West Ham’s Michail Antonio played a modern hop along the byline at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. He thrust his hips vigorously at the steepling new stands. He violated the stainless memories Spurs have created so lovingly at their new home. This felt bad enough.
Antonio’s generously took second-half winner in front of thousands of West Ham fans. They may have felt that their wildly alternating season was worth it just for this. This meant that Spurs achieved a couple of less favorable firsts ahead of their debut appearance in a Champions League semi-final.
Antonio’s strike was the first goal Spurs have conceded at their magnificent new stadium. Anthony Taylor blew his whistle to signal full time and several Spurs players fell to the turf in disappointment and exhaustion. This marked their first defeat in the five games they have played here since the stadium opened, too.
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The representatives of Ajax here to watch ahead of Tuesday’s semi-final first leg will have seen nothing to worry about here. Tottenham was so poor that the Dutch side will write the performance off as a difference that will not be repeated. Spurs fans will have to hope they are right.
Spurs Coach Mauricio Pochettino confirmed after the game his team had looked tired and smirked thinly when he was reminded Ajax have had a week off. He said that Jan Vertonghen, missing on Saturday, would be back for the Ajax tie. He said it was possible that Moussa Sissoko will be available, too. ‘We are going to be ready on Tuesday,’ Pochettino insisted.
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