Ryan Sessegnon scored on his first start for Tottenham as Spurs fell to a 3-1 defeat at Bayern Munich on Wednesday night.
Goals from Kingsley Coman, Thomas Muller and Philippe Coutinho ensured that the 19-year-old Englishman’s strike was merely a rare bright spark for Jose Mourinho’s side at the Allianz Arena
Not a bad way to mark your first Champions League start…
Ryan Sessegnon slams the ball home to level for Tottenham!
What a moment for the youngster 🙌 pic.twitter.com/H3gRxP5djs
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Sessegnon arrived from Fulham on deadline day with a hamstring injury and only made two substitute appearances under Mauricio Pochettino as a result.
Tottenham fans will be excited by his performance on his first start, even though they were ultimately condemned to defeat by Bayern who had already guaranteed to spot in Group B with the north London side qualifying in second.
Mourinho had made it clear before the game that he was going to take a look at those who had not had the chance in his short reign and Sessegnon, Kyle Walker-Peters, Giovani Lo Celso and Juan Foyth were all given a first start.
Bayern in contrast went strong, with the exception of Robert Lewandowski, so it was no surprise that they started well and took a 14th-minute lead.
Walker-Peters was dragged inside to deal with Gnabry, allowing Coman to take up space at the back post and when the ball fell to the winger, he coolly slotted home.
Tottenham, to their credit, responded swiftly and it was just six minutes until Sessegnon enjoyed his memorable moment.
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Spurs worked their way inside and Lo Celso’s through ball was deflected into the path of the teenager at the far post and after composing himself, he lashed a fierce effort past Manuel Neuer.
Mourinho’s side were enjoying a good spell and they had a brilliant chance to take the lead, but it fell to the wrong man.
Moussa Sissoko had looked like a new goalscoring midfielder under Mourinho, with two goals in the last three games, but he reverted to type dreadfully after being sent through on goal, drastically overhitting a cross.
It proved costly as Bayern ended the half strongly and regained a deserved lead.
Gnabry, who had earlier hit the post with Thiago inexplicably missing the rebound, sent in a cross which made its way to Alphonso Davies, whose shot again hit the woodwork and this time Muller converted.
The frame of the goal was rattled for a third time moments later when Coutinho’s curling effort crashed into the underside of the crossbar, with only millimetres of the ball staying in front of the line.
That provided a platform for a possible goal glut in the second half as the Germans will have eyed a repeat of that 7-2 hammering in north London two months ago.
Coutinho was on a one-man mission to get on the scoresheet and following two attempts early on after the restart, he finally did it in the 64th minute.
He was given far too much room on the edge of the area and had no problem picking out the bottom corner with a curling finish.
More goals did not follow, though, despite chances for Gnabry and Coutinho as Spurs left with their pride intact and Mourinho armed with knowledge.
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