Christian Eriksen 9/10 off the bench, Moussa Sissoko 8/10 as Spurs nick Inter

LONDON -- Tottenham struck late again at Wembley to keep their Champions League hopes alive, with substitute Christian Eriksen firing the North Londoners to a 1-0 victory over Inter Milan at Wembley.

Spurs, who had grabbed an 89th-minute winner against PSV Eindhoven in their previous European match, needed to beat their Italian visitors to stand any chance of qualifying from Group B -- and Eriksen delivered the decisive goal in the 80th minute.

Tottenham have now moved ahead of Inter in the table, having scored more away goals in their head-to-head meetings, so Mauricio Pochettino's side will have their fate in their own hands when they visit Barcelona next month.


Tottenham have edged their way to a number of narrow victories this season and they showed their never-say-die spirit again here. They refused to give up or panic and got their reward again, securing a sixth successive win in all competitions.

Moussa Sissoko's rich vein of form continued as he created the decisive goal, and the reunited centre-back pairing of Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld looked as dependable as ever.


Pochettino rotated in the final third, resting Son Heung-min and Eriksen after their exploits against Chelsea, and with a view to Sunday's North London derby, but Lucas Moura and Erik Lamela failed to take their opportunities.

While Spurs' strength in depth seems to be improving, it still looks risky for Pochettino to take his best players out of his lineup.

Manager rating out of 10

8 -- Some will say Pochettino should have picked Eriksen and Son from the start, but he has lost a host of players to injury this season, especially those who went to the World Cup. The need for rotation is clear and the Argentine has now overseen victories over Chelsea and Inter Milan this week, while Eriksen and Son should be fresh to face Arsenal on Sunday.

Player ratings (1-10; 10 = best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)

GK Hugo Lloris, 7 -- Made two vital saves in the closing stages. There was just one nervy moment when his attempt to keep possession, rather than clearing his lines, gave the ball back to Inter just outside his box.

DF Serge Aurier, 7 -- Neat and tidy with the ball and it was his pass that sent Sissoko running at Inter for the winner. He also defended well, notably when he stole the ball away from Borja Valero just as the Spaniard was lining up a shot inside the box.

DF Toby Alderweireld, 8 -- A rock as usual and he took a tactical booking in the first half, tripping Mauro Icardi to halt his run at a safe distance from goal.

DF Jan Vertonghen, 7 -- Making his first start since September, it looked like he'd never been away. He read the game and communicated well, and made an important sliding tackle on Matteo Politano. The only black mark was that Vertonghen missed a sitter, putting the ball wide with his head from five yards out after Eriksen's free kick.

DF Ben Davies, 7 -- Solid at the back and positive in possession. Growing in confidence.

MF Moussa Sissoko, 8 -- Provided security in front of the defence, kept possession well and used his pace to good effect, making a number of charging runs up the right flank and eventually making the incision that produced the goal.

MF Harry Winks, 8 -- Dictated play for much of the match and nearly broke the deadlock when he hit the crossbar with a curling 20-yard effort. Inter resorted to roughing him up in the second half.

MF Erik Lamela, 5 -- Generally failed to make an impact and made some clumsy challenges. A nasty ankle-high tackle on Marcelo Brozovic could have been punished with a red card rather than a yellow.

MF Dele Alli, 7 -- Struggled to unlock the Inter defence for long periods but freed Lucas with a cute back-heel in the first half and set up Eriksen's goal when he gathered Sissoko's pass, swivelled and teed up the Dane.

MF Lucas Moura, 6 -- Had an early penalty shout turned down and produced some nice skills in tight areas. Failed to really hurt Inter and could have done better with one of Spurs' few clear openings when he shot straight at Samir Handanovic.

FW Harry Kane, 7 -- Started very brightly, with a mazy run taking past him four players and giving Alli a shot at goal. While his influence waned, he worked hard for the team throughout.


MF Son Heung-min, 7 -- Instantly gave Spurs more of a threat after replacing Lucas.

MF Christian Eriksen, 9 -- Replacing Lamela, the Dane immediately laid the ball on a plate for Vertonghen with a driven free kick, and he then grabbed the vital winner.

MF Eric Dier, N/R -- Appeared late on to help Spurs defend their lead.