Ryan Sessegnon received a red card as Tottenham collapsed in a dramatic 2-1 loss to Mura in the Europa Conference League.
Spurs boss Antonio Conte hailed the player’s potential during his pre-match press conference and said he can’t wait to see his performance.
However, he received two good yellow cards in the first half in a slow performance that many of his teammates reflected. Mura entered at half-time with a one-goal lead which was fully deserved after their excellent desire and Tottenham’s poor performance.
In the second half, Conte made four changes at once and the Spurs came back. Harry kane equalized, but they couldn’t find a winner and Mura instead scored a last-breath winner. The qualification of Spurs for the round of 16 therefore remains in question as the final match approaches.
Mura was the better team in the first half. Besides executing their game plan well, Tottenham’s sloppy approach helped their cause.
The danger signs for visitors were there when Tomi Horvat flew over the bar in the first 10 minutes. He stepped forward and decided to give it a shot, but Spurs goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini watched the ball go by.
However, Tottenham ignored the warning. Two minutes later, Horvat opened the scoring.
After receiving a pass on the right flank, he cut inside and easily passed Davinson Sanchez, who slipped. The Slovenian then completed a nice finish in the top corner, which left Gollini no chance.
Spurs tried to get back into the game, but in the end they were sloppy in attack and defense. Matt Doherty had chances to cross but was far from the mark every time. For an effort, Bryan Gil could not adjust his feet, with the ball just behind him.
But when the 20-year-old found himself in a better position, he could only blaze up. Meanwhile, Kane was shooting aside and Dele Alli’s pass was bad.
To make matters worse, Sessegnon then received a red card. Having already received a yellow, he embarked on an unnecessary challenge on the sideline in Mura’s half.
Kane equalizes, but Tottenham loses
Son Heung-min was one of four players to join Spurs at halftime. He came closest to Tottenham’s first chance in the second half. He saved an effort because there was a marked increase in visitor intensity.
However, it was Kane who got the Spurs level. Lucas Moura, who replaced Doherty, gave a superb pass to the England captain and he sent the ball through the goal and into the side of the net.
Kane had another chance on a corner, but was denied at the far post.
But as Spurs continued to fight for a winner, Mura moved up the other side and Amadej Marosa scored the winner in stoppage time. As in the first half, Sanchez got caught while his opponent cut inside and Marosa’s shot was deflected at Gollini.
As a result, Spurs have fallen defeated in a game they will think they should have won. For Mura, however, it’s a feather in the hat for coach Ante Simundza.
The defeat leaves Tottenham third in Group G heading into the final matchday.