Spurs held in Conference League opener

Posted 1 month ago 16 Sep 2021 by Destiny7

Tottenham came from behind to draw their Europa Conference League opener at Rennes.

In a game where the momentum swung throughout, Nuno Espirito Santo's side opened the scoring when Lucas Moura's low cross was deflected into his own net by Rennes defender Loic Bade.

The hosts pushed for an equaliser after going behind and found a breakthrough when Flavien Tait played a quick one-two with Serhou Guirassy, before curling past Pierluigi Gollini from the edge of the box.

Rennes had the better chances in the second half and took the lead on 72 minutes through a close-range Gaetan Laborde finish.

Substitute Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg found the bottom corner from Matt Doherty's cross four minutes later to rescue a point for a much-changed Spurs side.

Nuno made eight changes from Saturday's 3-0 defeat at Crystal Palace with only Harry Kane, Moura and Japhet Tanganga retaining their places.

Spurs short of attacking options as injury list grows
Spurs travelled to Brittany without the injured Son Heung-min and Eric Dier, while Giovani lo Celso, Cristian Romero and Davinson Sanchez are still training in Croatia after defying Premier League guidelines and travelling to South America for World Cup qualifiers last week.

With Dutch side Vitesse and Slovenia's NS Mura joining Spurs and Rennes in Group G, the trip to Roazhon Park always looked like the trickiest test for Nuno's side in the group.

But Spurs made a bright start and showed promise in the early stages, though they needed a slice of luck to find an opening. A move started by a superb Tanguy Ndombele backheel ended up in the back of the net as Moura's cross deflected off Bade and in at the near post.

But as the hosts began to dominate chances and scored a goal either side of half-time, there were fresh injury fears for the Premier League side when Steven Bergwijn was forced off on the half hour mark after he appeared to aggravate the ankle injury which ruled him out of the defeat at Selhurst Park.

It went from bad to worse when Moura limped off early in the second half after a heavy challenge from Rennes' second goalscorer Tait, leaving Spurs short of attacking options against a Rennes side who looked hungry for an upset.

On a night when Kane broke the record for the most European appearances in Tottenham's history, the Spurs captain was restricted to one shot on target and was replaced by Emerson 10 minutes into the second half.

With Chelsea, Wolves and Arsenal still to come in the league this month, it is clear Nuno's side have much to improve on as they look for a first win in three games after their impressive unbeaten start to the season.


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1 month ago

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

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