Tottenham need another Champions League escape act to reach the quarterfinals after Timo Werner‘s penalty earned RB Leipzig a deserved 1-0 last 16, first leg win in London.
Spurs, now stripped of long-term injury victim Son Heung-min with a broken arm as well as Harry Kane, were beaten more convincingly than the scoreline suggests as the side lying second in the Bundesliga demonstrated their growing stature.
And it was only a masterclass from goalkeeper Hugo Lloris that gives Spurs hope for the second leg in Germany, keeping Leipzig at bay with a string of outstanding saves before he was beaten by Werner’s 58th-minute penalty.
Lloris turned Angelino‘s shot on to the post and saved from Werner inside the first minute, later denying the striker once more from point-blank range.
He was powerless to stop Werner’s drilled spot-kick after Ben Davies fouled Konrad Laimer but kept Spurs in it with a crucial block from Patrik Schick.
Spurs finally forged chances of their own after the break, with Leipzig keeper Peter Gulacsi turning Giovani Lo Celso‘s free-kick on to the post and Lucas Moura heading over from close range – but it is advantage to Julian Nagelsmann‘s team.