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Full-time: Tottenham Hotspur 0-1 Bayer Leverkusen

  • Kevin Kampl gives the Germans the win, scoring from close range after a shot deflected into his path.
  • Dier hit the bar for Spurs in the closing stages, but the Londonders fell well short of expectations.
  • FC Copenhagen 0-0 Leicester City.
Kevin Kampl
Kevin Kampl celebrating his goal Getty Images

Full-time: Tottenham 0-1 Bayer Leverkusen

All over and Spurs can have no complaints. Mauricio Pochettino's men were second best and are now facing a real fight to qualify for the next round.

Until next time, folks...

Five minutes added. Still time for Spurs to find an equaliser.

Georges-Kevin Nkoudou
Georges-Kevin Nkoudou looks to find an equaliser Getty Images

It's 0-0 in Copenhagen, while another Spurs attack has come to nothing - and time is running out in both games.

Kyle Walker
Kyle Walker makes a run forwards Getty Images

Spurs are starting to find a little bit of momentum here. On this occasion, Ben Davies goes on an adventurous run forwards, but his strike goes just the wrong side of the post from his viewpoint.

Kevin Kampl
Kevin Kampl scored from close range Getty Images

Eric Dier - who has had a terrible evening, to be frank - smashes a free-kick against the bar!

The goalkeeper was beaten and the rebound was cleared from danger when Janssen seemed certain to poke the ball home.

Eric Dier strikes the bar
Eric Dier strikes the bar Getty Images

A decent number of fans are already leaving Wembley, by the way. Seems a bit premature to me.

Mauricio Pochettino watches on
Mauricio Pochettino watches on Getty Images

Spurs insist on trying to play their way out of defence, but they're getting themselves in a right old muddle. So many of their problems have been self-inflicted this evening.

Moussa Sissoko
Moussa Sissoko on the ball Getty Images

Son is replaced by N'Koudou. That's the last of Spurs' three changes and unless things change, they are looking at another bleak night at Wembley.

I've got to say, they have fallen woefully short of their own standards this evening. And it appears the pressure of Champions League football has got to this young, but inexperienced side.

The crowd are starting to voice their frustrations, too.

Kevin Kampl
Kevin Kampl celebrating his goal Getty Images

Spurs' response is immediate. Harry Winks comes on for Eriksen.

Brandt off, Calhanoglu on for Bayer.

Dele Alli
Dele Alli shows his frustration Getty Images

GOAL: Tottenham 0-1 Bayer Leverkusen

The Germans hit the front at Wembley!

A series of one-touch passes on the edge of the box end with a right-footed shot from distance that deflects into the path of Kampl, who slots in from close range.

Kyle Walker has had enough of this, clearly, and so he goes flying up the right side, beating one, two, three defenders before firing his shots just wide of the upright. It's getting better bit by bit for Spurs.

Having said that, Eric Dier misplaces a pass and is lucky that Hernandez is not able to find a way past Lloris, who gets to the ball on the second attempt.

Spurs launch a quick counter, going from one end of the field to the other - but the move ends with Janssen failing to wriggle clear of his marker and his scuffed shot sails over the bar.

Christian Eriksen
Christian Eriksen Getty Images

A reminder of who is on the Spurs bench: Vorm, Carter-Vickers, Rose, Winks, Onomah, Nkoudou

Do they have a game-changer in their ranks?

Mauricio Pochettino on the touchline
Mauricio Pochettino on the touchline Getty Images

The Spurs fans are trying to get their team going and to their credit, the Londoners have started on the front foot. I imagine there were a few stern words said at the interval.

Son Heung-Min
Son Heung-Min wins the ball in the air Getty Images

Ah, we've already had more action in the first two minutes of this half than in the entirety of the first! Dele Alli dribbles into the box and goes down under pressure. A penalty for Spurs? No, the ref is not interested.

Moments later, Eriksen's low, right-footed effort drifts agonisingly past the far post. That was MUCH, MUCH better, though.

Dele Alli
Dele Alli goes down Getty Images

Back under way at Wembley. There are a whopping 85,512 people inside the stadium tonight, by the way.

Half-time: Tottenham 0-0 Bayer Leverkusen

It can only get better in the second half. That's the best way to look at it. Back for more soon.

The Champions League is Europe's premier club competition - but this game hasn't matched that billing so far.

And yet as I say that, Kyle Walker gives the ball away on the edge of his own box, before Javier Hernandez's goal-bound effort is deflected wide of the post. That's as close was we've come to a goal.

Not a great half of football, this. I wonder whether Maurcio Pochettino is already considering another shake-up at the break.

Christian Eriksen
Christian Eriksen on the ball Getty Images

How did the Dembele change alter Spurs' shape? Well, from what I can tell, Son has moved to the left and Eriksen into the centre, with Janssen playing up top. That all means Dele Alli has moved a little deeper.

Tottenham are currently in the midst of their best spell of the half, although that's hardly a bold statement.

Eric Dier
Eric Dier wins the ball for Spurs Getty Images

Eriksen gives the crowd something to cheer, making a break through the centre before smashing his effort straight at the goalkeeper. The first real sign of encouragement from Spurs, that.

Roger Schmidt
Roger Schmidt watches the game Getty Images

Monaco have gone two goals up against CSKA Moscow in Spurs' group. Remember, the Ligue 1 side beat the Londoners at Wembley earlier this season.

Mousa Dembele
Mousa Dembele shortly before being subbed Getty Images

Dembele has picked up and injury and Spurs need to make a change. It looks like Vincent Janssen will be the man coming on, which is likely to mean Alli or Eriksen will have to switch position.

Dembele commits a professional foul and is lucky to escape a booking. There are already a few groans audible around Wembley, suggesting the Spurs fans are not especially impressed by what they're seeing.

The north London side have not found any fluency so far and are giving the ball away all too easily.

Dele Alli
Dele Alli shows his frustration Getty Images

Oh, a rare attack for Spurs leads to Sissoko's cross being dropped by the keeper. His fumbled effort falls to safety, though, and Bayer - who have barely been troubled so far - are able to easily clear.

As an aside, I must say that the Wembley pitch is looking a bit worse for wear this season. Perhaps that is linked to the recent NFL game here...?

Javier Hernandez
Javier Hernandez tries to create something for Bayer Getty Images

Monaco have taken the lead against CSKA, and Dortmund lead Sporting 1-0. But perhaps more interestingly...

Not a whole lot to report, to be honest. Spurs are a bit limp in this opening quarter. Bayer are at least offering a lot of huff and puff, if not much else besides.

Dele Alli on the ball for Spurs
Dele Alli on the ball for Spurs Getty Images

Back at Wembley, meanwhile, and Spurs are still playing without any real conviction. It's as though they're hoping something will happen for them, rather than trying to make it happen.

The scene inside Wembley
The scene inside Wembley Getty Images

Real Madrid and Gareth Bale have got the first goal of the evening. It was some goal, too, with the Welshman bashing the ball in on the bounce from a full 25 yards.

As a reminder, we'll bring you the full-time and half-time scores from around Europe.

Gareth Bale celebrates his goal
Gareth Bale celebrates his goal Getty Images

Kyle Walker makes a rare foray forward, but the fullback could not get his head up to pick out a teammate. That's better from Spurs, though, because at least there is a positive intent.

You sense the crowd are waiting for something to get them going.

Spurs defender Eric Dier
Spurs defender Eric Dier Getty Images

Tottenham have barely had a kick in the opposition half, to be honest. Bayer really have come out with an aggressive mindset.

Mauricio Pochettino (left) on the touchline
Mauricio Pochettino (left) on the touchline Getty Images

Tottenham look nervy in these first few minutes, giving the ball away in stupid areas of the field. The Wembley effect or merely getting their bearings? We're about to find out, I guess.

Moussa Sissoko tries to win the ball
Moussa Sissoko tries to win the ball Getty Images

Spurs are creating one or two of their own problems in the early stages, trying to play out from the back and taking one or two risks too many. Anyway, they survive a couple of minor scares.

Son gets the game under way
Son gets the game under way Getty Images

A final prayer for Javier Hernandez, the handshakes are done... and we're under way at Wembley.

There are plenty of German fans at Wembley this evening, no doubt keen for their side to record a victory at the traditional home of English football.

This is, of course, where Germany won Euro '96 - although the stadium looked a little different back then.

Bayer fans at Wembley
Bayer fans at Wembley Getty Images

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has issued a warning to Tottenham Hotspur ahead of the game...

"Spurs will have to watch out for my former Manchester United team-mate Javier Hernandez because he is a potent striker who takes his chances," he said.

"I still can't believe that he joined Leverkusen from Manchester United for just £7.3m last year. When you look at the market today, it was an unbelievable bit of business by Bayer Leverkusen."

Javier Hernández
Javier Hernández has re-established himself at Bayer Getty Images

The crowd is building up nicely and the players are busily going through their last-minute preparations. The Tottenham guys will be under no illusions as to how big this match is.

Nothing can be decided tonight, but a defeat could create big problems for Mauricio Pochettino's men.

Tottenham go through their pre-match warm-up
Tottenham go through their pre-match warm-up Getty Images

With less than 30 minutes to go, here's a brief reminder of the permutations for Leicester City:

  • A win will guarantee Leicester's place in the last 16.
  • A win could also see the Foxes win the group, provided Porto do not beat Club Brugge.
  • A draw will also secure qualification tonight IF Porto lose or draw.
Leicester enjoyed another great night
Leicester have enjoyed their European adventure so far Getty Images

Elsewhere in Europe tonight, Gianluigi Buffon is making his 100th appearance in the Champions League, with Juventus playing Lyon.

Ronaldo Real Madrid Buffon Juventus
Gianluigi Buffon is a legend of Italian football Reuters

Manchester City and Arsenal both enjoyed successful evenings yesterday - and Spurs and Leicester will fancy their chances of following suit tonight.

In recent years, it's felt like English sides have regressed somewhat on the European front. However, there's a very strong chance that all four teams will progress into the round-of-16 stage, which would be an impressive feat.

Much has been made of Spurs playing in the rather unfamiliar surroundings of Wembley Stadium for their Champions League games. There's no doubt they failed to excel during defeat to Monaco earlier in the campaign.

How will they fare tonight? Well, given the state of their Champions League group, they need to produce a result of some description, because defeat could prove fatal to their longer term hopes.

We're back! #SpursAtWembley #COYS

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Breaking team news

We've got the team news from the beautiful city of Copenhagen, too. Musa and Vardy (and Mahrez) will provide the main goal threat for the Foxes, who are enjoying a Champions League campaign to remember.

Leicester City: Schmeichel, Hernández, Huth, Morgan, Fuchs, Drinkwater, Amartey, Musa, Schlupp, Mahrez, Vardy

Subs: King, Albrighton, Simpson, Okazaki, Zieler, Gray, Ulloa

A Leicester City fan in Copenhagen
A Leicester City fan in Copenhagen Getty Images

It's interesting that on this big night for Spurs, Mauricio Pochettino has shunned the chance to play Janssen in the continued absence of Harry Kane. Despite what he's been saying, there's no denying that the powerful striker has failed to match expectations so far.

There's also no hint that Pochettino has his eyes on the north London derby at the weekend. He knows this is a must-win game for his side, given how congested Group E is at the moment.

Breaking team news

Here comes the team news from Wembley, where Son leads the line for Spurs, in what looks like an attack-minded side.

Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Dier, Vertonghen, Davies, Wanyama, Dembele, Sissoko, Eriksen, Dele, Son

Subs: Vorm, Carter-Vickers, Rose, Winks, Onomah, Nkoudou, Janssen

As a reminder, we're expecting the team news to drop at around 6.45pm.

Ahead of the game, we learned that Harry Kane will miss Tottenham Hotspur's Champions League clash with Bayer Leverkusen and is not guaranteed to feature in the first north London derby of the season against Arsenal on Sunday (6 November).

The England international has not featured in a competitive fixture since mid-September, when he damaged ankle ligaments in a 1-0 Premier League victory over Sunderland.

"He [Kane] won't be ready for tomorrow night," manager Mauricio Pochettino told reporters at his pre-match press conference. "Sunday, maybe. We need to assess. Kane and Alderweireld had a special session today. We hope Harry will be back in full training on Thursday."

Pre-match thoughts

Roger Schmidt: "We're really looking forward to playing here at this very special venue. Wembley is truly a highlight. Obviously it's an important game and it's down to us to show what we can do on the pitch. We want to perform to our best and if we perform as we can then we have a very good chance.

"We know from the first game how tough Tottenham are, but we showed in the second half that we can cause them problems. We'll be looking to do the same again here. We know that Tottenham are outstanding in the transition. But so are we."

Wembley Stadium
Wembley hosted Spurs vs Monaco earlier this season Getty Images

Pre-match thoughts

Mauricio Pochettino: "We need to be clever now, to play with intensity from the first moment of the game. [Wembley] needs to inspire us: 90,000 people that support you and are behind you must be a big problem for our opponents. It's important for us because we understand that this game will be key.

"We understand that Leverkusen are a very good team. It'll be tough but we are conscious that we need to take the three points if we want to go to the next round."

Mauricio Pochettino
Mauricio Pochettino's side are hoping to win under the Wembley arch this evening Getty Images


Bayer Leverkusen have won just one of their last five games, and are currently in 10th place in the Bundesliga. The German club were unlucky not to take all three points when the two teams faced each other at the Bayer Arena on match day three.

Javier Hernandez is the key player for Leverkusen, and the former Manchester United striker will need to be at the top of his game if they are to get anything from their trip to Wembley.

Javier Hernandez
Former Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez has been a prolific scorer for Bayer Leverkusen Clive Rose/Getty Images


Tottenham trail Monaco by one point in the Group E standings and even through progression to the knockout phase will be their main priority, topping the group will also be high on the list to get a more favourable draw in the last 16.

Mauricio Pochettino's side have lost just once in the last five games in all competitions, but are struggling to win games having drawn four of the others.

The Argentine manager will again be without striker Harry Kane, who only returned to training this week after recovering from an ankle injury. Toby Alderweireld, meanwhile, is also absent due to a knee injury.

Good evening and welcome to IBTimes UK's live coverage of Tottenham vs Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League.

Our focus will, of course, mainly be on Wembley Stadium this evening, but we'll also keep you up-to-date with scores from elsewhere, including how Leicester City get on.

We'll bring you plenty of pre-match build up and team news soon...

Atmosphere building nicely outside Wembley! #THFC #COYS #SpursAtWembley

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