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Tottenham Hotspur struggles as Gent grabs 1-0 win in Europa League

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For the second straight match, Tottenham couldn’t generate good chances and couldn’t keep a clean sheet.

KAA Gent v Tottenham Hotspur - UEFA Europa League Round of 32: First Leg Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

Tottenham Hotspur have left themselves a lot of work left to do in the Europa League after a poor performance in Belgium on Thursday. They failed to get an away goal, falling 1-0 to KAA Gent.

Dele Alli had the best chance of the first half in the 12th minute, when he shot just wide with a powerful strike from the edge of the penalty area. Spurs didn’t generate much going forward after that.

The start of the second half was much better for the visitors. Harry Kane nearly scored in the 49th minute, hitting the outside of the crossbar on a turn and shot from 12 yards out. Tottenham looked like they were taking control of the match and likely to snag a valuable away goal for 10 minutes after that, but were eventually undone on a counter.

Danijel Milicevic set up Genk’s goal with a square ball from the left wing, which was controlled by Jérémy Perbet. His first attempt was blocked, but he followed his shot and scored with his second attempt.

From then on, Spurs were ineffective, and nearly conceded again. Hugo Lloris had to make an excellent save on Milicevic in the 76th minute after he was left unmarked in the center of the box.

Notes:

  • Harry Winks wasn’t bad, but I expected him to do more with this opportunity. I thought he was disappointing.
  • Gent lined up with a back three and we didn’t look like we knew how to attack it.
  • I know this horse is extremely dead, but Moussa Sissoko isn’t very good.
  • Along similar lines, GKN should have been brought into the game sooner.
  • I don’t know if the team *needs* a win over Fulham for their morale, but I certainly need it.