Tottenham vs Marseille highlights as Richarlison seals Champions League win with 2 goals
The hosts, on the other hand, failed to get going in the first half, as Marseille controlled possession. The Ligue 1 squad used a strong press well to disturb Tottenham anytime they got the ball.
Richarlison made the breakthrough with a header from a Perisic cross after 76 minutes and doubled his, and his team’s, advantage with a second header just five minutes later.
But the game’s momentum transformed only two minutes into the second half when Mbemba was awarded a straight red card for taking down Son Heung-min as he raced through on goal.
This proved to be the difference between the two teams, as Tottenham won their first Champions League match.
Richy's Spurs account: open 🔓 pic.twitter.com/76O1CGjzLA
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Richarlison scored two goals on the end of two crosses to give Tottenham all three points. The Brazilian is a skilled player who also provides toughness in the penalty area. He fought for those headers (especially the second one) and for the victory.
Son is still waiting for his first goal of the season, and his performance in this game didn’t give him much hope that it will happen soon. The South Korean was sent a red card, which swung the game in Tottenham’s favor, although his decision-making was dubious in several instances.
Every Tottenham supporter recognizes Son’s talent, but the longer his slump continues, the more the anxiety over the 30-year-poor old’s form. Nonetheless, Spurs possessed enough attacking savviness to finish the job in the second half.
One has to wonder how the rest of the game would have played out if Marseille had kept all 11 players on the field. They had been the better team until Mbemba was sent off, and while they failed to convert their possession into scoring chances, Marseille were well set up.
Marseille are down to 10 men! 😱
The Ligue 1 team has won five of their six league games this season and will be optimistic about their prospects in Group D against Eintracht Frankfurt and Sporting CP. Igor Tudor’s squad demonstrated enough in this game to believe that they had a decent chance of entering the round of 16.