Tottenham will need a victory in their last group game in the Europa Conference League and the second result to reach the knockout stage after being beaten by NS Mura, the lowest ranked team in the competition.
The tough night began when Tomi Horvat easily jumped around Davinson Sanchez to crawl into a beautiful shot in the top corner with Spurs looking sluggish in the early stages.
Things took another difficult turn for the visitors when Ryan Sessegnon received his second yellow card in just 32 minutes, ended his comeback from injury early and left his side with a mountain to climb during an evening that should have been a little more than a walk in the park.
Antonio Conte made the changes with four substitutions just before the hour mark and Spurs finally got to level when Harry Kane pushed through and hit the equalizer in the 72nd minute.
Tottenham made the most of the attacks and pressed late but a winner avoided them and instead Mura charged up the pitch to score with the last kick of the match, Amadej Marosa’s attempt diverted past the stranded Pierluigi Gollini.
Rennes drew against Vitesse in Group G’s second match but are four points ahead of first place. Spurs are third, behind Vitesse in second place, and will need the Dutch team to slide up against Mura if they are to reach the next round.
Pierluigi Gollini (GK) – 4/10 – No chance of Horvat’s bending blow. Quickly went from his line to stop a threatening situation with a nod but could not get close to Mura’s winner.
Davinson Sanchez (CB) – 2/10 – Made a proper meal of it for the first one who saw Tottenham go behind, and diverted the second past Gollini. You know what they say: if you can not cut it on a cold night in Murska Sobota, you will not cut it anywhere.
Joe Rodon (CB) – 6/10 – A decent show from the Welshman. Won most of his duels and took no chances when his team was in danger.
Japhet Tanganga (CB) – 4/10 – Moved over to the right back when Conte made changes before the hour mark, after starting in the back three. Will have better days.
Sessegnon’s return ended prematurely / Getty Images | Tottenham Hotspur FC / Contributors
Matt Doherty (RWB) – 4/10 – Pressed high during the initial stage but could not really get his crosses just when the openings came. Got off before 60 minutes.
Tanguy Ndombele (CM) – 5/10 – Played some nice passes, including one to set up Gil. Exposed to Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.
Oliver Skipp (CM) – 4/10 – Looked a bit rusty after missing the weekend by hanging. Be late with some challenges.
Ryan Sessegnon (LWB) – 2/10 – Really talked about the opportunity he got before the match. Then he was sent off for two silly challenges with a 1-0 deficit. Terrible.
Kane chipped in equalizer / Getty Images | Tottenham Hotspur FC / Contributors
Bryan Gil (RW) – 5/10 – Came in from a nice Ndombele pass but could only sweep high and wide from a narrow angle. Looked to dribble when he was on the ball but did not get many opportunities after the red card.
Harry Kane (ST) – 6/10 – Hit just outside from a decent opening and nodded straight at the goalkeeper from a corner. Took his goal nicely, chipped in from a narrow angle.
Dele Alli (LW) – 4/10 – Made some nice runs beyond Kane but his contribution started to dry out as the game continued. Was booked for his role in a scuffle and was suspended before the hour.
Son Heung-min (ST) – 5/10 – Made a quick tee, dribbles hurt the Mura defense before seeing a shot saved.
Lucas Moura (RW) – 5/10 – Very erratic and lost the ball when he overplayed, but his pass made Kane equalize.
Ben Davies (LB) – 3/10 – Came on and gave the ball away which led to Mura’s winner.
Eric Dier (CB) – 4/10 – Tried to step up and play threatening passes into midfield but was a bit wasteful.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (CM) – 4/10
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