Tottenham player Heung-Min Son struck the only goal as they earned a narrow lead to take into next week’s quarter-final second leg at Manchester City.
Son showed great composure with 12 minutes left, keeping the ball in the field of play and then stepping inside Fabian Delph before firing under Ederson. But Spurs were equally indebted to Hugo Lloris, who denied Sergio Agüero from the spot early on.
The only dampener for Mauricio Pochettino was the sight of Harry Kane being helped off the pitch midway through the second period. Up stepped Son, though, to secure a memable win for Spurs in their first UEFA Champions League outing at their new stadium.
This was a slow-burner, the football at times matching the excellent atmosphere generated by the Tottenham faithful on the first European night at their new home; at other times developing into a midfield war of attrition.
Lloris’s 13th-minute penalty save gave Spurs a platform to grow into the game, before Son scored late to hand Tottenham a precious advantage ahead of the journey north
Son took up the scoring baton when Kane was injured earlier this year and with the Tottenham skipper off the pitch with another knock he did it again, his goal testimony to his tirelessness in the Spurs cause.
And he did it, typically, by chasing a lost cause. After hitting the first senior goal at this arena, here was another collectors’ item – the first in Europe, and one that gives his side real hope.
Having successfully fended off the blue half of Manchester here, Tottenham will head into the lion’s den next Wednesday with their noses in front.
Pep Guardiola’s men have won 12 out of 12 at home in 2019 but a Spurs goal could nonetheless knock them off their stride; Lyon have already demonstrated this season that City aren’t impervious on home soil. But they are mighty good.