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Lokomotiv Plovdiv vs Tottenham Hotspur. Europa League Qualifying Second Round.

Lokomotiv Stadium, Plovdiv.

Lokomotiv Plovdiv 1

  • G Minchev (71st minute)
  • D Lima Almeida (sent off 78th minute)
  • B Karagaren (sent off 79th minute)

Tottenham Hotspur 2

  • H Kane (80th minute pen)
  • T NDombele (85th minute)

Lokomotiv Plovdiv 1-2 Tottenham: Spurs survive Europa League scare

Match report as Harry Kane and Tanguy Ndombele complete late turnaround after two red cards see plucky Plovdiv implode

NDOMBELE
Image: Tanguy Ndombele seals Spurs' late win against Lokomotiv Plovdiv

Tottenham survived a Europa League scare to come from behind and beat nine-man Lokomotiv Plovdiv 2-1 to progress into the third qualifying round.

Spurs were staring at an embarrassing defeat with 19 minutes remaining in Bulgaria after substitute Georgi Minchev fired plucky Plovdiv ahead.

However, Harry Kane's 80th-minute penalty, awarded after Dinis Almeida was sent off for handball on the line, and the dismissal of Birsent Karagaren for dissent turned the game in Spurs' favour.

Tottenham substitute Tanguy Ndombele sealed the comeback with five minutes remaining as Jose Mourinho's side set up a third qualifying round tie against Shkendija in North Macedonia next Thursday.

Player ratings

Lokomotiv Plovdiv: Lukov (6), Petrovic (5), Masoero (5), Almeida (3), Karagaren (3), Vitanov (6), Umarboev (5), Tsvetanov (5), Salinas (5), Aralica (5), Iliev (5).

Subs: Minchev (7), Ilic (6), Mihaljevic (n/a).

Tottenham: Lloris (6), Doherty (6), Dier (6), Sanchez (6), Davies (7), Hojbjerg (6), Sissoko (6), Lo Celso (7), Bergwijn (6), Son (6), Kane (7).

Subs: Ndombele (7), Lamela (6), Lucas (6).

Man of the Match: Giovani Lo Celso

How Spurs survived Europa scare

MINCHEV
Image: Georgi Minchev gave Plovdiv the surprise lead

Spurs could have had a much easier evening than they did, had Heung-Min Son dispatched Giovani Lo Celso's through pass inside two minutes, but the outstretched leg of goalkeeper Martin Lukov prevailed.

Steven Bergwijn rattled the crossbar midway through the half and then should have been awarded a penalty when he was up-ended in the box by Lucas Masoero, but the referee and linesman missed the clear foul.

Team news

  • Davinson Sanchez, Moussa Sissoko, Giovani Lo Celso and Steven Bergwijn were called into the starting line-up as Jose Mourinho made four changes following Tottenham’s defeat to Everton.

Spurs were unable to find a breakthrough before the break but created their best opening within eight minutes of the restart as Ben Davies' cross reached Son unmarked, but the South Korean scooped over from six yards.

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PLOVDIV
Image: Plovdiv unravelled after two late red cards

And things took a turn for the worse on 71 minutes when a corner was flicked to substitute Minchev at the back post and he rifled home past Hugo Lloris to give Plovdiv the lead.

But it lasted just nine minutes as Davies' header was blocked on the line by Almeida, who was shown a straight red card, and he was quickly followed off the field by Karagaren who picked up a second yellow for his protests.

KANE
Image: Harry Kane hauled Spurs level from the penalty spot

Kane stroked his first goal of the season from 12 yards and, with parity restored, Spurs used their two-man advantage as Ndombele bundled home Lucas Moura's cross at the back post five minutes later to seal the victory.

Mourinho coy on Bale return

Spurs head coach Jose Mourinho 0:25
Tottenham head coach Jose Mourinho says he will not talk about Gareth Bale as he still views him as a Real Madrid player until he officially joins Tottenham.

Spurs boss Jose Mourinho: "I cannot comment, I don't comment on something that I don't know. For me, at this moment, until I'm told Gareth Bale is a Tottenham player, I still think and feel and respect the fact that he's a Real Madrid player, so I'm not going to comment on a Real Madrid player."

Tanguy Ndombele of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates with teammates after scoring his sides second goal during the UEFA Europa League second qualifying round match between Lokomotiv Plovdiv and Tottenham Hotspur at Stadion Lokomotiv Plovdiv on September 17, 2020 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. 0:59
Tottenham head coach Jose Mourinho praises the performance of Tanguy Ndombele after he scored the winner against Lokomotiv Plovdiv in the Europa League qualifying second round.

What's next?

Spurs travel to Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday at 12pm before travelling to North Macedonia for Thursday's Europa League third qualifying round tie against Shkendija.

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