EINDHOVEN: Hugo Lloris, France’s World Cup-winning captain, was the scapegoat after Tottenham wasted the chance to win in Eindhoven and already risk Group B elimination.
Lloris has had a nightmare season since the glory of Moscow in July. He began the season late after injury, was banned from driving for being over the alcohol limit, played hesitantly on his return to action and was sent off at a decisive moment against PSV.
Spurs had recovered well after conceding an opening goal when Hirving Lozano punished poor defending by Toby Alderweireld. Harry Kane and PSV midfielder Gaston Pereiro both hit the bar and Davison Sanchez had a goal disallowed in the half which saw Spurs equalise through Lucas Moura after 39 minutes.
They went ahead through Kane in the 54th minute but captain Lloris, in the 79th minute, charged recklessly out of his penalty area and brought down Lozano. Spurs withstood the free kick but substitute goalkeeper Michel Vorm was beaten in the 87th minute by Luuk de Jong.
The draw left both clubs with only one point each from their opening three games and unlikely to overhaul Barcelona and Internazionale.
Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino said: “Our qualifying chances are nearly over. With only one point after three games, it will be so difficult. If we need to blame someone it’s ourselves because with all the situations and the circumstances in the game you must win.
“I think we were much better than them but, in this type of game, at 2:1 you must kill the game. If not, the opponent is alive. The situation with Hugo was maybe unfair but that can happen in football.
“If you score more goals you are going to win the game. That is why we are so disappointed, not with the decisions but with ourselves.”