Ryan Sessegnon marked his first Tottenham start with a goal but could not prevent Spurs from losing 3-1 to Bayern Munich in their final Champions League group game.
Both sides had already qualified for the last 16, with Bayern progressing as Group B winners and Tottenham going through as runners-up, and consequently they made numerous changes for Wednesday’s encounter at the Allianz Arena.
Bayern beat Spurs 7-2 in their first meeting in this season’s competition at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and took an early lead through Kingsley Coman.
Spurs hit back soon after when Sessegnon showed great composure to bring a pass under control inside the area and rifle a powerful finish beyond Manuel Neuer.
Thomas Muller, on as a first-half substitute after Coman picked up an injury, then struck just before the break when he tapped in after Alphonso Davies had hit the post.
Philippe Coutinho went close to scoring a spectacular third for the hosts but his fierce drive from distance bounced off the underside of the crossbar before being cleared.
The former Liverpool forward got on the scoresheet in the second half when he curled into the bottom corner from the edge of the area.
With qualification to the last 16 and positions in the group already sorted before this game, Spurs boss Jose Mourinho understandably opted to give his fringe and young squad players a chance to shine.
After a testing start to his Spurs career, Sessegnon grasped his opportunity with both hands. The 19-year-old signed from Fulham on deadline day but a hamstring injury he picked up in the summer while with England Under-21s had limited him to just three first-team appearances from the bench.
He took just 20 minutes to make an impression in Munich, thundering an unstoppable strike past Neuer after first taking a touch to control Giovani lo Celso’s deflected pass.
At 19 years and 207 days, Sessegnon became Spurs’ youngest Champions League scorer and went on to put on an assured performance.
He was the standout player for an otherwise flat Spurs who struggled to compete against a Bayern team that barely got out of third gear.
Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho told BT Sport: “A good match for me. I don’t want to speak about conclusions because it is too strong a word but I would say important information. I give you clearly a positive example because they are easier. Today I learned a lot about Juan Foyth. He didn’t play one minute for me until today and I learned more in these 90 minutes than I did in two or three weeks of training. No conclusions but good information.
“I would prefer to win or to draw and for Son to score in the last minute and lose 3-2 rather than 3-1 of course but we knew the match was important for other reasons. We didn’t want a result that leaves a shadow on us but I think positive things about many of the boys.”
On Ryan Sessegnon: “That is his quality, that is the quality we know he has. He arrives always in dangerous positions and he is a good finisher. He can improve, he lost too many individual duels. He has a lot to develop but the potential is there.”
Tottenham return to Premier League action this weekend when they travel to Wolves on Sunday (14:00 GMT). Meanwhile, the draw for the last 16 of the Champions League is on Monday (11:00 GMT).