Tottenham endured one of the crucial embarrassing nights of their historical past as they had been overwhelmed by the lowest-ranked workforce within the Europa Conference League, shedding 2-1 to Mura in Maribor.
Antonio Conte can have watched on with horror as his aspect misplaced in harm time to a workforce with a UEFA coefficient rating of 341. Though they had been decreased to 10 males simply after the half-hour mark when Ryan Sessegnon was despatched off, Spurs ought to nonetheless have had sufficient to see off opposition who had misplaced their earlier 4 video games within the competitors and are mid-table within the Slovenian league.
As an alternative they misplaced to Amadej Marosa’s late objective after Harry Kane had earlier cancelled out Tomi Horvat’s shock opener. The defeat means Spurs will probably must beat Rennes of their last sport to be assured of qualification for the knockout phases and so they can not qualify as group winners, which means they must play an additional spherical.
It was one other night time of disappointment for these hoping for the possibility to impress Conte, with Dele Alli significantly poor and never lasting past 52 minutes, and the Italian has additional proof of simply how large a job he faces in north London.
The night time began in tough trend as Tottenham endured what at the moment are customary troubles on their travels in Europe. Mura, who had been solely shaped in 2012, solid forward within the eleventh minute as Horvat was let loose down the appropriate. He took benefit of Davinson Sánchez’s slip and reduce inside earlier than curling a left-footed effort into the far nook.
In Kane, Alli and Tanguy Ndombele, Spurs had sufficient particular person high quality on the pitch to harm their opponents however they had been enjoying with no cohesion and inflicted extra self-harm within the thirty second minute.
All of the pre-match narrative had been about how this was Sessegnon’s probability to stake his declare below Conte, however he had an evening to neglect as he picked up a second yellow card for a careless problem on Ziga Kous and was despatched off.
Kane practically introduced the ten males degree 5 minutes later after a neat flip, however his shot from 12 yards went simply large. Ultimately Spurs had been fortunate to get to the interval simply 1-0 down as Nik Lorbek flashed an effort simply large with the goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini rooted to the spot.
Conte had seen sufficient early within the second half and launched Son Heung-min, Lucas Moura, Eric Dier and Ben Davies – and it nearly paid quick dividends. Son went on a surging run into the penalty space, rounding a number of defenders earlier than stinging the palms of Matko Obradovic, who made his first save of the night.
From the ensuing nook Kane ought to have equalised, however he directed a free header straight at Obradovic. Spurs ultimately levelled the sport within the 72nd minute as Kane produced a neat end. Two Mura defenders left a Lucas go to one another, permitting the England captain to nip in and clip dwelling in model.
Spurs pushed ahead for a winner, with Moura drilling an effort over, however they by no means appeared like successful and as a substitute it was the Slovenians who capped a historic night time. Marosa was launched down the appropriate, he reduce inside Sánchez and his deflected effort looped over a helpless Gollini to spark wild scenes of celebration.