They never stopped believing, never stopped coming forward. Did Spurs know that Inter had scored? They had to presume it. They had to presume they would need at least a draw.
And with five minutes to go, they got it — the goal, the point, that propels Tottenham into the Champions League knockout stage.
By the skin of their teeth, obviously. With a points total that would mean Europa League football in most other groups. But not this one. Not Group B. It has been a battle, but Tottenham emerged — and if Inter Milan could not beat PSV Eindhoven at home, knowing that was what they had to do, they are hardly deserving of sympathy.