Tottenham Hotspur’s Europa Conference League campaign got off to a stuttering start as they were forced to hold on for a 2-2 draw with Rennes. Lucas Moura and Steven Bergwijn sustained injuries as their team ended in a tie with Ligue 1 side Rennes in Thursday’s Europa Conference League opener. Spurs and Rennes played a draw and our experts had guessed a similar football prediction.
Loic Bade own the first goal finding the net in the 11th minute before being forced off due to a poor challenge from Flavien Tait, Lucas was instrumental in Tottenham’s first goal. With a curled finish at an eerie Roazhon Park, Tait had earlier equalized for Rennes shortly before Bergwijn was forced off with an apparent ankle injury. Gaetan Laborde earn Spurs a point in Group G completing the comeback 19 minutes from time only for substitute Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg to quickly equalize
Under Nuno Espirito Santo’s guidance, Tanguy Ndombele was introduced into the Tottenham team for the first time and played a key role in the opening goal after only 11 minutes. In a quick move that culminated in Lucas’ attempted cross hitting Bade’s boot and wrong-footing Romain Salin, the Frenchman kept the ball in play with a fancy backheeled pass.
With the Spurs attacker unable to run off the damage the second half had a disrupted feel to it following a number of fouls, one of which resulted in Lucas’ injury. In the Europa Conference League, Tottenham fought back to earn a 2-2 draw football result with Rennes at Roazhon Park, but it came at a cost.
Rennes 2 – 2 Tottenham
Goals: 0 – 1 Bade OG 11, 1 – 1 Tait 23, 2 – 1 Laborde 72, 2 – 2 Hojbjerg 76
Bookings: Martin; Gil
Rennes: Salin, Turffert, Bade, Aguerd, Traore, Sulemana, Tait, Santamaria, Bourgeaud, Laborde, Guirassy
Substitutions: Martin, Ugochukwu, Melling
Tottenham: Gollini, Doherty, Tanganga, Rodon, Davies, Ndombele, Skipp, Gil, Lucas, Kane, Bergwijn
Substitutions: Hojbjerg, Emerson, Scarlett, Alli
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