Now that, in more than one sense, was a finish. Spurs had been frustrated all night by an excellent defensive performance from Lyon, who will justly be a bit whatever-the-French-is-for-radged-off at being eliminated. Spurs needed Gareth Bale to take matters into his own hands; he couldn't, but Mousa Dembele did with a goal that, in more than one sense, was thrillingly decisive. Thanks for your emails; night.
Spurs will play Internazionale in the last 16 after a textbook late sting.
90+2 min Lyon look shell-shocked. Sometimes looks aren't deceiving.
90 min There will be three minutes of added time.
What a glorious goal. He received possession 25 yards out, shifted the ball smoothly to the left of Grenier and hit a stunning low shot across Vercoutre and into the corner with his left foot. He belted that. As Daniel Harris has just pointed out to my right, he had both feet off the ground in his follow through. Talk about seizing the moment. In the parlance of some newspaper or other, Dembele has just owned this tie.
A sensational goal from Mousa Dembele has put Spurs into the last 16!
88 min There is no sense that Spurs are going to score. Mind you, we said the same this time last week.
87 min Gareth Bale goes it alone, sprinting away from Gonalons 30 yards out before driving a shot comfortably wide of the far post.
85 min The Lyon bus has officially been parked.
84 min Spurs haven't quite done enough tonight. For all their possession, Vercoutre has had oogatz to worry him apart from some Bale-induced heebie jeebies. Spurs make their last substitution: Jake Livermore for Scott Parker.
83 min Lyon make their final substitution, with Jimmy Briand, imaginary nickname 'Chateau', replacing Bafetimbi Gomis.
82 min Come on then, Gareth, do your thing.
81 min "In response to Enna Cooper (min 48) having seen Run For Your Wife I can confirm it is indeed truly awful," says Patrick O'Brien. "(Freebie so I didn't contribute to the £737!)"
But are you a friend of Danny Dyer's?
80 min See 18 min.
79 min "121,012 male fans of Spurs are going to be doing the happy dance later?" breathes Hubert O'Hearn. "That's it..I'm done with Liverpool. Lilywhites forever!"
78 min After slick work from Adebayor on the left of the box, Dempsey sidefoots wide from eight yards. He was under a fair bit of pressure, and at a narrowish angle to the left, but it was still a decent chance.
76 min Spurs win two corners in 10 seconds on the left. The second is swung out by Bale and headed over from eight yards by Dempsey. It was a towering jump, all over Lovren, but he couldn't quite get over the ball. That was a chance. If he got on the top of the ball he would probably have scored.
75 min Umtiti is booked for stopping Spurs taking a quick free-kick.
74 min Lisandro's attempt to get Walker sent off is over; he's been replaced by Ghezzal. And Sigurdsson is on for Holtby, who was peripheral, though not for the want of trying.
73 min "Like any Spurs fan, I already have a face on," says Guy Hornsby. "We've created nothing, Adebayor appears to still be on the plane home, Parker has forgotten how to pass the ball, and I can't even take the edge off it with a beer due to all the medication I'm taking (physical ailments, but if we lose this may change). With Bale we'll always have a chance, but we just don't look at the races today. It's "next goal wins", basically. "
72 min If Gareth Bale scores the equaliser/winner here, approximately 121,012 partners of Spurs-supporting men/women will be renamed 'GARETH!' in a split-second of ecstacy later tonight.
71 min Lyon haven't quite declared at one, but they are increasingly concerned with defence. There's a lack of concentration to some of their counter-attacks that wasn't evident in the first half.
69 min A couple of minutes' peace and quiet.
67 min Bale hits a 30-yard shot straight at Vercoutre, who again chooses to punch rather than catch the ball. He mispunches it completely but the ball drops safely at his feet. Vercoutre's been seeing wobbling long-shots in his sleep and waking up in a cold sweat at 4am for the last week, hasn't he?
66 min Gonalons was booked for the foul that led to Bale's strike. And both sides have made substitutions: Malbranque for Lacazette, Dempsey for Lennon. Spurs now have Dempsey left, Holtby right and Bale behind Adebayor.
65 min Three near-misses in 90 seconds for Spurs. Bale's wobbling free-kick from 30 yards is straight at Vercoutre, who plays it safe by punching it away with both hands. Moments later, Adebayor's over-the-shoulder cross from the left loops onto the top of the bar, and when the ball comes down Lennon goes over after a clumsy, high challenge from Lisandro. That could easily have been a penalty; I'd like to see it's again.
63 min A French farce. Friedel came out well to beat Gomis to a through ball, but then he made an awful mess of his clearance, miskicking it straight to Lacazette 25 yards out. He moved into the area, went past Friedel and then fell over. It looked a clear penalty, because Assou-Ekotto was also putting him under pressure from behind, but the referee waved play on and replays showed it was a great decision. Friedel stuck his foot out but pulled it away before there was any contact with Lacazette, who went over regardless.
62 min "I'm imagining Ryan Dunne's Soulmates advert right now," breaths Simon McMahon. "Fun loving, professional male, mid 30s, non-smoker and fitness fanatic seeks open-minded female for a good time and more. Must like Star Wars, U2, orgies and lower-league Scottish football."
61 min Emmanuel Adebayor: indolence incarnate. Yes I know, he's an easy target. He's a bloody easy target for his teammates, because he never moves. Literally.
60 min "I love Star Wars, and as a Spurs fan, have always had a soft spot for Rangers (Gough, Roberts, Gascoigne etc.)," says Jo Beasley. "Apropos of absolutely nothing, though - does Ryan Dunne have his own teeth? Or more importantly, is it a deal breaker if the lady hasn't? Just wondering."
In the words of Scott Murray, IT IS ON.
59 min Lisandro, feeling Walker's weight behind him, goes over near the halfway line. Some referees would have given him a second yellow for that, although it would have been very harsh. I'm not even sure it was a foul.
58 min Bale's corner from the right is headed behind by Gomis. This one swings under the bar and is punched away by Vercoutre. This game has a wildness usually evident in the last 10 minutes. A goal is coming at one end or another.
55 min Peter Drury is properly rolling his Rs on Grenier – he sounds like the woman in Allo Allo saying 'Rrrrrrrrrrene'.
54 min With Spurs' defence very narrow, Grenier finds Umtiti in a desert island on the left wing. His cross is headed away, and then he has another cross headed away. it comes to Grenier, 30 yards out. He lays it off to someone in the box, keeps going, and when the ball kicks up off a defender he hits a snap volley from 15 yards that is well saved by Friedel, with his legs I think.
53 min "Surely this must have been sent by now?" says John Beaven. "Memo to all ITV Football Production staff: once the match has started DON'T TOUCH AN EFFING THING UNTIL HALF-TIME. Repeat procedure for the second half. We know the buttons are shiny and interesting looking, but please leave them alone."
52 min "When Gareth Bale doesn't perform," says Matt Farrell, "Gareth Bale FC look very dire."
I don't think I've ever heard the phrase 'very dire' before. It's always 'really dire' or 'pretty dire' or 'effing dire' or 'Danny dire'. Honk!
51 min I wonder if Bale had time to bring that down. Maybe not. And his technique was excellent, allowing him to control a very awkward volley,
50 min Both sides have a chance on the counter-attack in the same minute. First Lisandro's shot from the edge of the box is desperately blocked by Vertonghen (I think). Seconds later Bale volleys inches wide. Parker played a fine ball down the right to Adebayor, who played an even better ball to Bale, a deliberate pass-cross just beyond the far post. Bale was in space, 15 yards out, and cushioned a sidefooted volley this far wide of the post.
49 min Spurs have started the second half with Holtby on the left and Bale behind Adebayor, who is giving a whole new meaning to 'false nine'.
48 min "Has anyone asked Danny Dyer why Run For Your Life was only on four screens at 11 in the morning?" says Enna Cooper. "Even given the limited capacity that would entail it would seem that only around 100 people went to see it. One my friends directed a segment of Three's A Shroud (the Time Travellers Knife, since you didn't ask), which sold out a screening at the Empire cinema on Leicester Square during the British Horror Film Festival last year. It was only on the one of the little screens but that would have still taken getting on for £500 (and could have easily doubled that with a second screening as it sold out before a lot of friends of the directors and cast had a chance to get tickets). I can only surmise that Run For Your Life is either truly awful or that Danny Dyer doesn't have many friends."
The two aren't necessarily mutually exclusive.
47 min The winners will play Inter, who are 3-0 up on aggregate – including an away goal – against Cluj.
46 min Spurs kick off from left to right.
An exclusive verdict on Emmanuel Adebayor's performance. (Warning: clip contains grown-up bottom and a man's naked bottom.)
Luis Suarez wears Beats by Dr Dre. I know this because ITV have just shown him wearing them upon arrival at Anfield.
"I fear that the very attractive but coy looking EmandEm, 34, is currently receiving lengthy emailed updates about the history of Rangers," says Ian Copestake.
That was more than a little weird. In the middle of the game, the picture cut to a paused video of a team coach, which then fast-forwarded and rewound – complete with VHS-style, defiled-cat squeaking as the video moved forwards or backwards. Not quite as good as the time Mark Bright was talking about football and the BBC picture cut to a flight simulator, but still.
Lyon deserve to be ahead. Spurs need more from their front four, and other inadvertent rhymes. See you in 600 seconds.
45 min Holtby hit a good but not perfectly struck left-footed shot from 20 yards that hit the face of the left-hand post. In fact it was just tipped onto the post by Vercoutre, an excellent save because he was unsighted. The whole thing was made more than a little disorientating by the fact ITV's commentary is now 10 seconds behind the action, so Peter Drury shouted "Holtby... he's hit the post!" just as Lyon were breaking. Poor ITV, always the bridesmaid, never the bride.
44 min Another great moment for ITV's football coverage: not a Tic-Tac advert, but they did just cut to footage of a team bus. More of this in a minute, because Holtby has hit the post!
43 min Umtiti's cross from the left is headed beyond the far post by the stretching Vertonghen, and Lacazette bobbles a volley into the bosom of Friedel from a tight angle.
42 min "Are you trying to mug Danny Dyer off?" says Steve Waterhouse. I'd have to right a smug pri-to mug Dan off.
41 min Bale wins a corner down the right after a 60-yard dash of absurd athleticism and skill. He's still gulping oxygen when he takes the corner, and it's a poor one that is blootered clear at the near post.
40 min This has been a textbook example of a game in which possession is anything but nine-tenths of the law. Lyon have been far more dangerous on the counter than Spurs have during their many sustained attacks.
39 min "Hey, Ryan, my sister likes Star Wars and Batman, and she's got a PhD in history, so she might be interested in times when GGR were worth watching," says Matt Dony. "She also likes other ladies, though. But, y'know, worth a try?"
Here's an exclusive picture of Ryan Dunne the moment he read the penultimate sentence of your email.
38 min Spurs haven't got behind Lyon at all. The fact Adebayor has had a 38-minute nap hasn't helped. What a waster. They really miss Defoe.
37 min "Regarding Danny Dyer's film," begins Ian Copestake. "If it made over 700 quid in the first weekend the ticket prices must have been enormous." You smug
35 min This game is proceeding as predictably as a crap flowchart: Spurs keep the ball for 90-120 seconds, lose it, Lyon counter dangerously and then they either create a chance or Kyle Walker fouls someone.
34 min "I'm surprised you've been assigned this game, after you spent much of the first leg being written off as a cricket-specialist hack disassociated from association football," says Matt Dony. "Some of us still believe in you, though."
I love you too Honeybunny.
33 min At the moment, Lyon are playing Milan to Spurs's Barcelona. They have much the better side despite (or because of) having much less of the ball. Bale has gone wandering in an attempt to make something happen.
32 min Lisandro has missed a great chance to make it 2-0. The excellent Grenier played the ball wide to Lacazette, who drilled a hard cross to Lisandro, in space on the penalty spot. He mistimed his kicking motion, however, and he screwed a sidefoot well wide of the far post.
30 min "The last time I heard someone use the word 'salute'," says Kevin Porter, "was Frankie Howerd in 'Up Pompeii'." We've got a lot in common.
29 min This is Lyon's best spell of the game, with Spurs starting to look a little frustrated at their incisivelessness (is that a word? It is now). A very good move ends when Fofana overhits an angled through pass to Gomis; had he judged that better, Gomis would have had a first-time shot at goal from 15 yards.
27 min "Apropos of nothing," says Jonny Sultoon, "what on God’s earth is that trick at 1m 32s? I miss him." He's not the most beautiful or the best, but I'd say he's the most thrilling and sexiest player in my time watching fitba.
26 min Grenier splatters miles over the bar from 30 yards.
24 min Lyon were playing like the away side even at 0-0, and they are certainly doing so now that they are ahead in the tie. Walker is booked for his 97th foul of the match, a tug on Umtiti. That was a booking even before you factor in repeat offending.
23 min I'm surprised it's taken as long as 23 minutes, but here's today's instalment of Ryan Dunne's Search For
Really Hot Se True Love. "Not that MBMs themselves aren't sufficient entertainment but I've discovered that, if you click the photos on the Soulmates ads on the side, it brings up the actual photos and profiles of the lovely ladies therein! Have yet to find a woman boasting of a love for Batman, Star Wars and the Glorious Glasgow Rangers, but fingers crossed. Plus both you and Tom's MBMs have a link to a video of an Otter Shooting Basketball Hoops – you should MBM that on your page, which will have readers switching over in droves! I'm surprised, in this area of Open Journalism, nobody's suggested getting members of the public to officiate MBMs instead of proper paid professional journalists. I often have the occasional free evening."
22 min Spurs are playing well enough in possession, though they haven't dirtied Vercoutre's gloves yet. Bale has been quiet. Mind you last week he did the square root of bugger all in normal time in both halves, and won the game with two free-kicks during added time.
20 min "Gourcuff doesn't so much do 'long-term injury' as multiple short-term injuries back to back," says Phil Booth. "Out another 2/3 weeks is the current reported status. Interestingly, Lyon were on the verge of selling Grenier over the summer, only backed out when Gourcuff was (again) injured. Looks like that's turned out pretty well for them."
18 min As-things-stand department: Lyon are going through on away goals.
Grenier's inswinging delivery from the left was wonderful, dipping on to the head of the unchallenged Gonalons at the near post, and he flicked an accomplished header that was into the net almost before Friedel had time to react. I think he was Bale's man actually. Whoever it was didn't do their job properly. That said, it was an excellent ball in and a good header. Sometimes you just have to say, Ah salute.
Walker fouls Lisandro again, a clumsy bit of contact from behind. And this time it costs Spurs!
14 min Holtby plays a cute through pass to Lennon, haring from right to centre, but Umtiti follows him all the way and makes a good interception. This is an excellent game. In terms of coexisting to produce entertaining, witty football, these two teams just seem to fit each other,
12 min Tom Lutz, who is opposite me doing the Newcastle MBM, is a study in inquisitive concentration. He looks like a teenager watching his first bongo flick. I'm trying to unsettle him to no avail. You have to try to ruin other people's MBMs where possible. Dog eat dog, especially with the state this industry is in. It's a savage garden, my friend, a savage garden.
11 min "Hey! " says Daniel Stauss. "A three-twelfths chance is really only a quarter chance, you smug pri..."
10 min This is a nice, open game, like the first leg – breezily attacking, with two teams who want to win the game. Walker is penalised for laying hands on the toned body of Lisandro, just outside the box on the left. Grenier slams it straight into the wall, from where it bounces off to the left wing. He chases it after that, slams over a superb first-time cross, from which Lacazette plants a relatively tame header straight at Friedel. He was only eight yards out, and that was a pretty decent chance.
8 min "Whatever happened to the much ballyhooed Yoann Gourcuff?" says Bryan Tisinger. "A quick search on Wiki shows that he is on Lyon, but I don't even see him listed on the bench. Let me guess, he is out with a long term injury?"
Yeah, he's injured. Paul Doyle, our bald French football expert, did tell me once what happened to him. And, er, I've forgotten. You're welcome! Think it was something to do with fragile confidence.
7 min Bale's inswinger is headed well wide by Gallas, ahead of the near post. It was a three-twelfths chance.
6 min This is a really strong Spurs team, as you'd expect from AVB. They have their first spell of possession, 60 to 90 seconds until Umtiti legs Walker up. It's a free-kick to Spurs on the right wing ...
5 min "Re: Mr D. Dyer, does his involvement in 'Run For Your Wife' reinforce his self-advertised, wide-boy, gangsta connections?" says David Wall. "After all, no genuine film producer can have thought for one minute that it would break even, let alone make a profit, so it must surely have been funded as a front for laundering cash from organised crime. Either that, or someone saw 'The Producers' and assumed that was how the movie industry works."
Smug pr You've seen your last email, Wall.
4 min Lyon's strong start continues, with Gomis winning a corner on the right. It's welted away by Adebayor, and a long-range follow-up from Lisandro whistles well wide.
3 min "Weirdly, less confident now I see you are in charge of the MBM," says Luke, who knows how to make a boy feel loved. "No predictions – except Bale won't do that again..."
2 min Grenier's free-kick from the right causes problems from Spurs, with the off-balance Vertonghen clearing desperately six yards from goal.
2 min The ball goes back to Brad Friedel, who is booed zestily. Is this anti-baldness? Or just because he's not Hugo Lloris? Oh, maybe it was for the backpass. Nothing to see here.
1 min Lyon kick off from left to right. They are in blue, or maybe black; my eyes aren't what they were. Spurs are in white. This should be a cracker. It's far too good for the last 32 of the Europa League, anyway.
"First time I've seen the Lyon goal from last week," says
Brad Friedel Simon McMahon. "That really is as sweet a strike as you could ever wish to see. Even Alan Partridge's finest 'BOOF! EAT MY GOAL!' couldn't do it justice."
It reminded me of the first bite of a Hawksmoor Chateaubriand, in that the only appropriate response to either is to burst out laughing.
Lyon (4-2-3-1): Vercoutre, Reveillere, Bisevac, Lovren, Umtiti; Fofana, Gonalons; Grenier, Lacazette, Lopez; Gomis.
Subs: Lopes, Kone, Ferri, Dabo, Malbranque, Briand, Ghezzal.
Tottenham (4-2-3-1): Friedel; Walker, Gallas, Vertonghen, Assou-Ekotto; Dembele, Parker; Lennon, Holtby, Bale; Adebayor.
Subs: Lloris, Dempsey, Naughton, Dawson, Sigurdsson, Livermore, Caulker.
Referee: Wolfgang Stark (Germany)
Not much time for a preamble, but you know what time it is: Gareth Bale has a precarious 2-1 lead after an excellent match next week. That's about it.