Harry Kane can win a game in the space of 11 minutes, perhaps it is not so implausible that they could somehow find a way to get through.
There have been some great nights for Kane at Wembley over the course of his remarkable goal-scoring career, and although this one was not among the classics it lived up to the usual drama around the England captain. He scored twice in the closing stages, the second a twice-deflected header that may yet be chalked up as an own goal, to make Spurs’ daunting task to reach the second round just that little more feasible.
They still have to get two major results in their last two games, starting with a win over Inter Milan at Wembley on Nov 28. “You know me,” Mauricio Pochettino said afterwards, “I’m so optimistic.” It would be fair to say that he did not look very optimistic until Kane’s 78th-minute equaliser finally levelled the game after what seemed like an eternity chasing Luuk de Jong’s opener after 61 seconds. Pochettino will need certainly all his optimism for Spurs’ final Champions League group match on Dec 11.
That will be when – depending on whether they beat Inter and if so by how many – Spurs must then better or match the Italian’s result against PSV in their final game. Spurs will have to do so away to Barcelona who despite being held to a 1-1 draw with a late equaliser from Inter in Milan have secured qualification for the knockout round. It will be difficult if, in the Nou Camp, Spurs again concede another early goal. But with Kane in the side Pochettino has reason to hope – and overall this was not a poor performance.