What went wrong for Spurs last night?

Last night Tottenham Hotspur faced Belgian side, K.A.A. Gent at Wembley in the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 second leg. 

The visitors had come to Wembley with a 1-0 aggregate lead, making the task difficult for Spurs.

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Harry Kane didn’t perform as expected last night.

It started well for Spurs, who set up with a three at the back formation to match that of their Belgian visitors.

Notably, the North London-based side started three Belgian players in comparison to Gent’s two.

Tottenham’s Danish midfielder, Christian Eriksen, quickly put the home side in front, with the score going to 1-1 on aggregate after 10 minutes.

With such a positive start for The Lilywhites, it looked as if they were going to take something from the game, and head into the next round.

Kyle Walker consistently put in a good shift for the first 45 as he provided a number of key balls which failed to be converted into the back of the net by striker Harry Kane, who disappointed on the night.

And 10 minutes after Spurs took the lead, Kane put the ball in his own net from a controversial corner, making the score 1-1 on the night.

This meant that Spurs had to win by two goals in order to counter the away goal rule Gent now had on their side.

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Harry Kane sends the ball into his own goal.

Things got worse for Tottenham when key player Dele Alli was sent off for a high challenge on Gent midfielder Brecht Dejaegere.

Alli, who has previously shown his fiery temper in a number of games this season, was shown a straight red for the tackle, giving Spurs even more of a challenge in order to get through.

It was the first ever red card for the 20-year-old, and he was a major loss for Spurs as they had to make changes to suit the initial three at the back formation Pochettino had picked.

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Dele Alli’s high challenge did not go unpunished.

An unlikely scorer in Victor Wanyama put Spurs back in the lead in the 61st minute, with a well taken shot which flew into the top left corner of Lovre Kalinić’s goal.

But Tottenham still needed another goal if they were to beat Gent on aggregate.

As chances kept coming for the former Champions’ League side, nobody in a white shirt could capitalise to give Spurs that vital goal.

Son Heung-min had come on before Spurs scored, and made some key runs as he was determined to be the impact player he is known to be.

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Son Heung-min couldn’t help Spurs on the night.

With Spurs still chasing another goal and Eriksen not producing with his corner delivery, the Lilywhites were getting desperate.

A number of fans wanted another striker to be subbed on with the services of Vincent Janssen available on the bench – instead Pochettino decided to bring on young midfielder Harry Winks in the 75th minute.

Tottenham’s dreams were shattered in the 81st, when former Villarreal CF forward Jérémy Perbet send the 1984 Uefa Cup winners out of the competition with his equaliser.

It was shortly after this goal in the 89th minute when the Spurs manager decided to introduce Dutch forward Janssen into play, something which Spurs fans questioned.

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Jérémy Perbet wheels away in celebrate for Gent.

A disappointing 10-man performance from Spurs meant that their Wembley woes had continued.

Again, Danny Rose was missed from the left side of Tottenham’s team with Ben Davies not doing anything particularly special.

With a lack of a strike force, they will again wonder if another forward needs to be brought in over the summer.

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Vincent Janssen is yet to impress for Spurs.

 

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