Ryan Sessegnon marked his first Tottenham start with a goal but could not prevent Spurs from losing 3-1 to Bayern Munich in their final Champions League group game.
Both sides had already qualified for the last 16, with Bayern progressing as Group B winners and Tottenham going through as runners-up, and consequently they made numerous changes for Wednesday’s encounter at the Allianz Arena.
Bayern beat Spurs 7-2 in their first meeting in this season’s competition at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and took an early lead through Kingsley Coman.
Spurs hit back soon after when Sessegnon showed great composure to bring a pass under control inside the area and rifle a powerful finish beyond Manuel Neuer.
Thomas Muller, on as a first-half substitute after Coman picked up an injury, then struck just before the break when he tapped in after Alphonso Davies had hit the post.
Philippe Coutinho went close to scoring a spectacular third for the hosts but his fierce drive from distance bounced off the underside of the crossbar before being cleared.
The former Liverpool forward got on the scoresheet in the second half when he curled into the bottom corner from the edge of the area.
Sessegnon shines on full debut
With qualification to the last 16 and positions in the group already sorted before this game, Spurs boss Jose Mourinho understandably opted to give his fringe and young squad players a chance to shine.
After a testing start to his Spurs career, Sessegnon grasped his opportunity with both hands. The 19-year-old signed from Fulham on deadline day but a hamstring injury he picked up in the summer while with England Under-21s had limited him to just three first-team appearances from the bench.
He took just 20 minutes to make an impression in Munich, thundering an unstoppable strike past Neuer after first taking a touch to control Giovani lo Celso’s deflected pass.
At 19 years and 207 days, Sessegnon became Spurs’ youngest Champions League scorer and went on to put on an assured performance.
He was the standout player for an otherwise flat Spurs who struggled to compete against a Bayern team that barely got out of third gear.
Man of the match – Ryan Sessegnon (Tottenham)
Bayern join an exclusive club – the stats
- Bayern Munich became just the second club to win all six of their group games in a single Champions League campaign (in the competition’s current format, since 2003-04) after Real Madrid, who have done so twice (in 2011-12 and 2014-15).
- By collecting maximum points (18) and a goal difference of +19 Bayern became the best group winner in the history of the competition.
- Spurs manager Jose Mourinho has lost each of his three away games at Bayern Munich, with all three coming in the Champions League in charge of different teams (3-2 with Chelsea, 2-1 with Real Madrid and 3-1 with Spurs).
- Bayern Munich have gone unbeaten at home in the Champions League group stage for the sixth consecutive campaign, winning 17 of their 18 games at the Allianz Arena since the 2014-15 season (D1).
- Spurs have conceded at least two goals in five of their six games under Jose Mourinho in all competitions (11 in total), including in all three of their away games.
- Bayern Munich’s Thomas Muller scored his 28th Champions League goal at the Allianz Arena – only four players have ever scored more at a single venue in the competition (Lionel Messi at the Nou Camp and Cristiano Ronaldo, Raul and Karim Benzema at the Bernabeu).
- Ryan Sessegnon is the third-youngest player to score a Champions League goal under Jose Mourinho, after Carlos Alberto (19y 167d) and Mario Balotelli (18y 84d).
‘I learned important information’ – what they said
Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho told BT Sport: “A good match for me. I don’t want to speak about conclusions because it is too strong a word but I would say important information. I give you clearly a positive example because they are easier. Today I learned a lot about Juan Foyth. He didn’t play one minute for me until today and I learned more in these 90 minutes than I did in two or three weeks of training. No conclusions but good information.
“I would prefer to win or to draw and for Son to score in the last minute and lose 3-2 rather than 3-1 of course but we knew the match was important for other reasons. We didn’t want a result that leaves a shadow on us but I think positive things about many of the boys.”
On Ryan Sessegnon: “That is his quality, that is the quality we know he has. He arrives always in dangerous positions and he is a good finisher. He can improve, he lost too many individual duels. He has a lot to develop but the potential is there.”
Tottenham return to Premier League action this weekend when they travel to Wolves on Sunday (14:00 GMT). Meanwhile, the draw for the last 16 of the Champions League is on Monday (11:00 GMT).