Tottenham Hotspur won't head home thrilled, but certainly content with the result they got against Fiorentina on Thursday. They're in the driver's seat in their Europa League tie after snatching an away goal in a fairly uneventful 1-1 draw.
With Harry Kane chilling on the bench and no Mohamed Salah to torch Spurs this season, there wasn't a whole lot of exciting attacking in this match. Spurs' lone goal came from a penalty, while Fiorentina found the back of the net off a lucky deflection.
Still, the hosts really should have taken the lead early in the first half. Josep Ilicic played an inch-perfect cross to the back post for Federico Bernardeschi, who inexplicably missed. Spurs' first opportunity resembling a scoring chance came in the 26th minute, when Christian Eriksen forced a good save out of Ciprian Tatarusanu with a shot from 25 yards.
Spurs took the lead in the 37th minute after Nenad Tomovic was whistled for tripping up Ben Davies in the penalty area. The ref pointed to the spot, and Nacer Chadli converted a perfect penalty.
Bernardeschi redeemed himself for his big miss in the 59th minute with an equalizer, though he needed quite a bit of help. His long-range shot hit the foot of Ryan Mason and went flying up in the air, making it impossible for Michel Vorm to stop. It clipped the bottom of the crossbar and bounced in.
And then there were a few half chances, but nothing of substance. Strikers Harry Kane and Nikola Kalinic were introduced, but they couldn't make the impact their managers were looking for, and both sides had to settle for a draw.