first_imgON the night Spurs paid tribute to their greatest striker, they saw how badly they need one.Tottenham celebrated Jimmy Greaves’ 80th birthday as Leipzig celebrated victory in this Champions League last 16 first leg tie.5 Timo Werner’s penalty handed RB Leipzig a 1-0 win over SpursCredit: AFPTimo Werner’s second half spot kick means last season’s beaten finalists have another mountain to climb if they are to reach the latter stages again this time.And without a striker they will have to climb it with effectively both hands behind their backs.Still it could have been worse. Much worse.One goal was scant reward for Leipzig’s dominance and with his main frontmen Harry Kane and Son Heung-min sidelined with long-term injuries, it is difficult to see how Spurs boss Jose Mourinho canturn this tie around in Germany in three weeks’ time.How Tottenham could do with a Greavesy right now.The Lilywhites’ legendary marksman netted 266 goals in 379 appearances in just over eight years for the club between December 1961 and March 1970.He also played for Chelsea and West Ham and his final total of 357 goals is more top-flight strikes than any other player.5 The Liverpool target netted to leave Spurs scrambling for a place in the quarter finalsCredit: EPAHis family attended the game last night – where Kane presented them with a gift before kick-off.Quite what the old master would have made of it is anybody’s guess.For Mourinho, his players and Tottenham it was worrying as their lack of cutting edge prevented them from getting a real foothold in the match.Still, at least Tottenham fans were treated to a new light-show inside the stadium before kick-off.It must be comforting for Spurs followers to know that while their club failed to land an out-and-out striker in the January, they did manage to sign an electrician.Furious Dele Alli Slams His Boots Down after being subbed off for Tottenham against RB LeipzigYou could not help but wonder if Spurs stars were dazzled by the bright lights as they made a trance-like start.And they were lucky not to fall behind as Leipzig created four excellent chances in the opening NINETY SECONDS.First, Czech striker Patrik Schick drilled a shot wide from the edge of the area.Then after Timo Werner had seen his close range effort cannon off Spurs defender Davinson Sanchez, former Manchester City loanee Angelino’s shot ricocheted off Hugo Lloris’ leg and onto the post – not that the Spurs keeper knew much about it.And when the Germans switched play to the other flank, Werner’s shot was smothered by Lloris at his near post.Shell shocked Spurs struggled to get out of their own half in the opening stages.5 Lucas Moura led the line but was unable to find a way throughCredit: AFPWhen they did finally manage to get into Leipzig’s box, Steven Bergwijn’s shot was parried by keeper Peter Gulasci, whose only first-team appearances in a previous five-year stint at Liverpool came on loan spells at Hereford, Tranmere and Hull.It proved to be only a brief respite as Leipzig went close again before the break when Schick headed wide from a corner and Werner had another shot saved by Lloris.The game was halted at the start of the second half when Leipzig fans threw toilet rolls onto the pitch.This was not in response to Tottenham’s first-half display – but a protest against rising ticket prices.Spurs then created their best chance of the night so far when Serge Aurier’s cross into the box was flicked towards goal by Lucas Moura.Gulacsi got down well to keep it out and unfortunately for Mourinho, Bergwijn skewed the rebound wide.Tottenham were looking stronger than they did before the break, but they fell behind when Ben Davies sent Konrad Laimer crashing to the ground as he tried to intercept Werner’s ball into the box.Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir pointed to spot and Werner netted the resulting penalty to give Leipzig the edge in the 57th minute.It was no more than the visitors deserved and they could have had a second moments later when Werner brilliantly dummied Angelino’s ball inside, but Schick’s shot was turned away by Lloris.5 The likes of Giovani Lo Celso were left frustratedCredit: Getty ImagesMost Read In SportTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battle’I ACCEPT’McGregor accepts Silva fight at UFC catchweight of 176lbs in huge super-fightTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedA CUT ABOVEMike Tyson shows two-inch cut ‘picked up in training’ ahead of boxing returnPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’Mourinho took action by subbing Gedson Fernandes and Dele Alli with Tanguy Ndombele and Erik Lamela.Dele looked far from happy as he stormed past his manager – who did not even glance at him – to the dugout where the player took his frustrations out on a water bottle and then one of his boots as he threw each to the ground in fury.Back on the pitch, Giovani Lo Celso was proving to be Tottenham’s biggest goal threat as he went close with a long-range shot and then a free kick, which Gulacsi did well to tip onto the post and away for a corner.5 Jose Mourinho knows his side must score at least once in GermanyCredit: Getty ImagesWhy are RB Leipzig players wearing different coloured sponsors on their shirts against Tottenham in Champions League?last_img read more

first_imgThe 2020 season in the Major League Soccer (MLS) will start this weekend with a special flavor. The highest football competition in North America turns 25 and will celebrate it with “extraordinary events, robust content, innovative programming, unique experiences and a commemorative shield”. Two new institutions, Inter Miami CF and Nashville SC, will join a tournament that will feature eight Spanish soccer players at their silver wedding: Pozuelo (Toronto), Bojan (Montreal), Rosell (Orlando), Carles Gil (NE Revolution), Fontàs and Ilie (Sporting KC) and newcomers Álvaro Medrán (Chicago Fire) and Miguel Berry (Columbus Crew).Medrán, whose signing for Chicago Fire became official at the end of 2019, landed at MLS in search of the regularity that it did not find in Spain. After passing through the Real Madrid quarry and wearing the shirts of Getafe, Valencia, Alavés and Rayo Vallecano, the Cordoba midfielder arrived in Chicago as express request of Veljko Paunovic. The Serbian, however, left the bench of the ‘Red Machine’ in November and Raphael Wicky was chosen as his substitute. It remains to be seen, therefore, if Álvaro Medrán is able to earn a position with the new technician. Miguel Berry’s story is also remarkable. The Columbus Crew forward, of a Cuban father and an American mother, was born in Barcelona but moved to San Diego when he was only eight years old. After going through college football, where he managed 38 goals and 16 assists in the last three seasons, was selected in the SuperDraft by Columbus Crew, with whom he finally signed a contract after an outstanding preseason. “His hard work did not go unnoticed by anyone. We are delighted that he officially joins Crew SC,” said Tim Bezbatchenko, president of the Ohio-based franchise.Medrán and Berry, 25 and 23 years old, respectively, have been the last Spanish players to reach a competition in which they will meet six other compatriots: Alejandro Pozuelo, who faces his second year in MLS after scoring 14 goals and giving 10 assists in the season of his debut with Toronto FC; Bojan Krkic, who will seek to continue increasing his record in North America after winning the Canadian Cup with Montreal Impact; Carles Gil (New England Revolution), winner of the ‘Newcomer of the Year’ last year; Oriol Rosell, midfielder from Orlando City; and Ilie Sánchez and Andreu Fontàs, who will continue wearing the Sporting Kansas City shirt.Spanish accent in the standsPozuelo, Bojan, Rosell, Gil, Fontàs, Ilie, Medrán and Berry will not be the only Spaniards to participate in the 25th edition of Major League Soccer. Álex Covelo will do it as the methodology director of San José Earthquakes, Albert Rudé will be the right hand of Diego Alonso in Inter Miami, Jorge García will be part of the Seattle Sounders group of analysts and Borja de Matías will do the same in Chicago Fire. In total, the Spanish accent will be present in 10 of the 26 teams of the MLS 2020.last_img read more