Sessegnon 7/10, Eriksen 5/10 as Spurs fall to Bayern in UCL
Tottenham Hotspur ended their Champions League group stage campaign on a disappointing note after falling to a 3-1 defeat to Bayern Munich in a low-key affair at the Allianz Arena.
Kingsley Coman opened the scoring after 14 minutes for the Bavarians following some lax Spurs defending before Ryan Sessegnon opened his Spurs account with an equalizer just six minutes later. The hosts were not to be denied though, as substitute Thomas Muller poked home in the closing stages of the first half to restore the Bayern lead, and Philippe Coutinho made the game safe with a well-placed strike from distance in the second half.
Sessegnon notched his first goal for Tottenham on his full debut for the North Londoners, in what was a promising display from the youngster. Juan Foyth was also a bright spark, as the centre-half shined on a pretty dim night for the visitors.
It was a much-changed Spurs lineup, with Jose Mourinho leaving out a string of first-team regulars. Tottenham's fringe players let the boss down, with the likes of Christian Eriksen, Giovani Lo Celso and Danny Rose all struggling.
Manager rating out of 10
6 -- It's tough to give Mourinho too much criticism for giving players a chance in what was essentially a meaningless match, but it was always going to be a tough night when you looked at the respective teamsheets.
Player ratings (1-10; 10 = best, players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)
GK Paulo Gazzaniga, 6 -- The Spurs stand-in made a superb save to tip Coutinho's long-range effort onto the bar, but had no chance against either of Bayern's first half strikes, or later the Brazilian's accurately arrowed effort for 3-1.
DF Kyle Walker-Peters, 5 -- The hosts had plenty of joy down the left flank and often doubled up on the exposed right-back, who was caught out of position for Coman's opener.
DF Juan Foyth, 7 -- The Argentine has spent large portions of his club and international careers as a right-back but put in a solid display at the heart of the Spurs defence.
DF Danny Rose, 5 -- Caught out of position as Serge Gnabry found space and fired against the post, before poor defending again let the Germans in, on their way to going 2-1 ahead just before half-time.
MF Moussa Sissoko, 5 -- The Frenchman's deflection diverted the ball into the path of Coman to stroke Bayern ahead, and the former Newcastle man struggled to get to grips with the slick movement of Coutinho.
MF Eric Dier, 5 -- A match that was reasonably quick in nature rather passed the England international by, and with tougher tests to come in Europe in the New Year, Tottenham vitally need more dynamism in the middle of the pitch. Replaced by Victor Wanyama after 80 minutes.
MF Ryan Sessegnon, 7 -- Easily Spurs' brightest player going forward, even before his excellent drilled finish to make the score 1-1. The former Fulham phenom can expect more playing time following tonight's showing.
MF Giovani Lo Celso, 5 -- Failed to make any kind of impression in an advanced midfield role, and picked up a first-half yellow card as he threw himself to the ground after seemingly running into Bayern's Joshua Kimmich. Brought off for Oliver Skipp for the final 25 minutes.
MF Christian Eriksen, 5 -- A largely anonymous outing from the wantaway Dane, before he forced a save from Manuel Neuer in the final quarter of an hour with a free kick from the edge of the box. Needs to do more if he wants to secure a dream move to Real Madrid.
FW Lucas Moura, 6 -- The former Paris Saint-Germain man often cut an isolated figure as Bayern dominated the ball, and even when he found himself in possession, he was surrounded by red shirts. Replaced by Son Heung-min after 65 minutes.
MF Oliver Skipp, 6 -- Didn't see much of the ball in his 25-minute cameo.
FW Son Heung-min, 6 -- The South Korean shot straight at Neuer when one-on-one with the keeper in injury time.
MF Victor Wanyama, N/R -- Failed to make an impact.