Gent 1-0 Tottenham

  • Perbet handed Gent a precious one-goal advantage with a close-range finish after an hour.
  • The victory is Gent's first ever over English opposition, while Tottenham are still yet to win in Belgium.
  • Mauricio Pochettino's men were lethargic, lacklustre and have it all to do at Wembley.
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Full-time: Gent 1-0 Tottenham

A game bereft of creativity and quality but Gent are deserved winners. Tottenham can have no complaints with the defeat, they were lethargic and created little in the way of clear-cut opportunities.

Veteran Jeremy Perbet's close-range effort gave Gent a precious lead ahead of the second leg at Wembley Stadium, while Pochettino, who went with a full strength side, will rue shifting Dele Alli into a holding role midway through the second half.

Tottenham still have not won in Belgium but Gent have secured their first ever win over English opposition.

That brings to the end our coverage, have a very good evening.

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Into stoppage time now, Gent trying to hold what they have while Eriksen tries to pull the strings for Spurs. Can't see Tottenham equalising now.


Less than five minutes of normal time remaining. Spurs are trying to crank up the pressure but Gent seem largely untroubled.


Alli attempts to executes a deft pass into the path of Son but Dejaegere is there to deny. Son was adjudged offside anyway.


This man is the matchwinner for Gent at the moment.

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Eriksen is involved from the get-go but scoops his effort high over the crossbar.


Milicevic almost gets another chance straight away but Lloris is alert to the potential danger. Gent are brimming with confidence, playing some lovely one-touch football.

The hosts make their final change as Asare makes way for Gershon, while Pochettino brings on Eriksen for Winks.


POST! Esite finds Milicevic who draws a smart save from Lloris, but the French goalkeeper can only tip the attacker's effort onto the post. Tottenham offering nothing in the final third, Gent look like the team most likely to score next.


Dele Alli has just received a yellow card for dissent. Frustration starting to boil over for Spurs now.

Double change for Genk as Koulibaly and Kalu replace Simon and Perbet, the matchwinner as it stands.


Gent close to doubling their lead as an unmarked Mitrovic gets round the back post and heads a corner over the bar.

Second change for Spurs as N'Koudou replaces Sissoko.


Pochettino ready to the roll the dice with Son ready to enter the fray. The forward replaces Dembele, which suggests another tweak to the system, N'Koudou also set to come on.


Tottenham win a free-kick in a dangerous area as Esiti fouls Kane. Dier is the one to take charge of the dead ball but whips it comfortably wide of Kalinic's goal. A bit of a waste, in truth.


It's a sucker punch for Tottenham but the hosts lead! Asare jinks through a couple challenge and finds Milicevic, who picks out Perbet. The veteran sees his first attempt blocked but manages to strike home at the second time of asking.


GOAL! Gent 1-0 Tottenham (Perbet)


Walker zooms down the right flank and picks out Alli, who tries to bundles his way through the Gent backline. The 20-year-old is eventually crowded out and doesn't even receive a goal kick for his troubles.


Tottenham asking a lot of questions of Gent but the hosts are holding their own. Alli gives away a cheap foul on Gigot as he strives to make an impact.


Tottenham are finding Walker with extreme regularity now but the former Aston Villa defender has been shown a yellow card for a rash challenge on Perbet. Late and unnecessary from the England international.


Alli is no stranger to a bit of rough and tumble.

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POST! Walker drives in and finds Alli who dinks it through for Kane. The England international swivels and beats Kalinic but can only find the left post. Much better start from Spurs, the Walker change seems to be reaping immediate rewards.


Kyle Walker seems to have been pushed into the right-wing position in this second half, Davies has tucked into the middle. Three at the back for Spurs now.


Second half is underway. Let's hope it makes up for the dreadful first period.


Balanced first half with little difference between the two teams, say Gent. Sounds about right.


Half-time - Gent 0-0 Tottenham

A game lacking in quality, tempo and well, anything. Alli and Kane have had efforts but neither goalkeeper has really been tested. Second half surely cannot be as dull as that showing.


Kane nearly slips through Alli but his cross is well cut out by Mitrovic. Sissoko is on the floor after Simon raked his Achilles.