Marseille 1-2 Tottenham LIVE! Hojbjerg goal - Champions League result, match stream and latest updates today

Marseille 1-2 Tottenham LIVE! Hojbjerg goal - Champions League result, match stream and latest updates today

Marseille vs Tottenham - LIVE!

Tottenham qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League as Group D winners after snatching a 2-1 victory in Marseille with the last kick of the game.

Spurs looked to be heading into the Europa League after a listless first-half performance in a hostile environment saw them trail to Chancel Mbemba’s header. But an improved display after the break saw Clement Lenglet equalise and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg snatch victory at the death to ensure their place in the last 16 with a first European win away from home in eight attempts.

It was fitting that qualification was sealed so late after last week’s VAR intervention against Sporting Lisbon meant their fate went down to the final group game. The entire 90 minutes was filled with jeopardy as Spurs knew defeat would send them out, but victory ensures they progressed to the knockout stages for the fourth successive time in this competition and they will face a second-placed team when it resumes in 2023.

Marseille vs Tottenham latest news

  • GOAL! Hojbjerg wins it with final kick

  • GOAL! Lenglet with badly-needed equaliser

  • GOAL! Mbemba heads Marseille in front

  • Son forced off for Spurs

Olympique de Marseille 1 - 2 Tottenham Hotspur FC

Familiar tale for Spurs

23:07 , Matt Verri

Tottenham progressed to the Champions League last-16 as group winners after a last-gasp 2-1 win in Marseille, despite a largely underwhelming group stage.

Needing a draw to a progress but a late goal to win the group, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s belting finish with literally the last kick of the game sealed a result which was testament to Spurs’ grit and character, especially with banned Antonio Conte missing from the touchline and dressing room.

Another patchy display and comeback win will not end questions about Spurs’ performances but the result ensures that they are all but certain to end this half-season in a strong position to kick on after the World Cup.

In a ferocious atmosphere in the south of France, Spurs trailed to Chancel Mbemba’s header in first-half stoppage-time but rallied after the break, with Clement Lenglet heading home an equaliser before Hojbjerg’s late, late finish off the inside of the post.

Read Dan Kilpatrick’s full analysis

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Deliberate?

22:20 , Matt Verri

SCENES!

22:12 , Matt Verri

FT: Marseille 1-2 Tottenham

22:01 , Matt Verri

Late drama again for Spurs - this time the last-gasp goal counts!

Spurs, somehow, have won Group D.

GOAL! Marseille 1-2 Tottenham | Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg 90+5'

22:00 , Matt Verri

THEY’VE WON THE GROUP!

Marseille throw everyone forward and they’re so exposed at the back.

Hojbjerg breaks away and it’s a sensational finish across goal - what a massive goal it is too.

21:57 , Matt Verri

90+2 mins: Hojbjerg gets a yellow card, he’ll be out of the first leg of the last 16. If Spurs make it, that is...

Tavares then with a ridiculous offside as he strolls back, Spurs able to kill a few more seconds. Gil on for the visitors in place of Lucas.

21:55 , Matt Verri

90 mins: Kane far too clever, topples over in the corner and wins the free-kick for his side. They’ll be in no rush whatsoever to take this.

Hojbjerg with the most cynical of fouls but it’s still not enough to slow Marseille down - Tavares blasts over. Four minutes added on.

21:52 , Matt Verri

87 mins: Under whips a stunning cross into the box... KOLASINAC HAS TO SCORE!

It’s an absolutely massive chance for the former Arsenal man, completely free at the back post. Somehow heads it down and wide.

21:49 , Matt Verri

84 mins: Bentancur limps off, Skipp on in his place.

This is going to be an absolutely chaotic conclusion to this match as Marseille throw everything at Spurs.

Dan Kilpatrick at Stade Velodrome

21:46 , Matt Verri

Gaps are starting to appear in the Marseille half as the French side push for a winner, and Hojbjerg nearly puts Spurs in the last-16 with an effort off the crossbar. With the game becoming stretched, there’s every chance of a winner.

21:46 , Matt Verri

82 mins: And now a stunning last-ditch challenge from Mbemba, just as Kane looked to be clean through.

Space on offer now for Spurs - can they take advantage.

21:45 , Matt Verri

81 mins: SPURS HIT THE BAR!

Lovely move, Lucas lays it off to Hojbjerg and he hammers an effort back off the woodwork. That would have sealed it!

21:43 , Matt Verri

78 mins: Going to be a long final 15 minutes or so in France for Spurs, they’re starting to be pushed back again. One goal and they’re out of the Champions League.

Bentancur now down for the visitors, holding the back of his leg.

21:39 , Matt Verri

75 mins: Under and Kolasinac on for Marseille, no sign of Payet yet.

Under tries his luck from distance, curled straight into Lloris’ arms though with no real power. Tame effort.

21:37 , Matt Verri

72 mins: Marseille corner, Mbemba has stayed back on the halfway line. That’s... strange.

Corner comes to nothing, Lloris able to comfortably claim. Kane is down on the halfway line holding his face, play is halted.

21:34 , Matt Verri

70 mins: Frankfurt now lead against Sporting, which sees them top of the group as it stands. Spurs back down to second.

Mental group. If Tottenham want to guarantee top spot, they need to find another goal.

21:32 , Matt Verri

68 mins: Things have slowed down a bit, but Marseille are going to have to go for this at some point. A point does them no good.

Referee is over to the Tottenham dugout and waves a yellow card at someone - could be any of about seven people.

GOOO... OFFSIDE!

21:29 , Matt Verri

Kane fires the ball into the bottom corner but the offside flag is swiftly raised.

He was comfortably off too - nice finish though, for all it didn’t matter at all.

21:27 , Matt Verri

63 mins: Spurs have gone back to sitting deep and letting Marseille dominate possession. Not sure how wise that is.

They have a chance to break here though, even if Lucas’ poor ball slows the counter down. Emerson whips it in, Lopez spills it but Kane can’t react in time. Almost had a tap-in.

21:24 , Matt Verri

59 mins: Harit hammers the effort at goal from miles out, just rises over the bar.

Frankfurt have equalised against Sporting - Spurs will top the ground as it stands. Marseille finishing bottom all of a sudden.

Dan Kilpatrick at Stade Velodrome

21:22 , Matt Verri

It’s yet another set piece goal from Spurs, who are nothing if not dead ball specialists these days. Perisic has generally been underwhelming so far but is worth having out there for his delivery alone.

21:20 , Matt Verri

56 mins: Spurs flying all of a sudden, Lucas gets in behind and fires the ball across the face of goal, nobody can catch up with it though.

Stadium has fallen really flat now, home fans know Tottenham have woken up.

GOAL! Marseille 1-1 Tottenham | Clement Lenglet 54'

21:18 , Matt Verri

SPURS LEVEL IT UP!

So much better since the break and they’ve got the equaliser. Perisic whips a free-kick in, Lenglet gets up well and directs the header past Lopez.

21:17 , Matt Verri

52 mins: Game being played at a bit more of a frantic pace now, with Spurs not just sitting back. Bentancur with more freedom to get forward.

Lucas has still been fairly quiet, Spurs need him to turn up. Not much in the way of alternatives.

21:14 , Matt Verri

49 mins: Almost!

Spurs have decided they’ll turn up. Bentancur with the run in behind, played acros the face of goal and Lopez just about palms it away to stop Kane having a tap-in.

21:11 , Matt Verri

47 mins: Spurs knocking the ball around, almost seen as much of it since the restart as they did in the entirety of the first-half. Met with loud boos.

Marseille win it back, clear the ball up the pitch and Sanchez does superbly to hold it up and bring his team-mates into play.

Time will tell...

21:10 , Matt Verri

Back underway!

21:09 , Matt Verri

Up and running again in Marseille.

Spurs surely, surely have to improve. Showing something resembling any attacking intent would be a start.

Change at the break - Emerson on to replace Sessegnon.

As it stands

21:03 , Matt Verri

Sporting lead Frankfurt 1-0 in the other match in Group D, so they’ll go through as group winners if it stays like this.

Marseille will be joining them, with Spurs finishing third and dropping into the Europa League as a result.

Tottenham have to score or their Champions League campaign is over.

Serious noise...

20:58 , Matt Verri

HT: Marseille 1-0 Tottenham

20:54 , Matt Verri

And that is half-time.

Marseille lead through Mbemba’s header, they’ve been the better team by an absolute mile.

Spurs heading into the Europa League as it stands.

20:53 , Matt Verri

45+8 mins: A Spurs attack! Kane gets fed up with things and drills an effort at goal from distance, tipped over the bar. Corner.

This will be the last action of the half. Punched out to Hojbjerg, slices the shot wide.

Dan Kilpatrick at Stade Velodrome

20:52 , Matt Verri

You have to stay that’s been coming. Spurs have barely had a kick in the Marseille half and deservedly trail to Mbemba’s header.

The visitors are yet to have a single effort on goal but they’ll have to open up now.

20:51 , Matt Verri

45+5 mins: Spurs can have no complaints about that, they were getting more and more negative as the half went on.

No Conte in the dressing room at half-time - somebody has to step up with a serious team talk!

GOAL! Marseille 1-0 Tottenham | Chancel Mbemba 45+2'

20:49 , Matt Verri

MARSEILLE TAKE THE LEAD!

It’s absolutely erupted inside the stadium. To say the goal’s been coming would be an understatement.

Corner taken short, Spurs don’t react as it’s crossed in and Mbemba powers a header into the bottom corner at the back post. Superb finish.

20:46 , Matt Verri

45 mins: Looks like Spurs have given up trying to do anything positive before the break, everyone camped deep in their own half. They’ve been woeful on the ball.

Davies gives it away, here come Marseille again. Spurs hanging on for dear life and there’s still seven minutes of added time before the break!

20:43 , Matt Verri

42 mins: Sporting have taken the lead against Frankfurt - they’ll top the group as it stands with Spurs in second.

Lenglet volleys the ball behind, Marseille corner. Pressure is just constant. Lloris comes for it, doesn’t get there but fortunately for him it’s powered over the bar by Gigot.

20:41 , Matt Verri

40 mins: Spurs just smashing the ball up the pitch whenever they halt a Marseille attack, this surely can’t be sustainable.

It’s not really a 3-5-2 either, Lucas playing effectively in midfield and leaving Kane up front by himself.

20:39 , Matt Verri

38 mins: Good defending from Rongier, but Kane wins a corner for the visitors. Might need to be a set-piece that gets Spurs going.

Perisic jogs over to take it. Great delivery, Lopez punches it away and is fouled as he does so.

Dan Kilpatrick at Stade Velodrome

20:35 , Matt Verri

The loss of Son is not just a blow for tonight’s game but is likely to have implications for Sunday’s visit of Liverpool.

Under the Premier League’s concussion protocol, the Korean would have to sit out the next six days, which would leave Conte even more short of attacking options this weekend.

20:34 , Matt Verri

33 mins: Brilliant save from Lloris!

This has been pretty turgid from Spurs but they’re still just about level. Veretout hammers an effort at goal after a poor clearance from Sessegnon, catches it so well but Lloris palms it away.

20:31 , Matt Verri

30 mins: Lloris lumps the ball out of play so Spurs can make the change, Bissouma is on.

Another injury to a key man in forward areas is pretty much the last thing Tottenham needed. Hopefully just an impact injury with no lasting damage for Son.

20:29 , Matt Verri

28 mins: Doesn’t look like he will be carrying on, he’s walked straight down the tunnel.

Looks like it might in fact be Bissouma coming on, would see the visitors switch to a 3-5-2 with Lucas and Kane up top.

20:28 , Matt Verri

27 mins: Lengthy stoppage, Son not looking too great as he gets to his feet either. Emerson the man warming up on the touchline - potentially could see Perisic moved into the front three?

Son struggling to even walk off the pitch, physio leading him to the side. Surely can’t continue like that.

20:25 , Matt Verri

24 mins: Pretty much Son’s first involved, and it’s to be clattered on the halfway line by Mbemba. Floated ball up to the Spurs forward, and Mbemba smashes into Son as he challenges for the header.

Looks a really painful one, play will be stopped while he gets some treatment. Camera turns to Conte in the stands - he’s not looking particularly excited with what he’s seen.

20:22 , Matt Verri

21 mins: Tottenham cannot get out, Kane hasn’t had a kick.

Ball falls to Clauss in the box, tight angle but he fires the shot across the face of goal. Lloris always fairly confident it’s going wide.

20:20 , Matt Verri

19 mins: Really sharp from Sanchez and Lloris has to make a smart save.

Ball comes to the Chilean with his back to goal in the box, swivels with his first touch and gets a shot away with his second, turned behind for a corner.

Marseille need to make their dominance count.

20:18 , Matt Verri

17 mins: Spurs just happy to keep the ball on the rare occasions they get it, no real desire to get it forward.

If the plan is just to quieten the home fans as soon as possible, it’s not working.

Dan Kilpatrick at the Stade Velodrome

20:16 , Matt Verri

If it wasn’t already obviously, the first 13 minutes have underlined that this will be a real test of character for Spurs. Marseille are dominating the ball and putting Spurs under pressure.

Both the visitors wing-backs have already been skinned and Spurs’ front three have barely had a touch.

20:13 , Matt Verri

13 mins: Sessegnon trips Tavares, Marseille man stays on his feet and continues on his merry way down the left wing, until Sessegnon gets back and properly brings him down. Not the best defending you’ll ever see, bit lucky to avoid a booking.

Poor ball in, headed away by Hojbjerg at the near post.

20:11 , Matt Verri

10 mins: Bailly was an injury doubt before the match and his night is coming to a very premature end. Centre-back is down and will be limping off, can’t continue. Gigot on in his place.

Spurs starting to see a bit more of the ball, slowly growing into the match.

20:09 , Matt Verri

8 mins: Players from both teams on the floor expecting the whistle to go for a free-kick, but the referee continues to wave play on.

Comes to Sanchez 30 yards out, decides not to run at the Spurs defence and goes for goal instead. Dragged well wide.

20:07 , Matt Verri

6 mins: It’s all Marseille early on, getting success in wide areas. Spurs yet to offer any sort of threat in attack.

Brilliant ball over the top and Sanchez is in behind, offside flag goes up. Just about the right call.

20:04 , Matt Verri

3 mins: First chance of the match!

Ball whipped into the Spurs box, Sanchez gets across his man and flicks the header towards the far post, just rolls wide. Lloris wasn’t getting there.

20:03 , Matt Verri

2 mins: It’s actually Sessegnon at right wing-back, with Perisic on the left. Dier on the right of the back three, Lenglet in the middle.

Marseille with plenty of the ball early on, Tavares can’t quite bring it down in the box and Dier hacks it away.

KICK-OFF!

20:00 , Matt Verri

Underway in Marseille - it’s all on the line!

Here we go!

19:54 , Matt Verri

Five minutes until kick-off in France.

Players are in the tunnel, crowd it’s safe to say are very much ready. Let the fun begin.

Spurs assistant Cristian Stellini on pre-match duties...

19:47 , Matt Verri

“Routine doesn’t change, we prepared with Antonio until we arrived here. The dressing room is quite calm, we are motivated and ready to play this match.

“We slept very well [last night]. We enjoyed the fireworks, but they were a bit short!”

Not long now!

19:42 , Matt Verri

Kick-off coming up in just over 15 minutes.

Here’s what it looked like outside the stadium a little earlier - expect something similar inside over the next couple of hours!

Warm-up time!

19:38 , Matt Verri

Time for Spurs to prove steel

19:32 , Matt Verri

In Antonio Conte’s mind, Tottenham would already be through to the Champions League knockouts if they more consistently behaved like a bigger club.

A furious Conte was convinced that the VAR would not have been brave enough to disallow Harry Kane’s stoppage-time goal against Sporting Lisbon last week if Spurs were a “top team” — by which he meant a side such as Real Madrid or Liverpool, who know how to win this competition.

If the decision had gone Spurs’ way, they would already be through to the last-16 as group winners, and tonight’s match in Marseille would be a welcome dead-rubber.

Instead, the occasion will go a long way to determining if their first half of the season has been a success or failure, and even colour perceptions of Conte’s work in his first year at the club.

Read Dan Kilpatrick’s full preview

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Told you...

19:26 , Matt Verri

Home fans right up for this!

19:20 , Matt Verri

Whatever happens, you feel it’s going to be a really uncomfortable night for Spurs in France.

Going to be tested massively with it set to be a crazy atmosphere in the stadium, if the scenes outside are anything to go by.

Hojbjerg wants Spurs to step up

19:13 , Matt Verri

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg has called on Tottenham to come together and “fill the role” of banned head coach Antonio Conte against Marseille tonight.

The Italian will not be allowed to communicate with his players or staff from stepping off the team bus at the stadium until 15 minutes after full-time.

He is set to watch the game in the stands, alongside his brother Gianluca, an analyst who will be in communication with the bench, while Conte’s assistant Cristian Stellini and first-team coach Ryan Mason lead the side.

“Of course your head coach is a massive part of a team. Luckily he has a very good staff and players that are well aware of what he expects from them,” the Dane said.

Read the full story here

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Spurs in the building!

19:05 , Matt Verri

Conte goes for preferred shape

18:59 , Matt Verri

It’s a 3-4-3 for Tottenham in France, as Lucas starts in the front three and Bissouma has to settle for a place on the bench.

Dier looks to be on the right of the back three in the absence of Romero, with Lenglet in the middle. Perisic starts at right wing-back, with all of Doherty, Spence and Emerson on the bench.

For Marseille, Sanchez, Guendouzi and Tavares start against their former north London rivals, with Bailly also involved. Payet and Kolasinac are both among the substitutes.

Marseille team news

18:52 , Matt Verri

Marseille XI: Lopez, Mbemba, Bailly, Balerdi, Clauss, Rongier, Veretout, Tavares, Guendouzi, Harit, Sanchez

Subs: Ngapandouetnbu, Gigot, Gerson, Payet, Suarez, Under, Kolasinac, Kabore, Blanco

Tottenham team news

18:46 , Matt Verri

Tottenham XI: Lloris; Lenglet, Dier, Davies; Perisic, Bentancur, Hojbjerg, Sessegnon; Lucas, Son, Kane.

Subs: Forster, Royal, Spence, Doherty, Sanchez, Tanganga, Skipp, White, Bissouma, Sarr, Gil

How Spurs won in north London...

18:40 , Matt Verri

Two headers, five minutes apart.

Richarlison was the hero when these sides met earlier in the season, as the Brazilian ensured Spurs got the better of ten-man Marseille.

Those were his first goals for the club, and he was visibly emotional after the match.

Going to be quite the atmosphere

18:33 , Matt Verri

Sanchez with extra motivation

18:28 , Matt Verri

Alexis Sanchez is hoping that the strong ex-Arsenal contingent at Marseille can help fire the French side past Tottenham tonight.

Along with the Chilean, Nuno Tavares, Matteo Guendouzi and Sead Kolasinac could all start tonight.

“I have some great memories with everyone at the club, especially the fans,” Sanchez said of his time at Arsenal. “Beating Spurs every time was a great joy. It was very special and those are memories that I hold dear to my heart.

“Every single player has motivation to play and win. We all want to bring the victory back. In the dressing room, there is a lot of passion. Playing in front of the fans with their atmosphere is super important and that will drive us on.”

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Noisy night in Marseille...

18:21 , Matt Verri

Fireworks were let off outside Tottenham’s team hotel overnight in the early hours of this morning.

The Spurs squad and staff were disturbed by firecrackers at 1am and 4.30am as Marseille supporters aimed to give their side an edge ahead of the decider, which kicks off at 9pm local time.

Read the full story on that here!

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Conte not involved tonight

18:14 , Matt Verri

Spurs thought last week they had both qualification and top spot sewn up when Harry Kane scored a 95th-minute winner against Sporting, only for VAR to controversially rule it out for offside.

In the fallout, which saw wild Spurs celebrations quickly cut short, and then a four-minute wait for VAR to rule out the goal, manager Antonio Conte was sent off.

Players surrounded referee Danny Makkelie, and Conte then stepped onto the field to question the Dutchman, resulting in a red card.

Conte will not only be banned from sitting in the dugout tonight but also from the dressing room before, during and after the game due to UEFA’s strict stance.

The Spurs boss told reporters: “It’s a pity, especially because I didn’t insult anyone, and [the red card was] only because I came on the pitch ... I think [the ban] is too much.”

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Group D permutations

18:07 , Matt Verri

Tottenham win

Victory would guarantee Tottenham’s progress as group winners and set up a round-of-16 tie against a runner-up from another group in February and March. As it stands, that could mean a meeting with Antonio Conte’s former club Inter Milan, their city rivals AC Milan or Borussia Dortmund.

Draw

A point would give Spurs a place in the knockouts and they can still top the group with a draw, provided Sporting and Eintracht Frankfurt also share the spoils in Portugal.

But if there is a winner in Lisbon, Spurs would finish as runners-up and potentially face a side such as Bayern Munich.

Tottenham lose

A defeat would mean Spurs are eliminated from the Champions League and drop down into the Europa League via a third-place finish because Sporting have a better head-to-head record from their two meetings. They cannot finish bottom of Group D.

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Evening Standard prediction

18:00 , Matt Verri

Spurs made fairly easy work of Marseille in their first group game but the pressure is really on this time, and the home fans will make it their mission to create the most hostile of atmospheres.

There is no doubting who has the better squad, but this will come down to who holds their nerve best. Spurs just need a point to qualify - a win would see them top the group - and we think they will get it.

A 2-2 draw.

Tottenham team news

17:53 , Matt Verri

Tottenham are without Richarlison and Dejan Kulusevski for tonight’s Champions League decider.

Suffering with calf and hamstring injuries, respectively, the two forward once again miss out for Spurs. Cristian Romero will also sit out the visit to the south of France, missing a third game in four as he continues to struggle with muscle fatigue.

Davinson Sanchez is likely to deputise on the right of the back three, with Eric Dier expected to return to the middle centre-half role after being rested in Saturday’s 3-2 win over Bournemouth.

Predicted Tottenham XI (3-4-3): Lloris; Sanchez, Dier, Lenglet; Doherty, Bentancur, Bissouma, Hojbjerg, Perisic; Son, Kane.

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Marseille team news

17:45 , Matt Verri

Eric Bailly should return from injury for the hosts, but Papa Gueye did not train before the match.

There are a whole host of former Arsenal players looking to be the hero against Spurs - Alexis Sanchez, Matteo Guendouzi, Nuno Tavares and Sead Kolasinac could all be involved.

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How to watch Marseille vs Tottenham

17:37 , Matt Verri

TV channel: In the UK, the match will be televised live on BT Sport 2, with coverage beginning at 7pm.

Live stream: BT Sport subscribers will also be able to watch the action online via the BT Sport website or app.

Live blog: You can follow all the action right here, with Dan Kilpatrick providing expert analysis from the ground.

Good evening!

17:30 , Matt Verri

Hello and welcome to Standard Sport’s LIVE coverage of Marseille vs Tottenham!

It’s an absolutely huge night of Champions League football, with the final round of Group D fixtures set to decide everything.

Spurs are top as it stands, but Marseille in fourth are only two points behind. A win or a draw and Tottenham will be in the last 16, defeat and it’s Europa League football in the New Year. No pressure.

We’ll have all the latest updates, build-up and team news ahead of kick-off, which comes at 8pm GMT from the Stade Velodrome.

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