WELL, as the old song goes that’s a Moura!
Lucas Moura came off the bench to score an 85th minute equaliser to send Spurs through to the next round of the Champions League.
Reuters14 Lucas Moura came off the bench to score the goal that sends Spurs into the knockouts
Tottenham had to match Inter Milan’s result at home to PSV Eindhoven to book their place in the KO phase.
For long periods, the North Londoners, despite trailing 1-0 to Ousmane Dembele’s stunning seventh minute strike, looked like they were going through as PSV lead 1-0 at the San Siro.
But Mauro Icardi’s equaliser for Inter left Spurs staring the Europa League in the face – until Moura slammed home Harry Kane’s cross here to make it 1-1.
It capped a dramatic night where two matches 600 miles apart were almost played as one.
Reuters14 Moura slotted into the Barca net from Harry Kane's cross
Getty – Contributor14 Mauricio Pochettino's men completed the great escape from Group B
Tottenham received a boost one hour and 13 minutes before kick-off when team-sheets were handed in and Barcelona’s starting XI did not include Messi’s name.
Those of Gerald Pique, Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba – as well as the injured Luis Suarez – were also absent as Barca boss Ernesto Valverde made EIGHT changes to his team that won 4-0 at city neighbours Espanyol in their derby on Saturday.
With an average age of 25 years and 17 days it was their youngest starting line-up for a Champions League clash since they faced Bayer Leverkusen in December 2015.
As well as 20-year-old midfield academy product Carles Alena, 18-year-old defender Juan Miranda also started.