Tottenham weather storm in hostile environment
Lazio 0 Tottenham 0:Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris-inspired draw at the Stadio Olimpico last night means they are one step closer to the knockout stages.
At the end of a troubled 24 hours for the visiting fans, Lazio fans chanted “Juden Tottenham” in an apparent anti-Semitic jibe. One Tottenham fan was in hospital after being stabbed in the skull and thigh during an attack on a city bar in the early hours of yesterday.
Former Lazio and Spurs player Paul Gascoigne was guest of honour for a dull tie.
Libor Kozak missed a hatful of chances for the hosts, but Lloris was equally important in keeping Lazio at bay, denying Kozak twice in the first half.
Panathinaikos’ win over Maribor means Tottenham only have to draw their final game at home to the Greeks next month to qualify.
Spurs should have been 1-0 up after four minutes when Gareth Bale rounded Federico Marchetti but the linesman incorrectly ruled the goal offside.
The home crowd inside the half-empty stadium were brought to the edge of their seats in the 18th minute. Lloris misjudged Cristian Ledesma’s shot, which he palmed on to the bar. The former Lyon man made amends by getting to his feet and forcing Alvaro Gonzalez wide with the follow-up.
Lloris stopped Spurs going behind again moments later when he saved Kozak’s shot with his out-stretched leg.
Spurs were sloppy in possession and had Kozak to thank for his awful finishing when he dragged his shot wide. Five minutes later the striker shot straight at Lloris, who cleared off the line with six minutes to go from Michael Ciani.