Monday 23 October 2017

Spurs hit with Wembley sucker punch after Alli sees red

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Gent's Thomas Matton in action with Tottenham's Toby Alderweireld. Photo: Reuters
Gent's Thomas Matton in action with Tottenham's Toby Alderweireld. Photo: Reuters

Sam Wallace

The Wembley misadventure is over for Tottenham Hotspur for this season at least and this inglorious exit from the Europa League will be fresh in the minds when they return to the stadium in August to take up residence for the entirety of the next campaign.

This time it was a red card for Dele Alli and a draw with a team that is sixth in the Belgian League which meant that Mauricio Pochettino's side were out.

Gent's Lovre Kalinic in action with Tottenham's Christian Eriksen. Photo: Reuters
Gent's Lovre Kalinic in action with Tottenham's Christian Eriksen. Photo: Reuters

As a club Spurs have won just once at Wembley in their last nine games at the stadium and lost two of their three Champions League group games here this season before ending an interest in Europe with this ignominious draw.

Wembley will be home for 2017-2018 while the new White Hart Lane rises and there are no guarantees about how next season will work out for Pochettino's team.

Once again they seemed to fall apart under the pressure with Alli particularly culpable and his team-mates left with a task that they seemed incapable of completing.

Christian Eriksen had given them the lead, and Victor Wanyama restored it after Harry Kane's own goal had given Gent an equaliser. But even though they were dominant at the start of the second half, Spurs could not find that decisive third goal and, when Jeremy Perbet, on as a substitute scored an equaliser for Gent on the night, many of the home support stood up from their seats and headed for the exits, with Alli having let them and his team-mates down by committing a disgracefully wild challenge on Brecht Dejaegere.

Gent's Kalifa Coulibaly in action with Tottenham's Toby Alderweireld. Photo: Reuters
Gent's Kalifa Coulibaly in action with Tottenham's Toby Alderweireld. Photo: Reuters

There was no question that Alli deserved the red card dealt to him by the Portuguese referee Manuel De Sousa, and it was notable that as he crossed the touchline Pochettino made no move to console his player. If anything he moved away from him. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Gent's Kalifa Coulibaly in action with Tottenham's Eric Dier. Photo: Reuters
Gent's Kalifa Coulibaly in action with Tottenham's Eric Dier. Photo: Reuters
Tottenham Hotspur's Dele Alli. Photo credit: Mike Egerton/PA Wire
Tottenham Hotspur's Dele Alli. Photo credit: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

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