inter Milan and away to already-qualified Barcelona. Tottenham is in third place, three points behind second-place Inter.

"We had to dig deep and find another level when it mattered," Kane said. "We have been grinding results out here and there all season. We are getting wins."

In the Premier League, maybe, but this was Tottenham's first victory in its Champions League group and there was a touch of fortune about it.

PSV, which stayed on one point and cannot now qualify for the knockout stage, had defended stoutly after going ahead through Luuk De Jong's header from Gaston Pereiro's corner. It was the earliest goal Tottenham has conceded in a Champions League game.

Zoet, in particular, had a brilliant game, repelling a slew of first-half efforts from Spurs — including two in succession off Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen.

The visiting defense was finally breached when Kane met a lay-off from substitute Fernando Llorente with a left-footed shot into the corner. There was more to come from the England striker.

"This team is growing up," Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said. "The team is fighting so I am so happy.

"We have the character of never giving up which is so important."

Inter drew 1-1 with Barcelona in the other Group B game on Tuesday, a result that saw Barca become the first team to reach the round of 16.

Australian Trent Sainsbury had a moment he'd rather forget during his European Champions League debut for PSV in their loss to English club Tottenham.

The Australian PSV defender was brought on in the 81st minute in his first taste of top flight European football, trying desperately to sure up the defence and hang on for a point away from home.

But it all went downhill when the Spurs' Harry Kane connected on a cross from Ben Davies with a header that deflected into the net off Sainsbury, who immediately held his head in his hands.

There was some conjecture about whether it should be ruled an own goal, however, match officials awarded the goal to Kane which would've come as a massive relief to Sainsbury.

The 89th minute winner ended PSV’s chances of progression from the group stage yet that didn't stop the Australian from owning the mistake and agreeing to a post-match interview with Optus Sport just minutes after the final whistle.

https://twitter.com/OptusSport/status/1059934479442075648

“A bit bittersweet. My first game in the Champions League, a double deflection and it goes in off me for the winner,” Sainsbury told Optus Sport's Mark Schwarzer.

“I’ll give it the old Balotelli line, ‘why me?’” he added.

https://twitter.com/MurrayShaw1/status/1059930572137492480

Tottenham was in danger of heading out of the competition after just four games when it went behind after just 61 seconds at Wembley Stadium.

Instead, Kane's goals — in the 78th and 89th minutes — gave Tottenham a glimmer of hope of a top-two finish in Group B with matches still to come at home to Inter Milan and away to already-qualified Barcelona. Tottenham is in third place, three points behind second-place Inter.

"We had to dig deep and find another level when it mattered," Kane said. "We have been grinding results out here and there all season. We are getting wins."

In the Premier League, maybe, but this was Tottenham's first victory in its Champions League group and there was a touch of fortune about it.

PSV, which stayed on one point and cannot now qualify for the knockout stage, had defended stoutly after going ahead through Luuk De Jong's header from Gaston Pereiro's corner. It was the earliest goal Tottenham has conceded in a Champions League game.

Zoet, in particular, had a brilliant game, repelling a slew of first-half efforts from Spurs — including two in succession off Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen.

The visiting defense was finally breached when Kane met a lay-off from substitute Fernando Llorente with a left-footed shot into the corner. There was more to come from the England striker.

"This team is growing up," Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said. "The team is fighting so I am so happy.

"We have the character of never giving up which is so important."

Inter drew 1-1 with Barcelona in the other Group B game on Tuesday, a result that saw Barca become the first team to reach the round of 16.

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