Rennes 2 Tottenham 2: Hojbjerg rescues Spurs from Conference League embarrassment as Nuno’s side outplayed in opener



NUNO ESPIRITO SANTO had prompt Tottenham to neglect in regards to the sooner, nonetheless in the tip it was the same outdated story.

The new Spurs boss seen his stars make the same errors they did beneath their predecessor Jose Mourinho as as shortly as as quickly as additional they did not impress on the highway in Europe.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg rescued a stage for Tottenham at Rennes
Spurs fielded a powerful group together with Harry Kane nonetheless have been unable to win in FranceCredit: AFP

In the tip it took a late equaliser from Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg for the North Londoners to plunder a stage in their Conference League group opener away to a bunch which have solely gained considered thought-about one among their 5 French top-flight matches this time interval.

It could have been a hard-fought draw – considerably given the circumstances of so many accidents and absentees – nonetheless it was far from convincing.

But the 150 travelling Spurs who had battled Covid restrictions and crammed him varieties galore to be contained in the Roazhon Park and the an entire lot extra watching on TVs as soon as extra residence, like the remainder of us had seen all of it before.

There is unquestionably nothing new about watching a Tottenham group away in Europe wrestle in path of  supposedly inferior opponents who roared on by a vociferous residence crowd, elevate their recreation in a bid to upset thought-about one among many glamour golf instruments from the English Premier League.

Last night time time time correct proper right here in Brittany they managed to get away with it, nonetheless solely merely.

And with Rennes reputed to be their hardest rivals in Group G this might correctly rework an excellent diploma. But an excellent effectivity it was not.

Rennes gave Spurs a good run for their money in the Europa Conference League
Rennes gave Spurs an exquisite run for his or her cash in the Europa Conference LeagueCredit: Reuters
Rennes were leading with 15 mins left before Hojbjerg's equaliser
Rennes have been foremost with quarter-hour left before Hojbjerg’s equaliserCredit: Reuters


Tottenham are going to have to offer significantly larger if they will dwell as loads as their billing as thought-about one among many favourites to be the inaugural winners of this rivals.

Tanguy Ndombele was handed his first look of the season and his first begin since April 21 – as he was reunited with Rennes coach Bruno Genesio, a person he carried out beneath at Lyon.

Tottenham’s doc £65m purchase, who has been frozen out by Nuno, gave us a reminder of what he can produce when he places his concepts to it as his intelligent backheel began the swap which resulted in Rennes defender Loic Bade turning Lucas Moura’s cross into his non-public web to place the Londoners forward in the eleventh minute.

The Rennes home supporters made it a tough environment for Spurs
The Rennes residence supporters made it a tough setting for SpursCredit: AP
A heated recreation seen Steven Bergwijn subbed off injured in the primary halfCredit: Reuters

The Ligue Un side will need to have been stage eight minutes later nonetheless left-back Adrien Truffert headed a rebound over an unguarded web after Pierluigi Gollini had accomplished correctly to beat away Benjamin Bourigeaud’s extraordinarily environment friendly drive.

But there was nothing the Italian stopper might do to maintain up out Flavien Tait’s low curling shot from the sting of the sector, following a one-two with Serhou Gerassy, which made it 1-1 in the twenty third minute.

Worse was to have a look at for the chums when Steven Bergwijn, making his first look since hurting his ankle having enjoyable with for the Netherlands in the final word worldwide break, limped off injured on the half hour mark to get modified by Hojbjerg.

Lucas Moura was at the heart of any Spurs attack
Lucas Moura was on the coronary coronary coronary heart of any Spurs assaultCredit: Rex
Kane did not play the full 90 minutes with Nuno looking ahead to Chelsea
Kane didn’t play the total 90 minutes with Nuno wanting forward to ChelseaCredit: Reuters


He was then adopted down the tunnel 10 minutes after the break by Moura, who appeared as although he had furthermore picked up a knock, and Harry Kane, who was taken off in case he collected one.

With each groups struggling to maintain up protect of the ball, Rennes appeared to have clinched the win when Gaetan Laborde made it 2-1 with a 72nd tap-in after Gollini might solely parry Kalmaldeen Sulemana’s shot.

But Spurs, to their credit score rating ranking refused to throw in the towel and Hojbjerg made amends for an earlier miss with a neat end 4 minutes after Matt Doherty’s deflected cross had left the house defence flat-footed.

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