Dinamo Zagreb 3-0 Tottenham Hotspur
(aet Dinamo Zagreb won 3-2 on aggregate)
It’s difficult to see where Jose Mourinho goes from here?
The Lilywhites and their Portuguese boss headed to Croatia two goals to the good, but with criticism ringing in their ears following a lacklustre derby defeat at the Emirates following a performance that has been all too familiar to Tottenham fans over the past couple of seasons.
Europa League progress over a tough Dinamo Zagreb side would undoubtedly have lifted the pressure a little, but Spurs didn’t and as a result, it hasn’t – the social media meltdown suggesting the N17 faithful believe it is time for the club and their Head Coach to go their separate ways.
Spurs appeared to be on track for the last eight – negotiating the first hour without issue. However, Mislav Orsic had other ideas – scoring twice to take the tie to extra-time, then providing the knockout blow, claiming the match ball and cranking up the pressure on Mourinho and his underperforming charges.
The Spurs chief appeared shellshocked, telling BT Sport: “If I forget the last minutes of extra time, where we did something to get a different result and go through, in the ninety minutes and first half of extra time there was one team that decided to leave everything on the pitch.
“They left sweat, energy, blood. In the end, they left even tears of happiness. Very humble and committed. I have to praise them.
“On the other side, my team. They didn’t look like they were playing an important match. If for any one of them it is not important, for me it is.”
Tottenham Hotspur returns to Premier League action on Sunday, March 21 when they face Aston Villa at Villa Park (7:15pm).
Dinamo Zagreb: Livakovic, Ristovski (Stojanovic 90′), Lauritsen, Theophile-Catherine, Franjic (Leovac 81′), Majer (Gavranovic 81′), Jakic (Atiemwen 75′), Ademi (Capt) (Peric 117′), Ivanusec, Petkovic (Misic 90′), Orsic Subs not used: Zagorac, Josipovic, Cabraja, Kastrati, Tolic, Burton
Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris (Capt), Aurier (Bergwijn 108′), Sanchez, Dier, Davies (Reguilon 90′), Sissoko, Winks (Ndombele 68′), Dele (Lo Celso 68′), Lamela (Bale 60′), Lucas (Vinicius 85′), Kane. Subs not used: Hart, Doherty, Lavinier, Alderweireld, Tanganga, Scarlett
Referee: Davide Massa (ITA)
Assistants: Filippo Meli (ITA) and Stefano Alassio (ITA)
Fourth Official: Michael Fabbri (ITA)
Video Assistant Referee: Marco Guida (ITA)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Fabio Maresca (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Emil Ubias (CZE)