Bayer Leverkusen and Tottenham Hotspur fought out a goalless draw in their Champions League Group E match on Tuesday, with the English club having keeper Hugo Lloris to thank for keeping a clean sheet.
The visitors were in control of the first half, hitting the woodwork through Vincent Janssen, while Leverkusen were in complete command after the break, squandering half a dozen scoring opportunities.
French keeper Lloris repeatedly came to Spurs’ rescue in the second half, including saving a Javier Hernandez effort on the line.
The result leaves Tottenham on four points, one behind AS Monaco, who drew 1-1 at CSKA Moscow. Leverkusen are third on three, having yet to win a game, with the Russians last, a point behind.
“We should thank Hugo tonight,” said Tottenham coach Mauricio Pochettino. “Hugo’s save (from Hernandez) was brilliant. He’s one of the best, that is my opinion.
“It was a tough game. In the end I’m pleased with a point. We were better in the first half, they were better in the second.”