Antwerp stun Spurs in Europa League

UEFA Europa League

Tottenham Hotspur fell to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Royal Antwerp in their Group J UEFA Europa League clash on Thursday evening.

Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris and Ben Davies were the only survivors from the Spurs side that edged Burnley on Monday, but Gareth Bale started for the second time since re-joining.

Spurs enjoyed a bright spark in the opening minutes, with Steven Bergwijn, Harry Winks and Dele Alli firing at Antwerp goalkeeper Jean Butez from various angles.

Congolese-born Dieumerci Mbokani brought the hosts to life a minute to the half-hour mark with a low ball from the right spotting Lior Refaelov who took one touch to leave Lloris static.

Spurs looked to head into halftime all square through Bergwijn, while Antwerp nearly had a second from the same variation on the right but a timeous block from Davies sparred the visitors.

Heung-Min Son was one of four changes at the break, with Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Lucas Moura, Erik Lamela the others as Spurs went all out for the equaliser.

Mbokani had a golden chance to double their lead nine minutes from halftime following a ball across the six-yard area from Refaelov, but the forward blazed over with the goal in clear sight.

Son was brought into action on 62 minutes after landing onto a ball at the near post from the right-side by Moura, but the Korean had his path to goal blocked.

The LilyWhites were under siege again eight minutes later when a through ball from the middle sent Simen Juklerod clear, but the latter failed to profit.

Spurs still enjoyed a decent spell as the contest headed to the climax, however the lack of a killer touch up front led to their first Europa League group stage defeat this season.