Substitute Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s equaliser allowed Tottenham Hotspur to return away with a 2-2 draw from their journey to France to play Rennes in the brand new Europa Conference League on Thursday.
Loic Bade’s personal aim had given Spurs the lead in Brittany however Flavien Tait equalised and Gaetan Laborde put Rennes forward in the 72nd minute.
That lead was swiftly cancelled out by Hojbjerg and in the circumstances it’s a good outcome for Nuno Espirito Santo’s Tottenham after their 3-0 drubbing at Crystal Palace final weekend.
“It was not excellent, however we confirmed loads of character and perception to vary the outcome after we conceded,” Nuno stated of his second-string line-up.
“They are a tough staff to play and it isn’t simple to analyse the sport -– we had loads of gamers out of place.”
The outcome happy the Rennes help who, pissed off at latest performances, had unfurled an enormous banner earlier than kick-off with the message in English: “Are you able to struggle?”
While ending in the Premier League high 4 and returning to the Champions League has to take precedence for Spurs, they might be sensible to not neglect a contest which presents a sensible path to silverware for a membership that has received nothing because the League Cup in 2008.
Their subsequent sport in Group G is in opposition to Slovenian champions Mura, who misplaced 2-0 to Dutch aspect Vitesse Arnhem on Thursday.
However this was hardly a clean journey to France for Tottenham earlier than they face Chelsea on the weekend.
They had been pressured to spend Wednesday night time 100 kilometres away in the city of Saint-Brieuc as a result of an agricultural present in Rennes this week meant a scarcity of resort rooms.
Nuno then misplaced each his beginning wingers, Steven Bergwijn and Lucas Moura, to harm through the sport.
Quiet night time for Kane
The coach had made seven modifications from the Crystal Palace debacle, with Son Heung-min among the many gamers left behind in England whereas Hugo Lloris was a type of left on the bench.
Harry Kane, whose solely objectives to date this season got here in opposition to Pacos de Ferreira of Portugal in the play-off spherical, did play and wore the captain’s armband.
The guests took the lead inside 11 minutes when Kane launched Lucas down the fitting flank and the Brazilian’s ball throughout aim was was his personal internet by Bade.
Rennes, who spent 80 million euros ($94m) on new signings in the summer time, drew stage halfway by the primary half when Tait performed a one-two with Serhou Guirassy and curled a low shot past Pierluigi Gollini in aim.
Kane had a quiet night though he did power a save from Rennes ‘keeper Romain Salin late in the primary half earlier than being taken off in the 54th minute.
The 21,500 Rennes followers then noticed their staff go in entrance when Laborde tapped in after Gollini turned out Kamaldeen Sulemana’s shot.
However Spurs had been stage 4 minutes later when Tait may solely assist Matt Doherty’s cross from the fitting on to Hojbjerg, and the Danish midfielder pounced to attain.
The Conference League is the brand new third-tier of European membership competitors and options only one staff from every of the continent’s greatest leagues.
Roma are Italy’s representatives and Jose Mourinho’s aspect got here from behind to thump CSKA Sofia 5-1.
Captain Lorenzo Pellegrini netted twice for Roma with Stephan El Shaarawy, Gianluca Mancini and Tammy Abraham additionally scoring.
Union Berlin, the one German staff, misplaced 3-1 at Slavia Prague, whereas there is no such thing as a Spanish staff in any respect as a result of would-be consultant Villarreal received the Europa League to qualify for the Champions League.
Meanwhile Lincoln Red Imps made historical past by turning into the primary staff from Gibraltar to play in the group stage of a European competitors as they misplaced 2-0 at house to PAOK of Greece.
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