The redemption of Ousmane Dembele provided an intriguing sub-plot to Tottenham's 'Mission Impossible' against Barcelona on Tuesday night.
A 1-1 draw in the Nou Camp means Mauricio Pochettino's side are through to the last-16 of the Champions League having picked up just one point from their first three group games.
Despite Inter Milan's struggles against PSV, that outcome looked unlikely when Dembele opened the scoring for the Blaugrana with just seven minutes on the clock.
Kyle Walker-Peters was caught in possession in his own half, but if there was a feeling that a 21-year-old might be out of his depth on such a big occasion, then Dembele quickly dispelled it by slotting home past compatriot Hugo Lloris.
The young Frenchman has, of course, been in the headlines for very different reasons over the past few days - and indeed for much of the season so far.
On Sunday, it was widely reported that he turned up for training two hours late, eventually showing his face when the session was nearly over.
It's far from the first time he has gone AWOL this season.
However, on Monday he made it clear he was intent on making amends as he turned up to training 50 minutes early - and Sport have now provided further insight into his actions after the weekend's late-show.
Dembele addressed his team-mates
The Catalan newspaper claim that in the dressing room ahead of that session, he gathered his team-mates together to apologise for his behaviour and assure them it would not happen again.
It's said that after seeing how angry he had made coach Ernesto Valverde - as well as feeling the brunt of a 200,000 euro fine - he has finally started to take stock of his antics.
Fortunately, the other players appreciated the gesture, as Carles Alena explained after the draw.
"He knows he has done wrong, he is a good boy," the midfielder said, per the same source.
Barcelona's situation ultimately played into the starlet's hands in their final group outing.
With qualification already secured, Valverde could afford to rest his big guns, which not only gave Spurs hope, but also provided the likes of Juan Miranda, Munir El Haddadi, and Dembele with the chance to shine.
There may be a long way to go yet on the latter's Road to Damascus and perhaps it might be argued that he was relatively quiet after the goal.
It was a positive sign, nonetheless, and one that suggests he is serious about getting back on track.
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