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Alfie Devine’s early brace not enough to get Tottenham U19s the win

Tottenham Hotspur U19s lost their third consecutive game in the UEFA Youth League earlier in the afternoon. They surrendered a two-goal lead to lose 3 – 2 against Eintracht Frankfurt U19s. Leaving themselves a mountain to climb to qualify from Group D.

Wayne Burnett’s side were comfortably leading at the break 2 – 0 courtesy of Alfie Devine. Eintracht Frankfurt quickly scored three goals in the first 7 minutes of the second half. To claim victory from Tottenham’s grasp.

Coming into this game, Tottenham Hotspur lost their previous game against their German counterparts and were looking to rectify their mistakes in today’s game.

Tottenham started on the front foot and were rewarded when Alfie Devine gifted his side the lead in the 10th minute. Jamie Donley drove at the Frankfurt defence and slid in a no-look pass to Devine as he went around the keeper to open the scoring for Spurs.

Donley should have increased Tottenham’s lead as his shot outside the box came off the upright. Four minutes later Marcel Wenig had an effort which was saved by Adam Hayton.

Tottenham continued to impress in the first half. Romaine Mundle shot from the left-hand side was pushed out by Matteo Bignetti for a corner. Centre-back Alfie Dorrington headed wide from Mundle’s corner kick.

In the 37th minute, Tottenham grabbed their second goal. Donley and Devine combined again for the latter to grab his second of the game giving his side a deserved 2 – 0 lead going into the break.

Frankfurt coach, Damir Agovic reacted by making three changes just before the second half and he got a reaction from his side immediately. Right-winger Divaio Jhair-Bobson scored from a cross from Gianluca Schafer to half the deficit for his team.

The German side got their equaliser in the 49th minute when substitute Anas Alaoui tapped in a scramble in the box to get his side back on track. Three minutes later Frankfurt completed their comeback to lead 3 – 2. Another substitute Marko Mladenovic assisted Tim Hannak as his shot looped over Hayton to give Frankfurt the lead in the match for the very first time.

Spurs were shell-shocked and from the 55th minute they increased their intensity. Goal scorer, Hannak made a crucial tackle inside his own half to deny Mundle from getting a shot away.

Will Lankshear came on for Jaden Williams in the 62nd minute for his UEFA Youth League debut appearance.

Tottenham were putting huge pressure on their opponents to try and gain at least a point from this game. Romaine Mundle thought he had given his side the important equaliser as his deep cross from the left hit the woodwork much of the relief of the Frankfurt players.

Tottenham’s disappointing end to their afternoon was compounded when captain Matthew Craig was shown a straight red card for a stamp on Elias Baum as he was contesting for the ball.

Damir Agovic’s side held on for the all-important three points, as they lead the group with 8 points. Meanwhile, Spurs sit third with three points having it all to do to qualify for the play-off round.

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