Tottenham Hotspur crashed out of the Champions League with a 3-0 comprehensive defeat to RB Leipzig in the second leg of the round of 16 tie on Tuesday night.
A brace from Marcel Sabitzer in the first half put the game beyond saving for Spurs, with a late goal from substitute Emil Forsberg capping off their misery.
Leipzig march on into the last-eight, while Spurs will lick their wounds on their travels back to London before they play again on Sunday.
Here's how the night unfolded...
With Spurs ravaged by injury, particularly in their attacking options, they were very much the underdogs coming into the game. But their fans nevertheless showed their support and hope of a European miracle...
What a huge game I don’t hold out much hope but hey never give up Jose can always do the impossible... to dare is to do! Nothing to loose go at them show heart show passion show pride and see what happens #coys— Thomas Lister (@ThomasLister01) March 10, 2020
But hope turned to despair quickly when within the early stages, Marcel Sabitzer fired the ball past the outstretched hands of Hugo Lloris, with questions asked of the Spurs goalkeeper's attempt to save the ball...
What a hit from Sabitzer— Richard Taylor (@RichardTaylorEA) March 10, 2020
And Die Roten Bullen nearly got a second when Timo Werner's finish was ruled offside, before Sabitzer doubled the lead, heading in Angeliño's cross after Aurier's mistake and Lloris again failing to save the header.
Tottenham need a whole new defence and that includes the goalkeeper. Baffling Lloris’s name has ever been prefixed with ‘underrated’ or ‘world-class’. Aurier is the worst full-back Mourinho has had since Khalid Boulahrouz.— Samuel Luckhurst (@samuelluckhurst) March 10, 2020
Aurier has cost Spurs 2 goals in this tie alone.— #8 (@MedianoEra) March 10, 2020
Spurs looked shell-shocked and well-below their German counterparts, which was clearly evident to everyone watching the first-half...
Werner vs Dier is a cruel mismatch— Raphael Honigstein (@honigstein) March 10, 2020
2-0 down.— B/R Football (@brfootball) March 10, 2020
3-0 on aggregate.
Leipzig face aux U10 de Tottenham ce soir :pic.twitter.com/WQ9uktSRCq— Unibet France (@UnibetFrance) March 10, 2020
And at half-time, many were pretty despondent on the north London club's chances of pulling off any comeback...
In many ways Leipzig's second goal hasn't changed Tottenham's task. They still need to rebuild their entire defence and midfield.— Duncan Alexander (@oilysailor) March 10, 2020
RB Leipzig are 2-0 up without going through the gears,— Jules Bevis COYS (@julesbevis) March 10, 2020
Tottenham are clueless, I feel for Jose, the players are just not turning up for him, just going through the motions, let's see who gets the blame for this with Tanguy Ndombele sitting on the bench, diabolical display pic.twitter.com/4zTGnEJgHW
While the second-half was uneventful, with Leipzig in cruise control, many noted the talent on display for the Bundesliga side.
I know Spurs aren't playing with a striker, but I'm enjoying watching Upamencano.— Jason Roberts (@Ja5onRoberts) March 10, 2020
Leipzig is this years Monaco. Loads of talent just waiting to get plucked.— Mike Onsrud (@MikeOns17) March 10, 2020
Leipzig have been fantastic, they have so much talent, desire and athleticism. Brilliant to watch.!!— Jamie O'Connell (@Jamie_Thomas_) March 10, 2020
Leipzig are actually unreal, talent everywhere— • (@johnny_tizz) March 10, 2020
And a third goal from substitute Emil Forsberg capped off a miserable night for Spurs...
Forsberg with his first touch ffs— joe (@wwfcjoe_) March 10, 2020
Super sub Forsberg— Asanka Poyoyo (@Life_of_Leslie) March 10, 2020
With the final score a 3-0 Spurs defeat, it left many to ponder the next move for Jose Mourinho and his team...
I think all this proves for #Spurs is that not even Mourinho could fix the depleted, drained, and uninspired squad that Levy didn’t do the work to keep fresh. Maybe next year, without European matches, will give them time to focus.— Scott Sapp (@RealScottSapp) March 10, 2020
Well hopefully after that, Spurs can focus on getting back into European spot for next year. #COYS— Carter Heinzerling (@THEheinzketchup) March 10, 2020
Yet there were also those who took to despair...
Supporting Spurs isn’t even a rollercoaster anymore. We have no highs to go along with the downs..— Jessica O'Leary-Nash (@jolearynash) March 10, 2020
Straight decline this season. No idea what team I’m even watching these days, no enjoyment whatsoever #COYS
The players are not good enough, Lloris makes too many mistakes same with Aurier, Davies is a back up player not good for 1st team, Alderweireld looks past it, same with Vertonghen, defence is just garbage, don't rate Sanchez or Foyth either #COYS #SPURS #THFC #RBLSPURS— Andrew Smith (@als159) March 10, 2020
Tottenham lost this match in November when they sacked the best manager we have ever had.— Peter Dolan (@Coviepete) March 10, 2020
Nothing will change.
Mourinho had 2/3 of a season to work on tactics and attitude but have gone backwards.
No fight, belief or leaders.#Tottenham#COYS#bbcfootball#THFC#Pochettino
And finally, there were the non-Spurs fans who revelled in the result.
Spurs knocked out of another competition? pic.twitter.com/hgkbFdYQEV— Arjan (@Arjan98Atwal) March 10, 2020
Source : 90min