Anderlecht 2-1 Tottenham Match Report

Europa League Group-stage

Anderlecht 2 Gillet (13), Okaka (75) 1 Tottenham Eriksen (4)


Tottenham missed the chance to tighten their grip on Group J after they lost 2-1 to Anderlecht after goals from Guillaume Gillet and the in-form Stefano Okaka.

Spurs made the better start, and Christian Eriksen opened the scoring in the fourth minute. The ball ricocheted off an unfortunate Leander Dendoncker and Eriksen made no mistake by burying the ball beyond the despairing Silvio Proto.

But just as Tottenham were beginning to get a grip on the game, Anderlecht equalised through Gillet.

A Steven Defour corner found the unmarked Gillet who controlled expertly and then flashed a superb volley past Hugo Lloris. It was the Belgium’s international tenth European goal.

Anderlecht grew in confidence as the first-half wore on. And midway through the half, the in-form Okaka nearly put Anderlecht ahead, but Lloris was behind his powerful drive.

After a drab start to the second-half Mauricio Pochettino threw on talisman Harry Kane in a bid to liven up proceedings.

After being put in the clear, the England international nearly put Spurs back In front with twenty minutes remaining, but his effort was saved by the legs of Proto.

Kane’s miss turned out to be a costly one for Spurs, as five minutes later an unmarked Okaka bundled the ball into Lloris’s goal to put Anderlecht in-front.

It was Okaka’s fifth goal in five games and his seventh this season, to swing what was a tight game into the Belgium side’s favour.

Spurs continued to push for the equaliser, but it was to no avail.

Teams

Anderlecht – Proto (C), Gillet, Kara Mbodji, Deschacht, Obradovic, Defour, Dendoncker, Praet (Conte, 90+3), Tielemans, Ezekiel (Acheampong, 68), Okaka (Sylla, 88)

Subs – Roef, Nuytinck, Heylen, Kawaya.

Tottenham – Lloris (C), Trippier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies, Dembele (Alli, 65), Dier, Lamela, Eriksen, Townsend (Onomah, 80), Clinton (Kane, 59)

Subs – Vorm, Rose, Wimmer, Winks.

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