NS Mura 2 – 1 Tottenham

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Tottenham endured an embarrassing night in Slovenia when they were beaten 2-1 by the lowest ranked team in the Europa Conference League, where they went down 2-1 to NS Mura in Maribor.

The new boss Antonio Conte will have watched in horror as his team lost on the death of a team with a UEFA coefficient ranking of 341.

Even though they were reduced to 10 men just after half an hour when Ryan Sessegnon was sent off, the Spurs should still have had enough to fend off opponents who had lost their previous four matches in the competition and are in the middle of the table in the Slovenian league. .

Instead, they lost to Amadej Marosa’s goal after the break, after Harry Kane had previously canceled Tomi Horvat’s shock opening.

The defeat means that the Spurs will probably have to beat Rennes in their last match to be guaranteed qualification for the knockout stage, and they can no longer qualify as group winners, which means they will have to play an extra round.

Sorry Spurs humiliated in Slovenia

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Spurs lost on death to a team with a UEFA coefficient ranking of 341.

It was another night of disappointment for those hoping for the chance to impress Conte, with Dele Alli particularly poor and lasting no more than 52 minutes, and the Italian has further evidence of how big a job he faces in the north London.

The night started in a difficult way as Tottenham endured what are now usual problems on their travels in Europe.

Mura, who were first formed in 2012, took the lead in the 11th minute when Horvat was set free down the right. He took advantage of Davinson Sanchez’s slip and cut inside before curling a left-footed effort into the far corner.

In Kane, Alli and Tanguy Ndombele, Spurs’ individual quality had enough on the pitch to hurt their opponent, but they played without cohesion and suffered more self-harm in the 32nd minute.

Ryan Sessegnon got his marching orders after another offense after 31 minutes
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Ryan Sessegnon got his marching orders after another offense after 31 minutes

All the pre-match telling had been about how this was Sessegnon’s chance to bet on his claim under Conte, but he had one night to forget when he was given another yellow card for a clumsy challenge on Ziga Kous and was sent off.

Kane almost brought the 10 men just five minutes later after a nice turn, but his shot from 12 yards went just wide.

In the end, Spurs were lucky to get to the interval only 1-0 down when Nik Lorbek flashed an effort just past with goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini anchored to the spot.

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Conte had seen enough early in the second half and introduced Heung-Min Son, Lucas Moura, Eric Dier and Ben Davies – and it paid off almost immediately. Son went on a rolling run into the penalty area and rounded several defenders before sticking in the palms of Matko Obradovic, who made his first save tonight.

From the resulting corner, Kane should have equalized, but he aimed a free header directly at Obradovic.

Harry Kane pulled 10-man Spurs level 18 minutes after game time
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Harry Kane pulled 10-man Spurs level 18 minutes after game time

Spurs finally found an equalizer in the 72nd minute when Kane produced a nice finish. Two Mura defenders left a Moura pass to each other, giving the English captain the opportunity to sneak in and cut home in style.

Spurs pushed forward to a winner, where Moura droned a bet over, but they never looked to win, and instead it was the Slovenes who beat a historic night.

Marosa was let down to the right, he cut into Sanchez, and his deflected effort ran over a helpless Gollini to trigger wild party scenes.

Amadej Marosa's winner in the 94th minute triggered wild NS Mura celebrations
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Amadej Marosa’s winner in the 94th minute triggered wild NS Mura celebrations

O’Hara: Disgraceful Spurs performance

Former Tottenham midfielder Jamie O’Hara on Sky Sports News:

“I can not believe what just happened. It has been an embarrassing achievement. Shocking from all levels. The fact that the players he had to pick up to try to get something out of the game, in terms of Son, Moura, Hojbjerg … just because it was embarrassing to bring them on the field. It’s a top Slovenian team. I would expect a National League team to give them a match. It has been a disgrace.

“Doherty, Ndombele, Alli, Sanchez were absolutely shocking. They should be ashamed of their performance tonight. They should not wear a Spurs shirt again, some of them, in my opinion, because this is a Europa Conference League match, Which you need to win to get through and you have to impress a brand new manager in Antonio Conte.

“Not one player on that pitch deserves any honor from that match. It was a shocking achievement. I would give anything to put on a Spurs jersey again and give 100 percent. Even if I was unfit, I would give everything I “These players are strolling around the park, as if they are rejecting this game, as if they are too good to play in it. A disgrace, an absolute disgrace from some of them.”

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Former Tottenham midfielder Jamie O’Hara did not hold back in his criticism of the team’s performance in the defeat to NS Mura

What’s next?

Tottenham travel to Burnley in the Premier League on Sunday at 14.00.

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