Point leaves Spurs second in Group D, two points behind Sporting
Both sides profligate in front of goal
A point away from home is perhaps a sign of progress for Tottenham Hotspur, given their previous defeats on the road, yet this was still another night of frustration and annoyance for Antonio Conte. The Italian was an image of frustration before the game and he was similarly irritated during it, as his players wasted a series of chances in Germany.
It remains the case that Spurs have won just once away from home this season, against Nottingham Forest. There have been some tough tests outside of north London, including this meeting with Europa League winners Eintracht Frankfurt, and they are currently struggling to pass these examinations.
Still, their Champions League fate remains in their own hands. A draw is by no means fatal, with Spurs second in their group. It certainly felt like another missed opportunity, however, and the questions over their creativity and midfield control will not yet go away.
Conte can at least argue that they forged enough goalscoring chances on this occasion, unlike in this weekend’s derby loss to Arsenal. Harry Kane and Son Heung-min, usually so deadly, arrived in Frankfurt with malfunctioning radars. Son, in particular, was worryingly careless at the crucial moments in the final third.
By the end of the night, the game had become like many others this season for Spurs: they are dangerous in flashes, but rarely totally dominant. Maybe they will not need to be dominant to achieve their goals this season, but if not then they will definitely need their forwards to be ruthless. Here, as against Arsenal, they were not.
“We created chances to score but if I have to find a situation that we need to improve, for sure we need to be more clinical,” said Conte. “Football is simple, to win you have to score.”
The Italian said afterwards that he was relatively pleased, overall, with the improved performance. But his demeanour throughout the match suggested otherwise and the away form is gradually becoming an issue, especially with a difficult trip to Brighton to come on Saturday.
“The performance gave me confidence,” said Conte. “We coped with a difficult atmosphere to play here in the right way. It is important for us to understand that playing at home or away, it has to be the same way. The personality when you play away has to be stronger.”
Conte is not the most willing recipient of criticism and, before this match, he had bristled at suggestions that his Spurs side can be a little too defensive. A defeat in the north London derby inevitably leads to all sorts of awkward questions, though, and the Italian is wise enough to know that this is a time to take the punches on the chin.
Was it with the derby fallout in mind that he selected the same team that crumbled at the Emirates? To change the side, perhaps, could have been seen as an admission of an error on his own part. Instead he chose to give the same lineup another chance to execute the game-plan, having failed to do so at the weekend.
The unchanged side meant another start for Emerson Royal, the villain of the derby following his red card. Redemption was clearly on the mind of the Brazilian, who almost scored with a spectacular volleyed effort early on. The chance came from a bullet of a pass by Eric Dier, whose distribution created an attack out of nothing.
They do football properly in these parts and Frankfurt is a tough place for any team to visit. West Ham United learned as much last season, when they lost here in the Europa League semi-final, and Spurs were forced to deal with a few spells of considerable pressure.
At the other end the attacks were hardly flowing, but there were still opportunities. There always will be when Kane, Son and Richarlison are in attack. The three forwards produced a wonderfully incisive few seconds, in which Richarlison and Son combined before the South Korean tried to find Kane in the box. If the cross had been aimed at Kane’s feet or head, rather than his waist, it would have been a simple tap-in.
Kane and Son also fired wide in the first half and the wastefulness continued after the break, when Son shot wildly off target and Kane was denied by Evan N’Dicka’s block.
Frankfurt were never cowed, and they continued to cause problems for the Spurs defence. Hugo Lloris was required to make a low save from Ansgar Knauff’s volley, before Jesper Lindstrom smashed a shot over the bar.
The tension began to rise as the match remained on an edge. When Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg misplaced a forward pass, Conte repeatedly slapped his own thighs in anxious irritation.
The ongoing absences of the injured Dejan Kulusevski and Lucas Moura are not helping the Spurs cause, and Conte’s lack of attacking options on the bench was troubling. Bryan Gil came on but looked lightweight, and Spurs soon ran out of ideas. They are still not sparking as they should and, until they do, the uncomfortable questions will continue to be asked.
Eintracht Frankfurt 0 Tottenham 0: as it happened
Full time Eintracht Frankfurt 0 Tottenham 0
Lots of chances, far more creativity than last weekend in a very tasty atmosphere, but they lacked sharpness with the final ball and finishing was far from clinical. I think they were the better of the two sides but also looked vulnerable at times and Lindstrom really should have scored, too.
90+3 min Eintracht Frankfurt 0 Tottenham 0
A draw will have to do, giving both sides a point more than Marseille, two behind Sporting.
90+1 min Eintracht Frankfurt 0 Tottenham 0
Sessegnon makes a crucial tackle to mug Ebimbe and Hojbjerg snaps on to the ball, spins to lose Jakic and then pushes a pass into Kane's feet and keeps going, screaming for the return as he sprints down the left. But Kane makes a complete horlicks of a simple return pass an Tuta picks it off.
90 min Eintracht Frankfurt 0 Tottenham 0
Gil is fouled after some power and trickery up the left touchline. Three minutes of stoppage time go up on the board.
89 min Eintracht Frankfurt 0 Tottenham 0
Eintracht corner on the right, defended at the edge of the area and Spurs force Frankfurt back to halfway. Hasebe tries a diagonal chip back into the box but overcooks it and it skips out for a goalkick.
88 min Eintracht Frankfurt 0 Tottenham 0
Eric-Junior Dina Ebimbe, on loan from PSG, replaces Jesper Lindstrom.
87 min Eintracht Frankfurt 0 Tottenham 0
Kane is booked for shoving Hasebe on the floor after the two tangled, arms all over each other as the great Japan defender held him off. Glenn Hoddle, who has reverted to diehard Spurs fan, all 'Harry' and 'Sonny', isn't impressed with the yellow card.
85 min Eintracht Frankfurt 0 Tottenham 0
Sessegnon gets in down the left but just plinks the cross through the six-yard box rather than whipping it. Son, closely tracked, slides in and knocks it behind, unable to open his body. One of his trackers crashes into Trapp who needs treatment.
83 min Eintracht Frankfurt 0 Tottenham 0
N'Dicka steps in to rob Kane after a sloppy pass from Tuta was picked off by Son.
81 min Eintracht Frankfurt 0 Tottenham 0
Kane juggles the ball, spins and hits a dipping volley from 25 yards that hits Hasebe as he stooped to block and the ball loops safely down Trapp's throat.
79 min Eintracht Frankfurt 0 Tottenham 0
Double Spurs substitution: Bryan Gil comes on for Richarlison; Davies for Lenglet.
Eintracht want a penalty when Knauff, cutting in from the right on to a loose ball, lets fly with his left into Hojbjerg and out for a corner. He was too close to get out of the way and his arm was by his side. The referee and VAR agree that it was perfectly legal.
78 min Eintracht Frankfurt 0 Tottenham 0
Lenglet wraps his arms around Kamada's chest to stop him bombing past him and somehow escapes a yellow card, which would have been a second in three minutes.
76 min Eintracht Frankfurt 0 Tottenham 0
Hasebe shackles Kane again, eyes on the ball to nip it away as Kane shimmied, trying to make the best of Richarlison's poorly hit pass.
74 min Eintracht Frankfurt 0 Tottenham 0
Fear of losing seems to have overtaken ambition to win. Lenglet is booked for pulling back Lindstrom after the Denmark winger had rolled him out by the dugouts.
70 min Eintracht Frankfurt 0 Tottenham 0
Sessegnon replaces Perisic for Tottenham. Pellegrini comes on for Rode.
69 min Eintracht Frankfurt 0 Tottenham 0
Hojbjerg sends Richarlison down the right and he absolutely belts over a low cross that had so much pace on it as it carromed through the six-yard box that it gave Perisic no chance of reaching it despite getting on his motorbike.
67 min Eintracht Frankfurt 0 Tottenham 0
Perisic, who has been up and down the left all night, wastes all that endeavour with a poor touch in the Eintracht Frankfurt box after a lung-bursting spurt.
65 min Eintracht Frankfurt 0 Tottenham 0
Eintracht resume probing 30 yards out until Rode chips it up the right for Lindstrom. Perisic tracks the run and heads it away from danger.
63 min Eintracht Frankfurt 0 Tottenham 0
End to end now as the match becomes ever more frantic. Hasebe, all 38 years of him, uses that nous to hold off Kane and Richardson to repel Perisic's cross.
61 min Eintracht Frankfurt 0 Tottenham 0
Romero passes back blindly to the edge of his own area. Rode pounces and as Dier closes in quickly the shifts the ball out to Lindstrom on the right of the D and he curls a right-footer aiming for the top left that whistles over the bar.
58 min Eintracht Frankfurt 0 Tottenham 0
Eintracht Frankfurt probe around the last third, perhaps erring on the side of prettiness with on two many passes as they try to tiki-taka there way past Romero and Dier. Some short threaded passes from Kamada and Lindstrom until it breaks back out for Kamada whose shot hits Dier and balloons harmlessly.
55 min Eintracht Frankfurt 0 Tottenham 0
Son whips another shot with his right from inside the box wide. Richarlison set that up for him by picking the dawdling Tuta's pocket.
First substitution: Borre, last season's top-scorer, is on for Kolo Muani.
54 min Eintracht Frankfurt 0 Tottenham 0
N'Dicka at his very best to get back and block Kane's shot, keeping it just the right side of the goal-line after the England captain was set up to shoot by Perisic who had been sent on his way down the left by Son
52 min Eintracht Frankfurt 0 Tottenham 0
Now Kamada has a shooting opportunity on the right after more intelligent work from Sow and Lindstrom but it drifts over.
50 min Eintracht Frankfurt 0 Tottenham 0
Good chance for Eintracht Frankfurt. Sow, 25 yards out, puts his toes under the ball to scoop it over the 18-yard line. Knauff times his run from the inside-left perfectly to flood behind Emerson and Romero to shoot but hooks it too close to Lloris who makes the save from 12 yards or so down to his right.
48 min Eintracht Frankfurt 0 Tottenham 0
Knauff holds off Emerson who was trying to hound him back up the pitch but he spun away and rolled the ball back to Tuta.
46 min Eintracht Frankfurt 0 Tottenham 0
Weak header from Dier gives the ball to Lindstrom on the left. Frankfurt work the ball back across the area to Rode whose shot hits Perisic and balloons over. There's a foul at the corner and Spurs can re-start with a free-kick.
Half-time: Eintracht Frankfurt 0 Tottenham 0
Plenty of chances for Tottenham. More poise with the final pass and more precision with the finish and they would be home and dry by know. Apart from that spell of Eintracht Frankfurt corners, Tottenham have masked their vulnerabilities pretty well but Kamada and Lindstrom ooze quality and need to be watched.
Sam Dean in Frankfurt reports:
Spurs had their chances in that first half, even if it wasn't the most flowing or controlled performance. All in all, it felt in keeping with the majority of their season so far: slightly clunky in build-up, but suddenly explosive when the ball reaches the front three. With Kane, Son and Richarlison in attack, Spurs don't need to be playing particularly well to look dangerous.
45+2 min Eintracht Frankfurt 0 Tottenham 0
Richarlison wants a penalty, appealing for it while being excoriated by Hasebe and Tuta who slid across to stop him shooting from the right of the box. VAR takes a look but backs the referee's decision that it was a clean(ish) tackle, making contact with him only after he let fly. Perisic wants a penalty for a handball from his cross but the Frankfurt player was taking evasive action.
45 min Eintracht Frankfurt 0 Tottenham 0
Hojbjerg is booked for catching Kolo Muani. It was a brush of the fingers rather than the vicious scratch Kolo Muani made it out to be. The referee may have been conned there.
43 min Eintracht Frankfurt 0 Tottenham 0
Emerson feeds Richarlison down the line then cuts inside to take the dinked return. He carries on his run into the box and sweeps a pass behind Kane and Son but Perisic is there, takes a touch then spears a shot towards the bottom right corner that bobbles wide. Son could have applied the coup de grace but I think he knew he was offside so stayed on his heels, hoping it would spin in.
40 min Eintracht Frankfurt 0 Tottenham 0
Fantastic, slick movement and passing between Kane and Son puts Son through on the 18-yard line. He wraps his right foot around the shot but gets it all wrong, hammering it wide of the right post. Again, he was trying to whip it but there was no parabola, no swerve, no dip. It smashed into the hoardings, gun barrel straight.
38 min Eintracht Frankfurt 0 Tottenham 0
N'Dicka denies Kane again on the left of the box when Son's pass up to the partner was pushed too far ahead of him. Eintracht break quickly up the right but Lloris races out to clear.
Back it comes, Rode has a dig from distance and Lloris gobbles it up.
35 min Eintracht Frankfurt 0 Tottenham 0
Kolo Muani hits the deck after tussling pretty tamely with Perisic. The referee wisely gives only the throw-in but gives the Eintracht Frankfurt centre-forward a moment to get up if he'd been winded by the fall.
33 min Eintracht Frankfurt 0 Tottenham 0
Son sends Perisic down the left and he tries to stand up a cross to Kane but N'Dicka gets there first. A bit more precision with the crosses and Kane would have had a couple.
31 min Eintracht Frankfurt 0 Tottenham 0
Tottenham attack down the left and then switch it back. The crossfield diagonal, from left to right, keeps catching Knauff out. Emerson is almost the playmaker tonight. Now, there's a turn up.
29 min Eintracht Frankfurt 0 Tottenham 0
Emerson is twice the player he appeared on Saturday and dribbles past two on the right before being fouled but the referee waves play on and Son sets up Kane by the D to shoot. The England captain wraps his instep around a right foot shot and draws it wide of the left post with just too much whip.
26 min Eintracht Frankfurt 0 Tottenham 0
Clever move from Spurs down the right. Emerson fires a pass across to Son who steps over it and leaves it for Richarlison who stuns it and rolls it round the corner for Son's run. He whips over a cross through the six-yard box that eludes Kane by about six inches as he threw himself towards it, landing on his knee which seemed to stick in the turf. But he looks fine.
23 min Eintracht Frankfurt 0 Tottenham 0
Kamada jogs across to take the corner and they work a slick, handsome routine, cutting the ball back to the edge of the area. Sow, cutely, dummies it instead of meeting it like Paul Scholes, leaving it for Lindsrom to shoot but it catches Rode by as much surprise as Spurs and clatters into the captain and out for a goalkick. Spurs are reeling at set-pieces.
20 min Eintracht Frankfurt 0 Tottenham 0
Tottenham flap at the first corner which arcs beyond the back post. Kolo Muani, running backwards, heads it from a tight angle and Lloris claws it behind for another corner.
18 min Eintracht Frankfurt 0 Tottenham 0
Frankfurt open up the right of Spurs' defence like a tin of beans, Knauff running down the wing then combining with Kamada to work it across the 18-yard line. Spurs defenders throw themselves in the way to try to stop the shot and Frankfurt just shift it further along until Rode takes on the shot and hits it with his instep, Lenglet diverting it behind for a corner.
15 min Eintracht Frankfurt 0 Tottenham 0
Richarlison pushes the ball an inch or two too far ahead of himself. Sow pounces and is about to stride away when Richarlison catches him and rolls around on the grass as if he was the player fouled and not vice versa. From the free-kick Eintracht move it down the inside-right for Lindstrom but Lenglet and Perisic squeeze him out.
13 min Eintracht Frankfurt 0 Tottenham 0
Would have been quite the injustice had Spurs scored from a free-kick they should never have had the opportunity to earn because Lenglet should have been penalised for studding Lindstrom three passes earlier. Nonetheless Son swings it in from the right, bending it towards the byline. Romero runs round the back and should bury it with his head but can't make the connection and only distracts Kane who was following in behind him. The ball shot past him as he thought Romero couldn't miss.
11 min Eintracht Frankfurt 0 Tottenham 0
The atmosphere is sensational, the home fans making a racket, especially when Lenglet seems to go in hard on Lindstrom and he needs an extended spell of treatment. The referee didn't give the foul but it looked a bad tackle. Indeed his sock is shredded.
8 min Eintracht Frankfurt 0 Tottenham 0
Dier tries the long diagonal again and Emerson takes it back to goal and turns back inside. It's clearly the out-ball for the spare man at the back whenever he's to the left of the D.
6 min Eintracht Frankfurt 0 Tottenham 0
Most of the game so far is pinned over on Tottenham's left. Jakic and Linstrom are combining to push Tottenham back when Son attacks.
Spurs win the ball back, move it back to Dier who sprays a 65-yard diagonal picking out Emerson's run. He decides to take on the volley on the run from 20 yards and meets it sweetly but slices it over the bar. Would have been a 'worldie' but needed impeccable technique and luck to convert. Kane may have scored it on 2/10 attempts.
4 min Eintracht Frankfurt 0 Tottenham 0
Cristian Romero is pushing out into midfield to try to stop Kamada enjoying any time on the ball. Glenn Hoddle fears this will leave gaps at the back because Kamada is such a clever passer.
3 min Eintracht Frankfurt 0 Tottenham 0
Dier takes a knock on the knee after a heavy fall sustained when racing back to tackle Kolo Muani who had been put down the inside-right channel. He got his leg across to stop his advance but lost his balance and hit the ground hard. Seems OK.
1 min Eintracht Frankfurt 0 Tottenham 0
Spurs all in white kick-off, attacking from left to right, and probe up the left but lose momentum when Rode snaps into Perisic.
A moment' silence precedes kick-off
In tribute to those who died in the Indonesia stadium tragedy.
Marseille's 4-1 victory over Sporting
Has blown the doors off the group. Eintracht, Marseille and Spurs all have three points, Sporting six.
Out come the teams
Les grandes équipes
Sam Dean reports from Frankfurt
It's always a good atmosphere in Frankfurt and the home fans are having a lovely old time at the moment, bouncing around and waving their flags. It was pretty hostile when West Ham came here last season and I expect it will be the same tonight ...
Interesting to note that Conte has picked the same team that lost to Arsenal this weekend. Read into that what you will, but here are some theories:
This is his best team. Simple.
He wants to show that it was individuals that let Spurs down against Arsenal, rather than his tactics. To change the side might be construed as an admission that he got things wrong at the Emirates.
) Sheer lack of options have prevented him from making changes. Dejan Kulusevski and Lucas Moura are out, while Yves Bissouma is still adapting to the Italian's style.
Plenty to ponder. Should be a good game.
Spurs are looking for more aggression in the counter-press, says Peter Crouch
Antonio Conte's pre-match chat
I decided to pick the same 11 players. I trust them. This is the best solution for us today. Every game it;s important to have a good performance and get a good result. it's important for the group and we have to play against Frankfurt again in one week. It's not decisive but it's important.
We have to do our best and see what can happen at the end of the game. Every game you can win, lose or draw. We're on a long road with a lot of games in a short period. We hope to be lucky, not [suffer] injuries, and the players who are not available tonight will recover soon.
Has Jermaine Jenas, Peter Crouch and Owen Hargreaves on studio duty and, remarkably, Jay-Jay Okocha, SGE legend, at pitchside. What a player!
Meanwhile, here's some Spurs fans with Frankfurt's eagle:
Eintracht Frankfurt's line-up
Trapp; Tuta, Hasebe, N’Dicka; Knauff, Rode, Sow, Jakic; Lindstrom, Kamada; Muani.
Substitutes Grahl, Ramaj, Smolcic, Alidou, Borre, Alario, Chandler, Lenz, Dina Ebimbe, Pellegrini.
Lloris; Romero, Dier, Lenglet; Royal, Bentancur, Hojbjerg, Perisic; Richarlison, Son; Kane.
Substitutes Forster, Austin, Sanchez, Davies, Spence, Doherty, Sessegnon, Skipp, White, Bissouma, Sarr, Bryan.
Tottenham team news
What happens after a defeat but 'Daddy knows best'? Yes ... he sends out the same XI.
And welcome to live coverage of Eintracht Frankfurt, the Europa League holders, and Tottenham Hotspur in the third round of Champions League Group D fixtures. Both sides have racked up victories over Marseille in the competition so far and defeats by Sporting and go into tonight's match looking to hang on to the Lisbon club's coat-tails in second place (or perhaps leapfrog them as they're 3-1 down at the Velodrome!)
The two have met in Europe once before, in the two-legged Cup Winners' Cup quarter-final won 3-2 by Spurs in 1981-82 by virtue of Glenn Hoddle's goal at the Waldstadion. Antonio Conte takes them into this fixture after addressing his critics yesterday who have accused him of an excess of caution and sending out teams with tactics and arrayed in a system that is inimical to 'audere est facere' and the club's most cherished traditions.
His defence of his ... er ... defensiveness is that 'Daddy knows best'. They should trust him to build the foundations of a winning mentality and that comes from taking as few risks at the back as possible. He is always fairly caustic when criticised and his record earns him the right to set Tottenham up in any way he pleases. To these eyes all it would take to stay as secure as possible at the back and address the shortcomings in midfield would be to tweak from 3-4-3 to 3-5-2 with Oliver Skipp or Yves Bissouma coming into midfield and, if fit, using Dejan Kulusevski as a right wing-back. But, of course, 'Daddy knows best'.
Eintracht Frankfurt have lost Filip Kostic from the side that did for West Ham and Rangers in the Europa League last season but have brought in a rare beats indeed, a man who has scored the winning goal in a World Cup final. Mario Gotze has suffered a lot over the past decade but it's wonderful to see him doing so well on his Bundesliga return, opening the scoring in the 2-0 victory over Union Berlin at the weekend that helped them up to sixth after their fourth win in five.
Lucas Moura and Ben Davies are missing from the Spurs squad. Eintracht Frankfurt have ruled ou Kristijan Jakic and Jerome Onguene.
Join us for the team news imminently.