Spurs Held In First Game In Conference League, Roma Run Riot
Sumaira FH 30 days ago Fri 17th September 2021 | 09:20 AM
Rennes, France, Sept 17 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 17th Sep, 2021 ) :Substitute Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg's equaliser allowed Tottenham Hotspur to come away with a 2-2 draw from their trip to France to play Rennes in the new Europa Conference League on Thursday.
"It was not perfect, but we showed a lot of character and belief to change the result after we conceded," Nuno said of his second-string line-up.
"They are a hard team to play and it is not easy to analyse the game -- we had a lot of players out of position." The result pleased the Rennes support who, frustrated at recent performances, had unfurled a giant banner before kick-off with the message in English: "Are you ready to fight?" While finishing in the Premier League top four and returning to the Champions League has to take priority for Spurs, they would be wise not to neglect a competition which offers a realistic route to silverware for a club that has won nothing since the League Cup in 2008.
Their next game in Group G is against Slovenian champions Mura, who lost 2-0 to Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem on Thursday.
Nuno then lost both his starting wingers, Steven Bergwijn and Lucas Moura, to injury during the game.
- Quiet night for Kane - The coach had made seven changes from the Crystal Palace debacle, with Son Heung-min among the players left behind in England while Hugo Lloris was one of those left on the bench.
Harry Kane, whose only goals so far this season came against Pacos de Ferreira of Portugal in the play-off round, did play and wore the captain's armband.
Rennes, who spent 80 million Euros ($94m) on new signings in the summer, drew level midway through the first half when Tait played a one-two with Serhou Guirassy and curled a low shot beyond Pierluigi Gollini in goal.
The 21,500 Rennes fans then saw their team go in front when Laborde tapped in after Gollini turned out Kamaldeen Sulemana's shot.
However Spurs were level four minutes later when Tait could only help Matt Doherty's cross from the right on to Hojbjerg, and the Danish midfielder pounced to score.
The Conference League is the new third-tier of European club competition and features just one team from each of the continent's biggest leagues.
Captain Lorenzo Pellegrini netted twice for Roma with Stephan El Shaarawy, Gianluca Mancini and Tammy Abraham also scoring.
Union Berlin, the only German team, lost 3-1 at Slavia Prague, while there is no Spanish team at all because would-be representative Villarreal won the Europa League to qualify for the Champions League.