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Why Christian Eriksen’s San Siro goal is now vital to Tottenham and their Champions League hopes

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Why Christian Eriksen’s San Siro goal is now vital to Tottenham and their Champions League hopes

Tottenham Hotspur attacker Christian Eriksen fired home the late winner on Wednesday night against Inter Milan, handing Spurs a 1-0 win at Wembley.

Yet although the Dane drew plaudits for this week’s winner, his goal at the San Siro back in September may be just as vital to Tottenham’s Champions League hopes.

Spurs ended up falling to Inter 2-1 on the first matchday on 18 September, yet Eriksen’s away goal in the losing effort ended up granting Spurs the edge in the head-to-head tiebreaker.

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With their 1-0 victory at home, Tottenham tied the head-to-head record 2-2; but because of Eriksen’s away strike in Milan, the north Londoners have the edge and currently sit second in the group despite being tied on points with Inter.

 

Both clubs have a goal difference of -1, illustrating the fine margins that will separate the team that advances to the last 16 versus the side that will be consigned to the Europa League Round of 32.

Nevertheless, Tottenham still must match or better Inter’s result against PSV Eindhoven to advance, most likely meaning Spurs must win at the Camp Nou on the final matchday.

Even though that task may appear unsurmountable, the fact that Tottenham’s progression is even possible is thanks to Christian Eriksen’s crucial goals versus Inter — especially his away goal more than two months ago.

Max is a journalist studying at the University of Pennsylvania. Max specialises in English football and co-hosts a weekly podcast. He is also a politics reporter and deputy news editor for The Daily Pennsylvanian.

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