Ten players Tottenham conceded a late goal and lost 2-1 on Thursday against the modest Slovenian team NS Mura in the Europa Conference League, a result that puts the London club in danger of being knocked out of the competition.
Amadej Maroša scored a goal for Mura four minutes after Maribor’s break, deflecting a quick counterattack and ending with a shot into the net. It was a big blow for Tottenham’s new coach Antonio Conte, whose side will now probably have to win against the winning team Rennes in order to advance to the final round.
“This is a bad loss for us,” Conte said. “The performance was poor. We know we have a lot of work ahead of us,” he said. “We were poor not only technically and tactically but also mentally. It will take time to get Tottenham back.”
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In the same competition, Jose Mourinho’s Roma beat Zorya Luhansk 4-0 at the Stadio Olimpico to continue their competition for first place in Group C.
LASK, Gent and Alkmaar also made it to the next round.
In the Europa League, West Ham took first place in Group H with a 2-0 win over Rapid Vienna. Bayer Leverkusen also sealed an eighteenth-place spot in Group G after a 3-2 win over Celtic.
West Ham’s Nikola Vlasic (left) fights for the ball with Filip Stojkovic of Rapid Vienna in the Europa League match. – AP
Monaco also won their team.
Only the winners of the eight sets advance directly to the quarter-finals — the runners-up enter the playoffs with eight teams that finish third in the Champions League sets.
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A similar system works for third-placed Europa League teams that fall into the European Conference League.
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Mura lost the first four games of the set but took the lead in the 11th minute when Tomi Horvat entered the roof of the net. Tottenham, one of the big favorites to win the first edition of the competition, then knocked out Ryan Sessegnon in the 32nd with a second yellow card.
Harry Kane equalized from a narrow angle in the 72nd, but Tottenham wasted no chance to counter Mura in the final seconds.
Rennes won Group G after a 3-3 draw with Tottenham against Vitesse Arnhem, who are tied with seven.
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Cyriel Dessers scored his second goal in stoppage time, with Feyenoord leveling 2-2 at Slavia Prague, which was enough for the Dutch team to take first place in Group E.
Copenhagen took first place in Group F after beating Gibraltar’s Lincoln Red Imps 4-0.
Goals from Carles Pérez and Nicolò Zaniolo in the first half gave Roma a comfortable cushion in the first half, before Jordan Veretout missed a golden opportunity to make it 3-0 before a second penalty saved after an anti-Juventus one. Tammy Abraham scored two more goals in the second, one from the top.
Norwegian team leader Bodø / Glimt beat CSKA Sofia 2-0 at home to claim more than one point from Roma.
LASK won 1-0 away in a match that decided Maccabi Tel-Aviv’s Group A winner.
Gent got the top spot in Group B despite losing 1-0 to Anorthosis after Partizan lost 1-0 to Flora.
AZ Alkmaar won Group D after a 1-1 draw with Czech team Jablonec.
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West Ham striker Andriy Yarmolenko played his first game in Vienna in the 40th minute, and captain Mark Noble converted a shot in the first half to put West Ham in control. West Ham is in first place in Group H with 13 points, six ahead of Dinamo Zagreb.
Celtic were in the lead until Robert Andrich scored Leverkusen’s second goal in the 82nd minute, and Moussa Diaby overtook goalkeeper Joe Hart from the edge of the area in the 87th minute following a cut from young attacking midfielder Florian Wirtz.
Betis reached the knockout stages in Group G after beating Ferencvaros 2-0.
Leicester continued on their way to winning Group C after a 3-1 win over Legia Warsaw in a match where Polish foreign fans clashed with police in the stands.
Patson Dakak, James Maddison and Wilfred Ndidi scored in the first half for Leicester.
Mahir Emreli missed a penalty in favor of Legia with a 2-0 lead before Filip Mladenovic reduced the hosts ’lead to 2-1.
Leicester Sparta have one point from Moscow and Naples and play for the Italian club in the final matchday.
Monaco won Group B by beating Real Sociedad 2-1, scoring three goals in the first half in 10 minutes.
Alexander Isak’s Kevin Volland responded to Monaco’s opening before Youssouf Fofana sealed the victory.
Already qualified for the next round, Lyon scored five victories after beating Brøndbyn Group A 3-1 away.
The Rangers finished second in the group stage with a 2-0 win over Sparta Prague in the first match of Giovanni Van Bronckhorst.